Saturday, 3 March 2012

Volunteer


I enter the lift and press the button with the number four on it. I’m nervously thinking about how I will do, if there’s something I shouldn’t say and what I should say. Before I leave the lift I take one last look in the mirror, fix a strand of hair that was out of place and check my make-up. It all looks fine.

A few moments later I enter the office where three smiling faces are looking at me and when a cup of tea is offered most of my fears fade away. I feel welcome.

We sit down and start talking about their how the institute is organized. The director is explaining what they think I could do and which conferences they think would be interesting for me to attend with them. I’m a bit surprised since I didn’t expect all of this but at the same time I’m very happy and excited because I realise that this is a big and important opportunity for me and that I can gain a lot; not just a lot of working experience but also new acquaintances. We talk for an hour or so about all sorts of things regarding my voluntary work at their institute and then the director realises that it’s lunchtime and I’m invited to join them.

We enter the lift and someone presses the button with the letter P on it. I smile and they all smile back; I think I did well and they liked me.


18 comments:

  1. Interviews are so nerve racking! It doesn't matter what it's for, I always have that feeling in the pit of my stomache. Good blog post; I love the way your anticipation comes across in your writing.

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  2. Sounds like you did realy well. Beautifully written. Diane

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    1. It seems that I did well, yes :) Thanks for commenting Diane.

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  3. I can personally connect to this, but the difference is that I can't find the right one to join... It's nice to be back at blogging again.

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    1. Welcome back, and thanks for stopping by :)

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  4. I'm glad things worked out. I agree, interviews are often the worst part of a new job or volunteer work. That moment of unknowing, 'this could go either way', is sickening.

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  5. Sounds like it went well there. Good Luck!

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  6. I don't know if I could do that. The only volunteer work I've ever done is with limited social interaction. I'm terribly shy.
    Good luck to you!

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  7. Love the post. I've tagged you in an award post :) Hope you can accept!

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    1. OH look I've tagged you in another one. :)) I guess Im trying to keep you busy!

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    2. Thank you sweetie, you're too kind :)

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  8. I am gathering this is an internship? On the plus side you will grow, make new contacts, learn skills, hopefully have opportunities grow out of the experience. On the somewhat down side, it will take more of your time and we all may see a little less of you for a while longer. Please do not forget us all.

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    1. It's not internship, I'm a volunteer. The plus side is the main reason I decided for this and I hope I'll manage to handle all, my studies, blog and volunteer work. And I promise that I won't forget you, how could I. :)

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