Marina in Bolivia: physiotherapy to help young people with disabilities
|Marina in the equine therapy project with people with disabilities.
Marina is a physiotherapist in Malaga. A few months ago, decided to use their knowledge and experience to help others. She travelled to Bolivia to volunteer with two NGOs that provide therapy and support to children and young people with different abilities.
What tasks did you carry out as a volunteer in Bolivia as a physiotherapist?
I worked on both projects at the same time, so I went to both centres every day. In the morning, I went to the comprehensive education centre from 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. There were students from the Physiotherapy course doing their internships. Through small workshops, helped in therapy with the children and in the training of future physiotherapists.. His university trainee teacher and the centre's speech therapist also took part in them. We also organised a talk for families together with teachers of the centre. They expressed their doubts and concerns about how to help their sons and daughters.
In the afternoons I went to the equine therapy centre from 4pm to 6pm. As I was far away, I went directly from the first NGO and had lunch there with Jaqueline, the project manager, and her family. There I made therapies in the physiotherapy room and resolved the families' doubts.as well as helping in the equine therapy sessions. I also collaborated with the centre's professionals and other volunteers by contributing ideas for pictograms and communication boards.
|The best thing about Marina's experience was the people she met at Bolivia.
Is there a moment of your volunteering that you remember with special fondness?
I particularly remember the farewell they gave me at the centre for holistic therapies. All the children came down to the physiotherapy room, sang a thank you song they had prepared and gave me little souvenir gifts. It was very touching!
What did you like most about the experience?
No doubt about it, the treatment I have received both in the projects and in the house where I stayed. Also the people I have met.
|Cultural exchange was one of the elements of Marina's solidarity trip.
And the least?
The long walk home from the equine therapy centre.
How has the attention of Tumaini and the NGOs been?
With Tumaini I have felt very well looked after at all times.I have been able to solve the doubts that arose and I have received a lot of information. In both projects I have been very well attended to, and I have been very well received.
Also I am very grateful to the family with whom I stayed.They have treated me with complete confidence and helped me to integrate.
|Using your knowledge to help others. This is what Marina did in Bolivia.