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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!



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!




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.

casa sve

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



Melania ed il suo SVE in Francia!

Ciao a tutti!

Mi chiamo Melania Azzeri e ho svolto il mio servizio di volontariato europeo per 4 mesi ad Ancy-sur-Moselle, un piccolo comune della regione Lorena in Francia.

Il mio ruolo principale era quello di svolgere attività di scambio interculturale (Italia-Francia) all’interno di un doposcuola, lavorando con i bambini dai 3 ai 6 anni.

I piccoli (e anche gli adulti) sono stati entusiasti di apprendere la cultura italiana (giochi sulle parole italiane, racconti come Romolo e Remo, ballare la pizzica e soprattutto cucinare). Anche loro mi hanno trasmesso tanto e ancora oggi qualche parolina in francese mi scappa e adoro ascoltare la musica francese.

Prima di partire, avevo timore di sentirmi sola in una realtà così piccola. Paura che è stata completamente cancellata dal calore famigliare donatomi dagli abitanti di Ancy, i quali mi hanno aperto le loro porte e non solo quelle di casa, facendomi sentire chez moi (a casa mia).


Una delle cose che ho maggiormente amato dello SVE è la vasta rete che si viene a creare tra i Volontari. Grazie a questa, posso dire di avere amici sparsi un po’ ovunque in Europa. Inoltre ho potuto visitare alcune città francesi quasi a costo zero (Parigi, Strasburgo, Colmar…) ricevendo (e poi ricambiando) ospitalità dagli altri Volontari che ho conosciuto durante l’esperienza.


Sono la stessa Melania di 4 mesi fa?

La risposta è una sola: assolutamente no! Sono più consapevole di me stessa, ho un bagaglio socio-culturale arricchito e sono “cresciuta” grazie alle persone incontrate, ognuna delle quali mi ha donato un po’ di sé.

Il servizio volontario europeo ti cambia nel profondo, è un’esperienza che consiglio davvero a tutti.

Grazie Vicolocorto (soprattutto grazie Carolina): mi hai permesso di vivere una grande esperienza. Grazie Servizio Volontario Europeo.

Bisous et bon courage à tout le monde!

Melania (la petite italienne)