CHILDREN'S HOME NORBERTO HAASE IN ALEM
DESPRICTION OF THE WORKING PLACE BY FORMER VOLUNTEERS
Einwohner: 44 Millionen
Mitgliedsunion: AGA (Asociacion De Iglesias Bautistas Germano-Argentinas)
Gefährdete Kinder | 26
Gemeindeentwicklung | 8 Kompetenzförderung | 1
ALEM, HOGAR DE NIÑOS
In the children’s home “Norberto Haase” in Alem there are about 60 children. They live together in their homes in family groups of 12 boys and girls.
In the mornings, we help the housemothers with chores for example hanging up the laundry and sweeping or mopping the floor. After lunch and the siesta break, we are usually with the children in the homes to help with homework and to tutor them.
Even house renovations like sanding or painting wood, or working on the walls and painting them can be part of the work. Helping out in the bakery, cleaning up the park or running errands in the office are some of the tasks that bring diversity. When working with children the volunteers can be as creative as possible: painting easter eggs, crafting Advent calendars, offering swimming lessons, and many more things.
The Spanish language should not be underestimated. Though one would expect to manage with three years of high school Spanish some had to realize that it was harder and more difficult than expected. Dealing with children is helpful in order to cope better. And still, profound Spanish skills are very necessary to avoid problems when adjusting.
The volunteers are housed on the premises of the children’s home in their own house, which has three bedrooms. They are responsible for preparing their own meals, cleaning, and doing laundry. Since they are in charge of cooking they can decide when and what they eat.
One of the Argentinian specialities is Asado. It is the Argentinian barbeque, which they do at any festivity. Overall they eat a lot of meat. Breakfast is usually just the mate tea, the Argentinian green tea. Dinner is served quite late.
The Argentinians are quite open and friendly. It is easy to talk to them and they offer help when something does not work. It can happen that they spontaneously invite you to eat with them or they tag you along to wherever. As a well-organized German one could get the impression that there is constant chaos. This however is part of the Argentinian mentality and it was a great experience for us.
Because people are so friendly we felt at home very quickly. We were never alone on the premises since there are always other people that got time on their hands. Sometimes we would just go into the houses and spent a nice evening there. The contact with children and other tasks always gave us the feeling of being part of the whole. We hardly ever felt useless.