200 hearts for you :))

Soon have passed the 14th of February st.valentineor so-called “The Day Of The Love”. In this occasion we, the EVS volunteers in CVC – Junior, wanted to make a special surprise for you, the youngsters living in Banska Bystrica.

We have invested all our enthusiasm and fantasy to create 200 wonderful origami hearts which we distributed on the 14th of February. Actually the purpose of the campaign was to show the idea – St. Valentine, “The Day of the Love” (or whatever it is supposed to be called) should not be only once in an year. It should be every day and, what is more important, it should be for everybody. That is why we researched carefully in our resources and selected several best quotes from great people, promoting the idea we got – about the love, in all its aspects – not only the love between people in love, but also about friendship and humanity – values very important for all of us. The preparation was really good and full of a lot of fun, especially the origami workshop we organized. Than we got very valuable help from our friends – another EVS volunteers, but also AIESEC interns, living and working here in Banska Bystrica. So, it was very international, very inter cultural but also very comfortable for everybody.

On the day of the campaign everything was not quite as planned. (But as I always like to say – “Let things happen, but have a plan just in case they don’t happen naturally) We organized street action to give away to the people all the 200 hearts we have made and beside that we also offered free hugs for the more open ones. 🙂 Obviously the people really liked the origami valentines, which they can take home, so we gave all of them away much sooner than we expected. This made me really glad, because it showed us that we reached our aim – to make a nice surprise to the people, which surprise people would really like.

So I would like to say thank you to everybody who took a heart and gave us a smile in return!

I also would like to say again special thanks to the people, who made this campaign happen: Dan, Nadya, Alex, Vlad, Nara and Andy!

With a lot of love and hugs,

Vesselina

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English Classes at Sasova Community Centre

While we are engaged in a number of stimulating and challenging activities at CVČ – JUNIOR, perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of my EVS project has been the opportunity to host weekly English classes at a community centre in Sasova. Personally, it’s the most rewarding regular activity that I participate on.318403_272338622876189_593574197_n

One of the most enjoyable parts of my week is preparing the classes, because I have the freedom to choose interesting topics. Topics have included art, sport, food and different aspects of British culture. Being able to choose different topics in a flexible way means that, each week, I can easily change the classes to practice specific skills that I think the people who come will most need, such as reading, listening, speaking and writing. The classes are also very informal and people usually work together in pairs and small groups, for example, last week, pairs of people had to draw each others portraits, which practiced peoples speaking and listening skills and led to a lot of laughter at the final results.

Currently, the class takes place every Thursday evening for an hour and a half and about six or seven people of very different ages and backgrounds come each week, this makes the classes small, intimate, interesting and friendly and also a lot of fun! The people who come really enjoy improving and practicing their English and feel very comfortable in the relaxed environment (it’s nothing like school!). The motivation and desire of the people who come, to practice their language skills, means that I have already seen a lot of progress in their confidence and ability to use English, which leaves me with a great feeling. It‘s also great to know that I am helping the local community in Sasova, by helping the people who live there to improve their skills and even their employability.

I hope that there is a lot more progress in the future and that I’ll see many more people visit the centre over the coming months.

Dan.

WHERE: Komunitné Centrum Sásova, Tatranská 10, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia.

WHEN: Thursday (16:30 – 18:00)

FEES: As an EVS volunteer, I work for free. The community centre charges participants €1 per lesson

Join our team – Pripojte sa k nášmu tímu

Join our team – Pripojte sa k nášmu tímu

    • Do you have some free time?
    • Would you like to do something new and different?
    • Are you interested to do common activities with international volunteers in your hometown?
    • Do you want to improve your English skills?
    • Do you want to learn new things and gain experience apart from the one at school or the university?
    • Or you just want to have fun?

    So, we have an offer for you – join our team 🙂

    For the upcoming year have planned quite a lot of interesting activities, such as – taking care of the web-site, organizing movie nights, street campaigns and many other different youth initiatives. All of them are open to everybody, so you, the youngsters from Banská Bystrica or the region, are very welcome to volunteer with us.

