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 Henrique’s ambitions (September Team)

Henrique Souza (24) is part of the Take 10 September team. Together with his teammate Sabina he is currently in Southern Malawi working with preschool and teacher training. Before he left for his journey he was kind enough to share his insights on the programme and talk about his goals and expectations for the project.

 

 

Reasons and goals

Henrique was born in Brazil but was living in Spain before joining the Take 10 Volunteer programme in September. He has an education in psychology of education and coming to the project was a way for him to gain more insights and real-world experience in the field.

Back when he had just arrived he told us that he was excited yet a bit scared of the big jump he is taking.

He quickly got used to the community life the intense work. One of his reasons for joining was “to look for the answer to my future because sometimes one must take a plunge into the unknown to find the right answer, as simple as that answer might be.”

Three months after his arrival, at the end of his training and preparation period together with the entire September Team we talked to him again and asked him about his experience, impressions, expectations, and goals. This is what he had to say.

 

What are you hoping to achieve at your project?

I hope I will be able to organize something related to the psychology of education because this is what I studied in college and I would like to practice better. I think the project will be a good opportunity to go more in-depth into what I learned in school and understand the subject better. But it really depends on what the people need at the moment so I am open to working in other fields as well.

I just hope to be able to better understand people and combine practical with psychological aspects. I think I can learn a lot from people and I am excited to meet the students and teachers. I will adapt to the situation and try to get the best of it, maybe they already have an established system and it will be learning more from them rather than me teaching them.

I really don’t know what the situation will be like so I am ready to go in any direction – I don’t want to step on any toes, I just want to add on top of what has already been established and help make positive progress.

 

 

You already have an education, is the volunteering experience helping you build-up on it in any way?

Yes, I have the basics and now I am adding on to it and developing even more as I am seeing the reality. I think I will be able to gain other perspectives during the project and develop what I have learned in school.

 

What do you hope will be the end result of the project, what do you hope to walk away with?

I still need to see the situation and exact conditions to be able to understand what I can bring to the project. I would like to add something – whatever I can be useful with. I want to leave something that will stay and walk away knowing that I have given as much of my capabilities as possible and I have learned as much as possible.

I believe this is a two-way process. I am going to help with what I can but a huge part of the project is what I will learn from those people as well. Humanity is all about exchange – you give and you receive. It is important for me to remember that this is not just going and doing something, you can always learn something from anyone and I want to take away something from the people’s knowledge and experience.

Any positive development is a good development no matter how small.

We strongly believe Henrique is doing his best while learning from and contributing to the project at this very moment (just like everyone from the September team is doing).

After his project in Malawi is over he will back for his conclusion and reflection period and we are excited to hear about his experience. What he managed to learn, what he worked with, and it impacted him.

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DAPP Malawi

DAPP Malawi

Our partner – DAPP Malawi leading the projects and guding volunteers

September Team Take 10 Volunteer

Take 10 September Team

Read  the full interview with the September 2019 Team

What kind of certifications do I get?

January 2020

Starting date:
5 January 2020

Project country:
Zambia

Training takes place at:
DRH Lindersvold, Faxe, Denmark

A structured gap year can be just what you need.

Henrique Souza (24) is part of the Take 10 September team. Together with his teammate Sabina he is currently in Southern Malawi working with preschool and teacher training. Before he left for his journey he was kind enough to share his insights on the programme and talk about his goals and expectations for the project.

DAPP Malawi

DAPP Malawi

Our partner – DAPP Malawi leading the projects and guding volunteers

 

 

Reasons and goals

Henrique was born in Brazil but was living in Spain before joining the Take 10 Volunteer programme in September. He has an education in psychology of education and coming to the project was a way for him to gain more insights and real-world experience in the field.

Back when he had just arrived he told us that he was excited yet a bit scared of the big jump he is taking.

He quickly got used to the community life the intense work. One of his reasons for joining was “to look for the answer to my future because sometimes one must take a plunge into the unknown to find the right answer, as simple as that answer might be.”

Three months after his arrival, at the end of his training and preparation period together with the entire September Team we talked to him again and asked him about his experience, impressions, expectations, and goals. This is what he had to say.

 

September Team Take 10 Volunteer

Take 10 September Team

Read  the full interview with the September 2019 Team

What are you hoping to achieve at your project?

I hope I will be able to organize something related to the psychology of education because this is what I studied in college and I would like to practice better. I think the project will be a good opportunity to go more in-depth into what I learned in school and understand the subject better. But it really depends on what the people need at the moment so I am open to working in other fields as well.

I just hope to be able to better understand people and combine practical with psychological aspects. I think I can learn a lot from people and I am excited to meet the students and teachers. I will adapt to the situation and try to get the best of it, maybe they already have an established system and it will be learning more from them rather than me teaching them.

I really don’t know what the situation will be like so I am ready to go in any direction – I don’t want to step on any toes, I just want to add on top of what has already been established and help make positive progress.

 

You already have an education, is the volunteering experience helping you build-up on it in any way?

Yes, I have the basics and now I am adding on to it and developing even more as I am seeing the reality. I think I will be able to gain other perspectives during the project and develop what I have learned in school.

What do you hope will be the end result of the project, what do you hope to walk away with?

I still need to see the situation and exact conditions to be able to understand what I can bring to the project. I would like to add something – whatever I can be useful with. I want to leave something that will stay and walk away knowing that I have given as much of my capabilities as possible and I have learned as much as possible.

I believe this is a two-way process. I am going to help with what I can but a huge part of the project is what I will learn from those people as well. Humanity is all about exchange – you give and you receive. It is important for me to remember that this is not just going and doing something, you can always learn something from anyone and I want to take away something from the people’s knowledge and experience.

Any positive development is a good development no matter how small.

We strongly believe Henrique is doing his best while learning from and contributing to the project at this very moment (just like everyone from the September team is doing).

After his project in Malawi is over he will back for his conclusion and reflection period and we are excited to hear about his experience. What he managed to learn, what he worked with, and it impacted him.

 

What kind of certifications do I get?

January 2020

Starting date:
5 January 2020

Project country:
Zambia

Training takes place at:
DRH Lindersvold, Faxe, Denmark

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