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The wonderful experience of living aboard

I’m Gautier, a 21 years old man from France arrived in Pesaro less than one month ago to do a EVS here. After doing a Science High School I did one year of Art university, then I did a skills upgrade classes of Applied Art (design), in which I want to continue. But before continuing my studies in that field I wanted to travel aboard, to live in another country, and more precisely in Italy. After this experience I would like to continue design studies in Italy if possible.

I’m someone who really likes giving service to people, to do whatever I can to help the most and being useful for others so a friend told me about the EVS possibility, which appears to me as the greatest thing I could do. Because it can allows me by doing something really concrete to gain in autonomy and maturity, to live in a country for many mouths and discover the most I can in it, to improve language, to discover a new culture, to meet many people from different countries and with different values, a really interesting and sharing experience

I wanted to do my EVS in Italy because I already came here a few times and it’s the European country I appreciate the most and I really want to live in here in the future, and also when I came here it was most in a touristic way and I really wanted to go further and to live here to feel precisely what is living in this amazing country.

This project proposed by Vicolocorto was exactly the project which correspond perfectly to my expectations, a Project which is linked to Education, Culture and Creativity and which is really social and interactive. We exchange with many youngsters of different ages, in English, in Italian, by doing workshops, discussing, sharing, .. ! This organization gave me the opportunity to live this unforgettable experience and I’m really grateful about that, and it’s been only few weeks that I’m here (already?! that goes so fast), it’s just the beginning of a long and exciting story 🙂

Gautier

 

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Hello there!

I’m Jonathan, a 18-year-old from the countryside in Northern Germany, near Hamburg. I always liked to travel and discover new things, and to share this with other people. I think the world needs this kind of curiosity, because by now, in our new “global village”, we increasingly get the impression that we know everything about each other. But this is completely false.

When I finished school one year ago, I didn’t know what to do. So I spent all my money on travelling in summer, and, since I still didn’t know what to do, I went to university for studying Information Technology. But since I finished school, I wanted to quit Germany for a longer period of time and do something completely different, something that really makes sense to me. Like working with people and supporting them. But, I didn’t have money. So when I learned about EVS, applying was not a hard decision to take, especially because at the moment, Europe really is in need of creating bridges, for they are currently all breaking down. I applied for several projects from Spain to Estonia, and finally ended up here at Vicolocorto in Pesaro.

Wait, that’s a month?

I arrived here on the 6th of April, making it almost a month that I spent here already. And it’s surely been a great one! While I came here with no expectations to not endanger myself of feeling disappointed, it turned out to be better than I could have imagined. Not only do I really like the job that I’m doing, but the bridges I can build (not only to Italian culture but also to cultures of other volunteer’s home countries) and stereotypes I didn’t even know I had that are now being utterly destroyed are a huge experience that I could not have gained otherwise.

Non parlo italiano

Before coming, I worried about the barriers that you face when going abroad and don’t speak the language. But unfortunately for me, that barriers turned out to be quite small. I speak more Italian now than I did when coming here (which was basically nothing but the friendly reminder “Non mangiate le mie caramelle!” [“You do not eat my candies!”] that I learned in DuoLingo, my mobile app for learning Italian), but I still can’t really communicate. In most cases, at least one of the other nine volunteers in Pesaro can translate for me (which is practical, but slightly annoying by now).

Just like the language, I’m starting to get to know the country.  I’ve not travelled much so far, but that will change. After major investments in things like a bike the first month, I didn’t really have much money left to spend on travelling, but that will change.

I am looking forward to see many places and to meet many people during the 9 month that are still to come!

Jonathan

Job Shadowing in Italy for Peacebuilding

For twelve days in April, Vicolocorto welcomed four young people, taking part in a project called Youth as Peacebuilders – Youth policy for peace. This program, financed by the European Union, has for objective to promote the involvement of young people as key actors of peacebuilding processes. To understand the reality of youth work at a local level, these four volunteers from Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia were in Italy as job shadowers, studying the way Vicolocorto works, and following their daily activities.

