Volunteering in the Godparents Office
Isabella, from Germany, describes her experience at NPH Peru.
February 10, 2016 - Peru
|Isa comforting a little one|
“Tia, tengo carta?” asks the children as I walk to the office. They want to know if I have some letters from their godparents for them.
After several years of working in a very comfortable but not fulfilling job, I was looking for an opportunity to work in a social project and especially with children. As a translator for the Spanish language, with a big interest for the Latin American culture, I applied at NPH and got the chance to work in Peru.
In January 2015 I started my work in the Godparents Office. I was very lucky to work with Betty, the International Sponsorship Director. I learned a lot from her. There are currently more than 800 sponsors, and this year we also have local sponsors. The special and beautiful part of my job was seeing the important role a godparent has for a child, and how they develop very close and special relationships. The impact that this can have on a child is amazing, and especially when I see how happy and excited the children are when they receive a letter or when their godparent comes for a visit. This is a very important experience for a child - to have somebody in their life who wants to support them, care and give love and attention.
The NPH home in Peru, with about 100 children, is one of the smallest homes and that is what makes it very special. I had the chance to get to know all the children and spend time with them, build very close relationships, and I also could feel the intense family bond. I felt this especially when the older children looked after the younger ones, or when there were some sport events outside and the entire NPH home went to support our team. Moreover, it was great living so close to the children and next to the babies’ house. It was never necessary to use my alarm clock as the cheerful morning songs of the little girls always woke me up.
Life is never boring here and aside from spending time with these wonderful kids, I was able to see them progress. Watching each child progress and seeing how they discover their talents was one of my favorite aspects of volunteering. I never regret giving up my comfortable job in Germany. Although, in some regards, you may have to give up certain things to become a volunteer, and it is really challenging on many levels, but what you get back in return far outweighs any personal sacrifices made, and I have learned so much. I am very thankful for this life changing experience, and for finding a wonderful family of 100 children whose love and generosity I will take with me wherever I go.