Meet the Volunteers - Monika
MEET OUR VOLUNTEERS - MONIKA
- Age: 25
- Nationality: Czech
- Town / City: Liverpool
- Placements: Somewhere Else and Christopher Grange Rehabilitation Centre
A little about me...
My name is Monika Reslerová, I am 25 years old and I come from the Czech Republic. I studied French and English at a university in Prague and got my degree this September. I hope to get a job as a secondary school teacher next year. I grew up with my two brothers in a little town in the North-East of my country. I have been a girl guide since the age of six and spent some of the most wonderful moments of my life at summer camps. I enjoy hiking in the mountains, training jiu-jitsu, singing by a camp fire and eating sweets. I love challenges, classical music and my dog.
Why I chose Vincentian Volunteers...
I have been thinking about doing a year of service since I was a teenager, but there did not seem to be the right occasion until this year. I knew I needed to spend some time in an English-speaking country before starting to work as an English teacher so I decided to join a volunteer programme abroad. When I found out about the Vincentian Volunteers I did not hesitate to send my application. I like the programme being really focused on serving the poor because that is what the Gospel calls us to do. I hope this experience will teach me to see Jesus in all people in need.
One of my placements is called Somewhere Else. It is a Methodist church that does not look like a church at all. It is actually a flat on the second floor where people gather twice a week to bake bread together. We try to make it a safe space where everyone feels welcome and accepted. The facilitators as well as the visitors at the Bread Church (as the place is also often referred to) are amazing. I really enjoy talking to everyone, kneading the dough, making soup for lunch, participating in reflections, and sometimes even washing up!It It is for people who have lost their sight. The service users have sessions of living skills, cooking, IT, Braille and orientation. I have learned a lot about life with visual impairment and met some lovely people there.
There have been many highlights for me. I spent some wonderful moments with the other Vincentian Volunteers. Running to the beach in Formby to see the sunset was one of them. Saying the night prayer (almost) every night with my house mates has been very precious for me as well. I also enjoy meeting all the wonderful people at both my placements and at our parish here.