Monday, September 25, 2017

Insights on my EVS in Liepaja

I got an opportunity to write an article about my EVS in Liepaja, Latvia. Firstly I'm going to introduce myself to you. I am Saad, from Pakistan But I'm living abroad (Europe) for last 7 and half years. I have been in Italy for last three years. As I was in Italy my Italian teacher told me about this project in Radi Vidi Pats on 21st July 2017. She told me I could learn so much through this project, for example about this other country, about their culture and also can learn about people and I should avail this opportunity. At first I wasn't sure about this because it was a month long project so I asked her for time to think. I came back home and did research about this organisation named Radi Vidi Pats. I came to know that this project is all about how to fix bikes and riding. I love bikes and riding so my love for bikes compelled me to say yes to this project and this is how my journey started...


Welcome to Liepaja


InformaGiovani is actually the organisation that helped me with my trip. I volunteered for this project and on 5th September 2017 I flew to this cold but beautiful place Liepaja,Latvia. I was very excited about my trip but when I reached here the room that was reserved for me was completely a mess and i wasn't satisfied. Actually it was very untidy and specially very cold place to live for human beings. Any how I managed myself and made that place suitable for me to live.


Next morning we were called for meeting. There were some specific tasks assigned to me. As I started I found it really difficult to adjust in such foreign language and culture. Next day the other 2 long term volunteers Luka and Eeva took us to city tour. I was stunned by the beauty and calmness of this place. During first week of my stay I visited an animal shelter Luvas Sirds (NO DOG NO FUN). I visited whole place and took,some dogs to walk. It was completely new experience for me as I am not a very dog lover person but all in all it was fun. They also showed us (Luka and Eeva) multimedia data for Bikes repairing. It was honestly very helpful for getting information before actually get started a practical task. In the last day of my first week mean Sunday I went to Lithuania for visit that was amazing journey for me. In the end my first week was beyond my expectations. I surprisingly enjoyed it very much.


As the second week started there was lots of practical works waiting for me. At the begining of the second week I visited old Radi Vidi Pats work place. There was once I visited in my first week but that place is so bad I have no words to describe. Any how that was some kind of godown where a pile of rotten wooden planks were stored, that place was a complete mess. I really got angry when i first saw that place but with lot of effort and hard-work I and other volunteers and head of the Radi Vidi Pats organisation we turn that crap place into an acceptable godown and also in the second week they told us how to work with cycles, tyres, changing tube, repair and maintenance of vehicles. I found it very interesting for learning purpose but on the other hand very dirty and unhygienic to do. During my second week stay I visited the famous Liepaja beach. I found it really beautiful place, so far best place till now during my stay and also that weekend I went to youth house to attend Latvian culture programme. I really got inspired by that. Latvian people have very beautiful culture and I also learn that they are also very generous and beautiful. At the end of second week I could say that I felt more comfortable then previous week.


Volunteering at Radi Vidi Pats
 As I am passing my third week here in Liepaja, I'm enjoying myself and spending my memorable trip of life. We had usual routine meeting on Monday with staff and other volunteers to discuss our problems, our last week and coming week tasks. As I mention you before that I am Pakistani so our staff give me a task to organise a cultural night so I put light on my Pakistani culture and tell them about my country more and to clear their view and prospect about my country if they have any doubts. That's the main task but we have also other tasks too. I am away from my country for so long so I tell my organisation about my problem that I maybe can't properly do it so they suggested me at Leipaja university where a group of Pakistani students can help me to complete my task. So I had meeting with them which helped me a lot.



I think this experience in Liepaja, Latvia will be very memorable for me. Only one thing I dislike about this country that majority of people believe in evolution. They don't believe in any religion and also they don't believe in God. Any way everybody is free and have rights to follow any religion and believes and we should respect this. As being stranger here I was very confused earlier but as passing time I think I am falling in love with this place. My staff here also very helpful and made our trip memorable by giving us challenging tasks. Sometime I have problem to communicate with people here because of different language But the good thing is in the other side of the country they mostly speak English.


Saad Ali

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