Desire for Change
My GoodShop is in good hands with Ingrid
June 14, 2012 - Bolivia
After ten years as a bank clerk, Ingrid seemed to have enough. She was grabbed by the "desire for change," and after several trips to South America she began to love this continent. She worked at home for some time for an association in development cooperation. What could be more natural than to combine both and go along with a social organization working in a country in South America? It was only logical that Ingrid apply at NPH since one of her friends had been working as a volunteer in NPH Mexico. Also, she had the opportunity to meet Susanne Chylik, the Project Coordinator of NPH Bolivia. It was by chance and during her visit to Vienna. It was then certain for this Austrian woman to volunteer at the NPH home in Bolivia. "I found it extremely attractive to leave the Austrian daily life behind me. I then quit my job and canceled my subscriptions," she says laughing. She never regretted her decision in any way. It's been a half a year now that Ingrid has been at NPH Bolivia. Her understanding of numbers here insures to her as a benefit in the coordination of projects as well as working with the NPH online store "My Good Shop." In fact, her activity is exactly what she wanted. "I had imagined working in the administrative area of a social organization," she says with satisfaction. She still has a few problems with the "Bolivian mode of operation," which is very different from her homeland. Messages that she sends to companies are, for example, usually not answered. She learns that, "You learn to have patience with yourself and others."
There are also the children. Although it’s not Ingrid's primary task in dealing with the children, she uses every opportunity to get in touch with them. The kids like her and her cheerful kindness. Ingrid believes that, "because of the participation of volunteers coming from different countries there is a kind of small cultural exchange that benefits everyone involved." What does she especially like about NPH Bolivia? "The respectful dealings with each other, and it's nice to see how such a small home is growing. You can play your part in this. "
A year as a volunteer at NPH can change many things. For example, perspectives and one's own view on things. Her final thought was, "I would hope that the time here contributes to seeing my path more clearly afterwards, and that I am concentrating on the things that are really important."