Before crossing the Atlantic, I saw the ocean as a huge monster of water separating the continents. I was afraid of that monster, maybe, but I’ve always wanted to beat it.
In Argentina, I’m volunteer, and becoming one was the best decision I’ve made so far in my life. I discovered that working for and with others for a better society means to depositate what you have, and then you will receive double, triple or infinite benefits for yourself, and not necessarily materials things, it can be a hug of a child or the opportunity to do what you like more in another country. It’s an endless number of learning and emotions.
I started this EVS of six months in March and almost in the halfway through, there are countless changes, improvements, benefits, emotions that I have felt and had.
I was surprised of how habituated the children are, in the association that I work, to meet people from different countries, they’re interested in learning about you, they learn how to greet in your language and then they teach you to greet in their language. It’s a round trip all the time.
I believe that the secret is to set a goal, and you must take the first step towards it, and it will take the next step towards you.
I have decided to cross the ocean, which is only a bit of water located in the middle of the continents not to separate us, but to challenge us to unite. And I am here, exactly 9449,75 km from my house taking this challenge. Once you cross the ocean, you realize that it’s just a puddle of water.
Mauro is an Argentinian volunteer hosted by Associação Social Recreativa Juventude de Vila Fonche in Portugal