About 2 weeks ago we received another volunteer. Sylvie is a language and tourism major who joins us from Italy on her college break. This week she shares with us a little bit about her first couple of weeks in Ecuador!
|Sylvie and Abigail working on some English homework in Flor de Bastión!|
“When I came from Italy around two weeks ago in order to be a volunteer in the Starfish Foundation I didn’t know what to expect. Now I can tell you that I am really happy to be here! The family where I live, the children who attend the “refuerzo” program, the family where sometimes I have lunch, the Ecuadorian Starfish employees, and of course, Jenn make me feel good everyday.
It is great to get in touch with a new culture in a different way: I can say that I am not a “tourist” just coming to Ecuador to take pictures of the landscapes, but I am here to give my contribution helping the Starfish Foundation, which is making a big effort to improve education in Flor de Bastión and Guasmo. I admire the care and enthusiasm that the Starfish employees have for their job and it is a pleasure to see how the children are grateful to them. They are very nice, they are happy to learn and I really appreciate when they are interested in my different culture and country. I often sit with some of them chatting a lot about everything, and I think that is a great opportunity to learn besides just doing homework.
|Sylvie & Briggette in Guasmo|
Living with a family in Guasmo is something that I will never forget: I come from a totally different reality and what I expected was to learn about the Ecuadorian lifestyle, and that’s exactly what I am doing.
I think that an experience as a volunteer in the Starfish Foundation is something that everybody should do in his/her life. I am sure that when I go back to Italy I will be a different person and I am sure that I will always keep in my heart this month in Ecuador and the great people I have met.”
|Sylvie with Melani and Adrian, children of Starfish employee Maricruz.|