I’m just back from five days of service learning, and I can’t say enough about this wonderful experience. If you aren't aware of VMware Foundation it is a program for VMware employees that allows them to take 5 days paid leave to help out in a non-profit or community service project that's important to them. If you are an employee at VMware and haven’t yet used your five days of service learning, perhaps I can convince you!
Last week, I traveled to Costa Rica with an organization called Cross-Cultural Solutions. Five of us, from various parts of the US, worked in a senior day care center with some of the most wonderful “abuelitos” (little grandparents). We spoke inadequate Spanish, and they spoke no English, but there was plenty of communication.
Our role was to plan and lead all activities for the morning hours – which seemed daunting at first. But these folks were delighted play games, paint, draw, wear funny hats, and simply join in our silliness. The 70-somethings could really rock the house with their singing and dancing.
Some would belt out songs while others shook their booties for all they were worth. Some talked a blue streak in Spanish, knowing that we understood nearly nothing of what they said, and it didn’t matter. Some just smiled at our goofy antics, and gave us hugs and kisses.
On the last day, we all cried as did many of the abuelitos.
I arrived wondering if we could do much of anything useful in five short days, but I left knowing we had brightened the lives of these sweet people. It was one of the most touching experiences of my life. Thank you VMware!
Sr. Communications Manager, VMware
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