If you’ve been bored enough to read my 100 Things – or rather 221 – then you’ll know that one of the points was to help change life/lives of people who aren’t as fortunate, with aid of man power rather then money.
My friend and I saw a notice in the canteen about Platform2; which essentially is scheme for volunteers to travel and make a difference in less developed countries. On a whim we opted to take part and even got the forms ready. Months later my friend is going ahead with plans, however I’m thinking otherwise.
Late a night I’d be thinking about the humbling experience and how great it would be to physically help out…until the what-ifs started popping into my head. Would I appreciate the opportunity if I did get accepted, or would I sit and moan? What are the people like? Where do you find the line in reality between adverts and TV programmes such as Comic relief? The former unveiling a more melancholic situation and the latter displaying high spirits.
It does come down to selflessness and how much you’re willing to sacrifice.
I decided not to enter because:
- It was an impulse decision and impulse should not be the deciding factor for these kind of experiences.
- The help requires 10 weeks of your time. I wouldn’t be able to fully commit myself as I am wanting to do the top-up degree and my summer holiday isn’t that long.
- I need to use that time to work and earn money to pay for the tuition fees and materials…etc…etc.
So, yes, it’s a little bit selfish but at a different time I will heavily consider.
My question is would you consider taking part is something like Platform2, or have participated in something similar? If so, please share your experience. :)
- See bullet point 8. [↩]