KATIE IN MEXICO
My name is Katie and spent 1 month in Puebla, Mexico, helping out at a dining and education community Centre for young children.
MY FIRST IMPRESSIONS
Bit daunting as I was initially the only volunteer in the whole project and there were a lot of kids and only one of me!
Was called Comamos y Crezcamos con alegría The project was absolutely wonderful and I really enjoyed working there!
MY ROLE IN THE PROJECT INCLUDED
serving the food to the children, clearing up and washing and drying the plates. I also helped out in their lessons and taught them English
FROM MY VOLUNTEER PLACEMENT I LEARNT/GAINED
That I really want to do the whole thing again. A Mexican way of speaking Spanish (lots of diminutives). Burnt skin. A better aptitude for eating chillies.
MY HOSTING SITUATION IS
I stayed with a host family who helped me out enormously and allowed me to do things I wouldn’t have been able to do had I been staying alone, such as visiting their family in other villages. I felt it allowed me to meet Mexicans more easily.
A TYPICAL DAY FOR ME IS…
Get up around 7 and take a long, slow but interesting journey on Mexican buses to the project, it normally lasted around an hour and a half. Arrive at the project at around 9 am, just as the kids are starting to arrive. Help prepare the food for breakfast. Serve breakfast to the kids, clear up breakfast. Have my own breakfast, same food. Then help out in the lessons and teach a bit of English at the end. Serve lunch to the children, clear up lunch, have my own lunch then finish! After the project finished at about 3pm each day I normally did a bit of sight-seeing, or went to get a coffee with other volunteers I met.
WHAT I’VE BEEN UP TO WHEN I’M NOT VOLUNTEERING
Sight-seeing, visitng other parts of Mexico. For example, I was working and living in Puebla but I really wanted to see what Mexico City was like so I travelled there one weekend with other volunteers. Also visiting local pubs and clubs and testing real Mexican tequila
THE BEST THING ABOUT LIVING AND VOLUNTEERING IN MEXICO IS
The work! Honestly. I expected it to be the partying or the sight-seeing but I genuinely found working at the project to the most rewarding part of the trip and it was certainly the hardest part to say good bye to. It allowed me to meet children that I would otherwise have never interacted with if I had just