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United in Solidarity

04.01.2017 - 09.27.2017
Original language : English

I have lived in several different EU countries. However, before moving abroad I have questioned myself many times: "What do I have in common with someone from the UK? or with people from Poland?" The truth is, much more than what I would have expected.

Even though there are cultural differences, what unites us is much stronger than what divides us and that is the richness of Europe, the fact that we are all so different but complement each other.

Many times we create images and stereotypes of other people based on misinformation, which leads us to conclusions that are often not real. The more I travelled the more I realised that to be able to understand someone one needs to communicate and have direct contact with the person/ group in question. There is so much to learn from people from other cultures, races, religions and minority groups. Something one can only really achieve by listening and trying to understand the other person.

The fact that I have talked to other people, experienced what they did, tried to identify myself with their issues and comprehend what they went through made me understand that every person has their daily struggles and that most of their problems are common to one another. At the end of the day we are all humans and we all want the same: peace, happiness and prosperity.

A lot of the problems that the EU has been facing in the past years have been mainly due to the lack of understanding and misinformation, which has been transformed in a deficit of solidarity. Through the European Solidarity Corps I finally feel like I am giving my 'small contribution' to the ideal European Union I believe in.

The European Solidarity Corps came in a moment where solidarity is much needed to encourage young people to work towards the same goals. For the first time we have a programme that is mainly about helping others, rather than just helping ourselves, and this is the core of having an union based on solidarity.

To all of those that believe in a common future, I highly recommend them to pursue their beliefs and values as individuals and as part of a society, through a structured and sustainable programme such as the European Solidarity Corps."

This story is brought by the European Solidarity Corps, the EU initiative enabling young people to volunteer their help where it is needed most.

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I have lived in several different EU countries. However, before moving abroad I have questioned myself many times: "What do I have in common with someone from the UK? or with people from Poland?" The truth is, much more than what I would have expected.

Even though there are cultural differences, what unites us is much stronger than what divides us and that is the richness of Europe, the fact that we are all so different but complement each other.

Many times we create images and stereotypes of other people based on misinformation, which leads us to conclusions that are often not real. The more I travelled the more I realised that to be able to understand someone one needs to communicate and have direct contact with the person/ group in question. There is so much to learn from people from other cultures, races, religions and minority groups. Something one can only really achieve by listening and trying to understand the other person.

The fact that I have talked to other people, experienced what they did, tried to identify myself with their issues and comprehend what they went through made me understand that every person has their daily struggles and that most of their problems are common to one another. At the end of the day we are all humans and we all want the same: peace, happiness and prosperity.

A lot of the problems that the EU has been facing in the past years have been mainly due to the lack of understanding and misinformation, which has been transformed in a deficit of solidarity. Through the European Solidarity Corps I finally feel like I am giving my 'small contribution' to the ideal European Union I believe in.

The European Solidarity Corps came in a moment where solidarity is much needed to encourage young people to work towards the same goals. For the first time we have a programme that is mainly about helping others, rather than just helping ourselves, and this is the core of having an union based on solidarity.

To all of those that believe in a common future, I highly recommend them to pursue their beliefs and values as individuals and as part of a society, through a structured and sustainable programme such as the European Solidarity Corps."