Being a “Youngster on the move”

article written by Iryna Panchak

Hi! My name is Ira, I?m 23 years old and I?m from Ukraine. I would like to share with you my feelings and experiences which I got during my EVS in Krakow.

Before I came to Poland I was working in Charity Foundation ?Wings of hope? who helps children with cancer. After one year of working there I understood that I need to change something in my life totally. I thought that I need something special which will give me a chance to develop myself and give me new aim in my life. And I was right when I decided to do my EVS in charming Krakow and awesome hosting organization Zespół Szkół Specjalnych  no. 11. During these 10 months I gained huge experience in working with children with disabilities, moreover I got used to being in international team and creating something interesting together.

Except of working in school 6 hours per day, the second part of my EVS planning, managing and implementing an event  within my project ?Youngsters on the Move?.  The project gathered 8 volunteers from different countries, different nationalities, thus variety views and opinions in life. The aim of the project was to highlight the issue of human migration, reasons, consequences and influences of it in the world. Of course, for us it was big challenge to create something together in multicultural team (from Morocco till Ukraine) and it required a lot of patience and understanding, energy and creativity. Participation in this project gave me a chance to look at  human migration from different perspectives (European Union, North of Africa and Post-Soviet country). Each of us has different experiences and insight about human migration; because of that reason, we decided to create our world with different countries, territories, religions and laws and to put everything in the game ?No borders, No barriers?.

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The main idea was immerse participants of game in the world of countries with starvations, wars or natural disasters. 4 countries with 11 characteristics, 19 participants and 35 minutes of ?migration? to different countries just trying to find better life for themselves and their families.  Everyone had their own role and story of life and moving to each of 4 countries forced them to reflect on migration process, to solve different problems of moving and make a decision at the moment. This game helped us to present how volunteers see phenomenon of migration, what people could expect by moving in different country and what is waiting for them there.

So, 13th of June we organized our event, where each of us, but most of all me got a lot of an unforgettable and unique experience to work with international team on important topic nowadays.

Today is 28th of June and after 3 days I will finish my EVS, my amazing and adventurous trip. This fact makes me sad but I?m also so grateful for having this chance in my life. My EVS was full of the greatest emotions, events, people and experiences. I met a lot of new friends, got new knowledge and great opportunity to improve and develop myself.

Organizers: EVS volunteers “Youngsters on the move” project, Internationaler Bund Polska
Disclaimer: This project has been funded with support from the European Commission within Erasmus + framework. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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