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Take 10 Volunteer 2020

 Cristina: We need to be ready & resilient

A big part of the Take 10 Volunteer Team was forced to make the decision of going back to their home countries when the programme got temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 crisis complications.

 

A lot of the team members are back to their families and are using the time to reflect, help their communities, and cherish family time while being ready to continue the project once everything is back to normal. We talked to Cristina who is back in Granada and asked her to tell us a bit about her preparation period, current situation, and outlook on the future.

How did the preparation period impact you?

I could define this period in one word: Intense. I have learned a lot of things during these three months of preparation.

First of all, I have learned about myself. In a context where you live 24 hours, 7 days a week with your team – people you didn’t know before but have a common goal with teaches you many things. On a personal level, I have learned to live day by day with people very different from me, sharing, listening, giving and receiving. These people somehow end up being your family in the end. Learning a lot from them, their way of being, acting,  and from their enriching experiences and knowledge is fascinating.

In this period, I have faced my limits and my imperfections. All of this has made me stronger and more aware. It also made me more prepared for the upcoming period by showing me my strengths and how I can use them.

I think the key to having a good experience with so many people is to do everything out of love and respect. Of course, I have learned many things with the classes as well- the approach of learning by doing has been very effective and eye-opening. I have learned a lot thanks to all the practical actions, the studies, the activities that we make together, and our investigations in the real world.

How did the virus crisis affect you and your team?

In the beginning, the COVID-19 crisis was a complete shock for me. None of us realised how serious it was. When this entire situation started in Italy and in Spain, in Denmark we were in kind of a bubble not foreseeing how much it will impact us as well. I was thinking that this was not going to affect our project in Africa, and for sure, those thoughts didn’t correspond with reality.

Unfortunately, the programme has been postponed and we don’t know exactly when we are going to finalise it. It was a difficult time when we were discussing and confirming this because all of us were looking forward to the project period. We had to find a solution and the most logical thing for me to do was to go home to stay close to my family. The world is paralysed – we all are, maybe the projects are going to change so we need to be ready for that and be resilient facing the difficulties.

What is your current situation?

Right now, I am back to my parents’ home in Granada. In Spain, we continue in the state of alarm which means we can’t leave the house unless for things that are strictly necessary (shopping, doctor, pharmacy), so there is not much to do.

I have volunteered in my neighbourhood to help older people do their shopping or some other activities that need volunteers. I think the solution to get out of this is to be civic and supportive. We should all do what we can to help each other.

How do you see the future and yourself in it?

It is so difficult to think about the future in these moments because everything we had known until now is going to change after this crisis.

 I think the way we relate to each other, the jobs, and the way to consume will have to change soon. My plan in the near future is to get a job when all of this is over and, of course, I will continue with finalizing the programme when it becomes possible.

Take 10 Volunteer 2020

It is so difficult to think about the future in these moments because everything we had known until now is going to change after this crisis. I think the way we relate to each other, the jobs, and the way to consume will have to change soon

– Cristina, January 2020 Team

I could define this period in one word: Intense. I have learned a lot of things during these three months of preparation.

– Cristina, January 2020 Team

Take 10 volunteer 2020

How is the programme changing during the COVID-19

Read the letter by DRH Lindrsvold principle Tina Whittington about the development of the Take 10 Volunteer Programme.

Read more from the January 2020 team

Giulia is taking one day at a time

Giulia is taking one day at a time

“Making plans right now is really difficult. The project in Guinea Bissau seems only temporarily suspended but making long-term forecasts is very difficult and not very productive. We will have to wait and see.”

Caro: We need to stop and think

Caro: We need to stop and think

“It is high time we started to think about how to protect our planet. We need to rethink globalisation completely and not just go back to the pre-crisis production model with overproduction and overconsumption.”

Andrea: Exploration & change

Andrea: Exploration & change

“I started this programme to change my life. I am still in that process of exploration and change. I have no idea who I will be after this is over or how the project work overseas will affect me or my future.”

Elena: All our plans were scrapped

Elena: All our plans were scrapped

“Perhaps we will go to Africa but under different circumstances and conditions. We don’t know which country we will be able to go to, which type of project, and so on. We will just have to adjust to the situation.”

Enric decided to stay in Denmark

Enric decided to stay in Denmark

“I am happy to continue to stay at DRH Lindersvold where I did my training. I still believe in an autonomous lifestyle based on my principles and I am happy to be able to continue with common projects in day-to-day life.”