WHERE IT ALL STARTED! – JULIA IN OSWIECIM

Witajcie czytelnicy!

I really want to share with you in that blog all my new experiences in that fantastic project, “Volunteering – a power of solidarity”. But we can´t start without my own presentation and without telling you the reason why I started this volunteering. My name is Julia, I´m 23 years old and I´m from Salamanca, a small city in Castilla y León, Spain.

I grow up in Salamanca, a beautiful city that was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, because of his important historical-architectural heritage. Salamanca is very famous in Spain due to the university, USAL, which was founded in 1218 AD, so more than eight hundred of years.

During my life, I always wanted to collate my professional life with my hobbies and passion. My first passion was music. When I was eight years old, I started playing violoncello in the Conservatory of Music and in an academy which name is Syrinx. I really like playing cello and being part of that incredible lifestyle, because thanks of it, I have been able to play and meet a lot of fantastic people and music groups like “La Oreja de Van Gogh” or “Estrella Morente”.

Apart from that I love reading and watching films or series, my second passion is rugby. I started in my second year of university in a federation team of Castilla y Leon, which name is ADUS. In that sport I could learn the real fellowship, with your team and with the team you face, to go on despite the situation and to give the hundred percent in everything you do.

However, my desire to do a volunteering, started with an other activity that I did in my childhood, being part from a scout group. With them I could begin to help others, participating in different types of activity like food collection, toys collection in Christmas, doing activities with disabled… Doing all these things I realised that I love helping the others, so I decided to became a pharmaceutical, to find new medicines or treatment that can end all kind of diseases.

On July, I finished my degree on Pharmacy but I don´t know exactly what to do with that certificate. There were a lot of options and I didn´t want to rush one without thinking. Because of this and because I had never lived outside my city, I started looking for something where I can finally get involved in a personal project, that doesn´t prioritize academic training so much, but is about helping, working, knowing oneself, knowing how to adapt to the situation and be willing to get out of your comfort zone that is your country with your friends and family.

Therefore, I tried to apply for a volunteering at the European Solidarity Group and I finally got it! An excellent project with Fundacja Rozwoju Społeczeństwa Przedsiębiorczego in cooperation with Youth Cultural Center in Oświęcim, Poland. The project consists of carrying out activities to children and young people, to help in organising, in events and office work. Now, I´m living in Oświęcim, a pretty city with an important history, that we can´t forget or repeat.

Thank you for being interested in my story,

Until next time!!

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