(Re)connecting with people

In the beginning, when I told my friends and family I was coming to Poland for an ESC project, everyone asked, “Why Poland?”, and I sincerely didn’t know what to answer. Poland has always been an unknown country for me, even I had to look how far it was from home. I remember myself looking for Gliwice on google. It felt like it was more or less like my city, similar size, similar shops, but a completely different culture and language.

It’s been almost two months and sometimes it’s still difficult to feel this place like home. But a thing that has helped this feeling has been the people I’m sharing this experience with. Teachers and kids from school have welcomed us with a lot of kindness. A hug, a smile or a simple gesture make me feel like I belong here. But school just takes some hours from the day, so I got to spend the rest of the day with other people around here or just by myself. I am really grateful for having roomies, as they make the afternoons and weekends more entertaining. We have lived many adventures together like travelling around Poland, cooking some dishes, watching movies or going out. But sometimes it is nice to hang out with other people. Luckily, I have had the opportunity to meet other volunteers from this project and others, I have also enrolled on a volleyball team and met some friends that are in Poland. It is crazy to meet people I know from before coming here. I went for a coffee with a Polish friend I met in Denmark during my Erasmus, I went to Krakow to see a friend that is doing his Erasmus here and my family also came to visit me. Nevertheless, sometimes I still feel a little bit homesick.

However, It is wonderful to connect with new people and reconnect with some old friends and family while I am far from home.

Alba from Catalunya, volunteer in Wolno Mi in Gliwice

This project is co-founded by European Solidarity Corps

#EurpeanSolidarityCorps #ActiveWomanAssociation

Author: European Volunteers in Poland

A blog curated by volunteers taking part in European Solidarity Corps initiative in Poland and coordinated by Active Woman Association

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