When I first filled the online application form in order to participate in the abroad volunteering program, I was super motivated to be a part of this global chain of youth who are changing our societies with their creative thinking methods.
Life is a journey, and we have to make it worth living it, right?
I was not wrong. I went to the beautiful Serbia with the international Kindergarten volunteering project.
I was introduced to the place where I am going to spend my experience, “Alf kids”, a beautiful inspiring place where kids are learning and having a creative atmosphere. I stayed there for six weeks, volunteering as a teacher in a kindergarten. This period of planning and working with kids was full of exciting activities, French language songs, dancing, gardening, visiting places, cooking etc.
At the beginning, I was scared that I would not be able to establish contact with kids, since they don’t speak any other language except Serbian. But despite that, the communication between us was very good. The secret of building a healthy relationship with kids is to be their age, I mean, you can’t teach a kid from point of view that is different than theirs. You have to hold their imagination and live again this little kid who’s already starting to define his world, his language, his culture etc.
I think that in order to create a tolerant generation we have to teach kids how to be open to other cultures and beliefs, and that’s the aim of International Kindergarten project.
I think the first rule to create a tolerant world is to be creative. To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little bit more poetry, a little bit more dance… You can’t change the world if you are not a life loving person.
The place is running by a smart brave woman named Sanja. She was organizing meetings outside the kindergarten every weekend, to give kids, their parents and me a good opportunity to communicate better and to chill at the same time. Kids really enjoyed learning how to cook new kinds of traditional Tunisian homemade dishes and I’ve learned some Serbian recipes as well. It was a mutual atmosphere, full of laughter joy and freedom.
Believe me, you can do it and you will never regret it. I’ve discovered a new me, and I am really happy that I had this opportunity and I would like to quote a very wise Chinese proverb here saying:
“If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day — go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.”
And I say, if you want happiness for eternity, discover yourself and your uncovered abilities.
Priredila: Sara Moumni
Volonter iz Tunisa