After a long trip which started at 7 o’clock on Sunday 21st January, we have finally arrived in the evening in the city of Düzce. After a typical dinner in a restaurant in the center, we had enough time to rest in a traditional hammam (swimming pool, sauna and Turkish bath) in the hotel, making the most of this moment to meet our new adventure companions. Continue reading
Europe of Possibilities
A year of European Voluntary Service in Finland
My name is Cristina, I am 27 years old and I come from Verona.
From 2016 to 2017 I had a possibility to perform National Civilian Service at Euro desk Center of Valpolicella-Valdadige and it was an amazing and eye-opening experience.
During this year of collaboration, one of my tasks was to organize the meetings in the High Schools of the county of Verona and to inform youngsters regarding the possible opportunities abroad offered by “Erasmus+” of the European Union. I stayed astonished by EVS, but still, I haven’t found the project that completely fits me in everything.
Until, in one extremely warm day in July, I saw on Youmore Morcelli Giovani Facebook page the news about one EVS project in Finland. Continue reading
The November 25th we left Italy directed to Goteborg, Swedish town on the North Sea, to take part to the first part of a training course about “effective communication for peace”. When we arrived a shining sun was waiting for us, but in the first afternoon it set and we do not see it again during our permanence. What could we expect from a Swedish November? ☺ Continue reading
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Il mio Servizio Volontario Europeo è iniziato abbastanza in salita, dovendo subentrare in un progetto già iniziato, ma soprattutto ritrovandomi in una città, Hradec Králové, e in un paese, la Repubblica Ceca, dalle usanze differenti a quelle a cui ero abituato in Italia. Fortunatamente, sono stato supportato parecchio sia dalla coordinatrice, sia dagli altri volontari, che quindi mi hanno decisamente facilitato le cose. Per me è stata dura anche iniziare una piccola nuova vita da solo, e dover pensare ad esempio a faccende alle quali comunque in Italia non dovevo pensare o, vivendo in famiglia, alle quali qualcun altro pensava al posto mio. Anche per quanto riguarda le attività non è stato facile, perché mi sono ritrovato a svolgere attività che non avevo mai svolto, come il lavoro coi bambini. Continue reading
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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. Continue reading
Amazing: surprising, astonishing, stunning, astounding.
Was it waiting for me? Who are the people I am supposed to share this trip with? Will I find anything good to eat? Should I actually share my room with a stranger? And a bathroom with 25 people who I don’t know? Will I be able to communicate? These are questions we started our trip with.
When are we going? This was the only question on our minds before the trip.
A thing that happened in the middle is a wonderful story, and we thank Youmore Morcelli Giovani for promoting projects addressing young people in the field of the ErasmusPlus community programme completely funded by European Commission. Continue reading
The training course “Volunteer boost” organized by NGO Brno for you z.s. took place from 6th to 14th October, in Bartošovice, Czech Republic. Participants came from Slovakia, Romania, Czech Republic, Sweden, Bulgaria, Portugal, Greece, Poland, and Italy. This project was co-funded by the European Union under the frame of the Erasmus+ programme. The project covered themes such as volunteering and volunteers’ management and coordination. It included activities and exercises focused on topics as getting the organization ready to host a volunteer, induction, and training of volunteers, conflict management, and evaluation procedures. During the week, the participants also exchanged information about their countries, explored the similarities as well as the differences between them and shared experience within the area of their expertise.
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August 17, is the date when our adventure to Cerveruela started, a small rural place near the city of Zaragoza. There were our fellow travelers who were waiting for us, who were coming from 3 different countries: Spain, Malta, and Armenia. Days used to start with the ‘energizer’, short games that were meant to activate our brains. Continue reading
Erasmus + Experience in Greece
Yes, I like a lot “The Re-Act”, a title of the project held from August 27 to September 6 of 2017, in the ancient Greek city of Larissa. There were some really positive Re-actions!
Our nice group of three members composed of Laura, Emanuela and me, since the first pre-start meeting in the city of Chiari with Sona and Justina, until we found ourselves really nice connected and with the other 7 people who arrived from all parts of the Italy and who formed our group of 10 members as well. Plus other 10 Turkish and 10 Greek people, as well as 4 organizers and trainers, Fenia, Rania, Natascia, and Dimitri. All of them are so great! Continue reading
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.
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.
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.
Translated by Joanna-Eliisa Servet