I am Kseniia and I am the first EVS volunteer from Russia. And this is my story of how I happened to be in Italy with Casa per la Pace.
When I was studying in Moscow, I realized two of my biggest passions – learning foreign languages and volunteering. I volunteered a lot and in many places of Moscow – I was helping people with mental disabilities, orphan children and once was a camp-leader of an ecological project. At the same time I was inspired by getting to know new cultures and was trying to find any opportunity to participate in international gatherings in Moscow. And then I got to know about short-term volunteer camps abroad, where people could feel real spirit of a foreign country through volunteer work in an international company of travellers from all over the world. This idea inspired me so much that I embarked on this adventure and went to restore a medieval castle in Czech republic. And then after a year I went to Italy to participate in Legambiente’s ecological project in Bizzarone. And then I graduated and decided to think really well about how I want my life to start.
Most Russian students at this point usually think about getting a new diploma, finding a good job with great salary, or even getting married and creating a family. And I was thinking…”Mmm, is that what I really want?»
So I decided to try my luck and look for long-term volunteer projects in Italy (because by that time I was already able to understand Italian, as I told you, I love learning languages by my own). And I applied for around 50 projects, and only a few replied to me. I had a Skype interview and after some time got the mail finally telling me that..
I was not chosen.