Back to school! Linguistic support by EVS volunteers

As volunteers at Vicolocorto, one of our tasks is to promote the learning of foreign languages and, more specifically, English as a lingua franca. For this purpose, one of the main activities we are currently undertaking is the linguistic support at schools. We assist in some English classes with kids aged between 12 and 18 where we talk to them, present our countries, talk about cultural similarities and differences, etc.

123

So far, during the last two weeks we have been in two schools of Pesaro, the Istituto Comprensivo G. Gaudiano and the Istituto di Istruzione Superiore F. Mengaroni. The school year has only begun so we will be giving much more presentations. In the first Istituto, we presented ourselves and we talked about why we decided to do the EVS. We also talked about the differences between our countries and Italy (e.g. at what time we have lunch and dinner, how does the life of a teenager look like, what are the differences between educational systems), about the city of Pesaro and the surroundings, and about the European Voluntary Service. At the second Istituto we prepared some presentations: the first about Portugal, its customs, food, etc. The second presentation was about the novel Don Quixote, written by a Spanish writer. Then it was the turn of The Netherlands, where we talked about Sinterklaas, their Christmas festivity. Finally, the last presentation was about Poland, also about its customs, cities, food and traditions.

22790879_1911842772164227_554450874_o

It was very gratifying to see how kids paid attention to our stories and learnt from the different cultures that we brought them. They were a little bit shy at the beginning, but soon they started to ask some questions and to talk with us. It is also gratifying to see that, at the same time, they were learning English in a very dynamic and entertaining way, without even being conscious that they were learning. But, furthermore, not only did the children learn from this, we ourselves learned from each other. This is, from my point of view, the best thing about EVS: the opportunity to learn from other’s experiences and lives.

Isabel

Advertisements

Sono qui!

 

This is me, Filipa. I’m 28 years old and I’m from Portugal. Olá!

This is me, Karolina. I’m 22 years old and I’m from Poland. Cześć!

(…while having our first lunch break in a random cafe by the sea)

Filipa: It all started at Bologna’s central station at a non-existent “Mc Donald’s meeting-point” on a sunny Friday in the beginning of October. You had been there for a day, I had just arrived.

Karolina: After a long wait in the queue we managed to get our tickets to Pesaro. Thankfully, the attendant spoke English since we spoke no Italian. We still don’t. But we will get there. Remember all the people on the train?

F: Now that you mention it, yeah! Me with my two huge bags, you with your tiny rolling suitcase.

K: First of all, it was not that tiny. Secondly, I also had a hand bag and a backpack.

F: Either way. I remember the train being super busy and all my big bags and your tiny rolling suitcase plus hand bag plus backpack being in everyone’s way. So. How were you feeling back then?

K: I remember being anxious before departing, but I guess it was just the reisefieber.

F: Er… the reise-who?

K: It’s a German word. We don’t have it in Polish. But it means, like… when you are excited but stressed at the same time. Like a “travel fever”. Do you have that word in Portuguese?

F: Oh, fancy. Ok. Well, I had no such fever. And I don’t think we have any word for that in Portuguese.

K: What about you? How did you feel?

F: I remember just the excitement part. I don’t think I was stressed or anxious. I was just a little bummed that they hadn’t served any food on the plane. Thankfully, I had just arrived to the land of food! I remember us sitting in the train trying to get to know each other, speaking about what brought us here – what was it that you said about your two versions for explaining to people why you chose EVS?

K: I just finished my Bachelor’s degree and decided to take a gap year, but there are two “versions” of the reason why I did that. The official one says that the Master’s program I want to do is not open until next year so the gap year is kind of forced on me. But to be frank, I’m not 100% sure which one I want to apply for. Anyway, you said that you quit your job recently so that you could do an EVS, right?

F: Well, I did quit my job three weeks ago. Not specifically to do an EVS but because I had been working in the same company for five years and I wasn’t feeling challenged nor motivated anymore. I decided to quit and take a break from adult-life, to refocus and restore energies! Also, learning a new language is a big pro since I’ve been working in the tourism field and will probably continue doing so once I go back home. Can you still remember what were your first impressions of Italy?

C: I’ve been in Italy before so I had an idea of what to expect, but these were holiday trips, which is totally different from living in the country for six months. What I find difficult to adapt to are the working hours. In Poland we work continuously, we don’t have such a big break that allows you to go back home for lunch. Have you experienced some cultural differences as well?

