Brīvprātīgo darbs 2018./2019.
2018/2019 mācību gadā skolā darbojās brīvprātīgās jaunietes: Katharina no Vācijas un Cristina no Spānijas. Tālāk ir lasāms pašu jauniešu apraksts par gūto pieredzei Latvijā.
My name is Katharina from Germany and I have just finished my 10 month voluntary service at the Waldorf School in Adazi.
Last year in August I spontaneously applied for an EVS and 2 weeks later I flew to Latvia to start my project. I didn't know what to expect or anything about Latvian culture in general.
When I arrived I was a little overwhelmed by all the new things I encountered, a Spanish resident, so many new colleagues in school and kindergarten as well as the slightly different kind of Latvians.
Over the year I took on many tasks, I mainly worked in kindergarten but also accompanied the German lessons in school and spent some hours in the cultural center and the social welfare office. There are some obstacles like the language barrier, the different climatic conditions and interpersonal differences. But it was a beautiful year and a wonderful experience : I learned a lot of new skills and found new friends, both in the college and among the other volunteers (especially my great roommate).
Thanks to everyone who supported me and gave me the opportunity to get to know the school and Latvia in general.
A few weeks ago I finished my volunteering project in a Waldorf school in Latvia. As a teacher, I was always interested in working outside of Spain in different educational contexts and learning about alternative pedagogies. The opportunity to participate in this project was given to me and I did not think twice.
During these last ten months, I was able to work as an assistant in early childhood and primary education and I have to say that it has been an extraordinary experience where I have grown both professionally and personally. I had the chance to teach Spanish to a group of adults from the community where I lived and to share a little bit of my culture through different activities and projects with other volunteers. The truth is that it was a challenge but if you propose It, in the end you end up enjoying it more than them.
I have traveled as much as I could and Latvia and the rest of the Baltic countries have been a great discovery for me. I loved their culture, their people and especially their landscapes and nature. I have been able to meet incredible people from different countries and participate in activities in other schools, which has been the best of this experience.
I would like to thank all the children for giving me their love and for having taken out a smile from me every morning, even the hardest days when it was so cold and the sun was barely out. I would also like to thank the kindergarten teachers, my mentor and Marika for making me feel always at home.