(Netherlands) - Art Therapist
Febrero 25, 2012 - Nicaragua
I’m eight months in Nicaragua now, and don’t want to think about leaving yet. The first months were not that easy with learning Spanish and learning how everything works in this small community, and of course it took time to get to know the kids. It’s a road that goes with ups and downs, but with time the ups are getting higher.
I am an art therapist and work with children individually when they, for example, have problems on a personal level. What I see is that it’s difficult for them to express themselves, to show and talk about feelings and emotions. What I hope is that I can help them grow in their self confidence and that they will learn about drawing and painting and how to express themselves through art. We are experimenting a lot with different materials and try to have fun in the therapy.
Things go in little steps. I remember the moment when I was drawing with Anna. She asked me to draw a person for her, so she could copy this. I asked her to give it a try by herself. By giving examples and looking at her own body to see how things are, we drew a person step by step. She was smiling and was really proud of herself. She saw that when she takes the time and tries something new, she can achieve a lot!
Apart from the therapies I love spending time with the kids. They are direct and say how things are. We laugh, talk, play soccer and have pajama parties. I’m sure I am learning more from them, than they are from me.
So I have 5 more months to go, and don’t want to think about leaving yet!