Hi everybody, to whom that can be interested to know a little bit more about what is an EVS,
I’ll gladly share my EVS experience in Krakow, Poland.
My name is Bastien Duparchy, I am 21 years old and I come from France.
What was my first first thought when I arrived? ?Ok, you’re gonna live 10 months in a new country, new city, new apartment, new job, without speaking Polish and without knowing anybody… OK. Now you just have to accept it and everything is gonna be all right.?.
In fact, this thought was really helpful to me cause I needed to realise what I was involved in, in the purpose to hunt the blues, accept the situation and start to move on. So for me the first day is definitely the most important cause you prepare yourself to live what will be one of the most amazing experience you will ever have.
Now you may think ?Amazing experience, isn’t it too much to say??
For sure it’s not and let me explain to you why:
- EVS is the perfect opportunity for people who want (as me) travel, work and have fun at the same time.
- The organisation pay you the flight to come and go back, they provide you with a flat, local transport, an insurance, a little remuneration every month, days off and some language classes. So basically you don’t have to use your own money.
- During your time as EVS you will meet a lot of people from all around the world so you don’t need anymore travel agencies to plan your future trips! You have plenty of choices all around you!
- You who had some English difficulties, come and be sure than after these 10 months you will shock your English teacher who never have believed in you.
Now let’s become serious again that I may share with you why EVS really changed my life and bring me new horizons.
According to EVS definition, I am doing my ?Volunteer Service? in a disabled school. This is my real first experience with disabled people and from so far the best experience I have ever had in my life.
EVS gave me the opportunity to discover a new work and another look, much more sincere, concrete and richer about the human relationships. It is teaching me how to consider others more than before, how to put love everyday in my work and in everything I do, from feeding somebody to teaching something. It gave me the opportunity to challenge myself by doing things I had never done before. It show me the difference between work FOR somebody and work WITH someone. Moreover it shows me how to boost my life and how to open new doors on my future.
To all those wondering ?What is an EVS? here is my answer:
EVS is the opportunity to discover full of new things. By discovering new things you discover what you want. By discovering what you want you discover who you are and what’s the purpose of life, if not to know who we are?
So please, challenge yourself and be ready to find the real you. Be ready for an EVS.
Pictures taken by Bastien Duparchy