Afterwards, I had the opportunity to talk individually with each student and get to know them better, trying to understand their interests, their passions and their experiences. The goal was to build post-school activities, within the school, that were of interest to the children, so that we could establish a strong educational relationship and become more familiar. During the activities I tried to discuss the students’ issues with them, but also the potential of each individual child, enhancing the strengths and trying to support them during all moments of work. The number of kids I worked with is certainly not high, but it can be useful to make them understand a different educational method within the school context.
The message I would like to share is to always want to get involved, accept and understand the context in which you volunteer in. There will be times when the actions, cultures or problems of these places may not be clear, but we must always try to be positive and at the same time treasure all the things that are different to our hometown or country. In a country or territory new to us, there will always be new things to learn. We must try to have the desire to learn more and more by adapting to the lifestyles of the local people, without ever judging.”