By Nicoleta Ionela Brinza, Work and Travel Summer 2014 Ambassador Scholar

Nicoleta is a Work and Travel participant from Romania who believes in the high importance of communication and mutual understanding. For her, “volunteerism means kindness. Know that [her] ideas and actions will certainly have a positive impact on something is the greatest thing that could happened to [her].” In this blog post she describes her volunteer experience.

Before today, I never believed that only one day can have such big impact in my life. This is the way I used to think before: wanting to achieve more and more. Now, let’s just say that I don’t want anything for me anymore. I want everything for “them!” Who are they? They are the children, the poor children who need our help. They are the future.

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a Christian organization from Schaumburg, IL, which provides food for starving children from all around the world. With the help from their volunteers, they pack special ingredients in order to feed thousands of children. I decided to become a volunteer for them.

A number that shocked me while I was volunteering was 6200! This is the number of the children who die every day because of hunger. And yes, it is very sad.

When I arrived there, I watched a video about different stories where the organization saved hungry and starving children from death. Then, the staff showed and explained how to pack the food. The four ingredients that we had to pack were: vitamins, veggies, soy and rice. All kind of people were there: children, teenagers, adults, and older people. Everybody was so excited and happy to start the activity.

My team was named Djibouti; other teams were Mexico, Haiti, Peru, etc. Each person had his/her own role. For each ingredient, there was a single person who put it in the bag, one of us measured the weight of the bag (380-400g) and somebody stapled the bags.  Then we packed all the bags in big boxes.

The most impressive moment was at the end, when all of us had to put our hands on the big box, in order to pray – Touching!

I want to do it again, and I will do it! Here or somewhere else. Thanks CCI Greenheart and FMSC for giving me the chance to rediscover myself; to see what I want from the future. I want to reach everywhere and to make myself helpful, because this is the best feeling that I’ve ever had.

Want to hear more? Watch this video as Nicoleta takes us through her day of volunteering:

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