Our EX-volunteers

2016-17

Tony Musleh

Germany, 19 years old

Casa Pace is an association with a thousand faces, but in my opinion, the most beautiful faces were those of the students of the Italian School, or the children who visit the Exhibition about prejudices, I manage. I wish a good study for school students and good luck for their life in Italy.

Elisabeth Bernini

Lyon, France. 24 years old

After studying Law and Economics, I decided to see something new. Thanks to Casa per la Pace I discovered a different way of seeing, moving and understanding the world. There, I worked with passion on the newsletter and the events organizing.

Iranzu Peña

Pamplona, Spain. 29 years old

Doing the EVS with Casa per la Pace Milan made me realize that NonViolenza is a way of life, thanks to every single choice we make every day.

2015-16

Yura Staryk

Lviv, Ukraine. 22 years old

I’m from the west of Ukraine (Lviv). As IT developer, I helped to renew this website. You like it? My EVS year was great, as I had the chance to travel in all Europe with my year VISA.

Kseniya Lubimova

Novoceboksark, Russia. 23 years old

I studied world history but I discovered other passions including travel, volunteer and study languages, and I decided to do EVS because it includes everything. My duties at Casa per la Pace included babysitting during the Italian school for foreign women, self-production handcraft and communication/publicity of events (newsletter, FB).

Gonzalo Llamedo Pandiella

Nava, Spain. 25 years old

I have a degree in Romance Philology and MA in Spanish. My duties were co-management of the school of Italian addressed to foreigners, the coordination of the library Centro Documentazione and participation in training courses of different types, all targeted to the exercise of non-violence.

2014-15

Lucy Kutserey

Dnipro, Ukraine. 26 years old

I am Lucy from Ukraine and the last year I did my EVS with CeLim in Milan. When I arrived to the city, I started searching for other NGOs where could be other EVS volunteers or interesting activities for me to be engaged. That is how I met staff of Casa per la Pace. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a lot of free time for full collaboration, but some project where I participated ended up as great experience. I helped in exhibition in schools – Gli altri siamo noi – where we guided children through the interactive pass, explaining prejudices and discrimination in a non-formal, easy way. It was always a challenge because my Italian wasn’t that good and moreover I wasn’t familiar with the topic. But children enjoyed time and always I had some volunteers of Casa per La pace to help me. A couple of times I helped in the foundrising Dinners. It was always a big fun, because all the volunteers and staff of Casa Per La Pace where united for making delicious food, serving, helping guests and having really nice time together. The entertaining program for guests was always on the top – it could be quizzes, ethnic dances, singing of some bands or just cozy guitar reunions. Thanks to all the staff of Casa per La Pace! It was a great pleasure to meet you all and to learn a lot of new things with your help.

2013-14

Rachel Cole

Bristol, United Kingdom. 22 years old

I had a great time volunteering with Casa per la Pace and I loved living and working in Italy. It gave me the opportunity to experience a lot of new and exciting things, broaden my horizons and learn many new skills. Casa per la Pace was very welcoming and I met some amazing people from all over the world. It was a great experience!

Bartek Wesołowski

Poznań, Poland. 27 years old

I’ll always remember being a volunteer in Casa per la Pace as an amazing experience. It thought me to focus on things that I would normally barely think about, i.e. how to make the world a bit better and be a more aware person. I’d recommend trying EVS to everyone who’s adventurous enough and likes working and having fun with others.

2012-13

Rebone Nyirenda

South Africa, 23 years old

Casa per La Pace: a place one can call home, where can find inner peace. My experience there was enormous. I am proud to have been part of such a lovely Organization. I did different things, from painting to singing, organizing events and more, etc……and in lunch time, we used to have it all together like from the same family. I got to learn a lot about what is really happening in Palestine through the classes / workshops that are taking place at Casa Pace. The organization is huge in such a way that the people involved go heart out when facing a challenge and task, then Passion in the office heals one’s soul, you do not ask to be motivated, you get Motivated automatically by the Positive energy roaming the office and in the Individuals’ heart. At this point I feel much transformed thanks to the diversity of tasks and friendly talks with colleagues. As an individual from a different culture and tradition, I had difficulties in the way I understand the tasks to do, yet with patient from my Mentors I eventually did understand them without any trouble. I wish all the family of Casa per la Pace health, love and peace!

Agnieszka Filipiak

Poland, 25 years old

Casa per La Pace is a group of people who really wants to change the world. From the beginning I felt very welcomed and in good hands. 12 months have flown by, where I learnt about how a NGO is managed and how one person can take care of the environment. This was an adventure that has influenced the way I look at people, environment and the global problems of our times. Casa per La Pace offered me support and freedom to decide what I want to dedicate myself. This organization is a model for all those who want to run a non-profit organization. Now, I am constantly applying the wisdom I have learned there, in everyday life.
Thank you very much and I wish you all the best, you are really wonderful people!

