Landa Jijavadze is a Georgian volunteer who joined non-governmental organiziation Polites in Szczecin, Poland and carries out her long-term European Solidarity Corps project funded by Erasmus +. Read what she says about her upcoming experience:
“I’m Landa. I’m 21 years old and I recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Translation studies. After 16 years of formal education, I felt like I really needed a break. That was the time when I found out about the project in Poland and I applied for it straight away. Being selected for the project gave me an opportunity to move abroad for the first time in my life, meet a lot of interesting people and get new experiences.
Volunteering abroad comes with numerous benefits that help us increase our physical, mental and social health. It also helps us find our sense of purpose and boosts our self-confidence. I decided to volunteer abroad in order to take on a new challenge, to contribute to society and make a difference. It is also a wonderful opportunity for people who want to learn a new language.
Of course, settling in a new country comes with great many challenges and requires courage and determination. It is a great exam of my ability and character, but I’m certain that this experience will change my life for the better, shape my personality and help me develop many useful skills. It will make me more adaptable, sociable and independent.
It is still my first month in Poland and I already feel the benefits of spending my time here. I get to meet people from many different backgrounds and engage myself into activities that help local communities. All of these experiences help expand my horizons. During the project I will be working at the kindergarten. I believe that getting a career experience abroad will open many doors for me.
I recommend applying for an ESC project to anyone who is tired of formal education and wants to do something truly valuable for the common good. It’s a wonderful opportunity especially for students taking a gap year.
I’m convinced that almost a year of volunteering in a foreign country and being able to touch people’s lives will improve my sense of accomplishment and my quality of life. After this year I hope to be a more active, responsible and useful member of society” – Landa Jijavadze.