VOLUNTEER NAME: ANA GABRIELA
INFORMTION ABOUT MY PROJECT
I worked with adults with physical and mental disabilities at Freshfields Leonard Cheshire Disability Centre. You basically are in activities; you go on trips out and do some indoor activities too. It is really fun and enjoyable. The people you work with are really nice and it is fun and a good place to work!
INFORMATION ABOUT MYSELF
I’ll be 22 years old in October 2013. I turned 21 while I was in the UK. I’m from Honduras a country located in Central America and I live with my family.
WHAT WAS A WORKING DAY LIKE
You normally start working around 9:15 am. At breakfast time you are able to help the residents who can’t feed themselves and when you finish you start with activities or if you have some trip out you get ready with the residents and it depends where you’re going but you normally help them make sure they are in the bus safe with all the safety instructions and then go out and if it’s at dinner time you help them with meals too. If you are doing indoor activities you can play games with them and do pottery work which is really fun and basically you do that and it depends if there’s something else planned. You can help with dinner time and tea time also and you normally finish working at 5:15 pm. You need to be qualified to help with meals and to push a wheelchair and also getting the residents in the bus; you have to do some training but are all basic stuff and are really easy.
WHAT DID YOU ENJOY ABOUT LIVING IN A DIFFERENT CULTURE
You learn something different every day. English people are really nice and you get used to their lifestyle and also different cultures. My roommate was a girl from South Korea and we get on well I learned so much about her culture and she learned from mine and it was so much fun. You improve your English a lot and in my case in my work place nobody could speak Spanish so it was a challenge but it really helps you.
WHAT DID YOU ACHIEVE?
I achieved so much experience and you are basically making someone else happy with your help and they really appreciate your help and time. At the end of your experience you feel that all the work you did is so worth it and you want to continue doing it and you feel really good with yourself. You make lots of friends and being able to be independent and you learn to grow as a person. Is definitely worth it and I absolutely recommend this experience to other people.