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

EVS blog of the week 26/2 to 5/3

Hello this is Cyril and I´m gonna write the blog of EVS for the first week of march. This week was very sunny, and more warm to the other week before. We had three new workers in Fjället and it´s great.

Some new kids came and it´s great very nice to meet you, than we have many kids with different background, and they begin to exchange each other I like that. We try to play less ping-pomg and doing more activities, like playing cards for example. Some kids begin to come without any group of other kids maybe because they feel more confortable. I remember at the beginning it was like two or three kids in a evening, and now there is so many, I feel so accomplished of Jose and me. Some kids try to speak french to me its funny, I take pleasure to teach them, some of them are very interested about many things in the life its a very good sign they will go far.

So far what I think about my week, We need to give kids new passion, they need to open themselves to new thing to do.

Next week is gonna be a photo contest I hope kids will participate we offer a camera as a price. And we are trying to get more kids in the official facebook and instagram because its important. I was planning to going out with the kids but its not possible, for the moment. We gonna have a summer camp in april its great. I like summercamp maybe we will fishing. I think I will cook soon in Fjället. I cant wait to have the summercamp because I like to play outside we can play football for example. Maybe I can bring some kids to a football match, and there is a match soon between IFK and Malmo in the gamla ullevi. When the snow will disappear maybe we can play football outside because football make new friendship and this is a sport easy to play because you should just get a ball and you can put for example a bag in place of the post and you can use all place as a field it´s very easy to play but kids they don´t like that much to play football in sweden maybe its because this is cold outside and they used to play inside game in place of, we will this keep going this idea, and we will see if its different when its sunny

I think some kids like to cook so I can teach them some stuff that I know I will do that during a night.

About my life in Sweden I will go to Hungary and Slovakia soon, I can´t wait I will put the photo in the blog or maybe senor Jose will.

In Norway

Hej, hu mar du ? It’s Cyril again, and i twill be my writting for the evs blog for the period of 21th november until 28th november. It was not the most active week in my work, but we get some day off, good occasion to take à 24h nap. And, above all, to continue my visit of the north europa, next step, Norway.

But, for the beginning, let’s talk about my second project in my work (kooperativet fjället). It was a degustation of some crêpes, french speciality, honestly, it w as not so much a succees, for some reason :

  • Maybe the communication around (my poster) was not so good, so we don’t get so much kids, (specials thanks to my bro Kim, always here in hard times)
  • Unfortunatelly I missed a little my receipe, i’ve thinked about that, it was about flur (too much), but Kim get one of them and he told me that’s was good, so 10% succes it’s a beginning

Maybe for my next project i have to stay far from the kitchen, so yes it sounds good.

The rest of the week was some kind of quiet, i wish a good retablishment to our teammate jenny who’s sick. And hope she can get back soon.

So, now let’s talk about norway. It was amazing, and i’m thinking actually of organised a travel with kids, i need time to plan that good (and help plz), cause i twill be hard, and it have to be secure for kids. But I really want to do that, cause I know how travel can change you’re minds and open new horizons (especially for kids). And as Sven said « One of the goals of the kooperatvet fjället is to send the kids out of angered » maybe it was more about sending them to an EVS project, but I think it will be a good beginning, who can give the travel taste to the kids.

I was in Oslo during the week of 16 to 20th november. My challenge was to visited all the cool places without google map, with just a paper plan, and it was a succes.

First I visited the national opera, build in 2008, it’s a modern structure who takes place in a kind of new « city » of oslo, like we can find in London, or in Paris (La Défense). So it’s really amazing to see how modern architecture is combined with old building, but it was a bit weird. At least it was organised, not as I seen in Bucharest. The modern buildings take a special place in the city, so we can’t write about a « mix », it’s more an add-on.

After I visited the Akershus castle, and the museum of national army of norway

It was interesting, this was a resume of all war of norway, this country takes part in so much war it’s amazing. I see many many beautiful old weapons.

After crossing the city randomely, I finished to meet some graffers, and find a beautiful neighbourg similar to christiana in copenhagen. Governement of norway give them free wall to paint and express their mind, cool stuff.

Stay tunned, for new adventures ! hej da

José in Stockholm

Hej!

I haven´t been here for some weeks, how have you guys been? Hope your weeks have been awesome as well 😀

I was in Stockholm with my french friend Cyril for a week, in volunteer meeting with people from all over the world, like Lebanese, French, Italian, Russian, Lithuanian, etc! Stockholm was a really cool and friendly city, with a lot of awesome buildings and cool places to go! Ah, me and Cyrill spent two nights in jail also! Not funny

Here you have some photos:

The big thing that happened, this month, was the disco night, it was great! Our disco group organized it and it was full of people and everyone had a lot of fun! They sold candies and some food and drinks to the visitors, had special place to put the jackets and we also had snow for that week! Check it out!