12334324 10208253158827832 705227991 oWinter is coming, along with the Christmas holidays, and for me, my first holidays out of my home country Macedonia. Also, I am having my Christmas for the first time on 25 December, since Macedonian people celebrate the Orthodox one in January. Along with this, this will be my first and last Christmas holidays as an EVS volunteer, so of course I would try and make the most of it.

Case in point, on 28 November, I was happy to be a part of Toulcuv Dvur's traditional Christmas Market, or in Czech, Mikulášský jarmark. The market is an annual event that is visited by people from all over Prague. It offers its visitors several Christmas-y joys, such as quality gifts for the close ones, warm food and drinks, and many types of entertainment, like theatre , dances, live music and workshops.

StromaDen1Maybe you all know by now that being an EVS volunteer in YEE means also being involved in the ecological center Toulcuv Dvur's local activities, every once in awhile.

Case in point, on 20th October, me and Judit participated in the Dvur's celebration of Tree Day, or "Den Stromu" in Czech. The event started in the morning, when the people from the organisation "Botic", volunteers from a private IT company based in Prague, and us as YEE's EVS volunteers, all took our respective tables. The topic of all of the tables was tree and there was also an exhibition regarding the theme. Big and small - children and adults – all had the opportunity not only to observe the work of carvers, but to engage in handicraft workshops as well.

vimperk groupsmallFrom 2 to 6th of September, Vladimir and I went to Vimperk in order to take part in our EVS Mid-term training and meet again the other EVS volunteers from all around Czech Republic.

On the arrival day, all of us had the possibility to present some highlights of our EVS project by showing two pictures to the others. I dare to say, we could be amazed by various experiences of the other volunteers and it seemed that everybody had a great fun during the previous months. Luckily, our nice hotel was situated next to a bowling alley so it was obvious to spend the night by competing and showing our (non)proficiency.

vleseevent1This year, YEE started its Climate Campaign. The campaign is focused on the perils of global warming and it strives to get people involved in the fight against this issue. At the same time, other purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness about the fact that every one of us can make a difference, regardless of its magnitude.

Therefore, from the get-go, we decided that our campaign should have a wide impact, focusing on reaching people from all over Europe. In order to make things easier, but also to create something more long-term, we created a booklet with guidelines for organising a climate change workshop.

Prague1It is crazy, but one third of my EVS has already passed so it is time to summarize what happened to me so far. It is clear that, joining the team of an environmental organisation, such as YEE was a really great opportunity for me. During the first 4 months, I could get a tons of new experiences and new skills.

 
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