Ever wondered what the InterVol volunteers get up to on their training days? Monica Brownwood, OXAB Bulgaria 2018 volunteer, gives us a taste of what she learnt during a training day this March, and why these events are so important.
by Sophie Herbert, OXAB Bulgaria 2017 volunteer
The experience of going to the family centres during our time volunteering in Bulgaria, three in total which we visited in our time, was amazing. One particular moment that was memorable to me was at the first one we visited. The children there were of a broader age range so we had the challenge of creating activities that they’d all enjoy. However, our hidden gem turned out to be the card game ‘Uno’. After one game with the younger children aged 7-9, the older children slowly joined in, trying to teach the younger ones how to play properly.
by Maria Benedict, NFC & Golden Futures volunteer 2017
On our first day at New Future for Children (NFC), the first student to come up and greet us was Ting Tong. He is a very friendly and polite 16-year-old boy who has lived at NFC for a long time. On our first day at NFC, Socheat, the director, gave us a list of names of students that needed our help preparing for their futures beyond school. Ting Tong’s name was not on this list, which, if being completely honest, we didn’t take any notice of originally.
by Grace Kim, former Publicity Officer and Social Secretary for Imperial College London
A typical day for a volunteer at Maya begins at 6am if you are lucky enough to be on kitchen duty for breakfast. In the kitchen, your task is to peel and chop vegetables, light a fire, clean dirty pots and wipe down the tables and floors. The school has recently hired a new cook to work full time in the kitchen, which has greatly reduced the work load for us. Once breakfast (Dal Bhat, all day, every day) is served at 8 am, you can enjoy your plate of lentils and rice with the children from the hostel, and exchange morning greetings (Good morning Sir! Good morning Miss!).