    If you or some of your friends are interested in participating in preparation of such activity, do not hesitate to contact us!

    Looking forward to seeing you!
    Dan, Manu, Vessy, Andy

Source of the image: http://www.123rf.com

  • Máte trochu voľného času?
  • Chceli by ste robiť niečo nové iné?
  • Zaujímalo by vás robiť aktivity spolu so zahraničnými dobrovoľníkmi vo vašom domácom meste?
  • Chceli by ste si zlepšiť svoju angličtinu?
  • Chcete sa naučiť nové veci a získať iné skúsenosti, než tie zo školy alebo univerzity?
  • Alebo sa chcete len baviť?

Tak potom máme pre vás ponuku – pripojte sa k nášmu tímu 🙂

Na tento rok plánujeme pomerne veľa zaujímavých aktivít, ako napr. údržba webovej stránky, organizovanie filmových večerov, pouličné kampane a veľa rôznych iných mládežníckych iniciatív. Všetky sú otvorené pre každého, takže vy, mladí ľudia z Banskej Bystrice alebo z regiónu, ste veľmi vítaní spolupracovať s nami na týchto dobrovoľníckych aktivitách.

Ak máte vy, alebo niekto z vašich priateľov záujem zapojiť sa do prípravy takejto aktivity, neváhajte nás kontaktovať!

Tešíme sa na stretnutie!
Dan, Manu, Vessy, Andy

 

What is EVS?

ImageToday I would like to speak a bit more in detail about the European Voluntary Service (EVS), which is basically the reason why we are volunteering in Slovakia 🙂 On the basis of the questions people generally ask us, here’s some important information about EVS.

What is EVS?

The European Voluntary Service is a wonderful opportunity offered by the European Commission to young people to spend sometime volunteering abroad.

Who can apply?

Young people between 18 and 30 years old who are resident in the accredited sending organisation’s country, that’s to say in all the countries of the European Union, plus some more.

How long does EVS last?

Generally from 2 to 12 months.

What can be the projects about?

There’s a wide variety of topis ranging from environmental and animal protection to cultural heritage and arts, youth, sports, children, disabled, development cooperation and many more.

In which countries can volunteers go to for EVS?

All the European Union member states plus Iceland, Turkey, Lichtenstein, Norway, Neighbouring Partner Country, Mediterranean countries, Eastern-Europe countries, Caucasus countries. To sum it up, in all the countries where there are hosting organisations.

ImageHow do you apply?

First of all, you need to find a sending organisation in your home country, which will provide you with all the information you will need and help you looking for a project suitable for you. My advice is to think carefully about the kind of project you would like to do and about the country you would like to go. At the bottom of the page you can find the database with all the projects and the accredited EVS sending and hosting organisations. Once you have selected an interesting project, you need to prepare and send to the hosting organisation a well written cv (europass format) and motivation letter in English. Sometimes your sending organisation can help you in this step.

Do you need to have previous experience in the field of the project?

Normally you don’t. In case you do, it’s written in the description.

DSCF1216Do you need to know the language of the hosting country?

You don’t, but you should be able to communicate in English.

Do you need money to apply?

No, you don’t need to pay anything. During EVS you will receive accommodation, food and pocket money. As for the travel costs, you can be asked to pay just 10% of them.

How long before departure do you need to start researching?

To have more opportunities to be recruited for a project you are really interested in, my  advice is to start researching about 8 or at least 6 months before departure.

5What are the benefits for EVS volunteers?

During EVS you learn so many things that it’s really hard to make a complete list, but I’ll try to mention at least some of them: you increase the opportunities to find a job afterwards, you improve your English and learn another language, you get to know another culture, you become more open minded, you improve your interaction with people, you feel how good it is to help others, you get to know a lot of people from all around the world, you have a lot of fun, you have some time to stop and think about what you really want to achieve in your life, you have some time to do things you have never had time to do. I’ll stop here not to be boring, but I could go on for hours 🙂

To have more info, feel free to contact CVČ-JUNIOR, one of the accredited sending and hosting organisations in Slovakia. In addition, as volunteers we’ll be happy to answer to all your questions and curiosities.

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Emanuela