Challenges of EVS
After getting over the first month’s intercultural confusion in EVS, we were in Lisbon for the “On-arrival” training that took place from April 28th to May 3rd. The training was held in a great youth hostel called “Pousada de Juventude de Almada” which had a really nice view and atmosphere.
The programme of the training was easy to follow and relatively relaxing like everything and everyone in Portugal. Still, it was very useful to meet with other EVS volunteers, share our experiences and understand the Portuguese culture with its difficulties and possiblities regarding our EVS projects.
Each of us had come to do EVS in Portugal with some expectations and different backgrounds. But then we were facing the reality of the country and the culture, had the opportunity to explore the living and working environment and the working field, and tried to find our ways through it. Despite EVS being a very exciting and nice period for us, it sometimes made our minds confused.
During the “On-arrival” training we understood that we are not the only ones that experience these situations and understood that they are actually quite common for all EVS volunteers. It is not so easy to balance your expectations with the reality during the first months. The “On-arrival” training enabled us to understand that and helped us to find our way in an EVS project.
The training also helped us to realize that besides the actual project that we worked on, EVS was also our personal life project for one year, an opportunity for personal development. Furthermore, we had chance to compare our EVS project with the ones of others, and that comparison made us feel so much better and lucky to do our EVS in YEU, in Faro inside the Volversity project.
EVS volunteer within Volversity