Hey there! It’s been five months since I embarked on this incredible journey of volunteering at a Montessori school nestled in the breathtaking landscapes of Stams, Austria. As a 25-year-old from sunny Malaga, Spain, this experience has been nothing short of life-changing.

Let me tell you about the magic of the Montessori method. It’s not just about education; it’s about fostering healthy mental growth for both students and teachers alike. The freedom inherent in the Montessori approach allows individuals to explore, learn, and develop at their own pace. As a volunteer, I’ve witnessed firsthand how this freedom nurtures curiosity, independence, and a deep sense of self-awareness in the children we work with.

But this journey isn’t just about the kids; it’s about me too. Coming from a background of pursuing a master’s degree and navigating the tumultuous landscape of teaching opportunities in Spain, I found myself at a crossroads. Instead of succumbing to the pressure of having it all figured out, I chose to dive headfirst into the unknown.

And oh, what a liberating decision it has been! Meeting fellow volunteers from across Europe and engaging with the local community has opened my eyes to endless possibilities. The anxiety that once plagued me about my future has given way to a sense of excitement and curiosity. The European Solidarity Corps has played a pivotal role in making this journey possible, providing not just financial support but also a network of like-minded individuals committed to making a difference.

As I reflect on these past months, I realize that life is not meant to be perfectly planned or predictable. It’s about embracing the uncertainty, seizing opportunities as they come, and allowing ourselves to evolve along the way. Sure, I may have aspirations of learning German, studying psychology, and seeking employment abroad, but I’m also open to whatever adventures lie ahead.

So here’s to embracing the unknown, to exploring the world around us, and to never underestimating the power of a leap of faith. Who knows where I’ll be ten years from now? But one thing’s for sure: it’ll be somewhere unexpected, exciting, and full of endless possibilities.

Cheers to the journey!
Celia R. 😊

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