Tamara in Bremen // Final Report

As I sit down to pen the final report of my volunteering project, the past year unfolds before me like a vivid tapestry—woven with threads of joy, friendship, and personal growth. The journey has been nothing short of a whirlwind of experiences, each contributing to the unique fabric of this unforgettable chapter in my life.

The adventure began with a move to Germany. Little did I know that the coming months would exceed my expectations. Amidst the plethora of experiences, what stands out the most is the web of connections that transformed my volunteering year into a mosaic of relationships.

New flatmates quickly evolved into family, and colleagues became the pillars of motivation at the Waldorf school where I had the privilege to work. Waking up with enthusiasm became a daily ritual, thanks to the supportive community that surrounded me. But beyond the workplace, the treasures of my volunteer year extended to two training courses that gifted me lifelong friends from across the globe. In just several days we became as a family, even organized two more reunion parties in Berlin and Staufenberg, making our connection even stronger.

This year acted as a catalyst for personal growth, sculpting my character into one that is stronger and more persistent toward my goals. It provided me with the clarity to reanalyze my passions and unearth my mission—a priceless gain from this transformative experience.

Among the extraordinary things is that I sang during a concert and conducted several workshops with the school children. These events hold a special place in my heart.

The volunteering community, a congregation of like-minded souls, added another layer to this tapestry of connections. The debt of gratitude I owe to life for introducing me to these incredible individuals is immeasurable. Among them, my flatmates stood out—a diverse group united in solidarity and camaraderie. Our home became a haven of safety, witnessing the sharing of triumphs, setbacks, and countless conversations.

This year marked the realization of my grandest dreams, fostering maturity, reshaping perspectives, and preparing me for even greater adventures. The pinnacle of this journey was the epic three-week expedition through five countries with Arina—the biggest trip of my life. What initially seemed physically demanding transformed into a kaleidoscope of colors, vibrancy, and vivid experiences. From participating in the world’s international youth week in Lisbon to savoring local delicacies, meeting new people, and basking in Mediterranean sunsets, every moment was a treasure.

As I reflect on this precious chapter, I am filled with gratitude for the people who stole my heart and the memories that will forever inspire and bring joy. This year, with its rich tapestry of experiences, has left an indelible mark on my life—a testament to the transformative power of volunteering, connection, and embracing the unknown.

I am endlessly grateful for this extraordinary chapter of my life and eagerly anticipating the joy of crossing paths with each and every one of you once again.

With heartfelt love,


Tamara was hosted by Freie Waldorfschule Bremen on our project financed by the European Solidarity Corps and Jugend für Europa.