Almost everyone, by doing some volunteer work for the benefit of other people, says, at the end, that experience has caused more benefits to themselves, that this experience has changed much more the essence of their own being. Without wanting to be a cliché, I ratify that opinion. It is very nice to make a difference in someone's life, even for just a few moments. To talk about my experience volunteering in Peru is to talk about love, a love that I didn't even know existed in such quantity inside me. And within so many people. When I chose my destination and the project, I made those decisions based on love, on the feeling of belonging I felt in relation to Latin America, in the desire to work with girls, and in
my experiences with feminism. But even though this trip was also the realization of a dream, I was very worried. First, because I was traveling alone. Second, because I didn't know what I was expecting. What if the girls did not like me? What if I couldn't understand them? What if I didn't get to help them? All those doubts were dissipated the very moment someone opened for me the gate of casa hogar and those little ones ran to greet me. I had to contain my emotions and at that moment I realized the grandeur of the days that I would live there for three weeks and I wanted it to be longer. The girls didn't just seem to like me, they seemed pleased and happy with my presence; I also didn't know that helping them was simply to be there with them, they did not need much; and I also perceived that language would never be a barrier, in the end people always understand, because they have things that are said, lived and felt beyond words.
But it wasn't just girls who made my experience so positive. Joining a beautiful team of people who only want to do good for one another was one of the most rewarding parts. Once again, the language was no longer a barrier. We spoke Portuguese, English, Spanish, French... Sometimes all together in the same sentence, and we understand everything. I'm sure I've made lifelong friends, even if we don't find ourselves physically again. It's amazing how we can find people with whom we have so much affinity, even belonging to so different realities. No matter our age, our country, our profession, our motivations. We live miles and miles away, separated by states, by continents or even by oceans, but I think those who have a similar heart, will find each other anywhere in the world.
Thank you so much to Exchange of good and to volunteers Peru, thank you to all Volunteers
of the world. You are part of who I am and will always be here in my heart.