Meet Guillaume!

My name is Guillaume Libralesso and I am from France. I grew up in Grenoble and lived in Montpellier, the best city ever in France, comparable to Alicante in Spain. My EVS started in the beginning of July, it was a really peaceful time and I did some workshops. School started in September and I will finish at the end of April.

Here we are in a special school for autistic children (Centrum Autyzmu i Całościowych Zaburzeń Rozwojowych w Krakowie) and I learn a lot because I never worked with autistic children before.I studied about autism but I was not really an expert. You can say that every student is different, you can say that they all have an autistic syndrom but actually it is impossible to put them in cases. I tried that because for me there were some cases to put children but in reality you cannot do so.

My advice for new volunteers In Krakow: Try to enjoy a lot. It all depends on you and you have to find your own role. You have to try a lot and don`t be scared. Try to find your way and try to communicate with people.

 

K: What would you never write a song about?

G: Sports!

 

K: If you had to write a song about sports, what would be the 1st line of it?

G: Why? Why so much suffering?

 

K: Are Polish people strange?

G: For me sometimes yea. Sometimes they look so sad.

 

K: What surprises you most about Poland?

G: The difference to my country. It`s a diffence of people, a difference of history. Sometimes it`s difficult because we (our countries politics) are different about immigration, integration, multiculturalism. Also about how I can speak with people, about polite distance. I mean I need to learn to not shock Polish people, for example when I`m singing in a bus I can the the faces of the people. Then I say “oh, I`m not in a right way“.
The kids surprise me a lot, me coming to the Center of Autism and this kid speaking better English and French than myself. Comparing to France we cannot speak any languages.

 

K: Tell me three emotions to describe your work as a volunteer?

G: I feel I`m very useful. I can feel the love when I`m with the kids. It`s a lot working with behavior therapy and so on and I try to be passionate. I try to find my way. I try to give passions and love to kids. Sometimes I feel very useful, for example last lesson with Ania (name changed) because we can speak with people and can improve their language skills by talking English or French. Sometimes however, I`m just waiting for the end of the lesson and being useless.

What feelings I feel? It`s a lot of feelings, sometimes my work is very important, exciting, also boring. I feel love. One kid is very touching me, because he can`t speak and has problems and I try to help him.
They are different but in the same time they can give a lot of things to normal people.

 

K: What`s your favourite food?

G: It is Japanese food.

 

K: What`s your artist name?

G: I don`t have. When I was young my nickname was Marcel but today I`m just Guillaume and I try to be Guillaume.

 

K: What do you plan to do after your EVS?

G: I never plan nothing! I want to stay until September in Poland, maybe find a job just to have money to stay.

 

K: Dziekuje bardzo for the interview!

G: Thanky you too!

 

interviewer:

Katharina Becker

interviewee:

Guillaume Libralesso
volunteer in EVS project “INTERvolunteering”

Italian Day! (Cuteness day)

Hello there people from all the world! Here is Peppe again with a short story for you.

New day, new experience. This time we focused in one of the most beautiful countries in the world, no, not North Korea, I’m talking about Italy of course, magical land of Pizza.

Thanks to Nicholas, Mara and I had the chance to go in his school for their Italian day. Nicholas is volunteering in a kindergarten so we met super cute children (Mara wanted to steal a couple of them).

First they had a little performance showing us their flight travel from Poland to Italy, after that they started to do something very Italian…playing with pasta ahahah.

After that we had some activities together. First we talked about Italy, they made also a map without Sicily L…then they showed us their skills with Italian language, earing “Buongiorno” or “Grazie” from them was priceless, our hearts were melting, I don’t know how can Nicholas be still alive with all this cuteness around every day, is too much.

Later we played some Italian songs with guitar for them, it was very funny cause Mara and I never tried before but children were very interested, they also asked us to play more and finally we taught them an Italian song for children, they really liked it, and we had the chance to be kids again.

MOST IMPORTANT THING: we prepared together some pizza! They were very nice and happy and pizzas looked really good at the end but we didn’t have the possibility to eat it cause it was too late and we had to go, ask to Nicholas about the taste…bastard…but they prepared some present for us, we are still waiting for it Nicholino.

See you soon people from the world.

 

 

Fun & easy ways to get better in English

ALTERNATIVE WAYS OF LEARNING ENGLISHBelieve it or not, there are plenty of ways to learn every day something new. Let’s take an English language for example.

Even though English lessons are full of interesting materials, games, videos and songs, sometimes it can be very tiring to to learn all the grammar rules that are written in the plan. After few months of being a volunteer here in school, I noticed one interesting thing. Students who are playing computer games are very good in English for their age. They were more confident to start a conversation and their vocabulary is wider. Maybe their grammar knowledge is not the best, but they are not afraid to talk and to make mistakes. We all know that the mistakes are one of better ways to learn. Over time, with help of computer games, children can develop other skills, like memory, fast decision-making and social interaction.

There are also other ways to learn English. Listening to music, reading books and articles, watching films and TV series in English is great way of learning language. In fact, that’s where most of my vocabulary comes from. I like watching TV series and that’s how I learned a lot of English phrases. Also, my pronunciation got better. Besides this, some songs helped me to remember some grammar rules and how to spell some words. For example, I was looking for the lyrics of the song “Soldier Of Fortune” so many times that I had to learn that the word “Soldier” is written like that, not “Solider” which I thought before. Thanks to the song “Simply The Best” I remembered that article “the” always goes before superlative.

So, my advice to the children would be to watch their favorite films, TV series and cartoons in English, to listen to the music in English and to try to understand the lyrics and over time the improvement will be visible.

By Natalija from Serbia