How to ruin your EVS successfully [Kate]

Part I. The interview *This is a series of articles written in satiric manner in order to laugh out the common mistakes EVS volunteers do. Ok, you have sent a bunch of CV’s to various organisations and one of them made an appointment with you to have a skype...

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EVS in Croatia: First Observations About Zagreb [Dana]

Almost three months have passed since I arrived to the capital of Croatia for my EVS. Not all this time I've spent in Zagreb, but still I feel like I can make my first conclusions about local people, culture and peculiarities of life in Balkan city. Before coming to...

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Bella Italia Shakes – EVS in Rieti, Italy [Dora]

Life Potential volunteer Dora is now having her EVS project in Rieti, Italy, where she together with volunteers from other countries help to refugee minors in organising their lives. In this blog she shares her EVS experience us. November was a month that carried a...

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What can go wrong during your EVS – [Dana]

We all know how wonderful EVS is - it gives you so much: new skills and knowledge, experience, new friends, better understanding of yourself, travel… But is EVS really always so perfect? Everybody always tells you that EVS is a bless - but people rarely mention those...

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Bella Italia – EVS in Rieti, Lazio [Dora]

  I just knew that I will like it, there were some questions, some doubts, some reasons to stay, but fortunately nothing talked me out of taking part in an EVS project in Rieti, a nice little city, just an hour and a half drive away from Rome. My name is Dora,...

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Tips and Tricks for future EVSers in Zagreb

Our EVS year in Zagreb is almost over. Here are some places and experiences we want to share with future EVSers and everyone else visiting Zagreb. For the ‘official’ top destinations, please consult your guidebook or travel advisor. This is our alternative suggestion...

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Improvised Balkan Trip [Alena]

It’s sometimes hard to explain to people from EU what a visa is and that ‘outsiders’ do need to deal with it. That was my case, and tired of all these formalities and while waiting for the papers for Austria, unexpectedly for myself, I decided to start a trip around...

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EVS Experience in Final Thoughts and Conclusions [Alena]

Finalizing my almost one-year EVS experience and comparing it with all the projects, internships and jobs I’ve had before, I came to the following conclusions: EVS is indeed an awesome opportunity in many ways. Because you CAN: Actively participate and contribute to...

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Lost and Found [Alena]

My previous international experience gave me a lot of experience and insights. There were many colourful moments, experiments, different people, adventures, and traveling. Zagreb was also like this… in the beginning. It was new, friendly, exciting, and laid-back. But...

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EVS as a life lesson [Iulia]

EVS experience is by itself full of experiences and lessons learnt, good or bad, you always learn something about yourself, others and the world.   The recipe is simple, take 12 months in a foreign country, ideally in a place where you don’t know the local language...

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Insight view [Iulia]

Let’s see what happened lately in the EVS life in Zagreb. The city is alive and full of events, hard to choose where to go, but first...work. We finally finished some old projects, like making the brochure for Grow Creative Youth Exchange which contains exercises that...

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Work, fun and travel [Iulia]

April was kind of busy month, full of work, events, but also full of travelling.   We began with the interviews for the new EVSers that will come in October. It was a very nice experience to be involved in all this process, to check their application forms and even...

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Floating Thoughts [Alena]

Whatever we do and whatever is happening life is going on and on. We are looking forward, anticipating something in the future, but what we eventually get is never the same as we expected it to be, for better or worse. I doesn’t matter how deliberately we contemplate,...

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7 Facts About Introverts [Alena]

Contemporary culture, media and all variety of manuals a la “how to be successful” promote image of an open and super-sociable personality. Institutions, schools and working places are mostly designed for extraverts’ needs. “You are not fond of teamwork? Goodbye...

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March – Improvisation time [Iulia]

Word of the month: Improvisation! Improvisation is all about expressing yourself freely without the fear of being judged or disapproved. It gives you the feeling that you can do everything you want because mainly it prepares you for reacting at everyday situation...

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The Dark Side of Volunteering [Alena]

There are many reasons why you might want and should volunteer. We are used to think that volunteering is an absolutely good thing to do. How something done with the best intentions can be not good? Although, there might be some tricky aspects. Especially if you are...

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Home from Home [Alena]

Settling a new life at a new place is always promising and full of hopes. A new blank page, new everything, new me. Or so it seems? But it is so exciting and gives the feeling of freedom! Especially if it’s another side of the world with a completely different...

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EVS perspective on Christmas [Iulia]

Standing in a beautiful sunlight and wondering how this month and year past so fast, I recovered some interesting points during this month and travelling back to Romania for Christmas and back in Macedonia for New Years Eve. The Christmas spirit started in Zagreb with...

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5+5 Cool Things about My EVS [Iulia + Alena]

1. Getting lost and discovering a new city. One of the good things that EVS brings to you is being in a new city and discovering where the good things are like the good and cheap food, nice places to go out or just the beautiful natural places to get lost in.  ...

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My cute and rainy Rijeka [Iulia]

Time flies fast and takes with it experiences, people, joyful moments, sad moments, places, smells and tastes. It was also the case of these 3 months, already, in Croatia. October came with our first Youth Exchange in Life Potential Team, which took place in Rijeka....

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My Vipassana path [Yuliia]

In simple words, Vipassana is a 10-day meditation course to purify your mind and clarify your thoughts. Sounds good? Ha! And now imagine staying in an isolated place for 10 days without any external communication, ability to talk, write or read, waking up at 4 a.m....

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My Life Potential [Alena]

For a long time I was thinking about volunteering. I always liked the idea of devoting myself to a positive action and change. But there always was something that stopped me – obstacles or just excuses. I need to concentrate on studies, I need to find a job, I need to...

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Losing myself on Zagreb’s streets [Iulia]

A month is passing fast or maybe not. I started my contact with Zagreb by getting lost after hitchhiking from Macedonia and it seemed to be the word of the month “lost”. It took me a while until I managed to find my own fast way to the office, but I enjoyed the...

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The EVS Has Started!

Servus & Здравствуйте [Zdravstvuyte]! We are Iulia and Alena, EVS volunteers at Life Potential for the next year. Iulia is from Romania and arrived to Croatia hitchhiking around the Balkans. She loves taking photos and working with people using creative and...

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