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Austria


project: EVS: Youth Centre

organization:Unknown

date and country: 20/03/2003- 19/03/2004, Salzburg - Austria

comments: In Austria things work, the apartment, money-issues and so on run smoothly, no problem. In my project there are always 2 EVS-volunteers a the same time, which makes it all nicer. The work is like all the jobs: sometimes interesting and cool and nice, and sometimes very boring... The best thing is that one can self influence quite a lot, and everything is flexible.

signed by: Laura Einio, Helsinki - Finland

 

project: EVS: Free Radio

organization: Verein zur Förderung und Unterstützung von Freien Lokalen und Nichtkommerziellen

date and country: 13/01/03 - 13/10/03, Wien - Austria

comments: My project was great. I could do anything I wanted and because I already had radio experience I could find my way around the radio station easily. Sometimes it was hard not having anyone telling me what to do, it can be an enormous responsibility. But fortunately I managed very well. Another disadvantage was the financial situation at the radio station: it seemed to go bankrupt at least once a week, but was saved at the last moment every time. This caused a lot of stress, especially for my colleagues, whose incomes depended on the station. But I still miss my colleagues and the work... I would recommend this project to people who are looking for media work and who can work independently, they will definitely have an amazing time

signed by: Rian Van Spaandonk, Arnhem - Netherlands

Belgium


project: EVS: Inclusion - Exclusion sociale en rapport avec les personnes avec un handicap mental

organization:Unknown

date and country: 17/02/03 - 17/08/03, Bruxelles - Belgium

comments: I think the project is very well organized, I like my tasks -living and sharing with handicapped people-and I love my new, big family. This new life is filled with lots of love. It is adorable. I cannot find anything bad about it.

signed by: Birte Rover, Hannover - Germany

 

project: EVS: YWCA

organization: YWCA

date and country: 25/11/03 - 25/11/04, Antwerpen - Belgium

comments: My new host family (I lived in a temporary for three weeks, witch where also great, but they just had me there because my coordinating organization didn't find one for the whole year, but now they found one!!! JIPPIE) So I live in Hoboken in Antwerpen so I bike to my work 20 min every morning. NICE! I like it! something else. interest: snowboarding (impossible here but.. anyway), reading books and magazines mostly about topics I'm interested in like feminism, animal rights, stupid things about fat white American men who don't do anything good for this world... what more.. being with nice people and talk, dance, just amusing ourselves, TRAVELL of course!, batik I just realized and yeah I write more in an other life.

signed by: Frida Sorlin, Umea - Sweden

Denmark


project: EVS: Youth Club "Skallegarden"

organization:Unknown

date and country: 15/02/03 - 15/08/03, Nøstved - Denmark

comments: My project "Youth Club Skallegaarden" was a place for about 10-year-old children to spend their free time after school. So my work was to play with them cards, board games, basket, volley; paint, do homework, talk about the day etc. They also had pigs, bunnies, ducks, chicken and goats at this place.

The organization was perfect. I lived in a very nice Danish host family, had good and funny language lessons and a lot of meetings with other volunteers and exchange students in Denmark.

The service gave me a lot of fun, because the children in the project were really nice and helped me where they could and the Danish people were great too.

signed by: Jana Fruth, Schkeuditz - Leipzig - Germany

 

project: EVS:Facetted Youth in DK-Holb?k

organization:Unknown

date and country: 01/04/03 - 01/10/03, Holb?k - Denmark

comments: I had a great time with my Project, I had a lot of say in what I did or didnt do within my project, I got to know the users of the Youth House im working in very well, I feel I have learned alot about Denmark, the Youth and also myself, It has been a great experience to have taken part in!

signed by: Dawn Quigley, Shankill - Dublin - Ireland

 

project: EVS:Latin and Nordic Experience - U-nettet

organization:Unknown

date and country: 01/01/04 - 31/12/04, Kobenhavn - Denmark

comments: I am responsible for a project which aim it is to increase the level of local youth participation in the BRUM countries (Belarus, Romania, Ukraine and Moldova). These countries do almost not have participation at all and by seminars, workshops and the exchange of experience we will try to make BRUM' s youth more participating and BRUM' s societies more democratic. Furthermore I am staying in contact with a lot of partner organizations from Sweden till Turkey.

