European Voluntary Service
European Voluntary Service EVS is an action of the Erasmus program of the European Commission, which gives the possibility for young people between age 18 and 30 to participate in different projects as volunteers. The program offers volunteering opportunities with diverse themes and a big range of opportunities, from social work, tourism to cultural events. These are promoted by organizations in Europe and different partner countries, and can last from 3 to 12 months.
During their participation in the program, the volunteers do much more than just completing specific tasks. They learn about different cultures, how to adapt to new situations, and how to live an independent life. In order to promote a positive experience, certain basic aspects are provided. Food, accommodation, local transportation, health insurance, pocket money and part of their international travel (to the city of their program) is covered for by the EVS project grant. All things considered, the volunteers don’t need to worry about supporting themselves while living in a foreign country and adapting to a different culture, being able to focus more on their personal and professional development. During the final months of the project, volunteers are encouraged to fill in a special certificate for EVS - Youth Pass. This document contains a description of the work of the volunteer, analysis of their development at different levels and it constitutes as well an effective method of self-evaluation and reflection over the project’s challenges and benefits.
The Brave Kids EVS VolunteersIn 2016, Csenge Gábosi, who is from Hungarian minority in Romania, from the city Târgu Mureș and Patricia Galván Román from Ceuta, España were with us in Poland for 9 months and helped organize the 7th Edition of the Brave Kids. In 2017, Malika, from Öskemen in Kazakhstan, and Sara, from Italy, joined us. And from October 2018, Tamar Kelaptrishvilli from Akhaltsikhe, Georgia, and Serena Aznar, from Zaragoza, Spain will be part of the team and will help organise the 10th Edition of Brave Kids in 2019. They will complete different tasks related to event organising, such as contacting participants, developing activities and programs, creating workshops for children, researching about artistic groups, creating promotion materials, etc. Like in every aspect of life, they will face challenges and struggle to overcome them. In any case, they will improve their problem solving skills, they will learn how to adapt to a different culture, develop their professional skills and reflect on their future as more aware young people. This process will fill them with energy, giving them confidence to continue an exciting journey in their life after the project ends.
Tuğçe (2018): My first overseas experience in a project like Brave Kids for me was incredible. I can describe the brave kids project as a process in which many different languages, cultures and differences are blended in the same ambience and more than 100 participants can work together in harmony despite differences. No matter where in the world you are, if you are brave enough, buy a ticket and join them this year.
Malika (2017):Being part of such an amazing cultural, educational and social event as Brave Kids Festival 2017 is a dream come true! You meet people from all over the world, learn about their cultures, share your culture, broaden your mental and cultural horizons. Also, spending seven months in the warmest (both climatically and atmospherically) city in Poland is a great chance to integrate in the local community and take up the challenge of learning the Polish language!
Sara (2017):My travel from my little hometown to Wrocław to work as an EVS volunteer for Brave Kids 2017 was just a month ago, so it is a little bit difficult to talk about this project yet. I was enthusiastic about collaborating in this project since the beginning: I think that BK festival is a powerful project, and even if everything is quite new it was not difficult for me to be at ease and to start to feel more and more involved over time – also thanks to the warm and dedicated team of people who is working behind the scenes. From the organizers to the partecipants, it is beautiful to see people putting so much effort to promote art like a tool to foster social change and cultural diversity.
Patricia (2016):Participating in EVS has served to inspire me even more in my future employment as a social educator, develop my interpersonal skills and motivate me to want to continue participating and collaborating in future educational and intercultural social projects. It is a unique experience that provides an opportunity to meet other people and different cultures, helping us to understand better and to respect the cultural and social diversity of our planet.
Csenge (2016):EVS is opportunity. Opportunity to experience new vibrations, yourself and your skills, a new form a living. It's a good way to experience experimental.