Denis' EVS story


My journey to Latvia

I want to express my acknowledgements to NGO Miroir Vagabond which introduced me to NGO Compagnons Bâtisseurs and its activities. Thanks to them it was possible to spend 6 weeks in Latvia during my project. And I want to tell my gratefulness to people of Radi Vidi Pats particularly to Linda, Agata, Zura and Sanja. 

 After preparatory meeting with Anne-Sophie COLLARD from Compagnons Bâtisseurs I was interested by different topics of the project.

One of the previewed themes was cycling as sustainable type of transportation (in Liepaja it was very easy to use bicycle, they are everywhere there).

Other things that I liked a lot were activities in Youth house, renovation of building of RVP and working in bio farm.

Moreover during this journey I travelled a lot that let me to discover new countries and new cultures.

Sanja's EVS experience


My name is Sanja and I'm 26 years old volunteer from Croatia. I was bent around the idea of becoming an EVS volunteer since I went to my first youth exchange in one small Hungarian village 4 years ago. That incredible experience made me realize that it's a way better to spend your time in a remote, unknown village with some new amazing internationals than to visit big cities for a few days, by travel agencies, with your fellows, and just take photos, walk around, and go back home unchanged under the surface.

First I was just curious about EVS opportunities, what it was, etc., and, after participating in 3 training courses afterwards, and 2 more youth exchanges, I was determined to do it as well at one point of life. I've always wanted to travel in a no-tourist way, as it provides much more colourful experience, such as getting to know the local people and culture, as well as meeting interesting people from different countries with whom you share the same goal of making an impact on both yourselves and the local communities.

9 months in the city were the wind was born

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 My time in the city, where the wind and rain were born together (from my autumn experience :), is getting over. Approximately in two weeks I will be back at home (Tbilisi, Georgia)
September, the beginning of the project was hard for me in the school as well as in the city. Due to the difference in culture, mentality, traditions, weather conditions, food etc. between Georgia and Latvia, the process of adaptation has extended even after on-arrival training, which was held at the end of September last year.
I started the project with the introductpry presentation about myself and the country I came from. I did it almost for each pupil. 

European volunteer service in Liepājas Katoļu pamatskola: a testimony of an intercultural art project for children.

You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing,
there will be no result.

Mahatma Gandhi

34033963 10215105611547037 3238676529714036736 n Before starting to speak about my EVS, I would like to present myself.

 I am Camilla, from Italy, and I am living in Liepāja from the end of September 2017. I am half Italian and half Peruvian, so   travelling and knowing new cultures and places is something that I learned at home. I had the opportunity to live in different   countries and, in August 2017, I decided to try to apply for an EVS in Latvia, a country that I barely knew. When I said to my   family and to my friends that I had been chosen and I will be moved in less of a month, they thought that I was brave and a   little bit crazy, but I listened just myself and now I am here delighted with my choice. I decided to start this adventure as   volunteer in Liepājas Katoļu pamatskola because I would learn more about teaching, gained new skills and try a new   experience. I have a degree in child education and a master’s in art education, so this project fit with my studies and my   interests. When I arrived, I felt completely lost in a country where I didn’t understand the language. During the first month I   was thinking to give up and go back home a lot of times, but the school staff and my coordinating organization (Radi Vidi   Pats) were amazing helping me to feel welcomed. With the passage of time I am very happy here, the school for me is like   a home where to go and spent my days with the staff and the children. I am positive impressed for the incredible daily effort   of the teachers in their work for offer the best education to the pupils that could learn through the free expression of their   opinions and creativity.

Zurab's and Sanja's stories

When I was 14 years old, firstly kept in touch with local NGO operating in my home-town. I was engaged in the several different activities organized by them for school students both in school-based and town-spread (clean-ups, charity actions, street actions, etc.). Since then I have had several volunteering experiences linked with local newspaper (I was voluntarily writing about local youth issues for them), local government (conducting touristic routes for the whole municipal area to support tourism development in the region of Guria), etc.