After more than two long and intense months, I can finally reveal the truth, updating for the last time my blog on my EVS experience.
Yes, you have read correctly: this is my last article. Even though my EVS ends at the end of November coupe de théâtre are always allowed. My country called me back for a great job opportunity. But, the purpose of my blog is to share EVS experiences and tips, so if you want to know more about my life and gossip, it’s always possible to do it with a good cup of coffee.
Once I took the decision to come back to Italy, I should have faced the situation with the team. But, as I’m curious, I tried to get some information on the web to understand the volunteer’s consequences for the premature departure. Actually, I failed my research because there were not a lot of information on the net and in the Erasmus + guide neither. So, what better proof than my experience to reveal the mystery and to debunk some myths?
Personally, nothing happened. My lovely project manager understood the situation and accepted my “resignation”. As three months lasted for the end of the project, he had two possibilities: to substitute for me with another Italian person or resident (at the end it was the final decision) or not.
Nevertheless, the main question is: what does happen to the volunteer? They say he/she has to pay for the damages created to the association. Actually, this is the extreme case when suddenly the voluntary escapes without advising someone.
My situation was completely peaceful thanks also for the good relation created with my project manager. Therefore, I didn’t pay any kind of huge amount of money as “bill”. Moreover, during these months I met a lot of volunteers with worse situation because they hadn’t good relation with their chiefs or simply they had different expectations of their EVS projects, so they left after few weeks or months. And now, they are still alive without economical persecution 😛
All the legends about the huge bill that the volunteer has to pay if he/she leaves before the official date, are fake! We are volunteers, not billionaire entrepreneurs who create big damages to the associations. We are volunteers, not prisoners. Many people seem to be scared to ask the consequences of this situation, maybe because they want to give a good impression of themselves, but it never hurts to ask!
Of course, the good sense must prevail: this means the volunteer has to advise with 15/20 days of advance the association. It’s not a written rule but they need to think and decide what to do next.
Finally, I would like to close this article and this blog thanking all people (but really, every one) who took part of this experience: those people who showed me the Evs world, all the volunteers I met on my way, my two points of reference (my family and my love), my flat/adventure mates, my project manager, the tutors, my real and fake friends, those people who used to say they would come to visit me in Spain and at the end they didn’t (I know, you were all busy :P), those people who didn’t understand what I was doing in Spain and all those people who just I met in these 6 months ❤
As I already knew, there were beautiful and difficult moments which allowed me to keep growing up and to broaden my mind more and more. But, I am pretty sure that in some weeks, months, and years I will have only the amazing memories lived in that country which was “my home” for half year.