This job gave me a very unique opportunity to continue utilizing my Spanish-speaking skills through the ORR program after returning home from being a Peace Corps volunteer in Central America. Getting to work with the kids is great and very fulfilling. My main responsibilities are to ensure that the residents follow the program set forth by ORR staff throughout the day. This includes accompanying them to meals in the cafeteria, completing chores in the house, making sure residents bathe every day, etc. But more than that, this job allows me to create effective relationships with these children who have traveled from their homes to come to the United States. I feel grateful to have been given the opportunity to be one of the first relationships a lot of these kids will have with someone from the United States. I strive everyday to make sure that I am offering them guidance, support, and a listening ear if they need it before they go forth into a very brand new world filled with new and difficult experiences.
The hardest part of the job is definitely the hours. I work late nights and a LOT of overtime. It's definitely overwhelming sometimes.
The best part of the job is obviously getting to work with the kids. They are all so intelligent and brave and funny. Saying goodbye to them could probably also count as one of the hardest parts of the job. They stay just long enough for you to miss them when they leave. They're all great kids & I just hope that when they leave the home, they have a sense of confidence in their ability to do really wonderful things in this world.