tasks: very independent work, a lot of responsibility tutor: got fired two weeks ago accommodation: lunch is provided, not always very interesting place: almost in the city centre of Copenhagen

signed by: Thomas Jungeq, Wien - Germany

 

project: EVS: Krumsoe Fri- og Kostskole

organization:Unknown

date and country: 01/09/03 - 01/07/04, Sollested - Odense - Denmark

comments: EVS in Denmark at a school for hyperactive children - I wanted a change in my life, before I go to university -it's not over yet, by I learned that people are nice towards you if you are open. About my EVS experience: I don't won't to summarize about this yet, coz it's not over yet. but things are going pretty good

signed by: Sarah Kleideiter, Hildesheim - Hannover - Germany

Finland


project: EVS: Kuhankosken erityisammattikoulu

organization:Unknown


comments:
I really liked my project and it was really nice here cause I had the possibility to choose where I want to work. It is al little bit lonely here so you have to get used to living alone which was really hard for me at the beginning but after I can say it was good for me and my personality. The people here are very friendly and helpful they show you everything and take care of you.date and country: 12/08/02 - 11/08/03, Laukaa - Jyvaskyla - Finland

signed by: Sara Usinger, Frankfurt - Germany

 

 

project: EVS: Sylvia-Koti

organization:Unknown

date and country: 01/09/02 - 01/07/03, Lahti - Finland

comments: One bad thing in my project - working time. I was working more then 12 houres per day, 6 days per a week, but I have a explanation, because my project was in camphill, so... And, I was hoping to have little bit more interesting tasks, but it was okey. I had very good accommodation (free little super market) and my house father was very nice and kind with me. I was feeling like he was my real father.

signed by: Leva Leipute, Vilnius - Lithuania

 

project: EVS: Youth department of Aanekoski city

organization:Unknown

date and country: 07/01/03 - 07/07/03, Aanekoski - Jyvaskyla - Finland

comments: My project was really a great place (youth centre) for the children and also good organized, but my tasks weren't so clear. I had some troubles with my flat because of the neighbours: they were really noisy and strange!!! Anyway I'm survived...!

signed by: Alicia Fasser, Montirone - Brescia - Italy

 

project: EVS: Youth work in Jalasjarvi municipality

organization:Unknown

date and country: 03/03/03 - 29/02/04, Jalasjarvi - Vaasa - Finland

comments: First I have to mention that I've been in another project before and got a lot of problems there. So I decided to change to Jalasjarvi, although the tasks there were not what I originally wanted to do in my EVS, because I knew this project from other volunteers and was afraid to get in trouble again if I went to a project unknown to me, but with better tasks. This and the fact that Jalasjarvi is a project for the summer (I've been there from October until February) made me giving just 80% for the tasks. But who wants to go to a youth house and comes at the right time will really like this place. I am thankful that I got the chance to change to this project and spend there a really nice time!

signed by: Manuel, Rostock - Germany

 

project: EVS: Connecting Europe

organization:Unknown

date and country: 15/09/03 - 15/06/04, Kokkola - Finland

comments: I'm working in the english kindergarten. It's great to work here but sometimes there's not much to do. Well, I guess that's in almost every project the same. I'm working 6 hours a day encluded half an hour lunchtime. (by the way, the food is good here) The other teachers are nice and also Pia the mentor. But in the beginning they didn't help me a lot. I had to find my own tasks. But you get soon used to the every day life and know what to do. As there is anyway not much. Just playing with the kids, keeping them busy and pay attention that they don't do silly or forbidden things. The children understand english quite well. Some more some less. But after a while you can comunicate with all of them. A thing Iliked about the kindergarten is that we are often outside. It's a nice building with a big yard and we are outside almost every day. (except it's too cold (what means less than -10) or rainy) And of course you should like children. ;-) Oh and I forgot. Villa Elba is my coordinating organisation and it is just great to be there! They organize a lot for us volunteers. But you will see!

signed by: Verena Haas, Ofterdingen - Stuttgart - Germany

 

