Joanna Pasymowska - Hiszpania.jpg Praca z uchodźcami i imigrantami, wpółprowadzenie warsztatów dla młodzieży, współorganizowanie szkoleń dotyczących migracji, promocja produktów Fair Trade, współraca z innymi NGO
 
2 tygodnie po powrocie z Wenchang, niewielkiego miasta na Hainanie, wyspie na południu Chin... 2 tygodnie od zakończenia zajęć ze studentami koledżu językowego i lekcji angielskiego dla przedszkolaków... Dziwne. Południe, a życie toczy się jak gdyby nigdy nic. Potok uczniów nie wypełnia ulic, motocykle i trójkołowce nie wyczekują przed bramami szkół, restauracje nie pękają w szwach. W domach nie bulgocą maszyny do gotowania ryżu, a sąsiadka na przywitanie nie zapyta czy już jadłam – ni chi fan le ma?, a tym bardziej nie zaprosi na lancz, przepraszam, obiad. Odzwyczaić się od trybu życia z nienaruszalnymi przerwami na posiłki i popołudniową drzemką nietrudno, chińskiej serdeczności jednak żal. Szkoda gościnności, prezencików czy ciasteczek, zaproszeń na wycieczki, a nawet niezapowiedzianych odwiedzin studentów w porach najmniej do tego odpowiednich. A co u nich? Czy śliczna Hankun znalazła czas na naukę pomiędzy randkami i zdała egzaminy? Czy Sunhuibin vel Rex wciąż wyszukuje wiadomości o Polsce, a Alice w pełni profesjonalnie przewodniczy klubowi angielskiego? Czy przydadzą im się wiadomości usłyszane na moich lekcjach i odwaga w rozmowach z obcokrajowcami? A słodkie dzieciaki z przedszkola, czy zapamiętają słówka i piosenki, których się tak chętnie uczyły?A ja? Jak wykorzystam doświadczenia tych 9-ciu miesięcy wolontariatu w małym chińskim mieście? Wszelkie spotkania z młodzieżą nie powinny być już więcej problemem po lekcjach dla 40 czy 50 studentów okupionych całonocnymi przygotowaniami tematów, a czasem i strużką potu płynącą ze strachu po plecach. Okazało się także, że pięcio- czy sześciolatki nie są takimi potworami za jakie je uważałam. Choć potrafiły dać w kość urządzając bitwy na lekcji czy sprawdzając co mam pod spódnicą, były także najzabawniejszymi i najpilniejszymi uczniami w mojej nauczycielskiej karierze. W końcu docenię polskie lato bez wilgotnego, duszącego powietrza, które sprawia, że 30-stopniowy upał staje się nie do zniesienia. Zamiast narzekać na zimowe chłody, przysiądę w ciepłym pokoju i wspomnę lód w łazience nieogrzewanego hotelu gdzieś w Syczuanie czy ciągłe ulewy na Hainanie, przy których jedynie pleśń miała się świetnie i błyskawicznie wnikała w ubrania, pościel i meble. Czy naprawdę bałam się tego cherlawego pajączka nad łóżkiem, który wygląda jak miniaturka tropikalnego potwora odwiedzającego mnie w wenchangskim mieszkaniu niemalże co wieczór? O karaluchach-olbrzymach i przechowywaniu jedzenia w ściśle zamkniętych pojemnikach pora już zapomnieć, nie wspominając o szczurach poszukujących resztek naszej kolacji. Na stałe w pamięci zadomowiły się za to obrazy z urlopowych podróży – potężne góry i oblodzone szosy, urocze domy gościnne i uśmiechy ich właścicieli. Przywiezione zdjęcia nawołują do powrotu do kolorowego, tybetańskiego gwaru Danby czy sennego, szarego Moxi, ale i budzą chętkę na więcej, na odkrywanie mniej popularnych obszarów tego fascynującego wielkością i różnorodnością kraju. Ech... I powolne, kocie taichi w grupie chińskich mam i babć, i próby zakupu pół kilograma pomidorów – yi jin xihongsi po mandaryńsku czy rozmowy z ciekawskimi przechodniami połączeniem angielskiego z chińskim i dużą dawką gestów, i dzielenie wspólnych dań, i pałeczki, i wiele innych powodów do powrotu do Kraju Środka. zdjecie_chiny_ mniejsze.jpg
 
