Today was an extremely emotional day for me at the nursing home. Justin and I spent some time assisting residents at breakfast and then went directly to the laundry room to help out there. Our time didn’t last long there though as we were called outside to play games with the residents. We got our old dominoes pals together and played several games of dominoes.
VOLUNTEER WITH THE ELDERLY
When I was about 11, I used to visit my grandmother at a nursing home nearby. It's a very vivid memory for me, and one that isn't entirely pleasant. When I was asked to select my top two volunteer assignments for my Cross-Cultural Solutions program in Cartago, Costa Rica, I thought about it for quite a while, and decided that this was my moment to try again, and get out of my comfort zone (just a bit). I told Danielle, my Program Specialist, that I really wanted to work with the elderly.
In honor of the 3 year anniversary (it's crazy how time flies!) of my Cross-Cultural Solutions volunteer experience in Costa Rica, I wanted to share an excerpt from the blog that I kept during my time in country, way back when. Enjoy!
In my last blog post, I focused on the community impact data collected from our local partner organizations through the Cross-Cultural Solutions Partner Program Survey. And since I promised to share some of the universal trends and amazing quotes that best illustrate these trends, I'm back with a few of my favorites.
A community's elders are its deepest roots, a living connection to every generation. Whether CCS volunteers are trading stories with a new friend, serving meals, or leading a fun activity, they find that working with the elderly allows them to connect to their new community in a very special way. Volunteering with the elderly population is an incredibly fun and fulfilling way to immerse yourself in a new culture, and we want to tell you why!
We don't like to brag, but lucky for us, our volunteers do! Check out this awesome volunteer review posted on Abroad Reviews by a recently returned Lima volunteer. She says it way better than we ever could
I just returned from an absolutely magical week in Peru where I volunteered with the elderly in Villa El Salvador. Just to be clear, I absolutely love kids, but I think these abuelitos—grandparents—stole my heart!