EVS- EVROPSKA PROSTOVOLJNA SLUŽBA
Mladi smo danes bolj mobilnlni kot kadarkoli prej. V današnjem času so so možnosti spoznavanja drugih dežel neomejene. Zgrabimo lahko priložnosti vsepovsod, še posebej pa če nam jih zastobj nudi Evropska unija.
Program MVA (Mladi v akciji), je eden od programov, ki spodbujajo prav to- mobilnost mladih, ki pa si želijo zraven spoznati še tujo kulturo, način življenja in vse ostalo kar spada zraven.
KAJ POMENI MVA?
Program mladi v akciji je program Evropske unije za mlade, ki spodbuja mobilnost znotraj in preko meja EU, neformalno učenje in medkulturni dialog ter vključevanje vseh mladih ne glede na njihovo izoraževalno, družbeno in kulturno ozadje.
Spletna stran za vse ostale informacije: http://www.mva.si
KAJ POMENI EVS?
EVS v splošem omogoča mlademu posamezniku, staremu od 18 do 30 let, da za določeno obdobje, do največ enega leta, postane prostovoljec v izbrani državi, kjer ne živi. Delo, ki ga prostovoljec opravlja je neplačano, nepridobitno in se opravlja za polni delovni čas.
KAJ JE NAMEN EVS?
Namen Evropske prostovoljne službe (EVS) je razvijati solidarnost ter spodbujati aktivno državljanstvo in medsebojno razumevanje med mladimi.
Prostovoljec lahko samo enkrat , ne glede na čas trajanja opravlja EVS službo, izjema pa so mladi z manj priložnostmi.
EVS projekt je lahko povezan z različnimi temami in poteka na različnih področjih, kot so kultura, mladi , šport, socialno skrbstvo, kulturna dediščina, umetnost, razvojno sodelovanje, itd.
KAJ LAHKO PROSTOVOLJEC PRIDOBI Z EVS?
Prostovoljec lahko pridobi izredno veliko. Poleg izkušnje samostojnega življenja, osebnostnega razvoja, spoznavanja dtugačnih kultur in socialnega okolja, še naslednje stvari: povečanje lastne zaposljivosti, znanje novega jezika, učenje prevzemanja odgovornosti, izkušnjo dela v skupini, večjo samozavest, zrelost, praktična znanja, izkušnjo mednarodene mobilnosti, širjenje socialne mreže in pa povečan občutek pripadnosti Evropski uniji.
EVS V MLADINSKEM CENTRU VELENJE
Mladinski center Velenje je zsprojekti EVS začel v letu 2009. Naše prve prostovoljke so prišle iz Turčije. Tukaj so se ukvarjale z liokalno mladino in sodelovale na različnih projektih.
Na naši spletni strani si lahko ogledate tudi njun blog, ki sta ga skrbno pisali.
KAKO POSTATI EVS PROSTOVOLJEC?
Če te zanima karkoli v zvezi z evropskim prostovoljstvom, se oglasi v Mladinskem centru Velenje od ponedeljka do petka med 7.00 in 15.00 uro. Poiščite Melito, ali pa ji pišite na mail:
Now, I am flying over Sea of Marmara to Ljubljana. I’ve just realized the fact that I am leaving my country, my home and family. Although it will take only 2, 5 months, I will have to create my own life in a different culture with different language and people.
Is it frightening me? Yes, but I have to do this to do good voluntary job, to learn new things, to get experience but mostly to learn and to see that how will I be able to find my own way of living in so different environment. I hope, I will turn back getting more than I am expecting...
Even three days have passed...
First night was so difficult for me to sleep in a new place.
Second night, I was in the first activity of Mladinski Center Velenje. There was a concert of ‘No means No’. This tiring night helped me to sleep my second night in Velenje.
Today, 3rd of July’ is a special day for Velenje. It’s ‘Coal Miner Day’. I went to ceremony in the stadium. It was interesting to see that how Velenje attaches much importance to being coal miner. After the ceremony, we went the celebration. This is the first time which I could have chance to listen to Slovenian traditional songs. They were nice and they were songs having fast rhythms which make you to dance and also I tried to dance with Melita’s uncle =)
So far, everything is fine and I am getting used to here faster than I expected before I came here. All people who I met are so nice and very helpful. Besides this they are all open-mind and they understand and respect on all kind of my preferences. However, the only thing which makes me worry is my work here because I haven’t learned exactly what will I do and for which project I am here yet. I think I should wait to a bit about this and I hope it will be clearer what will be my job in the next days…
I’m getting used to my apartment. Even I started to cook my own meals and also to host my guests =). On Saturday morning I had some guests in my apartment. First, Melita and Iztok came and then Tina, Ira and Jasmina. Slovenian people put off their shoes while they are coming inside and they bring something as a prize to host when they come to home first time like Turkish people =) I cooked them coffee in Turkish way and they liked it.
