A real life story from: Camphill School Aberdeen
Interview with gap year volunteer, Aifi from Indonesia
Q: Why did you decide to spend a year in Camphill School Aberdeen?
I decided to join CSA to learn specifically about people with Autism and special needs and how I can be useful for them. I’ve been doing volunteering projects for a while but helping people with special needs is very different.
I also want to know what it feels like to live in community.
Q: What has it felt like being a volunteer?
Being a volunteer in CSA is amazing. I never expected to learn so much from many events and people.
The positive atmosphere here make it easy to feel CSA is a great place for everyone, even a minority as myself.
Q: What have been the best moments for you during this time?
The best moments I remember was during the summer time. We celebrated many things during the summer and I enjoy the energy and bright days. The barbecues are very enjoyable.
Q: What has been your experience of the shared living that happens in Camphill?
It is very exciting since I never knew this way of living before. How people are helping each other and making sure everyone is okay everyday is a very new concept to me which I found very valuable.
Q: Have you made new friends with whom you will keep in touch?
Lucky in the house everyone are so friendly, co-workers are getting on really well and thankfully we never had drama between us.
So for sure I will definitely be keeping in touch with my friends.
Q: Would you recommend volunteering in Camphill?
Yes! and I have already done so.
Q: What will you be doing when you leave Camphill?
When I leave here I will support Camphill as best as I can, spreading awareness that people with special needs have so much to offer.