Kindergarten approved, kiddie certified!!!!!

We had a successful day at Jana Kazimierza nursery with the new volunteers Amit and Ramazan accompanying a long term volunteer Tetyana, who’s presented her country of origin for young ones. There was maps creating, dancing and video presentation but most of all lots of warm embraces right from the start and kisses. Thanks to the help of the English teacher at the school we were able to communicate easily with the youth. We hope to make their little hearts warm up again soon with another country presentation shortly.

Spring time finely here.


March brought some fresh changes in Leszno. New long term volunteers joined our foundation. We gained a sculpture artist from India. Amit enjoyes art, dancing and sport activities he has a lot of passions for his work and wants to share his technique with us, so watch out for upcoming events at Cat Fundacja about art workshop.
Our next volunteer to arrive was Ramazan from Turkey. Talented young lad with cheerful spirit, excellent cook but overall professional entertainer. He has entertained a multitude of people for the past 3 years but had also found time to volunteer in Latvia previously. We appreciate his culinary skills and his passions for music and hope to create a workshop for him soon which will satisfy the both appetites. And last but not least Yulia, 23 years old, public relations specialist from Russia. She is from Chelyabinsk city which is famous by it‘s Ural Mountains and meteorit, which fell down at 15th of February, 2013. She had a dream to visit Poland because of her connections with polish culture and she really wants to contribute to Leszno by launching sports activities for local youth . Yulia, who has more experience to work with professional ski jumpers is happy to share her experience with local communities. Continue reading

Is time to say good bye

What an amazing experience we’ve had. So many hours well spent volunteering, socializing and learning however all good things come to an end today we must say goodbye to our wonderful 10. Safe journey, thank you for coming down and keep spreading love.


New bird in town. Meet Yulia


Name : Yulia Jeryomina
Age: 23
Studied field: Public Relations Specialist

What Do You Like Most In Your Life:
Sport is the main part of my life – but not only doing that. The inner world of sport is like an another life. The emotions of athletes, their passion is inspiring to work for them, for spectators, for creating the sport history. The organizing of each events needs fully immersion cause you know for which results you are “being at pains”. And of course the international atmosphere really encouraging.

Why Did You Choose EVS: That’s why I choose EVS. I want to learn another cultures with my foreign colleagues, I want to share with them and youths of mine experience. The youth people is just starting their way and I hope that we could help them to choose the right one

What Are Your Expectations: . I don’t want to expect anything special from EVS but I just want to know that I’ll be useful to all with my abilities  and I’ll put my soul into the project, I promise!
I hope that the kids, the people will feel my kindness and my efforts.

What can you share with other people, what can you speak about at schools?
All of us are really smart guys so I’m sure that sharing of our knowledges, our events will help local kids to remembered the volunteers from Cat.
Very happy that I’m finally here!


We welcome our new volunteer from India , Amit .


Name : Amit Singh.

Age: 26

Studied field: Art.

What Do You Like Most In Your Life: Art and Learn Different Cultures And Lifestyle.

Why Did You Choose EVS: Because EVS Is The Best Platform For Learning New Ways Of Thinking, Cultural And Lifestyle For Me.

What Are Your Expectations: Learn New Ways Of Thinking, languages, Meet New People And Gain Self Development.

What can you share with other people, what can you speak about at schools? I Can Share About Indian Art Cultural Lifestyle And Creative Things With Other People ,I Can Speak About Indian Art And Culture And Sports At School.

Turkish culture is back at CAT

Name :Ramazan YORULMAZ

Studied field: Hıng school

What Do You Like Most In Your Life: Travel-cook and eat

Why Did You Choose EVS: Because I have done before ıt was so nıce to be ın EVS

What Are Your Expectations: When I go back to my home I want to people remember me always J

What can you share with other people, what can you speak about at schools?

I can share wıth people my culture and I can teach them how to cook. I would also like to try to teach them my language. For the younger generation I will practice dance.

France vs Great Britain

21 February 2017

The event organized by CAT took place at Leszno library. The topic was about the rivalry between France and United Kingdom. It was a presentation by James, Daniel and Nicolas; French versus British. Both teams prepared separately a PowerPoint putting in value the traditions and the culture of their respective countries, but also the stereotypes that they have about their rival. Margarida, Tania and Miglė put the both power points in one, to have one final version. The presentation took the shape of a battle between the two teams and the goal was to make the audience laugh. The presentation ended on a friendly note with the French and UK cooperation. Our guest enjoyed French and British light snacks prepared by the two teams: Victoria’s sponge, Quiche Lorraine, Truffes au chocolate etc.

A very big thank you for the two translators that’s helped us in presenting the rival countries.


