September 2018, I went to Moldova on a European Voluntary Service out of curiosity. I went somewhere to which I would never have ventured, I worked in an international organization (glimpsing some of the realities of foreign aid) and I familiarised myself with a culture I wouldn’t have known of or grown fond of.
Even though I am familiar with culture shock and the way it influences your mindset -I lived in the US for a year-, I still have moments when I stop and reflect on how strange or how admirable the Welsh are. Here are a few examples of my most memorable culture shocks here in Cardiff.
My name is Hélène, I am originally from suburban Paris and I am twenty-four years old. After spending one year abroad as a teaching assistant in the USA, all I wanted to do was to pack my suitcase again and leave for new adventures.Read more >
This year the European Commission’s Erasmus programme turned 30. Since 1987 some 9 million people have had opportunity to take part in European-funded exchanges: 600,000 of them from the UK. To celebrate, members of the UNA Exchange team joined cross-sector colleagues and volunteers at the Senedd on 13th November 2017.