2018-11-23

Volunteer experience: Lily from the USA

Written by Lily Fix
Rate this item
(0 votes)

Interview with volunteer Lily about her experience in Argentina.

1. Can you introduce yourself?

My name is Lily and I’m a senior at the University of Minnesota studying Economics and Political Science. The project I work at is the Home for Children in Beccar.

2. Why did you choose to come to Buenos Aires?

I chose to come to Buenos Aires because one of my economics professors was from here. He used to talk about how the volatile economy affected him and his dad so I thought it would be a good place to learn about economics through firsthand experience.

3. Did you have any expectations before going to the project?

I didn’t really set any expectations before going to the project since I couldn’t even begin to imagine what it would be like. I wasn’t sure how interactive the kids would be or what kinds of activities we would be doing so it was difficult to set any expectations about the experience until I got there.

4. What is it that you like the most about the project and what do you like the least?

My favorite part about the project is getting to bond with the kids. It always puts a smile on my face when they run up to hug us upon our arrival and pull us aside to play games or to talk. I also love it when I get the chance to have one-on-one time with one of them. They usually have so much to say and so many questions to ask that I love being able to give them individualized attention. My least favorite part is never knowing who is going to be there while we’re there. It seems like there have been some schedule changes so sometimes there are a lot of kids there and other times there are just a few. It’s difficult to plan activities when we don’t know who is going to be there each week. 

5. What do you take from this experience?

From this experience I have learned that little things really do matter as long as they come from the heart. It doesn’t seem like a lot of work to play with children once per week, but it seems to have a big impact on the children and myself.

6. What does volunteering mean to you?

Volunteering to me simply means contributing time and energy to a cause. I think everyone should volunteer for something they’re passionate about because it’s an opportunity to learn while making a difference.

 
 
 
Read 1641 times

Related items

Planet Earth is in Emergency and the Youth of Argentina Marches for its Future

In Argentina, thousands of people also joined this global strike and we walked from Plaza de Mayo to Congress to support and witness this important event.

Four-week Language Immersion Study Trip to England

This is an opportunity to maximize your English language skills by means of an immersion study trip.

Empowering Youth and Promoting Critical Thinking through Gardening

Harvesting gives us power & independence, it's time to recognize its value

Seeking Solutions as a Community

In Voluntario Global's latest volunteers meeting we gathered around a table filled with snacks and mate to spend the afternoon and get to know each other, while discussing social and political topics and trying to figure out solutions to different problems that we now face within our society.

Interview with Volunteer Ambassador Neil West

In this interview, Volunteer Ambassador Neil West tells us about his experience in Buenos Aires volunteering, for a second time, with Voluntario Global.

Voluntario Global Ambassador Neil West

I have been working in Health and Social Care for many years and recently took a career break to travel and volunteer.

Login to post comments

VOLUNTARIO GLOBAL

Voluntario Global helps local communities by being available to discuss anything that local organizations need, and offering ideas for further change and development.
Read more...

CONTACT

Location: General Pacheco. Buenos Aires. Argentina
Email: jfranco@voluntarioglobal.org

© Copyright 2016 luppino.com.ar