Jasmina invited me to meeting of her Bosnian Youth Association in Kunigunda. I thought that it would be nice to see them and meet them and I decided to go. When I went there, Jasmina was training the group to sing a ‘Sevdalinka’ which is a kind of Bosnian traditional song. To be there and to see their works were so nice to me. Then we went out and we recognized that one girl, Arnela, from the group lives in the apartment whose building is near mine and her mother saw us invited to their place. We went in. Her mother cooked us coffee and their cooking of way is also different from both Slovenian and Turkish way but they have same ‘cezve’ and ‘fincan’ with Turkish ones and the words are also same with Turkish ones :) And she prepared us ‘burek’. After four days coming here, being in a family life made me more relax and happy...
I am so surprised because I just realised that even one week passed...
This week I started to work in Kunigunda. I’m helping the works in Kunigunda but mostly there are not lots of things. Thus, my disappointments are increasing about the reason why I am here. On the other hand, this shows me some good things also. I got used to here, got used to be a foreigner and other things about which I was worried before I came and now I saw my work as the only problem.
I passed whole this weekend lonely. Normally, loneliness is not such a big problem for me, but if it is not your chosen and if you have to be lonely then it becomes a problem.
I liked Velenje it is a silence city when I compared it with the city I lived Turkey. I do not have to be in hurry here and I have chance to rest a little. On the other hand, because Velenje is small for me and there aren’t much social activities which I can join in, I can not stall my loneliness. Sometimes I get really bored. Despite of the some problems here, I know that all of them are experiences for me and at the end I will be gained lots of things…
Tomorrow morning, I’m going to Bohinj. There is the on arrival training of Evs there until 18th of July. I hope this training will be nice for me. I will see new places and I will meet the other Evs volunteers in Slovenia. Now, I have to pick my bags to go Bohinj.
I’ve been Bohinj now for 3 days. Our trainings last whole day from the morning until the evening. However, they are not boring. We’re enjoying with all lectures and they’re passing interactive. We are ten volunteers in the training. To meet and to talk with the people who have the same position with me make me to feel better. We’re sharing our experiences and problems. This is good because you can understand you are not the only one who has some problems and difficulties. Moreover, you have a chance to meet more than one people who have different culture, different languages and different point of views at the same time. This is so nice for personal development.
Besides our lectures, yesterday was free day for us, and we went cannoning on the lake of Bohinj and we went to one adrenalin park which is near and at the evening there was an acapella concert in Festival Kanal . All these activities were entertaining and relaxing and we spent good time all together.
I like Bohinj so much. You are so close the nature here. You can see the mountains, color of green and the blue of the lake at the same. At the night the lack of Bohinj has special beauty. I don’t remember that I saw this amount of stars in the sky before. It’s so amazing…
I’ve just returned from Bohinj to Velenje. Now I feel better. I think everything will be easier now…
In the first days of coming here, everyday I attached the days to each other one by one and I counted that for how many days I am here. However, even 12 days have passed since I wrote lastly here. This shows me that the time is passing so fast…
We worked too much in working brigade last week near the lake. It lasted five days and it was really hard work. I didn’t participate in this kind of works before. When I saw the place where we would work, I couldn’t believe that there will be a summer cinema at the end. This seemed impossible to me. However, everyone in the team worked a lot during five days, at the end we got really good fruits of our working. The place became so nice and useful for the public and at the end we were proud of ourselves. However, I think this place should be taken care after now. Otherwise, it may become the same with the past and all our works may be wasted.
I was filled with gratitude when I arrived in slovenia. It was a beautiful sunny day. Journey was nice and easy. I was not excited.
Ljubljana airport seemed too small to me. I did not know yet that 'Small is beautiful.' I saw that only three offices were working in the passport control. That was a good clue about Slovenia.
