Energetic, diligent, funny.. γειά σου Stamatis!

Dicle:  Hello Stamatis, how are you doing?

Stamatis: Hello Dicle, thank you. What about you?

Dicle: I’m fine, too. It’s been almost 2 months and you’re at the end of your project. How is the life going on?

Stamatis:  It’s amazing, I didn’t expect to do so many things. In the beginning I was very anxious but I enjoyed from all the things we did so much. The tasks we did with the kids were perfect for me.

Dicle:  Have you ever done those activities in your life before coming here?

Stamatis:  No no no never. I have only 3 cousins and I love spending time with them, they like me also :)) But it was my first experience with the children as a couch and sometimes teacher especially in English. 

Dicle:  Yeah, you were always energetic and cheerful that everybody loved you. What was the best day you spent in Leszno?

Stamatis:  Mmmh.. I think it was the ‘Europe Day’. I was very anxious about that day but at the end we had great time with the kids and youngsters. I also danced with a Greek song on the stage in front of many people in Rynek and that was a different experience. I realized that the most important part is to have fun and that day I had sooo much fun.

Dicle: Good to hear that. Well, which experiences you gained during your stay in Poland, personally and professionally?

Stamatis: Personally I gained a lot of experience. First, I have more faith in myself now. Because if you asked me 2 months ago whether I could do these things or not, I would say that’s not my thing at all. After coming here, I managed to do all the tasks I was given. So at the end I believe in myself and if I try, I can do anything. Nothing’s impossible after all. Also I thought it would be difficult to cooperate with all the people and get to know everyone but I made so good friendships and our chemistry with the others was very nice. I pushed my limits and complexes, now I’m more relaxed in my mind. 

Dicle:  We had so much fun all together! What was the hardest thing during this experince?

Stamatis:  At the beginning, it was to overcome my homesickness, not to miss my friends, girlfriend and family.. But at the end, the experiences I had here helped me to have a great time here. 

Dicle: So, what’s next then?

Stamatis:  Uuuh.. A lot of things’re coming to my mind. Before I came here, I didn’t know what to do with my life but now I want to do many things. I’m curious how I will manage to do all of them. :)) First of all, I have to go to the army because it’s mandatory and graduate this summer. I have one more course to pass and complete my thesis and master degree. I want to find some other active ways to interact and communicate with other people. My aim is to do something which involves other people. This is what I realized for myself after EVS.

Dicle:  Would you like to do another EVS?

Stamatis: Yes, why not.. I think it’s a great oppurtunity to learn more, meet with other people, see their point of views, live in a different country and to be yourself. 

Dicle: How was Poland and Polish people for you?

Stamatis:  I didn’t expect to like Poland that much. It’s cheap(this is not the main reason though), beautiful. Most of the people I’ve met were nice and friendly. Finally, I have a very good impression about Poland. I couldn’t improve my Polish so much :))

Dicle: Would you like to add anything else??

Stamatis: I see myself as a lucky person to be here. At the beginning it wasn’t a very well-thought decision. I wanted to live in a foreign country because I was jealous of my friends and it was a spontaneous decision to come here. But now, I’m so glad to be a part of this adventure and take this risk for myself because I couldn’t believe that I could achieve all those things.

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Lovely chat with cheerful Isa! Halloo..


Dicle: So, it’s been almost three weeks since you arrived here. What are your first impressions about the city, people ? ( Be honest eheh)

Isa: When I arrived, I thought that I will like everyone and everyone is nice but I wouldn’t have thought that it would take only two weeks and we’re close, we know each other quite good until now. We’ve already had so many experiences that brought us together. Yeah, we detected things we have in common, so I feel so at home after two weeks and I wouldn’t have expected that when I arrived first day here. And the city.. I thought that it would be more boring here. I wouldn’t have expected so many possibilities to do things here. That was very surprising and I like being in the centre of the city, close to everywhere. It’s only a few minutes to walk or ride bicycle to anywhere. I didn’t do that until now, I should do more..

Dicle: What about the organization, your cooperation with the other people?

