Tamuna In Poland – The story of how I became a volunteer.

Gamarjoba !

My name is Tamuna Bichiashvili. I am 23 years old and I am from the world’s most bohemian country Sakartvelo ( Georgia ). Currently , I am a member of the amazing volunteering project- “Empowering Regions through volunteering” and this is the story of how I became a volunteer.

To start the story, we must first travel through time like in the movie back to the future and wake up in September 15th 2015 year. The time when I was standing in front of my university, imagining myself being a lawyer and asking myself a question “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”. I knew somewhere deep down in my heart that something else, something bigger had to happen to me but little did I know back then that shortly after 1 year I would not only rethink my choice of future profession but would change myself completely. To make a long story short, I was offered a job as an English language teacher at International English language summer camp in Georgia. Back then I was a shy girl with lots of dreams in my head not knowing how to express myself even though I am a dancer and self-taught painter. I remember my very first day as a teacher , standing outside the classroom , being afraid , listening to my own heart beat and knowing that there is no way back, I have to go in and conduct the lesson. I was so nervous that my hands were shaking but the amount of love and support I saw in kids eyes made me answer the question where i see myself in 5 years confidently. I saw myself being a teacher and here I am after 6 years fulfilling my dream and becoming an English language teacher.

Summer camp gave me such confidence that I thought why should not I try and apply for a volunteering project. I am a creative person , I am responsible , I love gaining new skills so why not. After going through a lot of options I found the one that I was searching for. Volunteering project in beautiful country Poland.

As Albert Einstein once said “Only a life lived for others is worth living”. Being a volunteer has lots of benefits :1. Meeting new people. Volunteering provides a unique opportunity: it connects people with very specific shared values, you start building a community and working towards common goals. As I did with my amazing roommate and already my friend Fabjola Danaj. 2. You become a confident and better person and advance your career by improving job prospects.

All in all, my aim as a volunteer is to spread information about my beautiful country , to create a positive community impact , to learn polish language and what is more to enjoy life. I hope one day you, the one reading my blog, will join us too.

Gudauri , Georgia

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