I Volunteer – Heidi Alcasas

 In STC Luxembourg

I have had the pleasure of accompanying the Fondation Autisme on two separate occasions so far and I plan to continue to help out when I can. I was not sure what to expect the first time I volunteered.

I went to the restaurant, Gasthaus Im Pfenn, in Irrhausen, with a lot of pre-conceived ideas of what autistic people were like. I had expected them to be quiet and reserved, and that physical contact was to be avoided.  So I was in for a big surprise when it ended up being just the opposite and I was not prepared for the wonderful time that I had while accompanying them to the restaurant!

They were very lively and expressive in their actions and some could communicate with a few words and simple sentences. Most of all there were smiles all around and just having a great time together.

The most rewarding part was when one of them held my hand while we were taking a walk as if to say thank you for caring. I went there to help them, but they in turn taught me a valuable lesson by their simple outlook on life to just enjoy each and every moment.

Heidi Alcasas

Photo Credit: Almyra Knevel Persson

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT VOLUNTEERING IN LUXEMBOURG WITH FONDATION AUTISME CLICK HERE!

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