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Review for Tibetan Aid Project, Berkeley, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been with TAP for over a month now. I believe this is an ample time to get a feel of how things are. So I am just going to share few of my thoughts, which some of you might find helpful. Working here has evoked a range of feelings inside me. Before coming here I worked in an Investment bank, so quite understandably the first definite contrast that I find here is the type of work, working environment and people around me. Because the motivation for working here is not based on how much bonus one will get or a race to outshine the coworkers, hence it so much more relaxed, yet there is no lack of drive coz we all work with our hearts, with the understanding and satisfaction that we are attempting to do something good. It is spiritual in the sense that we all aim toward one goal, and self improvement is one of the important goals. Other than the satisfaction part, there are numerous things to learn here. It is enlightening in many ways to see how a nonprofit works, and to gather how sometimes transforming ideas into actual actions is not so easy as we might think and so on. Work study volunteers also can choose from and attend various classes at the institute, which is such an invaluable opportunity to learn about Tibetan culture and underlying Buddhist teachings, Tibetan Yoga and meditation etc. Although we have to adhere to 6 days/week work schedule, but we do get time to pursue our hobbies and do other stuff. Being here also has given me time and chance to discover myself which is so not possible in the corporate world with its perpetual whirlpool of distractions and fear. A caveat - Don't come here expecting any mystic experience. It is just the same world. On the top of that some people also might find the work a little boring and of little use for their careers. However I can bet on my life, there is a lot of scope to accomplish things and to fill holes. The only thing you require to enjoy here is an open mind with willingness to learn and render humble service.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

its heartfelt and consistent adherence to its mission statement - "To rebuild, preserve and perpetuate Tibet's cultural and spiritual heritage for the benefit of the Tibetan people and all humanity"

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