“I dreamed of becoming an actor. Instead I create tire sculptures.” Aghvan dreamed of becoming an actor. However he didn’t have the chance to make his dream come true in his life . He left school when he was 14 when he started to work and support his family. Aghvan’s first job was at a bakery, so being a baker can be considered his first profession. When he turned 18 he was enlisted in the army for two years. After serving he didn’t want to go back to his previous job, so he took some lessons and became a car tire specialist.
After having finished high school, going directly to college may seem like the logical and even only step to take in countries like Spain. However, in other countries like Germany, going on a gap year has become a hot topic. A cultural difference shown in two questions: What are you going to study? v. What are you going to do? And explained through the Erasmus experience of the author.
Europe is going through a hard time, and it is only with faith, and a little bit of idealism too, that we can overcome this crisis. In a letter to her native continent our author recalls the best moments of a youth spent with eachother and holds out hope for the future. A love letter to Europe.
In the Kolping educational training centre in Schwandorf, Germany, refugees and immigrants from all over the world share a classroom. Different cultures, everyday problems, and hopes for a better future shape the learning experience.
You’re 18, 25 or even 30 years old. You’re eager to see the world, to have an international experience that will leave a mark on you before you carry on with your life. And the only condition is the price of the adventure. If you add to this your passion for children, it’s very likely you opt (if you haven’t already) for the same as Esther, Heather, Janika or Rode, and work as an au pair abroad.