Not a dream (Spanish and English version)

Esto se acaba ya! Tras seis meses llenos de emociones, esto llega a su fin. Por el camino hemos vivido muchas cosas, buenas y malas. Las buenas quedarán siempre en nuestros corazones y de las malas aprenderemos. En mi humilde opinión creo que gracias al trabajo en equipo con el voluntario Nicolas de Francia, hemos logrado dejar nuestra huella en un colegio que muy pocos conocen. Forma parte de Lima pero se encuentra un tanto perdido a los ojos de turistas e incluso del propio Estado. A penas llega agua o electricidad, así que ya no hablemos de internet.

Juntos hemos conseguido que niñas y niños aprendan a trabajar juntos independientemente de su género, edad o cultura. Hemos intentado inculcar el amor por el medio ambiente para que observen el mundo a su alrededor y sean buenos ejemplos en la sociedad.

Mi motivación siempre han sido ellos y me voy contenta por lo que hemos hecho pero sobretodo por lo que ellos han hecho con nosotros. Aunque con palabras no se pueda describir, ellos nos han dado mucho más, siempre más. Me voy con el corazón roto y a la vez renovado. Les estaré siempre agradecida por esta gran experiencia. Pero como explicaba al principio, han sido meses llenos de emociones. Es verdad que hemos dejado nuestro granito de arena y con suerte, nuestro proyecto continuará en el colegio Santa María Reyna en Quebrada Verde. ¿Pero cómo lo hemos conseguido? ¿Quién ha estado detrás apoyando?

Hablo desde nuestra experiencia en el proyecto EDUCATING FOR THE FUTURE. Desde la Organización Brigada de Voluntarios Bolivarianos del Perú; nuestra organización hospedera, nos pusieron en contacto con el colegio al igual que nos proveían de materiales necesarios para trabajar en el colegio. Hasta ahí eso es todo. Escribo esto para ayudar a posibles voluntarios aunque no sé muy bien si llegarán a leerlo. Pero si de verdad quieren hacer algo así, sólo ustedes podrán hacerlo posible, no habrá más ayudas. Ni siquiera un proyecto claro que empezar. Se supone que como voluntarios no nos podemos hacer responsables y siempre habrá alguien con nosotros. En nuestro caso no fue así en los últimos tres meses de proyecto. Porque mejor no hablar de los tres primeros en el que en otro colegio Estatal querían aprovecharse de que somos voluntarios para trabajar para ellos, pero seguir cobrando a los alumnos que asistieran a nuestras clases de inglés y francés.

A pesar de todo nosotros continuamos, decidimos ir cada día al colegio de Quebrada y dar lo mejor de nosotros mismos. Y lo que conseguimos, por suerte, va más allá de Organizaciones u otros colegios que no se comprometen de verdad.

Hasta aquí mi valoración final del proyecto.

Mucha suerte a todos y si de verdad quieren ayudar, háganlo, no esperen más!

It´s over now! After six months full of emotions, our journey comes to an end. Along the way we have had so many experiences, both good and bad. The good ones will always remain in our hearts, and we have definitely learnt from the bad ones. In my humble opinion, I believe that Nicolas from France and I have achieved so much through teamwork. We have managed to leave our imprint in a school that very few know. It is part of Lima, but is somewhat lost in the eyes of tourists and even the State itself. There is hardly any water or electricity, and don´t get me started on the internet.

Together we have succeeded in getting girls and boys to learn how to work together, regardless of gender norms, age or culture. We have tried to instill a love for the environment so they can observe the world around them, and be good examples in the society.

I have always been motivated because of them, and I am happy for what we have done. Above all, I am grateful for what they have done for us. The children have given so much more than words can explain. Now I leave with a broken heart, but also a renewed one. I will always be thankful to have been given this opportunity.

Our project will continue in Santa María Reyna school in Quebrada Verde. I know our grain of sand made a lasting impression. How did we achieved it? Who was our support?

I speak from our experience in the EDUCATING FOR THE FUTURE PROJECT! The Brigada de Voluntarios Bolivarianos del Perú; our host organization, got us into contact with the school, just as they provided us with materials needed to work there. So far, that's all. I write this to help potential volunteers, in so far as giving you the right information. The organization BVBP did not aid us further than what I previously mentioned. Frankly, it was very dissapointing.

If you really want to do something like this, only you can make it possible. Do not put all your reliance in an organization like the one I worked with, as I didn´t even receive a real assignment. Though, regardless of mismanangemnt and mistakes, us volunteers cannot be held responsible for any wrongdoings, because we are there to help. That is our mission. I only realized this simple, yet vital objective in the last three months of the project. Better not to mention the first three, in which at another State school they were attempting to take advantage of the fact that we are volunteers, and continue overcharging students who attended our English and French classes.

However, in spite of everything, we persevered. We gave our best selves every day, and committed to helping the school in Quebrada, and most of all its students. What we got, fortunately, goes beyond Organizations, or anything material.

As a final farewell, I will finish by saying,

Good luck to all. If you really want to help, do it! Do not wait any longer!

Laura Casanova Estévez

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