A real life story from: Corbenic
I’m 19 years old and from Germany. After finishing school, I wanted to do some meaningful work abroad for a year. When my mum told me about Camphill Communities in Scotland, where she was herself at my age, I got very curious about it and through the German organisation, ‘Freunde der Erziehungskunst’ I found Corbenic.
I applied to other Camphills but after seeing Corbenic for the first time on the internet there was a special click and my heart told me to go there. And so, I did. Now, eight months after I left, I am super grateful and still fulfilled by this magical experience.
Before I went to Corbenic, I had no contact point or experience with people with special needs. That’s why I was insecure in the beginning and whether it was right for me to do. But now, after spending a whole year in this wonderful community, I know that there was no need to worry before.
With this account, I would like to encourage interested people to definitely go there, to have a look and to get to know all the wonderful people there and to get a better understanding of what it means not just to share work but also your life.
Corbenic is embedded in a beautiful rural area and you can easily lose track of time. There are seven houses in the community, which means there are many people around, but it is still small enough to connect to everyone and to build deep friendships.
Because of this atmosphere you can settle in very fast which makes it easy to feel like home. Sharing your life every day can be very intense but because of spending so much time together you can experience the amazing impact which goes with it.
Your stay in Corbenic, I promise, brings a huge potential of inner growth. By sharing life with so many different kinds of people, also from all over the world, you will develop a different version of yourself. Surrounded by the happiness and good will of the community, you will open yourself and you will recognise that by helping others you get so much back. Those wonderful moments will carry you through harder times and they will still warm up your heart many times after leaving Corbenic.
Many interested people came for a year to volunteer and fell in love with that community (and sometimes another co-worker!) so they stayed for a second, third year…and now they are working as house-parents or workshop-leaders.
So maybe you will be one of them. Take this chance and go there to experience it yourself. I`m sure you will never regret but always profit from it.
written by Mailin, a volunteer at Camphill Corbenic from Germany