Hello! I am Arantxa and I am from Navarra, a small province in the north of Spain. I am doing my European Voluntary Service in Lastours, in the south of France, close to the Pyrinees and in an amazing place full of history.
I studied journalism and photography and after two years working in my field, I decided to apply for an European Voluntary Service to live a totally new experience in another country, a new language, and a culture. I wanted to change my rutine, get out of my comfort zone and have a better perspective about myself and what I want to do in my future.
Finally, I found a project which is called Ethik Mind and hosted by IDC, a cooperation working on sustainable development and international mobility based in the camping Le Blevedere. I thought that it can suit me. What I do here is that working in the internal and external communication of the association, promoting the activities, designing the flyers, working on the website and taking the photos of the activities. In my opinion, it was a perfect opportunity to continue doing what I like best in a different environment, living in a community and learning from other people.
What I like most about this experience is that being able to feel like a big family. Spending so much time with the rest of volunteers brings you close to them and you could make so many close relations in a very short period of time. You can meet people which would make you feel like you have already met this person before. However, being in a community can have disadvantages at the same time; for example, when you need your space to escape you might be unable doing so. But this situation teaches you how to turn those small disadvantages into great advantages.