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Simple Story

Welcome to my simple story that actually changed EVERYTHING in my life: I am a non-EU citizen; first Turkish Cypriot then Turkish, i have two citizenship. Since Northern part of Cyprus is not recognized in international area i have to apply with my Turkish citizenship to EU projects collaborating with Turkish NA. I am writing you those because i want to show different perspective of the ...

A girl who has a to do list was in Altamura.

Dear Italian diary, the first day I got lost and took a taxi. I talked myself. Okay.I hit my shoes each other and I will be my home. Let me start from the beginning. When I first came across with the EVS application form, it took me only for a minute to decide to apply. Suddenly claiming that “I am moving to Italy” brought some tough resistance as well. Well, how did my EVS story ...

THERE.

Do you all know what is going to happen in 57 days in my life? Yes, yes, yes! I'm going to visit THERE. Yes, exactly – this special THERE! I'm so happy because of that! Och! C'mon! Don't you know where THERE is? I talked so much about it so many times and you still don't remember... THERE is in this strange strict country that seems to lead the whole European ...

END – VAKUUM – START BEFORE – DURING - AFTER

Zsuzsu Szánthó e Sasha Ladanyiova 22 e 23 anni / Ungheria e Slovacchia EVS in Spagna, 2007/2008. END – VACUUM – START BEFORE – DURING - AFTER EVS in Spain made Sasha and Zsuzsu lifelong friends and split their lives into three distinct parts. Let the two ex-volunteers use simple words to describe the undescribable: End do videnia asleep ...

A moment of happiness in Portugal

I take a deep breath. Another one. I can feel the scent of trees in the air, maybe the one of the eucalyptus tree, which is so popular here in this area. I can smell the bonfire, that we just sparked and very gently the barbecue meat (chicken, as we have also Muslims amongst us). I can feel the spring in the air which smells so different here than at home in Germany. I can smell the ...

Being Lost

Surrounded by men with dark hair and women wearing colourful headscarves I obviously got a lot of attention while waiting for my aeroplane to Gaziantep. I was eighteen years old and had decided to spend half a year in Southeast-Turkey before starting university. An old woman, eager to find out why I was going to Gaziantep, approached me. She assured me that Antep was a beautiful city and its ...

A cat tale

A cat tale Dedicated to an EVS friend Ιt all started when the cat went out of her cage. She took a step forward onto the grass and she felt the humidity. It shook her up but it was that weird feeling of shaking the core cells of her inner being. Her teachers at school had warned her that going too far from the cage would cause severe tensions of independence and inner struggle. ...

Viva Puglia, Viva Focaccia

EVS is a truly extraordinary experience. It can help you to find life direction, languages, friends from around the world and above all mountains of memorable moments. And yet so many people have never heard of it. I hadn't either until I was on a random online forum in early 2009 and someone's post about volunteering abroad caught my eye. The post led me to the website of an ...

Adventures from the Isle

So after my first week in France I am settling in well, I have learned enough French to communicate and have customised my apartment to how I like it, messy! We were welcomed into the beautiful city of Lille by Marie of Adice. As our mentor she has been the perfect host and has helped us a lot since we arrived. We've visited Roubaix and met with the rest of Adice in their office, Roubaix ...

Alphabet-style of felling in love with volunteering and/in Ireland

What association comes to your mind in connection with Ireland? Try! At least three! Guinness? OK, I take it. Irish whiskey? OK, another point for you. But also try something else! Music band U2? You are wonderful! If you want to remember more from voluntary service placement or assistantship – try my association method: “Country-alphabet". A for assistantship (at ...

How I conquered grassland of Inner Mongolia and planted there seed of non-formal education

Moving Training in China Tell me, I will forget. Show me, I will remember. Involve me in it, I will understand. Chinese proverb MT took place in few Chinese cities in July, 2012. Following volunteers: Abel, Guiming, Wai, Ilja, Elli, Erin, Wu, Juan, Harry, Carole and Aleksandra (well…that’s me ) took part and created this short-term volunteering project. DAY ...

Lu in a country of EVS

My story will be like fairy tale in some parts. I hope that you will like it. Thank you in advance. So if all of us are ready, I start. Here we are: me and my story. In a certain kingdom, in a certain state lived a small girl Lu, with her mother and step-father. She also had a brother, who went to faraway country to find a work. The country, that they lived in, was a small country, ...

YOU ASKED FOR IT, YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO TRUDGE UP THERE!

Be careful about what you wish, because it might come true. EVS of my dreams was to spend time in some Scandinavian cultural centre, where I could become more familiar with cultural management, production and PR. But it happened in a different way. I lived 12 months in Romanian media centre where language courses for seniors were provided and I hand no worry in the world. It was not the ...

Looking Back

Looking Back Hello! I am Lilit - a girl from the mountainous Armenia, a country which is small by size, but famous for its sportsmen, like for example the professional box-champion Arthur Abraham (nicknamed King Arthur), the three-division world’s champion VikDarchinyan, the Armenian chess Grandmaster Levon Aronyan, many champions in weightlifting, judo as well and of course, ...

Young and beautiful

It was September 9th 2011, evening. I remember like it was yesterday, actually if you think about it, it was yesterday. That’s when we started our adventure (and I say we because I was lucky to find a project where I could go with my boyfriend). We embarked for a new adventure in Osijek, Croatia for a year. I remembered how it all started and how I found out about EVS. It was ...

The butterfly effect

Just another hot sunny day in the middle of spring-2013… The train is slowly towing its body on the rails, yet so elegantly that you get jealous at it for being able to stand in front of the God of the Light for so long without giving away even one single drop of its sweat. Amazing! The best thing that can offers to its traveling admirers is them not to miss a single moment of the ...

Once upon a time somwhere in Poland...

Hello. My name is Gosia. I am from Poland. I want to introduce you with someone. Actually I want to tell you a story. Are you sitting comfortable? With a cup of tea or coffee? No? Ok, take your time, we are not in hurry.           Now it's better, no? Of course, it's always better to read a story while drinking hot cup of coffee. Let's ...

A sweep that weeps

Studying abroad may sounds scary to some people but it has given me many opportunities in my life. Flew up to 24 hours to the United States of America, a country profile that I am pretty much familiar with from what I have seen on the Hollywood movies. Living for a year in a college town named Champaign in Illinois with 4 seasons (summer, fall, winter and winter). This would absolutely ...

Mozart in my life

When I was in high school, we listened to Mozart in music class and the only thing I had on my mind was: "This is BORING". When I was in Austria as an EVS volunteer, I had the opportunity to go and visit the apartment where Mozart grew up. I saw his piano, his violin, the letters he wrote to his mother. In one of the letters he explained how he was traveling to a concert during ...

"I went to find myself. If I come back before I find myself, please, tell me to wait for me”

My story begins on a Sunday morning of July when I received an e mail from my hosting organization telling me that I am accepted to be part of their project, that consisted in being a volunteer at Chrześcijańska Szkoła Podstawowa "Salomon" Zielona Góra, Poland, where my duties were mostly to spend time with children between 4 and 12 years old, in the Common Room and to teach ...

Fifth Edition

5While closing the 4th edition of Scriptamanent, after the final meeting in Izmir, we are already preparing the new call for the next edition of the project. Stay tuned!

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