A year full of experiences
A few days ago, I was thinking about the balance of my last year. A full year is a lot to think about it. Today, and this year was a year full of experiences
I got the chance to write about it, so here I am. A year full of experiences
29th of January of 2017: It’s never easy to say goodbye to your family, but there I was again at the departure area to start a new project in a new country.
The start was huge!
I was just arriving at the school when I had to take my suitcase again and travel somewhere else. I was invited for the preparatory camp of a classical music concert involving professional musicians and world music.
I really had a lot of energy for that and I really needed it because we were working a lot in the preparation of the concert.
It was actually an amazing start!
After that week it was the moment to meet my team mates, the people I was going to spend two years with. I was a little nervous but we all met and suddenly…
There was no way back.
From that moment, we got ourselves involved in a huge project that was going to give us a lot of challenges.
A full year of new experiences, new faces, new ways of living, of teaching, of learning.
This year was full of everything.
Starting with the fact that I have never been involved in a community life.
It was hard for me.
I am only child, meaning that we are three people living in my house. I am not used to share a toilet with a lot of people, waiting to have a shower or cooking for 30 people. But at the same time, together with a lot of people you get the chance to develop amazing things.
That’s the meaning behind the sentence: “If you want to go fast go alone if you want to go far go together”.
And that is also the headline of the school: Do it together.
Here it is not like any other type of school.
Here is another kind of school. A school where everybody meets to decide how the things should be.
This is about running a school all together. It’s not an easy task. Nobody said that. But not everybody has the chance to take that challenge.
This program is very demanding and when you do something you have to use your full energy on it. I had bad moments and good moments,
I guess like everywhere. I found myself very tired at some points but very grateful in others. Something I know very clearly is that I have learned a lot during this year.
I have learned about myself and about others too. I am finishing my year HAPPY. Happy about all the things I went through this year.
Even if during the processes of the year I have complained a lot and sometimes I didn’t have enough patience to see things differently.
If I could go back and change something from this year, I would just change myself to have been more positive in some occasions. But it’s always much easier to complain that do something to change things.
Now, I am ready to take the next step. Another huge one. And I am sure I will bring there all my knowledge from this whole year.
Malawi is waiting and I am waiting for it too.
By Carla- February team