Arturo | Freiburg, Germany
Before I started my volunteer service, I took part in some business start-up programmes in Peru that were quite popular at the time. On these programmes I learned how important economic growth and the free market as well as foreign investment are for the development of a country and the well-being of its people. I watched the news on television about mining conflicts in Peru and I was convinced that the protesters’ demands were hiding political interests that actually were more hostile to progress. Against this background, I applied to Color Esperanza and the Archdiocese of Freiburg to work as a volunteer in Germany, a “developed” country, for one year.