Servizio Volontario Europeo (EVS), Vicolocorto

A VOLUNTEER´S BACKPACK

70267567_536501107122575_7100414524720676864_nHello, my name is Alicia and I came here to Italy to do a volunteering project in Pesaro, a beautiful city on the Adriatic coast. I love having the opportunity to live near to the sea,because in my hometown I am very close to the ocean, I wouldn’t know what it is to live far from the sea.

By the way, I forgot to mention that I come from a city called Coruña, a beautiful city in the northwest of Spain. The city where I live with my family and spend free time with my friends. I feel very fortunate to live in such a special place and to be surrounded by people so special to me,that from the beginning they motivated me to do this volunteering.

And well the reasons why I decided to do an volunteering project are many, like being able to learn within a non – formal education, being able to know other cultures and other languages, develop my skills and have clearer my goals in life, and be able to give my best in each of the activities of the project. And although in a few days it will be 2 months since I arrived in Italy, I think that without a doubt in these first weeks I have learned a lot of things, both in the activities of the project and in the daily life here in Italy.

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This first weeks in Italy we were working in a children’s camp during the morning of July , it was a very nice experience ,because in the end you learn a lot of things with the children and in my case it helped a lot to understand and learn Italian better, it is certainly and incredible experience.

I’ve only been in Italy for a month, but I would definitely recommend it to anyone who did a European volunteer service, it’s a unique opportunity to learn new languages, live new experiences and meet a lot of people.I came here to Italy with a backpack full of motivation and dreams and I know that in nine months I will leave here with a backpack full of learning, full of new people in my life, full of experiences and self-discovery. But a great advice both before and after carrying out this project is to have things clear and be willing to leave your home for a big period, and although at first you may feel lost, it is an important change in your life, go to another country, another language, another culture, in the end everything is a matter of time and motivation to adapt to the new situation. And you have to think that there are more volunteers who are in the same situation as you, and you can always support each other.

In today’s world we tend to overload ourselves, not only at work level but also emotionally. Every experience we live leaves a mark in one way or another. But the important thing is that this footprint serves to boost and grow instead of generating chains that lie us to the past for their emotional weight. And so I could summarize my first weeks in Pesaro, a lot of emotions together, and new experiences, and learning new words every day in Italian. I will be posting on this blog how my experience in Italy and all the things I am learning goes!!

Alicia

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