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 !!!


We will miss you Iida, long term volunteer at CAT Fundacja.

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 

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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.

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988.

World AIDS Day 2016, the hands up for #HIVprevention campaign will explore different aspects of HIV prevention and how they relate to specific groups of people, such as adolescent girls and young women, key populations and people living with HIV. More and more governments are responding to the crisis by acknowledging that AIDS is a major concern, by establishing high-level coordinating bodies, and by taking measures to prevent the spread of AIDS.  The global challenge of HIV/AIDS is to intensify international action to fight the epidemic and to mobilize the resources needed.And for raising awarness we put hands up as well !


International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

We were  in Rynek for raising awareness to end violence is about changing people’s hearts and minds.We prepared a multicultural video.Why  we did this ?

  • Violence against women is a human rights violation.
  • Violence against women is a consequence of discrimination against women, in law and also in practice, and of persisting inequalities between men and women
  • Violence against women and girls is not inevitable. Prevention is possible and essential.
  • Violence against women continues to be a global pandemic.

Here is the  video ! I hope you will like ;


Eurocamp Gim Nr 4

Our volunteers  was in Gim Nr 4 for Eurocamp.Francesco told us his  first Eurocamp experience;

Our group for this “Eurocamp” was composed of about four people: Francesco, Valeria, Emrah and Charlotte. We should make some energizers and conversation games. Initially everyone was a little bit shy, but with our motivation we managed everything to create a more comfortable and funny situation: we started with name games to know more people as possible. The important fact about that game is that we connected a particular gesture for everyone: eventually every guy had the possibility to mime that gesture. After that we played a lot of games and we made a lot of conversation thanks to “Taboo”.

Working with young people gave us the opportunity to refine and improve our capacity to stay with them: helping someone to collaborate and to make conversation in English is always a pleasure for us, even if sometimes can appear a little bit difficult. We managed everything in a perfect way and we can say that everyone was totally satisfied.

We didn’t do the third lesson because there was a particular celebration in the main hall: the teacher invited us to join and we had a lot of fun observing people singing, enjoying and collaborating together for remembering the “Independence Day”.



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New Volunteer From Ukraine !


Our  family is getting bigger ! Let’s meet with our new volunteer,Tetyana !


Name : Tetyana Didur

Age : 28

Zodiac Sign : Aquarius

Studies Field : Managment

What Do You Like Most In Your Life? : My social cycle of friends.

Why Did You Choose EVS? : To give something back to comunity – gain life experience.

What Are Your Expectations? : Develope myself into a strong individual.

National Breast Cancer Awareness

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise fund for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer. We showed together our support to those suffering from breast cancer.We informed to people about breast cancer.We put pink ribbon which is an international symbol of breast cancer awareness.No one should face breast cancer alone !