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…

My EVS project in Albania: first impression

Even though it only started six weeks ago, my EVS has already been a life-changing experience. Since arriving in Tirana early in the New Year my perspective on life itself has changed drastically. Life here in Albania is very different than what I’m used to, being from Ireland. While the people are friendly, the food…

Welcome Tjan!

My name is Tjan and I’m 25 years old Slovenian guy living in Athens. I come from lovely capital city Ljubljana, which is in the central part of Slovenia, surrounded by mountains, rivers, forests and if you’re lucky you can find some dragons hiding in the castle). Since my childhood I love to explore the…

One of the Fullest Years of my Life

If somebody were to ask me if I had any regrets about my one year of volunteering for EVS in Poland the answer would definitely be Never. I wouldn’t swap this experience for anything. It was one of the fullest years of my life, one year full of experience, full of memories, good and bad,…

Q&A with an EVS volunteer!

Q: What have you been learning through this experience? A: For me, the majority of the learning has been personal – aka personal development. Being in a new country, a new environment, a new social situation and a new workplace has really made me consider my pre-existing relationships, and ask what it is I need…

Time flies in Antwerp

Time flies. It has been a month since I joined the SCI International Secretariat as an EVS volunteer. I am so blissful that I am here in Antwerp, a very peaceful and cosy city, and working with a lot of friendly people here. Talk about ‘Work’ I am taking part in one of the SCI’s…

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…

EVS story from Macedonia – part 2

Before telling you some experiences during my EVS in Macedonia, I would like to thank Planete Volontaire and CID for the opportunity to realize this volunteering, highly recommended experience! Discovering a new country and new cultures… it is not always easy. Have you ever heard about cultural shock? At first you think, what am I…

EVS story from Macedonia

Three months ago, when I arrived to Kumanovo, I did not know much about the country, let alone the city, I had just moved in. Having finished my Masters degree in International Migrations and Ethnic Relations and having worked in a transit-center in Sweden, I was keen on seeing how the refugee-situation looked like in…

Walk on the Polako side of life

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things” Henry Miller I can feel a balkan feeling spreading in my body. It’s the polako rythm of life, a new way of seeing life, a new way of loving life. I’m as much into clichés and the bubblegum pop side of wisdom…

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…

“Don’t leave your room, don’t make a mistake!”

There’s this poem by Joseph Brodsky – “Don’t leave your room, don’t make a mistake”. I guess this should become an anthem for all international volunteers, because in a way it mocks everyone who hasn’t done it yet and, even more, doesn’t understand or doesn’t accept people who are actively involved in it. Mistakes that…