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A Volunteer's Tale of Creativity and Cultural Richness

I want to share a new memory from my volunteering adventure where I embark on a new adventure every day. I am currently volunteering at a kindergarten and it is even more fun than I expected. For example, a few days ago we had a carnival celebration. I was in charge of preparing the posters, decorating, and singing the songs, but the most fun part was the costumes. When my teachers asked me what I wanted to be in the carnival, I immediately consulted my biggest assistant Pinterest, and finally decided to be Frida Kahlo (because the other option was to be a giant blue Lego piece).

Anyway... I prepared my costume with a little creativity and a little improvisation. I was a little excited because it was my first costume party, so I was a little nervous. The hardest part was helping my teachers who decided to be Egyptian goddesses with their makeup. I did not think I was the right person for this task since I had never applied makeup to anyone before and the eyeliners I applied to myself were as similar as two distant relatives :) This is one of my favorite parts of volunteering. You never know what you are going to encounter and sometimes you have to improvise and solve problems. These challenges allow you to discover your hidden talents or show you what you need to improve. You may also find this in a work environment, but in that scenario, you may not always enjoy the process as you will have more responsibility. Facing these situations as a volunteer is much more inspiring and enjoyable. I think I will miss that...

So, how was the carnival? I saw lots of fun and creative costumes, we appreciated each other, laughed, complimented each other, and most importantly, we enjoyed lots of delicious treats! Each family brought something they had bought or baked and so we had a very rich table. I love this aspect of people in Slovakia, they take care to fulfill their responsibilities and are open to sharing whatever they have. This cultural aspect makes me feel at home sometimes. By the way, speaking of home... My project is slowly coming to an end. However, I would like to address this issue in a separate article with a mini self-evaluation. 

I hope this short writing will help you to be a bit more curious about other cultures and try new things. Take care for now!

Text a foto: Ilayda Paran

Ilayda je dobrovoľníčka programu Európsky zbor solidarity na projekte v detskom centre Hlavička. Projekt bol podporený z programu EÚ Európsky zbor solidarity.

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