Annegret W. – Testimonial

Like a lot of young adults who consider themselves world citizens I always wanted to work internationally. My dream was and still is to contribute something meaningful, make an impact, and maybe even leave a footprint that might inspire others.

For me it was always clear that staying in my home country, working from 9 to 5, and waiting for my paycheck to arrive, will simply not suffice. NGO work therefore has always been an aspiration of mine and already during my time at the university I wanted to find out if it’s the right fit for me or whether I should better move my plans into a different direction.

This said my plan was clear, do volunteer work or an internship in an organization that deals with issues that I am passionate about. I didn’t see how this might be easier said than done. I was sure that I would be overwhelmed by all the volunteering opportunities and I was certain that my helping hand would be welcomed everywhere with open arms.

It turns out I was wrong and I am sure that a lot of people with similar aspirations as me have made the same experience. There are indeed plenty of opportunities to volunteer but for most of them volunteers are expected to pay a fortune before they even start working. I heard lots of stories about dubious programs and incomprehensibly high fees that I was almost ready to give up on my search until I stumbled upon a “little” organization called SOLS 24/7 Malaysia.

I was instantly convinced by their great online presentation as well as their range of volunteering opportunities. The application process was fast, unbureaucratic, and my first impression of SOLS was only strengthened.

I started my internship in April 2013 and I have to admit that never ever have I worked with such a large number of genuinely good people. I know this sounds like an exaggeration but it’s simply not. I realized during my time with SOLS Malaysia that working in a team of people who share the same passion as me, who push me to grow, and who inspire me every day to make an impact gives me the confidence to continue with what I’m doing.

SOLS gave me the opportunity to grow personally but also to grow as part of a team. I was always under the impression that my contribution was valued and that my time spent working with SOLS really made a difference.

SOLS Malaysia showed me that I’m on the right path and that NGO work is what I want to do. I would recommend an internship or volunteering with SOLS Malaysia to everyone who wants to gain first experiences in the non-profit sector, who is passionate about community service, and who wants to work in a team of great and inspiring people.

Nationality: German
University: Georg-August-University, Göttingen
Placement: April 24th, 2013 – August 1st,2013
Department: HR & Community Centre Administration