Trying to understand a different lifestyle
Also the building system is eco friendly: they use their own bricks, they use just water and sand for make them. In general, they use less things that influence the ecosystem. They throw the garbage in the roads.... but in comparison with us their garbage is nothing.
About the happiness is difficult to talk, but people don't seem less happy than in a "developed country", at the contrary. Maybe their worries are a lot and this is stressing for the people, but they work to solve their problems.
The concept of "lazy" I haven't seen it here. In the contrary the people here in the community work a lot, the students have energy and many study hours.
People have another rhythm of the life, they walk slowly, because nothing is late, they are on time. Sometime they are late, because they come from far away, walking kilometres under the sun, not in cars or bikes, like us. Their time is calm, is slow. They don't have this concept of "produce" all the time like me.
I think all the time: I can not loose the time, I have to use every minute to do something productive, but here is different. I'm learning a lot about that, to breathe, and to look around, to enjoy the nature.
They are calming my rhythm of the life and it is hard but I'm happy. Sometime I stress, but I'm learning.
Religion is very important.
The music is beautiful and happy most of the time.
The amazing nature....
The nature is amazing, uuuuhhhhh, is the most nice thing here. With the rain the landscape turns green, and the whether change constantly, in the morning there are a hot sun, 30 degrees, and in the afternoons there are storms. The clouds are beautiful, specially in the sunset, different colours, harmonious, quiet, and in the horizons black clouds are doing a party, clouds, full of water and good season, good future and deep voices reminding us of the respect the sky deserves.
The plantations turn green faster that our expectations.
The maize growing very fast changes the face of the red land, close to the houses, red houses, houses of songs, of children, grandparents, mothers, fathers together. Feet running faster than leaves in the wind, feet going slow full of experiences. Feet touching the land, in contact, close to the earth, closer than me.
There, in the grooves, you can see one mother under the sun, weeding. Close to her, another woman shouting to someone behind the little river, who I can not see.
Fields in the hills modelling the horizons, different colours, different directions, different shapes, sounds of insects everywhere, new insects for me.
The sun is setting slowly, it's time for rest and quiet.
It's time for the grasshopper songs, for the frogs song, the cockroach songs?
We walk close to the river
What! There are lights in the grass.
There are lights on our way to the house.
Stars on the ground
Lighting boxes close to our feet.
No electricity in the school
Big stars in the sky.
And the human being is part of her...
The mother of everything.
Our Project Experience so far
My experience with the project is good.
To work with Richard (Our local partner) is very productive. He knows everything about the pre-schools, what they need, the locations, the roads, the people and the language. He lives here so he knows how is the life, the daily life. He explains to us with a lot of patience, if we don't understand something, for example. He's very good partner, facilitating the job.
With my other partner we have different concept of the work but we are improving our work system, talking when something is not good for each other. Also he is from Chile, so our language is the same, we can share many ideas and thoughts easily about our experience.
But in general we are happy because at the moment we feel that we are advancing, we have organised different projects, specially about the food in the preschools. We made a video for fundraising and it is working.
We could do many things and we feel that we have started in a good way. With Richard we can work very fast. He has the communication with everybody, so if we want to do something he can call to anyone and do it. Also we work together with Mr. Margaretha, who works with the local government in the communities, so he also is a very good support to carry out the projects.
In the school, DAPP always have a good relation with us, they advice us, and facilitate the information or the budget.
We have a good team in Malawi!
We can see the work from the other volunteers, and we continue with this, but also to work with our skills and ideas.
The only problems are the bicycles, because we have to fix them almost everyday, we say "the big challenge in Malawi".
Sometime, we have to walk a lot under the sun or the rain, and this is very nice, because is a good challenge. Sometimes is very very hot but we drink water or we eat mangos. Uh la la the mangos!
My body is training for this challenges, sometimes I'm very tired so I have to rest, and this is a learning also. The rest is important.
I could share time with the students, before they leave. We made a video clip, it was so funny. They created a song about Amalika, they are very proud of the school, so we thought to finish the process in the school, is good to end with a videoclip. We were very happy, and for me it is easier to share with the people, by the entertainment work, it's my way to share.
We started to make a documentary, we made some interviews to the student about the education.
Also we sang Chilean songs with Javier in the Christmas Party, was very nice. To share music is always a good moment.
In resume.....I've lived many beautiful moment, with the people, with the nature and with me. There are more time for us and this is very important. Because in my city you almost don't have free time. I'm very happy and I love to work in the communities, to walk everyday to different places, to see beautiful landscapes, listen the music, to be in the nature.
Of course there are difficult moment but in general the experience is amazing.
I will try to learn more Chichewa, I think this is my challenge at the moment.
Things to improve: Patience, Chichewa, physical exercises.
Hugs and greetings!
Hello Alvaro, I am currently a volunteer in Chile, I have this heart to help, if you are in Santiago we could talk a little so I could have a way out to going in for this volunteer service. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org Whatsapp +56 941436544
Hello Focho! Greetings from CICD, my name is Marie. Thank you for your interest here - I will pass on your details to Alvaro, because right now he is in Malawi so cannot talk with you in Chile. Unfortunately you could not join this same programme here with us in England, because of the immigration rules...but maybe you can in one of our sister schools in Denmark or Norway. Take a look at this website and contact them: https://take10volunteer.org/ and good luck with your volunteering in Chile.