Starting a gap year in my studies, I decided to go abroad within the European Solidarity Corps program.
My goal in this year was to improve my English and give me more professional experiences. This is what I was able to accomplish by speaking English with my roommates and by working for the Action Art association. Thanks to my volunteering project with Action Art, I was able to share my ideas and set up artistic workshops for children. I was thus able to develop my sense of pedagogy and my culture in art history.
During these 9 months of ESC, I lived the first half of my experience in Greece in quarantine from November to April. The other half I discovered Thessaloniki with more life, especially with the opening of bars and tavernas. Containment was less difficult than in France because I lived with 25 other volunteers in my house, enough to be able to occupy our days! I was well surrounded, there were positive waves and a beautiful energy which gave motivation and creativity in our house.
During this experience by meeting people from different backgrounds, I was able to learn a lot about others and about myself. I was able to open up more to the world around me. After having lived a large part of this experience in confinement, I worked on the relational aspect with the various volunteers.
I recommend to all young people who have the possibility to participate in this experience of European Solidarity Corps to live this kind of adventure. After these nine months in Thessaloniki, I can say that Greece has become my country of heart and that I will come back.