September 27, 2022

Erasmus+: My experience in Berlin

About me

Hello, my name is Alice and I am a student in the last year of high school at the Institute “ITSET PALIZZI” of Vasto, a small Italian town along the coast of Abruzzo. This year I had the opportunity, through my school, to take part in the
project “Erasmus+ Cycle Tourism”, an experience which, personally, has changed my life not only from a professional standpoint, but also and especially in the social and relational field.

MY EXPERIENCE IN BERLIN
“Erasmus changing lives opening minds”

Over the course of this month I met extraordinary people who accompanied me on my journey, helped me when I needed it, supported and endured every day, never leaving me alone.

I was in Berlin one month, and that was one of the most beautiful months of my life; I had the opportunity to know a new reality, to relate to people who speak a language different from mine, to make a “comparison” that opened my
eyes and made me discover new horizons, understanding at best what it means to “live independently”, organize your day, your work, your schedules.

MY ERASMUS EXPERIENCE
“Erasmus changing lives opening minds”

When I arrived in Berlin on March 29th, I didn’t know what to expect, I was very insecure about myself, I was afraid of not being able to face a new reality, too big for me, but I had to change my mind. It took me not a long time to adjust to the new situation, making friends, living in the new city and understanding how it works.

Two days after my arrival I started working at Berlink, an international mobility and training agency of the Education and Training Network, where I immediately felt at home, a welcoming office where I met all their team: fantastic, kind and helpful people who have never left me alone, they followed my path, they guided me and from them I learned a lot, I put myself on the line and I enhanced my skills, putting them into practice under different aspects. Thanks to this experience, I had the opportunity to get to know the world of work closely, doing what I like most, then work with the computer, make posts, flyers, project graphics, video editing, take photos, tours of the city of Berlin.

In these four weeks I have grown so much thanks to Berlink, I have learned to take care of myself and take my responsibilities, organize my work according to commitments and needs; then I have known a reality different
from the one in which I live, and I have met people who have changed my vision of the world, they have taught
me things that before I did not imagine to do, they made me grow and I will never stop thanking them.
Moreover, through Berlink, I have seen closely how Erasmus projects work (meeting, work placement, accommodation, city tour..) a complex but at the same time extraordinary world, which has given me a thousand emotions, from the first to the last day and that I will surely remember as one of the most beautiful experience
of my life. I thank again my school for giving me this opportunity, the Berlin Magazine agency that took care of us, the whole Berlink team for having accompanied me in these weeks, all my friends and people I didn’t know before but now I have in my heart, with whom I spent unforgettable moments, the best of my life.

Alice Ciavatta
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