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 interview. That’s perfect!  Go pack the luggage and please don’t overload yourself with following things:

1. Searching information about the organisation.

You’ve read the description of the project – this is enough.

You are going to be involved in this exactly project and other internal things of organisation shouldn’t really bother you. Keep yourself away of checking the website of the NGO thoroughly, don’t go to FB pages of people you are going to work with, don’t read reviews and feedback.

On the spot you will discover many wonderful surprises

2. Contacting previous volunteers

Why to do this? It will disturb them and most probably you won’t get any useful information.

2. Asking questions on the interview

For now the biggest task is to make organisation like you, not ask questions.  Be nice, don’t interfere. You don’t need to see a clear picture of what will happen. So please refrain from next questions:

  • What will my daily working day look like?
  • What exact tasks will I receive each day?
  • What is the main goal of my project?
  • How does organisation see accomplishment of this goal?
  • Where will I live? Are there any pictures of accommodation?
    Etc.

Moreover all these questions make you look like an egghead. And organisation might be afraid to have such a serious volunteer.

And remember for now your main goal is to make the organisation like you. So be nice, answer what they want to hear, nod and smile 🙂 This is going to be best EVS ever!

Have you followed it all? Yes? Well done!

You are on the way to full collapse.

Next time we’ll tell how to behave to make sure that EVS is going directly to hell.

*This is a series of articles written in satiric manner in order to laugh out the common mistakes EVS volunteers do.