What our ex-volunteers say...
“My main tasks during the service were: to design and implement Human Rights Education workshops for children through non formal methodologies; to assist a local trainer in implementing Human Rights Education workshops for children with disabilities; to help in the practical organization of the summer workcamps; to design a Youth Exchange project and manage the communication with international partners; to help cooking for young refugees in a refugee center.
In summer I participated in international work camp in Pentalofos Kozanis. In order to get more clear view how NGOs in Greece are working I have visited other organizations such as Therapeutical Horse Riding Centre, TANDEM, Guest house for unaccompanied refugee youth, the African women Association etc. I helped to organize and was participated in anti-poverty action organized by partners of our organization. In December I was going to Oropos to help teachers prepare with children some things for Christmas Bazar. Also I was working in the office: In order to organize the activities for children I was searching and studying information concerning the methods and philosophy of work with children by using non-formal educational methodology, writing the plan of activities, evaluation of my own work and work of children.
During my EVS I have learned a lot of new things and improved my organizational, time planning, coordinating and managing skills, also my capacity of working independently, organizing my own learning process and dealing with new environment and tasks.
Moreover I have learned new methods how to work with kids, how to design, prepare and implement the activities from the beginning until the end.
I had possibility to develop a tolerance towards people from diverse cultures through everyday life at work and home. I increased my motivation to learn new languages after meeting many new people from different countries. Now I feel more comfortable in cooperation within a multicultural community. And last but not least, I had a very good time, I met new friends and discovered something new about myself... which I did not expect! It was definitely a worthwhile experience."
Iryna from Ukraine, EVS at CiA from August 2010 to April 2011