The most chaotic but also best 9 months that I’ve ever had.
My EVS at Tandem in an institution for disabled children and youngsters.
All my time in school I knew what I wanted to do after graduation – I wanted to start studying, I already knew which subject and where but then Covid happened and I was reconsidering if I really want to start studying now if everything is online, because who wants to have half of their studies online? A couple days before my finals at school I had the thought, that maybe it´s a good idea if I find an opportunity to work somewhere abroad, so that I could travel a bit and earn some experience in the field that I wanted to study.
After a long process of searching the entire world wide web for projects, were I don’t have to pay like a couple thousand Euros, I found the European Solidarity Corps. After this moment everything was really fast, I applied for the free space at Tandem and two weeks later I was in Athens, working with children and youngster with disabilities and or traumas – a decision, that I´ve never regretted, because I’ve learned a lot about myself, the life of children in an institution, about deinstitutionalization and what is so important about it and that I really want to study something in the social sector.
During Summer (until the middle of September) most of the times we just went with the children in the morning to the beach to go for a swim or to just enjoy the sun – to be honest name a better activity else than to be in the sea for 2 ½ months. In the afternoon we had different activities like English classes, cooking/baking, or hand crafts. I liked cooking the most, because we could try a lot of different recipes (sometimes they were good sometimes they were bad).