Pilar Cordóva González

Spain (2019)

What was your motivation doing volunteering?

I was at a point in my life when I wanted something new. I thought that volunteering would open my mind and give me more perspective on life. I wanted to be in touch with people, so I looked for volunteering where my help could make someone’s life a little bit better.

What was the task of your project? How did a regular day look like?

I was an assistant in the village kindergarten, working from 7:30-12:30 Monday to Friday with children aged 3-5, always accompanied by a teacher. In the afternoons I would go to the youth center, which even though it was not my work, I liked to spend time with them. The weekends were free, and we used to meet with the young people of the village, or we went to visit other cities.

What was your best experience?

Without a doubt, my best experience was realizing the power of looks and body expressions. During the two months, I was with people who could not speak English or Spanish and that was not a barrier at all, on the contrary, you create very special bonds.

How did you benefit from that project/from volunteering?

Volunteering makes you value the little things in life, it made me much more grateful for life in general. It is incredible how the little ones give you all their love and trust without hardly knowing you. Also, I take incredible people and friends with me from this place.

Why would you recommend someone to do volunteering and why at Fekete Sereg?

I think volunteering will always bring you something positive. If you have the time, do it. At Fekete Sereg you live everything very closely, you become their family and the house you share with the other volunteers becomes your home.

What are you doing currently? What are your plans for the future?

I have decided to continue traveling and living in different places to meet people from all over the world. This year I will start a master’s degree in Copenhagen, Denmark.