Welcome to Poland. Chapter 1  

“A Spanish, Italian, and English person; living in a flat in Poland sounds like the premise of a bad sitcom. Instead it is the foundation of a life-changing experience, and how I will spend the next 10 months. 

As a EuroPeer I’m almost certain you will have heard of the European Solidarity Corps (ESC). If not the information is only an email or Google search away, it is also extremely similar to the European Voluntary Service (EVS), which you may have also heard of. 

Writing this I am 1 week into my ESC, working on a project around solidarity and inclusion; at a volunteer centre in Kielce, Poland. Even this early on I can feel growth in myself, and can begin to imagine how much of a ‘mega’ time I will have here.  

My decision to do an ESC project was not only down to my love for erasmus+ and non-formal education in general. But also because I was beginning to feel stuck, and felt a calling to do something different and spectacular. 

At this point in time it looks like that call was answered. 

I understand that I will face many challenges during my time living and working in another country; and maybe it wouldn’t be wrong to call this first week a ‘honeymoon period’. However, I am extremely optimistic about the next 10 months, and would urge absolutely anyone just to take that leap – I’m certain that any other EVS or ESC alumni would agree with me as well. 

Why not?  

Cheers for reading and hope it’s at least made you think a little.  

By Nathan

 

 

Chapter 2 

Independence is hard! This past couple of weeks have probably been the most tiring of my adult life; granted that’s not a huge amount of time. It’s worth saying now if you didn’t get a chance to, then go back and read my first blog as it will help to put things in context.

Since returning from the on-arrival training, we’ve been going to different schools in the region and ‘getting face about and making a name for our’sens’ (a term from Derbyshire for networking).  This is not only tiring as we’re constantly introducing ourselves, but it’s starting to feel a little bit repetitive.
 
I know that introduction might have sounded a bit negative but it’s the reality, and despite being tiring I know it’s the foundation for the next 10 months. So however stressful a long day at a school, then traipsing around a supermarket with a trolley might be, it doesn’t change the fact this is going to be one of the best experiences of my life!
 
Yesterday we sat down and spoke about our schedule, making a few adjustments, as energy levels were low all around. So over the next few weeks, I’m looking forward to more exciting workshops and different events as well as introducing the idea of being ‘international’ to school students.

 

So make sure to check out my next blog to see a bit more variety and some pictures from our first ‘Halloween’ intercultural party!

 

By Nathan