FOTO THOMAS MEINICKE.jpg My name is Justyna and I come from Otwock, a small city near Warsaw. Two years ago I was mentor of an EVS-volunteer and that's how I could get to know some kind of projects from the inside. I've decided, that after my matura-exam I want to go abroad for some time and try to experience something new. I've choosen some projects and after some time I finally got accepted from one of them. For 10 months I was working in kindergarten in Germany. I really did enjoy my work, co-workers were sympathic. I was the first volunteer working there, so they were also trying something new, as I did. The best part of my project were all of the training that I could attend, I met other volunteers and I could learn a lot. Now I'm back in Poland, I started my studies in Gdansk in Oktober. I think I've learned a lot, especially how to deal with problems, that I've never experienced before. (photo: Thomas Meinicke)
 
Hi! My name is Paulina and I am 22 years old. I studied Polish philology and South Slavic Studies at the University of Warsaw. Last year, when I had earned a Bachelor’s deegree, I decided to realize one of my greatest dream: go on EVS to Balkans. For 6 months I was volunteering in Media Education Centre in Belgrade. My main activity was participation in the production of the educational and promotional media material, particularly with a focus on short movies production (documentary, animation, public service announcement). I was working on women’s rights project, which general purpose was to show the situation of women in Serbia, promote female activists and artists from Belgrade and to highlight the most important problems, which women from different social backgrounds face in their everyday lifes. To sum up my EVS project: it was an amazing experience, I learnt a lot, meet wonderful people, gained many new skills and... absolutely fell in love with Balkans! Paulina-foto.jpg
 
Volunteers 2011-80.jpg My name is Jil Breuer and I was born on the 26.07.1990 in Braunschweig, Germany. Braunschweig is a big city where 250.000 people live. It is really nice because there are a lot of places for sightseeing, museums, shopping possibilities and parks where I often spend time in the summer. In my free time I like to meet my friends, do sports, go shopping or partying. I love the summer and being outside. Beside that I travel a lot. My favorite travel destination is Paris or Poland, where I have been several times. I really hate snakes and cold, wet weather. I am an open-minded, honest girl who loves to talk and laugh. My family and my friends are most important in my life and that is why I would do anything for them to make them feel good. Before I came here to Poland to do my European Voluntary Service I got my A- Levels in Germany. I chose EVS because I wanted to get independent from my parents. Also I wanted to explore Poland, its culture, people and language because my stepfather is born in Poland. Besides EVS is a great opportunity for me to grow up. After EVS I want to study International Management in a big city. Also I really love my project in Jedrus. I am working with children and I enjoy it, because they are so joyful and I like playing or doing homework with them.
 
Hi, I am Bianca Ehlert and I am 19 years old. I live in Braunschweig in Germany, city with 250.000 inhabitants. There is a beautiful castle which attracts many tourists, museums, many parks, where we often meet friends in summer. I really like to go to the so called "Meile". It`s a street in Braunscheig with a lot of disco`s where the young people meet there and go dancing to one of the clubs or just staying outside and talk to each other. I am rather calm person and I really like to party. Before the EVS I finished school and got my A-Levels. I chose EVS because I always liked visiting Poland: my mother is Polish and I often travel to Poland to visit my Polish family. The EVS is also a gap year. I want to find out what I want to do in the future because I am not really sure what I will study or if I even want to go to University. I also want to get better in speaking, reading and writing Polish. Another reason for EVS is to learn how to deal with conflicts in a constructive way. After the nine months I am going to move out from home, in order to be more independent, so it’s great opportunity to finally grow up and accept responsibilities. Bianca.jpg
 
Alberto.jpg Hello everybody, my name is Alberto. I am 30 and I come from Burgos in Spain. It is a beautiful place with a lot of parks and walking areas but it is a bit boring for young people because there are not a lot of activities for them. I like swimming, films, especially drama, and the independent cinema of England and Germany. Emir Kusturica and Ken Loach are two of my favorite film directors. I also enjoy travelling. I chose this project because I always wanted to come to Poland. Since I was a child, I liked this part of Europe: Russia, Romania, Ukraine, Poland… and I wanted to discover it. I am also interested in the social work in general. I studied to be a nurse assistant and before coming here, I was working as lifeguard at a swimming pool. This project in Warsaw was an opportunity to work with disabled people and after the EVS, I would like continue working with disabled people or in the health sector. Beside this project, I also wanted to meet new people coming from other European countries. For me, it’s very interesting to learn about their native countries.
 
