I’d like to present myself: my name is Ludovica, I’m 23 and at the beginning of 2015 I decided to take part to a European Voluntary Service’s project.

After a degree in Applied Interlinguistic Communication and more or less short experiences of study and volunteering  in Italy and abroad, I looked for a new challenge which would allow me not only to travel but also to learn and to contibute to the community of another European country.

Thanks to CESIE I found EVS M.O.R.E. project which took me to live and work at PiNA, a cultural association in the city of Koper, in Slovenia, from the beginning of April to the end of September 2015: fate stood on my side because I discovered this opportunity exactly in the afternoon of the last day to apply for!

So out of hand, finding a project there in Koper, after three years of study in Trieste and an Erasmus project in Croatia, it almost made me laugh: between many destinations Istria and East still called me! In short, it was an ironic sign of destiny.

When I arrived in Koper I just knew that the project topics would be European planning and non-formal education, but actually it has been much more: I was involved in a myriad of activities, from the participation to the media arts festival Invisible Cities to the organisation of the European Day of Languages; from the selection of young adults like me for training experiences abroad to the creation of my project Erasmus+ proposal; from writing articles in English to the participation to a workshop within an intercontinental capacity building project and much more.

Even more thinking back on difficulties met along the way (and there have been so much!) now that the project is finished and that I don’t come anymore in that red door every morning, I know EVS allowed me to meet people-colleagues, volunteers and friends-I will always bring with me, it made me even more indipendent and it put me to the test in the most disparate settings.

Nowadays I can see EVS as a powerful instrument of personal development, of course, but also as an unmissible opportunity to reinforce connections among European citizens and having, as young people, a concrete social impact…so, what are you waiting for!?

Ludovica,

EVS volunteer within the Erasmus + project “Many Opportunities Real Equality”


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