The Importance Of Being A Traveler
Author: Eliška Portužáková
Thursday 14th of August 2014 05:06:24 PM

I went on my first vacation I before I was born, when my mother was sixth months pregnant. Since I was three years old, my parents started to discover my beautiful country together with me. Thanks to all the travel in my childhood traveling became an important part of my life and I am missing something in my life if I don't travel.


When I got to know my country well, I started to travel abroad. On the day of my 18th birthday I promised myself that before I turn 50 I will visit at least 50 countries. Now I am in the middle of my quest, and it's going really slow. Because I must admit that I'm not a fan of that quick-picture/look-at-them-at-home touristic thing. No, I think that the most amazing way of traveling is to stay in one country for at least two months and explore the mentality, customs, tradition and try their way of life. An opportunity to explore the world like this is offered by the Erasmus + program of the European Union. They have several projects of nonformal education, so you can be sure that except nice memories you will bring back something extra. One of their most famous programs is European Voluntary Service(EVS). You can choose your EVS according to your preferences and future plans. Would you rather learn English in a Turkish kindergarten, organize cultural events in Armenia or work on a farm in the Netherlands? Or maybe you would like to become another volunteer at DAA in Antwerp, Belgium?


What's more, you can be sure that if you say to locals that you're not a tourist but a volunteer in their country, they will treat you like a member of their family. Volunteering is not just about altruism, you can be sure that you will get much more back.


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