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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‘Europe Day’ Celebrations in the town!

Europe Day, held on 9 May every year, celebrates peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the historical ‘Schuman declaration‘.At a speech in Paris in 1950, Robert Schuman, the then French foreign minister, set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make war between Europe’s nations unthinkable.

His vision was to create a European institution that would pool and manage coal and steel production. A treaty creating such a body was signed just under a year later. Schuman’s proposal is considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union.

As Fundajca CAT, we also joined the celebrations with the local people in Leszno. Our volunteers shared their traditional dances, prepared workshops for the kids and youngsters. The city was full of joy during the day.

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.

Hello​ France.

Name :Yann Jazequel

Age:28

Studied field: French Literature

What Do You Like Most In Your Life: 

There is a lot of things I like: First I love music: 

listen to bands (folk, rock, metal etc.. and create some music, playing the guitar. I also  enjoy reading books about history (Scotland mostly) literature, sociology, political, demography. And I like to speak about it with people.

Why Did You Choose EVS: thumb_IMG_3587_1024 copy

I choose EVS because I wanted to learn by teaching and to share my interests with different kind of people with different cultures and learn things from them as well. 

What Are Your Expectations:

 I expect to get out of my comfort zone to be more confident about what I can do and how to do it in the best way. I expect to improve my English

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

 I can share my knowledge and my love of music, literature. I can speak about my own culture or speaking about some French songs or even English songs (for example the history behind some traditional songs.

 

Name : Stamatis Kolovos

Age: 24

Studied field: Electrical & Computer Engineering

What Do You Like Most In Your Life: One of the things that enjoy most in my life is having fun with the people around me, especially with my close friends. I enjoy going out, wandering the streets and discover places I have never been before. I really enjoy listening to and playing music with my friends. Screen Shot 2018-04-11 at 17.50.09

Why Did You Choose EVS: I want to

broaden my horizons by travelling and seeing the world, test my self in

experiences and activities that they will force me out of my comfort zone.I am excited to meet new people, share common experiences with them and exchange cultural differences. Having friends all over the world change completely your worldview, the way you understand the other people and yourself.

What Are Your Expectations: I want to learn about the other cultures and break the stereotypes that may exist. I want to make some friends around the globe and learn some new skills. I would like to understand better myself and work with the creative part of mine. 

What can you share with other people, what can you speak about at schools? One thing that I could share with other people could be my love for music, the benefits of music and how it connects people.

Hello From Romania​, We proud to host Stefan.

Name : Ștefan Procopie

Age: 24

Studied field: Graphic Design & Teacher Training

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I like the possibilities that are offered to me and to other young people nowadays, some of which were hard or impossible to gain by the generations before us. These possibilities include travelling, using the Internet to work and being part of an international team of volunteers.  

Why Did You Choose EVS:

I chose EVS to develop my skills in communication and personnel management. I hope to collaborate with the volunteers and to learn new things from them. I would also like to get more familiar with the Polish culture in the time spent here. As a working experience, I believe I will like it and I think this will further enhance my ability to get a job that I will enjoy. 

What Are Your Expectations:

My expectations are to learn to adapt to a new country, to be able to communicate and better explain a topic to others, to learn new things and to give something back. I wish to develop competences which would help me pursue a teaching or a design career.  

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

First, I can speak about Romanian culture, its history and geography. Second, I can plan workshops in drawing, design and art, this being the domain which I studied; I can also organize games of creativity and storytelling. 

Hello to Greece. Welcome,​ Niki.

Name : Niki Liva

Age: 28

Studied field: Psychology

What Do You Like Most In Your Life: Finding moments of real peace

Why Did You Choose EVS: It was about time for me to try an international experience through a “non-touristic” journey, as I have lived my whole life in Greece. I wanted to meet other people in such an environment and in having this intercultural meeting in an organised wayScreen Shot 2018-04-11 at 15.49.25

What Are Your Expectations: To upgrade my pedagogical skills, my communication skills, to discover how it feels to be part of a team -especially in an unknown place, to get involved with the local community, to see how different and how common to mine is a different culture, to practice foreign languages, and finally to get out of my comfort zone!

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

I think I could have presentations of 

  • traditional Greek music (instruments, rhythm, culture, famous composers) – which would be more interesting for ages 14+
  • greek mythology
  • teach Greek language basics (alphabet, common phrases) – suitable for all ages
  • Talking about human behaviour: How Cognitive Processes make us react in a way or another (for teenagers & adults)
  • Physical Expression exercises for drama team or any team (school-going children, teenagers and adults)
  • Sexual & Reproductive Health issues (mostly for teenagers and adults)
  • Dietary Habits (ages 9-17)
  • Eating Disorders -Bulimia, Anorexia (ages 12+)
  • Substances abuse (tobacco, alcohol, cannabis, chemicals) – teenagers only
  • Homophobia – What is it? Are you a homophobic or not? discussion for teens
  • Human Rights all over the world / in Europe
  • Ted-Ex video projection about Stress and How it affects us

(in English)  and then a discussion about the topic -(must be an intermediate level of English-speaking students)

Bella Eleonora from Italy.

Name : Eleonora Cesaraccio

Age: 23

Studied field: law

What Do You Like Most In Your Life: 

I  like nature and simple things, adventures, see new places, travel, discover different cultures and lifestyles. I like sports, keeping fit and hiking. I like eating every kind of traditional food. I love to try new things and discover new recipes.  I also like kids and their view of life.

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 Improve myself and my English, discover other countries and cultures, know new skills and stay out of my comfort zone. 

What Are Your Expectations: I hope to improve myself, my English and discover how to teach English and, maybe, learn a bit of polish language.

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

I can talk about Italian culture, the way we live and our food. I can also talk about hiking, how to keep fit and the importance of it for the body and the brain health. I studied law, so I can also talk about human rights.

This is Isabella from Germany.

Name: Lisa Maria Isabella Schmitz

Age: 23

Studied field: Catholic Theology and Business Administration

What Do You Like Most In Your Life: I love my family, friends, food, travelling and meeting new people.Screen Shot 2018-04-11 at 15.40.22

Why Did You Choose EVS: Because it seems like a great opportunity to experience Polish culture while getting to know people from all over Europe.

What Are Your Expectations: I would love to develop my skills, explore my strengths and just have an amazing, multicultural time.

What can you share with other people, what can you speak about at schools? I can tell something about German culture and traditions, especially from the Southern region. I am interested in (German) history, but also in religion, politics and economics. I especially like subjects, where this disciplines collide or interact.  I love everything that has something to do with food like cooking or baking. 

Hola Nuria … Welcome.

Name : Nuria García Rubio

Age:  23

Studied field: History of Art and Human Rights

What Do You Like Most In Your Life: I love to travel, write poetry and meet new people and go to the cinema.Screen Shot 2018-04-11 at 15.38.23.png

Why Did You Choose EVS:  I chose EVS because it was an opportunity to meet new people from different backgrounds and improve my skills in a different country.

What Are Your Expectations: Growing up, meeting new people and get some skills.

What can you share with other people, what can you speak about at schools? I can talk about Spanish culture, food and traditions of Andalucía (my region), also I can share my knowledge in cinema and poetry almost Spanish.