I am a faithful believer that when you remember memories and you smile immediately, it is the heart expressing itself. I arrived in Bangkok to intern with Humanitarian Affairs Asia without knowing that a pandemic was coming. The roller coaster of emotions I went through was unprecedented. I never felt so many things, good and bad. They served to shape my character, my personality and without a doubt, they made me get to know myself like never before.
Two crucial moments that I recognized in the great experience of working for an NGO: how much help so many people need, and the strength that empathy gives you to carry on. Look around…, if you have the possibility, do not hesitate and help. We all have been divided for a long time, with stereotypes, with prejudices… Let’s build bridges and not walls, we are all deserving of a dignified and peaceful life.
I had the opportunity to teach English at a state school in Bangkok, where I learned more from my students than I could teach them. Seeing young boys’ and girls’ motivation, desire and willingness to learn made me extremely excited, as they will be the ones who build Thailand. Whenever I have the responsibility of taking a new cooperation project, something immediately comes to my mind: to work with effort and dedication to offer opportunities to those who do not have them. If anything changed my perspective on life, it is understanding that having opportunities should never be a privilege, but rather a right. And rights are for everyone.
I feel deeply grateful and privileged to have been able to contribute to the Humanitarian Affairs mission. Going back to the moment when this opportunity came to me, I remember both the excitement and the courage required to overcome fears and uncertainties. In front of the mirror, I told myself: “Leave the comfort zone, if you want to see a change in the world, do it yourself, don’t wait for anyone or anything”.
Thank you Humanitarian Affairs Asia for the opportunity and for promoting the spirit of working for humanity. “Kop Khun Kha” Thailand for the generosity and respect you gave me during my stay.