In the words of Hyoin Kim,
“My first workplace, my first colleagues, my first supervisor! EAAFP Secretariat hugely place in my heart I started all my first steps toward entering society and being one of the staff members in an international organization. I am sure I will never forget the memories and experiences in EAAFP Secretariat. I would like to share what I have learned and worked on for EAAFP Secretariat.
The first major task that I had worked on was, “Youth Think Tank Competition for the EAA Flyway”. I supported the first workshop and informed five finalists by communicating with the advisory team, judges, mentors, youth organizing team, and even youths participating in this project. While preparing what we needed for the first workshop, such as web submissions, writing and replying to emails, etc., I was greatly inspired by the follow-up work and intelligent and passionate youth around the world. I could learn how to use my energy and profession to contribute to the environment. However, I could not imagine how complicated and detailed it would be to prepare one long-term competition project at first and learn a variety of steps to organize an event. All the experience I learned through the Youth Think Tank Competition was very instructive and edifying to me.
As it is East-Asian Australasian Flyway Partnership Secretariat, I visited the Namdong reservoir where there is a habitat of migratory waterbirds to watch them. I could observe various beautiful migratory water birds. The bird that I was most impressed by was the Black-faced Spoonbill due to only preparing several articles and posts of them before visiting the Namdong reservoir. It was my first time seeing the BFS in person, and I am sure I will never forget my admiration when I saw them for the first time. Not only Black-faced Spoonbill birds but also other migratory waterbirds were so lovely and gorgeous. Furthermore, I studied how to use telescopes, and this experience motivated my dream to be engaged in an environmental organization a lot.
I also participated in a booth activity of the ICLC (International Conference Learning Cities) in Incheon, Songdo. It was a great opportunity to inform people of endangered migratory waterbirds. I explained how we can protect endangered birds and conserve their habitat. Also, interns created quizzes about them so that we could raise awareness of migratory waterbirds and even the EAAFP Secretariat.
All interns of the EAAFP Secretariats who had worked in that period participated in Interns’ Day in Seoul. We had a conversation about how we can improve our organization and shared some opinions on how to work effectively. I could emulate each intern’s positive and nice aspects to develop my weaknesses. The EAAFP Secretariat taught me humanity’s touch on the environment and affection toward my colleagues.
I dare say it was the best work experience I’ve ever had. And I am pretty sure I will not change my mind. If someone asks me what brought you to where you are now, I am going to say it is thanks to all the EAAFP Secretariat members, especially Vivian Fu, Yoomi Sim, and Sewon Lim who worked with and taught me so much!”