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Today I woke up with a thought in my mind: on Monday is my EVS’ six months birthday. Six months! Can you believe it? Time flies when you are enjoying it!
Due to this, while I was in bed, I have started to recapitulate how my “mobility inquisitiveness” started, and this is what I am going to talk about in this post, because I think it is nice to share knowledge and it is important to encourage others to do the same 🙂
Are you ready to see a “younger Luisa” ? Forbidden to laugh, eh!
There we go!!
After growing up in a conservative and traditional family, my fear but also my curiosity about our world began to grow up. With time, curiosity won over fear, and a new feeling showed up: patience. When I was 16, I decided that my moment would arrive: as soon as I could, I would go on an Erasmus programme, no matter what!
And there I was! Years later! Heading to Germany! 🙂 I was scared, happy, anxious, super excited…but, overall, I was super proud of myself because I finally got to do it: overcome my fears and travel abroad completely alone, to live during six months in a complete different place! Going out of your comfort zone is, by far, the best feeling you can have, I promise.
My experience in Germany is, even today, one of the best and most special ones I have ever had so far. The chance of being alone in a place where EVERYTHING is new, using a different language, in a different culture, taught me important lessons that have helped to shape a better version of myself. It also gave me people who still are good friends, even though the distance. Now I am more open-minded, more social, braver and even more stubborn too: you must always chase what you want to do, no matter what!!
Years later, after I finished my Bachelor and my Master Studies, I found myself stucked and in a point where my “adult life” (paying renting + fixed-job-that-I-did-not-completely- like + no time for myself or to develop my education/experience in the field that I love the most) I decided it was enough, and I started an EVS programme in Faro, Portugal 🙂 as all of you know 🙂
One more time out of my comfort zone 😀 One more time far away from home. One more time living in a different culture, using a different language everyday and YES, meeting new people who will be friends forever!
The best part? Well, this experience is giving me the chance to get expertise in Conservation (my beloved, dreamt field) and….(drum rolls now – although you already know this) I AM EVEN WRITING MY OWN PROJECT ABOUT CONSERVATION OF SPECIES HERE IN THE RIA FORMOSA!!!! Isn’t it amazing? :):):)
Apart from that, this experience is helping me to “dive” in other passions and abilities such as, photography and translation. I am also taking part in different and interesting activities for promoting Youth Mobility in local High Schools!
Coming to Portugal, as well as going to Germany, have been the best decisions of my life because they are the ones I never regret. Of course not all the time is 100% positive and great, but even in the difficult moments you get to learn something new about yourself and how to manage situations in the best of the ways.
And well….having places like this around (picture below: Ilha da Culatra) help A LOT in those days which are not the best ones!!
The Erasmus programme and my EVS are making of me a very resilient, fast-learning person and they have given to me a lot of friends and interesting people who are part of myself now. Thanks to both programmes, I have visited amazing places such as Burg Castle or Cochem in Germany, and Praia da Culatra or Viana do Castelo in Portugal (more places to come here, for sure, I’m staying until October!!!). It has also given to me the chance to meet very important people in personal and professional terms.
So YES DEAR PEOPLE, I will always strongly recommend to everybody to move and go abroad! To prove themselves and to get out of their comfort zone, because that is actually the best possible way to find your best you and the best experiences!!!!
As always: thanks for reading and I hope you like this post! It is kind of special to me 🙂
Bom dia e beijinhos!!