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Summertime relevance

PhilSTAR Boot Camp Batches 1 and 2.

Summer is about doing something worthwhile.

Most people plan their sweet summer getaway with family or friends, while others choose to take a well-deserved rest in the comfort of their homes.

I get it; summer is really the season to do something special—something Instagram-worthy like a trip of a thousand snapshots. But what if this summertime, we tried to do something bigger than ourselves, say, volunteering in an organization, or applying for an internship, or organizing fundraisers for the benefit of the less fortunate?

1. Volunteer

There are a lot of volunteering opportunities available this season, especially in small organizations with big visions. They definitely need people who share the same passion as theirs to make a change in other people’s lives.

Or better yet, why not travel with a purpose? There are a lot of organizations that offer this nowadays. For example, Gawad Kalinga’s Bayani Challenge, which will run from April 17 until June 11, invites builders to make a change in various communities in the Philippines. Black Pencil Project, on the other hand, organizes Pencil Treks, which aims to bring educational supplies to the mountains. Other organizations such as Project PEARLS and Young Focus, on the other hand, give you a glimpse of urban poor reality if you volunteer in their Tondo, Manila sites to feed children’s stomachs and minds.

2. Apply for an internship

For some, an internship is just an academic requirement for graduation. But why not apply for an internship to learn more about the industry you want to enter after graduation? The knowledge you will gain will give you an edge when you start working.

There are many companies out there looking for on-the-job trainees, and some of them require too much paperwork. For instance, The Philippine STAR Boot Camp, an immersive, competitive journalism training program for students, opened its doors to college students who want to understand the complex terrain of the journalism industry. On its third edition this year, we accepted 13 interns; some of them from non-communication fields but quite passionate in unraveling and writing stories that matter.

3. Organize your own fundraiser

Organizing your own fundraising project would also be a nice summer alternative. Not only do you get to hone your events management skills, but you practice the idea of giving. It doesn’t need to be grand, for as long as your goal is to help. You could do a summer party for a cause, or a movie night by the stars, or a simple cleanup drive. You can select your own beneficiary where your principles are aligned, and even do volunteer work after.

While summer is about enjoying the vacation by trooping to the usual summer destinations, dare to be different and relevant by doing something special: not for yourself, but for others.

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