My name is Pablo, I’m 26 and I come from Spain, from a little village in the frontier between Catalonia and Aragon. Since I was 18 years old my life has been related with the educational world. There, I had a job that I really loved, a group of friends, a family, a home… I think I could consider my job as a hobby. Contagious smiles of groups of children, surprise faces when they are learning new things, hugs, cries and complicity looks after 8 years learning altogether.
Coming to Malta was one of the most difficult decisions I have ever made. After working for a long time with different groups of children, people and friends, which we had set up links giving us security, calmness and happiness. The simple things, the routine the people you love. The comfort zone. Have you ever felt this? Yes, of course…
But, sometimes, some of us feel that this world is becoming small, that we need to jump and continue opening paths that we need to continue learning to grow up in a personal and professional way. In my case, I needed to move, to change, and I was just waiting for something to come up, some fresh wind to take the big step. I found it 2 months before I came to Malta with another volunteer experience in Paraguay, in a non-equality and poor context. There I realized that there was lots of things to see, lots of people to meet, lots of differences, lots of cultures and lessons to learn. There I understood that the world that we live in is not the same for everyone and so I wanted to experience different ways of life to comprehend what we have around us and in this way be empathic, respectful and openminded.
So with that, I took my bag and I filled it with some essential books, some music, pictures and I opened my arms to new people, new experiences and a new change!
And what better place than Inspire? I always had a doubt in my mind If was going to be able to work with people and children with disabilities and in which way I was going to manage these emotions around them. Now, after 5 months, I’m here, with the certainty that coming here was one of the best decisions I have ever taken. Every day is different, and there’s always something new that surprises me, that opens my eyes and make’s me smile and mature more.
Inspire has given us the opportunity to work with children and adults with autism. We work with therapeutic horse riding, art and many more programs. They have given to me a different view of our reality. People with extreme sensibility, with a world different to ours. For me, superkids! How many times I asked to myself what can they see, listen or feel. Working with them I could feel their frustration, panic, incomprehension, the difficulties to manage their emotions or communicate with some of them. But also, their abilities, skills, I have discovered with what things they feel comfortable, what they like or dislike, I learnt to interpret when they are happy and in which way they can communicate this when it is difficult for them. To work with children with disabilities requires to one be empathetic, patient and comprehensible…
In another way, work in Inspire is like working with a family. All the volunteers and workers make me feel as I found a second family here. We share experiences, discussions, and a lot of moments that make Malta one of the best experiences of my life and, for sure, I could transmit in the future to my own students.
Pablo Saurina Angas