While browsing for different kind of jobs abroad, I found an interesting offer for EVS in Tbilisi and I decided to give it a try. I was selected and a few weeks later I boarded a plane to Tbilisi.
I already had a short term EVS experience in Croatia, which I thought was not very pleasant: If I could choose to do that specific exchange again I would not, however the idea of going for a year to a country under the Erasmus+ is a fair opportunity to explore, learn, and create meaningful relationships without many of the hassles that come with moving to a new country: the program finances most of the important expenses and it gives you plenty of space to concentrate not only on the volunteer work but also in the prospects this experience could bring.
I had not a single expectation, I was glad I did not have to do an EVS in a small town or in the country side but in an interesting city full of posibilities. Not having any expectations I could deal with the bad and the good without too much thinking, embrace the experience as it came.
Training courses and youth exchange are a good playground for those who wish to learn and/or improve specific skills, they are ideal places to create cultural connections, and incredibly positive experience especially for youngsters who have not had opportunity to travel much, who are still afraid of going out of their comfort bubble. I think those are the ones who truly experience the concept behind a training course or a youth exchange.
I believe the difference between a full course at university and a series of training is quite obvious, I don’t want to be redondant, however I could tell that non formal education could certainly help to grasp certain concepts in an easier way, to cast light to certain issues and address them with a dynamic that goes through faster channels.
If anyone is looking to exit their own comfort bubble, to put their abilities to the test, to learn, to experience, to open their mind, to create connections, or to simply do something different an Erasmus + is a good starting point.
Interested in going abroad on a project and having your own adventure?
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