EVS Stories: Returning home (III) – by Rosa L.

My EVS ended this November. I moved back to Vienna from Baia Mare. Things are the same as I left them. I do not think I changed a lot in those eight months, and neither did my home country. Now I have memories of Romania, learned a few new things and got a certificate that may be useful when applying for a job.

My service was great fun, I met many new people and enjoyed myself in this small town. Living in a big city is still more exciting, so I am glad I came back. I liked my project, but I feel I could have learned more if I had just put more effort into it. I do not regret taking part in this project: This way, I learned that Romania and Austria are not as different as I thought.

Staying abroad was not entirely new for me (I still miss Brussels), but I have never been away from home for that long, even though I used all of my free days to go to Austria and visit my loved ones. Now I am not allowed to do an EVS again, because you can only do a long-term service once in your life. There are still plenty of options if I wish to escape my home country again. I signed up for Solidarity Corps to see if there are placements I am interested in, or I could study in a different country, or if I am lucky even get a job there.

Speaking of luck, when I came back home, something private happened that changed my life for the better. Now I am looking forward to my next stay abroad, knowing I will not be alone this time.

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Rosa (Austria) is hosted in Baia Mare by Team for Youth Association, in the “IN4EVS” project, an European Voluntary Service financed by the European Commission through the Erasmus Plus Program.