Summer hues in Leszno.

Hot days in Leszno bring us together. We don’t stop, weather is summer camps or our weekly sports club.

Every Thursdays we gather at a local pitch to let some steam out. This week we’ve had an amazing volleyball game. But other activities are also welcome, for example Yoga on open air. All who’s willing to have a go, since we’re not quite professionals ourselves we cheer for the attempts not the goals! Because, practice makes it better.

Welcome Jorge from Spain

Hello, my name is Jorge and I am from Spain. I am going to talk about my first week in Leszno as a volunteer, about different feelings and experiences.

When I arrived to Leszno my first feeling was that there were a great family in the project because a lot of volunteers picked me up in the train station, which was so special for me. However, when I went to the flat I felt a little bit stressed because people didn’t understand me when I was talki18216483_10155215597494909_155408140229776558_ong. Finally I thought that it was because I was so tired and also because of my accent, but I knew that I would improve it during the summer.

Another important thing about this day was meet the other volunteers in a picnic, which made me feel so accepted in the group. In this picnic I started to know more things about the other volunteers, to be more confident with the people, to enjoy. Furthermore, I met my mentor in this Picnic and it was so especial because he received me saying “bienvenido” (Spanish word which means welcome) which show me that he is doing a great effort to make me feel good in my first day in Leszno.

Next day I went to the office with the other volunteers, where we were playing different games in order to meet each other and to motivate us. There were games whose aim was to know different kind of things of the other person, to make the volunteers feel confident and relaxed with the other people, etc. Also there were games which are called energizer, whose aim was to motivate us. With both kind of games we learned how to start a workshop, which is so important in this project. Also with these games we could develop our relation as a friends.

Although there were more important things that we need to live in Leszno, like the money or the insurance. To talk about these kind of things we talked with Adam. Despite of being a meeting with information about money, the insurance or the most important things in Leszno, Adam used games to motivated us, the energizer. As we can see this is one of the most important things in the project.

In Thursday and Friday the long terms volunteers prepared some workshop and activities for the short term volunteers. It was so funny and positive because we knew more things about the other volunteers and also we knew the most interesting places of Leszno, which was prepared by Rodolfo, Amit, Iida and Tania. This activity was so useful for the short term volunteers because we didn’t know nothing about the city.

I have learned that we have to respect each other, to help each other. And because of that I decided to pick up a new volunteer to the train station instead of going to a disco with the other volunteers. When they went to the club they said that they appreciated that so much. Also I tried to make the new volunteer feel comfortable when arrived like the other volunteers did with me.

To sum up I would like to say that I have learned a lot of things this week and I believe that I am going to make a lot of good friends creating a big family. Also I would like to say that I thank all volunteers and coordinators for everything. The adventure has begun.

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Name :
Jorge Pachón Bocanegra
Age :
20
Studies Field :
Teaching
What Do You Like Most In Your Life ? :
The thing I most like in my life is travelling, teaching other people different kind of things and meeting new people.
Why Did You Choose EVS ? :18216483_10155215597494909_155408140229776558_o
I chose EVS because it was a chance to know new cultures, meet new people and also to improve some personal skills like communication,
What Are Your Expectations ? :
I would like to improve my personal skills and my english level. Also I think that with this project we can share different cultures with other people and open our mind. I believe that I am going to learn a lot with this project.
What do you hope to share with other people during your stay in Poland ?
I hope to share our language and our culture with other…

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Bem Vindo Pedro @ Cat.

Name: Pedro Silva

Age : 27

Studies Field : International Relations

 What Do You Like Most In Your Life? : Travel

Why Did You Choose EVS? : Evs is a great opportunity to  met new people, challenge yourself and get life experience.18527420_10209119475408232_4977981263401878446_o

What Are Your Expectations ?: Improve my English, obtain new social skills and met new people in order to improve myself to.

 What do you hope to share with other people during your stay in Poland ? Life experiences

What would be your best attributes? Motivation, social skills, patience and hard-working .

Hello Nisha Patel, we’re glad to have you.

Name :  Nisha Patel

Age :  25

Studies Field :  Geography

What Do You Like Most In Your Life? : Family, travel, Love, Peace, Happiness and people!

Why Did You Choose EVS? :  To learn a new culture, meet different people and help others, as well as learn about life!

What Are Your Expectations? :  I want to have fun, learn, develop myself and build relations with people.10703832_10154902198880179_7148824673914422039_n

What do you hope to share with other people during your stay in Poland ? A shared cultural experience.. to explore and enjoy Poland! 😊

What would be your best attributes?

Working with others, open-mindedness and being friendly. Also, sharing some knowledge on the English language, geography and perhaps and travel stories.

😊

Welcome Gemma to Leszno.

Name :  Gemma

Age :  23

Studies Field :  Primary teacher. FullSizeRender-2

What Do You Like Most In Your Life? To feel free to be who I am.

Why Did You Choose EVS? :  to know others cultures, languages and people.

What Are Your Expectations? : to visit a lot of places and to work with other people and kids in different ways.

What do you hope to share with other people during your stay in Poland ?  cultures, languages and different ways to see the world.

What would be your best attributes? Patient, kind and hardworking.

‘Vitiate’- to our new volunteer from Slovakia.

Name :  Viktória Zbojánová

Age :  18

Studies Field : grammar school – it´s general education.

What Do You Like Most In Your Life? :12106851_977116102352028_1869078607754177479_n

It´s hard to choose just a one thing… For example sun-rise, long walks (I don´t like cars, so I prefer to go by foot), broccoli and cheese, coffee and feeling that I can do everything that I want.

