Sara Negri is a LUISS student of Political Science who signed up for the VolontariaMENTE project and last July she worked for two weeks at the Reality Program "Summer Camp" organized by CONSEL – Consorzio ELIS.
"I started volunteering when I was 12 years old, because devoting some of my time to others is a way to feel useful. Among all the opportunities offered by the university with this project, I choose Consel because it allowed me to spend time with kids, and to work in a summer camp for immigrant's and political refugee's children".
Sara spent two weeks in the Casal Bruciato neighborhood in Rome, together with four other LUISS volunteer students: "We stayed with the children from 8 am to 4 pm. In the morning we organized sport matches, such as soccer, basketball, and swimming and, after having lunch all together, they could play, watch tv or do their holidays homework".
"This experience was much more engaging than a simple summer camp", Sara says, "the relationships between children and educators were not formal at all, but we were like family members. The kids would tell us secrets, ask for help, advices and things that they did not have the courage to ask their parents. Spending time with them and see joy and serenity in their eyes was the greatest satisfaction.”
Sara has been in contact with different cultures, helped foreign children to integrate into the group, trying to understand their needs and to make them understand the other children: "Every day was full of rewarding moments, as when a child asked me to do German lessons instead of playing with the others, to fulfill one little wish of his.”
This experience, Sara adds, "taught me to be more patient, more understanding, more humble and less superficial. I recommend everyone to try it on their skin".