Monthly Archives: January 2014

My Experience at Girolamo Genga

Hello, guys. I’m Tiemei from China. I’m a volunteer of Vicolocorto in Pesaro. I’m participating to the European Volunteer Service (EVS). This project is about non-formal education. The aim is to help youngsters (the age is from 18-30)  to develop themselves, and let them gain knowledge and new skills from this specific project.

It was my great honor to go on 20th October to Girolamo Genga school, which is a normal Italian vocational school, with Carolina – a girl working in Vicolocorto association – and Milena and Claudia from Pesaro Informagiovani.

I graduated three years ago,
but when I see these students,
it looks like I’m the student

Everyone is ready to listen to our presentation. They are full of energy. When I’m on the stage, I really feel like sharing my experience with these young people because, from my point of view, it’s necessary to let them know the knowledge I gained from this project. It’s the first time I go abroad and spend nine months living in Italy. For me it’s a tremendous challenge, I have to adapt to the new environment, I have to survive in different situations and put ideas into practice. I should always make a decision by myself without depending on my parents. This experience is changing my perception in terms of reality and foreign cultures.
I’ m aware of the benefits I’m receiving from this project. When I finished my presentation, students were interested in this project. I could see the energy and hope in their eyes. I think EVS is not only interesting, but also youngsters can learn some competences from it. For example, you can use your mother tongue to express your thoughts. I know some students can’t speak English very well at school. As we all know, English is very important in the world, so just being a European volunteer it’s a good chance to practice English. Also you can learn what the social and civic competences are and how to develop yourself. For me the most important competence is learning to learn. It’s totally different from formal education, because you can use theory to practice your ideas during the project. It’s worth to participate: the experience you have gained will influence your personal growth and increase your potential learning.

Our other volunteer Trang from Vietnam wanted to share her ideas:

“It’s a great thing to inform, spread the news to young people about their opportunities to do some meaningful work, to meet new people, to learn new languages, to experience the world from different aspects. And only EVS can provide them with all of that. While doing an EVS, they can also develop their personal skills, get life experience that will help them to deal with problems, struggles or difficulties in life or in finding a job especially when we all are facing with global economic crisis situation like now.”

At last, I just want to say that if you are motivated and active, please let us know and join us. Let’s enjoy together!



Being an EVS in Pesaro

I’m an alien, I’m a legal alien. I’m a Polish in Pesarooo – that would sing Sting, if he were me. Of course if he were able to sing, not like me. I think the point is not to pretend being the same, but being aware of the differences. Sharing and accepting them. Having new impressions, doing mistakes. This is a part of learning, taking and giving – volunteering.

Poland, not Holland – Polonia, not Bologna.

If you are foreigner and you are not working or studying in Italy, it’s difficult for Italians to understand what is going on. The concept of volunteering is not very popular and finally a bit surprising. After you introduce yourself as a volunteer it’s time to explicit where are you from. Even though Poland is kind of big country in East Europe, or according to others Central Europe, the name sounds sometimes a bit exotic. It’s not because of lack of geography knowledge, but I think more about being amazed what Polish girl can do here apart from working or studying. However I never felt offended and those linguistic misunderstandings leaded only to huge FUN. There were also some occasions when people were surprised that I am not Italian – of course it’s only because of my pronunciation of “Si!” with a very proper accent.

Vicolocorto participation at Perepepé Festival

Perché Pesaro?

After this introduction there is a moment for the main question: why you chose Pesaro? Maybe I am a hipster, maybe Pesaresi don’t appreciate their own town or maybe they are just curious what is the sense to choose Pesaro, if you can go to Roma, Firenze or Napoli. The answer is simple. My woman instinct told me that this small place will be charming. Being near to the sea will make me alive and here I will be able to get close to people easier, because it’s so small. Also, earlier in Poland I had the pleasure to meet one of Vicolocorto’s youth workers and he came up to be a really warm and nice person. At the end I discovered that he is not from Pesaro, but Ancona and partly Puglia 🙂 However, imagination in that time started to work in positive way about all people from Pesaro.

Vicolocorto EVS Volunteer

Pesaresi in action

It happened in a certain moment that people started to inform me how Pesaresi are closed and a little bit suspicious to outsiders (even from Fano 🙂 ). Being honest, I would never noticed that. Maybe sometimes they are behaving like “wild animals”, but after a little bit of whispering and cuddling we achieved agreement and trust.

The reason why I find Pesaresi warm and open is also connected with my “mother” here. Vicolocorto took care of people I met, especially at the beginning. The association created a circle of people who really wanted to meet this small girl from Poland. They were nice, open, interesting and interested in me and my country. After this time of “protection period” I was able to make my own friends and show some initiative. Like for every normal human being there were some mistakes, misunderstandings, but also moments of real joy and fun.

Do you know why volunteering is better than being?

Just being is lonely and selfish. While volunteering you are “drag ” into meeting other people, creating relations, being part of Pesaro’s network, full of great personalities and organizations. This is your chance to act, to develop yourself as a person, not only being but also doing something for the community and with others. Is it too naive for 28 years old girl? Maybe, but I am volunteer, I can 🙂 .


Vicolocorto EVS Volunteer