PredepartureIt has been exactly 4 months minus two days since I came in Prague to take on my EVS adventure. It has been more than a year since I applied for this position at YEE. I still remember the great pleasure I felt when I got notified that I am selected to be one of the two EVS volunteers. I also remember the excitement I felt when I came face to face with the fact that I'm leaving my country and everything that is a part of my daily life (especially my comfort zone). Still, even though I felt the eagerness and anticipation, I knew that it is not 100% easy to give up your "previous life" and start something brand new from scratch.

AM2In July, YEE's most important event for this year happened – the Annual Meeting 2015. The significance of this event is based on the YEE's role as an umbrella organisation that caters to its members and their needs.

When it comes to the Annual Meeting, a short description of it is that it is an annual event where delegates from member organisations gather for three days somewhere in Europe, in order to discuss what has happened in the previous year and what should happen in the following, as regards to the work of YEE and the respective member organisations. The meeting also serves as a platform for the member organisations to showcase their activities, projects and plans and furthermore network with other organisations. Last but not least, during the AM, several different documents are adopted and a new Board is selected by voting of the full members.

50-IMG 20150522 191050As most of you know, ever since April, YEE's latest addition to its office team for a whole year are the two new EVS volunteers: Judit and me, Vladimir. You already know what EVS is (if not click here) but now I'm going to write about an aspect that is a part of every volunteer's service, and that is the on-arrival training.

EVS volunteers have several trainings related to their volunteering period: pre-departure, on-arrival, mid-term training and final evaluation. By definition, the on-arrival training is a several-day event designed to help the new volunteers get acquainted with the new host country, its culture and language. In addition, the training helps the volunteer prepare for the service and to learn more about how to expand his/ her skills. Last but not least, the on-arrival is the perfect networking opportunity for meeting fellow volunteers from all over Europe.

DSC02695bWhen my organisation suggested we help Botic carry out their Earth Day event, I got excited for leaving my office and branching myself more in the area of Toulcuv Dvur. After meeting the people from the organisation responsible for managing the event, I knew immediately that I was in the right hands due to their passionate and elaborate explanation, in which I also learned more about the chequered history of Toulcuv Dvur.

DSC02637The project of EVS encourages young people to take initiatives and develop their sense of entrepreneurship. That is why a part of the project is the volunteers themselves organizing a mini project. Since the beginning of my project I was thinking what could I organise, and in the end I decided to organise a movie screening event. I really believe that watching a film which is tackling an issue can be a great way to raise awareness. I am very interested in the climate change topic so the movie I choose was related to it, but in a totally new perspective.