Time to introduce you to Seamus who flies out to join the Living & Learning project later this month. His placement is for six months and despite busy last minute preparations he has found time to share some thoughts with us:
The main anxiety, of course, is the language. It is one thing answering back to a cd, it is another to interact with people. If I cannot master the basics of communication will I be of any use to the children at all? So, you just hope with effort, good will and time, this problem will be resolved. The whole purpose, after all, is to serve the children. I am really looking forward to being with them, as I am sure they have so much to offer.
There is more:
Of course when the Brazilians realise I am in the country, they will probably ask me to manage the national football team! Or else, I shall just go along and meet the girl from Ipenema, the poor thing has been waiting for me for so long! And I can’t wait to see the beauty of the country, and climb to the top of the statue of Christ . It is easy to lose heart and think you’ll be of little or no use, but in those circumstances, keep the faith, smile and do your best!
Watch out for more posts from Seamus as he shares his time in Rio with us.