Hi everyone, my name is Joanna and I am from Poland. I am here for 11 months.
I did try to live in Netherland for few months as a ‘fille au paire’(to take care of kids). I did live in France for a while but then I got bored and needed a change. So, I moved back to Poland. To be honest people in Poland are a bit less open to different lifestyles then western countries. In some ways we are conformists like French people, but a bit more closed-minded. And at this point I do not want to discourage you from discover Poland because it is a wonderful country with delightful people. It is just not what I want. I mean I am a little bit over the top… Then once again, I needed to move. I knew that I want to try EVS. I was always close to the charity sector, started to volunteer in animal shelter at 13, studied economy but with special interest for social economy.
What got my attention in this particular EVS was the plurality of different tasks, different projects even though at the beginning it was hard to understand what is what, the whole organisation arrangement. I was sure that in that divers choice I will find something for my.
As I mentioned before I did move to a different country once before, doing it on your own is hard, but here it is so much easier. Everyone is so nice and helpful.
I think the best way to fully discover a culture is to live in it for a while. It is my second stay in England, I came once before for a 1 month vacation in London. But vacations are always different because we tend to be so carefree and it is to short always to really understand different ways of living. I did not see it last time coming that English people are so chatty. Really, even with a cashier in supermarket. And British people do smile a lot to strangers! I am still in awe for all the small villages nearby that for my look soooooo cute. I could just stare in to those small boats in the canal for hours. Event thou I have been here for 3 weeks everything is so impressive mostly because it is new. I hope this will last as long as it can! For months.
My first weeks has been quite busy and exciting, meeting all the new people. At this moment I would like to apologies to all for not remembering ANY names, too much at once and I do not know who is who. But Dear people I do recognise Your faces, just don’t have a name to pair with it! At least not yet. The work is quite interesting because for the moment not two days has been the same. I am constantly trying new things. I must say that my favourite place has to be repair shed because of sewing cafe. I love that I can continue all of my hobbies: sewing, biking and knitting!
Cheers to a great new adventure!
*Written in September on arrival ;)