I'm Elisa Pistone, 23 years old, transgender girl, I was born in Milan but I've been living in
Monza for about 3 years. I am currently in Sweden as a volunteer with awesome people.
I attended a professional agricultural school up to the fourth year of high school which I then
left at the beginning of 2019 after encountering various difficulties.
Later I had several work experiences that taught me enough from a working point of view but that never excites me , which made me feel the need to find something that I'm really passionate
During the last year I understood that I wanted to have an experience abroad, possibly as a
volunteer, which would last at least a year and so I started looking for some ESC projects that
might interest me.
Finally, thanks to a friend , I got to know Awesome People !
I arrived on November 21st and was greeted by Fredrik with a beautiful and unexpected hug.
The first few days were very intense for me because I was not used to speaking and
listening to English 24 hours a day, because I had to learn a lot of information in a short time.
And finally because I arrived just when Awesome People was hosting a meeting, the Meet-Up, with many other ESC volunteers from all over Sweden.
About 20 people all in the same house sharing moments of fun and various knowledge
activities: we talked, played, laughed, prepared typical Swedish Christmas dishes and had a
barbecue in the middle of the woods.
For me it was also very useful to start getting into the mood of the association.
After the Meet-Up, the time has come for me to get used to the new daily routine.
It wasn't too complicated because I'm really appreciating where I live and I'm finding the
work environment very positive and stimulating.
This first month has gone really well, I'm having a great time with the other volunteers and I think we will be able to become a wonderful group.
Personally I felt very welcomed and helped by everyone and this makes me really happy.
It's not a foregone conclusion. I can't wait to experience the next few weeks, the new year looks very interesting and exciting.