Marina García wanted to share with us how she participated in the Erasmus Laboratory project in Romania. With 22 years he went to discover a country that, despite the adversities, has ended up loving. As he tells us, he has lived an experience that has helped him learn from his profession, which is teaching.
Marina, 22 years old:
"I embarked towards Romania trying to get rid of the prejudices that ignorance spits on us and I returned loving a country where I spent the hardest of winters but the most adventurous too.
I didn't know why I had chosen my project but I did know that I wanted to volunteer, that I wanted to learn and check if I could teach. Although in my case the project was disappointing, my fault, as well as my classmates and coordinator, the attitude of the students was not so disappointing. It is enough for you to feel that you reach one or two of them so that the effort of that day was worth it. Curious the less it is, that the weeks I devoted to a task nothing related to my project were the ones that I enjoyed the most, the ones that I tried the most and those that I considered the most.
I thought I was going to teach and experience has shown me that I went to learn. Learn to work as a team, to deal with teenagers and guide children, to solve the language barrier as possible, to give and tolerate, to know new cultures and to live with them, to say goodbye and welcome, to open the doors of House with generosity, to travel without resources or fear, to appreciate even more freedom, to value my place of origin, to enjoy wherever I am, to desire a better world and believe in it, to be more critical.
Within four months - having spent Christmas in Spain - I stepped on five different countries, met half of Romania and volunteers from Turkey, Macedonia, Italy, France, Georgia, Armenia, Greece and more. When you share trips, home, parties and confidences with young people of different nationalities, with different religions, experiences, aspirations, tolerance levels, gastronomy, sense of humor, etc., you can only grow.
Another unforgettable experience, another unrepeatable experience. The EVS, as Erasmus did, has shown me that I want to cross our borders again to enrich myself and continue to open my mind. I miss Romania, but I keep the bug that I have to organize volunteer projects in my land. "
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