I remember my first breath when I was go out. Slovenia has a very clean air. There are a lot of lush forest. That's why I said 'let's go on the usual way instead of highway. I wanted to feast during the trip.
In the car, communication problems began on the way to Velenje. I was continuously saying ''come'' or ''si si si.'' They were italian words. I was speaking italian. This evidence that I exposed italian language more than English :)
We reached my new home. There were many apartments where I will live. It called ' Stantetova.' I was going to live here for 4.5 months. Little girls who sat in front of the door were talking. It was completely different language. They had lighter skin and hair colors. The sun was sinking down on them. This would make them even more blonde.
I was home at the end. Now is the time to get some sleep and take a warm shower. The flat was big but unfortunately everything in the house was dirty and dusty. There was a huge bed but it was very dusty to sleep. Where will I sleep? Every breath was like torture. My roommate said dust will not kill you .. And It of course did not work. Because the death was not a matter :) Also she told me about the oppressiveness of the days here. She said that she spent much of her time at home. Home was like a shelter to protect her from the tedious job. And I could not take even breathe in this shelter. I was not satisfied. I thought to return. It was seriously. My God! It's seems funny now.
Second day for the first time I went to the youth center. The road seemed long to me. I did not know yet that Velenje is a small walkable city. The first time I saw Melita that day in the Mladinski Center. She was very helpful when we were talking on the internet before then I came. We talked a lot of time on the intenet. She replied my each questions. Because of her I chose to come here. We saw each other for the first time. Then I met with the director of the youth center. He asked my invocies to send National Agency. He was very helpful too. And then we went out to handle other jobs with Melita . There were many tedious procedures to do. Fortunately, Melita was very helpful. We went too many places with her. In Mladinski Center, I saw that people realy care about us. I was more relaxed now.
In the afternoon, my mentor Marko came to our flat. He brought vacuum cleaner for us. We cleaned our flat all together. It was so nice. It was the most beautiful event that make me happy that day. He said 'breathe better' when we finished cleaning. It meant a lot to me.
On friday the Kunigunda festival began. We started to work festival Kunigunda. Everybody was very busy because of festival. It was a tiring week. We were like press :) Mladinski Center Velenje gave us press card. We record Festival events. There were very events every day. The first concert was Aperion and It was cool. There was a concert every night. Besides, there were various events throughout the days. Every day we were going to different places and we were shooting. Everything was very new for me.
I discovered my favorite music throughout the festival. It was a song band of Chateau. I was always singing their song ''objemi, objemi me''. I love them. Festival was a litte bit long for us. I did not have much time during the festival. That's why I could not learn a lot about Slovenia. We were busy but at least I could see their entertainment styles. And also during that time I saw people were smoking too much.
Also on the first day of the festival that began Ramadan. Ramadan is Islamic holy month. It was a different experience that fasting in a Christian country. I met bosnian people who live here and sometimes we ate dinner together. It was great to be with people who close your culture in foreign country.
Kunigunda Festival was over at the end. It was sometimes boring sometimes funny. Like weather, because the weather was the same. It was sometimes rainly and sometimes sunny. At the end of the festival I met many people and learned many new things.
At the beginning of September, which is my birth-month, my mentor Marko, technical coordinator Melita, the other volunteer Ayşe and me had the meeting about projects and daily activities. First project which I was supposed to do was edition of movie about Kunigunda festival.
Ayşe and me did that in KRMC – Kunigunda Regional Multimedia Center. We started with saving on computer all the pictures and videos which we shot during festival previous month. We watched all the material from the beginning until end couple of times. We made a plan to arrange events from Kunigunda by days.
Now I would like to mention the short film for festival Kunigunda. Ayşe me and Stojan started to make films. Making of the movie wasnt over when Ayşe returned back to Turkiye. This was my first movie experience. Stojan helped to us a lot. But of course he didn’t have a lot of time to teach us that how to make. I learned as much as I saw. We were lucky because Stojan is very friendly. He spoke with us about many different things. I can say that I never get bored when I was working with him. Filmmaking was over at the end of September and the lenght of the movie is now approximately fourty minutes. I love wacthing it because this is our baby J
Our bicycle tour in September was arranged by Marko. It was very nice and also hard for us because we were so hungry and thirsty because of Ramazan. Marko told us some information (history, industry) about Velenje. I think that we were lucky again because our Mentor took care about us pretty much. He also arranged language course. He wanted us to be more comfortable here.
