What do you know about Uruguay

Uruguay, that's in Africa

My work on site

There are currently around 20 children between the ages of five and 15 who come from difficult family backgrounds. Together with two other volunteers, I support the specialists there in their work. We take the children to school or kindergarten or pick them up there, or we accompany them to doctor visits and therapies. We help with homework and support the little ones with eating, etc. We also have the opportunity to carry out our own projects and activities with the children. We can decide for ourselves whether we work with individual children or in larger groups.
For example, I recently started a workshop in which we talk to the children about the world, about different cultures, ways of life, education, etc. in different countries. To make the whole thing a little more active, something typical is cooked, a song is sung, a game is played or a short film is shown.
During the holidays we also had the opportunity to go on trips to the beach or a park with individual children. An absolute highlight for you and also for us.
Most of the time, however, we have to be very spontaneous, because for the children, life in the home is their everyday life. You need time for yourself, the opportunity to withdraw and you don't always feel like doing group activities. As a volunteer, I really appreciate the fact that we can also withdraw with individual children in order to give them full attention.

Mastering everyday life

I have settled in very well in everyday life. Coming to a foreign country and being practically unable to communicate at first not only requires discipline but also a lot of consideration from children and employees. It happened astonishingly quickly, so that after a few weeks the language was hardly a barrier. Of course, there are often completely new, unfamiliar things for me, but that's exactly what I enjoy a lot. Sometimes to reduce the demands a little and just to be happy with what you have, completely unimportant whether a lot or a little. Living in the moment is something you can learn very well from the people here. At home, where you just accept a lot of things every day and consider them completely normal, you often don't even notice how privileged you are when it comes to education, for example. You develop an awareness of this here.
Besides, the people here are very open; It is not uncommon for you to just start a conversation on the street with someone you have never seen before - rather unusual in Germany. You also learn flexibility, both at work and in everyday life, because things don't always go according to plan. So according to the motto »Wait and make the best of it!« According to this motto, I would like to give the children as much as possible and be there for them in the coming months.

PS: Uruguay is in South America, the national language is Spanish.

Klara Dinkel

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