Reinventing Myself in the Community by Benjamin Henle

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After being very eager getting to know the community over the past 3 months, a new stage in my engagement with Un Mundo and the community of El Pital evolved. As the coordinator of the annual Art and Culture Festival ARTE_RIO, my tasks so far involved a lot of work outside the community. However, due to the reason that I have been living in El Pital with several families already and always tried to get in contact with the local people, I got very close to some of them and know the majority. I have played
football with the younger men, made tortillas with the woman, discussed politics, religion, agriculture and life in general, listened to stories of the past, played with the children, played guitar and sang, arranged open-air
cinema nights, attended services of all churches and just spent time with the community whenever I could. All this was extremely important to me and it helped me understanding the dynamics of this place, not speaking about the beautiful moments I experienced and the deep friendships, especially with the family I am living with, I made in such a relatively short time of 3 months. But apart from supporting other Un Mundo staff members with their projects and the monthly story-time with the children, I haven’t been working on a specific project with anyone of the community. Now that the festival comes closer, this is changing. The previous Sunday was probably one of the most eventful days I had in the community so far. I invited a musical duo called Sin Líneas en el Mapa to give a concert in El Pital. Anna-Luz (Peru) and Eulegio (Venezuela) have been travelling to every country in Latin America and gave around 97 concerts
on this tour. I got in contact with them via a famous Honduran musician called Guillermo Anderson. The concert is an intension of mine to spark some excitement for the Art and Culture Festival within the community as well as to get more promotion and expand our relationship with Guillermo so he will be more likely to play at ARTE_RIO. And to provide the people of El Pital the opportunity to see two excellent Latin American folklore musicians whose primary objective is to share their culture and create awareness through music. In order to make the concert possible and to organize the story time on the same day, a lot of arrangements had to be made with several community members. Being very close with many of them and sharing a lot of time with them also creates certain expectations. It is necessary now that the community experiences me as a competent partner and as a friend at the same time. It is interesting and fascinating to find the right balance, which is in my opinion one of the most important factors of being a volunteer of Un Mundo here in El Pital.

After being very eager getting to know the community over the past 3 months, a new stage in my engagement with Un Mundo and the community of El Pital evolved. As the coordinator of the annual Art and Culture Festival ARTE_RIO, my tasks so far involved a lot of work outside the community. However, due to the reason that I have been living in El Pital with several families already and always tried to get in contact with the local people, I got very close to some of them and know the majority. I have playedfootball with the younger men, made tortillas with the woman, discussed politics, religion, agriculture and life in general, listened to stories of the past, played with the children, played guitar and sang, arranged open-aircinema nights, attended services of all churches and just spent time with the community whenever I could. All this was extremely important to me and it helped me understanding the dynamics of this place, not speaking about the beautiful moments I experienced and the deep friendships, especially with the family I am living with, I made in such a relatively short time of 3 months. But apart from supporting other Un Mundo staff members with their projects and the monthly story-time with the children, I haven’t been working on a specific project with anyone of the community. Now that the festival comes closer, this is changing. The previous Sunday was probably one of the most eventful days I had in the community so far. I invited a musical duo called Sin Líneas en el Mapa to give a concert in El Pital. Anna-Luz (Peru) and Eulegio (Venezuela) have been travelling to every country in Latin America and gave around 97 concertson this tour. I got in contact with them via a famous Honduran musician called Guillermo Anderson. The concert is an intension of mine to spark some excitement for the Art and Culture Festival within the community as well as to get more promotion and expand our relationship with Guillermo so he will be more likely to play at ARTE_RIO. And to provide the people of El Pital the opportunity to see two excellent Latin American folklore musicians whose primary objective is to share their culture and create awareness through music. In order to make the concert possible and to organize the story time on the same day, a lot of arrangements had to be made with several community members. Being very close with many of them and sharing a lot of time with them also creates certain expectations. It is necessary now that the community experiences me as a competent partner and as a friend at the same time. It is interesting and fascinating to find the right balance, which is in my opinion one of the most important factors of being a volunteer of Un Mundo here in El Pital.

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