Before I will talk about my experience. let`s say what is EVS, ESC :
“EVS (European Voluntary Service) ESC(European Solidarity Corps) is an international volunteer program funded by the European Commission.“ (Wikipedia.org)
I do not know where to start. I am Giorgi Tchagiashvili from Georgia. already two months passed from my volunteering and I still filling It was a day ago. I heard about EVS from my friends, I was super interested, so I did a short EVS in Slovakia, which was super positive for me, because of it I decided to go in a long-term project. I choose the project in Krakow, Poland, with a really cool organization “Stowarzyszenie Rozwoju i Integracji Młodzieży STRIM“ with lovely stuff. Krakow is quite a nice city full of nature and entertainment places.
I was working in kindergarten with children👶 👧 🧒. I was thinking that working with children should be easy but it is not. Working in kindergarten teach me how to be very careful about different things, how to take care of others more, and the most important thing about how to love. I see that even a very very small thing for someone can be really huge. The project makes me more creative: when you are working with children, you should be able to draw, make origami, sing, dance… I started doing almost everything that I have not done before. I was also lucky because there was really kind and interesting stuff in kindergarten. I remained one day when I did not know what to do with children and in my mind come to the idea to make origami airplanes, it was super nice, and I was just amazed how you can spend a full day making just a little origami with the competition.
Except for work, I should say more about my experience of living in a different country. Actually, this project is a very good chance to get to know new cultures, find a difference from your country. I was living with flatmates: Armenian, Turkish and Spanish. It is a super nice experience to live with different background people; you are learning a lot of new things and the most important thing to respect other people in every way. You can study a lot of things from each other, I can say that even if you think other countries’ people are different, you will find out how many common things you have and how close they will be at the end of the project. I want to say thanks to them because I learned many things from them. You should see our happy faces every time when we were doing cake and it was better than we were thought or just cleaning a full house with music or playing cards together. You will have a lot of new friends in a different part of the world.
Also, let`s say this year volunteers, we had special projects because of coronavirus. For me, this virus makes everything totally messed (Staying home, working remotely, no contact to outside). I can say that in some way time at home was quite funny and nice but another way I miss normal life and children, their lovely faces, hugs, just “dzień Dobry”, “dzięki” or “do widzenia”. You can`t imagine how good filling is when you are going to kindergarten and child is coming and hugging you. 🥰🥰
On the other hand, you can improve your skills a lot. Starting with languages, you will improve your English for sure because there is no way to communicate with flatmates or other people. You have the chance to study a new language (it can be from an organization, the country language where you are or just from other volunteer`s languages). You are improving your skills in the management of your time, money. Learning how not to spend a full month salary in 1 week and make priorities. The Most Important thing is that you are independent, you have to make every choice yourself and you cannot ask someone about something. Of course, there will be small difficulties; you will miss family, friends, your country, or just-food. You will feel bad; it will be sad days but happy, interesting days more.
To some up somehow, I would say that this experience is super amazing ^__^ and everyone has to try it. After the project, you will see how much you change, how much things you learn, and develop yourself. I would like to say old myself that it was a good choice and worth it.
P.S. Thanks Georgian Youth for Europe(my sending organization) to give me chance for it.
P.S.S if you still thinking about doing volunteering or not, just do it! it`s fantastic. 🌟 ✨