11 maanden in Oostenrijk
I did volunteering at a Montessori school in Saalfelden, Austria. Most of the time I was supporting the teacher of Primary 1, I helped the children in whatever they needed, I was also supporting the children in “Werkstätten” in clay, wood, sewing, art, crafts, candle making, etc. At the beginning I accompanied the children to their gymnastics classes, but because of covid we could no longer attend, I also participated with them in the excursions, walking, or biking, or by bus, always being aware that they do not get hurt or helping them in what they need. I gave classes about geology, about Colombia, about art, and about Spanish. I tried to participate in the school newspaper with some specific and interesting topics, mostly teaching Spanish. I also helped in administrative processes, such as printing school material, cutting, laminating and packaging.
Something I have learned from life is that it puts everything in your way, first I went from Colombia to the Netherlands as an au pair, which was also a very nice and enriching process, in which I learned and met many things, then fate brought me to Austria and since I arrived something in my heart told me that I was going to stay here to live the rest of my life and so things have happened. I fell in love with this country, and currently I’m living in Salzburg! The volunteering and the new experience to come has taught me a lot, especially independence, willingness to work hard and get ahead, improving the language, giving all of myself in the things I do. I have grown personally, professionally, and spiritually. Austria is like the country of my destiny, which has been waiting for me for a long time. Besides that I found by fate the love of my life and we got married!
I have learned a lot about Montessori education, my German has improved a lot, I can now understand the people and communicate with them, which was a bit difficult for me at the beginning.
The farewell they gave me at school, and the end of the school festival, made me feel that I was, am and will be forever welcome; In this last one I did the exhibition of my art gallery, since I love painting, I sold a lot! I was so happy!
Enjoy your volunteering, go out, meet new people, make friends, travel, interact, but above all try to give the best of yourself and work hard
I feel very well, after finishing my year as a volunteer, I married the love of my life, now I live in Salzburg and I am very happy! I am still improving my German and I am slowly getting used to my new life.
Because of covid issues, all the meetings were online, I did not have much contact with the other volunteers, only a few times when I came to visit Salzburg I met some of them.
I liked it even though it was online, I met several people with whom I continue to chat. Also the information was very useful at the beginning.
Very well, they were very attentive to my process.
Enjoy your volunteering, go out, meet new people, make friends, travel, interact, but above all try to give the best of yourself and work hard. It is important to leave a place with its doors always open.