Isa: I like the Polish volunteers and having opportunity to see them around. I wouldn’t have thought that it would be that stressful. Of course it is very helpful to have you, to show us around and show us how everything works because I think otherwise I would miss this help and it makes things easier. Also, it depends so much on whom you’re working because all of us have our own way of working and yeah, you can cooperate with some of them better and with some of them more difficult.

Dicle: Do you think at the end of your project, you’ll be improved your skills?

Isa: Of course I think so. Even until now, I learned to use two computer programs I’ve never used before, to edit videos.. What I really also recognize now is that today was the first day I didn’t feel nervous or anxious when I had presentation. So, it was really nice to feel comfortable standing in front of the students. I think this is one of the things I will really learn here, spontanity and just relaxing way of handling unexpected situations and incidents. But also yes everyone has their own way of working and somehow you learn how to deal with that and adjust to each other’s way.

Dicle: What about your plans after EVS?

Isa: I want to continue with my post-graduate studies. Yeah, for me it’s a good and useful way to spend my time between under-graduate and post-graduate studies and to make this intercultural experiences. Cause it’s so crazy to live all together from different nations. How many nations, six???

Dicle: Mmh, Greek, Spanish, Romanian, German, Turkish, French and Italian. So 12 people from 7 different nations.

Isa: And also the Polish environment.. So it’s amazing to get to know this variety of cultures. Also everyone is different, even if Aykut and you are from the same country, you’re different, you have different ways of thinking and understanding. And I like to see and observe those things around me.

Salut Audrey, from France

Name : Audrey CHAFFARD
Age : 24
Studies Field :Management and AnimationIMG_20170819_153948

What Do You Like Most In Your Life?

I love travelling in other countries and city for discover new places and meeting new people, to know about their culture, traditions, food, their hobbies, also I love nature so I need to go in mountains to do hiking and take some pictures, I love Pyrénées and everything in it, I like camping in nature and rock climbing with my brother.
Also I love music, I practice some instruments. I love going in festivals the summers
and go for road trips. I like working with childrens because they have lot of imagination.
I like look movies and read too and lot of things.

Why Did You Choose EVS?  Because I like childrens and have fun with them and
with polish childrens it will be different to teach them in english, it could be rewarding.
Also I like event world so, I want to learn some skills.

What Are Your Expectations?  For meet new people, learn new culture, to have a
different experience, to see new horizons, improve my english and learn other
languages. Also to live alone and see how i feel.

What do you hope to share with other people during your stay in
Poland ? To learn their traditions food, cultures etc…, to know about their differents
stories, live new experiences and to share my experience too.

What would be your best attributes? I can adapt myself in new places in few times,
I’m a person open-minded to speak about everythings. I’m nice and calm.


Say ‘Bonjour’ to Morgan from France

Name : Morgan
Age : 19
Studies Field : Sociology

What Do You Like Most In Your Life? 
I love to travel, to meet other people, to learn new things, reading
and writing, and have fun. 17838673_10208933834167333_1724971169_o

Why Did You Choose EVS? 
I choose EVS to live new experiences but also because I never went alone and never more than one week, so this organisation allow me to be a minimum framed for my first time alone abroad. More than it, working there as a volunteer is not the same thing than for tourism. We are completely immersed in an unknown culture, closer
to the inhabitants.

What Are Your Expectations?
I’m expecting to learn new animations skills, and share mine with others volunteers if they are interested. Learn more about Poland and most of it, about people living there. I expecting to make me some new friends too.

What do you hope to share with other people during your stay in
Poland ?
I can share my knowledges in social surveys methods and in statistics
which are essential to break stereotypes. I can take part to animations
for youngs too.

What would be your best attributes?
I can learn and adapt myself very quickly. I’m also a very sociable
person who is open-minded.

Welcome, ​Sevil in Leszno.

Name: Sevil
Age: 22
Studies Field: Ceramic Art
What Do You Like Most In Your Life? : In my life, I like to travel the most, have fun and have specificity.IMG_9578
Why Did You Choose EVS?: because I wanted to be part of a whole.
What Are Your Expectations? : to meet new people and learn about different cultures.
What do you hope to share with other people during your stay in Poland? : I want to share my experiences, knowledge about my profession, the cult of the country and its beautiful memories.
What would be your best attributes?: I can share art with young people and children.

