- Fighting shoulder to shoulder with The Poor Team 2 -
Michelle Vargas Sandoval, Chile: "Growing up in a circumstance that allowed me to see the living condition of the poor people, I always felt their pain and always wanted to build connections with them. Maybe because I am a sensitive person and I know that my sensation is always there, so I decided to just follow it. I worked with abused women, families that have members in jail in Chile before I came heere. Now I wanted to build more connections with the people in need in St. Vincent and later in South America."
Ivan Lorente Burgos, Spain: "I worked in a football school in Spain before I came here, I felt that I could do something more for the children and others. I love children; they are, like me, always interested in adventures! It is a good combination for me to live a new life in a different culture and to teach the things necessary for the people around me. This is the reason why I am here, so that the people can improve their lives, epecially children and people who need help."
Marietta Rohjahun, South Korea: "Before I enter university, I want to get more experience of development, because I am always intersted in development of helping people. I am here to see the real world and offer help to the people in need, in which way I could also find myself and know what I would like to do in the future."
Yagna Rakshat, India: "Rakshak means savior in Hindi, I feel it's my duty to act and to live with the responsibility according ot the name given to me. This would characterize the morality as a human being. There is no limits or borders which could stop me for serving to this planet earth. That's the reason why I am here."
Duan Yan, China: "I believe we can be the change. I keep trusting in people, and in the dreams related to change of this world. There should always be a starting point in doing something, and this is my first step to acheive this goal." - Katherin Hernandez, Colombia " Doing volunteering programs provide great opportunities for a creative transformation of the heart and mind, openness to other cultures, appreciation of the earth, and hopes for a new, greener world. Like all people, I am in process, still becoming. I came here to help the local people as well as the people in South America, since in this way I can not only offer help to the people around me, but also learn from them all the time."
Alexander Balakhin, Russia: "Anyone of us wants to change something in life. My life has been changed through many things I have experienced. But I would like not only to live in harmony with the world, but also find a way for others to live in harmony. That's the reason why I am here."
Mahsa Boorboor, Iran: "I was an Iranian carpet designer and had a very good job in my country. But I was always thinking there were alot of people in the world that they don't have necessary things to live. So here I am to learn the basic knowledge about health, agriculture, livestock raising, global warming,... In this way, I can offer hands-on information to the local people and the program in South America."
Luis Angel Vivas Baez, Venezuela: "I lived in China for one year, China changed my life completely. There are a lot of positive people there wishing to do something to make it a better world. Now here I am for learning a lot of things from different people and alot of new skills, as well as getting to know a better myself, which will all contribute to my own development and the development work in South America."
SeulBee Lee, South Korea: "I was studying child welfare in university, I want to go to Ecuador and work for children. It is easy for people to forget that children also have rights, and that is the reason why I want to work with them. I know we cannot change the whole world at once, but important thing is we are trying to do something here all together. In this way we are going to make a change."
Articles written by Students
"The best year of my life"by Tjasa Zupanc, Slovenia
"Pioneer in the First GAIA Team" by Seulbee Lee, South Korea
"How I learned to live and love my life" by Judit Szep, Hungary