F: Like you said, I’ve been to Italy before too and coming from a Latin country I believe we share some of the fundamental culture characteristics. There are, however, a few things that bug me, like the fact that everyone is so obsessed with relationships and weather you are or you are not dating someone. But I think what bothers me the most in Pesaro is the lack of public transportation, especially at night. I’m trying to look at it as an opportunity though, to improve my biking skills and getting fit! You know, after all the cheese and pasta we’ve been eating… a little calorie burn doesn’t hurt!

K: Sure…as they say, every cloud has a silver lining!

(the waiter came with our daily dose of carbs and we sat there, eating silently)

44

Filipa and Karolina

A Guide for Pesaro: it’s FOOD time!

Hello everyone! We are glad to be back to the Guide for Pesaro! Last week we talked about the surroundings of our lovely town, beautiful places and spots worthy of visit. This week however, we will be focusing on Pesaro itself, and we are going to talk about one of the most controversial topics in the country: food. Yes, Italians take the food subject really seriously, so we apologize in advance if the choices made in this article don’t match with everyone’s  preference. These choices are –like in the previous article– based in our experiences so far, complemented also with the opinions of other EVS volunteers. Having said that, let’s begin!

Aperitivo

There are many places in the town where you can have aperitivo. But, first of all, let’s explain what this exactly is. Generally between 7 and 9 pm, Pesarese people are used to have a drink while eating snaks. A glass of wine, an Aperol Spritz, some patatine fritte, cheese and prosciutto… It is not a dinner, but depending on the bar you can eat a lot for a small price. This take us to BarBarella, a bar next  to Theater Rossini. This is a perfect place for eating good, and has enough space upstairs for making a quite big meeting of friends.

We want to mention also a second place for having aperitivo. As the name says, the Bar Golden Beach is located in the beach, so when the weather is good  you can enjoy a really good aperitivo while watching the sea.

Bar Golden Beach: €4 – €6

BarBarella: €4 – €10

 

Piadina

If you haven’t eaten a ‘piadina’ yet, you should hurry. It’s a thin Italian flatbread, typically prepared in the Romagna historical region. Da Peppe is not only the perfect place to meet piadina for the first time but also to enjoy other sea food.

Da Peppe: € 7 – € 18

3

Pizza

C’era una volta means literally translated: once upon a time. This particular place has a warm atmosphere; the staff is friendly, the interior, as well as the exterior, cozy and it is close to the theatre. There is a large choice of pizza’s and the prices are very reasonable. Highly recommended!

Farina, a pizzeria close to the beach, is loved by many people who have eaten there. This place has a nice ambience and the products are biological, which makes them also healthier. It’s no surprise Farina is marked as the best pizzeria on trip advisor. When you go there: don’t forget to try a pizza Rossini (named after the famous composer born in Pesaro).

C’era una volta: €10 – €20

Farina: € 10 – € 20

4

Sushi

We know, we know, this is definitely not Italian food. But for the sushi lovers like us we need at least one restaurant per town to enjoy this Japanese dish, and luckily Pesaro has several. Two of them are Hachikò and Sakura. Both of them are delicious and have the option of a free buffet. Hachikò is more far of the city center than the other one, but it’s worth every step to it.

Sakura: €11 – €22

Hachikò: €15 – €20

5

Gelato

Alice Il Gelato Delle Meraviglie: Whenever we talk with local people about Alice, they always know about which gelateria we’re talking about. Alice is a small place near the beach. It is absolutely the ice cream itself that makes this place so well-known: the combination of the tastes are special and delicious, whereby it doesn’t get boring.

Il Gelato Di Juri: Of course, to almost every foreigner here in Italy the ice creams are heaven, but again this one tastes great. There are a couple il gelato di juri’s places in the city. The places are all nice and the deserts are delicious.

Alice: €3 – €4

Juri: € 3 – € 5

6

Beer

We’re not going to deny it: beer is not cheap in Pesaro. But the Birreria L’Hospoda is a very cheap option where you can drink it (always with moderation, of course). This local has more than 50 types of birra that imports from the Czech Republic, and it is the perfect choice to make if you want a delicious beer. The 4 stars at TripAdvisor don’t lie!

Birreria L’Hospoda: €3-5

7

 

Coffee

And, last but not least important, we finish this gastronomic tour of Pesaro with our recommendation for drinking coffee. At the seacoast, we find El Cid. Don’t be fooled by its name, it is not a Spanish restaurant. They prepare Italian food and serve one of the best coffees in town. This fact, combined with a great location (next to the famous “Palla di Pomodoro”), makes El Cid one of the best places for relaxing and enjoy the drink.

El Cid: €1,5

Isabel and Demi