Friday, June 3, 2011

Patience is a VIRTUE

I thought the word "hopeless" exist for real because I was feeling it before.. Especially, when it comes to have better opportunity for me to work with a permit.

I figured, it was just a state of mind. Hope ends when we're burried 6 feet below the ground... "When there's LIFE, there is HOPE"~Cicero.

Fortunately, I came across online about this private organization which is pretty much related to my field of expertise/study. Good news is.. I lived very close to it.. as in, I have spent 160 baht taxi fare (back & forth) yesterday :)

I skipped doing my other online activities the past few weeks so as to give way on my searching online jobs and thinking how could I be able to work legally, with less competition. Luckily, I got many options to work with permit here. But, I don't need to work right away.

So, I have spent my entire two weeks to search jobs that are relevant to my Bachelor's degree. I just thought that there are so many teachers around here and felt that it would be difficult to be one just because of other qualifications that they're asking.

I have decided to go and apply (by myself) as a VOLUNTEER. Why? because it is the only way that I could for now. I could provide assitance and so building my professional networking strategies, preparing for the near future.

When I was there, they greeted me and I introduced myself. They're so welcoming. I handed my curriculum vitae along with my credentials to the Psychologist and Managing Director (English speaking Thais). We had a brief interview about their Foundation. They're amazed how I found their website and the job vacancies, but rather would become a volunteer. In fact, there are possible jobs available for me. I told them that I have to take care of my 13 month old baby and when she turns 2, I could be able to work as full time. They agreed. I have learned that volunteers are also given work permits but it depends on the evaluation/discretion of the Director (of course).

Immediately, we have scheduled my day 1 as volunteer in KG, they have 18 children ages ranging from 3-6. It is a Foundation so the tuition fee is cheap (1,000 baht a year). They introduced me to the KG teachers and the children. I was so happy to meet them all. Out of curiousity, I asked the Psychologist if there are Thai Social Workers employed in their Organization. He replied, "None, we are psychologists here, if given a chance that we hire you, it's for the first time.."

They insisted me if I could go visit the jail about 3 hours away from Bangkok. I declined. I said that I prefer to volunteer or work close to my home so I could come early to work and go home easily (notwithstanding the traffic).

We already have scheduled my first volunteer work for next week and I am so much excited. We have exchanged numbers so we could contact each other. I will have to draft my work plan this weekends and email it to them.

Meanwhile, my hubby has a salary increase effective last month. He told me yesterday that my daughter may enroll in November this year. But, I told him that she's too young to go to school. She will be 19 months old by then! He reasoned out that children here are going to school as early as 2 years old. We have ageed that I could only work full time.. if our daughter has started going to school. Patient is a virtue, though.

But, the Bible said: "Good things will come to those who wait.." (Psalm 27:14; Lamentations 3:25-26; Romans 8:25) God is good all the time! :)

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