My name is Judyta (Judy) Kuc, I’m 20 years old, currently I am studying Diplomacy at the University of Gdansk. I love my country, I love travelling, I love Argentina and I love AFS! So here I am!
The story of my AFS life started a couple of years ago in my high school where I met two exchange students from Italy. Next year I met another one from Argentina. Later, in 2015 my twin sister took part in an exchange program – she went to Belgium for a year. My family had a pleasure to host an Italian girl. In August 2016 I became an AFS Poland volunteer, which was one of my best life decisions.
Year later I left my Poland. My destination – Argentina.
Why am I in Argentina?
To give the Argentina a foretaste of Poland!
What do the Argentinians know about Poland? Not a lot, you would say? After this year it is going to change! „Who can share with others, gains twice„ says Polish proverb. Bringing Poland closer to Argentinian people is what makes me happy!
My aim is to promote Poland and Polish culture!
To be an AFS volunteer in Argentina
AFS family doesn’t know the boarders. I am here to be an AFSer. I want to be a part of local volunteers’ group, not just a random tourist. My aim is to gain experience and knowledge from Argentinian people.
AFS Poland sent me as their representative and AFS Argentina supports my project!
To experience the adventure of a lifetime
Living on the other side of the world is the best way to learn about myself! Meeting new people, listening their music, tasting new food, learning new language… this is so enriching, isn’t it? I am becoming new me.
For a half year my home is in Argentina – so far from Poland, so close to my heart.
Life in Argentina
My plans about Argentina
In Argentina I promote Polish culture among the people I meet everyday, but what’s more important, within the AFS Argentina & Uruguay society, which gives me the opportunities to organise meetings, for exemple at schools.
August 2017, the first month across the ocean
This month made me a real citizen of the world! I started my great adventure in Argentina! This year offers unique opportunities to gain intercultural experience… great opportunities!
Polish - Argentinian September
October came very fast and this means that I have been over the ocean for more than two months now. The biggest experience of September was my trip to the Iguazu waterfalls. Many interesting events and meetings happened this month connected with Polish culture!
Awesome presentation in Buenos Aires
Last week in Buenos Aires, or more precisely in Paso del Rey (about an hour and a half by train from Buenos Aires) I made my sixth presentation about AFS but also the first one about Poland. The audience consisted of about 60 Argentinian students and 4 teachers. Even the Head Teacher herself was present!
Time for Uruguay
At uruguayan school in Paysandu city, we were so warmly welcomed by the the Head Teacher that I will never forget this visit! After I put three flags of Poland, Uruguay and AFS, I was ready to carry out my presentation! The audience was quite big, about 50 sixteen years old students and several teachers! I did not feel much stress, and if so, it was just positive one!
It's already October!
During this month, while my visits to the Polish Houses in Quilmes, Berazategui, Berisso and Santa Fe, I talked about AFS programs, about the possibility of going abroad and also about the possibility to host a „representative of another culture” in their house. Thanks to my four speeches I found one potential host family and several young people interested in going to Poland.
It's not a goodbye... but see you soon!
December is the time of recapitulations and farewells. I cannot believe that I left Poland so long ago! Over four months ago! I experienced here so much – I met thousands of new people, I faced numerous cultural differences and of course I tried tons of delicious Argentinian food (but I’m not yet Another Fat Student) … unforgettable moments! Argentina was one of my best life decisions!
Do you like my story?
„AFS changed my point of view. More precisely, it’s all a question of viewpoint and thanks to this organization I realized that how we see the world depends only on us.”
– Judyta from Poland