“I'm not much of a gardener, but if I do it together with Renske, it's quite fun”
Oosterhoutvoorelkaar Megan, Rosalinde and Renske #Young
“I'm not much of a gardener, but if I do it together with Renske, it's quite fun”. Rosalinde is speaking. Together with Megan and Renske, she started a voluntary traineeship at Oosterhoutvoorelkaar (OVE). All three do voluntary work for six months and are supervised by OVE and/or someone from the organization where they perform the work. For Megan, the knife cuts both ways. She makes people happy by doing something for them and she playfully develops the Dutch language. She grew up in Canada and has been living in the Netherlands for 1 year now. Her studies will start in September and until then she wants to make herself useful. “In Canada it is considered very normal that you do voluntary work as a young person. At High School, they assumed that everyone would do that for at least 15 hours a year.” Megan had fun and soon worked way more than those 15 hours.
Here in Oosterhout, she helped with the Meal Service. “In Canada, I learned through circumstances how important a meal can be to you if you can't provide it yourself.” She enjoys cooking and it did her good to be able to take care of someone else's meal for once. When she also renovated a garden once, things went wrong. She turned out to be very allergic to the conifers in the garden. “My colleagues finished the garden and I had a chat with the elderly lady who owned the garden. You just feel that you make people happy and that feeling of being meaningful does me good. Moreover, I can now follow Dutch fairly well, partly because of this”. In the meantime she has paid a visit to the Toy Museum and there was an explanation about the ins and outs. Together with Renske and Rosalinde, she gets a job as a hostess.
”It was a small effort for us”
Renske and Rosalinde, aged 19 and 20, are also enthusiastic about the voluntary work they do. They are both interns at OVE, involved in the development of the #Young project and they are both not afraid to roll up their sleeves. They packed the meals and prepared them for the drivers. Renske: ”It was a small effort for us. You know that you are meaningful to someone else and in the meantime you learn from it yourself. It was very instructive to see how Danny coordinated everything, so that the meal service ran smoothly”. Rosalinde agrees: You also learn to look at things differently. When I saw what Danny is investing in that meal service, I was very impressed. His passion was very inspiring to me.” The most enjoyable task that Rosalinde performed as a volunteer was helping an elderly lady who wanted to learn internet banking. “For 5 weeks, I explained to her how it worked every week. We clicked well, we had nice chats and it felt a bit like I had an extra grandmother with me,” she says with a laugh. "I got her full trust, but I did warn her to be careful about giving away her private information."
Rosalinde does have an opinion on the question of why voluntary work for young people does not seem obvious. “I think that young people just don't have enough information about it. You can volunteer in many different ways and there is always something that suits you. You have to give them an insight into what is possible. Moreover, you learn a lot from it and it makes you happy when you notice that someone else makes you happy”.
Do you also want more information about #Young, do you want to sign up as a volunteer, or do you want to do a job first to try it out? Please contact Oosterhoutvoorelkaar and submit it to us. During the summer holidays you participate in #Being Nice with every job and you get an ice cream from Via Via for your good deed. Moreover, with a nice selfie of the action, you can compete for the Being Nice Award. We would also like to inform you about the Voluntary Traineeship.
Visit our website, call 0162-471115 or make an appointment to visit our volunteer shop, Arendshof 83.
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