Mar 072011

It’s not good, but it makes sense. As a volunteer, you face situations that fit perfectly into this description, every day. Getting to understand this has proven to be the most difficult struggle since I arrived to this place.

It’s not good that we’re not able to take our kids to the park or museum once a week anymore because our organization wishes to avoid hazards that could generate potentially dangerous situations, beacuse if any event of this nature was to occur, the communities in which we work would immediately go hostile against the organization refusing to collaborate with them anymore and our programs would be lost, along with the little hope that they mean for those who benefit from them. So it makes sense that we can’t give our kids a recreational day anymore. It’s not good to feel amazingly happy one moment moment and inexplicably depressed and unmotivated the next one when you’re supposed to be living a lifetime experience, but it makes sense when you realize  that you get the first from a well done job at your classroom with your kids, from the amazing friends that you find in co-volunteers and locals and the latter from the devastating and omnipresent misery that populates this country in any place you go, so both sadness and joy have their space during a regular day, reminding you that you still have a lively, cheerful heart and a compassionate soul.

During my last week -wich flew by- and in the middle of my personal crisis, every day I learned a new thing about the real definition and purpose of being a volunteer.

Very much like many others, I came to this place with the big idea in my head that as a member of a volunteering program I would become some kind of superhero, able to come to this distant country and have everything change for the better in no time and then  go back home announcing that I just had helped change the world… This is not true, at least not entirely. Around here, ten necessities arise for every resource we get and trying to aid every single one of them will get you into a spiral that leads to no positive outcome.

Such a big and insatiable poverty is definitely not a good thing, but it makes sense that it exists when one realizes that it is us, the human race, that have made it possible. In the case of India one reason for this is the now legally vanished cast system which froze their society in time for centuries, making it harder for them to keep up the pace with the nowadays world, always on the look for progress and innovation, leaving this country a most difficult uphill way towards achieving modernization, but examples of injustice exist in every region of this planet.

It’s not a good thing that we can’t change the world as fast as we can and it actually is worse realizing that our planet is in such a big need of a change, but it makes sense to live in a house with 15 other persons that are trying to understand how to make it happen, even if they may not live to see it… It reminds me that we are still human, capable of  aiding those who need us, no matter how little our help might be.


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