Hello everyone. I am Laura Ramin. I am 19 years old and come from a city near Salzburg in Austria. I graduated from BAKIP Salzburg, after which I can teach in a nursery school. As my roommate (Laura S.), I am also into sport. I like rock climbing and cycling. I did not want to work right now so I decided to wait and try to gain some new experiences, with a preference in social work. That is why I am here. I want to gain new skills, work with disabled people and be able to handle it. And then I also want to meet new people from other countries and be more independent. Project at the “Helping Hand Foundation” is a new challenge for me. I am going to assist the classes and activities with mentally challenged and disabled people. After this project, I am thinking to work as a nursery school teacher, maybe working with disabled children. I could also study logotherapy or even medicine, but after all, I still have time to think about it. Laura Ramin Headphones.jpg
 
Volunteers 2011-82.jpg Hello everyone, my name is Zoran. I am 27 years old and I come from Belgrade, Serbia, the capital of a small country with turbulent past. It is situated on confluence of Sava and Danube River, which is visible from the Kalemegdan fortress, one of the oldest in Europe. Officially, 1.7 million people live in Belgrade, but in reality, many people are commuting to work and many students are studying there. Nowadays more and more foreigners want to explore my beautiful city. Last year, I took part to a workcamp as a volunteer on Reykjavik international film festival (RIFF) for 14 days. It was something completely new for me. Next logical step for me was to try to find suitable EVS project. One of the reasons I wanted to participate on this project was to try to gain new skills and to try to make a turn in my profession. I got my BA in graphical design but I will try to do something different in my life.
 
Hi everyone. I am Marie. I am 24 and come from Belgium. I was born in Libramont, a village in the province of Luxemburg, in the south of Belgium. Then I moved to Brussels when I began my studies a few years ago. I really like this city. It is not the most beautiful one but it is constantly evolving. There is a very high cultural diversity, different styles depending on the area of the town. Still it keeps a human spirit. I finished my studies of journalism one year ago. I chose these studies because I wanted to learn and discover as much as possible. This is also the reason why I wanted to do an EVS: meet new people and find out more about cultures, also to gain new skills. After these few months in Poland, I would like to find a job linked with Europe and culture. Marie.jpg
 
Diana Ichim.jpg Hi, I am Diana. I am 27 years old and I come from a big village in the south of Moldova. My hometown is very beautiful, has a lot of green areas, forests and high hills. People there are very kind and open-hearted. Anywhere you go you feel like at home. I am really into sport, have a very active life. Since I got my psychologist degree, I like working with people in needs, especially, with disabled children, with youth from our youth center and students from the gymnasium (high school). I was working as a project coordinator in my NGO, named Eldorado, in my village. The last project that I was coordinating was “women empowerment and the politics”. I chose this project because this field is very familiar to me. It makes me feel comfortable and gives me the possibility to develop myself and my skills in this field. I chose Poland because I have many friends here that I want to meet. I also like Polish language because it is difficult and I do not like familiar things.
 
Hello everyone, my name is Sergiu. I am 25 and I come from Moldova. I used to live in Chisinau, a small but nice city. One year ago I finished international relations. I like swimming, learning more about the history of the European countries. I chose this project mainly because my grandfather is Polish. Since my childhood, I have always been interested in Polish culture and history and wanted to visit Poland. It is also a good opportunity to learn language and to improve my English. I never worked with children or people with disabilities. It is a new challenge for me and I hope I will learn a lot mainly through interactions with them. I would also like to visit the country and meet new friends. After this project, I would like to apply for a scholarship to study at a Polish university. I do not know yet what I will choose but it will probably be related to international law. Sergiu.jpg
 
Laura Schmedding face.jpg Hello guys, I am Laura and I am 19. I come from a little village near Munster called Burgsteinfurt (or Steinfurt) in Germany. I like to do many activities like sport (spinning, jogging), music (I learned to play clarinet, guitar) and reading (mainly dramas). I just got my A-levels and I chose to do an EVS for many reasons. First of all, I wanted to go in Poland because my mother is Polish. So I have family here and I knew the country before coming in Warsaw. I like the people and each time I went on holidays, I wanted to spend more time there and see how people are living. It will also be an opportunity to improve my Polish. I understand it a bit but I also want to learn how to write. Then there was this project in which I can help disabled people in their daily life, a need that I find really important. After this EVS, I will study at university but in a different field. I still need to think about it. It will probably be related to literature because I am thinking of working in a newspaper.
 
I am Diana, 27 years old and I come from Benedita, a village in the center of Portugal. It is one hour from Lisbon. I like listening to music, watching movies, travelling, hanging out my friends. I have a degree in education science with a specialization in special education. After the university, I worked with children with disabilities, social and cultural problems as well as with immigrants and minorities. I came here because of the project and the country. I like cold countries and the snow. I would not like to go somewhere hot. So I think Poland is a good choice. I would like to learn so much, discover this country, maybe travel to other cities when I have free time and know this culture, this language. But the most important for me, is to learn how to work with disabled people and to gain more experience. At the moment, the work with children is very good, they try to communicate with us in Polish and vice-versa. I want to enjoy this experience as much as possible. I don’t want to think about the future now because situation in Portugal is not great. So I will keep my options open or maybe find work here. Diana C spacer.jpg
 
