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Meet The Volunteers - matilde
Town / City: Manchester & Liverpool
Placement(s): Loaves and Fishes; The Booth Centre; Faiths4Change
A little about me:
Hello, my name is Matilde, Mati for friends (except Indonesians, you will know why if you look for the translation of the word Mati). Although in this country they call me "Mathild" or Matilda. I am the second of eight siblings, and my family is incredible. Thanks to them I am organized and patient sometimes! I consider myself an efficient, practical, empathetic and friendly person. The English people ask me 'where is your accent from? or ‘are you Irish?’ It's very funny to see their faces when I tell them that I am Spanish (If you see a picture of me you'll understand why they are confused!)
Why I chose the Vincentian Volunteers:
In July I finished my degree in business in Madrid, and while my friends were looking for a job, I decided to give one year of service to others and to God. To return home full of Faith and Joy. Besides, it's always beneficial to have an out-of-home experience (sharing a house with strangers, having to cook every day...or rather learning how to do it!). It is also a great opportunity to improve my level of English.
Order does not imply preference!
On Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays I am volunteer at an organization called Faiths4Change. As its name suggests, it is an organization that believes in change. They are eco-friendly and open to everyone. On Mondays and Thursdays we are in St Michaels in the city where we give freshly made breakfast and lunch to people with fewer resources. On Mondays we do some activity inside the dining room (bread, jam, crafts) and on Thursdays gardening ( I'm learning a lot!). Fridays are a bit more varied. One day I attended a cooking class with refugees, on another day I painted a wall with ex-prisoners (any one who knows me well will know how "good" I did the work!) and another one was office faith day. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays I go to The Booth Centre and Loaves and Fishes, respectively. They are social dining rooms, where we give breakfast and lunch to those who are in need and cannot afford to properly feed themselves. I help in the kitchen! (I can prepare 6 toasts per minute 👏). Every placement has something special, I've been lucky and my bosses are all very great people! In faiths4change I dedicate more time to the people who come, and I love it!
My favorite thing about Manchester And Liverpool is surely not the rain! I've already reached my destination twice by cycling in the rain. You can imagine how wet were my clothes. I love people here. They are very open and welcoming. I still don't understand why they don't understand my jokes, but I get the English irony! Live the tags issue! If you feel you have to give a year to others, I recommend you 100% to apply to this program. I've been doing this for a month, and the answer I give to my friends and family when they ask me how I am is - HAPPY!!.