Monday, May 5, 2014

Raquel's reflection

MI name is Raquel Peña, I’m 23 years old and I want to tell you about my experience as a cooperante técnico. I started this road ten months ago and I’m lucky to be part of Up Close team.

Up Close is based on the aymara culture concept, reciprocity which aims to give you an experience of teaching and learning, where you have the opportunity to receive as much as you give. In each project you can find the community feeling that only Mallasa and Jupapina can offer.

In a professional sense, I learned about how the social projects work, and the impact that they have on people, particularly oneself. In a personal way I dont have words to describe the meaning of this experience that gave me the opportunity to mature, learn and value.

Along the way, I have met a lot of incredible people, the staff in the office, team leaders, cooperantes and particularly the British volunteers who have made this an unforgettable ten months.

Now I want to introduce my last group of volunteers. On April 7th three young people arrived to Bolivia; John - he is 23 years old and he is very enthusiastic and full of good energy; Laura - she is 22 years old, speaks Spanish and is very open; and Kav - she 24 years old and has a lot of ideas and a big heart. 

The UCB team; John, Laura and Kav.

Alongside them are the Up Close team; with the support of Anita my colleague and Cerys our new team leader. Together we are given sustainability to the projects at Up Close Bolivia.

Raquel, Cerys and Anita.

In particular, John, Laura, Kav and I are working with a project named Nuestro Espacio. It is a programme with extracurricular activities at Jupapina school. Last week three of them did a plan for the next three months with great ideas, with the purpose of attracting more children to participate in the programme. I’m really excited to start with the activities, and to see the children learn, have fun and grow as a person. It doesn't matter where are we from, what language we speak, our age, culture  or anything else, as nothing can separate us, because  we are part of the same world and we are here to be happy, trying to do what Gandhi said ´Be the change you want to see in the world".

Written by Raquel Peña.

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