It has been more than a month since I came to the Philippines and I have already made lots of friends here.
Before I left, my mom was worried about me coming to this country because she thought it was dangerous. She even tried to persuade me to give up this internship. But I knew if I gave up this opportunity, I would regret it. I promised her I will take care of myself and told her she needed to trust me to make my own decision. In fact, I have been so proud of my courage to go out of my comfort zone and do something different.
I find it amazing that here in the Philippines, when I walk on the street or take an elevator, people around will smile at me. People here are so hospitable and friendly. In China, the pace of life is so fast and there are so many precautions and worries shown on everyone’s face, and this creates estrangement between people.
In WYA I learn every day. It has helped me know a lot about human dignity, broaden my views about human freedom and improve my understanding of human solidarity. My brain has become full of ideas written by famous philosophers and politicians. I learned a lot with all that I have read about history, culture, etc. And I am not only learning on my own. I am able to share these ideas with my co-interns.
I also learned that human beings are dependent on each other. For example in the office, we interns always help each other prepare for the different projects. We share all the joys and sorrows of the training, and we divide tasks and responsibilities. I also consider myself lucky to have been given the chance to speak to many students and share my knowledge and happiness to others.
All in all, I have been so happy here and I will definitely have a lot of very good memories to bring home.
Fang Chen is from China, and currently an intern at the WYA Asia Pacific office. If you want to join our internship program, you may check this page.