Where do I start? Joining this project was very important for me because I knew I needed to step out of my comfort zone. And that’s why I was very scared. I was coming to a country whose language and culture I did not know. Looking back after 10 months, I realize that coming to this project was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life.

Working with chlidren with special needs:

Hello! My name is Firdevs, I am 26 years old, and I came here from Turkey. My project was to work with children with special needs and help them overcome the obstacles they face in their daily lives. But when I arrived, I realized that what I was doing meant so much more to both me and my students.

We worked together in an amazing atmosphere with incredibly kind and loving teachers. Each month had a different concept. If the theme of the month was gardening, we would plant together and learn new things about gardening. If the theme was professions, we would act out what hairdressers do for the children. Also, we must not forget the trips we took! We went to the theater, the cinema, and the botanical garden together. Every moment I spent with them was very precious.

Our organization: IB Polska

If you think that’s all, hold on tight! We also organized various and very fun workshops and activities with IB Polska. Every moment we gathered with other volunteers and worked with the coordinators turned into unforgettable memories. I am grateful for everything I experienced here.

“A perfect city to live in!”

Lastly, I want to talk about this beautiful city, Krakow. Probably nothing I say will be enough to describe this beautiful, green, historic, and activity-filled city! But as someone who spent 10 months in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, I can say that Krakow is a perfect city to live in!

To summarize, I never thought this city, this project, my coordinators, my mentor, my students, and the teachers I worked with would all have such an indelible place in my life. I am very lucky for everything I have.

Article by Firdevs,
European Solidarity Corps Volunteer