Working for an NGO

Working for an NGO

Simply stated, working for an NGO means exerting your energy to make the world a better place in some way. There are many difficulties in the world today, such as war, nuclear weapons, natural disasters, poverty, human rights violations, and discrimination. Together with the local people affected by hardship, NGOs like ANT-Hiroshima work to conceive and carry out non-violent solutions to address these conditions. NGO workers must ask themselves: Who are we working for, who are we working with, and how will we pursue this work? We must respect the people we work with, along with their language and culture, and be able to communicate with them about their needs.

NGO activities require certain skills. Of particular importance, for example, are language skills and skills in such areas as international cooperation, development work, and humanitarian aid. Then, through pursuing the organization's activities, these skills can be strengthened further on an ongoing basis. We believe, though, that the most important skill is our capacity for empathy and compassion for others. This is a quality that can be practiced each day through the process of life itself. It can be cultivated through all our experiences that involve other people, whether at home, at school, or at work.

At heart, ANT-Hiroshima's work is motivated by love for others, for the whole human family. Despite the difficulties of NGO work, this is the deeper appeal and joy of our mission.


ANT-Hiroshima offers short-term internships at our office, particularly to students who are considering working for an NGO in the future.

By experiencing the work of an NGO in this way, ANT-Hiroshima interns have the chance to reflect on their current activities and their future path. In order for this experience to be as meaningful as possible, interns are given responsibilities that will best suit their goals and the needs of the organization. For further information, please contact us.


Annelise Giseburt (trainee at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research Hiroshima Office; intern at ANT-Hiroshima)

As an intern at ANT-Hiroshima, I have the opportunity to learn about various peace-related activities happening in Hiroshima. I'm thankful for the chance to learn about Hiroshima's history and hibakujumoku (the A-bombed trees), as well as develop my language, communication, and translation skills, through participating in ANT-Hiroshima's activities. I share news about ANT-Hiroshima and its partners through ANT-Hiroshima's English Blog -- please take a look!

Yuka Yamada (former Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer)

I first met Tomoko when I was in high school and I volunteered at an event, where I learned about ANT-Hiroshima's work. Because ANT-Hiroshima is engaged in a wide variety of activities, I'm able to gain valuable experience each time I help. These experiences working with a range of different people and groups are very useful for me, I think, as I continue working as a member of society. As a citizen of Hiroshima, I want to continue spreading a message of peace to the world.

Miyu Akaishi (university student)

I attend an Australian university in Malaysia. I've had many chances to think about the meaning of “peace” and “the value of life” in the context of Malaysia's multiracial, multinational, and multicultural environment. I found ANT-Hiroshima's page while searching for an internship opportunity with an NGO/NPO in Hiroshima, my hometown. While receiving encouragement from the people I met through my internship, I was able to think deeply about my own future. I want to continue participating in activities that consider the meaning of peace and that make sure there is never another “Hiroshima.”


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