A flag of a red dragon passant on a green and white field.

6 months ago, I was in a position where I had no direction in life and was quite discontent, when the opportunity of volunteering at Fr. Rays presented itself to me. At first I was unsure whether or not to take the opportunity, since I lacked self-confidence and it would be a big step into the unknown, but I took the chance and haven't looked back since.

Sam – Wales

Whilst here I have had a large range of responsibilities. Some of which include looking after young underprivileged children at the Day Care Center, teaching basic English skills to children at the School for the Blind, teaching music at the Children’s Home and taking Auntie, a blind woman in her nineties (who sadly passed away during my time here) out for her daily walk and prayers. Having this much variety in day to day life here has been such a blessing in comparison to the monotony of working the same job day in and day out.

Sam – Wales

I was surprised at how fast I felt at home here, and at how fast I became attached to some of the children, and them to me. I remember my first day at the Day Care center vividly. The moment I walked in, many of the children were running up to me to give me hugs and to find out who I was. I initially thought that the language barrier would be difficult to overcome, but I soon learned that it wasn't an issue, and there are more ways of communicating than speech. It is quite admirable how the children can be so up-beat and happy, when many of them have had to endure much hardship in there short lives. Anytime you give anything to these kids, you get so much more back from them.

Sam – Wales

The other volunteers here have been a great group of people, some of which I have become close friends with, and I am determined to keep the friendship going, despite living in different countries.

Sam – WalesMy time here has been one of the best experiences of my life and one I would love the chance to repeat in the future. To anyone who wants to help the less fortunate, experience another culture, or just take a break, I recommend volunteering at the Fr. Ray Foundation, as it will be an experience you won’t forget.

Sam – Wales

Sam – Wales

Volunteer 2011

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