At the age of 16, I did volunteer work for the first time. All of my friends went on a partyholiday but I didn’t. I chose to travel to one of the poorest countries in the world: Malawi. I did volunteer work for three weeks. It was a very special journey to get to know volunteering. I loved the experience and the smiling faces of the kids so much, that I decided to do volunteer work the following year in Sri Lanka. In this post I want to share my experiences and make you enthousiastic about volunteering.
Expanding my horizon
I chose to do volunteer work to expand my horizon, experience the meaning of volunteering and discover how people in the poorest countries live. I also thought that it would give me satisfaction and that I would discover myself.
In Malawi I had to do many different things: one day I was building a roof, the next day I went to an orphanage, to see how the children live here and to brighten their day. The day after I was helping in a hospital. Because I did a lot of things in three weeks time, I couldn’t see how and if it helped the people. But they did give us many thankyou-speeches and blessings. The people seemed to be very happy with us, they were very kind and friendly.
It was so inspiring to meet all those wonderful people. Some people didn’t have anything, but still spend their money on the other villagers. It was so impressive to be able to make this experience at only 16 years old. It opened my eyes and was very inspirational.