My name is Alejandro and I am 23 years old from Zamora, Spain.
The world is not going in the same direction as the human is born to follow so the quote tells us the main goals in the world nowadays and at least connecting to the human, is not the way of competition that makes inequalities between us. The human being needs to find the right way inside him/herself.
To summarize the past before I came in this life style at the school and programme, personally it is hard to live in the world that is going from humanism into selfishness. Always putting the goals of materialism as priority and putting them over people, who then become slaves of the ideal common life. It is necessary to feel the connection between the necessities as human beings alongside the necessities of all kinds of living beings through the world, and to become keepers of life instead of killers of it.
The reason to join this program is to understand, live and fight in the countries with the people suffering for basic necessities and injustices on the rights of human beings as well as other living beings. As well as my desire to become part of the spectacular lifestyles from one of the country’s of Sub-Saharan Africa, I appreciate becoming part of the environment that is inside the organization.
“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.” - Thoreau
Here you can find a little bit about myself so I’ll start by presenting my name, which is Alessandra Brachmann even though it’s rare that somebody calls me by my real name. During my life I had different nicknames, which changed according to new phases of my life or different events. Now, in this school I’m known as Alexis, I’m 22 years old and I’m half Brazilian, half Portuguese (How? I was born in Brazil and spend almost 7 years there and I moved to Portugal for 15 years). My family is distributed a little bit over the world, but the major part still lives in Brazil. Thinking about it, I believe that I inherited an adventurous gene due to my ambition and curiosity about discovering more about the planet and life itself through investigations, travelling and the relation with nature and people. I’ve never lived in the same place for more than 7 years, I’ve always been experiencing new friendships, new schools, new adaptations. That makes me a flexible person and I love to receive challenges to put myself to the limit and grow with it.
There’s a quote that can exemplify me: “ Hope is one of the most powerful motivators in life. It will keep you going when nothing else will, give you faith something better is coming when all you experience is bitter. Know that holding your vision and working towards it will get you there. Hold that vision and celebrate it, look how far you have come already and find joy in it. Be in a state of joy not just for the destination but every part of the journey”. This quote keeps me alive, I truly believe in the power of my mind, the power of everybody’s mind to overcome our own weaknesses. It was hope that made me persist and achieve a lot of my “treasures” today. And the feeling of being thankful, not just for my victories but also for my mistakes, gave and keeps giving me useful lessons and helps me to leap into the next challenges.
Well, I have more than one reason why I enrolled into this project. I can say that I had a happy childhood, but after the teenager phase started, I felt really confused about the world and about the system we’re living in. So my struggles started in the basic education where I questioned the utility of some subjects but this became worse when I had to choose between 4 different types of formations (Language and Humanity, Science and Technology, Economy or Arts) to be able to continue my scholarship in the high school. I was so divided, on the one hand I wanted to follow Arts and Language and Humanity classes but on the other hand my teachers, friends and parents advised me to take Science and Technology because they believed it could bring me a brilliant future and more opportunities of choice and job. So guess what? I decided the second option, which took me on me to a detour from what I feel like I should have done. This decision also followed me at university when I chose Tourism because I was focusing on the wide variety of “employability” opportunities. After all these decisions I found myself surrounded by doubts.
After finalising my graduation, I started to work in the area but I didn’t feel fulfilled, something was not right. So I was feeling like a black sheep, not integrated in the system and not knowing in what and who to work with. I wanted to experience something different, another reality, simpler and more natural but at the same time more arduous.
I truly believe that this program will bring me wise thoughts and wise behaviours and I want to keep developing my humanism and work with it in the future.
Reasons for joining the 10 Month Volunteer Programme
10 Months, 1000 Reasons
- I wanted to learn how to be part of acting into and spreading ideas of how to make a sustainable future
- Fight for equality
- Get away from my superficial and selfish side (self development)
- To know the reality of our world - get deeper into it
- To share and learn diversified types of love around different realities
- The other 995 reasons I’m developing during my route here. When it’s going fast!
"If you are curious, you'll find the puzzles around you. If you are determined, you will solve them" - Erno Rubik
This quote is the perfect explanation of how I lived my life until now. I'm Corinne, a 25-year old Italian. The interest to know new things is what guided me in many of the choices I've taken. I've always been curious about our astonishing and various world, about cultures, about life.
This main interest brings me to choose my bachelor in intercultural communication but at the end of it, I wasn't satisfied. How is it possible to really understand something so huge and obscure but at the same time so attractive by only reading books? I had my mind full of contents, but I missed what I was really looking for: experience. At the same time, I was really scared to end "normal life", with an office job 8 hours per day, 5 days per week, the kind of life that takes over all passions you could have, that makes you only a passive spectator of a life that slips faster away...
Before the end of my studies, I never understood how people can finish in this meaningless trap without wanting to, but then I started to realize that it is easier than I could imagine. So at the beginning of last year, I was determined to find a way to feed my curiosity and to escape from this system that is able to swallow every sparkle of individuality. It was during this little crisis I had a moment in which I found this program, the "10 Months Volunteer Programme", wherein all that I was looking for was present: studies about the world with a critical point of view, the chance to be in contact with people from all over Europe and the project period wherein it is possible to touch with your hands different realities so far from what we are used to.
The last, but not least, reason why I choose this program and not only a long trip around the world is that with this organization I have the opportunity to make what I'm doing meaningful, making something good that can improve the life condition of somebody else.
