For all of those who don´t know me, I am the person behind the Social Media of Xchange Scotland. You might have been reading my blog posts and following my updates but probably never thinking about me. That usually happens. All of us face organisational and companies’ accounts as those terrible sellers who wants to put ideas in our minds while we only want to know more about the new boyfriend of that girl who works with us; or about that other boy who used to go to college with you and apparently, has decided to married (too soon, of course!).
But there is always someone behind those accounts. And that´s me. My name is Luna and I was born 27 years ago in Madrid, Spain. Since I have memory I have been thrilled by all kinds of stories. Somehow I ended up studying Advertisement. Over the years I thought that it was the dream job I would had never dreamt about. From a student perspective I felt filled with curiosity and passion for my future, never thinking what I would found later on.
And yes. The fact is that I started working on my field and I didn´t even enjoy. Long meetings after long meetings, eternal hours of work and the feeling that all that work was only for moving money from one place to another. No use for anybody else apart from my boss, our client and our Banks who might have a good day. (They always have).
With sadness and disappointment I had to face the fact that I couldn´t live that lifestyle anymore and I started this adventure called EVS. This is a European programme which allows young people to collaborate with an NGO for a year. I am not going to lie, I barely knew If I wanted to do it, If it was going to be useful for me or not, I just followed my instincts and thought: ‘In the worst case scenarios, It´s a year living abroad and meeting new people’. It wasn’t the best timing in my life, I had a good settled life with my friends and ordinary routines, but there is never good timing on this kind of things.
Glasgow welcomed me with raing and clouds. It was 7 in the morning and Carla, my coordinator here in Xchange, was there with a smile and loads of energy. I will never understand how she does it, but yes, she is a non stop positivity machine. Over this year I have cried, laught, enjoy and fight, I have faced challenges I never thought of. I have evolved in my profession, worked with the European Parliament in Strasbourg, spoke in the Scottish Parliament, created strategies, content, delivered sessions, tranings, took pictures, created logos, promote our projects in more than 15 colleges and universities all over Scotland, created new partnerships and even gardened with our international volunteers.
Let’s go back to the beginning. You might wonder, why did you do it? Well, Xchange Scotland is way more than a simple small organisation led by young people. I have tried to show this in each post and each picture. We truly work to help others, to improve lives and bring opportunities to everyone, no matter who you are, you can learn, travel, discover and evolve. You might never see this, but Xchange Scotland is our crazy Martin always with new ideas, the calm Jonathan and his deep understanding of volunteering, Carla and his ability to deal with ten things at the same time with a smile (and even with a broken ankle!), Julia and her companion that we miss almost every day, Iker who worked hard to make the best of the time he had in Scotland, Katie who helped me in my many grammar mistakes and Shelley, who joined our office not long time ago but that she already brighten everything with her attitude.
And also, Yulia and Misa, whose stories you can find in this same blog, who has been my partners in crime, my flatmates and friends who have being with me in all this crazyness and who I cannot even believe I won´t share flat with anymore. There is no words to convince you to live an EVS experience, but do it. Because there is nothing so unique as finding a new international family.