This Volunteers Week we’ll be speaking to some of PiP’s volunteers, asking them about the work they do and their experiences as a volunteer.
We talked to Patrick Altmann, from Germany, who has been volunteering with PiP since November 2017. He is the author of the ‘Fruitful song’, which he wrote (to the tune of a famous contemporary pop song…) to promote PiP’s Fruitful Project, a fresh fruit juice stall which helps our students develop their customer service and money management skills. You can watch the Fruitful song here.
I work full time and my post is funded by the German Organisation “Action Reconciliation Service for Peace” (ARSP). I applied to volunteer because I like to work with people and conjure smiles on their faces. I will be at PiP for a year.
I work five days a week and support PiP students to engage with classroom sessions. One of my best experiences so far has been writing a song about PiP’s Fruitful project which I love performing with the students during music sessions. It was so nice to see how quickly everyone at PiP picked up the song – they all hum it around the office! I really enjoy singing and playing guitar with the students. PiP is a brilliant place to work, I have learnt a lot about communication including Makaton sign language and have improved my English a lot.
I really recommend volunteering at PIP – you will see what an amazing place it is!