Liebe Caterina, Vitor, zu den bevorstehenden u weihnachtsfeiertagen wünschen wir euch Beiden und Deiuer Familie alles gute. Vielleicht werde ich im nailisten jahr euch wal in Lissabon besulieu was wacht die Schule? Bleist gesund und eiert silion uis neue Jahr 2019. Gruss aus Ungarn von Wilfried + Maria
One of the main objectives of CoMICS was to come up with a unique comic that somehow connected with ourselves on a personal level and that checked the marks on migration (fears, intolerance and prejudices) as well as intercultural dialogue.
I steered a bit away from the comic’s guidelines and decided to bring on a subject that was indeed quite personal to me – my volunteering experience in Angola. Those pages I created above, based solely on the things I experienced, try to draw a parallel between supposedly distinct realities.
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! 🙂