Hello my name is Hannah- Marie Büscher, I am 19 years old and a german volunteer at Inspire. The “German Red Cross” is the organisation which sent me to Malta and which helped me with the flat, the money and some other formal stuff. I finished the highschool in june 2017 and started this adventure in september . Now I am already 7 months in Marsaskala at Inspire and I am really happy and thankful that I have the possibility to be here. Two years ago I started thinking about a volunteer service in another country for one year, so I started to search in the internet for different opportunities. For me it was sure that I wanted to go to another country (preferably in a warm country with the sea and a lot of sunny days) help other people and do something different than learning and going to school.
Then I found Inspire and I was really enthusiastic because I saw that they combine the work with children and animals, like horses and rabbits. That was perfect for me since I already worked a little bit with children with down- syndrom and also in a riding therapy for kids with disabilities. So that is why I really wanted to go to Malta and work for Inspire that year and will hopefully learn a lot of new things and earn new skills. Now after the first 7 month I can say it was the best decision I have ever made. I already learned so much about children with autism, how they see the world, how they try to handle the daily routine, how to take care of them, how we can help them to live their own lifes and make it easier for them to understand us. I recognized that they do not communicate with words but more with body language. Moreover I notice that the kids understand things better when they have the possibility to see them so that is the reason why we use visuals as well as words in our therapies. The difficulty is that every child is different and that there are so many varieties of autism some kids have huge problems with their disability and some can handle it very good. At last it is very nice to see their development, how they learn to handle situations better or how they start to learn to communicate with other kids or adults. The children and the horses are not the only tasks for me as a volunteer but I think you will find a lot of information on the Website itself. If you really want to know how a workday looks like come to Inspire yourself and make your own experiences it is really worth it.
Another really good thing at Inspire are the other volunteers from many different countries. After a very short time we were like a big family because the “old volunteers” are very friendly and were always helping me to understand everything and that I find my way around very fast. We also do a lot of stuff in our free time together and definitely enjoy the time and all the adventures here together. In addition I live together with two other girls from the “German Red Cross” so we can communicate after the work which is really nice. Moreover there are also three other “German Red Cross volunteers” in other projects on Malta. We all are really good friend and we already know each other before we went to Malta because we had a training in Germany together.
So in this 7 months I saw so many beautiful things, I went to amazing festivals and just had a great time. Malta is a very small island that is right but it is also the most beautiful place I have ever seen. The nature is picturesque and amazing, the sea, the sunsets, the architecture and first of all the local people. I hope that the next 5 month will be as great as the first 7, that I will have the chance to even learn more about the autism children, the language, the country, the history and that I will earn more incredible experience and impressions.