AFS is an organisation that has not many employees, it’s all about volunteers. Most of the volunteers are people who went on an exchange themselves or who are a host brother or sister. The volunteers help people like me, who didn’t leave yet. They also help the people who came back from their exchange.
In november 2015 I went on my first weekend with our comité. Our comité is called KIP, because it’s the area of Kortrijk, Ieper and Poperinge. It’s actually a very cool name because ‘een kip’ in Dutch means ‘a chicken’.
At the end of the weekend full of workshops, we had to choose our country. I actually wanted to go to a country that speaks French, German, English, Spanish or Portuguese. I ended up choosing Brazil, Latvia, Turkey and Portugal. My parents were very surprised that I chose Turkey, Brazil and Latvia, because we didn’t know anything about those countries. I had to make the choice completely on my own. We couldn’t see our parents anymore, I found it very hard to choose all by myself. I remember that I was stressed out at that moment.
Then, a month later, we received an e-mail with the country the computer chose for us. I had a feeling that I would get Turkey, because everyone was kind of negative about it. At first I was a little bit disappointed. But now I couldn’t wish for another country!
I already started learning Turkish with Duolingo. I really want to know the language, because it’s actually such a beautiful language!
I don’t know where in Turkey I will be staying. I will get an e-mail with my host family and host city in the following months.
(btw, my best friend will be staying in Latvia for 3 months.)