France

project: EVS: Traditional Games from Bretagne

organization: La Jaupitre

date and country: January 2003 France

comments: I went to France in the beginning of January 2003. My project was as an activity leader at La Jaupitre, an organization which takes care of, promotes and develops traditional games from Bretagne. We went to festivals, town days, camps and family gatherings with our games and taught grown-ups and children how to use them. I feel lucky for coming to a small village, Monterfil, with 100 inhabitants, and because I worked together with youngsters from the village. Because of this I learned French very fast, and I know also the slang and "verlan" which I wouldn't have learned if not. I got a lot of friends from France, and among the other volunteers, this I appreciate very much.

signed by: Birgit Dahl

 

project: EVS: Insertion par l'habitat en milieu rural

organization: Unknown

date and country: 15/08/00 - 15/09/01, St Brieuc-Cote D'Armor - Rennes - France

comments: As the association "compagnons batisseurs" does not only host EVS volunteers, but also all other kinds of volunteers, it was sometimes quite difficult to manage the differences between our status'. There was never to less work ;-), but as the work was really sensefull that wasn't a to big problem.

signed by: Philipp Cerny, Chemnitz - Germany

 

project: EVS: Foyer d'enfantes la providence

organization: Unknown

date and country: 01/11/99 - 01/08/00, Hilsenheim - Strasbourg - France

comments: I learned so much during my EVS that there's not enough space here to list it, but in keywords: - French and German - Flexibility - The feeling of being a foreinger - An ability to handle cultures that differs from my own - How to cook a Tarte Flambee - How to make 10 sulky french teenagers laugh etc etc There were certain problems at my project that I will not list here. But in general the project gave the possibility to learn alot about children in difficulties and how there world looks. (I worked in a childrens home)

signed by: Astrid N. Andersen, Kobenhavn - Denmark

 

project: EVS: Centre varois de ressources Jeunesse

organization: Centre varois de ressources Jeunessev

date and country: 10/05/01 - 31/10/01 , France

comments: I learnt to stay well in lonelyness, to work in an office and to be more in contact with the nature doing sports (something that I don't do in my town...) I have learnt to work in an office (youth information) and I have improved my experience like international youth worker, specially with teenagers. I have lived in a youth residence (foyer) but it was quite hard to socialize, until another volunteer arrived it was quite difficult, also for the knowledge of the language. I really enjoyed the place, the region (on the sea!) and at the end I knew a lot of people. THE EVS HAVE CHANGED MY LIFE, MY WAY TO BE AND I CAN SAY TO EVERYONE TO DO IT!!

signed by: Lidia Greco, Torino - Italy

 

project: EVS: Musique et Animation

organization:Unknown

date and country: 01/09/01 - 31/08/02, Montpellier - France

comments: Hi I've done my EVS in France, in Burlats. A real small town in the South of France, near Toulouse. It was really great. I'm back since September 2002. But I still miss France sometimes. Now I'm doing a Future Capital. It is great to create a project. It is even greater that you can get money to work them out, your plans. I should advice this to everyone with ideas. Because of my project (I worked in a place with children, I didn't work with them all the time, but still they were there) I decided to work with children me to. Even though I allready got a diplome PR I started these lessons and it's great! I love it.

I had a project called 'Musique et animation', in a centre for discovery classes. Every week 3 new classes came with theur teachers to learn music, learn about nature or just to enjoy the beautiful village that Burlats is. I did all kinds of things there: sometimes I worked with the children as an animator, sometimes I fixed things, I painted, but I also did some administrative work. I could decide more or less what I wanted to do.

signed by: Caroline Colman, Elversele (near Sint-Niklaas) - Gent - Belgium

 

project: EVS: Foyer d'accueil pour enfants et adolescents en difficultes sociales

organization:Unknown

date and country: 03/08/99 - 31/05/00, Strasbourg - France

comments: My EVS already finished 3 years ago (oh my god, is it that long??), and since then I've done a lot of things. I started to study translation and interpretation of English, French and Spanish in Innsbruck. This year I have been on Erasmus exchange in London and Barcelona, from where I've only returnen 2 weeks ago. My passion obviously is travelling, getting to know new people, staying in touch with the old ones, learning languages (the last one was Catalan, and I adore it!!) and reading.

