Friday, July 29, 2016

Local voluntary projects in Natural Reserve

When was the last time you did something for the first time?

The feeling of unexpectedness – new situations, new people, new language. The answer should be every day.

We have spent the last month on a little village called Isola delle Femmine in Sicily, near Palermo. Our stay here has been divided into 2 workcamps, and with this post we will be covering the first half of July 2016 and our first European Voluntary Service workcamp.
Our team consisted of 6 volunteers from Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Italy, Estonia and Russia, coming every end of Europe. And since the first minute we stepped out of the bus, we fell in love. With the mountains and the sea, the bustling fishermen in the port and children’s laughter.

If I had to explain Isola to you, I would say to imagine your living room. With your friends and family, your pets and music. And now increase the size of your living room to fit the village square. This is the same feeling you get, when in the evening, when it’s finally cooled downed a bit, you step outside in your PJs and join the other villagers for evening chat. So basically everything our home countries were NOT.
Our everyday work took place on the Island, where our tasks included working with the environment and animals – including planting new plants, plant monitoring and supplying water to the ones already growing on the island. Every now and then we also took care for any injured birds.

10 days flew by in the speed of light and before we noticed, it was time to say our goodbyes.
Workcamp is an amazing opportunity for everyone to try something new and grow. The friendships found will last you for a lifetime and value 10 times more than gold.

Kristina & Sónia

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A day at Geraci Siculo!

What is workcamp?

Voluntary workcamp is for everyone who is between 15-99 years old. You have an opportunity to have an extraordinary international experience. In the workcamp you can practice your english. Also you can learn about different cultures, to live in different environment, help the community and find friends all over the world! Participating in the workcamp is super good opportunity to have an active vacation and gain some unforgettable memories.

There are a lot of different job opportunities - physical work in the open air, working with children, assist at the festivals and so on. Working length is usually 5-7 hours, but it depends on the camp. After work you have free time, so you can discover the country and

Camps are all around the world! If you’re not ready to go abroad, you can check it if there is a workcamp in your country!

What they did in the workcamp?

The workcamp took place at Geraci Siculo. It’s a small town located on a top of a mountain with beautiful views and peaceful surroundings. Volunteers worked to clean and maintain of public areas, streets and help in the renovation of fences.

What we did in the workcamp?

We went to do some workshops about the environment with the children of the village. With two teams they had to put the different wastes in each bin like plastic, paper, metal, glass and general, this game has introduced the first step to recycle!

After this we show them some tips about the three R of recycling: “Recycle, Reduce and Reuse”.

The night was the big night with an international meal! Every volunteer who was there has made a speciality of his country. The local people were invited and they give us almost one hundred cannoli!

We had so much fun with all the nice people over there! Thank you for making food for us (:

Marilin and Zaynab

Friday, July 15, 2016

2 days in a life of a Youth Exchange way!

During 2 days we visit youth exchange in Cinisi to promote EVS and see the final work of the participants.

Youth Exchange represents a concrete action of promotion active tolerance and intercultural learning which will make participants support this values. Big emphasis will be given to the media education which will allow participants to develop competencies on critical reading of media and on the role of media in the field of human rights.
Here is the blog, where you can find more information about the youth exchange.
At the end they did a retrospection of all the work they did, so we watched different way of how interculturality is manage with different format: videos, theatre, pictures and vlog.

And now let's discover the exclusive interview of Tomi, Macedonian participant, who was involved in the project as a leader.
Can you introduce yourself ?
I`m Tomi Stojanovic, an architecture student from Macedonia. I`ve been an youth worker and activist since 2010, but the last few years I’ve been dedicated to my studies more.
What was your role as a leader?
As a leader my role was to prepare the participants for the exchange, to introduce them with the project, the activities, and their tasks there. The leaders met few weeks before the exchange to go through the program, to finalize the event and to discuss about it.
What is the main quality to have for doing this Youth Exchange?
You don`t have to have a specific quality to do any Y.E. If you are friendly, willing to give your best, to know how to listen others and understand their beliefs, ideas and background, you are fine for every Youth Exchange.
Why do you recommend this Y.E. for young people?
The Y.E. is a way for young people to develop themselves on every level. To meet new people, to make new friendships, to learn a lot about others, about their cultures, backgrounds, traditions, beliefs, to learn how to be tolerant, how to give support, how to receive support, how to understand, how to be understood, to learn how to fight against the society and to help fight with it.
Do this Y.E. made you want to do an EVS ?
Actually yes. Before I had in my mind that I maybe wanted to do an EVS, but now I actually consider of applying and give my shot at it.

Thank you Tomi for your answers!
Now you know more about Youth Exchange, which is a good opportunity that you can do several times so don't hesitate! There are a lot of themes and you can choose whatever you like.
And to finish we thank everyone who welcomed us warmly :)
See you next time!
Marilin and Zaynab

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Ciao, let's introduce us!

Hi everyone!

This blog is talking about story of four girls around the world who are ready to live and discover the real life of Palermo!

But first, let us take a selfie!

To meet us, the 4 EVS volunteers, keep reading...

Marilin - I can say that I’m a regular Estonian woman. You don’t know how Estonian woman looks like? I can tell you! Strong, hard-working and sometimes even really crazy. So hello (:

Sonia - I’m a dreamer, who loves travel around the world and learn new experiences. Portuguese, from Porto, I must say that Italy has always been my dream country.

Kristina - typical restless university student, grabbing every opportunity to travel and try something new. It could be a side-effect from growing up in such a small country, but new day, new city is the life for me.  

Zaynab - After I’ve made a civic service in France in the association Concordia. I’ve met a lot of international people so it made me want to have an experience abroad and now I’m here for one month!

Here we go! Stay tuned!