Léa, ACT volunteer in Palermo, Italy

22 years old from Lille, France

 

“If you were to ask me if I would recommend volunteering I would say: “if you want to be useful, if you have some doubts about your professional orientation or just want to change your daily life for a short time period, it’s easy, I just do it” 

 

I decided to do volunteering work because I’m a curious person by nature and I saw the opportunity to do something I’d never tried previously. So, I decided to work in an association named Unis-Cité. Therefore, after working on them I was sure that I wanted to work with and for people. I have always wanted to work abroad and this mobility project was the best way to continue to do what I had enjoyed previously.

I was really happy to have the opportunity to work with migrants. Fortunately, around me I’d never heard anything against migrants. But I know what kind of prejudices can be heard in daily life. So to clarify the situation and prejudices for myself, I thought what better way than to take part in this experience and work alongside them.

 

In my work here at the reception centres, I am able to speak with people about their experiences and sometimes hear their stories, for some this is not easy to speak about but for me essential to know to understand the situation they have come from and what is more important for me, is to share moments, cultures and to learn all the time whilst doing so.

So far in my experience here, I’m not disappointed as I have met a lot of good people and have realised it is a great opportunity to discover different cultures whilst at the same time sharing my own culture. I have also been able to discover a new place, Sicily. I have met local people and now I am getting used to living here even if it is really different to France. However, from the beginning this has been one of the main goals of this experience for me, being able to adapt to a new environment and learn new things.

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