A real life story from: Newton Dee
When I decided to become a volunteer in Camphill I did it in the pursuit of giving some kind of substantial meaning to my life, the kind that makes you feel purposeful. The idea of living and sharing my life with people with special needs filled me with the sensation of doing something for others, those who have somehow been forgotten in a busy society.
When I first started, I met genuine warmth that with time turned into honest friendships. In some cases there was not even a language in common to talk but I guess there was this universal human language that allowed me to reach those with which I thought I would never be able to speak and that was so rewarding!
What I have experienced in Camphill has brought to my life a feeling of well-being and usefulness the I had never experienced before and it is the engine that pushes me to want to do more for the community.
Community helps us connect with our humanity
I would also like to highlight that in my opinion communities are a great answer to many of the needs of our current society. They are essential ways to connect, to link and make networks within us and with what surrounds us. They appreciate the simplicity that is the truly complex and at the end goes back to the basics to connect with our humanity.
Claudia Lievano is originally from Columbia and has been a volunteer in Pahkla Camphill Kula, Estonia and in Newton Dee in Aberdeen.