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Trabajo Voluntario

(Volunteer Work)

One really nice thing about the IFSA program was that they provided opportunities to give back. Trust me, when you’re in a developing country, you’ll be dying to try to help somehow. There’re a lot of problems to be fixed. And, of course, it’s another great way to practice Spanish.

Choices:

  • Recording books in English for blind people studying English literature at Cuyo
  • Knitting blankets
  • Children’s shelter / food collection
  • Environmental workshops with elementary school kids

(And I think there might have been some others, but I can’t remember now.)

You know me by now. Guess which one I picked?

 My experience:

It was time-consuming, like another class. You had to be dedicated because you not only had to wake up early but also because some sessions and initial set-up took precedence over class.

I had an opportunity to travel, but I couldn’t accept it because it conflicted with other plans I had at the time.

My job was basically to give a presentation to a group of kids, like any other Spanish oral presentation for class. Kids were fun to work with. They were very curious about us and where we came from. Hard to understand, but fairly forgiving with our Spanish.

So all in all, it was an interesting and challenging experience. And, when it went well, it was also very rewarding.

 

Another IFSA student and the NGO director strategizing near the soap-making supplies

Another IFSA student and the NGO director strategizing near the soap-making supplies

Kids making soap out of recycled cooking oil

Kids making soap out of recycled cooking oil

Another IFSA student ready to answer kids' questions!

Another IFSA student ready to answer kids’ questions!

 

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