by Espérance from DR Congo

I am Mirindi Espérance, i am 24 years old. I am from Goma, a beautiful city in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. My hobbies include meeting new people, sharing experiences, singing, and keep learning through different ways to keep myself informed.

As it is now the case around the world, this new pandemic has stood still all our plans.
Personally, i am writing this few words from Kinshasa where i got stuck while applying for my visa to go to Dortmund, work with homeless people for the 2020-2021 UEM Volunteer program.
Staying away from my family has been challenging for me, even exacerbated by the fear related to the current crisis.
I have had many thoughts about my stay in Kinshasa prior to coming here, but it has been a trying time for me with life during COVID-19 but I am grateful that i have had a supportive system around me. These are friends and family i get to talk to every now and then, they help me keep a sane mindset in these difficult times.

I am very excited about my volunteer opportunity, and i am looking forward to working with homeless people. I hope i will get to accustom myself to the soon to be new environment, climate, language and culture. I hope to keep in touch with my church, make new friends, and the youth. And most importantly, i hope to better serve as a volunteer.

Mirindi Espérance