Hello everyone! My name is Sahin and I am from Turkey. I am thrilled to announce that I am currently volunteering at the Waldorf Free School in Bielsko-Biala.
As a chemical engineer taking a break from the traditional academic path, I have found myself in Bielsko-Biala, Poland, where I am sharing my knowledge, skills, and culture with the local community through volunteering. I have recently started teaching high school students about the important topic of climate change, which has been a very rewarding and enriching experience for me.
Upon arriving in Bielsko-Biala, I was motivated to begin volunteering due to the students’ high level of enthusiasm and eagerness to acquire knowledge. I joined English classes and infused them with my Turkish heritage, teaching about the art, music, and traditions of my culture.
The winter brought about new experiences, such as participating in Christmas workshops and taking trips to Vienna and Budapest, where I immersed myself in new cultures and cuisines.
Teaching on climate change that has brought me the greatest fulfillment. To see the spark in the students’ eyes as they learn about ways to reduce their carbon footprint and make a positive impact on the world is a feeling that cannot be put into words. I will continue to guide them through the topic of adaptation and strategies for mitigating the effects of global warming.
Overall, my volunteering journey in Bielsko-Biala has been an amazing experience, and I am looking forward to new adventures and opportunities. I have formed new friendships, learned about different cultures, and had the privilege of sharing my passions and knowledge with others. I am grateful for this opportunity and highly recommend volunteering as a way to enrich one’s life and make a positive impact on others.
Additionally, my love for Turkish art and culture was given the chance to flourish as I shared it with the students at Waldorf Free School. The experience of discussing the hidden messages in Osman Hamdi Bey’s paintings and the excitement of trying our hand at creating Ebru art using nail polish was truly magical. It was a heart-warming moment to see the students’ creativity and unique perspectives come to life through their art.
This volunteering journey continues to be a journey of self-discovery and giving back, and I am eager to see what new adventures and opportunities await me.
Sahin – 10/02/2023
Project is co-funded by European Solidarity Corps
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