Monthly Archives: July 2015

Janek’s On-Arrival training

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Every EVS volunteer has a chance to attend truely unique training- like any others. Right after coming to a destination country, still dazed and confused, we’re travelling to a place, sometimes quite far, to meet the other volunteers, to spend time together, to work on our skills, motivations and, most of all, to know better ourselves.

Previous On-Arrival Trainings were organized close to Napoli, Roma and Rimini, but lately it’s organized in Vittorcchiano, close to Viterbo. The place is beautiful, surrounded by the nature and silence, except of train line right behind the hotel building- but very lovely, old one. One day we took that train to Viterbo, to complete some tasks and visit that wonderful town. Even the train ride was a pleasant experience due to breathtaking views outside a windows.

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Usually day started there with a breakfast served between 7.30 and 8.30 as at 9.00 we’re starting the activities. Meeting of all group to make an introduction of a day schedule. Then we’re going in smaller groups to have an Italian language course. It was intense course- every day 90 minutes of vocabulary, conversations and speaking. The result was different for different people of course- some of us started to talk, more advanced mastered the pronunciation, but some stayed at “Tutto capito” level.

Activities lasted till 22.30 or even 23.00, so there was not a much free time for parties. But as you maybe know by now- EVS is about challenges, so we were taking this one as well. And the hardest one- to get on time the next morning for a breakfast and group meeting.

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After a week of tight schedule we headed back to our final destinations- tired, overfilled with knowledge and thinking excessively about ourselves… but happy, richer of new friendships and memories.

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PS. All photos in this post are property of Kamilla János. All rights reserved, 2015

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“It is time to go”

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Ciao tutti!

My name is Mert. I’m 20 years old and I came from Ankara,Turkey. This was my first experince abroad. I was very lucky because this was a great chance to come to Italy first.

When I came in here, I couldn’t speak English well. For example: When I landed in Bologna, I couldn’t ask nobody: “Where is the train station?” It was very difficult situation. However, everybody was helping me to improve my language. I can speak English now. It is not perfect, but at least I can communicate. And also just a little bit Italiano.

My experince- Italy is a very good but Pesaro is the best place. You can try many new tastes. Italy is famous for pizza and my favourite is Pizza Margherita, and you can also go to the beach, beautiful beach and Palla di Pomodoro, It is the most important symbol of Pesaro.

I made a lot of friends in here. Everybody is helpful, friendly, cheerful and kind. And also Vicolocorto association members. They are not just that- they are the family. When there is a problem, they help us so right away.

Now I want to write about my teammates (another EVS volunteers). I stayed with them in one flat and I had so much fun. We were like a team… Oh no, We were a TEAM. We learned many new things too. However, most importantly we learned is that we are a team that can overcome everything. I love you all so much..

And now, I am sorry to say that… It is time to go… I loved to be in Pesaro. I love you all so much… Maybe one day I will come here again or we will meet somewhere else… I don’t want to say goodbye. Thanks for everything. It was a good experience for me.

With kind regards!

Ciao ragazzi, Ciao tutti!

Il Futuro

Spesso rimane difficile pensare al Futuro e separarlo dal desiderio. Desiderio e Futuro sono due rette lineari che il più delle volte seguono lo stesso percorso, si sovrappongo verso il domani, un sogno, il nostro benessere. Futuro utopico, verde, compatibile, star bene. Cercare un significato oggettivo dello star bene è alquanto difficile vista la soggettività del bene. Salute? Si. Felicità? Certamente.

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L’idea futuribile di chi vive in una città di provincia è poi spesso accostata con la crescita personale e professionale che per forza di cosa costringere i più ad andarsene. Università, anno sabbatico, Erasmus o EVS. Poi, magari, nasce l’amore e ci si trova lontani da casa ricalibrando il proprio Futuro con una lingua diversa e culture diverse e nuovi ostacoli di fronte ai quali ci troviamo impreparati ed impauriti.

Dunque esiste un solo Futuro o più futuri? Ogni giorno guardiamo al Futuro pianificato e lo stravolgiamo, prendiamo vie diverse, lo modelliamo al nostro volere fino a cercare di renderlo più puro e maneggevole. Più nostro.

Il Futuro è la verità assoluta che non si è ancora macchiata di azione. Questa avviene solo nel presente, quando il Futuro si accinge ad essere il passato, la storia del noi.

La risposta preferita è sempre quella che ci vede dubbiosi, insicuri, ignoranti. Non per forza di cose dobbiamo sapere o desiderare esattamente cosa e chi essere tra 50 anni. Il Futuro è non sapere ciò che sarà e cercare di farne qualcosa. Imparare? Viaggiare? Innamorarsi? Mangiare cioccolata? Si.

Il Futuro è come l’oceano e noi ci nuotiamo dentro. Decisamente più accogliente ma pur sempre pieno di pericoli che noi, solo noi, abbiamo la possibilità di evitarli, proprio perché sia scegliamo da che parte andare e sia perché possiamo decidere di non incontrarli, di farli diventare amici o di cercare alleati per sconfiggerli.

Il Futuro è la storia della nostra vita.