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.
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.