Last time we left each other with Flavia’s story in Budapest, where she worked as volunteer in the Magellan Project of AIESEC BCE (in case you didn’t read it, you can find it here), here we are now, with the second chapter of our brand new column, all about Global Citizens’ stories.
Today we are going to talk about Aurora, a 23-years-old student of Foreign languages and literature in Milan. Last summer, she spent six weeks volunteering in Córdoba, Argentina. And here’s what she told us about her experience over there.
Can you describe your Global Citizen experience abroad?
After coming back from Argentina, whenever someone asked me: “What was Argentina like?,” I always went like: “There’s so much I could say about it, I don’t even think words are enough to describe how amazing that experience was.” I remember that while staying in Córdoba, I felt such strong emotions that I couldn’t help but writing my impressions down in my notebook every now and then. I was astonished by how beautiful that place was and by how caring and kind people were there. I met so many extraordinary human beings from all over the world, who taught me a lot not only about them and their culture, but also about myself. They made me understand that there’s beauty and potential everywhere, in each and every one of us.
Which project were you working on as volunteer?
The project in which I took part was called “Learning Way” and was aimed at teaching English to 5-12-year-old underprivileged children at the “Centro Vecinal de Barrio Los Sauces,” an NGO located in the outskirts of the city.
What was your first cultural shock?
As soon as I got to the hostel where I’d be staying for the following six weeks, I realised that basically no one could speak English. And I thought: “What a great choice I made! Going on a 27-hour trip to a place where no one understands me and without knowing a single word in Spanish.” Even so, thanks to my very patient and loving Spanish-speaking flatmates and colleagues, I surprisingly picked up some idiomatic expressions very quickly and managed to go around the city by myself and be independent.
What have you learnt from this experience?
This experience taught me that the more I challenge myself, the more I realise that I can do things that I thought to be impossible before. It made me understand that my only limitations are those that I impose uponmyself.
Why would you recommend this experience?
I would suggest everyone (and I do, actually) to join this programme as while I was giving my time to help the kids there, in turn, they were giving me something priceless and unexpected: an incommensurable joy.
So that’s all from the beautiful Cordoba, next time we are going to fly to Egypt with Estela’s experience in El Cairo![av_button label=’Scopri di più’ link=’manually,http://www.aiesec.it/global-citizen/’ link_target=” size=’small’ position=’center’ icon_select=’yes’ icon=’ue800′ font=’entypo-fontello’ color=’theme-color’ custom_bg=’#444444′ custom_font=’#ffffff’ custom_class=”]