At the end of June, the school finished and I had to say goodbye to all the amazing people I met there. It was an amazing day but hard as well. A lot of hugs, tears and laughs. I wrote a letter for them and I want to share it with you too, hope you like it:
On the 13th of September, I started my adventure here at school. 9 months later is time to say goodbye. It was a long journey, like a roller coaster. There were good moments (really good ones) and hard ones. But all of them were significant and I learnt a lot every day I spent here with you.
I came here to find answers, but I’m leaving with more questions. I look backward and I see a different Ester. At the beginning I was shy and scared, always observing and not understanding polish at all. Now I feel energetic, wild, crazy, asking and suggesting things to do. And surprisingly, I understand more polish than I was expecting!
Maybe you don’t know that, but I learnt a lot from you. First of all, you are the best polish teachers! I hope I will remember all the words that you taught me. But not only polish, you also taught me how to be wild, how to have fun, how to be honest, how to take care of each other…
In this place, I had the chance to be myself at 100%. No judgements, no bad-comments. At the end, I wasn’t afraid to make mistakes, to say no/stop or to cry (although it took me some time to realize that). Chodor was always saying, “This is a safe place” and it’s true. I hope you will remember this: This is a safe place, so be yourself, make mistakes, cry and laugh.
The firsts months, I was lost here. Too much freedom for me. I didn’t know what to do. I was observing a lot: watching you playing, listening to your conversations… And I want to thank you for allowing me to be there. Because maybe it was weird to have a stranger in your school and watching you all the time. But you didn’t complain and it was really helpful to me.
After this quite beginning, I started playing with you and making workshops. I will remember all of this:
I will remember how I was trying to learn the rules of the games with my translator. I will remember all the cooking workshops, the cakes and the popcorns. I will remember having fun during the English lessons with Łukasz. I will remember observing you playing Geoguess. I will remember the trip to Gorce Mountains (to be honest: I thought that you wanted to kill me. I was just a normal human and you had an incredible energy all the time). I will remember the chill moments in Plastyczna or in the dining room while listening music, painting mandalas or just having nice conversations. I will remember playing Djembes, the cups and singing Let it go, Lemont Tree, The Witcher song or We don’t talk about Bruno on repeat.
I will also remember our Spanish workshops playing games, our music workshops and also the artistic ones. And, of course, the t-shirts workshop!
I have a lot of random memories on my mind and even though they seem stupid, I hope that they will make you smile when you will remember me, like: gumka-pomoc, the trip to Kacze Bagno, the sweet pasta and the pizza with ketchup, the board games night and the movie night, plastelina (with english accent, of course), Baranek Shawn, playing Virus for hours, the excursions to the forest and the breakfasts at 9am.
I also had so much fun showing my culture to you, like hitting a lock for Christmas, eating 12 grapes for New Year’s Eve, the catalan chocolates, the book fair for the Catalan day and the human towers. Thank you for being respectful with my culture and for being interested.
I look at all of you and a lot of memories come to my mind. With some of you I spend hours and hours talking and playing, with some others we just spent some moments (but special ones as well). Sometimes, just one hug or a high five was perfect for our communication.
I have the feeling that I still have a lot of things to do here, but it’s time to say goodbye and to say thank you for all the moments.
There’s a sentence that I like that says: Education that impacts is not head to head, but heart to heart. This is Wolna Skoła.
Dziękuję i do zobaczenia!
Ester from Catalonia, volunteer in Wolna Szkoła Ursynów
This project is co-founded by European Solidarity Corps