I really liked my project, though it was, like many things around the EVS, sometimes very chaotic. I worked at the childrens home Charles Frey in Strasbourg, but I heard that the project doesn't exist any more - they had many organisation problems. Well, I loved my work with the children but I didn't have great possibilities to realize own ideas. I lived in a tiny apartment which belonged to another project, together with another Austrian EVS girl. Shower and toilet were in an office one floor down, office people popped into our rooms in the morning and the stair was so steep that we had troubles to heave the luggage up, but I still miss it. Nevertheless, it was ours, and it still is incomparable! :) I still am in contact with my best EVS friends, and I that's the greatest thing of all. And Strasbourg is still one of my favourite cities!!

signed by: Susanne Pauer, Wels - Linz - Austria

 

French Guiana

project: EVS

organization:Unknown

date and country: 1998 St-Laurent du Maroni, French Guiana

comments: I was one of the first volunteers to go from Norway. I worked with youth and children in a place called St-Laurent du Maroni. There I arranged a Youth Exchange between French Guiana and Norway, among other. I can gladly give more info to people who are interested in EVS in areas like Martinique (FR), Guadelupe (FR), La Reunion (FR) and

signed by: Henrik Slipher

Germany


project: EVS: Stuttgart Jugendfarm

organization:Unknown

date and country: 01/07/02 - 01/06/03, Stuttgart - Germany

comments: My project was really good. I think it doesn't exist a perfect projekt but it was almost perfect for me. I could talk almost about anything, the people were hearing me and I really felt I was part of the team. I enjoyed my work with the children and animals, and working outside in the nature. It gave me also more ideas about my future. signed by: Ella-Lotta Lahdensuu, Ikaalinen - Tampere - Finland

 

project: EVS: Aufbau der Jugendbegegnungsstatte Frohburg

organization:Unknown

date and country: 04/01/01 - 04/06/01, Deutzen - Leipzig - Germany

comments: My project was situated in a little village of Frohburg, between Leizig and Chemniz in eastern Germany. The project was named " Aufbau der Jugendbegegnungstatte Frohburg", so we pretty much got to choose what we wanted to do. We could work at the "animalfarm", at the youth Cafe/youth centre, at summer camps, make our own projects and help at the Culturpark Deutzen planning festivals and learning how to build stuff from willow. And these are just few of the things I did there. The best thing was, I think that we got to take part in 2 month long intensive course in German language (5 days a week, 8-12, at the Folkshochschule Leipzig) and after six months I came back with a fluet german and "Deutsch als fremde sprache"- course certificate. For this all I think the thanks goes to our first Tutor, Falk who really knew what he was doing. Unfortunately he left to Canada only few months after I arrived. After that we got to get along with several "wannabe tutors", but hey, at least they tryed. The experience would not have been this good without the great boss of the Begegnungstatte who helped us with everything! And of course my friends, co-workers and the youth, who maybe didn't speak english but had the patience with me when I tryed to communicate with them in German.

signed by: Riikka Pulju, Ranua - Rovaniemi - Finland

 

 

project: EVS: Theaterfestival Hunds Tage

organization:Unknown

date and country: 01/09/01 - 01/03/03, Halle - Germany

comments: I needed to leave France to do something else and had the luck to hear about EVS and to find quickly an hosting organisation. It took place in an important youth theater called Thalia Theater in september 2001. During this first month it proposed an european youth theater festival Hundstage and then I worked in the technic field.

 

I try to keep contact with european volunteers and i’m member of SVE-connexion: a french ex-volunteer association. Our purpose is to build a data base on internet to link the volunteers in France, ex-volunteers and to inform about EVS.

The Thalia Theater received european volunteers for the first time, a swedich volunteer came for the same period. We were hosted in a WG (colocation) and we had very good relation with the administration (money en general). We were supposed to prepare the festival but we came to late (one month before). Our tutorin left us after it (she was only organiser) they asked us what we wish to do. We worked a bit like assistant, it was all right because it was hard to propose something in a so short time. We followed an unbalanced working rythm: night and weekend work but they gave free days.

