• ”Yes, we are/ like Europe”, Youth exchange in Spain

    From 9 to 17 July 2017, me and four other boys- Ester Zotti, Valeria Sardi, Silvia Zotti and Stefano Maraschi accompanied by Paolo Festa, we left for an Erasmus + experience in Purchena in Spain. During our trip, between flights, trains and autobus, we met our adventure companions, that were- five Romanian boys, five Polish and many other Spanish accompanied by their tutors. As the age of the participants was between 14 and 17 years and therefore we have had the supervision of at least one adult per nation.

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    The theme of this exchange was Europe and how each of us felt really European. The main task of the week was to create a video that had included photos and movies recorded every day. Another task was to make a graffiti that could best represent our continent and to compose, and then sing a song. Also every morning we had moments of sharing where we put into practice some ice-breakers, that was named “ice breaks”. In order to be ready for exchange, me and the other Italians had several meetings before we went to pick up the ideas and prepare the games of knowledge that we would later have to present. One of the hard work that we faced was to explain the activities in English and always have to talk in this language, even in our free time. In addition, we worked hard to get a good result at the end of the week, but we also had fun and we had the opportunity to visit Almeria, an important city in the sea and this was the possibility to swim. But this was not the only excursion we took part, because in the afternoon we were in a natural swimming pool in Cela. Also one of the most beautiful moments was the intercultural dinner where each nation prepared typical dishes to be tasted by the other participants.

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    I must thank the Fondazione Istituto Morcelliano for allowing me to take part in this Erasmus +, which has given me a chance to see a small part of Spain. Also way of living of its inhabitants, who were so warm and welcoming, ready to share the little they have. This exchange has also provided me to create new connections of different kind of friendships that still today, even at the big distance, have remained firm. I must admit that initially everyone had to overcome the first difficulties, such as adaptation and shyness. Therefore, we became a group of friends, who all feel like brothers/sisters, all Europeans, what really was the goal to reach at the end.

    Elisa Faglia

    Translated by Joanna-Eliisa Servet

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  • EVS

    The boy and his EVS project “Mediterranean Dream” in Czech Republic

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    My European Volunteer Service has begun quite challenging , having to go into a project that has already begun, but above all, I have found myself in a city, Hradec Králové, and in a country, Czech Republic, with different habits to those I was used to in Italy. Fortunately, I have been very supported both by the co-ordinator and the other volunteers, which have made things a lot easier for me. It’s been hard for me to start a little new life on my own, and to have to think for example about things that I did not have to think in Italy, or living in a family where someone else thought of me. Also, regarding the activities, it was not easy, because I found myself engaged in activities I had never done, such as work with children.
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  • EVS – a month after returning

    It has been a month since I have been return in Italy after my EVS project in Kaunas, in Lithuania. First of all, I will never stop thanking enough at Youmore Morcelli Giovani, which has let me discover the world of Erasmus+ starting with a youth exchange and finishing with an EVS project of six months abroad.  I would like to give special thanks to Justina Krauledaite who has followed me as after as same as during the choice of the candidate for my EVS project. Continue reading

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  • Travel notes: my first week in Czech Republic

    My journey towards Czech Republic was quite the challenge, but my final destination was worth every single struggle; Hradec Králové is a jewel. A dynamic, young city, full of universities and schools, characterized by strong and dense shades, like most of Centre Europe’s cities are.
    At first, people seem wary towards foreigners but, if you keep trying to communicate, you’ll discover that people here are very cheerful. One of the most beautiful things about this experience is the opportunity to learn by comparing different cultures and traditions with yours. Thanks to KURO, the association which I work with, I have the chance to make daily connections with the locals. Continue reading

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  • Youmore Challenge

    Hey people! We’re announcing that we are making a video challenge for all the EVS volunteers and ex volunteers (#Youmoresfida). We ask You to tell us about Your experience of European Voluntary Service (preferably in Italian)! You can tell about Your best and worst experience, what were the fears You were(are) struggling, did You have(or You are having still) a culture shock, how did You overcome it and so on. This will help all the volunteers that are considering to apply the EVS projects, to motivate them and also overcome their fears, to make their goals and set their expectations.
    Post Your video(or link of Your video) in the comments and tag also at least 3 other volunteers/ ex volunteers!
    We add for an example Stefano’s video, who is the brave one doing his voluntary service in Spain. 🙂

     

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  • VIP’s in action: Laura and Concetta discovering Romania

    Hi everyone! We are Concetta and Laura and we’re writing to you from Arad, in Romania. We “landed” here in November in 2016, to undertake the European Voluntary Service (EVS).

    The choice wasn’t easy; it took us some time to research the perfect place and the perfect project. After a careful analysis and some interviews, we chose the six months project “VIP’S IN ACTION” (Visually Impaired Persons in Action), pointed to blind and partially sighted people. Our sending organization, “Attiva-mente” of Modica, took good care of us with daily support and formation. Continue reading

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