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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.

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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

One year of EVS in Slovenia!

Ciao! I am Stefania from Torino (Italy) and this is my first week in Slovenia. Actually this is my first time in Slovenia and it’s the first time that I live outside my country. So everything it’s new and exciting.

Brežice (I have to learn the right pronunciation yet) is a small and nice town surrounded by nature, in particular mountains and hills. It is beautiful to wake up in the morning listening the birds’sing and seeing pine trees.

There are a lot of services and in few minutes it’s possible to reach beautiful landscapes. In less than then two hours you can go to Ljubljana and in one hour to Zagreb. Me and Mariana (my portuguese flat mate) already visited Ljubljana the last weekend and it left to us a really good impression. It is not that big but is full of cultural centers and interesting events. It is calm but alive and active. I really liked Metelkova district with it’s graffities, artistic creations and the Art Contemporary Museum.

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The Brežice youth center is a very nice building too. It is big and contains a theatre, a bar, a hostel and it is very active in organizing cultural events and workshops for the citizenry. There is a positive mood in the working team and I really appreciate the non formal approach among the people that are part of it. This helps me feeling comfortable and free to express my opinion and to share my ideas. Indeed I am already thinking about some personal projects and it’s good that the center give me the opportunity to realize them supporting me through courses or lessons on how to prepare a project from the beginning to the end, in all the aspects that belong to it.

I am happy to be here and to do this kind of experience, I can’t wait to see the amazing places of Slovenia, learn new competences and sports. Slovenian people use to practise sport so I would like to improve myself and may be the nature motivates me to do different experiences. I will update you 😉

You go girl! See you,

 

Stefania