“This is going to be my first time spending nearly a year away from home” • Ana Kekoshvili

Ana Kekoshvili is a Georgian volunteer who will join the team of volunteers at High School Lycée Sévigné in Rennes, France and participate in a long-term European Solidarity Corps project funded by Erasmus +. Read what she says about her upcoming experience:

“Since the day I have been accepted as a volunteer at Lycée Sévigné in Rennes, I cannot help but think about my journey to France. For me this is not going to be the first time living abroad, as I have been on one-semester study exchange programs before. However, this is going to be my first time spending nearly a year away from home, volunteering with a local high school and doing things that I have never done before, which is a whole different experience and I am so looking forward to it.

This one year that I will be spending in France is my gap year between my bachelor’s and master’s studies. I decided to take a break from my studies and spend some time on my own, so that I have enough time to self-reflect and to understand my interests and goals better. I think that it is essential for young people to enjoy some degree of independence and take full responsibility for their lives before they step into adulthood which is exactly why I am going on this new and exciting adventure.

Here you can find a short video where I talk about my future experience with the European Solidarity Corps voluntary project:

Another thing that excites me about my forthcoming experience in France is that I will get a chance to embrace one of world’s most amazing cultures. To me French history and culture have always been of a particular interest. In fact, I have been learning French for almost 2 years now, and, of course, all along with the language skills I have also improved my understandings of the unique French culture and people, but there is always more to learn. That is why, it is time for me to see things with my own eyes, embrace new cultures, and build friendships that might even last a lifetime” – Ana Kekoshvili.