[This post is written by my friend Klaudia, who also participated in Global Citizen program. She shares her experience with you here :)]
My first trip abroad alone in other purpose than just holiday was to Serbia (on Global Citizen program organized by AIESEC student organization – more information about the program here) where I was supposed to work for a non-governmental organization. I didn’t realize back then, overwhelmed with fear, contradictory emotions and tons of uncertainty, that it was the best decision I have ever made.
Leaving Katowice by bus in the middle of the night, I wanted to take my twenty-kilos suitcase on my back and run away as far as my thin body can manage. Or at least run to the nearest local homeless and hide behind his back. After over 20 hours of bus I thought I have everything sorted out in my head… until the driver told me, around 1 am that it’s my stop and time to get off. Even a pain in my back (and ass) wasn’t motivating me to go. We were at the gas station by the highway close to Nis – the city where my voluntary work was supposed to take place.
During the next 20 minutes, sitting on my suitcase by the highway I managed to smoke an exceptionally huge amount of cigarettes (I’d say one cigarette per minute). Luckily, before I ran out of cigarettes and got totally depressed by the fact a car appeared. My buddy came with one of the girls with whom I was supposed to live. (AIESEC organized accommodation at a Serbian family).
|Volim te – I love you|
|Photos and comics done by participants of the project.|
As a sum up, I will write just one word. PEOPLE. You definitely can fall in love with Balkans if you meet so many awesome people. I went there once and I know I want to go back there. It’s a place, where I will feel well and free.