Our project Act2Activate went to the village Giebułtów for a special day. The school organized a language competition of the English and also German language.
We, volunteers, contributed by organizing the Living Library as well as making a presentation about Kassel. We arrived by bus in the morning and were welcomed warmly by the teachers and students preapring the language competition. The students prepared some stories and presentations to show to the audience. The topic countries of this years competition were Scotland and Austria.
Furthermore our two German volunteers had the opportunity to present their home-city Kassel and give some fun-facts. After a short break we became books. All of us, telling a different story. And that`s exactely what is the aim of the Living Library: People become books and tell their audience what`s inside of it. Students searched the contact to us, even though in the beginning they were a little shy. In the end we`ve had some interesting conversations and a positive outcome. We are happy to come back some day for another event.
Voluntary work can always be a good idea, especially if it is not in the city the person is born in.
Due to this fact, we as EVS Volunteers in one primary school in Krakow, had a great experience doing this extra-voluntary work on the Language camp in Siedlikow, Ostrzeszow. Together with two Ex- volunteers, Paul and Ildefonso, we had a chance to be together with 35 teenagers up to 15 years old, and 3 amazing teachers. The whole event started on Friday evening, and finished on Sunday afternoon. At first, every volunteer had a team of approximately 8 teenagers, and during the weekend we had a lot of different interactive competition games. At the end the teachers were collecting the points of every game and there was a price for every person
During the second day of the weekend, we went for a short hike in the woods close to the school. There we made barbecue, had a lot of fun and the teams were making videos for a very popular Christmas song. And the last day, but not the least, we went for a short excursion to one very beautiful city, especially for Christmas time, Wroclaw.
To sum up in few words: a lot of happy faces in one place, good vibes, positive energy, great atmosphere, friendly teenagers, and teachers providing with pleasure everything a volunteers and teenagers need.
Happiness is doing small things, with great love.
Natalija from Serbia
Marija from Macedonia