Special thanks to Aayush Gupta, a volunteer from our Phoenixville Area Middle School Newcomer Group, for writing this blog post and sharing his reflections on volunteering with Project Libertad!
Volunteering at Project Libertad was a highly rewarding experience, due to the fact that it felt more like being an older brother/sister than anything else.
I know myself and my fellow volunteers enjoyed teaching, playing, and discussing with these wonderful kids, and watching them enjoy their time spending it with each other. It was amazing to see how the kids had such a positive outlook on life, despite their difficult time adjusting to life in the US and their potentially difficult circumstances at home. Surrounded by these kids, I was able to reinforce the idea in me that there is always room to learn, grow, and play, no matter your circumstances in life.
After working with these kids, I recognize that in whatever political and legal action that a country or institution takes or makes, the mental and physical welfare of kids should always be the top consideration and priority.
--Aayush Gupta, 2017-2018 volunteer, Phoenixville Area Middle School