When I joined L’Arche Sydney my initial plan was to stay for a year and to return back to Germany to do my Master Degree in Management for Not for Profit Organisations. Now that is more than 5.5 years ago.
Since my arrival I have served in a number of roles and learned more than any course at University could ever teach me.
As assistant I learned to build deep relationships with people who are very different to me. I also learned that saying good bye can be very difficult.
As House Coordinator I learned how to develop people (with and without a disability) to reach their full potential. Furthermore I learned that it can be very difficult task to try to make everyone happy.
As Homes Coordinator I learned that you need passion for your role to survive and also that with hard work we can achieve great things – even the seemingly impossible. Moreover I learned how important it is to listen and to walk in the others person’s shoes for a mile or two and how our past experiences form our present reality.
I am very thankful for all the opportunities L’Arche Sydney has provided for me – to learn all of the above and many other skills. This knowledge will help guide me through the rest of my life – professionally and personally.
Thank you for being part of my life – it has been an outstanding journey. Also thank you for making me the person I am today.