We met at one of the local cafés and, over espresso, I answered her questions. I like her article and hope you will, too.
Vaucluse Matin Vendredi 5 février 2010
by: Sophie Grebel
Translation: A happy volunteer in
Marc Sullivan comes from
. For the past two years, he and his wife spend six months in Vaison and six months in the Michigan . Since last March Marc works as a volunteer two afternoons per week at “Gingerbread”, the program for young children in Vaison. United States
He tells stories, sings songs in his language and tries to be helpful wherever he can. The children have accepted him totally. They correct his French when he makes mistakes and say “bye bye” when he leaves.
For him, nothing makes him happier. Now as a regular, he enjoys his time and comes home to tell his wife about the events of the day that he shared with the children and the staff of professionals with whom he works (and enjoys).
His decision? Before joining the program, he had to explain in a letter that he was retired and wanted to return to working with young children, the focus of his career. He had to provide a police record and other documents related to his work.
From the time he was in college, he volunteered his time working in child care programs for poor children (Head Start). And, after teaching in
, he found work in child care, ending his career as the director of a child care trade association for Chad which organized training programs and where he worked to find funding to continue to offer the programs. Michigan
The work became more administrative and that is why today he is pleased to be able to have meaningful contact with young children. Living next door to “Gingerbread” Marc adds “even when I am not there, I can hear the kids, I can watch them play outside and it makes me smile.”