Once I got back to Portugal, on the 5th of September, I had in mind that my EVS journey had finally come to an end. That was the case… well, kind of.
For the last 3 days, the city of Porto (carago!) welcomed me and other former EVS volunteers to the ultimate get-together. I was finally given the opportunity to meet and engage with other Portuguese who shared a very similar experience (I was in fact the only Lusitano in between 100+ volunteers while in Lithuania…).
It was heartwarming to hear each other’s experiences and adventures abroad (not only in Europe but also in South America and the North of Africa!). It gave me some peace and quiet to realise that I am not the only “crazy” one in a world full of normative rules expectations, one-way paths and social pressure…
Monday, the 5th, we had a (somewhat fancy) dinner to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the European Voluntary Service. I was also given a really nice book, of the last two decades of this EU programme, full of stories and EVS babies! 😛
This particular day also happens to be the International Volunteer Day. Coincidence? I think not…
Moreover, I also had the opportunity to meet some of the current EVSers who chose Portugal as their volunteering place. Interesting to hear their stories, the differences between countries and cultures and how they now get to call Portugal their home… it made me time-travel back to Plungė! 🙂
You can still check my adventures in Lithuania!
Once an EVSer, forever an EVSer.