European Voluntary Service in Alicante, Spain
I knew about the Voluntary Service by chance…Last year during my internship in Granada (South Spain) when I had a discussion with a friend of mine who told me about the Youth in Action program, at that time I had no clue about.
I asked him more information about that program and I loved what I was about to hear!
I already had been involved into volunteer activities in Portugal before with kids and teenagers and the experience has been a blast! Nevertheless, being in contact with other cultures, helping communities, get to know people from other nationalities and learning everything about a new culture, habits and history are really powerful things. How could you refuse such an opportunity?
The next step has been to find a sending organization. I had the chance to find an association which helped me all along the process of application. This process went all good and 4 months later everything was done.
I was ready to go to Spain to undertake a project with my new association. My volunteership started in March, at the center of information for youth /Center 14 of the “youth advicers” of Alicante, South Spain. (Centro de Información Juvenil /Centro 14 de la Concejalía de Juventud de Alicante, España). I was in charge of helping with the search, the update and the diffusion of information about european youth programs, resources and possibilities of mobility, grants, volunteership and work within Europe. Also, I helped with the management of the application of volunteers to be within the European Voluntary Service program. I was also involved into a health program called “La Nevera”, actively acting on topics such as food and trunks, with youngsters from high school.
My EVS has been full of great moments but sometimes it has not been that easy as of course everything did not work easily or as expected, but I am glad to have faced the challenge! My volunteership taught me so many things, gave me the occasion to give the best of myself, broaden my horizons and I nowadays I feel as a different person than I was when I left Portugal. I can felt myself stronger when I left Alicante.
Nowadays I do not know what is waiting for me in the future but I know for sure that this experience is going to be very useful for the rest of my life.
I Alicante I got to know “true” people, funny, wonderful that helped me a lot. The European Voluntary Service helped me to grow on a personal but also profesional way. The EVS gave me the opportunity to live new challenges and to develop my skills of adaptation and management of conflicts. On my point of view, the EVS is a daily learning process. I recommend it to all the youngsters as it is a unique experience you can gain a lot from.