 

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Ani is 23, she is from Vanadzor, in Armenia. She is working as a volunteer in a local organization while following the second year of her Master Degree in English Language and Literature, as well as Classic Philology.

Ilya is 19, he is from Odessa, in Ukraine. He studied International Relations and is working in the field of NGOs, mostly as a volunteer.

Kateryna is 22, she is from Kharkiv, in Ukraine. She works in Opora, an organization that provides election and parliamentary observations to local communities.

Giorgi is 22, he is from Borjomi, in Georgia. He works in three different organizations, related to sports and youth work.

We had the opportunity to ask them a few questions in the middle of their staying, about their experience so far :

How has been your experience with Vicolocorto so far?

Ani : The most focal point I would like to point out until now is the visit of Totem Youth Centre. Seeing the relationship between them and Vicolocorto, as well as seeing how the staff works in the center was something really important and interesting for me.

Ilya : I like Pesaro, the town is small and comfortable, close to the sea. As for the activities, for me the most interesting was to visit the center for kids and young people. Also, I really liked meeting the EVS volunteers who work in Pesaro, since they are all from different countries and cultures.

Kateryna : Visiting Totem, this center that works with youngsters and people with disabilities was nice although it was difficult, but I really enjoyed it. Tomorrow we are going again to realise some practical workshops with them, and I think it will be interesting. About Vicolocorto, I think they do a great job here, explaining to youngsters how they can use their time to be active for their community, which is really useful because in big cities, people do not get this kind of information.

Giorgi : I really like Pesaro, it is small and can be similar in some ways to georgian cities. I like the beach and the fact that everyone rides a bicycle. My favourite activity so far is what we are doing right now, because I am a journalist and I really like interviews, blogs and videos. About Vicolocorto, I think they help changing people’s lives, which is really important.

What is the connection that you can make between peacebuilding and the activities of Vicolocorto?

Ani : I’m really happy that I am precisely here with Vicolocorto, because their work is focused on youth work. They really place youngsters in the center of their activities with EVS and Erasmus+ projects, which to me is the main focus of the project, “Youth as Peacebuilders”.

Ilya : In this moment, I can not really make a specific connection between Pesaro and peacebuilding, but for me, visiting a country is the best way to discover its culture, and understand how things work, which is a good starting point for peacebuilding.

Kateryna : I realized that in Italy people are more open to share ideas and thoughts, as well as helping people. It is useful to save and keep some contacts for the future. In Ukraine, the structures are more “closed”, we need to open borders and minds, to build networks, which is why I am here.

Giorgi : Peacebuilding is really important for me, for my life, my job, my country and my city. Each country has their own perception of peacebuilding, so I learned what it represents for italians. I also got ideas that I can use in the future, from the way Vicolocorto works and organizes workshops.

What were your expectations coming here, and what do you think so far?

Ani : It is not over yet, so I can not speak of the whole process. However, the visit already met some of my expectations, in the way that I was expecting something really welcoming, really nice, visiting some establishment and seeing their work. But also, I thought it would be more difficult, with a fuller and more stressful program. In reality, this week so far has been really calm, and I appreciate it because we have time to digest everything we see and learn, to really analyze everything.

Ilya : My vision of this country is similar to my expectations, I also think that Italians are quite similar to Ukrainians in some ways. The agenda is more comfortable and simple than I expected, we have weekends, we can visit other cities, etc. To me, this job shadowing is the perfect balance between relaxing, working and learning.

Kateryna : The places we visit and the activities so far are different from what I expected, because I thought it would be more focused on political matters. However, I learned that Totem is an organization supported by the municipality, which is an example of how municipalities and government in general can help build a better community.

Giorgi : Before travelling, I searched for information about italy, Pesaro and Vicolocorto. Therefore, I did not really have any surprises because I already knew what I would be doing during these ten days.



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