Hi there, my name is Silvana, an Italian / Swiss woman, living in Switzerland, and only 63 years young!
When I applied for a volunteership I had the feeling people were smiling at me. And when I went for the introduction evening before I left Switzerland I was absolutely the "old lady" amongst teenies. I thought "Oh dear......"
Meanwhile I have started my voluntary services at the Wildflower Home. The home provides safe shelter, education, health and other services to young single mothers who are either pregnant or have young children. WFH offers emotional and educational support to help them move from crisis and poverty to steady jobs or continous education after leaving the home.
I immediately noticed that the children (up to four) were quite agressive to each other. They tore away each other's toys. Young volunteers seemed to always try to be nice to them. I learned that they needed firmness and limits to their behaviour. You would not believe it, but after three weeks everybody noticed! The children became calmer, they now play together, they share, and they politely ask if they want something! I am amazed how quick they learn.
I just love them. Everyone wants to be hugged in a different way....... their background has certainly not been easy.
In the next edition I will talk about the young mothers!
As you can read, I am still eager to achieve a lot, step by step, whilst just being a little bit over 30!