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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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    My EVS in Madrid, my beautiful story

    Five months have passed since my arrival in Madrid. I remember like it was yesterday October the 3rd of last year when, full of emotion and curiosity, I was looking at everything surrounding me when I arrived in the Spanish capital. Since then, time has passed, I have had experiences, but above all, I have experienced lot of emotions. Continue reading

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    Travel notes: my first week in Czech Republic

    KURO’s organization (KURO means culture and development) promote culture and volunteering in the city, by planning youth mobility’s projects. Through them, I got the chance to work in a kindergarten owned by YMCA association. This school connects the children with foreigners volunteers, creating a unique learning style learning English through songs and games, respect and care for nature by a direct relation with animals are just some of the many activities that take place here. One thing that really surprises me, is that children can decide what they want to do, without any forcing or judgment. This method produces incredible results for the kids.

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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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    Alex article after his EVS experience in Chiari

    Dear reader,

    If you read this magazine regularly, probably you could see that from time to time there are being published some articles about foreign people who stay in Chiari. So I am one of them.

    My name is Alex and I come from snowy Russia. And that was the first thing which I was impressed by Italy – your weather here. That’s so different from what we have in Russia. I left my country when there were – 20 C and I arrived to a small sunny city where you live with +15 in March.

    In Russia I graduated university and I studied psychology for 4 years. My project in Fondazione Istituto Morcelliano was dedicated working with kids in after school activities like ludoteca. I would never forget my first days in this place, because when I arrived to Italy, I had never studied Italian before. When I came to ludoteca, I was surrounded by children who were asking me a lot of questions and I could not understand anything. That feeling of embarrassing was with me during first 4 months while I was doing my best to learn some Italian. I got some results right before Summer had come and the children camp in Oratorio began.  Grest was amazing, it was probably one of the best experience in my life, since I got the same experience in Russian Grest and honestly, I must say that Italian one is better. It is better organized and the program had a great concept. I remember that first days probably animators and assistants were more confused by me and my Italian than children with find I could build communication more quickly than with adults. With time, I felt being more included in all activities and working process. For me there was an important moment, when assistants started trying speaking English with me, what I need so much. It was a symbol that they accepted me and they had interest in me. Thanks to Grest, I  could realize that mostly children are the same: they smile when they are happy, they cry when they are hurt. It doesn’t matter where the children are, they are still children.

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    From September thanks to my organization who supported my initiative, I could organize two language courses: conversational English course for teenagers and Swedish course for adults. I am very proud of this experience, because to teach languages when you don’t have one common language with your students is quite unusual. I was very nervous to run a language course with the teens, since I am from another country, I do not speak Italian properly and I had no clear idea what I could do with them and I was not sure that they would be interested in making lessons with me. But already after two lessons I could see that they were really open minded and really friendly towards me. During our lessons, they taught me a little bit Italian and they could share more Italian culture, also I learnt a lot with them.

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    With my Swedish group I was absolutely happy during our meetings, every week I was waiting for our lessons. That is a great pleasure to meet people who has the same passion. With the participants I was glad to share knowledge about Swedish language and culture. This experience was very exciting for me: a Russian guy is teaching Swedish language in English for Italians. Also I could feel a great support from these students since they always gave me advices about organizing my staying in Chiari and they were always ready to give me a hand if I need it. With them I had a chance a lot of things because their own stories to share.

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    During those 10 months I enjoyed my staying in this small city, in Chiari. I enjoyed the nature which was very easy to reach by foot. I could do some bike trips around. One of the biggest trip was going by bike from Chiari to Iseo and on the way back the bike was broken so we had to go to Rovato to take a train. I am very thankful to everybody who I met during my EVS project, because everybody opened his/her door to the world  from which I could learn new things. Thank you Italy and Chiari for warm hosting, hope to see you again!

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    Alexey Barybin

    Also there is available a video of Alex after his volunteering time.

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    Students from the high school “L.Einaudi” are in Spain

    During one week, 1 December – 8 December 2016, a group from Chiari high school ”Einaudi” participated in the Erasmus+ project which was organized in Spain in Andalusa, Lucena.
    6 Italian students were accompanied by a teacher, who was a group leader for them. Together we worked with other youngsters from different European countries as Bulgaria, Spain, Romania and Greece. In total the work group included 40 participants and the project title was “I don’t have a job, but I am working on it”.
    lucena-2Lucena is a wonderful city, located between Siviglia and Malaga. Javi, the project manager, welcomed us to his cultural centre, which was a typical structure for this city. Continue reading

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  • YE in Germany with students from the high school “L.EINAUDI”

    During the period 8 – 16 November the high school “L. Einaudi” had the opportunity to join the project “Somewhere I belong” which was hold in Sottrum (Bremen), Germany. The project was organized within the Erasmus+ program and it was fund by European Union. We could participate in this event thanks to Fondazione Istituto Morcelliano, a European partner.
    sottrumIn this project there were presented also other countries, among the participants there were young people from Germany, Macedonia, Greece and Lithuania. Continue reading

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  • From Italy to Lithuania with love

    3 October 2016 I started my European Volunteer Service in Kaunas, Lithuania. Before departure I was full of different expectations, fears and anxiety. I was asked: “Are you sure you want to do it?” And now I am asking myself why I did not think about it before. Nowadays a lot of people ask me where Lithuania is and if it really exists.
    Yes, Lithuania exists and this country is rich with its traditions, landscapes and wonderful people. I have stayed here almost 3 months and now I am in the middle of my project and I do not regret at all my decision of doing EVS. And for that I would like to thank Youmore Morcelli Giovani, and first of all Justina Krauledaitė. Continue reading

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