This children’s home is based a bus journey away in a different neighbourhood. Whilst initially Sofi had driven me there in her car, I was going to be taking the bus to the project. Getting the bus was no problem, it was trying to work out where to get off. Of course, to begin with I would either get off too soon or stay on and at times get completely lost. This house is tucked away, off the main street, in a quiet residential area. This home also didn’t have any other volunteers when I started and of course the staff and children spoke predominantly Spanish.
I met their art teacher, Sandra, a Brazilian women who has lived in Paraguay for over ten years. I first met her at the hostel, she was painting the back wall with her daughter. Again, I didn’t know her but I knew when I met her at the home that I liked her. I spent most of my mornings helping her with art displays. She spoke little English so our conversations were a mix of Spanish and Portuguese. She was always laughing and making others laugh. She’s also very good at what she does, she can put together all kinds of beautiful art displays in no time. We spoke about life music and love. And thankfully, it didn’t take long for her to like me.
She started to give me a lift on her motorbike which was great fun every morning. I met her daughter, their dog, cat and turtle. She even offered to let me crash on her couch. South American culture very different to back home. While she was away working on projects in Asuncion, I worked with the other staff. I taught the children English and they tried to teach me Spanish. I helped many of them with mathematics homework. When we weren’t busy studying, we played all kind of games. The children were so warm and loving, they all spoke to me, asked me if I had children, had a boyfriend or husband, how long I was here for and much more. I had been welcomed into another home and despite the cultural differences and language barrier, it didn’t prevent them being kind and friendly.