Joinki was my diving school

Joinki was my diving school

For many years now I’ve been fond of diving, an activity that unfortunately doesn’t exist in Trentino. Nevertheless, from my very first week in Italy, I realized that I was going to experience a different kind of submersion, having Joinki by my side as a diving school. Carrying out this volunteering project, I saw myself diving into Italian culture, traditions, social life, history and last but not least – its moreish cuisine! Joinki project turned out to be exactly what I was looking for – a meaningful, inspiring, self-developing and fun volunteering experience. My main responsibility was to teach English to my host family and different students from schools in Val di Non. I will never forget the innocent smiles of my primary school students and their never-ceasing questions. Questions about my favorite sport, ice cream, family and hobbies. Their curiosity and persistence have taught me a lot. It would be totally wrong to say that this project is purely focused on language. Yes, language teaching remains a priority, while all the rest is still important and supported by Joinki. By saying all the rest, I mean traveling, getting to know Italian culture and language, making new friends, experiencing new things and much more – but you’ll have to join Joinki to understand what! I guess after this experience I’ll never stop praising Italy. A county so rich with culture when it comes to traditions, so tasty when it comes to cuisine, so unpredictable when in comes to appointments and so loud, so warm when it comes to people. During my time there, I had a few difficult moments, but they remain to be completely meaningless when compared to all those beautiful, amazing moments of doing, trying and feeling new things! This volunteering taught me much more that I ever expected and it has definitely enriched me as a person. I’m very glad that thanks to this opportunity I overcame some of my fears and valued some of my capacities. I made new friendships, friendships that are going to last. I made a new family, an Italian family that keeps their door wide open for me. I must thank Joinki for this incredible match. Now when its all done, I look back with gratitude and realize that it was a lifetime experience, one of the best opportunities I’ve ever had.

(Daria-Cyprus)