Erasmus+

Erasmus+ Ευρωπαϊκό Σώμα Αλληλεγγύης

Τον προηγούμενο μήνα τη σκυτάλη του προγράμματος Erasmus+, Ευρωπαϊκή Εθελοντική Υπηρεσία έδωσαν οι πέντε Ευρωπαίοι εθελοντές μας που από το Μάιο μέχρι το Νοέμβριο του 2019 προσέφεραν εθελοντική εργασία και ενίσχυσαν τις δράσεις διαφορετικών δομών της ΑΡΣΙΣ, στους επόμενους πέντε συνεχιστές τους. Οι νέοι μας εθελοντές ανήκουν επίσης στο πρόγραμμα κινητικότητας Erasmus+ και συγκεκριμένα στο Ευρωπαϊκό Σώμα Αλληλεγγύης (όπως θα ονομάζεται το πρόγραμμα εθελοντισμού από εδώ και περά) και τους υποδεχθήκαμε για το διάστημα μεταξύ Οκτωβρίου 2019 και Απριλίου 2020. Πιο συγκεκριμένα, η Raquel, ο Ander, ο Martin και η Aida από Ισπανία καθώς και η Corina από Ρουμανία συμμετέχουν ήδη στις δράσεις του ‘ΚΥΝ Πτολεμαίων’, στο ‘Κοινωνικό Τσίρκο’, στο ‘Σπίτι της ΑΡΣΙΣ’, στον ‘Ξενώνα Ασυνόδευτων Ανηλίκων Πυλαίας’ και ενισχύουν το έργο της ΑΡΣΙΣ καθημερινά με την παρουσία τους και την πολύτιμη συμβολή τους.

Σε τακτά χρονικά διαστήματα θα δημοσιεύουμε εδώ τις μηνιαίες αναφορές των Ευρωπαίων εθελοντών μας στα αγγλικά με σκοπό να μοιραστούν όλα όσα βιώνουν στα πλαίσια της Ευρωπαϊκής Εθελοντικής τους υπηρεσίας.


Last month our five European volunteers who offered voluntary services from May to November 2019 and supported ARSIS’s activities in various facilities, handed over the program Erasmus+, European Voluntary Service to the next five volunteers who will continue their work. These new volunteers are part of the mobility program Erasmus+ and particularly the European Solidarity Corps (as it will be called henceforth). We welcomed them for the period October 2019 to April 2020. More specifically, Raquel, Ander, Martin and Aida from Spain, and Corina from Romania have already started volunteering at activities within KYN Ptolemaion, the Social Circus, the House of ARSIS and the Shelter for Unaccompanied Minors at Pylaia. They assist ARSIS’s work daily with their presence and contribution. 

In frequent intervals we will be publishing here monthly reports of our European volunteers in English in order for them to share their experiences within the framework of their European voluntary service. 

Martin López Sosa_January

January, New Beginning

January is the first month of the year, it can be conceived as a new beginning for many people in order to take new actions on their lives, or as a mere continuity without any change for others – what do you expect about this new year? are you going to take actions on that? -. I feel this beginning of 2020 as a middle point on the graphic of my stance in Greece, because there are only three months left to finish the EVS program.

Aida Nicolás Pérez_January

Changes

Finally I have reached the half of my project and it’s hard to believe that time runs this fast! It seems it was yesterday when I was leaving my hometown to start a new adventure but I actually feel many things have happened and changed. Since I came, my vision of the reality has changed and it is still changing; I suppose life is mostly about this, a constant change that you have to assimilate.

As I was feeling a bit stressed with my project in the centre, I decided to change it. Some of the volunteers that lived with me also decided to change their projects and felt better after it, so I thought it could be better for me too. So now I am three days at the centre, continuing with English and guitar lessons, and the other two days in mobile school.

Raquel Florido Cortés_January

As I have written in previous texts, in January I started working alone on my new project, leaving Oreocastro behind.

In relation to work, everything is also improving. I feel more and more comfortable with the kids at the educational and leisure centre where we spend part of our time. I am also getting to know more dynamics and activities related to the circus, as well as different realities.

On different occasions we have been intervening in gypsy communities to find out their needs, as well as in city parks where we come across cases of children working on the streets asking for money, among other things. Through crafts and games we get close to them and their families.

Raquel Florido Cortés_December

CHRISTMAS TIME

Time goes by as usual quickly, and even more so when one returns home.

I spent Christmas in different places. I started in Spain, checking that everything was just as I left it, enjoying the warmth of my family and friends, and sharing with them many of the experiences that Greece is giving me. The holidays continued with the company of one of my Spanish friends in Sofia, the Bulgarian capital, where we enjoyed many activities including a super interesting free tour, as well as the snow. We returned together to Thessalonica to celebrate the end of the year.