Weronika’s volunteering experience

Weronika started her journey as Eufemia’s ESC volunteer a few months ago. Since then she has joined a bunch of projects, shared lots of ideas, and run quite a few activities. We asked her to write a few words and reflect on her volunteering experience with our team.

Those months were quite intense for her – read an article to find out why.

Honestly, I wouldn’t say that I’m any good at this. ‘By any of this’, I mean thinking about what to write and how to write it.

Still, I’ve been asked to share a couple of my thoughts on the experience that I’ve had so far here in Italy. You see, I feel like time is passing so quickly.

I still remember arriving in Torino with almost nothing apart from my backpack. I did that mainly because coming to Italy was a chance for me to start from the beginning and find myself in this huge world.

I’ve been here for more or less 5 months now. Have I changed or found anything that I was looking for so far?

I would say yes and no.

I’ve grown a lot for sure.  I’ve challenged myself in many ways as well…

I went camping for the first time.

I learned how to cook pasta and how to not overcook it.

I started riding on a bike and praying to not be killed by Italian drivers.

I also made friends and lost some as well.

Still, that being said there are many other things that I did but I feel like writing them all out would be hard and not that much entertaining to read about. Maybe that is why all that I’d like to say is that I’m still looking.

I’m looking for what to do after the project ends.  I’m looking for another challenge to face while I’m here. I’m looking for who I am.

Obviously, it’s hard as heck.

It’s hard and I just want to emphasise it because it may look like it isn’t but it is HARD.

You see, I arrived here 5 months ago i.e. on the night of the 7th and 8th of September.

I’ve been having ups and downs here since then. I know though that I will figure things out because that is just who I am. I am a badass just like the people that I live with.

Everything will work out for sure for me, for them and for everybody.

It’ll work out because it’s been working out so far and there are still some months to go.

Nevertheless though, there’s an entire life to do it as well.

There’s no rush.