It starts with one

It starts with one

“Can you give me three dollars?” These were the words that continue to make me ponder. I have lived in Japan for more than 23 years and it was the first time that I met a beggar in my country who asked me for three dollars. I began to realize that that incident wasn’t the … Continue reading

Investing in the Family

Investing in the Family

The past week, I accompanied Clare and Marie, the WYA North America Director and Director of Operations respectively, to a high school in the city for the school’s first WYA Chapter meeting of the year. There we met students who are interested in learning about WYA and becoming more involved in our organization. We saw … Continue reading

My New Pair of Eyes

My New Pair of Eyes

It’s been almost two months since I first arrived in the Philippines to join the Regional Internship Program of World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific. Despite the short period of time that I had been in this new country, I already gained a lot of amazing journeys, wonderful experiences and great friends. I also found a … Continue reading

Wealth is Dignified

Wealth is Dignified

Wealth is dignified. This sentence would probably provoke my otherwise very friendly track A trainer. For yes, I understand that dignity is intrinsic to the human person. That all humans rich and poor possess dignity, and that it can neither be measured nor taken away. However, my view is quite more pragmatic than that which … Continue reading

Youth, Education and Unemployment

Youth, Education and Unemployment

So recently in my country, there has been a number of bizarre cases of unemployment. Various government sectors have been advertising jobs and the number of youths that apply for the particular vacancies has been what someone called ‘a big joke’. A good example is an Immigration Department which announced a vacancy and needed 70 … Continue reading

Rejecting “us” and “them”

Rejecting “us” and “them”

Imagine getting by with the bare minimum in order to survive, being on the run and hiding out of sightout of fear of being caught, tortured or killed. “He reminded himself that this was no time for hope. Certainly, he could almost touch it. He could feel it, somewhere just out of reach.” – The … Continue reading

My Life-Changing Dignity Trip

My Life-Changing Dignity Trip

    The first time I heard about World Youth Alliance, I was so curious to learn more about the organization and what it promotes – human dignity. As an International Relations major, I got really interested to learn more about human dignity and the issues around the world today especially in my country – Indonesia. … Continue reading

The Six Prototypes of WYAME Interns

The Six Prototypes of WYAME Interns

NOTE: Any reference to real facts or persons is purely coincidental. You have learned about WYA, and now you want to become an intern at the Middle East regional office. If that’s you, below you can find the six types of interns you will find yourself working with, which of course is not based on … Continue reading