Why Did You Choose EVS? :

I was a participant on 1 youth exchange and 3 trainings, but all of these experiences were just sitting, listening and learning… Of course we had non-formal educational methods, but we didn´t do something for real. I think that during this EVS, I can do things and I can help to some people.

What Are Your Expectations? :

I expect to learn how to create my own workshop/activity, to find new friends from different countries, to learn more about other cultures/countries, to improve my English. I want to have experience with working with kids and intercultural environment. I want to explore more places in Poland and also outside it.

What do you hope to share with other people during your stay in Poland ?

I would like to share my knowledge and skills with musical theatre – acting, singing, playing on a piano and guitar and a little bit of dancing, cooking skills – also something about vegetarianism and healthy feeding, after acclimatization – my positive energy, I´m interested in Cambridge Certificate of English, so if someone wants to do that I can help with materials or some tips and of course I can share my experience and knowledge from other volunteering activities and Erasmus+ projects.

What would be your best attributes?

A lot of people talk about me as a kind, friendly and positive person. I´m also perfectionist, flexible, responsible, patient and optimistic person.

Hola to Daniel, from Spain.

Name : Daniel Lopez Martinez Age : 18

Studies Field :IMG_20170630_180654410

Primary school (2002-2012) ESO education (2012-2015) Bachillerato (2016-2017)

What Do You Like Most In Your Life? : Go out with my close friends, sports, rolling skate and also meet new people

Why Did You Choose EVS? : One of my friends recommended me to do this project because he did the same 2 years ago and had a great experience doing this adventure.

What Are Your Expectations? : I’m willing to work with kids and learn about their culture, meet the other volunteers and also have a great time with them all.

What do you hope to share with other people during your stay in
Poland ? Share my ideas about some activities and my customs with all the team (staff

and volunteers) and I’m going to be friendly to have a great experience together.

What would be your best attributes? I’m sociable, enthusiastic, powerful, sportive, friendly and I’m able to work on my own/ with the group

Karolina from Slovakia

18403339_1877613695598316_7008678083485781649_nName : Karolína Maurerová

Age : 18

Studies Field : studying  at Gymnázium Poštová 9, Košice, Slovakia

What Do You Like Most In Your Life? : sleeping, shopping, dancing and singing

Why Did You Choose EVS? :  I wanted to go somewhere and I like Poland, and I like to do creative things in new places with new people.

What Are Your Expectations? :  I expect that we will have a lot of fun and I will not want to go home again.

What do you hope to share with other people during your stay in Poland ? :  Great time what we will spend together

What would be your best attributes? :  My best attributes is my optimistic way of looking at things.

Welcome Jorge from Spain

Name :
Jorge Pachón Bocanegra
Age :
20
Studies Field :
Teaching
What Do You Like Most In Your Life ? :
The thing I most like in my life is travelling, teaching other people different kind of things and meeting new people.
Why Did You Choose EVS ? :18216483_10155215597494909_155408140229776558_o
I chose EVS because it was a chance to know new cultures, meet new people and also to improve some personal skills like communication,
What Are Your Expectations ? :
I would like to improve my personal skills and my english level. Also I think that with this project we can share different cultures with other people and open our mind. I believe that I am going to learn a lot with this project.
What do you hope to share with other people during your stay in Poland ?
I hope to share our language and our culture with other people during my stay in Poland. What would be your best attributes?
One of my best attributes is to be patient, to listen other people and to help them. Another attribute is the creativity.

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June with Volunteers.

The resume of this week were the goodbye party for language cafes and Georgian presentation for David in the local library.

During Autumn and Spring our volunteers give English and Spanish lessons for children, youngsters, adults and elders on language cafes at La Calma. For us it was a great opportunity to practise teaching, meet local people and improve English. On the other hand, local people had a unique possibility to have a glimpse of other cultures and practise English in a non-formal way and in a relaxed atmosphere. That is why our language cafe coordinator always reminded us that our lessons are not about grammar but about meeting new people and having fun. Which is why everybody is welcome to join our lessons regardless of person’s skills and age. For me, language cafes were not only about learning English but also about hearing other peoples’ lifestories and opinions about wide range of topics such as environmental or politics. Sometimes the lessons is a laughing matter. As if we’re in a therapy session because people share their stories.
On Wednesday, it was time to say goodbye for our students in the “goodbye party” of language cafes at La Calma. The evening included incredible salsa performance, a short salsa lesson and delicious food. After lessons these people were not our students anymore but our new friends. We will meet our friends and greet new friends to join us for language cafes in the Autumn!
Thursday was Davit’s big day because he presented the culture and culinary of Georgia in the local library. Georgia is a country for meat-lovers but because of circumstances we prepared vegetarian food. His delicious menu included khachapuri, lobiani, gozianki and eggplants with walnuts. Khachapuri, in other words, traditional cheese-filled bread is the most well-known of these dishes. Davit’s opinion on his presentation afterwards:”I think it was great and I feel that I nailed it.” He also hopes that information is useful for local people and that he presented his country well. In my personal view, these presentations are one of the best events in our project because they strengthen our team spirit. It is also an amazing opportunity for us to practise organizing an event and being in charge. For locals it is an interesting way to meet people from other cultures and learn more about our cultures.
Moreover, in the 1st and 3rd of July our volunteer family will receive more members around the Europe. Would you like to know more about these interesting people? In the next post you will have a possibility for that because we will introduce them for you. Before that, see you and take care!
      By Iida Piipponen