Anna Rose, ACT volunteer in Palermo, Italy

25 years old from Liverpool, United Kingdom

 

I would recommend people to participate in a project similar this as it allows you to develop skills and learn new things, not just about different cultures but also about yourself”

 

Having never taken part in a project of this kind before, when I left Liverpool I wasn’t sure what to expect. For me it was about being able to learn new cultures and understand more deeply the situation people had faced.

 I have come to see that Palermo is a very diverse city much more so than I initially expected. On our arrival the training was led to me having more in-depth knowledge of the situation and difficulties migrants face once they arrive.

My time here with the ACT project is split between working within two local organisations. Giardino di Madre Teresa with children aged from 6 months to 4 years old, and working in the hosting organisation ‘Per Esempio’ office. Working with the children is fun and exhausting, but through creating and implementing artistic activities in the nursery, it is rewarding to see the children’s development.

Working in the Per Esempio office allows me to see a different side to the project. I am able to see first-hand the vast amount of planning that is put into a project and the expansion of ideas that I hope I will be able to contribute to during my time here with creating a youth exchange project.

 

Personally, being in Palermo comes with its difficulties, to begin with the language barriers but having been here for almost 3 months now I am picking up a new language and constantly developing new skills. Being able to explore a new city is something I love to do and Palermo doesn’t disappoint. Almost every corner you turn around you discover something new.

I would recommend people to participate in a project similar this as it allows you to develop skills and learn new things, not just about different cultures but also about yourself. It provides you with the opportunity to meet people and opens your eyes to the hardships that people are still facing, something the media in my home country no longer reports on. 

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