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Interview with Volunteers from Colegio Retamar

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In June, Saxum hosted a group of boys from Colegio Retamar in Madrid, Spain. They came for about a month of volunteering, working on repairs and updates to Saxum as well as Polis Institute, the Custody of the Franciscans, and the guest houses of both the Brigittines and Salesians. They were also able to visit the Holy Places. We were lucky enough to interview some of these boys about their experiences in the Holy Land before they returned to Spain. We want to thank them for all of their hard work and wish them well in all of their future endeavors! 

What will stay with me is learning about the diversity of cultures and to be tolerant of everyone that is different from us, including those who are intolerant of us. 

José Gefaell   

Where are you from? Madrid, Spain.

How long have you been here [in the Holy Land]? 20 days.

And why did you come here? I came for a camp, working to help Christians in the Holy Land. 

What have you learned? What will stay with me is learning about the diversity of cultures and to be tolerant of everyone that is different from us, including those who are intolerant of us. 

What has surprised you here? What has surprised me most is the division of the country and of the city of Jerusalem.

Iñigo Canosa 

Where are you from? From Madrid.

How long have you been here? For 20 days.

Why did you come? I came to help others and to get to know the Holy Land, which seems very interesting to me.

Rafael Muñoz Murillo

Where are you from? Madrid.

How long have you been here? 20 days.

Why did you come? I came to finish the end of school with a trip to the Holy Land, the land of Jesus. It was a good place to do it.

What have you learned? The necessity of being tolerant and to know the problems that one may face in the Holy Land, whatever the religion is.

What has surprised you? The quantity of cats in Jerusalem.

Editorial Note: The original interviews were conducted in Spanish.

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