Polish community workers. Chinese teachers. Volunteers from
For the past three years Concordia have been working with us and
Its great having a group of dedicated motivated volunteers around for a couple of weeks to really get stuck into jobs. In those 3 years Concordia volunteers have cleared and flattened an area in the woods that became home to our bee hive; built a bee garden and this year weeded the bee area, raspberry garden and started laying a path.
Staying at Moulsecoomb Primary they also helped maintain the extensive school grounds and do the odd jobs, but also have the opportunity to be in lessons and help the teachers. One of their first tasks is getting up in the school assembly and saying where they are from and a bit about their country. Guess what the Argentinean got the children excited about?
At the end of the session the international volunteers fed back with comments like “I learnt a lot from all of the young people from different cultures in
For the pupils these are priceless lessons and opportunities to meet people from across the world. For people from other countries it gives opportunities to meet people off the tourist trail and take back ideas to their where they live. But best of all these international exchanges; meeting people, working together, are the most effective way to break down barriers and challenge prejudices.