An Experience about Challenges
If I am thinking now about my last year in this program, I cannot say that I have developed my existing practical skills so much. But by being challenged by the people around me, I developed my social skills more.
We all come from different countries, with different cultures and backgrounds. It is my first time when I am part of such a complex, intense and long volunteering program. It takes a lot of effort, energy and willpower to be part of it. It is not easy. But when you really like what you have experience, in the end, you will encounter more of the good parts of the program.
Talking with people and understanding their needs, in different circumstances and situations, challenged me in diferent ways. Sometimes I was vulnerable and weak, other times I tried to help people in need, or I pushed myself to get out from an uncomfortable situation.
When it comes to studies, of course here in this program we approach different types of subjects; on some I had little knowledge and it was very hard to study about the steps of evolution of the society through time or about philosophy and pedagogy. These were not in my comfort zone. But I really liked it. I’ve learned many interesting things and my general culture improved a lot.
I was really challenged because in my life, even if I have university studies, and I have basic knowledge about many things, I could often feel the difference between me and someone else. But this is not because we have been part of different cultures and environment. It is more about my interests and possibilities. But I know that all I have been studying and living in my life, comes together with my experience here at Lindersvold and I can say that I am reaching another level of understanding about the world that we are living in. I can put things in new perspectives and with this, I have the courage to take action and be more confident in myself and my work.
Going to a project in a developing country is not easy. I will be challenged in many ways for sure and now, I can not imagine exactly how I will react but is not gonna be easy. I am sure that I am gonna see things that will change me and it will be a lifetime experience but at the same time I will try to enjoy and learn as much as I can.
By Mihaela from Romania