It was a cold November day when my email alerted me to a new message, titled “When did you last do something you’ll remember for a lifetime?”
The content talked about the upcoming EVS projects from December up to March of 2018. It included many possible locations raging from Bosnia, Romania and finally Madeira island, Portugal. I gladly accepted the invitation and went to MC Trbovlje for the presentation where we got all the needed information about EVS itself and the awaiting projects abroad.
I applied for Madeira, send my CV and cover letter to Teatro Metaphora and hoped for the best. Not even a month after I had my interview with Lídia and only 3 days later I got the email. I got chosen to participate!
Fast forward to the 1st of March. For the first time in my life I sat my behind on an aeroplane and went up into the clouds. The journey itself took 24 hours, 3 different aeroplanes and an over-night stay at a hotel in Lisbon. In the early morning hours of the 2nd of March I was flying high over the North Atlantic Ocean on my last flight of this journey.
At the airport I got acquainted with José António who is the president of Teatro Metaphora. We picked up my luggage, hopped into his car and we were of to Câmara de Lobos, to my new home for the next 4 months.
As soon as I unpacked and had a refreshing shower I went down to the city center to meet Nika who is a Georgian volunteer at Teatro Metaphora. He was kind enough to take me on a walk around town and for lunch. We ate a typical Madeiran sandwich called Prego. And after lunch we went for a drink – Poncha. It is a traditional drink made with distilled alcohol made out of sugar cane juice with added honey, sugar and lemon juice (or orange / passionfruit).
It was the perfect ending to a long day.
Volunteer at Teatro Metaphora – Associação de Amigos das Artes
European Voluntary Service – Erasmus+
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