Most of the time volunteers come one by one. The end of 2010 was a great time at the House of Dreams because there were a total of 6 volunteers at once. Hence, we were able to do a lot of activities, and a variety of activities during these months. 2011 has arrived and there are 4 of us left. By February 1st there will just be 2, but we won’t be going anywhere for a while.
One of the remaining 4 volunteers is named Rafael, here in Bolivia they call her Rafaela. The children think she is the greatest. They anticipate her arrival so much, when the door bell rings, they run to the door and scream, “It’s Aunt Rafaela”.
Brave Rafael taking on finger painting with the Dreamers
Here is a little more about her:
Where are you from?: France
How long is your stay?: 3 months
How did you hear of the House of Dreams orphanage?: Through an organization here in Bolivia.
What made you want to visit?: I wanted to do volunteer work in South America and chose Bolivia first because it is the poorest country in South America. Also, because I wanted to learn Spanish.
What has been your best moments here?: I experience greater moments everyday with the children. I enjoy knowing that they are learning things that I am teaching them. For example:
1. When I purchased the radio for the children and the little one’s started dancing.
2. When I leave for the day and the children tell me in English, “See you tomorrow!”.
3. When I taught them “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and heard them repeatedly singing it a month before Christmas.
Would you volunteer here again?: Yes, definitely.
What’s your advice for anyone considering volunteering at the House of Dreams?: Know what you want to accomplish. Come with a plan and bring material to accomplish those plans.
Roberto excited to show off his art work.
Rafael has been such a joy to have around the house. She absolutely loves being around the children. She enjoys teaching them English and showing them new things they have not experienced. Likewise, the children enjoy having her around. It’s at times sad to see volunteers go, but regardless of the amount of time they’ve spent here, they leave an impact on the Dreamers.
Come and volunteer in 2011! You can make an impact as well. We need your help and the Dreamers will be waiting to welcome you with smiles and loads of fun.
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