Farewell Valencia!

This trip and adventure in Valencia has opened my eyes to so many new things. I’ve learned a lot about the Valencian culture, history and even about myself. We often let our fears and desires alter how we perceive things. I have a new perspective on life and the world around me. There are so many different realities that exist.

I feel appreciative of being able to experience living in a beautiful foreign country for 5 weeks. It was hard at times having to adjust and live outside of my comfort zone. Every experience here has taught me something and I hope to bring them on my journey of life.

I’ll defiantly miss walking through the old city and being mesmerized by the street art (Graffiti). I’ll also miss Jamon y queso and vino Blanco.

until we meet again Valencia <3

CAR-Mislata, Valencia

An outside and inside view of the CAR facility in Mislata.

I have come to learn a lot about CAR-Mislata, after spending some time observing and then, even more, researching about my placement. CAR Mislata of Valencia is one of only four residential centers in Spain and does much more than just house 120 residents. They’ve turned the facility into a multi-functioning resource center as well as a safe zone for those seeking asylum/ refugee status. The main objective of this center is to provide resources that help refugees residents to integrate into Spanish society. The methodology CAR-Mislata uses for their social change of integration is by providing guidance for access into the educational, health and social systems of Spain.  There are rooms designated for language courses for learning Spanish and basic social skills, as well as a computer room for programs about vocational training and finding employment. There is a strong emphasis on Mental Health and well being as information pamphlets and counseling for residents are posted everywhere throughout the halls; they offer specialized psychological and social assistance.

Pamphlets on sexual education