Museum Volunteer

In the beginning.

In the beginning.

There are many ways to volunteer and support organizations you believe in and I like exploring new opportunities so this year I started helping make the GASFI Children’s corner of Museo Marino in Malate.

Painting is pretty messy

Painting is pretty messy

It’s an awesome opportunity to express myself creatively and make new friends but it’s also been a journey of self-discovery. I had never volunteered for a museum before so this is a pretty big first; I’ve never had my work on exhibit like this before either so that’s another first; and I’ve never worked on my art in public with people watching me before so that’s another huge first.

They’re all firsts that I really enjoyed though (and continue to enjoy since the project doesn’t end, we just keep adding). I like creating things but I usually do that in the privacy of my room and I usually give my art as gifts to people important to me so they usually get displayed in private places that aren’t accessible to the general public.

The interesting thing about this project for me is really that I’m trying to present the concept of a Union –the biggest union in the country at that– to children. How do you tell kids what the union does for their families in a way that children can appreciate? Well, it took a lot of brainstorming and the guidance of a brilliant Museum Curator, Ms. Lilibeth Cordova – La’O to present it in a manner that kids will appreciate. I’m really happy with what we’ve achieved so far.

It's still a work in progress

It’s still a work in progress

You can visit Museo Marino from 9am-5pm, Monday to Saturday at J. Nakpil corner Pilar Hidalgo-Lim, Malate, Manila.

Volunteer wherever you can, whenever you’re available for whatever you think you can do. It’s an excellent way to show the world what you are capable of and it’s always going to be an incredible learning experience.

Soft launching with some friends

Soft launching with some friends

I’ve volunteered a lot in different capacities and I often get asked why I’d be willing to do things without financial compensation and for me it’s simple: I can. If I can help then I will; if I have the time and the skill, I’ll do it because I was blessed with the capability to do so. What’s the use of being able to do things if you’ll be greedy with your skills?

I usually don’t put price tags on my work but that doesn’t mean I don’t eventually get compensated. Sometimes I get wined and dined, sometimes I get cool new toys, sometimes I get to travel, sometimes I get life lessons, but I think it’s most fulfilling when I get SMILES.

Smiles–now those inspire me. 🙂