Since my arrival in Portugal in September, I have experienced a cultural adventure like never before! Despite having travelled to many destinations throughout Europe, it is only once you live somewhere that you get a real feel for the culture and way of life.
My EVS project itself has helped a lot with my integration in Portugal. Working in Rota Jovem, a youth organisation in Cascais, has introduced me to so many new people through numerous activities and events. Indeed, by organising and participating in various educational, cultural and outdoor activities, I have been introduced to so many aspects of life in Portugal, and therefore very lucky to have such an "authentic" experience.
Living in Lisbon and working in Cascais has also given me the perfect lifestyle! Lisbon is an incredible city, so full of life and spirit. There is always music, art or sport on offer, and the Portuguese people have a real warmth and energy that is really contagious! And every morning I take the train along the coast to Cascais, a beautiful journey to such a beautiful coastal town!
However, the most unique aspect of my EVS experience is the living arrangement - an apartment in Lisbon with 7 other volunteers from Spain, France, Poland, Romania and Belarus! I have learnt so much about the varying cultures throughout Europe, from the languages and traditions to the food, music and drink!