Giulia is taking one day at a time
Giulia, together with Enric and Andrea, from the Take 10 January 2020 Team decided to stay in Denmark after the complication with the COVID-19 pandemic forced a temporary suspension of the programme. Giulia and Andrea moved to Bogense – a Humana People to People school while Enric remained in the learning centre – DRH Lindersvold.
We talked to Giulia to hear her thoughts on the preparation period, her choices of staying in Denmark, and her vision for the future development of the programme.
How would you assess your experience during the preparation period?
I think the preparation period was a very intense period, full of both practical and theoretical teachings. Certainly, it was not always easy to feel part of a group but all the discussions were always very open and allowed us to enrich ourselves.
How did the sudden development of the COVID-19 crisis influence you? How did it change the situation with your team?
The arrival of COVID-19 was unexpected for everyone. After the months/years that many of us were waiting for an experience like this, we had to redefine our plans in just a few days. Being in a group and not alone definitely helped a lot. We all found ourselves in the same situation, that’s why we could count on each other’s support. Only three of us decided to stay in Denmark but the relationship and many of the ties that were formed during the first three months still exist today even if virtually.
What are you doing now and how do you feel after these changes have taken place?
I am in Bogense together with Andrea, in a specialised school for youth with special needs. I mainly do gardening but sometimes I also do activities with students.
At the beginning it wasn’t easy to change reality again, living in a totally new place and environment. But together we managed to find a balance between ourselves and the people in the structure. I feel good now and, if I think about the situation in Italy right now, I’m sure that staying here was a good choice.
How do you envision the future?
Making plans right now is really difficult. The project in Guinea Bissau seems only temporarily suspended but making long-term forecasts is very difficult and not very productive.
For my future, however, I hope to be able to continue in the direction I had begun to take, to come home for a while to see my family and still have the opportunity to have an experience like the one I should have had in Guinea Bissau. For now, however, I believe that living day by day is the best strategy.
The arrival of COVID-19 was unexpected for everyone. After the months/years that many of us were waiting for an experience like this, we had to redefine our plans in just a few days.
– Giulia, January 2020 Team
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Back in her home town Granada, Cristina has had time to reflect: “The world is paralysed now. Maybe the projects are going to change and therefore we need to be ready for that and be resilient facing the difficulties.”
“It is high time we started to think about how to protect our planet. We need to rethink globalisation completely and not just go back to the pre-crisis production model with overproduction and overconsumption.”
“I started this programme to change my life. I am still in that process of exploration and change. I have no idea who I will be after this is over or how the project work overseas will affect me or my future.”
“Perhaps we will go to Africa but under different circumstances and conditions. We don’t know which country we will be able to go to, which type of project, and so on. We will just have to adjust to the situation.”
“I am happy to continue to stay at DRH Lindersvold where I did my training. I still believe in an autonomous lifestyle based on my principles and I am happy to be able to continue with common projects in day-to-day life.”