My experience in Scampia has made an indelible impression on me. It came at exactly the right time in my life when I was able to make a meaningful contribution and fully appreciate the work being done by the Lasallian Christian Brothers. Prior to this experience, I spent my entire life in a fairly homogeneous, structured environment in which children and adolescents tend to be overscheduled between school, sports, activities, and work. During my time in Scampia, I was able to dedicate 100% of my focus to working with the children and still had plenty of time left to contemplate the cultural, socioeconomic, and racial diversity to which I was being exposed.
The Lasallian Christian Brothers and other volunteers went out of their way to make me feel at home and include me in activities and discussions. While I originally had some concerns about travelling alone to a foreign country and living with strangers, I soon felt a sense of family and community at the Brothers’ residence. The other volunteers were incredibly hard-working, dedicated, and interesting people with whom I forged lasting friendships. The Brothers are truly special, selfless people who are very interesting and fun to be around. Their commitment to serving others makes them great role models and an inspiration for me