The most important is that I discovered the theater world, quiet alternative, that was a very good experience. I learned to do a lot of things and that i had a great time there.

signed by: Burais Vincent, Tours - France

Greece

project: EVS: Theaterfestival Hunds Tage

organization:Unknown

date and country: 01/09/01 - 01/03/03, Halle - Germany

comments: I needed to leave France to do something else and had the luck to hear about EVS and to find quickly an hosting organisation. It took place in an important youth theater called Thalia Theater in september 2001. During this first month it proposed an european youth theater festival Hundstage and then I worked in the technic field.

I try to keep contact with european volunteers and i’m member of SVE-connexion: a french ex-volunteer association. Our purpose is to build a data base on internet to link the volunteers in France, ex-volunteers and to inform about EVS.

The Thalia Theater received european volunteers for the first time, a swedich volunteer came for the same period. We were hosted in a WG (colocation) and we had very good relation with the administration (money en general). We were supposed to prepare the festival but we came to late (one month before). Our tutorin left us after it (she was only organiser) they asked us what we wish to do. We worked a bit like assistant, it was all right because it was hard to propose something in a so short time. We followed an unbalanced working rythm: night and weekend work but they gave free days.

The most important is that I discovered the theater world, quiet alternative, that was a very good experience. I learned to do a lot of things and that i had a great time there.

signed by: Burais Vincent, Tours - France

 

 

project: EVS: Youth club of Kryoneri

organization:Unknown

date and country: 06/12/01 - 06/06/02, Kryoneri Korinthias, Pelop - Pirgos - Greece

comments: If I liked my project in Kryoneri? Well, in the beginning (winter) I hated it; in the end I really started to like it.

If I would do it again? That's a difficult question. Probably not. No way, if it the project would start again with cero (like it did in 2001), but probably and hopefully this will not be the case. Don't misunderstand me: the project started quite a time before 2001 (it was in fact the 1st EVS project in Greece), but the idea of the Youth Club failed, so the new idea of the Youth Centre was born in 2001.

Ther is a lot that you really should consider before deciding to go or not to go to Kryoneri. Let me start with the negative aspects:

The village (Kryoneri="cold water") is tiny, there is only 2 buses a day and you cannot get anywhere walking. The only possibility to get away on the weekend is by doing hitch-hiking. (If you should have a car, TAKE IT WITH YOU, seriously!) There is no supermarket, of course there are a few little stores ... but if you want to go shopping down in Kiato (just to develop your photos or whatever) - you need a car or someone to give you a ride. There is no place to go out - you have to go to Kiato, Korinthos or Athenas ... and need a car.

Most people who live there are real "villagers". You probably wouldn't believe that something like this still exists within Europe before going there. One example: no Greek woman would ever go to the 3 or 4 cafes (tavernas) that exist in Kryoneri. Other example: nobody cares about rubbish, it will welcome you as soon as you enter the village.

Of course, in Kryoneri everyone knows everyone. But who (to hell) are these strange foreigners, who come constantly to our village, (sometimes) take drugs, live together in one house without being married and try to have a bad influence on our children by establishing something they call a "Youth Centre"... Okay, now I am really exaggerating, but sometimes you might really get this impression. On the other hand, fortunately there are very nice people. It is just very difficult to get in contact with them. Of course, nobody (only a couple of persons) knows English. In summer, things should be easier; but in a cold winter nobody even leaves the house, you feel like living in a ghost town and of course it is impossible to get to know somebody.

So try to take a music instrument or some good books with you (at least, you will find a small European Library in the Youth Center). If you are a person with a lot of friends, are used to go out every night and easily feel lonely, don't go to Kryoneri. Don't even think about it!

Let's go on with the project: You will work together with 1 or 2 volunteers; no Greeks, so you usually will speak English and won't learn Greek very well. You're mentor might be Emmanuel Mappus (also called Manos), a Frenchman who himself has been one of the first volunteers in Kryoneri. The "big boss" of the organisation, Panos Poulos, is also living in Kryoneri whith his German wife. Panos and Emmanuel have a few things in common: they have a great vision of improving the world with their projects, but sometimes seem to be living 2 or 5 years in the future and not in the present, where you are. Apparently, they never have time. But maybe (hopefully) things have changed by the time you come to Kryoneri.

