En hälsning från Avignon

Avignon 17 April 2018

Bonjour!

Jag heter Sanna Seppänen, är 22 år gammal och bor numera i Provence. Nu är jag inne på min tredje vecka i Avignon.  Jag har fått den fantastiska möjligheten att arbeta med en kortfilmsfestival i Cabrieres d’Avignon som heter Court c’est court, samtidigt som jag får lära mig franska under de kommande elva månaderna.  Frankrike har alltid varit ett land och kultur som jag har velat utforska mer, jag har rest mycket i mitt liv enda sen barnsben då min far har arbetat utomlands under hela min uppväxt. För tre år sedan reste jag runt om i världen och arbetade på olika ställen, det var både utmanande och lärorikt. Det året utanför Sveriges gränser släckte inte min reslust utan snarare sporrade den. Jag har arbetat volontärt med Göteborgs filmfestival och att få enbart arbeta rent med film på det sättet jag ska göra nu är otroligt intressant.

 

När jag kom hit för tre veckor sedan kunde jag knappt ett ord franska, att jag bara kunde säga hej och räkna till tre är inte en underdrift. Det är fantastiskt hur jag varje dag känner mig allt mer hemma i staden och hur det franska vokabuläret växer hos mig i samma takt som graderna tickar uppåt på min termometer på fönsterrutan. Att få fly ett kallt och regnigt Göteborg såsom det var för några veckor sedan mot ett blomstrande Frankrike, var värt resan bara det. Jag bor här i ett rum hos en värdfamilj, Alexandra och Pierre, de är underbara och växlar franska med engelska när jag ser ut som ett frågetecken. De tar med mig på allt, och visar upp deras stad och vänner och hela den franska kulturen helhjärtat. Min första månad här består av att läsa franska med en privatlärare fem dagar i veckan, två timmar om dagen. Resterande tid utforskar jag Avignon och spenderar dagarna med ett gäng svenska konststudenter som jag mött här nere. Avignon är ett riktigt kulturmecka och det finns så mycket kulturärt som film, musik och konst runt varje gathörn. Kanske är inte umgänget med svenskar så bra för min franska men det har fått mig att känns tillhörighet och trygghet. I början av maj kommer jag att flytta till en liten stad närmare Cabrieres, där jag troligen kommer få stå helt på egna ben och föra mig med den franska jag lärt mig till dess, det ska bli en prövning, men jag ser mycket fram emot det.

Nytt från Debora

Six months now that I am in Sweden, who would have believed it !!!

I survive the snow and the minus degrees.

One of the things I enjoy the most about here in Sweden is that there are special days for eating pastries and I really like that habit.

Gothenburg is a cosmopolitan city with a large number of French people among a multitude of other nationalities. It’s a more dynamic city than I pictured it during the first few months I landed. There are always interesting activities or cultural events.

 

 

The area where I spend most of my free time is on the side of Jarntorget, it’s my favorite neighborhood. There are some restaurants including ”Le Pub” which is not so Frenchy but at least they do a very good rissotto :). we can also find bars, concert halls and show and two three cinemas. You may have guessed it but I spend time there especially in the evening. Saturday afternoon I go to the art museum and I drag in the section of French artists.

My sister and a Friend came for the christmas holidays, it was great, very funny. We visited Oslo ( the transportation to go in the country around Sweden is cheap compare to France).

Some time I hang out with my Swedish  teacher, she always has funny earring. She  is nice.

 

As for work, I’m not going to lie the beginning was not easy especially because of the language I think. Today it is much better, it is an instructive environment on the personal level, I learned a lot about me (about the person I thought I was and who I really am.

Must of the time,  I play a lot ping pong ”pingis” in Swedish and skip-bo (I think I have an addiction for this game). A few days ago we went seeing an ice hockey match. It was a first for me and I validate it 100%. we went to the bowling my team didn’t win but anyway it was great, one of the kid in the other team made like 5 strike :/ .

What more can you say? A lot. But it will be for the next time.

Det kom ett mail från Linnea och Ellinor

De vill dela med sig av sitt EVS äventyr i Italien. Här kommer deras berättelse.

http://sdsignshop.com/product-category/window-decals/feed/ ”Casa di Alice”

  

  

En förskola där vi jobbar med barn mellan 1-3 år. Vi tar hand om, leker och sköter alla busiga barn.

  


where to buy Deltasone ”Pedibus  Ludoteca”

 

På eftermiddagarna hämtar vi barn i 6-10 års åldern i skolan och går tillsammans med dem till ”ludoteca” som motsvarar ett fritids i Sverige. På fritidset hjälper vi barn med engelskaläxor, hänger och umgås.

 


buy provigil in canada Livet i Italien

  

 

Vårt övriga liv i Italien består till stor del av många nya kulturupplevelser, god mat och mycket interaktion med nya människor.

  

Hälsningar Linnea och Ellinor

 

First Entry in the EVS Log – Fjället

Hello,

My name is Gonçalo Carita, I’m a 25 years old volunteer from Portugal. I’m doing an EVS Program in Sweden, at Kooperativet Fjället.

Why am I doing an EVS Program? Glad You asked. I needed a new challenge in my life, and the opportunity of becoming a volunteer seemed to be the right decision, I’ll be able to grow as a Person with this experience. I arrived in Sweden on 25th of October 2017. I was ready to start my new life as a volunteer. The first week and a half was the settle down period. For me was something completely different, the Language and what I was supposed to do. I’m quite a shy person, so having to work and interact with kids and youth was going to be a challenge. Started speaking with the kids to let them know who I was and what I was doing here, but for them was weird to see a new person just wondering around the place, and they are shy as well. As the days passed, I was more comfortable with the kids and started doing some activities with them such as, Playing Ping-Pong, Playing card games like UNO and 4 in a row.

In my second week, we went to Liseberg, an Amusement Park in Gothenburg, for Halloween. I had a good time there even though I had to ride rollercoasters which I completely hate… I don’t like heights ok? But Liseberg was the turning point in my experience here in Sweden. I talked a lot with the kids who went there and it was the opportunity for them to know me.

One day Sven showed me the attic, some years there.

 

 

I’ve been to the Portuguese Club in Gothenburg, which was a good help to settle down in this new country and to know some more people outside of work. I’ve been to the city a few times and I can say I really enjoyed.

 

In General, it was a really good month. The people I work help me whenever they can so I have nothing to say against them. Hoping the new months will be like this or Better.

Gonçalo

Hello, I´m Debora

My name is Debora and I am 28 years old. I am doing a European voluntary service in Sweden in Gothenburg. It is the second largest city in Sweden after Stockholm, it is composed of several neighborhoods a bit like Marseille. I live in a neighborhood call Rannebergen.

I realize my volunteering at Kooperativet Fjället. It is a youth house open Monday to Saturday. Most of them just come to talk and hang out with their friends. They have the possibility of programming activities (evenings cinemas or video games, play ping-pong and do pastry workshops). Last week, they organized a Halloween disco party for local kids.

Since I’m here, I participated in  training camp at the edge of a lake and I went to a trip to Liseberg amusement park for Halloween (I have often thought that I would fall hit the floor but in the end, I was very happy, it was so cool)

As far as I am concerned, I do not regret having come. It’s not always fun because of the language barrier, Swedish is a very complicated language. The youth were shy like me and do not dare to speak in English but they try a little more each day.

In the next post, I will tell you about my stay in Stockholm and I will come back to the activities I did in much more detail. Big smile and see you soon.

Debora