"Tell me how was it?" – the main sentence of family and friends after a month of volunteering in an orphanage in Africa.
Whatever is said, no word can describe that experience and the feelings you experience while, in my opinion, you are in the happiest place on the planet, but here I will do my best.
My desire to volunteer in Africa started when I was in elementary school because we often collected money for schools in Africa. Throughout high school, I was involved in volunteering intensively, and I saw volunteering in Africa as the crowning glory of my volunteer experience. There was more than that.
When I arrived in Tanzania, I was lucky enough to spend the first night in accommodation provided by the Diocese. The feeling of peace, warmth, kindness and cordiality that reigns in that home will remain with me forever.
The next day, I headed to the orphanage of St. Anthony in Songea, the 15-hour long journey fell into oblivion when I saw the curious faces of the children crowding through the window to see what kind of guest had come.
From then on - the adventure begins. Every day was a learning experience for me and for them. I taught them how to brush their teeth, how to behave politely, I taught them English and mathematics, and they taught me something much more important - how to be grateful for small things, that happiness multiplies by sharing and that it is not difficult to do anything when you have friends by your side.
My miracles, thank you for the life lesson and I hope to see you soon!
You have been loved and protected by your Auntie.
Volunteer Ivana Č.