50 Stories: It just seemed obvious
"My grandparents have hosted TfG volunteers in their home in Cambridge for years, and now I’m a volunteer with TfG.
We used to visit my grandparents during the holidays, so I met most of the volunteers who were staying with them. One of them came to stay with my family in Canterbury for a New Year’s celebration.
It was really nice to meet people from different countries and to understand why they were coming to volunteer. Some of them had been to university, but a lot of them had come straight from school. They were very humble people, very willing. They were role models for me.
That’s how I knew about Time For God. I knew I wanted to do a year out volunteering after university and it just seemed obvious, really. I had met all these different people and understood what options there were. It made me more excited to see what they were doing and what I could be doing, too.
I’m volunteering in a church. I work with the children and the groups that use the building as well as the children that come to services regularly on Sunday.
It’s been a bit harder than I thought, adapting to life as a volunteer in a new place. The volunteers my grandparents’ hosted seemed to adapt so quickly to life here. It was definitely helpful to see their different experiences living in a different country.
I know my grandparents are proud of me. They were always so supportive of Time For God, and they are still hosting volunteers today."
This post is part of '50 Stories,' a year-long series of personal accounts to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Time For God.