My name is Pauline, I‘m 21 years old.
I just finished my diploma in law that I studied for three years. Not knowing what I want to do now, continue my studies or enter the working world, I told myself that this was the right time to follow my desire to volunteer.
The European Solidarity Corps was a way for me to take a break from my studies for a year, while making myself useful in a rich experience. So, I started looking for a country in the South like Greece.
In August, I came across this ad published by FPD, what was proposed was very interesting, so I applied. I received a positive answer shortly afterwards, I had an interview and everything was good.
I had never really thought too much about Italy during my research, but when I asked about the region of Puglia, I knew right away that I would like it.
Ciao, io sono Elena, and unfortunately that’s quite where my Italian-speaking capacity ends right now. I’m an 18 year old girl from the south-west of Germany and just finished high school this summer. I always knew that I don’t want to start university immediately after graduating, so I looked for something to do during a gap year and came across the possibility of volunteering with the European Solidarity Corps.
I had spent some great holidays in Italy, so I was very excited when I saw the offer made by FPD and finally got the positive answer. The European approach and the variety of tasks were exactly what I imagined for my time as a volunteer, so I’m looking forward to not only enjoying Italian whether and food, but to learn about a new culture, discover local and international projects and improve my Italian.