Volunteer Services Organization – where a group of students volunteer in various community service activities
This is the first thing most people think when they hear VSO MAHE. For me, however, being a part of VSO, these three letters mean more than just volunteering. They have created remarkable memories throughout my journey in Manipal. Most people think happiness is about gaining something, but it is not. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. In VSO, I am blessed with a bunch of sincere, kindhearted, responsible, and trustworthy friends from the different institutions of MAHE who are always ready to service and give back to society. Through all the ups and downs, we volunteer together, we laugh together, we care for each other, we learn from each other, we are there for each other.
I miss those days of volunteering; gathering at the KMC food court and MIT academic building and planning for Daan Utsav, Tarang, and National Conference for Youth in Social Change; the millions of Whatsapp groups for discussions and planning, waking up to trillions of messages and notifications; learning Kannada and Hindi, learning the cultures and practices of the country.
Under the big umbrella of Manipal Academic of Higher Education, students from different professions unite as one and learn from each other. It’s an excellent platform for exchanging knowledge. Weekends are more interesting with the various projects and visits to the slums, orphanages, and pediatric wards. Special projects like the National Conference Youth in Social Change, Daan Utsav, and Tarang add even more variety to the activities.
We have two hands. One to help ourselves, the other to help others and put a smile on their faces.
We give from our heart. We give to make a difference.
We for VSO!
Volunteer Services Organization, it is called.
But I call it my VSO Family.
Zuoo Chi Yap | Melaka Manipal Medical College, Manipal (2015-2017)