Hello, my name is Anna, I’m from France and I’m 23 years old.
I’m a social worker graduated in France and despite of the wealth of training and the desire to work at this job, it’s perfect indispensable to acquire other experiences with different audiences before entering the professional life, but also to engage in volunteering, learn a new language, discover a country and meet new people.
The choice to enroll in a program abroad was motivated by the opportunity to consolidate my knowledge, but also to test and confront a different audience of its culture and his situation. That’s why this year I do my EVS in Krakow, in Poland for 10 months. I have specifically chosen this country for obvious personal reasons: I’m of Polish ancestry and the daily life in this beautiful city forged with history has allowed me to flourish through the many outings, visits and meetings that I did, but also to get closer to my origins.
I work in a special school for disabled children at the age between 7 and 13 years old, 5 days a week. My role is to help teachers and support children in their daily lives. I participate in class time, going out, accompanying children to the toilet, helping them to eat … I learn methods to communicate with them in order to integrate them into society. This work is sometimes difficult, but particularly interesting and seems
to be the logical continuation of my experiences. Indeed, it’s for me a moral step above all to give time and energy to children who bring me a lot of love and joy in my life.
I built my experience in Poland on values of union and multiculturalism and this project allowed me to open myself to another culture and develop my curiosity. The European Voluntary Service appeared to me to be an evidence to fill this desire for enrichment, both personal, cultural and relational. It’s a very rich experience!