One of our EVS volunteers Hassan has already finished his project and today he is leaving Lithuania. Some days before I (me Amaly) had an interview with him and talked about EVS life. Hassan is from France and he was volunteering in Kauno jėzuitų gimnazija. Here is the interview, enjoy reading! And good luck Hassan, we will miss you.
Describe in some words who is an EVS volunteer ?
It' s a person who was not sure what to do , so he or she took one year or some months to think more, to have different experience from what they did and to learn more about " life outside", the comfort zone they were in. And they are brave people, really nice people. They go to other country to work and they don't do it for the money.
Why are you here and why you ?
I am here because the last years of my studies I was spending time with "Erasmus+ students" and I really liked the environment of international people, I learnt a lot from them, it's a kind of like " travelling in your own place". Then I know some of people and when I want to travel I can visit them. So I wanted to have more of this and I didn't know what kind of job I want to get, and I thought of EVS project. I met one girl from Erasmus students and she was an EVS volunteer before and she told me about this project and then I applied and... I applied to many countries and I was accepted by 3 - Austria, Romania, and Lithuania. I chose Lithuania because it was really far from everything I have been to. The weather, culture and everything and also my sister's name is Milda which is Lithuanian name, so this kind of like destiny.
If I went back in time I would choose this project again.
And why me ?
My organization was looking someone from France and I think my profile was interesting for them. And also I am like a very good person...
About that we all know... Yeah, so dear Hassan it is already the end of your project and after finishing in the future what you would remember first and miss most ?
I would remember the volunteers and I would miss them, because we have spent so much good time together and it was fun like this surrounding of volunteers and international people. About my working place yeah it was fun, I had kind of freedom so I had to choose what to do and how, and where I am volunteering people appreciate what I am doing. I do my job people say "thank you", and this I don't think you get in a normal job. People don't say thank you because you get paid. I will miss the food, I won't miss the winter cause we had really long winter...
And now imagine 5 years after and you remember EVS, first thing that comes to your mind, what would be ?
One of the most important things about my EVS was the first day. I arrived to Kaunas and we had a party at "the house", 40-50 people from Kaunas and Vilnius, so many people at the same time and I didn' t sleep the night before and I was so tired. I also didn't eat much cause I was nervous but the day was very nice and people also. I would remember the nights when we were playing music next to the fire. I would remember my trip to Tallinn with some volunteers. I would remember also my Ted talk and Vero cafe concert.
What has EVS given to you ?
It gives me another perspective because I worked in a school and before I was spending my whole life in school and then I went to university and then now I went back to school to work and I saw it from different perspective so I start seeing how things work, I saw students who were me when I was young and students who were my friends, to see like this lazy person in a class or the funny guy...
What was the happiest day of these months and the saddest one ?
I think the saddest day would be my last day but if not in general I didn't have many sad days here.
So my happiest day I think it was the day when went to Telšiai with many people, we saw the city and there was a house, fire, we played music.
For the future volunteers what you would wish ?
I wish they be open so they would enjoy this experience, not to stay in their bubble cause I saw some people do this, they don't meet other volunteers as they are shy or scared... It is really cool experience I wish they enjoy it maximum.
Don't you wish them to eat many Pasakas (surelis) ?
This is like advice eat "Pasakas", Cepelinai, try Kebabas near to Kauno pilis and go to a basket ball match at least once.