If I was told at the beginning of the year that I would spend my summer in Latvia, I wouldn’t have believed it.
For a Spaniard like me, Latvia is very distant, not only by distance, (which is over 3000 kilometers) but also culturally.
Before doing my ESC in Ventspils, the whole country was a mystery, not only to me but also to the others volunteers as it does not show up in the news very often.
Nevertheless, it has a very interesting history, which I got to learn thanks to the Latvian day in the Youth House. The country has been occupied by a multitude of European powers in its history, which include but are not limited to Poland, Sweden, Russian Empire, Germany and the Soviet Union. Only recently the country is free from outside invaders and doesn’t have to fear about being occupied again.
In my opinion, this took a toll on the Latvian character, as it does not seem to be as trusting of strangers or as open the Spanish. Even though it takes more time to make friends, they are for a lifetime.
I am very grateful for the opportunity I was given, which was possible thanks to the European funding and the wonderful people that volunteer in the Youth House. None of the volunteers will ever forget our month in Ventspils.
Projekts "Jaunatne iesaistās" tiek finansēts ar Eiropas Komisijas “Erasmus+: Jaunatne darbībā”, kuru Latvijā administrē Jaunatnes starptautisko programmu aģentūra, atbalstu.
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