2011-12

Michasia Lach

Margonin, Poland. 27 years old

Before leaving for Italy to make this EVS year experience I had many doubts about the tasks that were waiting for me, the people with whom I to work in a new country. All doubts were gone when I arrived in Milan. I found myself in a beautiful reality full of people right from the start who welcomed me happily and with open arms.

Casa per la Pace allowed me to learn about different ways of making peace and promote Nonviolence, and “opened” me towards the others. I began to appreciate different points of view, cultures and habits, which made me notice the beautiful differences that build the world of today.

Before coming to Italy I believed to be a person with an open mind but my collaboration with Casa per la Pace has made me re-evaluate my principles. First, I realized that everything that happens in the world depends on me, that every step I take and every decision I make, can have a value and can start some change. The EVS project at Casa Peace Milan allowed me to realize: all the things I can offer to others and the person I want to be in life.

Markéta Zelená

Brno, Czech Rep. 23 years old

My experience as an EVS volunteer in Casa per la Pace was really enriching for me in more ways. First of all I had a possibility to experience different way of managing an organization, based not on hierarchical model but rather familiar – respecting one within all the people involved in the organization, including volunteers of all ages. This made me always feel like in a family rather then at a workplace. Secondly I had a possibility to learn lot of new skills connected with nonviolent , multicultural and ecological field, that are useful for my everyday life and my profession as social worker. And in the end I had the possibility to learn to think differently about the world and things that are happening around me, to have my eyes and my heart more open and not to be indifferent to all of this, which made me to be more tolerant towards the others and more active in what is happening in the society and around me. I am really happy and grateful for this experience and I would recommend it to anyone interested in these topics and this approach, that I described above.

2010-11

Hale Ayiz

Istanbul, Turkey. 25 years old

Whenever I am casting my mind back to CasaPace, the imagine of the peace flag comes in front of my eyes. I have achieved many projects in this non-profit organization and each of them was like a color on that flag. All these diverse and enjoyable activities had one goal: PEACE!
Being a part of CasaPace gave me a huge opportunity to learn Italian language and to live in Milan without any problem. I will never forget the hospitality of Antonio and Grazia! Pier Giorgio was teaching us how to be aware of beauty of little and seemingly negligible details around us. I am so grateful to all of wonderful people from CasaPace; thanks to them I have changed myself and learned how my personal progress is important. Now I look at others with greater tolerance. Experience with CasaPace added not only the new dimensions in my perspective but also new colors to my personality.

Anete Volnobajeva

Riga, Latvia. 22 years old

My duties at Casa per la Pace included a lot of beautiful things like : taking part in exhibition “GLI ALTRI SIAMO NOI”, babysitting little babies during the Italian language school for foreign women, and participating in Theatre of the Oppressed. Also, I was happy to be able to suggest and realize “WORLD’S MOVIE NIGHT” and repaint Casa per la Pace. But the most of all I am proud of the participation in the Referendum so the water could be free of charge.

Casa per la Pace is a life changing place. At least it was for me. Lot of my goals and values changed because of the great people of Casa per la Pace. Huge THANK YOU to all of you, and one really special thank you to the greatest, incredibly intelligent and funniest italian soul I have ever met Pier Giorgio Mora. You will always stay in my heart!

2009-10

Ali

Turkey. 23 years old

My EVS experience began with a phone call from my brother asking me to apply for a project in Milan. Until then I knew nothing about EVS: it was one of the best things I’ve done in my life, I learned many useful things for the rest of my life. I learned a new language, such as living alone, did the Oppressed Theatre, the great Mostra against prejudices, walking city tours, many sessions against violence and other things that have helped me so much to be a social person trying to see things from many different sides without prejudices.

Last but not least! I met some great people! Thank you all! (Jitka, Matthew, Margo, Anna, Barbara, Piergiorgio, Michele, Sergio, Mercedes)

Jitka Červená

Praga, Czech Rep. 22 years old

When I think, what was the 9 months of EVS in Italy for me about and what I brought with me as inspiration, it is definitely the experience of managing an NGO by following the Gandhí´s principles – especially that the good means are important for obtaining good outcomes. So we worked on ourselves in the “Thinking room“ to manage conflicts between us to deliver quality non-violent communication trainings in the schools.
Culture shock for me during EVS was in two things: 1) I learned in Casa Pace, that I can influence things in society even on legislative level, I just need to dare to try. 2) The wonderful Italian sense of simplicity, that makes things beautiful and tasty ?.
Even it is told, that Milano is not the greatest of Italian cities, I enjoyed it, partly also because of my local friends who taught me Italian folk dances and we danced in its streets.