In any office, you will have trouble with colleagues and back-biting but an NGO is special. There are no deadlines. Just plain work. You are expected to take upon any work that is assigned to you and not crib about it even if it is menial and mechanical. You will be offered a different job profile and you will end up doing some other work. Work keeps piling up and nobody bothers about it. Also writing about project specific activities becomes boring after a time and you don't feel that your skills are developing or honing.
Though in this one year I also found that in spite of all the limitations that I faced, I managed to do some good work. I did writing of all most all kind...some which I would not have been able to do if I had been associated with a media house. Writing news and writing about NGOs is poles apart. I also honed my managerial skills and became smarter since a job experience always lends you that. I worked on annual reports, normal descriptive reports, press briefs, communication material like brochures and advertisements, scripting documentaries, policies, research papers and proposals etc. It provided me with a wholesome experience in writing and gave me the leverage that I wanted with a job.
It is exciting to be a part of the social sector and fields like Development Communication are taking it ahead! According to me, NGOs should give more importance to communication activities and build on the potential that they have.