- 18 December 2017
- Posted by: Team for Youth Association
- Category: Volunteering Stories
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.