Evs – The story
Once upon a time there was a girl called Drosoula. Drosoula comes from the European country with the most of the islands. It was the last year of her studies and she was thinking:
‘’ What I am gonna do after..’’. Thinking of this one day when she was scrolling on Facebook, she saw this program in a post. EVS step up-build your career in Romania and she clicked on the link.
Evs – The preparation
She wasn’t actually expecting to be chosen but she did the application and one day the e-mail tone rang. She was announced that she has been chosen for the program [So if you see an application don’t hesitate to apply cause of the rejection you never know] So she made her luggage and she took the flight to Romania.
Evs – Arriving in Romania
When she first came to Romania she was a little bit anxious cause her life would be completely different from now on. She arrived after her long trip to her apartment with her mentor ready to sleep on the floor if necessary and she met her first roommate, Giedre, a girl from Lithuania that she came out of the room like the wind, with her hair messy from sleeping to meet her. ‘’ Hi my name is Giedre’’ and here is how the relationship started.
Evs – The apartment
After some weeks two new flat mates came at the apartment. We were complete: 4 and ready for a poker game, but none of them had cards. There was a guy from France, one from Turkey, a girl from Lithuania and I from the country with the many islands and this could be the beginning of a great joke that most of the countries have. Their cohabitation in the apartment was really good in the beginning because every one of them was a unique personality. Drosoula learned many things about the other and about living with others. This apartment was a lively Europe.
Evs- experiences with other volunteers
One of the most beautiful things for Drosoula is the relationship with the other volunteers.
“Meeting people from other countries is really interesting. Every person caries in him/herself a part from different traditions, different habits, different expressions that are fun to know. Ou lala/ manific from France, alah-alah/tesecular, from Turkey and iki pasimatimo from Lithuanian are some expressions I will never forget.”
Here in Arad there were many volunteers from other associations so they do many activities all together. Walking in the parks, shopping, coffee and chatting, clubbing. The volunteers were like the flowers that make the city more beautiful. Also, they were so many that they could have 3 birthday parties in one month. And who says no to a party?
It is well known that most of the volunteers hide a Phileas fogg in their personality and it’s possible for them to travel 80 hours at their free time to explore Romania. Drosoula had the opportunity to see many places in Romania like Timisoara, Oradea, Cluj, Bucharest, Predeal…
‘’One of my favorite experience was the trip to Predeal. We were for 5 days in a village in the mountains next to Brasov and everything was in white. Snow was everywhere. We stayed in a really nice and cheap apartment with Netflix and it was my first time that I tried skiing. We had a really nice time with my friend Louis from France who struggled to teach me and it was so cool’’.
That’s what she said returning to Arad sick of the cold weather and with pain in her legs from falling.
“Also a worth mentioning experience was the first trip to Oradea. We went the first month that we came here and it was a big food festival, concerts and different events and at night we went clubbing in 5 different places. We tried Canadian and Chinese food and some Turkish sweets that were amazing.”
That’s what she said and returned back to Arad with 5 kilos more.
Evs – experiences on the seminars
She took the midnight train going… to Bucharest. She had never travel with the night train before. In Bucharest she met volunteers from all over the Europe that also live in Romania.
“Ι learned a lot of things about myself by the interaction with the others. We exchanged many experiences, problems, solutions, we laughed, we played.”
But there was one the thing that every volunteer understands for sure. That they had places to go and visit in Romania for free.
Drosoula was used to work in schools but this time was completely different. She didn’t know the language so she tried to find alternative ways of doing her activities especially when she was with younger kids.
“Body language and creative activities referring to arts and sports are better in these situations. You need to use your imagination”.
Drosoula was working in groups with other volunteers and sometimes had workshops alone.
‘’I was in economic school and I taught Greek to 16-18 ages. I have never done this before, I wouldn’t have expected from myself to be able to teach kids more or less in my age. I did all the necessary preparations, I was speaking to myself in the mirror at night, I had nightmares of my lesson to be screwed up but in the end of the lesson I felt so strong that I have achieved something that I have never did before’’.
“I saw many types of schools, religious, with minorities, disabilities and new generation schools so I was able to compare situations, places, organizing… This helped me to point out the good and the bad parts and create a better evaluation’’.
‘’Me, working with kids with different ages and in different school environments made me more active and adjustable-organized to ready for every situation’’.
“One day I was working really hard to prepare a presentation like a story with some lost Greek pots. The children enjoyed so much the workshop that next time I went there I had a new pattern in my shoes and a new natural tattoo of hugs in my back.”
So confidence, adjustability, organizing, creativity, new experiences, meeting new people happiness and completion was what Drosoula gained from her experience in schools.
And here are some beautiful memories:
~FRIENDS MAKE THE MOMENTS MORE COLORFUL~
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