My project in Germany is over and I am already in Gran Canaria thinking that I can write about this year which has been like a rollercoaster. I don’t feel that exactly one year has passed since I arrived in Bremen, it feels like 5 months.
I still haven’t assimilated that my life in Germany is over. That I won’t go back home anymore after work and ask Emoke how her day was, go to work with Eurielle, have those deep conversations with Lou, go for a walk with Eli or just laugh with Esra in the kitchen.
I’m happy to be back in Gran Canaria, to see my friends, my family and the nice weather here, but I’m still nostalgic for everything I have experienced in Germany.
I have read again the other reports I wrote to remember small details of this year, and I remember my first days in Bremen. I was very happy but also with a lot of fears. As the months went by I had a breakdown that I was able to solve in a certain way and then the project, knowing that I was going to work and I was going to work in something that I liked, it became easier.
The project, I honestly couldn’t be more grateful to have lived this experience and carried out my project at school. What was clear to me was that if I did this, it had to be in a kita or school, as I was going to be there for a year and what less than doing something that you like. Choosing something you enjoy will always make everything easier and the experience more fun.
My English and German have improved. I have learned how to work with children with different difficulties and a new teaching methodology. I learned a lot more, but one of the most important things for me was personal growth.
The school was closed during the summer, so I had several weeks of holidays before the project was completely finished and I was able to do an interrail. Honestly it was not something I had in mind, but it has been a very cool experience where I have travelled through different countries such as: Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Slovenia. I had the opportunity to travel alone to Hungary and it was something I had always wanted to do, to travel alone to another country, and yes, I also loved travelling alone, to see that I can solve all the problems and make the decisions.
One of the most important things I have taken away from this year, apart from what I have written above, are the new people I have been able to meet, and luckily, I can call them friends.
Now it’s time to move on to the next chapter, but the previous chapter has been the most exciting and best of my life.
Sergio is hosted by Tobiasschule und Kindergarten e.V. on our project financed by the European Solidarity Corps and Jugend für Europa