Jiny Kim is one of our wonderful Satellite School teachers and has also been a volunteer for a number of medical missions. In August, she is going to volunteer in Germany for one year under a program by our German partner NGO, World-Horizon.
No matter how cliché this may sound, seeing the smiles, laughter and happiness from the people I care about and love motivates me to do anything.
2. What are your goals in life?
I have a lot of goals. I want to teach and bring equality, provide education for those who want it but can’t have it, end child marriage, end rape culture, etc. Basically, I’ve decided that wherever I am and if that place needs a change to make it better, I’ll do what it takes to bring that change.
I got to know about Lifeline when I first enrolled in South City Central School for grade 7. I don’t really remember how I ended up volunteering for Lifeline but I guess it happened naturally when teachers asked if any of the students wanted to help or volunteer for Lifeline from packing food and clothes for typhoon survivors to being a Satellite School teacher. And knowing that the organization was only a tricycle ride away from home, I have volunteered ever since, as much as I can.
4. Tell us a little about yourself!
My family emigrated from South Korea when I was 5 months old and I’ve been living in the Philippines ever since (I love it here. Actually my whole family loves the Philippines). I love to read, draw, cook, watch movies and spend time with my family and friends. Currently, I am preparing to go to Germany and volunteer for a year!
5. Did you have any key mentors or people who deeply influenced who you are, what you believe in and what you’re committed to in your work and life?
Whether they’re my family, friends, or teachers, all of them influenced me in their own unique ways. This may seem unbelievable but it is the truth. Every single person with their own perspectives gave insights and lessons to me which made me, who I am today.
6. Did you have any life-changing experiences that put you on the path that led you to be doing what you’re doing today?
Learning how important education is was one of my life-changing experiences. The fact that schooling should be accessible to all but in reality isn’t made me value it more. This led me to share my time every Saturday morning to teach kids in Satellite School for all the lessons they are eager to learn.
Working with Lifeline is like being with your family. Everyone accepts you for who you are and welcomes you with a big hug. The joy and laughter which volunteers bring out from each other makes all the difficult and tiring hours vanish into thin air and replace it with a warmth in your heart. Until now, it has simply been a wonderful experience to work with Lifeline.