The following blog entry comes from Liselot Rijstenbil. She volunteered with OCN for a few months and was involved in the Skate Ramp project and the Surfing project. She originally wrote the blog in her native tongue, Dutch, and was kind enough to translate a few paragraphs from it for us to share on the website. Although the paragraphs may not necessarily go together, reading through them you can get a taste of the lifestyle and daily struggles of a community that lacks resources, and the lifestyle of a volunteer.
Liselot was an amazing addition to OCN for the time she was here and everyone would have projects. It is not uncommon that the kids from the skate ramp in Cerrito de la Virgen also went to the surfing project with Un Lugar Surf School in Huanchaco, La Libertad. Liselot begins her blog entry by explaining the value of her volunteer work in Huanchaco and takes you on her whole journey to the end by acknowledging the differences she found between her home town, Netherlands, and Peru while blending in some history and background about Huanchaco and its neighboring towns. Being able to make out those differences and make the reflections that Liselot has made at a young age is refreshing and impressive. Enjoy the reading! –Janice Ayarzagoitia
Written by Liselot Rijstenbil, Volunteer for HELP Youth