“…do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?” – Jalaluddin Rumi
After much anticipation, I have finally received my site placement for my YAGM year! (Disclaimer: this might still change. But for now, it’s the plan.)
I will be living and serving in the riverside town of Szarvas, Hungary. Szarvas (which is the Hungarian word for deer) is a little over two hours southeast of Budapest, located on the shores of the Körös river, with a population of around 17,000 people.
Though much of my actual work will depend on the needs of my community, my placement includes helping teachers at local Lutheran elementary and high schools (although I suspect I will learn more from them than they will from me). Additionally, I will serve at a local Day Center for people living with addiction. As my letter of placement states, I will be “connected to both the Roma and non-Roma Hungarians in Szarvas through a variety of Lutheran ministries”.
Though I have some experience teaching, I have never worked with students younger than college-age! I also have not walked alongside those living with addictions. I am certain I will learn a great deal in this placement, and I can’t wait to experience the culture and life of Hungary!
I am nervous, I am excited, and, I pray, I am ready. Stay tuned, folks.