Why I joined agara

For several years I had been thinking about joining a voluntary organisation in Malta but for some reason or other, I always kept postponing it. Finally, towards the end of last year, I decided that if I really wanted to do this, I had to take some form of action…and so I did.

As many users of social media, who are lost and need inspiration, I posted a question on two Facebook groups and several replies flooded in. I must admit, I was quite overwhelmed because I really had no idea that so many organisations existed. People and organisations were tagged, and therefore, this thought was very quickly becoming a reality. I went through all those who were mentioned, checked out their pages and decided to get in touch with a few. I received replies from everyone I reached out to, so for that, hats off to everyone involved in all organisations, for the the amount of dedication they put into it.

Out of all the replies, however, one stood out! Steph was amongst those tagged and her reply immediately made me feel welcome. It was a brief explanation of what agara does and an invite to meet for a coffee to discuss further. Now, just to put things into perspective, I don’t jump at every opportunity to leave the house and meet new people, but in this case it felt like this was the right thing to do. Considering that I hadn’t really done this sort of voluntary work before, I too needed to understand what would be involved, so this friendly invite, was a very welcomed opportunity.

On the day of the meeting, I wondered whether this would be a boring or awkward couple of minutes, if maybe I’d have nothing to ask or comment on and whether I’d have to go back to reconsider my options. Thankfully, all my thoughts were proven wrong…Steph was very friendly and detailed in all the things that agara does, the projects sounded very interesting, mainly because of their sustainability and my gut feeling started telling me that this was really something I wanted to do.

And so I did, a couple of weeks later I joined the first agara – PoléPolé meeting, and once again everyone was extremely friendly and welcoming. The expectations have always been very realistic and there is a great sense of team. I have only been part of this group for approximately 5 months but whenever we chat or meet, I always leave with a smile on my face and a sense of satisfaction for going out of my comfort zone and meeting some extraordinary people, and for being able to give something back to the world and our society.


written by :

Lynne Farrugia