This picture very much reminds me of the “running away from responsibilities” meme and it feels very fitting to start off this blogpost. As many of you know, I’ve spent my last three years pursuing a degree in Human, Social and Political Sciences, specializing in archaeology at the University of Cambridge. I graduated this summer, and I see most of my peers getting jobs, doing serious work and generally starting adulting. Then what am I doing with myself? Well, let me reassure you that it won’t be anything too serious, nor do I have a fancy job. But I’ll be having fun, that’s for sure, so let me fill you in on what’s up!
Backtracking a little, let’s first discuss university. I did archaeology, but for now I have no intention in working in that field. While the course had a ton of interesting stuff going on, I got a bit fed up with university by the end. I have a lot of fond memories of it though, especially related to my dissertation research over the last year. I mean, I was mapping archaeological sites with a drone, that’s pretty badass… But the course also had a ton of boring theory, a million essays and I couldn’t do the types of fieldwork I wanted to, due to financial constraints. But the main thing is that I got a degree, graduated with good marks and now I’m another freshly graduated, unemployed humanities student.
The UK has many parts that I love, especially the Lake or Peak District, Yorkshire, Wales, Scotland, etc., but Cambridge or London is certainly not one of those places, and that’s where I would have had the highest chance of getting a job. Plus it was a time for a change of scenery! I also wasn’t wild about returning to Hungary long-term (at least yet?). Therefore, I arrived to the only logical conclusion: I’d move to Spain.
I have been going to Spain to participate in Erasmus+ youth exchanges since 2015. I did a big roadtrip around the country in 2016 and you can even see a video of me doing a lame attempt at vlogging during the trip here. Don’t worry, I cringed a bit there too…
I visited a bunch of places around the country and fell in love with Spain. I decided that someday I want to spend more time here. In the youth exchanges we discussed EVS (European Voluntary Service) projects: it’s a bit like Erasmus, but instead of attending a university course, you work at an NGO or participate in some other volunteering project, and your travel, accommodation, food, etc. is funded by the EU. Coincidentally, the organizer of the youth exchanges, Dani, told me that their organization takes EVS volunteers to work with their youth organization in Granada, so this idea has been in the back of my head since 2015. Finally, after graduation, the opportunity came for me to actually commit to such a project, so from now until July I will be living and working in Granada. This was made possible by Compass, who are a lovely Hungarian organization sending and receiving EVS volunteers.
What will I do? Well that’s a good question… I’ll do a lot of photography, working on the image of the organization, working to promote Erasmus+ and EVS and help with the day-to-day running of the organization… and much, much more, but that’s for another blogpost!
So if any of you are in Granada, swing by, say hi and let’s have a sangria!
PS: On the weekends I may be off to the mountains! The Sierra Nevada is Europe’s third tallest mountain range and it’s absolutely stunning. And it’s just outside Granada…
First photo of the blogpost is by Aisling Keys.