"A self-determined life is the right of every person in this world!"
Dao’s Care’s success is partly also due to the national as well as international volunteers. They helped the organization in very different ways such as teaching English, Social Media Management, Events Management or generally Marketing. Dao's Care is very thankful to all the volunteers that worked hard and contributed their know-how and time so that the organization can fulfil its vision and mission. Some came a very far way to be here and support us.
Our Germany volunteer Uta has been working for Dao’s Care for the past 3 months supporting us with our marketing strategy as well as data analysis. Uta holds a Master in Market Research and Consumer Behavior and has 4 years of work experience in Sales, Business Development and Marketing.
Uta, how do you feel about leaving?
I am kind of sad. I really enjoyed working at Dao’s Care. They gave me the freedom to do tasks that I am interested in and at the same time was able to help a good cause.
So, what did you learn at Dao’s Care?
That no matter what fate might have planned for you, there is no point of giving up but rather to make the best out of it. I am very impressed by our massage therapists as all of them are very cheerful people and always have a smile on their lips. They might be visually-impaired, but they are far away from giving up. I think they are sending an important message, that a self-determined life is the right of every person in this world. Further, this project let me experience the Vietnamese culture which I learned to love. Hanoi can be a very busy city but the people living in it seem rather calm (besides the motorbikes of course :D). They rarely seem to complain about anything but always try to make the best out of any situation. Also, I could do tasks that I have always been interested in but never had the chance to do. So, almost every day I learned something new which was great.
Sounds like you could take away a lot from your experience. Do you think you could also contribute to Dao’s Care?
Well, I sincerely hope so :D I hope I was able to show them how important it is to look at their data to make wise business decisions. As it is still a pretty new business, it is a good time to implement best practices before they end up with too much unused data.
How do you see the future of Dao’s Care?
I think Dao’s Care is a growing business but still has a lot to do. What I really think will make them successful in the long term is if they keep putting the customer first. My boss always said, no matter how good the service is, it can always be better. So, if they keep that attitude, I think Dao’s Care will have a good future. Also, I hope that they can get more volunteers to help them with business-related matters. It is not easy to find people who are experienced like students, recent graduates or even people with work experience to help as Community Manager or Digital Marketer. But they will need those volunteers so that they can keep focusing on their service.
What about your own future plans?
I am not 100% sure yet, but I am currently looking into different job opportunities back at Germany. My time as a volunteer at Dao’s Care has strengthened my wish to keep working for a social cause such as a social business, social enterprise, NGO or NPO. Other than that, I would like to keep traveling and exploring the world. I love getting to know different cultures and natures. But I also really hope that I will have the chance to go back to Vietnam one day. I had an amazing time with great people and yummy food and there are still some places that I haven’t visited, yet. So, I hope to see everybody again one day.
One last question: What was your favorite massage at Dao’s Care?
They were all great, but I personally prefer the Swedish massage with the Red Dao Herbal Bath before. It just makes you very cozy and calms you down. Also, I am a bit too sensitive for deep-tissue massages which is why I like the Swedish one.
Well, that sounds great. I hope that all your plans come true and that you will be successful. Thank you for helping us out. We wish you all the best and also hope to see you again.