EVS Stories: Between nostalgy and excitement (V) – by Ana Rita

Since I arrived nine months have passed and many things happened…

In the beginning, I was nervous and not sure what to do and how in my project. But, then, with the help of the association and the other volunteers, everything went well. We did a good team work. I became more confident and relaxed during the activities, I started to enjoy it a lot.

During the middle of the project I started to feel home sick and that made me think if the work I was doing would be having an impact. But that idea quickly dissipated.

When I talk with the teachers, when I notice the reactions of the students during class I see that I am bringing something good for them. When they ask me to bring more games and more activities, when they hug me, when they smile, I can see our work having an impact in the children and that makes me so happy!

Now with the end of classes approaching, I begin to be nostalgic and eager to start all over again. I’m going to miss the kids a lot!

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But on the other hand I’m very excited about the arrival of summer. We will organize summer camps with various activities in the villages. We’ll meet new kids, do different activities and have a lot of fun! It will be a very funny and different way to spend the summer. In addition we will have the opportunity to get to know the villages around the city. I’m really looking for it!

Ana Rita Coutinho (Portugal) is hosted in Baia Mare by Team for Youth Association, in the “Life Skills for Rural Education” project, a European Voluntary Service, financed by the European Commission, through the Erasmus Plus Program.

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