The experience of volunteering has been going around in my head for some years now. I am a volunteer in an organization in Argentina since 2013 and I discovered that this is one of the things that I like to do.
I think volunteering makes you see things differently. You see everything with different eyes.
I learned not to plan things too much, to plunge into a world that is full of opportunities and I could choose to do one of them: come to Italy to do what I like.
In Genoa I discovered that the pace of life is different, that the priorities and needs of the people and young people I work with are different from the ones I have, and this makes me see that the things that I think are necessary, sometimes for others are not, and you learn to value what you have forgotten.
Suddenly, from one day to the next one, everything was very different for me. I live without my family, I am away from my friends, my boyfriend, my dog, I do not have my routine, I do not go to college. They seem to be all negative things, but no. Believe me that volunteering in another part of the world is giving me much more than I thought. New friends, new house, new work, new language and new experiences. And this last are what that matter the most.
The experiences that we live throughout our lives, the moments we enjoy, going out with friends, a dinner, a walk, travel or a simple conversation with someone from abroad, are the things that each one keeps in the suitcase and are those moments that you never forget, ones that never return to be equal to another.
For many photos that you could have taken or video filmed, no one remembers like the moments and the thoughts that remain in our head.
Being responsible, educating, sensitizing, teaching human values, work, dedication …
They are some words that can describe what is done through volunteering, dedication to generate prosperity with small contributions, and a lot of effort and predisposition to offer the best of oneself’s and, above all, to be able to learn from the others as much as possible.
Being able to open our mind and be willing to change perspective, that is to be volunteer.
Brenda is the Argentinian volunteer hosted by Cooperativa Mignanego in Genova, Italy.