Hi, I am Francisca Ossandón, I am 26 years old and I just got married with José on October 26; I am a Commercial Engineer and I am the oldest of 7 siblings.
Before I arrived in Africa, I worked for Banigualdad Foundation that gives credit and training to micro entrepreneurs, the foundation gives them the chance to develop and make their business grow. Ever since I was a little girl I participated in the Schoenstatt movement, this left a constant and deep impression in my life, along with the example my parents set. I am truly happy to participate in volunteering jobs and missions, sharing with others in that very special environment.
Doing volunteering work will allow me to share with other people and dedícate 100% of my time to do it. In Santiago, between work, things left undone and so many things we all have, it is harder to find time to dedicate it exclusively to share it with people.
It is rewarding for them and for me to be able to share with different people, from other realities and cultures. Give myself to others in what they need, deliver what I can, be available is what volunteering allows me to experience.
Choosing Africa to do this is due to the experience I heard from a friend that had been in Ethiopia and how the poverty of the place left a mark in her, how necessary help was and how, no matter the difficulties, people were happy.
I am well aware that help is needed everywhere, in Chile too, and I want to continue making a contribution in whatever manner I can when I am back. Being so far away gives you the possibility to disconnect from everything and being more available for people.
Africa Dream Foundation was essential for me, especially for its commitment to send volunteers where it is needed the most. They will not send a volunteer to a place just because he or she wants to help, they will do it only if it is necessary. The foundation makes sure that the volunteers can be a concrete help wherever they go and that is remarkable.
I know that we are not going to change the world, but if a person can be a little happier every day with our help, by sharing, by helping, a smile or any other detail I will feel that all of it was worth it.
Finally I want to say, thank you so much for supporting us! We all want to make the most of this experience, help in every way we can and come back to Chile to apply everything we have learned. I think that this experience, what we give and what we receive makes us grow as an individual and also, helps us build a better world.