Elisa is LLI’s volunteer communications manager, a new internship management position established in 2017. Elisa hails from Torino, Italy, and is an expert at our volunteer application process. She works alongside Anthony, On-site Volunteer Program Manager, to welcome volunteers to Huaycan.
What does ethical volunteering mean to you? Why is it so important?
To me ethical volunteering is synonymous of positive impact on the local community. It doesn’t matter if you are volunteering in your hometown, or miles far away from your own country. Volunteering ethically is putting first the community needs and focus on that, not on your personal interests. The priority is listening and then acting consequently. This is so important because you make sure that you are working on the real needs of the people you are helping and this is one of the most rewarding aspects of volunteering: doing something sustainable and useful.
In your opinion, what is the single most important thing a volunteer should do before coming to LLI (or to volunteer abroad in general)?
Leave all your beliefs at home and enjoy day after day what a new cultural and geographical environment can offer you and let it (positively) change you.
What is your average day like, as LLI’s volunteer communications manager? What’s your favorite part of your role?
As Volunteer Communications Manager I spend half of my time in taking care of the communications with potential and incoming volunteers and half in helping out into the programs.
This is exactly what I love of my role, I have the chance of woking both behind the scenes and being on the spotlight working with the participants of our programs.
But the real favorite part of my role is about the volunteers, and seeing the way each person little by little gets more and more confident and used to the new environment where s/he starts working. I love seeing how people connect, make friendships, exchange culture, open their minds, experience something new… This is another very important part of the volunteering: positively impacting your life.
What’s your favorite LLI program? Why?
It can sounds obvious, but I really don’t have a favorite LLI program. I think that all of them are important in supporting the local community from different point of view and different aspects: women’s empowerment, education for young kids and youth are all equally essential for the community development. And I think that LLI, thanks to the work of a great number of amazing people, is doing a great job! Would you like to be the next member of our wonderful team? Check us out here!
Join LLI’s volunteer or internship team! We have many positions available to start throughout the year. Want to get in touch with Elisa directly? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.