It was a usual day in February when everything started. Someone called me and said that I was invited for the interview. That time I didn’t realize this interview would change my life. Surprisingly I was chosen for an exchange program. It was so hard to believe, because I had tried for the first time and this attempt became successful. Then I met other Georgian participants. We were preparing for our cultural evening, booked tickets together and planned a trip to Porto before the project. Those days in Porto were truly amazing. We went sightseeing, tasted delicious food an bought some souvenirs to always remember that great time.
What happened then? We went to Villa Nova de Tazem, which is small, but beautiful village in Portugal, full of tangerine and lemon trees. The project – “Aiming for equ(ALL)ity” was held there. I had absolutely zero experience in communicating in English and I was so scared of making mistakes, but then I realized that it wasn’t a native language for anyone. I got out from my comfort zone and started doing things which I usually don’t. I met incredible people from other countries and discovered as many common things as differences between us. All of the participants were so nice and I was totally in love with listening their stories and sharing mine. Our collaboration on the main topic – gender equality was so productive. We were sharing our countries’ situations, personal experiences in this field and trying to think about the solutions to the problems.
We visited a middle school and an university in order to share our accumulated knowledge from this project. My favorite action from the whole project was visiting a school, because kids there were so smart, so active and it was the first time I saw the spark of hope of future. Somehow, I thought only Georgia had inequality problems, but today I know that we can work together to solve the problems and make the world a better place to live in.
I’m very grateful to all the people who took a part in this project and made even a little contribution to it. Without any of them it would not be so successful. I learnt a lot about other cultures from cultural evenings and enjoyed making our own Georgian evening, because it’s always an honor to represent my country. And the most important thing I gained from this “Erasmus+” project is international friends. How could I met them without this exchange? I will always remember them when I hear their country names and hope to meet again and again.
In the end, I want to say a huge thank you to all the organizers who gave me a chance to be a part of this Erasmus family and made me feel like that everything good is just starting.