Volunteer Experiences

Volunteer Experience: Lucy

By on Feb 14, 2015 in Volunteer Experiences |

Name: Lucy Rogerson Nationality: German Age: 24 How did you find out about Clara Luna?   workaway.com What attracted you to working with Clara Luna? The opportunities that Clara Luna gives to the kids and the volunteers. What do you think your best skills are for being a volunteer? Spontaneity, attentiveness, fluent English and team work skills What is your current volunteer role with Clara Luna, briefly describe your typical day. English classes on Tuesdays, Thursdays
Spanish classes in the first couple of weeks
Club de Niños on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Helped with physiotherapy exercises with a little girl, Angie.
Turtle Patrols How long have you been volunteering with us? (eg. 3 weeks out of 6) 8 weeks 
How long did you end up staying with us at Clara Luna? 7 weeks Describe in 3 words what makes a good volunteer Creative Spontaneous Open Did you speak Spanish prior to volunteering with Clara Luna? un poco If Yes: Do you think it is important? If no:  Did you find it difficult?
 It makes it easier to work with the little ones.
 About a 3/10 on a scale of necessity

. What was your level of Spanish when you began volunteering with us? 2/10 

What was your level of Spanish when you left Clara Luna?
 4/10 Describe in 3 words your experience here at Clara Luna Eye-Opening, Fulfilling,...

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Volunteer Experience: Manuela

By on Feb 14, 2015 in Volunteer Experiences |

Name: Manuela Nationality: French Age: 24 How did you find out about Clara Luna?   workaway.com What attracted you to working with Clara Luna? – The diversity of the possible activities to wok as a volunteer. – The flexibility – The location – The price What do you think your best skills are for being a volunteer? Adaptability and optimism What is your current volunteer role with Clara Luna, briefly describe your typical day. I was visiting the home of a 7 year old boy to help with physiotherapy and a teenage girl for support with homework and help with physiotherapy. With the girl, I ended up being more of a social support. I tutored kids in the community Helped with Club de Niños Went to The Foundación to work with people with disabilities How long have you been volunteering with us? (eg. 3 weeks out of 6) 13 weeks Describe in 3 words what makes a good volunteer Open-minded, Motivated, Flexible Did you speak Spanish prior to volunteering with Clara Luna? Yes, as I have Spanish nationality If Yes: Do you think it is important? If no:  Did you find it difficult? I think it helps a lot to share deeper things with locals. But actually, smiles, sounds and open-mindedness are probably enough. Has your Spanish improved since volunteering with Clara Luna? My Spanish didn’t exactly ‘improve’ but the ability to adapt to latin expressions and ways of speaking (no more “z” sound!) Describe in 3 words your experience here at Clara Luna Meeting new people Freedom...

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Volunteer Experience: Carolina

By on Jan 31, 2015 in Volunteer Experiences |

Name: Carolina Nationality: French Age: 31 How did you find out about Clara Luna?   workaway.com What attracted you to working with Clara Luna? La fundación: personas con discapacidades What do you think your best skills are for being a volunteer? Sonrisa, sociable, comunicar con los demás What is your current volunteer role with Clara Luna, briefly describe your typical day. todos los dias no son equal! How long have you been volunteering with us? (eg. 3 weeks out of 6) 3 meses Have you volunteered before? No Describe in 3 words what makes a good volunteer Ambiente con otros voluntarios Vivir en una comunidad Encontrar a gente del pueblo en el trabajo What difference do you feel you have made so far? Work to help the city and people Saber vivir en comunidad (limpiar sue cosas, compartir, etc) Dar ideas de trabajo En la fundación: adaptar las actividades a la posibilidades de la personas con discapacidades. Did you speak Spanish prior to volunteering with Clara Luna? Si If Yes: Do you think it is important? If no:  Did you find it difficult? Es major saber hablar espanol para si no hablas espanol esta muy bien a dar class de ingles o estar en Club de Ninos para aprendar y practicar español Describe in 3 words your experience here at Clara Luna...

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Volunteer Experience: Claudia and Chris

By on Jan 31, 2015 in Volunteer Experiences |

Name: Claudia / Christian Nationality: German Age: 29 How did you find out about Clara Luna?   workaway.com What attracted you to working with Clara Luna? A lot of different projects with children What do you think your best skills are for being a volunteer? Responsibility, creativity, experience with children and knowledge about social games What is your current volunteer role with Clara Luna, briefly describe your typical day. -teaching english (2 classes, twice a week) – exercises with Ulessis (three times a week) – help with Club de Ninos (twice a week – turtle patrols (twice a week in the morning) How long have you been volunteering with us? (eg. 3 weeks out of 6) 4 weeks Have you volunteered before? Where? A horse ranch in Costa Rica How long? 2.5 weeks What did you do? taking care of the horses, preparing them for tourists and riding the horses that require more socialization What did you like about that program to encourage you to volunteer again? the variety of work and the amazing kids! How does Clara Luna differ to the last volunteering program? Clara Luna was much more work, but didn’t FEEL like work. Clara Luna provided more contact with the locals in the community Describe in 3 words what makes a good volunteer flexibility, creativity, responsibility What difference do you feel you have made so far? I learned a lot about Ecuadorian culture, the language and how everything works here. We tried to give our input regarding the structural context and educational objectives of club de Ninos but the time was too short. Did you speak Spanish prior to volunteering with Clara Luna? No, not really Has your Spanish improved since volunteering with Clara Luna? Yes, of course Describe in 3 words your experience here at Clara Luna Insightful, diverse,...

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Volunteer Experience: Phil

By on Jan 31, 2015 in Volunteer Experiences |

Name: Phil Nationality: British Age: 57 How did you find out about Clara Luna?   Volunteer Latin America website What attracted you to working with Clara Luna? Paola! What do you think your best skills are for being a volunteer? Patience, willingness to take anything on What is your current volunteer role with Clara Luna, briefly describe your typical day. Physio with Ulises 3 times a week. Teaching English to various student 2 days a week, some Saturday mornings How long have you been volunteering with us? (eg. 3 weeks out of 6) 9 weeks/9 weeks (We leave tomorrow) Describe in 3 words what makes a good volunteer Enthusiasm, goodwill, flexibility What difference do you feel you have made so far? Giving confidence to a few young people, carrying on physio work with Ulises, hopefully starting some young people on the path of learning English Did you speak Spanish prior to volunteering with Clara Luna? No Has your Spanish improved since volunteering with Clara Luna? It could only improve! – immense progress Describe in 3 words your experience here at Clara Luna Fun Humbling...

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Volunteer Experience: Jane

By on Jan 30, 2015 in Volunteer Experiences |

Name: Jane D Nationality: British Age: 55 How did you find out about Clara Luna?   Volunteer Latin America website What attracted you to working with Clara Luna? The range of opportunities, Skype call with Paola, the location What do you think your best skills are for being a volunteer? Teaching experience, language skills, flexibility, willingness to learn What is your current volunteer role with Clara Luna, briefly describe your typical day. Teaching english, physio sessions 3 times a week, club de ninos, intercambio- there is no real typical day! How long have you been volunteering with us? (eg. 3 weeks out of 6) 2 months Describe in 3 words what makes a good volunteer flexibility, openness, empathy What difference do you feel you have made so far? providing opportunities for students to progress both in confidence (personal development) and language skills Did you speak Spanish prior to volunteering with Clara Luna? Yes If Yes: Do you think it is important? If no:  Did you find it difficult? It helps with non-english speakers, but it’s not essential Has your Spanish improved since volunteering with Clara Luna? Yes Describe in 3 words your experience here at Clara Luna Unforgettable Life-affirming...

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