Hola from the LaSERIO service expedition in Cordoba, Argentina. We have been here for over a week now and are getting fully stuck into our projects and embracing the Argentine culture.
We opted for a care project through our partner company, Projects Abroad. Our main focus is the "Little Bee" nursery, a government-funded nursery in one of the poorer areas of the city. We are undertaking a renovation project in the garden of the nursery, turning what was previously a grey-walled, dusty yard into a bright, happy place for the children to play. To start with, we gave the walls a lick of paint and painted a colourful mural of trees, flowers, butterflies, ladybirds and, of course, bees on the largest wall. We turned the adjoining walls into multicoloured brick walls, which look vibrant and cheerful, but will also help to teach the children colours. We've also freshened up the paint on the railings at the front of the nursery, and there's still plenty of work to do! As well as the renovation project, we have been getting to know the children and staff at the nursery, singing songs, playing games and helping to care for the children. It's been wonderful seeing their trust in us grow, and everybody is getting a lot out of building relationships and learning to communicate despite something of a language barrier. Working at the nursery has made us all realise how lucky we are, and how we shouldn't take what we have for granted.