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EVS - A short guide

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Robert Smet

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Getting started
1. Find a sending organization in your home country.
After 9 months with EVS here are some of the outcomes you can expect
Before you go
Get a guidebook from Poland/Krakow and/or try to learn as much as you can about it.
Try to master some basic Polish words such as "hi, thanks, please, sorry, I don't speak Polish, do you speak English?"
Change some money in zloty - the Polish currency.
Read attentively the EVS Survival.
Get in touch with your mentor.
Events of year
There are a lot of different events to attend to in the frame your EVS with STRIM.
Living abroad
The ONE thing to know
Living abroad is not always as glamorous and awesome as one might think. There will be hard times, when you feel demotivated, alone, homesick, about to give up.
What makes the experience priceless is how you react to those hard times and of course all the incredible moments you will have.
Being aware that these moments are part of the experience will help you to prepare yourself better, to react more efficiently to it and to get the most out of these crises.

a step by step explanation.

Thank you!
EVS the basics
What is it?
It is program of the European Commission part of the Erasmus + program.
What do you do?
Volunteers can contribute to the daily work of organizations dealing with youth information and policies, social care, inclusion of disadvantaged, environment, ICTs and media literacy, culture, cooperation, etc.
How long does it last?
It lasts from 2 to 12 months
Where does it take place?
In the EU or in Partner Country neighboring the EU.
Can I do it?
Yes if you are between 17 and 30
STRIM the basics
An unstructured, part-time volunteering
A work placement in an enterprise; a paid job
A recreation or tourist activity;
A language course
STRIM is an NGO active in Krakow created in 2001. In the frame of EVS, STRIM is a coordinating, sending and hosting organization.
We have 4 main focuses: education, integration, hosting and sending volunteers.
We send each year about 40 EVS volunteers abroad and host about 23 EVS in different organizations in Krakow.
We offer a wide range of hosting organizations including primary schools, youth centers, regional library and STRIM itself.
Whatever happens don't give up!
Finding an EVS project is not always easy and a negative answer can quickly demotivate you. But do not let it happen to you!
Let your adventure begin!
2. Go on the EVS database and look for projects according to what you are looking for.

3. Write a cover letter for this association, send it to STRIM with your CV. (Do not forget to specify the accreditation number of the organization you want to work in!)

4. STRIM will send you an questionnaire for you to fulfill.

5. Wait for an answer
- Go on http://europa.eu/youth/evs_database
- You can find what you are looking for according to several parameters (country, city, organization topic, ...), e.g. Poland, Krakow, Children, ...

- It is worth mentioning that you can also find a sending organization on the EVS database. It is the first necessary step for all EVS candidates, considering the fact that you have to specify who your sending organization is when contacting STRIM.

- FYI accreditation numbers of organizations coordinated by STRIM are the following:
2012-PL-98, 2012-PL-69, 2012-pl-31, 2012-PL-83, 2013-PL-80, 2010-PL-92
2011-PL-114, 2011-PL-3, 2013-PL-83, 2013-PL-86, 2013-PL-81, 2013-PL-54

Nie mowię
po angielsku
I would say the lifestyle, the atmosphere of the city and the colors of Poland: blue and green for all the monuments, white for the snow, yellow and orange for Fall and red for the folklore.
I also like the fact to be welcomed when you say that you’re stranger and their smiles when you try to speak polish.

Lucille, France
Eva, Slovenia
This is a wicked city with wonderful history and even more awesome pubs. Tania odzież. It just can't get cheaper than Tania odzież.
A thing that I will probably miss a lot are the typical „bar mleczny“, places were you can get great food for incredibly cheap prices. I especially like the mix of people there (it ranges from students, to seniors and including homeless) and the fact that it provides food and the experience of „restaurant“ even to the poorest.
Marie, Germany
Andrei, Romania
The Food - I love polish cuisine because it is vast, the people - because of the passion with which they dance
Cristina, Spain
The way people travel is different that in my country. Hitchhiking is quite difficult in Spain and trains are very expensive. In Poland it is the opposite, I really love it. I also like the 'rynek' of every city, is something really nice and beautiful.
The arrival training in Warsaw and midterm training in Toruń.
The International Days for volunteers and migrants.
Meetings for Saint Andrew, Christmas, Carnival and Easter.
STRIM also offers you to participate in an international theater group.
International Volunteers Day
Krakow is located in the south of Poland and has around 750 000 inhabitants.
Thanks to the student population and its rich history Krakow a large offer of cultural activities such as concerts, museums, meeting for foreigners, multiple cultural institutions, ...
Krakow is also well-known for its unique nightlife in both the old city center and Kazimierz.
Language skills in Polish and English
Enhanced communication skills
Greater independence (managing a budget, cooking, living alone, time management, ...)
A network of friends across Europe
It give you new ways to look at your life, your personality, your culture and make you realize there are a lot of opportunities.
You know yourself better
It leaves you more tolerant and able to deal with more realities.
Lucille, France
It was not my first living abroad experience, but it was my first stay in an eastern country. I've learned a lot about history and the way of life in the Eastern Europe. In a way I earned more tolerance and understanding for opinions which are totally different than mine. Also I met a lot of new people from country I’ve never been, and after this I just want to travel, discover and meet more.
Marie, Germany
I have a higher self-esteem, than when I
started my EVS. I feel more brave and impulsive,
to do or say the things I like. On a professional level
I would say that I learned a lot about handling groups
and transmitting information clearly. As I am working as a teacher I also learned a lot about my mother tongue. Finally I have to emphasize that EVS gave me a lot of inspiration for my future. I feel that a lot of opportunities I didn’t even see before are in front of me, and I just have to be brave enough to take them.

Eva, Slovenia
Evs gave me a lot of working experiences,
it taught me how to handle unexpected situations better, how to be more independent, the value of communication, to cherish what I took before for granted, it expanded my knowledge of European countries and after all I think it made me a little less shier and my heart a little bit wider
If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact your sending organization or STRIM
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