Teacher with heart and soul
“Tia Angela” is one of the pedagogical experts at NPH Bolivia
May 7, 2012 - Bolivia
Since August of last year, Angela has been working as a volunteer at NPH Bolivia. This teacher from the north of Germany takes special care of those who find difficulties in learning and have to visit a special school. Angela puts her entire heart and soul into her efforts in working with each and every child. It is not only the children with learning difficulties can expect her help as she is also always there when any child has a problem with homework. She also maintains contact with teachers at the school. Meanwhile, "Tia Angela" has become a very important person for the children in our home. They are happy when she deals with them in her quiet, patient and understanding manner. The list of tasks, which the experienced and dedicated teacher accepted during her time at our orphanage, is quite long. She works together with family services on a regular basis, which includes the educational issues that may come with living together in the houses. She is involved in regular education meetings with the coordinator of the houses and educational staff. Immediately after her arrival at NPH Bolivia she restructured our library. By a self-developed questionnaire, she obtained the children’s books they requested and then expanded the library with the help of donations.
Angela's work was not, as usually is with our volunteers, clearly defined. There were no predecessors in her position before her to model her duties so she created her workspace largely herself. She feels that it is this fact and the associated opportunities are making a big part of the appeal of her work. Basically, she sees lots of challenges, but in living with the children it is "beautiful if after preliminary basis for trust is created with them. It's like a reward.” There have been many pleasing and surprising experiences along her journey here.
Her great interest is the South American education system and she still sees much need for action. She likes the South American developed educational concept of "fe y alegria" or “faith and joy,” and would like to continue working with it. "It seems to me as if at the end of my career the circle will be complete and I can do the things that I really could stand behind," says Angela. She has already decided to stay a second year. The work is "exciting," mainly because of the adorable children. "They are open, interested, and helpful with one another and look forward to visiting with every guest. That pleases me here. You can feel nothing of a depressed home in the atmosphere."
Development cooperation is not new territory for Angela. Prior to joining NPH Bolivia, she already had experience with projects in Guatemala where she travelled regularly during the school holidays. She has also participated in several training courses in the field of intercultural cooperation. Her work at NPH Bolivia is a great continuation of her experiences and expertise.