EVS, Mon amour

I always thinking to do an EVS, since I discovered – vaguely – what it was. It’s one of those ideas that at some point you forget how it was born, but slowly you start to think about it more and more. For me it was another possibility to work in the cooperation and development…

EVS On-arrival Training in Belgium

After living in Belgium for almost four months as well as living here pre-EVS  for a couple of years already, the idea of an EVS on-arrival training of 6 days sounded honestly like a waste of time to me. Name games, repetitive small-talk conversations about where do you come from and what you do are…

Fiesta Mundial!

The Belen train station was almost empty when I arrived by car. Except for a small group of fresh faced and excited looking characters huddled closely and talking excitedly among each other. I was pleased to find the group to be the volunteers I would live with for the next two weeks. It was a…

Volunteering experience in the asylum-seeker centre

Definition An asylum-seeker, though similar with refugee, is technically a person that has asked to be legally recognized as a refugee and is not yet granted the same legal protection and material assistance as a refugee. Introduction My name is Carmen Chong from Service Civil International Malaysia. I am currently under an EVS programme (European…

Volunteer: Sathyanarayanan Mohan

“After coming over to (Belgium) Europe and staying here for the past few months for my EVS, I feel my exposure has opened up so many opportunities to meet new people, cultivate friendships, explore and understand new ways of life and understand various cultures. This brief but eventful stay here has so far taught me…

Italian Voice from the Heart

“This past autumn I was in Italy, waiting for the results of my exams and for the beginning of the courses. It was a feeling I had since a long time, but it had always remained latent, behind a mountain of other worthless commitments. Suddenly, I felt with an extreme urgency the need to leave, to discover something new in the world, to meet different people. I had the desire to put some obstacles in front of me and to test my strengths and my limits as well. I don’t know how to better describe this feeling and this need, but I think it’s basically something about knowing ourselves better.

Camp Leaders Prepare in Belgium

I arrived at Wereldwerf with 3 others choosing unanimously to walk the last few miles to the site of the VIA Campleader training weekend. Arriving in good time we met and greeted some of the other people we would be sharing this weekend with. After a cup of tea we started off talking and discussing…

How to overcome the post-workcamps blues

We don’t know how it is in your part of the world, but here in Antwerp it is getting colder. Trees are changing their leaves, the days are shorter and sunny days seem far away… We can’t help but already miss that time of the year when hundreds of workcamps are taking place all over…

EVS in Belgium and Someone Rides a Bike

“December is a universe…” a friend once wrote. Today is the first of December, exactly one month since I jumped into my EVS experience and my life in Antwerp, Belgium started. A cup of hot coffee, a song from Beirut playing on the neighbouring computer and plenty of pent-up inspiration are a good opportunity to…

From Workcamp To World Tour

“In a month I’m going to travel around the world, but let’s start from the beginning… Exactly one year ago, I crossed the border of the Russian Federation the first time, I went to Belgium. I flew there as a volunteer with the short-term EVS project. After a long preparation and struggle with fears and…