Five months ago I started the adventure of living the EVS experience and I never imagined how gratifying it would have been to be able to meet such welcoming and lovely people who welcome you in their house like a member of their family. I did not believe that this could happen to me.
Now that I am close to my return home I have mixed feelings: I am happy to return to see my family and friends but on the other hand it makes me sad that I will not see the people who, without me realizing it, have become my second family every day.
I did my EVS with the goal of helping others but they ended up helping me more than I could have imagined, and so I ask my self who really is the person in need? I am not talking about material things but something deeper, something that we all have inside ourselves and that we frequently and easily forget – the small details of a child day after day: a gesture, a look, caress, a hug, a kiss, a hand that accompanies you on your path without asking anything but to let yourself fall. This is what really matters. I will remember it every second that passes and they will remain inscribed in my memory. Maybe the little children will forget me because to them we are like passing birds, but I will never forget because they helped me grow.
The only think I can do is be grateful to all the people that offered me their friendship, that made me smile, took care of my well-being and taught me many things. I will carry them in my heart, and I hope to have touched their hearts just a little.
In general, a volunteering experience is different for everyone but I think that in the end it will be gratifying for each person and it will help each one of us grow in a different way.
Angela is the Peruvian volunteer hosted by Associação Social Recreativa Juventude de Vila Fonche in Portugal