“Volunteering teaches you that a single person can make a difference. Once you’ve started it’s hard to stop!” Claudia Carnevale is a LUISS student in her second year in the Political Science Department that participated in a Save the Children project through VolontariaMENTE.
“I chose this project because it offered an intense practical and organizational challenge. As head of the LUISS volunteers, I was responsible for awareness programs as well as assigning roles to other students throughout September. Then in October I spent ten days at the Everyone Fair in Rome’s Piazza del Popolo."
The program’s goal was to promote the work of Save the Children’s medical professionals around the world through interactive displays and sensorial experiences for children and adults alike. Volunteers worked alongside spokespeople to manage the event by setting up the displays, welcoming visitors and providing guided tours.
“Every day at the fair was special in its own way,” says Claudia. “However, one of the best moments was the Race for Survival relay race against infant mortality that takes place in several countries around the world. I am proud to have taken part in such an important project.”
Passionate about international relations, Claudia was able to face important themes and questions. “I learned that the key to successfully carrying out a project is collaboration. I will never forget this lesson, as it has helped me to understand my strengths and my goals.” Claudia has also decided to continue working for Save the Children. “Once you start volunteering, you constantly think about wanting give something to others, and you also understand that the biggest gift in life is the appreciation, gratitude and smiles you receive in return.”
“Giving time to a cause you believe in,” says Claudia, is “gratifying and extremely educational. To make the experience even better were the members of the group with which I shared many unforgettable moments.”