Now, let's talk about more pleasant aspects:

In Kryoneri there is a small little room with 2 computers - that's the headquarter of Filoxenia, you're hosting organisation. If you are interested, you can find out a lot about the management of the organisation.

According to your tasks: there will be some things you have to do, but you also have the choice to do almost whatever you want to do. You are even asked to involve your own ideas and if you take the initiative, you can really do a lot (as long as it doesn't cost a lot of money). You might even get the opportunity to help out in other projects of Filoxenia.

The house where you will be living is the Youth Centre. It is big and very beautiful (with an open fireplace), has a huge garden (with roses and a grape pergola). Now you will even have a central heating system, so even winter should be okay. Of course the house and garden needs to be looked after, so be prepared to do quite a lot of house and garden work (that's part of your project), even renovating (painting etc.) if necessary (but this is probably done by now, I did big parts of it in 2002)

The landscape in and around Kryoneri is really beautiful. You are situated in the mountains but you can see the Gulf of Korinthos about 400 metres beneath you, though just a few kilometres away. On the other side of the sea: again mountains; really: very beautiful. One of the most interesting spots I know (and I have been travelling a lot in my life).

After all: things are changing quickly, the landscape (hopefully) not. So maybe you can try to talk to the volunteers who are there right now. Ask for their email or just call in the office and ask for a volunteer. Maybe, if Panos or Emmanuel are in the office as well, they won't speak to you frankly, so again: ask them for their email address. Maybe you are lucky and a volunteer will answer you're call and he might be alone in the office. ("Phone service" might also be part of your project. ;-)

For more information, please contact me. If you are already volunteer in Kryoneri, please let me know, what is going on there now. It is a long time that I didn't hear anything about it, a real pity.

signed by: Andreas Meyer, Ansbach - Nuernberg - Germany

 

 

project: EVS: Conservation & monitoring in the Dadia Forest Reserve

organization: WWF Greece

date and country: 02/01/03 - 02/07/03, Athens - Greece

comments: Good: good tasks, nice & kind people in the village, nice WWF workers, nice tutor, delicious Greek food, i learnt a lot of birds of prey!, lovely & alive old people, greek dances & parties, they know how to have a great fun, independent work, wonderful landscape, the mountains, beautiful little streams for swimming, carnaval at March, Greek Easter, nice own house and garden with cherry-tree... Bad: no any complaints, but somethings may cause problems, depends of you, of course! quite isolated place, transport problems, little traditional village, bad people in the village, gossip, cold during the winter (under zero & snow), cold house, really hot during the summer (+35 degrees), too hot house, they don't sell meat in the village...

 

signed by: Tuisku Lehtiniemi, Pori - Tampere - Finland

 

Ireland

project: EVS:Barrett Cheshire Home

organization: EIL (Barrett Cheshire Home)

date and country: 22/01/03 - 21 07/03, Dublin - Ireland

comments: i'm giuliana. i'm italian and i'm a student. i'm doing a master degree in managementin no profit association. i will finish it in april. i was a volunteer in dublin for 7 mounths and i had a great time. i love ireland. it is a wonderful place. i'm a volunteer in italy for riding therapy for disables. my dream is opened a house for disables. i like travelling. i lived in france and i'm going to live in rome now. My projet was nice and i met nice people but not always. i learnt lots of things and i hope i will use it well in my life!

signed by: Settineri Giuliana, Pavia - Italy

 

Italy

project: EVS:The invisible city

organization:Unknown

date and country: 15/02/01 - 15/07/01, Altamura - Bari - Italy

comments: in 2001 I started as a volunteer in the Sinergie project "The invisible city" in a small town in the south of Italy. Now 2 years later I still spend many many months a year in Altamura. I think that the experience I had in Altamura with the wonderfukl people in the project, must be considered as maybe the most beautiful experience I ever had. Right now I do not have time to write much more but one day I return

 

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