Claudia Face.jpg Hi everyone. My name is Claudia and I come from a little town near Stuttgart in Germany. I am 20 years old and just graduated from high school. I like going out with friends, traveling but also to cook and bake. I always knew that I would not start my studies at university right after high school, so I decided to do European Voluntary Service (EVS). I want to discover more about myself, gain more skills because I don’t have a lot of experience. It is also a good opportunity to live together with other people, to learn how to handle conflicts. I chose this project because I have already worked with disabled children and I liked it. And Poland is the country where my mother was born. So it is a way to find out more about my roots. I also have family here. This is why I want to learn more about the Polish culture and… learn the language of course! After Poland, I will go to university maybe to study languages or social area. But I do not want to get stuck to one idea. I will take my time.
 
Hi everyone, my name is Konrad and I'm polish. I come from a small village near Łowicz, I'm 22 years old. I was studying in Warsaw History of Art and Science of Culture, but I'm mostly intersted in literature and cinema. Because of it I'm doing my voluntering project in Cine Manivel in Redon (Brittany, France). In the beggining I was strongly motivated to learn french but after few months I realised that the french people are much more interesting then french grammar :). Now I'm trying to explore France and travelling as much as it's possible. After the voluntery project I would like to continue my studies. 406192_3275984547992_335250870_n.jpg
 
Bogna sikora.jpg Hi, my name is Bogna, I'm 25 years old. For my EVS project I have chosen an ecovillage Sólheimar in Iceland. I studied biology and I am interested mainly in plants. Here I work in an organic greenhouse, where I learn about agriculture. The place is beautiful - a small village in a valley with wooden houses. From my window I can see the famous volcanos Hekla and Ejaflladlajokoll. Sólheimar is a community where people with different disabilities live. Living and working together with them is a great way to get to know different personalities, characters, but also to get familiar with various disorders. Time goes very quickly here thanks to many activities - yoga, music, the small cinema in the Sustainablity centre, and a swimming pool with a hot tub. In the village there are volunteers from all around the world, which is a good opportunity to see different cultures, cuisine or practice a language. Iceland is a magical country with its northern lights, sagas and short days in winter time. I am very happy to be here.
 
Mam na imię Iwona mam 26 lat i jestem z Warszawy. Mój projekt EVS- Hiszpania, Tomiño (Galicja). Pracuję w biurze, współpracuje z wolontariuszami z okolicy. Organizujemy różnego rodzaju warsztaty czy kursy. Uczę języka angielskiego, prowadzę z drugą wolontariuszką EVS spotkania informacyjne dla młodzieży i dzieci na temat EVS, kultury polskiej i estońskiej. Pomagamy dzieciom w nauce... Iwona Domaszczyńska.JPG
 
169667_4160571221809_866249119_o.jpg Hello everyone! I’m Gosia and I did my EVS in Greece in Athens. I was there 10 months I decided go to EVS to explore other culture and experience something new. I was working in horse therapeutic centre. My mainly tasks was preparing and leading horses for therapy. Also I took riding lessons. EVS is not only work so I traveled around Greece. Island are amazing! I felt like in paradise. I met great people. Some of them visited me in Warsaw. It was awesome time! If you want to feel the spirit of volunteering don’t wait and go!
 
Monika, 23 years old, art history student. I believe in culture. Art makes us more sensitive. It’s a good way to educate people; to progress. To find out which fields of the cultural sector I enjoy the most I’m trying different positions in various programs. That’s how it was with EVS. I found an institution that initiated cultural activities. I applied and came to beautiful Turkey. I didn’t expect anything, never do. I enjoyed what I found: a cultural center and people working for local community. I got to know more about Turkey and Turkish people. I feel that my work was useful and I also benefitted from this project. I wish for other volunteers to have as great an experience as I got. IMG_8104.JPG
 
Iga Olechowska.JPG Iga, 27 lat: Mój projekt miał miejsce we Włoszech, w regionie pięknej Toskanii. Pracowałam w Urzędzie Miasta Siena w biurze Polityki Młodzieżowej i Eurodesk. Moje zadania polegały głównie na wsparciu team'u przy realizacji projektów międzynarodowych dla młodzieży. Podczas pobytu miałam okazję poznać kulturę i realia życia we Włoszech oraz nauczyłam się bardzo dobrze języka włoskiego.
 
Hello my name is Lusine. I am from Armenia, Yerevan and I am 22 years old. I graduated from the Yerevan State Linguistic University after V. Brusov. I am a linguist. I really like being in Poland. It is a great opportunity for me to learn more and more new things, to know another culture, meet new people. In two words: I am happy that I am here in Warsaw and I hope that it will stay like that till the end of my project. One thing which I like most is shopping! Lusine.jpg