iie 2From the 29th of October to the 1st of November 2014 I had the privilege of participating in a conference which took place in Prague and was co-organized by the Institute for Innovation in Education and the Riverside International School. The Institute for Innovation in Education is an incubator of ideas, projects and partnerships at the intersection of technology and learning, based at the University of Michigan and driven by the expertise of faculty members, graduate students, educators of all kinds and partner organisations from all over the globe. The main aim of the gathering was youth civic engagement.

101 thingsFor me, September is a time for looking back to what has happened during my EVS for the last 6 months. I had the chance to do so during the Midterm meeting, which took place in a small quiet town not far from Prague.

The meeting was very personal because it was a good way for us – volunteers – to share with each other about what we've done, what we are proud of, what we don't like about our projects and what is still there to be done. What I really appreciated about this meeting were the sincere, open talks with some of the participants. These talks gave me new ideas and inspiration regarding what I can do in the 6 months I have left as an EVS volunteer.

barefoot evs blogFrom 10 to 14th of September, I participated in the Mid-term meeting, which took place in Tynec. With all the new things that I am learning during these months as an EVS, participated in the project in Serbia and the Annual Meeting of the network in Latvia, the excitement of living in a new country and trying to get familiar with the culture, with the city, making new friends, somehow I lost track of time.

When I arrived in Tynec, the first evening at the bonfire, where we were sharing our stories as EVS, I realized what I already knew, that time is running so fast and I am already on half of my journey as an EVS.
In the meeting we talked about the mini-project ideas, and well, most of us had no idea how that would look like, but what's important is that there is a strong desire to do something.

If there is a reason why I chose to do an EVS was exactly because I had a lot of questions in my mind: where am I going to go after my Bachelor studies? What will my Master degree be about?..

IMG 4430In the second month of my EVS I had my On-arrival training in Kraliky. I should say I was looking forward to it since, as a foreigner in Czech Republic, I didn't know many people so sometimes it was a little bit boring for me, even though from the stories I heard about various On-arrivals (some good, some bad), I didn't know what to expect. And besides the fact that I would meet other volunteers I was also excited because I would make my first trip in Czech Republic.

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By the end of May I had my EVS On-arrival Training Course in Kraliky, up on a hill and right across a big monastery. One might look at me strangely after hearing this, but, in fact, I think it is the best place for bringing together a group of young, crazy volunteers, who have just started to get to know the Czech Republic.

 
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