Three years of hosting EVS volunteers

BySorin Berbecar

Three years of hosting EVS volunteers

evsCurba de Cultură is hosting international volunteers for almost three years. We started in 2015 with one volunteer and in this moment there are 8 volunteers hosted simultaneously. From intercultural education done through nonformal methods in schools, outdoors, in the cultural centres and in the Youth Centre of Curba de Cultura to promoting volunteering through presentations and games and through videos showing EVS life, to gathering materials with regard to the specific of Izvoarele commune in order to promote it, to make it known and to show to people that rural Romania still has lots to offer.

Below you can see collected, from some of the volunteers hosted, the thoughts they had in the end of their stay in Romania at Curba de Cultura.

Personal comments

For my personal and professional development, this EVS was the best decision I could take. I didn’t expect to have as many positive things in return and to feel as involved in the project. The main reason was to have a really serious and helpful hosting organization, with the coordinators and president who did all what I need to feel at home and comfortable with my new life. This experience was amazing! (Estelle, France – 9 months)

So I’m going out of this EVS with a lot of happiness, it teaches me a lot, to become someone better, to understand things better. (Mael, France – 5 months)

I am really glad to come here. I learnt a lot of new things, about culture, people, places, but also about myself. Thanks for those perfect 5 months! I will never forget it, and it changed a part of me, I am really proud of that, and it’s thanks to you. (Margot, France – 5 months)

I feel a better person. (Sophie, France – 12months)

I am proud to have done and European Voluntary Service and I changed a lot during 10 months. I found out what is my passion and what I want to do after EVS. (Liina, Estonia – 10months)

Truly I can say that I feel extremely strong person now and I hope that I will never lose this feeling. (Ania, Poland – 9 months)

Thanks to the EVS I got to know what I really would like to do in the future and I hope to make awesome cooperation with my hosting organization. (Eleny, Estonia – 5 months)

I feel different than 6 months ago, now I have a more clear idea about myself. I hope that every person that starts an EVS project has the fortune to meet an association with amazing people like my hosting organization. (Alessio, Italy – 6 months)

I would never expect so many new experiences, although some of them were harder than I would think in the beginning of my staying here. And I would definitely not expect people taking so awesome care about me and all of us, EVS volunteers. (Anna, Czech Republic – 6 months)

At first when I accepted to come on this project I was a little bit sad because it’s an village and you don’t have a lot of things to do here, but meeting others EVS volunteers and coordinators of the projects this changed, because they made this six months more interested. Talking with people from others city and listening to their problems with coordinators, housemates, project and mentor I was really happy that I was part of Curba de Cultura. (Martina, Croatia – 6 months)

Just thank you to whoever was the genius who invented EVS, and of course to Curba de Cultura – you are simply the best! (Melanie, Belgium – 6 months)

Would you recommend EVS to others? Why?

Yes, of course, I recommend it! Because whatever you do as an EVS, you will learn more than you expected and you will discover stuff which will change your state of mind. It permits to learn better about oneself and about the other. It’s very good experience to improve competences and to discover new ones. (Estelle, France – 9 months)

Yes, I would recommend other to do an EVS because it opens your mind, it makes you aware about things that you never be, never thought about. It can really change a life. New chances can appear. (Mael, France – 5 months)

I would recommend to everybody who can do it, to do an EVS. (Margot, France – 5 months)

Yes. It’s good to learn to live by yourself (Sophie, France – 12 months)

Definitely I would recommend EVS to other people. It is a great chance to do something for yourself, to become a better person and in the same time to help the local community in another country. (Liina, Estonia – 10 months)

EVS is a life changing experience which makes you richer. (Ania, Poland – 9 months)

I definitely recommend EVS: – new ways of seeing things around you, have a chance to think about your life, learn a lot about yourself, improve your skills, find friends for life.  (Eleny, Estonia – 5 months)

Of course yes! EVS is something very great for personal growing and is an amazing life experience. (Alessio, Italy – 6 months)

EVS brings together people who would never meet and live together. It can be hard, it is hard, but is one of the biggest experiences and one of the biggest improvement people can reach in their life. (Anna, Czech Republic – 6 months)

I would recommend EVS to others people, because is the best way to learn about yourself, about your life and your future, what you like and what you don’t like. You also have opportunity to  express yourself, give your ideas and together with others you implement your ideas, you can learn about different ways of work, different types of work witch’s  going to help you in the future for your job. (Martina, Croatia – 6 months)

I would of course recommend anybody to do an EVS, simply because it can be an incredibly valuable experience that can have great impacts on your future in any sense and for me at least it was most definitely the best thing I did in my life. (Melanie, Belgium – 6 months)

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