Say Hi to Ankara

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Sometimes there are some trips or meetings what you don’t want to be or are very reluctant to go. But when I knew about training in Ankara, it wasn’t even to think about not going there. I hurried the days to get up soon on November 19th. And it came. Early rising and beginning the travel rituals, ranging from the last stuff up and to checking air in Ankara. Expecting and at the same time rushing. Excitement and impatience. The plane was delayed for 40 minutes, but I tried girls to calming and I said it is a good sign. If something “wrong” happens at the beginning, then the remaining days will be successful. Yes and it was. The training was amazing. They were on the side of Ankara, far away from the city center, next to the amazing lake in a stunning hotel-villa. Through the airplane window, Ankara looked like a desert with straight and parallel houses and somewhere in the distance with a few drops of water. One of the training days was in a city tour and museums. The city has some kind of the beauty, narrow streets and ruins of the castle that make it possible to see the city from all sides and like in every capital city are living the most poorest and richest people.


In the trainings we have detail information what to expect, what to not expect and what to want during in the project. We’ve heard inspirational stories about the project participants who have fulfilled their wishes and found their way of life. When I listened to these stories, I looked around and tried to imagine these participants, what they will be, then they come back to their home cities after the project. Will they be the same, as they were before leaving – I don’t think so. After living in Turkey, you will never be the same as before. You will not be worse, but you’ll just be different. We all came here for the same reason – for volunteering. One of the project’s tasks was to write the “perfect” volunteering features. There are no perfect people, but when you helping other people you are becoming to be a good person, and to be a good person is very important. Talking about participants in the training, we are all very different and it’s amazing how you meet with this different people in your life. And I believe – we are all a good people.

In the last days in Ankara, I was thinking about homesick. What to do if you really want to go home? The homesick feel everyone, who left the house for several days. When you leave, understand what you had. The most common reasons why you start feel bad, when you are far away from home is when something goes wrong, there is no time consuming activity, you feel lonely, angry and sad. In other cases, if there is a lot of work, it does not even take a minute to think about home, because new impressions, new friends don’t let to feel sad. You must be ready for all feelings that will you feel, when you are away from home. The first time, when I feel homesick, it was in the second month, when I pet the cats in the streets and in the fact, in my neighborhood is a lot of cats… I wanted to go home and hug everyone who I know and say that, Turkey has many similarities, but even more differences with Lithuania. It’s sometimes necessary to leave the house for a short time and see, how everything is the same and different, and that the world is unconsciously various.

I want to say big thank you Pi Youth Association and Turkish National Agency for getting to know new people and getting a lot new things. Thank you for the opportunity to explore and live in Turkey. Thank you for your concern and for the fact, that you give young people the opportunity to travel and to make their dreams come true. Every day I’m glad, I was not afraid and I came to Turkey. Every day I’m glad, when I meet people like me, who are still looking for themselves in the right place.

About Sarune Sidlauskaite

Labas! My name is Šarūnė and I am from Lithuania. I am 25 years old, and this August i started volunteering in Turkey, in Izmir. I am EVS volunteer, and working in Karşiyaka municipality. I hope this year will be wonderful. More about me - instagram @rozalibam ♥

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