Jack Jia

Over the summer, I volunteered at Youth Crime Watch of Liberia. Reflecting on my one month internship in Liberia, I am deeply touched by the people I met, and the goals we achieved. Throughout the month, I worked on drafting of the annual report for YCWL for submission to UNPD, I participated in meetings with the director of UN Women, I visited sites in Sanoyea, Bong County, where our new training facility is under construction. In addition, I worked with young children at the street library with reading and pronunciation, and I bridged the connection and negotiated with the Chinese Embassy in Liberia, which eventually resulted in the donation of furniture to our organization. All of these are valuable experiences that I treasure.
If I had to share only one thing about Liberia, then it would be how the people here are deeply committed to create change and to envision a brighter future of Liberia. I am amazed by both the ideological, but yet practical approaches that Liberian are trying to accomplish with limited amount of resources.
In regard to my role as a volunteer, I enjoyed a lot of free time during off hours and weekends. YCWL staff took care of everything. We went to social outings, bars, beaches and toured the city on weekends.
By ending, I want to emphasize that if a volunteer chooses to come to YCWL, he or she needs to always keep in mind and be committed in battling against inequality, bridging poverty gaps, and contributing to the local educational resources and policies. I would strongly recommend this opportunity to anyone interested and willing to take challenges.