Every Saturday, the garden and gardening workshop begins with a shared breakfast and a general assembly with our young students. This meeting allows us to exchange ideas, decide the tasks of the day and assign responsibilities. In addition, we propose and discuss the difficulties that have arisen during the week. Students like to know that there is a time and a place, assemblies, when they are heard. Operational issues, schedule changes and complaints are mixed with deeper needs. Fears, frustrations and topics of social and personal interest are shared and heard.
During the assemblies, young people also propose topics to debate and the coordinators are the ones in charge of looking for information or to the indicated persons that can develop those topics. Thus, we arrived last Saturday in which a specialist in sex education visited us with various proposals to think about sexuality, gender, contraceptive methods and ways of linking young people.
At 1pm, the activities had not ended after the reflections, but we shared a lunch and then continued with the assembly. A moment of reflection led by Jesica, director of Voluntario Global, allowed us to transport ourselves into the world of fantasy literature. Some of the students volunteered to read Cortazar's short story: "After Lunch" and we all shared our thoughts on what the story was telling us.
After sharing the story, where reality is transformed into a fantasy that impelled us to interpret it, we finished the garden workshop. Until next Saturday.