di Marina Lopes, volontaria nell’ambito del progetto Youthquake
In writing to possible future volunteers, I believe the most honest thing I can say is that volunteer work, here or in another part of the world, will be an incredibly enriching experience. Ideally, it is expected that the results are two-ways: people get enriched by us as we get by them.
I would like to say that I left a mark on someone’s life, but I can only guarantee about what remained in me. It is important to say that you will always encounter some difficulties: some frustration, homesickness, possible cultural or professional differences, but all the difficulties felt are an opportunity to grow and open a space within us.
In Silvi Marina there are not two days that are the same, although there is a routine: on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the morning we go to the office of the cooperative, and in the afternoon we have Italian classes (a course for foreigners that we discovered by chance on a trip to the library); on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays the morning is free, and in the afternoon we go to a children’s centre, to help the kids with their homework and play. But, in fact, a day that starts just like another one, always ends up having something new, either thanks to the hospitality of the people around us making us feeling like we are at home, or to the sweetness of children who welcome us with curiosity, or through the discovery of a new place by walking an unknown path…
Before I applied I asked a cousin what she thought of the idea and she said “what are you waiting for to pack?”. Now it’s me who says: What are you waiting for to pack?