|Volunteer Experiences 2009|
The most recent articles from this year have been written by Pia, Alba and Belén .
Leaving Casa Do Caminho, every volunteer has the opportunity to give written feedback to the Casa coordinators after their stay at the orphanages. According to the volunteer's wishes the information is treated confidentially or may be discussed in public.
The first time I arrived at Casa do Caminho, the nature and the area that it is situated in amazed me. The House that I lived in with three other volunteers was simple and basic but I got used quickly to the room and the cold showers.
Of course the first days were a little difficult and it takes some time to get to know the people and the whole system. But as soon as I knew my way around there was no more time for getting home sick.
The six-month I spend at Casa do Caminho went by very fast. For me, every day was an adventure and until now it was for sure the most special and powerful experience I have ever made. If I have had the chance, I would have stayed longer. It was very difficult for me to leave and even now-two month later- I think about Casa do Caminho almost daily and I miss the children very much.
It was wonderful to be part of this big community and to live a totally different life for a change. I hope instantly that I can come back to Casa do Caminho again one day.
Alba's and Belem's Experience
We are Volunteers from La Rinconada, a small town of Sevilla, in the south of Spain. We volunteered at Casa do Caminho last November until May, an experience that will help us see the world in a very different perspective than what we have seen while living in Europe. When we arrived we weren’t sure where we were going to work, and we didn’t speak Portuguese.
At first we wanted to work with the small children, but the teenagers needed more help, they were more problematic and always had difficulty with the volunteers. Night and day we lived our life in a half constructed house with 12 teens. Our task was not easy: we had to convert it into a home!!! In the beginning the girls we very kind to us, but within a very short time the difficulty of our task became clear. We had a mission to educate these teens and it wasn’t always easy. We battled with the girls to be punctual in school, to accomplish their tasks, to be more responsible with their extracurricular activities, etc. Needless to say in a short time we went from being awesome volunteers to being awful ones in their perspective.
Although after time we began forming a deep, loving friendship between us all. Little by little we learned to speak more Portuguese than the girls could understand our Spanish and our communication improved. We don’t know if we were able to teach the girls very much, but we do know how much they taught us. However we are certain that it was a positive experience for everyone. We were not limited to only working with the teens at Casa Cam, our duties consisted of much more: helping in the garden, repairing the house, searching for donations, accompanying the children to their doctor’s appointments... It was a 24 hour job, and in little time it became our new lifestyle.
In general, we can conclude that our experience was very enriching, not only for the time we spent living with the girls, but also having the opportunity to see how the people live in a rural community in Brazil, who are quite poor, and to share our experience with marvelous people that give all they have and more for these children. People like Verónica and Renato, Tuca, Bart and of course the rest of the volunteers that come from all areas of the world. Thank you to everyone who helped create and continue this project.
|Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 November 2009 )|