Going out from your comfort zone may sound risky. You are expose to have moments of suffer, loneliness, feeling disoriented… having the sense that you have take the wrong decision. We spend all our life taking decisions, without knowing it, all on our life are decisions.
But, what happen when someone calls you and offer the opportunity of going to a country 11000km from home to do voluntary work? As the Solomon Island STARS Team said, “Expect the unexpected”. Easy to say, difficult to achieve. When we take decisions that are going to define our future, we are used to generate some expectations, that when we see we are not reaching, frustration starts.
I can sum up my first two months of my EVS with the Word “frustration”, nothing was as what it was supposed to be. I reach the point where I didn´t know if it was my fault, of the program or due to the cultural shock… but I felt myself absolutely disoriented, with a disturbing sensation of had taken wrong decisions.
But then, the sentence from the Solomon Island team makes sense. One day you wake up early in the morning and someone offers you to go to life in the Buddhist Temple where I go every day to work. A temple where 3 monks live, and where the life seem to be complicated at the same time as disturbing. I could consider that moment one of the best moments on my EVS, because after that moment I can consider that I start enjoying, and that my journey has started. I was really going out from my comfort zone.
Sometimes may seem that we have made our best, that there is nothing else to do. But suddenly another challenge appears in front of you and the only thing you need to do is go ahead to the adventure, and start enjoying.