Volunteer Spotlight: Maite B.

It is always sad to see a longtime volunteer say goodbye, but we’re so happy that Maite B. is chasing an opportunity in a new state. Maite originally came to the U.S. from her home country of Argentina in 2014.  She first went to Chicago to learn English, then moved to Iowa to study and get married. While her immigration papers were being processed, she spent much of her free time volunteering at Reiman Gardens. Before she moved out of Iowa in July, Maite reached out to thank Reiman Gardens for the “home away from home” while she lived in Ames.

Maite B., volunteer from 2018-2022


Why did you first decide to volunteer at Reiman Gardens?

I decided to join Reiman Gardens as a volunteer for the first time when I moved to Ames and was waiting for the immigration process that did not allow me to have a formal job or study, but I could volunteer and help out in the community.

Why did you continue to volunteer here?

After becoming a permanent citizen I decided to continue volunteering between my class schedules as a full time students, because it’s good for my mental health. Since my family and friends live in Argentina, my country of origin. The gardens were my support, they made me want to leave the house to be surrounded by people, nature and butterflies.

What types of volunteering did you try, and what were your favorite types of volunteering opportunities?

I was mainly a volunteer in the butterflies wing, but I did the training for the conservatory and also participated in activities to promote the participation of girls in science. The butterfly wing is definitely my favorite type of volunteer opportunity. 

What do you do for fun when you aren’t at Reiman Gardens?

When I’m not in Reiman Gardens, I play video games, I love to travel and make muffins. 

Anything else you’d like to share?

Reiman Gardens will always have a special place in my heart and in my life. Thanks for everything. Now this butterfly will fly through the skies but it will always return. 

Thank you, Maite, for sharing your story and your gratitude to Reiman Gardens. We at Reiman are so thankful for passionate, caring, and kind volunteers who pour themselves into the preservation and appreciation of the natural world for our visitors.  If you’d like more information about volunteering, learn more here.