Experience of Serena Di Forti in the youth exchange Hackers of Life (HoL) that took place in Lorca, Murcia from the 20th to the 26th of August 2019

My name is Serena Di Forti, and I had the privilege of going on the higher education exchange programme in 2019 to Lorca a city in the southwest of Spain, organised by an association called “dream of tomorrow”. But let me tell you a few more of the things I learnt on the programme, that continue to influence me positively today and helped me to be in the career I am today.

First of all I learn that language and culture are definitely not barriers to making friends and building contacts. On the Erasmus+ programme, I was forced to communicate in languages I wasn’t so fluent in. Whilst hard at first, I eventually learned to hone into that vulnerability and simply accept it for what it is – getting out of my comfort zone. Secondly I embraced vulnerability and discovered a new side of me. The vulnerability I felt on the experience, coupled with being surrounded by so many people in the same situation made me discover a different side of me. Despite my seemingly out-going personality, there is a part of me that is quite shy and introvert.