We watched Bosnian- Turkish football match together with Bosnian people. It was in Kunigunda Studio. It was great match. We were like brothers. Ivana saw that turkish people were in minor than Bosnians and she supported us. She was so fanatic for our team J We enjoyed a lot. Score was 1-1 it means everybody was happy Smile
During this month we didnt get contact with my sending organisation quite well. We tried to contact them. We spent a lot of time and it made me worried.
İn this month I went to Ljubljana. I got a chance for the first time to see it. I was with my friend and we enjoyed.
I went the other popular place in Slovenia. I am talking about Bled.
We made a trip a little bit around the lake and we rented a boat and we went to island in the middle of the lake. There was a wedding when we were there. We took a lot of pictures.
That day I also saw Jesenice and in the evening we had dinner there. We ate Bosnian and Turkis dish. They were delicous.
Marko sent me information about my arrival training. I saw that I gonna be in Strunjan. At that time I was very happy because I alwasys wanted to see Piran before my coming to Slovenia.
We went one more time to Ljubljana in this month. There was a big dinner for muslims all over the Slovenia. Marko drove us there.
We went to the Velenje Coal-mining Museum one day before Ayşe went home. It was very different experience. Marko arranged it and he drove us there. Coal-minnig is very important for Velenje. This trip showed us eveything about coal-minning and miners life. Srecno for all of them!
Melita invited us for dinner. We had dinner there. They were so gentle. I liked so much her family. They waited us for iftar time. After dinner Melita and his boyfriend drove us to Ivana’s home because it was last night in Slovenia for Ayşe. She served to us ‘potica’ which her mother made.
On my birthday Ayşe went back to home. We stopped at Trojane for ‘’krof’’ when we were coming back. People who work in Mladinski center and Kunigunda studio surprised me for my birthday. I was a little bit shy and happy. In the afternoon I met with my Bosnian friends. They celebrated my birthday and Jasmina gave me a lot of gifts. That evening there was a basketball match beetween Slovenija and Türkiye and Slovenia won. Yep, I was a little bit sad.
Melita and Iztok came to my flat with water vacuum cleaner. They cleaned two beds. I was very glad. This day my telephone didn’t work and Marko gave me one telephone for getting contact with my family and for job. As I always said he is realy very helpful for everybody.
There was a fair in Velenje. I and the other volunteers introduced Mladinski center and how to become a volunteer. That day was very nice for me because there were also other stands and I traveled around them to get more information.
Ramazan finished and the Bayram came. I visited my bosnian friend Jasmina. I had lunch and we celebrated there. It was my first bayram in foreign country.
On 21th September Direktor Marko came to bus station in the morning. He helped me to find true peron and he again informed me about my travel. That made me so much comfortable. And I went to Strunjan for arrival trainig. If you ask me how it was I would just say that’s ‘great’!!!.
My roommate Lina was from Germany and we got a lot of fun with her. Finally, I tried lasko and union beers after the Ramazan. If you ask me which one was better I know that I am from Stajerska, at least I am living here now but I would definitely say UNİON Wink
During training we played, enjoyed and learned a lot. We met with other volunteers and we liked each other. We were a good team ;) In the free time we went to sea and we swam. We walked to Piran when we had all afternoon free. We swam, bought ice cream, chated, walked and enjoyed in Piran. We watched the hero ‘Kekec’J When our trainig finished everybody was a little bit sad.
When I came back from Strunjan I could see the last day of the Pika’s Festival. I enjoyed there. I took some pretty pictures. I was glad to see this popular festival for the cildiren. There were a lot of children from all over of Slovenia.
I got meeting with Melita and Marko. We arranged my october days. They asked me to do workshops for daily center. I was a little bit scared. But I had to give them ideas for my workshop for October. Marko wanted me to make the comparison beetween Slovenia and Turkiye. When I went back to flat it was hard to find some ideas. I asked my family and friends.
In the end I found some ideas. They were; making turkish coffe, watching turkish movie ‘babam ve oğlum’ and listening turkish traditional music ‘ney’. After that Melita sent me my timetable for October.
I started to work in Youth Center as a volunteer. I met with Ira who makes workshops during Tuesday and Wednesday. She was very kind.
And on 30th september I got curtain from Gorana for flat and I washed them. Finally I got curtains Smile