Two years ago I joined an Erasmus+ family and it came with a lot of changes. My first project took place in Tallinn (ed. Estonia) and the joy of becoming part of a team, full of bright minds, encouraged my further involvement in the Erasmus journey. Two years doesn’t sound like much of a deal, but on the other hand, twenty-four months of Erasmus+ experiences which were packed with important topics and five projects.
In my case, this type of amazing program brought a light to everything I’ve been doing. For me, holding a Georgian passport has been many times associated with limited access to the specific international educational programs or professional experiences abroad. Hopefully, Erasmus+ Youth Mobility programs are not the case and contrary, this initiative is a great gateway to uncover so many wonders of global society, discover own potential and widen outlook, be more open-minded and just let things come in.
After participating in my first training, I started volunteering in order to contribute to the local community. Later, I became a part of non-governmental organization and amazing team with whom I gained a chance to not only participate, but support the project development and be a part of creating new opportunities for Georgian Youth.
To someone, who is hearing about Erasmus+ Youth Exchanges, Trainings or other Erasmus+ programs first time, I can tell one thing for sure, take it, use this opportunity, because you will learn, discover, meet others, make life-long connections and the most importantly, you’ll meet yourself and perhaps, you’ll get closer to noticing things that you live for.
Judging from my experience, the value of personal connections is something really special. Erasmus+ programs certainly brings these connections in the first place and those humans are biggest source of learning, positive thinking and endless energy for me.
I don’t know what tomorrow holds for me, but my next step in Erasmus life is going to be an ESC (European Solidarity Corps). Hopefully, I’ll find the right program soon and will be able to share some vivid stories with you all later.