“There is no favorable wind for the sailor who doesn’t know where to go” - Seneca
My name is Simone, I have 30 years old and I come from Italy.
After a BA in International Communication and a MA in Marketing Management, I used to work for several enterprises throughout Europe and I have traveled between UK, Poland, Germany in search of my path. Nowadays I realised that the way that work is managed in a modern western company does not reflect my personal values and beliefs. I realised also how disconnected from myself I was. I left my job and I start to be more self-focused: I resumed studying theatre, a passion that I always had, from when I was 16, and I started doing things that I love the most, like spending time with friends and travel. Afterwards, I enroled myself again to university and I became a Drama-therapist.
As European citizen, It has been a long time that I start perceived a kind of negative vibes around me; when I see people around me, chained to their precarious jobs, perpetually unhappy and constantly complaining, without a vision of the future if not a perennial sense of nihilism, especially among young Italian southerners, I realised that there is more than something in this society that is not working properly. "Volunteering can give a breath of fresh air when everything seems to lose its meaning." These are the words of a friend in a situation like mine, advising me to approach a similar experience. I always thought that this society puts people in professional, social, human and even sexual categories, and prevents them from being able to express their potential as human beings in the community they belong to. Europe seems to have forgotten its origins and the evolution of the economy is having disquieting repercussions.
I would like to make a real impact on people and I am looking for a project which is attentive to the need of the local population, that's why I joined the “10 Month Volunteer program” . Among a wide range of available options, it seemed to me the most practical and realistic one, attentive to many aspects of international cooperation, not only in the experience of traveling in Africa.
I'm Marta from Spain. I'm 29 years old and I live in a town near Barcelona. I studied different things starting with science but then I changed my plans and I did the career of fine arts. The thing I most enjoy in arts is the creativity and the process to make an artwork because the result is important but is in the process when I learn more. Also I like when art is used like a tool to improve your own life and the other's life.
When I finished the career I took my time to think about the next step that I would do, I wanted to do something different and I found this program; an opportunity to live a different experience to learn new things, new cultures and new challenges.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” Lao Tzu
I'm Mattia Virzì, I'm 25 years old, I'm from Trapani in Sicily where I studied graphic design at public school.
After school I started work in a self-service restaurant as a cook, because my life project was not clear enough to choose my studies. Last year I started university in Parma but the standard way of studying and living didn't fit with my family education, based on the respect for all shapes of life and the achievement of freedom, equality and awareness. Since I was a baby I travelled with my parents in India and Thailand but not as a tourist. Working and sharing life with many foreign people, I grew up with the awareness of social inequity in the world and the importance of any singular effort to change the things, as a drop in the ocean. Since I knew about this project, I felt my dreams knock on the door of my soul, so I decided to come and start this program.
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha
This quote was always very meaningful for me and one of the engines who keep me on going in my life through hard times, reminding me always to be strong and true with myself and my feeling, keeping focus on the fight against the exploitation of people by the system.
I was always felt like a black sheep in the place where I used to live even if I was fully integrated in the society, having an 8 to 5 job, but at night before going to sleep, I was thinking about the day where there was always something missing. I like to think about myself as a lucky person because I grew up in Europe with a roof over my head and a meal a day. Being able to give a hand to somebody who needs it is something that makes me grateful about my life, it’s something that makes me feel good at the end of the day. After trying for years to be part of a society that doesn't take care of the people but more about what they can produce, I decided to change and go back to follow my feelings and my dreams. I heard about the 10 Months Volunteer programme, which was very much in line with my thoughts and also structured in a very good way that combines theory and practice, giving knowledge and the opportunity to do something useful and helpful at ground zero in Africa. I felt it was perfectly fit for me, so I packed up my things and I started this adventure.
My name is Valerio, I am a 26 year old guy from Italy and I am one of the members of the first 10 Months Volunteer Programme. For the first 25 years of my life I have been following the standard path for every young person in Western Europe: going to school with good marks, getting a high school diploma and then a Bachelor and a Master’s degree in Economics. During the process, however, I felt I did not belong to that system: I did not like the idea of putting my ideas and ambitions apart while I had to try to climb the social ladder, giving just a standardized contribution in order to reach goals which I was not interested in. That said, I wanted to find something that could have made me feel useful and could have been rewarding, even if not from a monetary point of view.
In my opinion, my background heavily influenced this will of change that I felt. Having two younger sisters highly affected my personality: whatever I do, I try to be responsible and to take care of other people. Furthermore, I started playing basketball when I was a child, getting to know and appreciate the benefits of living and working in a team, and understanding what I think is the most powerful and important message for me: trying to enhance your ego and make it prevail on the others can benefit yourself in the short term, but in order to get great results you should be ready to work and act as a group, trying to make the “weakest” people in the group better.
The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”
All of these elements made me start looking for a good alternative to the usual office job for a private company, so when I found out about Humana People to People and the 10 Months Volunteer Programme at DRH Lindersvold, I took it as my chance to do something that I really like and that can help me make a difference. Joining this program will even help me fulfilling one of my biggest ambitions: trying to make an impact while traveling around the world; I started doing it in the summer of last year when I was volunteering in Bulgaria and I managed to travel to Greece and Serbia too, and thanks to this programme I will have the great opportunity to travel to Africa and live there for six months!