Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer. ~Author Unknown
Eighty percent of our work at Bien de Mujer (maybe more!) is done by volunteers, and therefore, our gratitude to the people who share their talents, skills, and priceless gifts of time is bottomless. We asked a recent volunteer, Julie, a professional Sign Language Interpreter from France, to share her experience, volunteering with us.
Originally from Aix-en-Provence, France, I work as a sign language interpreter, translating from French to French sign language and vice versa, allowing deaf and hearing people to meet, talk, exchange, even if they don’t speak the same language; working as such also promotes deaf people’s independence, free-will, potentials, their will to be listened to and looked at as any other human being with dreams, hopes, responsibilities, able to achieve as much and as well as anybody else. It’s one of many experiences with a different culture.
I’ve been traveling for over a year now, discovering, enjoying places and meeting people with different cultures, languages, habits, points of view, experiences, ways of life. Sharing a bit of their everyday life is the richest way to learn and grow. Having learned and got so much from people all around the world, I just wanted to give back. One wonderful and rewarding way to give back is volunteering.
Friends in Costa Rica introduced me to Bien de Mujer in San Jose, where some of their friends volunteer or work. It gave me the opportunity I was looking for and, even for a short period of time between two trips, I’ve enjoyed spending time with the kids, their mothers and everyone from Bien de Mujer. Taking pictures for memories and testimony of the day’s fun, playing around, helping out, being there, talking, sharing experiences, dreams, chatting about everyday life and what kids want for the future is just another great way to spend one’s day, to forget the usual daily strain, to allow everyone to grow from mutual understanding, to help develop one’s open-mindedness and friendliness by spending quality time together. Is there anything better to do?
I’m glad I could give some time to everyone at the foundation and if I’ve been able to give back even a tiny little bit of everything I’ve been given, I’m happy I could do it with Bien de Mujer.
Thanks for having me over! I’ll be there whenever I can and wish you all the best for the future.
Sign Language Interpreter, France
April 29, 2011