Why Volunteer?

We were on the same wavelength – Marga

Marga is currently part of our local logistics team. She joined in 2017, when she visited Dunabogdány. When she is not playing with the children from Knapsack Camps, she is studying in the Semmelweis University. In her free time she likes to cook and being a tour guide.

 I applied to be a volunteer at Knapsack Camps, because I always wanted to work with children. In previous youth camps which I attended, I did not have the opportunity to be part of the organizing process: therefore, I did not have a deeper understanding about planning, organizations, and logistics. In the spring of 2017, I found out that I was accepted to be a volunteer in Knapsack Camps and that I can participate in one of the upcoming summer camps.

Before the camp started I had the chance to familiarize myself with the logistics as well as with the other volunteers. The first meeting went very smoothly and even after the first session it felt like I knew the whole crew for years. Furthermore, the other volunteers were constantly encouraging me to be open and share my ideas. We all worked towards a common goal and that gave me a lot of strength. I knew that everyone in the groups has their own private life besides volunteering, however, they still decided to do something else, something greater. Soon after our first gathering I realized how close I got to know the other volunteers. I felt that we had a good understanding of each other in achieving our shared goals. The Knapsack groups gave me a sense of responsibility.

My first meeting with the kids was at the overnight camp. I still have vivid memories from the first day of the camp when we were waiting for the first group. The preparation of the afternoon snack, the trips, and the moment when we had to say goodbye. These shared memories and moments gave my life a lot of meaning. Because our opened attitude towards the world lives inside us – as we were all children once – it does not only help us to succeed in our everyday adult roles, it also acts as a cohesive entity. A community which does not try to obstruct the roles we want to live, is a community, which is capable to break the artificial social hierarchy. Instead of the teacher student autonomy relationship, there should be a mutually reinforcing interaction. Thank you for letting me experience this feeling, Knapsack Campers.

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