Category Archives: Servizio Volontario Europeo (EVS)

Different weekend for Fiesta Globàl

We arrived in Fattoria della Legalità (Isola del Piano, PU) Saturday afternoon at 2 pm, and just after leaving the car we could enjoy the picturesque view that there would have been there for the next two days.

Fattoria della Legalità is a house taken from the mafia and now it’s used by the Town Hall and the people for social and cultural activities in order to keep the freedom and to do something useful for society. The town major, a very gentle and kind person, explained us a bit about Isola del Piano history as the first biological farm area in Italy and how the Fattoria della Legalità developed as a social site, after the mafia man who owned the place until twelve years ago.

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All of us, as the group of the Vicolocorto’s EVS, we were there for helping to organize the Fiesta Globàl, the street art festival that will take place in Montefabbri, from 21st to 23rd of July. In order to make the organization successful, first of all we got to know each other better, so we could easily cooperate with the organizers and local volunteers of the festival. Because of that we joined two workshops on the arrival day, one about experimental theater, and the other one, after dinner, about playing djembe.

The djembe session was so successful and funny that some of us continued playing until it was  really time to go to bed.

We all slept in a non-common way: in a camper, in a tent under the stars, on the floor, in a car… But we managed to get up full of energy! So on Sunday we started with a nice breakfast in the middle of those beautiful mountains, some of us had a nice walk and came back with a bag made of leaves plenty of wild cherries (which we are still wondering if there were cherries or not, but that weren’t toxic and tasted very good!). After eating a real Italian pasta meal and “crostata” as dessert, we had the main meeting for preparing the festival.

The whole group, more or less twenty people, discussed about many different important aspects for the organization of the Fiesta Globàl: the prize of the ticket, the decoration of the entrance, the logistic of the events, how to do the promotion, and which extra activities would be nice for the festival audience. It was long enough for realizing how the event will be and, moreover, how important it is to meet the people with who you will collaborate before starting to. And that’s the value of the art labs and the meals that we shared before organizing meeting, because only after that we felt free and we were able to show to the others our opinions and our ideas to enrich the festival.

We went back home with some things to do on our own for the festival, but with a lot of new memories and friends that we hope we will meet again!

Maria

Sempre più SVE: Julien dalla Francia e Maria dalla Spagna!

Hi  everybody ,

I am Julien, I come from Landerneau, a small city near Brest, in the northern west of France (Britain).

I have started my EVS in Vicolocorto’s association on the 7th of April 2017, and I will finish it on the 5th of October 2017.

I think an EVS is a good way to have a first professional experience abroad, because we have a coordinator’s organization. More of that, to be a volunteer is not the same like to be a salary, I think we have more time to learn and less pressure like in the most of firms (for example I have to improve my English because until now, I am not qualified to work abroad). In addition to this, I hope to be useful to the organization.

In a personal way I think, I will learn a lot of things, about Italian and other cultures, on myself…

In the future I would love to do a French International internship, and travel a lot so let’s start!

Julien

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Let’s change! Prime impressioni di Maria a Pesaro

Sometimes we decided to reach our vital goals unconsciously. I was thinking about it when I got off the train in Pesaro’s station before meeting my new mates in EVS experience.

My name is Maria, a 24 years old girl from Minorca (Spain). I studied journalism and cultural studies in Barcelona and, after that, I was working while I coursed a culture management master. I always wanted to travel, to meet new people and culture, but I didn’t until now. I don’t exactly know the causes: maybe it’s because I thought I had other responsibilities as studying or working, maybe because I didn’t want to lose my old relationships at home. I am sure about one reason, and It was that I was afraid. Afraid of going abroad with not money enough, afraid of feeling lonely, afraid of not understanding the language of the country…

Now I am happy to say that I am not. I realized, a few weeks ago that I needed a change in my life, because I won’t be young forever (Magari!), so if I really wish to fulfill some of my dreams I had to shift and do something different. Then everything happened so fast: Vicolocorto selected me as an EVS few days after I sent my application. I took a deep breath and I said goodbye to my job as a journalist (a very good one according to my mother) and decided to interrupt my master for that kind of experience that I had never have the value of fighting for before.

I have been in this small city for only three days, but I am conscious that I make a correct decision. Even in case of bad times (that there will be cause it is life and emotions work like rollercoasters) I am convinced  that I will grow up here and improve my Italian. I had to admit that the language and the possibility of participating in cultural events organization were the most important reasons why I chose the project, but the culture exchange also.

I hope that I will be able to strengthen my communication skills and my organizational competences.  And discover Italy and its particularities, of course. As yet, I have been trying to assimilate all the changes and new information with the other SVE volunteers. I was lucky, except one, Alysson, the rest arrived the same day that me so we are more or less in the same adapt situation. We did together our first trip to Urbino, a very beautiful city 50 minutes by bus from Pesaro that I expect I will visit it again before leaving. Wonderful views and charming streets (as I guess that you know if you are from Le Marche). At least I have six months for going back there and lose myself trying to understand Piero della Francesca paintings in Palazzo Ducale.

 At sum, I am still a bit confused but full of energy and excited about discovering Pesaro by bike (my new antique blue one!), meeting Italian friends and, of course, doing my best as a volunteer in Vicolocorto, helping people to improve their communicative skills in English and Spanish and promoting the project in social media.

A dopo!

Maria

 

Advance Planning Visit (APV) for EVS project “C.A.R.O”, 20 – 23/03/2017

Buongiorno Ragazzi!

Last week, we had the pleasure to receive three coordinators of different sending organizations from France (Bureau Information Jeunesse), Spain (Calvià in Europe) and Poland (Bona Fides).

They stayed in Pesaro during 4 days  to talk about the EVS project that Vicolocorto will host from April, and so they also shared  some nice moments with us, volunteers! 

As EVS in Pesaro, we couldn’t skip the visit of our beautiful Pesaro. It was important for them to see the city,  to make a report to their next volunteers who will live for at least 6 months in Pesaro.

The coordinators could also take part to our activities like Talk Together. It was really interesting because Agnès from France and Manon from Spain joined the French table, and Hanna from Poland joined the English table. This event gave the opportunity for Talk Together to be more intercultural. With Italians, French, Spanish, Lithuanian, Hungarian, German,  Polish, Albanian, it was almost the whole Europe in Biblioteca San Giovanni!

 In that way the coordinators could share also about their countries, their culture and help people to improve their language skills.

To finish, they visited our house, to share coffees and breakfast, and saw how we are living. We gave some advices about our experience of living with other peoples, in an intercultural environment: promoting open-mindness, tolerance and respect.

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To conclude, We hope they enjoyed this week in Pesaro and they are always welcome here!

Alysson