10 Years Ago it was Just a Dream, Today it is a Reality
Volunteer speech therapist Sara shares her experience serving at NPH Peru.
March 20, 2018 - Peru
It is said that when you really want something, the whole universe conspires to make it happen. Sara herself had witnessed this, as one of her most precious dreams came true, which marked her life after leaving Germany and began her new adventure as a volunteer by working as a speech therapist at NPH Peru. Here is her testimony:
"Ten years ago, I was thinking of spending a year in an children's home in South America. I wanted to share God's love and preach the hope you get when you believe. But my plans did not work well.
So I did a year of social work in Germany, I finished my studies as a speech therapist and worked for five years. Every once in a while, I thought about leaving Germany, but I never did. It was in 2016 that I was once again on the NPH website and decided to apply as a volunteer, shortly before the application deadline, without knowing if I really wanted to do so. Soon, I received an invitation to spend an orientation weekend and I really enjoyed sharing my time with the former volunteers and the current staff of the NPH Germany office.
The concept of NPH, of being a family for children, uniting siblings, giving them the opportunity to study and finish college, was important to me.
Step by step, God prepared me to get out of my comfort zone: my work, my apartment, my environment. Surprisingly, I got more than one offer, so I had to decide if I would really go and where ... in just one week! Finally, I chose Peru, one of the reasons was also because it is close to the sea, which I love. This is how I left Germany in January 2017 to work here as a speech therapist.
A day at NPH Peru is never like you expected from very early in the morning, sometimes the plans change from moment to moment. But normally I start at 8 a.m. preparing my therapies and working with children. Most often I work with three or four of them, one after another they visit for their sessions. Afterwards, I have a short break before lunch. This is a good time to call my family at home and my friends, due to the time difference. In the afternoon, another four children have their therapies and I finish my workday making their reports and documentation. Working with children in therapy is a little different from working at home. They are all very excited and ask almost every day when their next session will be. I confess that it took me a while to feel comfortable doing my therapies in Spanish, but now I like it a lot and I enjoy it.
After my workday, I have dinner with the girls of Casa Guadalupe, they are between 10 and 17 years old. Sometimes, after dinner, I have time to help them with their English homework, watch a movie or play a game. This is also a good time to build relationships, talk about important girly stuff, give advice and show them that someone cares and loves them. A day like that is really exhausting, and at the end of the day I just want to sleep. Although I end up very tired, it is also something that makes me happy.
On Saturdays and Sundays there are no therapies; but every second weekend I also share my time with the children.
NPH has changed my life because the time I spent here made me see my country and my life with a different perspective. Spending time with children is sometimes tiring, but most times I get more love back than I give! NPH Peru became my home for one year, and now for four more months, and I am grateful to God because I finally lived my dream!
I will never forget these children and this experience of my life!"