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Take 10 Volunteer 2020

 Andrea: Exploration & change

The temporary suspension of the Take 10 Volunteer Programme forced the January 2020 team to make their individual choices – find a way to stay in Denmark or return to their home countries until the programme resumes.

 

Andrea, Giulia, and Enric are three of the people who decided to remain in Denmark. While Enric remained at the learning centre DRH Lindersvold Andrea and Giulia moved to a school in Bogense taking on different tasks. We talked to Andrea about his choice, outlook on the current situation, and plans for the near future.

How do you feel after completing the preparation period of the programme?

During the preparation period, I met a lot of very good people. In this kind of programme, you have the possibility to meet a lot people with the same interest, targets, and goals as you.

I think this is a great opportunity for personal growth. When you work with other people towards the same goal and have the same focus it is very beneficial for everyone. I consider it an opening to learn from each other a lot.

Another very good point for me was the study itself. Throughout this period I learned very important things happening in the world. A lot of insights about contemporary history as well as incredible practical actions I really enjoyed.

My personal favourite was the action about homelessness in Denmark we made in Copenhagen. I really appreciate it because it was executed well and we all managed to learn a lot and understand the situation properly. We saw the problem up-close and this is very different from only reading about it.

The only thing I am not happy with is that the programme had to be suspended. Of course, this is nobody’s fault, it is something out of our control and something we need to accept and adjust to. I hope we return to the project as soon as possible, I am looking forward to it a lot.

How did the situation impact you personally and how did it change your attitude?

I am trying to continue having the same attitude as before. I am generally a positive person and I am trying to find the right way to approach the situation and make the best of it. It isn’t easy but I am doing my best.

I think I made a good choice by deciding to remain here in Denmark. Back in my home – Italy, the situation is not very good at the moment and it is very risky. Also, I wanted to stay here because I want to continue learning and still be helpful to the people around me. I want to do what I can.

I am currently in Bogense helping in a school with tasks that include a lot of new things for me. I am learning to make bread and I also work a lot in the garden with different activities. I am really enjoying the process. I learned how to manage a field together with Giulia as well, it is another new thing and I’m trying to do my best with it. I don’t think I would be able to have the same experience in Italy.

What are you using your time for after those changes had to happen?

We recently received an email in regards to the development of the programme. It will most likely restart in October. So, for the time being, I am trying to plan my stay in Denmark and Italy (eventually) while also evaluating other opportunities. I am really curious about what will happen and I am trying to find a way to be ready to react if there is any development.

I also received an offer for the summer season which really intrigues me. A pedagogue from the school here has offered me a volunteering experience in Greenland which hit me at the right spot.

The project is in a village called Tasiilaq in the East part of Greenland and it is connected with something my favourite writer started a long time ago.  It is called The Red House and its goal is to help people with different social problems like, for example, alcohol or drugs problems, family issues, etc. It is a type of care home and the project will be supporting the initiative with different activities.

I am currently trying to find out if this will be possible to do it. The virus is complicating all travelling and I don’t know when it will be possible to move again so I need to carefully evaluate this option. This could be a dream coming true for me so I want to do what I can to make it happen. There is plenty of time before October and the resuming of our project here so I want to fill this time with something useful.

The Red House was established by Robert Peruni. He is a rich man from North Italy, quite popular there actually. Peruni was a hiker and he decided to move to Greenland seeking adventures and exciting experiences. The Inuit population of Greenland is very interesting and unique peoples and when he spent time with them he decided to stay there and develop this project.

Giulia and I also have a proposal to remain here in Bogense. We are doing our best and helping as much as we can and there is a lot of work available so staying here is also an option. I will remain here for the month of May and depending on the development with the possibility of the project in Greenland I will decide what to do next until October.

What else do you hope will happen in the near future?

My only fixed point right now is Africa. That is the only thing I can really plan around, chances are by the end of the year my team and I will be able to resume our project and I can do the project period in Botswana or somewhere else depending on the need and availability.

As I said, I plan to use the time before that to grow and develop as much as I can. I also want to work on my networking and connections. I got the possibility to meet a lot of people from the Humana People to People family while I was here and they have all been great. I am trying to explore more and more about this field of work as each day passes.

It’s hard to say anything regarding the period after the project work. Last December I decided to completely change my life by starting this programme and I am still in that process of exploration and change. I have no idea who I will be after this is all over and how the project work in an African country is going to affect me.

For now, I am just trying to adapt to this new situation. I think the big change will come when we go for the project work and I come in contact with the different reality. I remain open to every possibility that comes my way, let’s see where it all takes me.  

Take 10 Volunteer 2020

For now, I am just trying to adapt to this new situation. I think the big change will come when we go for the project work and I come in contact with the different reality. I remain open to every possibility that comes my way, let’s see where it all takes me.  

– Andrea, January 2020 Team

I am trying to continue having the same attitude as before. I am generally a positive person and I am trying to find the right way to approach the situation and make the best of it. It isn’t easy but I am doing my best.

– Andrea, January 2020 Team

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.

Take 10 Volunteer 2020

Take 10 Volunteer Next Starting Dates

The current situation makes it hard to say when the next Take 10 Volunteer Team is going to start but we have a rough estimate. See the starting dates.

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.”

Cristina: Ready & resilient

Cristina: Ready & resilient

Back in her home town Granada, Cristina has had time to reflect: “The world is paralysed now. Maybe the projects are going to change and therefore we need to be ready for that and be resilient facing the difficulties.”

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.”

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.”