3rd week in Omaha has gone like a rocket. I have been in involved in any kind of engagement activities with local NGOs in Omaha. One of those places that I am impressed the most in this week is Heartland Worker Center. I will give you a briefly definition about what this organization does. It deals with the local workers’ rights that ensures their voices get included and it also works to improve the quality of local people life in Omaha community through sharing, training and organizing. It raised my concern about participating in the community especially voting for a Mayor in each states. It might somehow be neglected for someone because it doesn’t as big as the president electoral. I got a chance to volunteer here by making a phone call to local people which are pretty much strangers to me to encourage them to use their rights in voting their new mayor. At first I was extremely nervous about it because I was not sure whether the person whom I was talking to will understand my English accent or not. Then, it wasn’t that bad as I expected before. I feel like I wanna win over them to when they hung up to me because of what right things I am doing for them. It’s of course a heart broken job as a bearable operator. I learnt more how did they feel since I experienced in their shoes before. I feel sorry when I dd refused the call from some kind of this purpose. It remind me of caring another unknown that seem to be reasonable for me more and sometimes what they have done is also a benefit of us. 3-minute call might altogether help our community and our live in some cases in the future. Take your time for them! ❤️❤️
The picture I posted above are the example role plays of making a phone call by the staffs at Heartland Worker Center.
Time given each days is equal. However, I don’t feel so when I have a fantastic and unforgettable time with someone who make me feel like the clock is stop clicking for awhile. The persons I have mentioned are my host American family in Scotts bluff, Nebraska, Kristen and Eric Wiebe. We both apparently have nothing in common but inside there is a bridge that we can walk through and connect each other when we exchange our culture and express one another’s thought. How would you let pretty much a stranger like me from another country staying with? Would you trust someone you have not know before to become part of your life? Would you feel secure when you are with someone who look different from you? Bare in mind. I’ve used to think like that before and the best way is to open you mind and yout heart in learning something new or something you didn’t expect. The circumstance from living with my host family has widen my view of living in diversity among human nowadays. I enjoy learning and being surprised from something out of my comfort zone. Although this staying-in experience was only a few days, the story we have built together will always be in my heart eternally.
I can not imagine how fast second week has gone through having a chance to travel to the Western Nebraska and South Dakota where the mounts Rushmore located. I can truely see it myself not through someone else’s picture but real right in front of my eyes. It was such a fabulous spring break and one of my life time that will not forget the time and people whom I spent with.
Monsiri Chintanavisit known as Ploy, a sophomore student from Prince of Songkla University, Thailand. One of Thai representatives of 2017 Spring YSEALI Academic Fellowship Institutes. Journeying half of the world form my hometown to USA has been one of my meaningful life-long memory that I could never asked from anywhere else. This program brought us, 10 young ASEAN leaders who are on the same page as civic engagement, together to empowering our idea as the youth for our community through experiencing in Omaha. Within only one week passed, they became my beloved friends as my right wing.
Time has flown fast when we are having fun, right? So far my first week in UNO, Omaha has been fantastic. I had a chance to get involved in several activities including academics and non-academics that definiely let me absorbing American culture and history. The most favorite one that I have experienced is volunteering at YES, Youth Emergency Service Center because this place raised my awareness of homeless people that we as the youth should lend hands to them. We can not take this issue for granted , so do other problems. We might think this is none of our business. However, if we imagine ourselves at their shoes or their positions, we would become more and more understanding each other no matter what genders, ages or races they are. As a human being to live a happy life is to give people who needed help by doing something small but can have a bigger impact on their lives that we might not expect before and enjoy receiving invisible messages that can only be through touching in our hearts.