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Kiisupere lasteaia välisvabatahtlik Karen

Alates 5. oktoobrist töötab ka sel õppeaastal meie lasteaias välisvabatahtlik. Koostöös organisatsiooniga MTÜ Noortevahetuse Arengu Ühing EstYES saabus meile Karen Almeida Souza. Ta alustas tööd Kiisupere lasteaias sõimemajas, kus tema tuutoriks on Kaisukiisude õpetaja Ave. 1,5-3 aastased lapsed vajavad kõige enam täiskasvanute abi ja tähelepanu, seega on ta seal kõigile lastele suureks abiks.

Karen on 19 aastane noor neiu, kes on sündinud Brasiilias, kuid nüüdseks elab ta juba viis aastat Hollandis. Just seetõttu oskab Karen portugali, hollandi ja inglise keelt. Kiisupere lasteaias töötades hakkab ta ka õppima eesti keelt. Brasiilia puhul meeldib Karenile kõige enam sõbralikud inimesed, äge kultuur, vägevad karnevalid ning vapustav toit. Hollandi puhul toob Karen esile hea organiseerituse, vapustavad lillepõllud, aastaaegade vaheldumise ja mitmekesisuse. Põnev fakt: hollandlased on sama mugavad kui eestlasedki ja eelistavad alati treppi sõita. Ainus vahe on see, et seal tehakse seda jalgrattal. Karenil on väike õde ning palju väikseid sugulasi, mistõttu on tal palju kogemust laste hoidmisega. Karenile meeldivad väga lapsed, ta on tähelepanelik, hooliv ning oskab märgata igat abivajajat.


Karen kirjutamas endast:

Who am I?
My name is Karen Almeida Souza. I am 19 years old and I just graduated High School. I have been living in The Netherlands for about 5 years now with my mom and Dutch stepfather.
But I was born in Brazil and lived there for almost 13 years. I like living in The Netherlands. Living here just feels like home. Of course I miss my family and friends in Brazil, but I also have my own family and friends here. That is why I think if I move back to Brazil I will miss this country more than having the pleasure of living there.
A lot of people keep asking me if I was afraid when I moved to The Netherlands. But the little me saw it as an adventure and that is who I am. I like new adventures, like meeting new people, discovering new culture and getting to know new places. I can say that I was excited.
When I was 15, I started working at a convenience store (called Kruidvat) and that helped me with the language and the social part of living in this country for then two years.
People (often family) say I learned Dutch really fast. Within a year after going to a ‘transition school’ – an international school where you learn Dutch basically every day – I was already prepared and going to a normally Dutch middle school and later High School. After my gap year, I want to study Engineering at the university.
Besides, moving to another country where you don’t speak the language at all made me a more social and extrovert person. Because to learn the language and getting to know the country more I had to step out of my comfort zone and try to talk to people. Living in another country also made me a more independent person. Although I had my mom by my side, riding my bicycle through the city, going to school on my own and discovering new things with my ‘new’ friends was something that I had to do alone.
 

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Projekti toetab Euroopa solidaasuskorpus ja organisatsioon MTÜ Noortevahetus Arengu Ühing EstYes.

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MTÜ Noortevahetuse Arengu Ühing EstYES koduleht: www.estyes.ee.