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Salut à vous ! I’m Marie, and I live in Tours, France. I arrived in Sweden the 1st of March, and I’m working as a volunteer for Globala Kronoberg here in Vaxjö for one month. My sending organization is a French association in which I worked during six months, as a volunteer as well. I’m looking for social and inspiring experiences abroad, so I took this opportunity to discover Sweden. This kind of experience is the first one for me, and I would like to share it with you here. I realized by talking with people that a lot of young people don’t know about volunteering, werheas it’s a really nice way to discover an other culture and to live a real immersion into an other country. The only thing required to go abroad as a volunteer is a real motivation to bring your help and knowledge in a social or cultural work.

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In my case, to be honest, I hadn’t a precise idea about what I will have to do in Globala Kronoberg, and about the place where I will live neither. Sometimes the unknown excited me, sometimes it was a little bit scary. During my flights and trains some questions went through me, like “and if I don’t like my work ?”, “who is waiting for me at the railway station ?”, “where is my suitcase ?” (mmh… I’m not really proud about that, but I forgot my suitcase in a café in the airport. Luckily nobody noticed it). It is a good thing to step out of its comfort zone. It offers the possibility to experiment new things (for exemple, it was the first time I take the plane !). It also learns to expect less about events, to let it go, to lose control, and to accept events as they come. Sometimes you’re surprised (for exemple, I didn’t expect the three free meals and drinks into the plane. My belly neither). My flat mate and my coordinator were at the railway station to welcome me and I had no problem to feel comfortable in my new room.

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My first days at the office were quite exhausting : I’m not  used to speak in English all day long and was surprised to see how many energy it takes ! Moreover I had a lot of things to understand about the place where I work : Globala Kronoberg is a part of a big associative network called SIP. It includes several other teams, each one carries projects and some teams work together for common projects… For example, Funkibator is helping and caring about people with disabilities’ everyday life and is socializing young people through videogames, Drömarnas Kontor is helping young people to realize their projects, Tender Loving Caring is taking care of your dog when you´re at work… Concerning team in which I work, Globala Kronoberg, is the part of the SIP House which deals with the youth exchanges, by promoting and organizing Erasmus projects, languages courses and summer events, EVS hosting and sending… These projects and works are only a quick introduction of the SIP House, they are so many rich and interesting things organized here, that I couldn’t write everything here !

As a volunteer in Globala Kronoberg’s team, it was up to me to define my missions and tasks, and to organize my schedule and work. The SIP house is waiting for EVS people to bring their ideas, inspiration, motivation, and a fresh look into the team work. Firstly, I chose to focus on the telling of my month in Sweden, which allows me to practice my English and to think more deeply about my feelings about this experience, and which will give, I hope, inspiration and desire to other people to take part of this adventure ! Secondly, as I am really interested for so long by ecological care and alternatives, I chose to take part of the Earth Week’s organization. Because being a volunteer means involving yourself in the association’s life, according to your interests, what you want to learn, and according to your abilities, what you want to bring. But nothing about stress, nothing about results and efficiency. Just have fun, learn and enjoy.

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Hej hej everybody ! My name is Marie, I’m 23 and I’m an EVS volunteer from Tours, in France. I arrived in Växjö last Wednesday, and I’m here for one month, to work with the Globala’s team.

My sending organisation is called “Les Compagnons Bâtisseurs”, its work is to deal with unhealthy houses problems and energetical care. I worked with them during six months. My missions there as a volunteer was to take part in restoration work in the inhabitants house, by showing them how to do and supporting them to be part of the work. I also animated games and work teams for the energetic care, created some posters about that subject and wrote the association’s newsletter. So I learned a lot of things with the other volunteers of this association, which were for most of them EVS people. Working with them gave me the desire to have an experience abroad, that’s why I’m here this month !

Living abroad is a way to discover an other way of life (actually, dealing with the snow is another way of life for me, and it’s not an easy thing), an other culture, which are for me the first things to do to open its mind. I’m gonna focus on two objectives in Globala’s team : the Earth Week and the writing of my experience abroad. So I will post every weeks an article about my life here as a french girl. Don’t worry, I’ll make that absolutely fascinating… At east I’ll try !

See you soon, then!

-Marie

Hej! My name is Anna, and I come from Ukraine. One month passed since I have started my EVS in Alvesta. Time goes fast and I write this small text to keep my first impression, first emotions and, maybe, expectations. All this things could be boring for people, who spent more time in Sweden, but this small sketches made my first month.

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