Maria’s volunteering experience in Slovakia

8. August 2021 | Archív |
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This experience was definitely life changing! I’ve gotten even more than what I ever expected.

But before anything, I’d like to thank those who provided me with these incredible months. To the Mladiinfo people, who always cared for me and gave me their full support; to the teachers and kids of Edulienka that received me so well and made me feel so belonging to the school, teaching me more than I hoped for; and last but not least, to my girls whom I spent these months, living and working together, but above all, creating a friendship for life.

Bratislava is a beautiful city, and even with restrictions and all the changes that come with the pandemic, it provided me with so much fun and cool people. I’ve found my places in the city, and I surely hope to visit this beautiful city which was home for a brief but fulfilling period of my life. Even though the language is a tough one, communication was not that complicated, and I was given the opportunity to learn it, with two amazing teachers!

I was in a school with kids from 6 to 12 year olds, and not only, a lot of them speak English, but the ones who didn’t found a way of communicating with us who didn’t speak Slovak. The school environment was super welcoming, and provided me with more knowledge and insight than I definitely expected. I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do professionally, and I found it. It almost felt like a calling, while I was in the classroom helping teach about my favorite subjects and learning so many new ways to approach the day to day life in the school, I really felt like I could do this forever. I know that being a teacher for real is more complicated, and I still have so much to learn, but I’m so thankful that this experience has allowed me to be here and understand how much this is the life I want.

This experience was above and beyond great, and I’m so happy that I got to go and live so much! I would definitely recommend taking this leap and going for such a thing, as it changes your life while having fun and learning so much!

Once again, thank you for this!

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