Monthly Archives: September 2015

Helping Inspirers. Two EVS in the local Red Cross Committee

IMG_0886Vicolocorto is not the only organization in Pesaro, that hosts EVS volunteers. Lately we visited one of the others, la Croce Rossa, where we met two Turkish girls: Melike and Nilufer. They’re serving there, helping in CR casual activities. Leaded by curiosity we decided to find out the story of their arrival and stay- how did it happened that they decided to come and how their EVS life looks like.Let’s start with the fact that Nilufer and Melike are friends, classmates. The first one found the project and shared the news with the other- together they decided to come to Pesaro. Motivation to choose a specific project came from a need of change, and personal development. According to Nilufer, she simply wanted to do an EVS, not precisely in CR. Before arrival girls didn’t had any experience with social care, but nevertheless decided to try themselves. Now, after almost a month of service, they’re happy, inspired to help other people. Experience of being a part of an ambulance staff is a strange feeling. “Strange, but nice”. It gives the feeling of importance, of being needed. That’s exactly what girls were looking for- they’re exploring, discovering, improving and thinking about their future. Each of them is on a different level of self-awareness: one of them knows, that her future way will be absolutely different from her previous experience, but the other wants to continue the way she chose at her University- most likely in Italy.

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Beside of the professional progress, there’s also informal field evolving simultaneously. EVS is for our protagonists the very first chance to live on their own, to take care of home budget and to face other lifestyle, culture, the environment using foreign language. Dealing with the other culture put Melike and Nilufer to reflect also about their own. It may be an occasion to build up an identity- to present themselves and the country they’re coming from in better way. There’s whole lot of small things, abilities, skills they learned: how to play Uno, how to ride (and crash) bicycles, how to use map and not to get lost, how to climb steep hills (their home is located on Ardizzio hill), how to travel and many, many more.

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 In the end we asked girls to imagine them in 6 months- where they’ll be, what they’ll do. Their answers were equally interesting for us and them. Nilufer says: I would tell to myself “Don’t be afraid. Life is short- live it! Just do what you want.” Melike adds: “Try everything!”. But that makes both girls to look into each other’s eyes and burst with laugh. “Maybe not everything…”- they’re concluding. The other thing they’re both sure is that in this time they’ll find an answers for a questions of today. It’s a positive summary of our interview. Let it stay even longer that mentioned 6 months of time.

An EVS afternoon in Montefabbri at Fiesta Global Festival 2015

With some late we are glad to speak about one of the most important ethnic event in Italy: the Fiesta Global 2015.

Organized by TribalEgg Association, Fiesta Global at the 12th edition attract every year more o less 10000 participants from all Italy and abroad.

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Our afternoon in Montefabbri (Pesaro and Urbino) was spent with some cold beer and matches of backgammon, speaking with the artists (already) met in Zoe Microfestival, artisans and performers.

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We spoke about EVS and the opportunity to have a volunteering experience abroad and the experience who can have the EVS here in Pesaro.

Moreover, we tried unsuccessful to participate to some workshop like African dances and African percussion. Maybe we needed more talent.

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Holiday of an EVS volunteer

Janek holidayThe adventure of EVS volunteer is all fun and games, but in the end, everyone gets tired. It is natural. There is two days per week free, but it helps just to relieve work stress. Deeper inside, there is different kind of need, that grows with every month, then week, in the end- with every day. Bigger and bigger, pushes volunteer’s thoughts out of current world- sometimes home, sometimes where the heart leads, sometimes just anywhere out of the place of service. Considering this need, Erasmus + programme provides to every EVS volunteer additional 2 free days per month. This free time can be claimed, whenever young “EVeeSer” needs that. Most of volunteers accumulates these days into a longer period of time, used for travelling, visiting that cute girl I’ve just met on Tinder or a family or friends that I miss.

In my case, it was not a girl, neither from Tinder, Couchsurfing or even Google+. It was my brother’s wedding. An absolute must, no doubts about it- I just had to go.

I knew the date since the beginning of my service, so 6 weeks before the date I have let to know to the person in charge about my request. Thanks to this, he could plan the activities, aware of my absence in specified period. The next step was to buy the tickets.

TIP: Do not buy the tickets before setting the free time with the organization- it will help you avoid a nervous conversation with the EVS coordinator.

When I got the reservation email, the process of travelling was initiated. “How come?”- you may say- “You’re still in Pesaro and the flight date is in upcoming couple of weeks!”. That is right, but as soon as the brain sees the goal- the date of a flight- everything else seems to be just a background, not really as important as before. The next step is counting days- as a joke at first, later- as a daily ritual. And then, all of the sudden I found myself packing my backpack at night before the departure.

Travelling is always nice. Even with problems, obstacles, you are in a move. On the road. It is also very important part of EVS as mobility is one of the key terms in all Erasmus+ project. But seeing my city from above is even more nice! Familiar buildings, the streets I have passed so many times… After the landing, first surprise came- all the people around speaks my language! So strange at the beginning, became even stranger, when I found myself struggling with expressing myself in my mother tongue! Luckily, this limitation passed quickly and with a smile on my face, I proceeded all through my holiday. I’ve met my family, friends, places I love… on my motorcycle ))). I have missed the feeling of splitting the air with my classic bike.janek holiday2

My brother’s wedding is the story, that I will keep for my family, and me but I can assure you, that it was a great experience. Polish wedding is something to experience, not to explain )))

Anyway… after 7 days I had to go back. Not really happy to leave again Wrocław, I found myself glad to see my team and Pesaro. It is my place now, not replacing WrocLove (it’s impossible), but stuck in the new place in my heart. It is impossible to measure this feeling, but hugs I got after coming back are absolutely countable. Good to be back!

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