By AnceAne
2 years ago

32 EVS VOLUNTEERS PRESENT ERASMUS + TO BODRUM STUDENTS

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On the 3rd of May, the 30 European Voluntary Service (EVS) youngsters, accompanied and assisted by several of their Turkish teammates, visited the Bodrum Anadolu Lisesi. The purpose of the visit was to speak with the students from the 9th to 11th grade about the opportunities that the Erasmus+ Programme provides. The volunteers were met with great attention and enthusiasm and they quickly felt the cozy school atmosphere. The students were helpful in any possible way, providing necessary materials and assisting with the terrain arrangements.
Despite the fact that some of them were a bit anxious to present in front of curious, noisy and questioning teenagers, the EVS youngsters quickly forgot every bit of nervousness, once the conversations started. On one hand and in spite of their limited knowledge of Turkish language, the attempts of the volunteers to speak in the students’ native language were highly appreciated and even met with enthusiastic clapping.

On the other hand, the volunteers were impressed not only by the youngsters’ level of English but also by their significant familiarity with the Erasmus+ Program itself. Most of the teenagers have already heard about the program and also were able to name several of their friends who had personal experience with it. They were particularly interested in the opportunity to travel and study abroad, learn about new cultures and traditions, without having to worry about significant expenses. The students asked a lot of questions during the Erasmus+ introduction and were also curious to find out about the programme also after the presentations. Deivi-Päivi Preitof from Estonia was happy to see how her class responded to the information and she stayed after the official part to answer many additional questions. The students showed genuine curiosity which filled the EVS volunteers with hope that the young people will have the same luck and chance to explore the world and meet many new friends.
The volunteers later shared that there has been ‘light’ in the student’s eyes and they felt ‘emotionally charged’ by their friendly response. Cristina Cervantes, one of the Spanish volunteers, said that her team was presenting in front of a class of 45 students. “In the beginning it was scary, however later everyone started exchanging ideas, asking questions, laughing and making jokes, so it was impossible not to relax,” says Cristina. Noteworthy, many of the students showed enviable knowledge of Spanish.

Another fellow volunteer, Michaela Šuľáková from Slovakia expressed her delight from the student’s active approach. “Even though they were little bit noisy and sometimes too lively, they were very open to collaborate and they were also courageous to share their knowledge about the programme,” says Michaela. Judit Lovasz from Hungary shared that this was one of her first public presentations and that she is grateful for this experience.
At the end of the day there was something different with our EVS team. They have received so much positive energy and smiles, they felt so welcome and appreciated that they found it hard to part with the students. The experience and memories that they took home will be for sure valued and treasured for life. This is a yet another lesson that only the open-minded intercultural communication can provide.

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soncee Beautiful artikle
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LiaF7 Wonderful when trips are profitable and people are satisfied with their journey :)
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AnceAne Dear @LiaF7 It is real happiness to have an opportunity to be a part of such projects and to visit different countries, to learn more about different cultures, brainstorming, coming out of the comfort zone, learning and teaching, having own workshops and improving your skills and learn some new, more importantly meeting new friends. I believe every single person you meet in life has something to share, to teach that no one knew or experienced previously. Noteworthy, open-mindness is a must. After successful volunteering in a certain project and going a level up, everyone is given a certificate which is great for a perfect Cirriculum Vitae, therefore more experience- more chances for work. When it comes to profit, it is a matter of individuality to be satisfied, more or less; Depends on what kind of purpose a person is upon- to try and use the opportunity to have more experience and improving of skills, or materialistic side. On one hand, a volunter that his own aim is to see different places, meet new people and gain professional improvement I can say they are pretty satisfied, on the other hand, when it comes to profit/the pocket money are totally 85 Euros per a volunteer in a period of 45 days for a short term ( Those money are actually kept for traveling from one city to another or area when presenting, promoting the project from one place to another and for every activity related with the project itself when a person comes to a moment to spent all the money given from home and ask for more, not for a personal use). I can surely say that the profit given depends on the sending organization and the receiving one and their contract & collaboration in general. Misinformation and opinion about those who travel to volunteer that necesarilly will earn thousands of euros just like that is not true. Every single euro/profit that is given is relative (depends on how much every receiving organization can afford in a given number and a rule given from the European Union and again the collaboration of the two organizations.). When it comes to me I am satisfied a lot and happy that I had that opportunity to improve myself and visit places I never thought I will. It was wonderful experience and an amazing memory for life :) :*
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LiaF7 By the way you write, one can tell that you love it :) When I said profitable, not only money was implied. I really meant feel morally enriched. Profit as a human being :)
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AnceAne I totally understand you dear I was about to add the facts that there were situations when some volunteers weren't satisfied with the amount even though it was clear how it works and told from the very beginning, at the end of the day that is why it is volunteering helping by a free will, and not a job. And there were lots of situations when after arriving home people wouldn't even greet me they are just saying: "oh you brought thousands of euros at home but you are not telling nothing, you are hidding them" like accusation not a joke or ''why are you chosen, who chosen you to have an opportunity like that?" and similar situations like that, so since then I am explaining in details by a habbit. Its not related to you, I was happy to discuss with you since you are the first one after years who gets it totally and see the real side of it- the spiritual, moral and professional enrichment for every human being. Sorry if I somehow made you feel sad, and that I am late with reply I had to write in more coments because of the long text and a bad wifi connection here @LiaF7 :* I wanted to share those things as finally someone to understand all that and support it :) And my impression and point of view is in the article I am still amazed by those days
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DAIANAGABAR Very good
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MegyBella I like it
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carmen3521 @AnceAne sen turkmu sun? 🙉
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AnceAne No dear @carmen3521 I am Macedonian.
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