Winter Workshops with CAT

Winter workshops:

February in CAT:
Winter workshops are organized by CAT foundation during winter break between 30th of January and 10th of February. Our goal was to entertain children and youngsters of Leszno in order to present them to other cultures and to teach them some skills. We were divided in small groups and were sent to different places around Leszno.
First week, we were going to Lasocice and to Leszno’s schools. We had the opportunity to introduce our land and culture to kids- between 6 and 10 years old. The presentations consist on showing the map, showing some photos from landscapes, the best places to go and basic facts and cultural games (teaching them some basic words from each language). The countries involved were Greece, France, Italy, Lithuania, Finland, Spain and Portugal. Between these cultural presentations we organized some workshops involving recycling objects, handmade crafts, juggling and magic but also games and sports activities. Apart from that the English volunteer and the Ukrainian volunteer, James and Tetyana , were in the Lenguage commutation project concentrating on CVs’ and team building activities in the Ekonomic school of Leszno. Ida, the Finnish volunteer said “At first, the contact with the kids was difficult because of the barrier of the language. But after get to know them and games, they were really active and excited.

During second week, we changed from Lasocice to Trzebiny, another little town near Leszno. The kids were really passionate about everything and to get to know new things. Miglė, the Lithuanian volunteer said “I didn’t expect that kids would be so creative”. In addition, we learnt that with kids we cannot follow the schedule and just do things according with their personalities. At the end of the week we’ve had the opportunity to participate in a Carnaval party for all the little once.

Furthermore, the English communication workshops continue to work but with other volunteers involved, practicing with the youngsters and develop their language capacities with games and team building activities. In this week we also had the Italian Communication Workshop, we taught first the basics of language beginning from the grammar rules and then using not formal activities to help youngsters to memorize the words. Then we specifically spoke about sentences that can be useful for working in restaurants. Generally the young were very interested in the lessons, and I was so surprised to see so much interest and curiosity.

Let’s not forget the activities we’ve had for Action Reaction group. We all took turns and involved our young participants in amazing ideas around the city. We’ve created our own version of a Leszno map, we’ve placed all best places to visit and even did a bit of modern art by getting Leszno known graffiti in the journal.

What an Amazing time !!!

Apart from the Winter Camps with the kids in the Schools, we had, in the Cat Office, the “Europe meets CAT Foundation” event.
It consisted on a week where the volunteers from different countries met the youngsters from Leszno, each day had a specific country to organise it. France was the host on Monday, Daniel and Nicolas, the French Volunteers, had 6 youngsters to show how amazing is their country. They show them some videos, did some games and team building activities to make this day as fun as possible. Then, the girls helped the boys, and they did a Leszno Map all together, for, in the future, the next volunteers use it to make their life easier. They also took some picture in the top places in Leszno, which are on the Map too.

The second country to be presented was Portugal, Ana and Margarida had 5 girls that were really interested, and excited to be there. They also showed some videos and typical Portuguese dances, some traditions and cultural games. To help the future volunteers and the foundation, they all did a magazine about Leszno that was completed with the French map and with the same photos. The magazine had the general ideas about Leszno and the target group was for people who think that there is nothing to do in Leszno, making them change this idea. The girls decorated it and told their feeling and what do they think about their city. They cooperate with each other and everyone learnt something new, some of them about Portugal and the volunteers about Leszno.img_0405

Nicolas and Daniel share their experiences

Warm Welcome to Lida, great new volunteer at CAT Fundacja.


Name :  Iida Piipponen

Age :  19

Studies Field :  I graduated from upper secondary school and now I am having a gap year

What Do You Like Most In Your Life? :  I love singing, acting, playing the piano, dance, write, read good books, having tea moments with chocolate for a long time, learning new things, exploring the world, discussing for hours in a candle light and with cup of tea, seeing people smiling, hugs, watching stars, relaxing moments, little things in life, getting to know people deeply…I love many things. I love life itself.

Why Did You Choose EVS? :  Because I had a dream of having a gap year and to do volunteering abroad. So here I am fulfilling my dream! Moreover, I want to live in new country and culture and learn everything I can from it. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and EVS is a perfect opportunity to do so.

What Are Your Expectations? :  I expect lifelong friends, fundamental experiences, lots of laugh, using my skills and find out new ones in a project and to see more of this beautiful world. In addition, I expect to improve my weaknesses such as time management and organizing.

What can you share with other people, what can you speak about at schools…? I can share music and theater skills, my energy and positive attitude, knowledge I have, my other skills such as playing the piano, photographing, yoga, languages and writing. I can speak about my interests, Finnish culture, language and nature and give inspirational speeches about different topics such as dreams, love, happiness and being who you are.