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. 

Corina Chircea_February

The month of colors, joy and plans

It seems that this month is all about happiness, the carnival and the changes. A lot of work is ahead and I have to find my motivation and my tools to get results because my time here is pouring with an incredible rapidity.

Now I am involved in two projects and this meant separate and different approaches for each one. In the KIN center I have had to learn how to ask for help, to organize the classes and to try to provide proper lesson for each level and each person. It has been hard and frustrating in the beginning, but I have learnt that if I ask for help, I will receive it, which has been a revelation for me. The coordinators of the project have been supportive and the only thing needed has been a bit of moral support and some pieces of advice. When I have learnt to do this, I have realized that I can solve much more issues than I imagined and I left behind a lot of frustrations.

In the role a teacher I am in a continuous process of learning about how to explain and to get the best results in terms of methods of teaching, but lesson by lesson I think I learn more and more. I am not a teacher by profession, but I love with all my heart what I am doing and I hope that in the end this will matter. Now I feel more confident about my role there and I feel that I can move on to my personal project. I wish for my personal project to leave behind a method of evaluation for the upcoming students which from my point of view will be more and more, taking into the account the actual political situation.

Corina Chircea_January

January- the journey of discovery

I entered in a new year abroad, for the second time in my life and I felt loved and lucky, thankful for what I was given and feeling a lot of love from and for my dears’ ones.

Everything started full of hope and good energy. I felt for the first time in all these months that my work matters. This time I did not try to force myself to do something special, I was just spending time with the children and speaking a little bit in Greek and in English. We were playing, doing paper boats together for them to learn the colors, going to cinema and having a good time all together.

I felt very useful helping two of the children to do their math homework. I felt so nice to be responsible for this task and to feel trusted. And after we were going to play football. I realized how a sport can motivate them to do something. It is very interesting to see that the children are reacting in different ways, but even so they are influencing one another.

Aida Nicolás Pérez_December

Patience and resilence

I’m about reaching half of my volunteering experience and I can’t feel more grateful  and lucky than I do of have being selected to participate in this beautiful project within Arsis. I knew that I was going to learn quite a lot of things, but I couldn’t imagine how much this experience was going to change the way I see the reality around me and the way I behave myself.

Now things start to get quiet and calm, after the first weeks of craziness that usually people go through while trying to adapt to a new and different culture. I have to admit that my culture of origin, the Spanish one, doesn’t differ too much from the Greek, but any way it has been a bit challenging for me. And for sure I have to thank a lot all the people that made this simple, specially our dear Maggi, Eva and Panos, the responsible of the ESC volunteering program, who are always there to help us with everything we need.

Regarding the project I was feeling a little stressed about all the lessons I had to prepare, because my project now consist basically in teaching English and guitar. I thought that maybe it was time for a change and it was possible to explore other different projects.

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.