Whether we want it or not, changes are part of our life, many of them we cannot avoid; sometimes they come to us, when we grow up, when we start a new stage of studies or a new work, even when meeting new people and other times they are their own decisions; but always will be part of our lives, they are essential, they allow us to grow.

For one reason or another, many times we do not expect them or they do not catch us in our best moment. Therefore, not stagnating and moving forward are the keys to face the best way any changes you present to us.

In this article some of the advice and knowledge that my psychologist gave me and more I have applied in my day to day.

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My story starting from İstanbul

Hi everyone! I’m Tuğba and I’m 24 years old, I come from Turkey, where there is a different history and stories in every corner and where civilizations first emerged. I will be volunteering at the “Democratic Wild School in Tychy city”, which has already excited me during my time in Poland.

If I tell you a little about myself; I live in the magical city of “Istanbul”, which connects the continents of Asia and Europe and has inspired poets and writers for centuries and incorporates many different cultures. We can also call Istanbul an emotional city, because you can feel different emotions in this city at any time of the day. I was born and raised in this city and I always think that there is an invisible bond between me and Istanbul. Originally, my family comes from the Black Sea region in northern Turkey. The Black Sea has a unique and wild nature, the summers of my childhood were spent in the mountains and plateaus of the Black Sea. This now very clearly explains my admiration and devotion to nature.

I am still continuing my studies. I am a 2nd year student of Business Administration. I also work as a news editor in the media field. I took part in many volunteering activities in my own country. However, I was in my comfort zone. Going beyond my limits, discovering my potential and tackling challenges are some of my biggest goals in life.

I discovered European volunteering projects as a result of my own research and asked myself, “Why not?” I said. And I was accepted from the first project I applied for, I consider myself very lucky and I am sure that the volunteer period I will spend in Poland will allow me to get to know myself better and discover myself. At the same time, I believe that I am at the right time point in my life for such a project.

As a result, my goals during my volunteering period are; to represent my country in the best way possible and to do my best to contribute to the project I am in. And of course, collecting unforgettable memories and getting to know Poland’s wonderful culture closely.


The Adventure Begins !


my name is Kristina and I am 29 years old, I am a bit older, but not so old that I would not accept this unique opportunity to become a volunteer through the European Solidarity Corps. I come from Slovakia, specifically from the city of Ruzomberok, it is a small town in the heart of Slovakia under our highest mountains (High Tatras). Although the Slovak Republic belongs to the groups of younger states in Europe, the territory of the country has a long and complex history, which left many monuments. Slovakia was created on January 1, 1993, before that, we were Czechoslovakia (since 1918). Slovakia has beautiful nature, we have many mountains, forests, mountain lake (glacial origin) and national parks, We also have many caves, more than seven thousand caves have been discovered in Slovakia so far! Slovakia has World’s highest number of castles and chateaux per capita, 180 castles and 425 chateaux in a country with the entire population far smaller than the city of New York. Who is a fan of old horror movies, there is also Nosferatu’s castle in Slovakia 🙂 Nosferatu (1922) were shot in Orava Castle.

I am a person who is positive about every aspect of life, I have a sense of humor and I am an optimist. I have two big passions, movies and books. I love reading books, especially fantasy  and sci-fi but also thrillers. My favorite writer is Oscar Wilde,( I read everything from him), also i like J. R. R. Tolkien, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, and J. K. Rowling . The books are a wonderful way to transport me to a different place and era without actually leaving home. I’m a big fan of movies and TV series, I like almost all genres of movies ,except romantic movies 😀 . I also enjoy artistic activities such as drawing (especially digital) or clay modeling, I like to do activities that keep my hands busy.

I studied sculpture and art history at university, but I was more interested in the digital sphere than classical sculpture. After school, I completed a short-term volunteer service  in Poland, in the town called Rzeszów (located in the east of Poland), I really liked this experience,  but 2 months passed quickly. After some time (after Covid and an internship in Prague), I decided that I would go to volunteer service again, but this time for a long time. My project is called “Opportunities ahead! “ in an interesting industrial  city Rybnik, I will be working  at the Historic Mine Ignatius (Zabytkowa Kopalnia Ignacy ). I am looking forward to working in this organization, from the first sight I was captivated by the atmosphere of this place.