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Living in Ukraine II

Daria Автор: Daria  
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It’s hard to deny that the act of living in another country, in another language, fundamentally changes you. Different parts of your personality sort of float to the top, and you take on qualities, mannerisms, and opinions that define the new people around you. And there’s nothing wrong with that; it’s often part of the reason you left in the first place. You wanted to evolve, to change something, to put yourself in an uncomfortable new situation that would force you to into a new phase of your life.



Even just going to the grocery store — when in an exciting new place, when all by yourself, when in a new language — is a thrilling activity. And having to start from zero and rebuild everything, having to re-learn how to live and carry out every day activities like a child, fundamentally alters you.


And the most important part: while doing an EVS you get to know many people. Many different people, very often coming from different countries, different backgrounds and this is I think the most valuable part of EVS experience. Suddenly you can have friends everywhere, be able to stay at ‘friend’s place’ in any town in Europe, because you are all members of a great community, the EVS family. To me this a great thing and even though I was travelling quite a lot before my EVS, I only then understood how easy it can be, even when your budget is tight. EVS was a turning point for me in discovering Europe. And its inhabitants, because a town in a local’s eyes is always more interesting than when you visit it with a guidebook in your hand. I am still in touch with some people from my EVS and it doesn’t matter where we meet: whether it’s Madrid, Berlin or Warsaw.

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