This is the event that i was talking about in my previous post. The one that i have to put a great portion of commitment. Why? Simply because it was a 'World Event'. And the Malaysia image had somehow be reflected during this event. So let us have a quick Q and A session.
Reporter = Ms. SecretVVIP invited = Mr. AAF
What is WCIT 2008?
WCIT stands for World Congress on IT. Held once every two years, the World Congress on Information Technology is a premier global ICT forum that brings together global leaders in business, government and academia. Often billed as the Olympics of ICT, it impacts global economic and social development through the exchange of policies and ideas on technology.
In 2006, the event was held in Austin, Texas, US. Luckily, this year, Malaysia was chosen to host this remarkable event. And the next WCIT 2010 event will be held in Amsterdam, Holland. For more info regarding WCIT 2008 , you can visit the official website.
What drives you to be involved in this event?
At first, i didn't even know a single thing about this event. But then, during my Cornell University interview (there is a post about this), the interviewer asked me 'if you can bring a speaker to Cornell University, who would you like to bring?'
Nervous and stupified at that particular time, i spontaneously answered "Bill Gates" with my reasons to support my answer. Then, Mr. Chen Chow, inform me about the event, and that Bill Gates will come and give his speech. (even though eventually, he didn't come, but instead, he appeared in a holographic way for only 5 minutes!!! hahaha)
So, i started to look for the official website, applied to be a volunteer online, and had a short interview at the WCIT 2008 office at Damansara.
It is a world event, so what kind of preparation did you and the rest of the volunteers have prior to the real event (18 - 22 May)?
We had two training sessions. One on the 13th of April and one on the 10th of May.
It is a whole-day traning sessions. The former emphasized more on team work (there are a lot of games and such exciting stuffs) and the latter was more geared towards the real event and that means LECTURES and BOREDOM!!!...hahaha.. Anyway, the most memorable part was the food.. Luxurious and scrumptious meals... :)
The game below was called 'Towers of Breath" .. at first we had to stack the balloons of our team members and make a tall tower. The highest tower wins. Then, after that part, we combined all the balloons....until it became something like this.....>>>
Oh! Forgot to mention... besides the meetings on the 13th of April and the 10th of May.. there were small-scale meetings as well. So, our team, The EC (Enquiry Counter) Team had a meeting in Bangsar once, and two meetings at the KLCC Convention Center (the place the main event was being held).
What was your job or role during the event? And what other jobs/roles were offered?
I had mentioned the phrase 'EC Team' just now.
There were only 8 of us in the Enquiry Counter Team. From the name of the team itself, you can guess what was the role all about. In summation, we had two booths (one in level one and one in level three of the KLCC Convention Center)... we kind of knew everything that was going on that time, and we sort of must-know.. where all the suraus , the washrooms, the ballroom, the conference hall, and the rest of halls are situated. And we must know how if the delegates (the people who payed a certain amount of money - the event fee in which was quite expensive, and they get to hear all the talks and whatsoeva things pertaining to the event), the VVIPS or the Speakers want to go back to their hotels, or are lost, or have problem with their flights, or want to find the nearest STARBUCK!! hahaha..
Maaan, Enquiry COunter..people ask stuffs.. what do you expect???
Other jobs/roles were like usherers, food and beverage people, those who have to standby at the airport for the arrival or departure of the delegates, registeration counter people and etc.
Really proud to be in the EC Counter Team :)
(from the right: Edlyn, Aisyah, Jian, Haizun, Sabrina, Naza, Denise and Me)
What advantages did you get from this event?
LEt me lists some of the advantages:
1. Get to meet people from all over the world as it is a world event.
2. Get to meet (or see) VVIPS, MOSTI and other Top government people, Top IT people and etc.
3. Get to brush up my english (speaking) and feel how is it like working at the enquiry counter (you will receive some unsatisfied customers, but thanks God, during the event, most of the delegates were happy with our services)
4. Learn to be more courteous with phrases like "Good morning, Sir/Ma'am. May I help or assist you?"
5. Get to meet people from IT companies ( i met one and still keep in touch with this guy from California USA) - if you interested in this kind of thing.
6. Learn soft skills and learn how to deal with problems.
7. Make friends with the volunteers who participated. Here are some pic of my new friends. Not new anymore.. hahaha..
8. You won't complain about the scrumptious meals that they provided for the volunteers.
9. Get to take pictures with CEO like the one bellow.
(picture of Dato’ Badlisham Ghazali, CEO of MDEC and Dato' Dr Ir. Ammar - hehehe)
10. Money!!! Hahaha.. we are paid per day...
Do you have any advice to give to anyone who hasn't tried volunteer work?
As long as the volunteer works are noble, beneficial, legal and do not contradict with your religious views (x bercanggah dengan syariat Islam sebagai contoh), and your country laws and you have some free time, Why NOT?
But you need to put a huge amount of commitment to the volunteer work that you will be doing. Don't do it just for the sake of money (if they give you some money lah).. but do it whole-heartedly for the experience and for the excitement. No fret! You can also put it into your resume and makes your resume look nicer...
And REMEMBER !!!, some volunteering services are not offer publicly, you might have to search for it yourself (like the case of volunteering for WCIT 2008)... Go and search for volunteering work starting from now!!! Before it's too late... IT's FUN!!! Good Luck!