Your EVS testimonial:
I can’t IMAGINE that today nine months in Poland, in Leszno ended. Nine months haven’t ever passed so quickly before…it was like an eye-blink. I already miss people and Leszno, my second family and home ❤Words are not enough to describe what I experienced… but let me try.
In nine months, I travelled inside and outside of Poland (even to drink one cafe in Liechtenstein), played A LOT with children, told about Finnish culture in schools, arranged initiatives, taught english, played volleyball every Thursday, started to understand Polish sarcasm, met lots of beautiful people, sang karaoke in Cegla every Tuesday, tasted pirogies (and not only once…), went for an air-balloon flight and Tarzan park, walked 50 km, learned from other cultures, went to Woodstock festival and did other things that I laughed afterwards !
I did not only get new friends but a new family which I will never forget. I did not only spend time with other volunteers but also I grew with them.
I also had the best mentor who always helped me and fulfilled my craziest dreams. For example she walked 50 km with me!!! Who would really do that?
These people were my best teachers and the subject they were teaching was life. Actually, I felt that I really started to live in Poland.
One of the best things was not only to know better who I am, but also to know who I want to be.
Now, I know that I will always have a second family in Poland and lots of family members all around the world.
I can’t thank enough other volunteers, my mentor, CAT team, LESZNO and other people who were somehow dragged to my volunteer period 😉 Thank you for the best time of my life (so far)! I wish you all the best! I don’t say goodbye but see you
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.