Welcome Jorge from Spain

Name :
Jorge Pachón Bocanegra
Age :
Studies Field :
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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Sisterhood Act, 1sister+1sister=2EVS @CAT


Name : Mariana Godinho Coelho Guilherme 

Age: 21

Studied field: Business Administration

What Do You Like Most In Your Life: The things I like the most are mostly the little pleasures of life such as travelling and knowing new people, new places, living new experiences and most important being with the ones I love, like my friends and family. Moreover, I love my hobbies which are horse riding and singing in a chorus. I adore the arts and culture because it balances my life and makes my vision of the world much wider, making me a more tolerant and open-minded person.

Why Did You Choose EVS: I chose EVS because of the theme of the project and it’s an opportunity to be in contact with different people, from different backgrounds and, in general, to face a different reality. 

What Are Your Expectations: I hope to find here the full experience of embracing different cultures and at the same time to promote my culture as a part of my identity and way of living.

What can you share with other people, what can you speak about at schools? : I can share my life experience, about all the activities that I’ve done and that enriched me at many levels. So, I could talk mainly about my culture and the places that I’ve been to and try to motivate and inspire people to look for similar experiences.

New bird in the block Margarida Guilherme


Name : Margarida Guilherme
Age : 18
Studies Field : University
What Do You Like Most In Your Life? : My family and my opportunities in life
Why Did You Choose EVS? : I was meant to take a gap year after my studies just before I went to University, however life took another turn around of events and I was accepted for the short term Project at EVS rather than a gap year.
What Are Your Expectations? : I expect to acquire a lot of soft skills and new values not just for my professional life but my personal profile
What can you share with other people, what can you speak about at schools…? (interests, hobbies, your culture, environment, sport etc) one of my favourite hobbies is to read, and i think that nowadays this hobby is each time fewer practise by the young people. Furthermore one of my passions is acrobatic gymnastics and I would like to share the beauty in it.

Martinho, 23 years old from Portugal.

Name : martinho von Amann de Campos Pereira Coutinho

Age: 23 (1993)

Studied field: degree in Business Communication

What Do You Like Most In Your Life: my family, my friends and my country.

Why Did You Choose EVS: because I was looking for a new adventure, stay out of my comfortable zone.

What Are Your Expectations: growing up, meeting new people and new types of thinking. Meet new places and find another motivation for my life!

What can you share with other people, what can you speak about at schools? History of Europe. Books. Wild life. Photography. Tennis.

Hello Richard, welcome at Leszno.

Name : RICHARD Clément

Age : 23 

Studied field: Baker, Makeup artist and Physics.

What Do You Like Most In Your Life: I really like create videos on YouTube since 5 years on YouTube, It’s so cool to share my passion  !(legend, mythology..) For this, I need to write my text, recording with the camera, light… and edit my video, so much things to do and explore !

Why Did You Choose EVS: For change my mind and discover a new country, new people, think different ! 

What Are Your Expectations: I hope I will organise a workshop ! And take some pictures/videos for the other workshop and help the others 🙂 15874812_1622427238053456_5934911027201602818_o

What can you share with other people, what can you speak about at schools? I can share my experience in different work, like baker in a really big firm or like an entrepreneur as a makeup artist. 

About schools, I would like to say : find your way and take your time, it’s really important.

“Bienvenue” to : Sarah from France.

FB_IMG_1493133664895Name : Sarah WEILL

Age: 19 

Studied field: This year, I just started fashion studies but I stopped because I hated that sector, and next year, I want to begin studies in communication and commercial.

What Do You Like Most In Your Life: to eat, sports (boxing, swimming, running, tennis), to talk with other people

Why Did You Choose EVS: because I wanted to discover others horizons, to learn more about myself and the others.

What Are Your Expectations: I want to discover others countries, cultures and to learn more about the others and myself. I want to get some skills.

What can you share with other people, what can you speak about at schools? I can talk about the French culture, about my hobbies etc.