Maria's Adventures in France
Hello everyone! Being so lucky to have this amazing experience of EVS in my life I would like to share it with all of you and maybe to encourage someone to get rid of embarrassment, laziness, fright, self-doubt and to open a new page of your life that is called VOLUNTEERING
ABOUT ME My name is Maria Arjintari. I am 25. I am from Moldova, Comrat. I am Bulgarian-English teacher and I am music teacher as well. I have two big passions in my life: music and foreign languages. Being passionate in music and foreign languages I decided to develop my music and language skills into professional level. I graduated from Comrat State University in June 2017. After my graduation I was so lucky to have this proposal from Miras Moldova to do my EVS (European Voluntary Service) in France. Fortunately I accepted it and this decision changed my life by 360 degrees.
WHAT IS EVS? European Voluntary Service is the European Commission's project that allows a young person (17–30 years) to become a volunteer in another country for a specified period, normally between 2–12 months. The service activities can be, for example, in the field of environment, arts and culture, activities with children, young people or the elderly, heritage or sports and leisure activities. Each project has three partners, a volunteer, a sending organization and a host organization. The project has to take place in a country other than where the volunteers live, is non-profit-making and unpaid and lasts for a limited period (maximum 12 months). MY EVS My EVS took place at Cité scolaire Beaumont, Redon, Brittany, France. Due to my personal character traits, skills and 8 languages that I speak I was involved in many activities: I was English teacher assistant, music teacher assistant, Russian teacher. I also took part in option audiovisuel (it’s optional class where pupils study formation of cinematography, development of cinema and cinema of different countries: American cinema, cinema of France etc) and I was school trips assistant as well. On international school week I prepared Moldovan dances workshop for those who wanted to learn how to dance Hora, Sirba and Kadinca. So briefly my volunteering was tightly closed with my profession.
WHY START VOLUNTEERING? Gain confidence. Volunteering can help you gain confidence by giving you the chance to try something new and build a real sense of achievement. Make a difference. Volunteering can have a real and valuable positive affect on people, communities and society in general. Meet new people. Volunteering can help you meet different kinds of people and make new friends. Be part of a community. Volunteering can help you feel part of something outside your friends and family. Learn new skills. Volunteering can help you learn new skills, gain experience and sometimes even qualifications. Take on a challenge. Through volunteering you can challenge yourself to try something different, achieve personal goals, practice using your skills and discover hidden. Getting out of zone of comfort. Volunteering helps you to learn how to leave far from your country, your family and how to accommodate to new life circumstances, new people, and new job activities. Take a responsibility. Through volunteering you learn how to leave independently, taking all of responsibilities for your life on your own. Managing the budget. Volunteering helps you to manage your pocket money to arrive till the end of the month Work in groups skills. Volunteering teaches how to work in small or big groups with different kinds of people with different points of view.
CONCLUSION So if you are young, dynamic, intelligent person that is not afraid of changes and wants to change something in his life and to bring some changes in this world and you speak though a little bit English or some other foreign languages just believe in yourself, try your best, pick up your luggage and prepare yourself to your EVS trip that will change your life without any doubts.