19 agosto 2016

Best decision ever made!: o testemunho da Elena

Hi, my name is Elena and I am a spanish girl currently living in Lisbon and developing an European Volunteering Service, EVS from now on, within Spin Associação. 

This story begins during my last year of university when a friend of mine told me about this program, almost 4 years ago. From this moment I was completely sure I was going to take this opportunity when I could and I finally got it! From the day I was selected, things have been going easily developed... but not fast! It has been a long way for me to finally be here, almost a year. Nevertheless, you do have to know that my case is not the common one. I just wanted to tell you my experience for you to know that, even if it took me that long, believe me: it worth every day that I spent!  

As someone that has been changing residence very often, I know that it can be difficult to fit in a place from the very beginning. Well, that is definitely not the case in an EVS. Before I came, both sending and hosting organizations were there to solve any question every time I had any concern. I arrived to Spin to work as an european volunteer two weeks ago and, so far, it has been better than I thought. I am happy with my role within the team, it is exactly how we were talking before I came. I studied Advertising and PR and I am doing tasks related with it: this will definitely be very useful for my professional career in the future. 

But more than that, an EVS gives me the possibility of growing in a personal way too. Since I came I have met many wonderful people from all over the world, I am already able to understand some portuguese, I have seen many beautiful places, in and out Lisbon, and this is just the beginning of 9 months…. doesn’t it sound exciting?

I am already sure that the decision of making an EVS within Spin is one of the best I’ve ever made. I feel blessed with all the things coming next and ready for everything!