Hey it’s Ari, I am writing this article to express and analyze the different emotions and feelings I have felt this first month as a volunteer and how different it has been from my previous experience when I lived abroad. Being a volunteer in Poland has meant many things for me: it has been a dream come true, since I have been willing to volunteer internationally for many years, but I could never find the project that fitted my necessities. However, after Alba (another volunteer also participating in this project) explained the project to me, I knew I needed to join and learn as much as I could with the opportunity.
Furthermore, it has also brought me uncertainty from moving from my country to another with a language and a culture different from mine. This was not the first time I left my country to live abroad, but this time it was different. Because of that, want to pinpoint the differences between both of my experiences when it comes to moving abroad.
Two years ago, I moved to America to study the third year of my degree there. I was there for 8 months until Covid appeared, and then I left back to Spain. However, that has been the best experience of my life because I got to learn many things about other cultures and also, I learned about their educational system. There I met amazing people that encouraged me to grow and push my self further, made me learn and grow as a person.
There it was when I realized I for sure wanted to be a teacher, but not only that, I realized I wanted to teach internationally and learn more about other parts of the World. And let’s be honest, there is no better way than seeing it with your own eyes and experiencing it with your own feelings.