The final epic overall evaluation of my EVS 2016-2017 in BDC
There are many ways how to write an evaluation. I would like to start with a quote from the movie 'Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis': 'Wherever people go they cry twice; when they arrive and when they have to leave.' For me this is very true and perfectly applicable for my stay in Slovakia.
I am truly grateful for this 10-months experience and I think there is nothing comparable to it.My EVS was marked by up's and down's which to me is incredibly important because this is how I learned and got the most out of it. Speaking of which; the EVS has shaped me and somehow changed something deep inside me but I can't really say what it is except a damn good feeling.
Throughout the year I have come across different people, challenges, tasks and trips. I could continue this list forever. This is the problem: You get so much that you cannot actually grasp the overall thing. You can't take a handful of water and say 'I have got the whole ocean in my hand'.
Nevertheless I feel more secure after my stay abroad; I feel more ready for life even though I am probably not. Listing the competences I acquired would be boring so I am just going to tell you the following instead: GO ABROAD. Be it EVS, an Erasmus semester abroad, work and travel etc. It just helps you so much and in a way you would have never dreamt of. Experience the difference!
Following up this I find myself in the situation that I really do want to keep volunteering and this is what partly was the goal of all EVS, right? I can't imagine leading a life without dedicating at least a few hours of my time to people who desperately are in need of it.
I hope I could contribute to the development of BDC and made some people happy with my work. It's now time to say good bye but first: Thank you. Thank you for surviving 10 months with me (I really appreciate it), thank you for evaluating my learning process and for kicking my arse several times. Thank you for the funny moments in the office as well as for being so hardcore cooperative and understanding. Thank you for providing me reliably with money, mentor and a language course. Volunteers, organizations and further people who come to you can be so lucky.
For me time always is a very surrealistic thing. My Irish host mother back in the days used to say: 'Time is flying'. Unfortunately you mostly recognize the meaning of this when it's already too late. We only have this very one life but maybe our paths will cross again – who knows... I would be super happy about this.
Thanks for reading my blog, best of luck and always have a good portion of trust in your heart.
Regards, Luka Paul Vethake
My very favourite quote for you:
"Tho' much is taken, much abides; and tho'
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
~Lord Alfred Tennyson, Ulyssesspäť na zoznam