Universal Matters

Universal Matters

What brought me to the point where I am now, living in a vast cosmopolitan city of Italy, dates back probably to 2016. By that time I had already explored some parts of the world with my travels, including Italy, tasted life in the United States of America and England, and here I was back again to one of the three small Baltic states, my home country Lithuania, wondering what’ll be the next challenge I will face. I wanted it. But it didn’t come fast and it was truly uneasy to adjust again to a much slower pace of life back there where I grew up, within the population of the whole country a few times smaller than of those cities I’ve lived. I think when you start traveling, detect what it feels like to get comfortable being out of comfort zone, there’s just no way back to where you were before it all began. But, even though slowly, the right time came: I searched and discovered a couple nongovernmental organizations in Vilnius (Lithuanian capital), in which I took part first as a volunteer and later as an employee. It seemed then that a door to an entirely new unfamiliar world to me has been opened with a bunch of philanthropic people behind it with their mindsets so humble yet unrestricted that it felt as if some new dimension was added to my reality. What was the most important and impressive that those people were concerned not only about their own society and its’ problems, but also the world’s, especially the youth, our future, by writing and managing large projects based on non-formal education methods, collaborating with other countries, getting involved into synergies, creating the type of space of learning where no one was an outsider and had an access to it if only carried the slightest personal interest and motivation. With my work there I saw first-hand how young adults truly broaden their horizons, boost self-esteem and employability, create friendships that stretch beyond the national borders and last throughout the years (I am my own example, first and foremost). It’s the type of maturity that really never fades from newly shaped or strengthened personalities – our memory, consciousness, heart. (more…)

Once upon a time

Being a volunteer in the Italian School for foreigners is simply to giveto others without expecting to receive, but in the end everybody still gets something. In the language school of Casa per la Pace we take care of children of the students while they are having lessons. You need to truly open up here to receive the love of these children that come every week, to win their big smiles and laughs and little hearts.
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(Italiano) Piano piano si arriva lontano

(Italiano) Piano piano si arriva lontano

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Da tre mesi sono arrivata a Milano per cominciare la mia esperienza di volontariato europeo a Casa per la Pace. La verità è che questi tre mesi sono passati molto velocemente ma sento di non essere più la ragazza spaventata che è arrivata in epoca di sole e attività all’aria aperta.

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(Italiano) An adventure in Milan

(Italiano) An adventure in Milan

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Today is the second day of the first month here in this city, a very big and dark city! October , 2018.

The first few days were very splendid, everything was new, everything was beautiful and it felt good. New house, new country, a break from studies, away from the disdainful looks of everyday people in Portugal. I believe this is a new adventure, where i can broaden my horizons, meet different cultures, people, awake who i really am.

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(Italiano) Riflessioni, cambiamenti, nostalgia e cose nuove

(Italiano) Riflessioni, cambiamenti, nostalgia e cose nuove

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Ho un amico che sempre mi dice che i cambiamenti ci portano delle nuove belle cose. Che finire oppure chiudere qualcosa ci da l’opportunità, il tempo e/o lo spazio di iniziarne di nuove. E sebbene so che lui e tanta altra gente importante nella mia vita, l’ho conosciuta grazie all’inizio di nuove cose, devo riconoscere che mi è sempre pesata una certa nostalgia del passato. (more…)

My EVS experience

My EVS experience

The life of a EVS Volunteer in Milan

Living the life as a EVS (European Voluntary Service) volunteer, is an adventure which is best not missed out.

What is an EVS?

An EVS is a Volunteer who has decided to do a full-time voluntary EVSservice abroad in the EU for a specific amount of time. This time spans begins with a length of 2 weeks and extend to a maximum of 12 Months. The aim of the EVS is mostly to gain solidarity, Tolerance, Mature understanding and active contribution. (more…)