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Let’s volunteer together! – engl.

Albert’s EVS short story from Rostock

That was a hell of a thrilling summer! Now it’s regrettably coming to an end. On the other hand, a short summary would be in place. Since I wrote my last EVS- raport in Mai, lots of things have happened. Everything commenced exactly on the first lukewarm days when I took part in a training for camp leaders. That was an overture for future events. In July, I spent 13 days with 9 young people from all over the world in a work camp in Ravensbrück. The coined term work camp should not evoke ideas about „special past working facilities” in Germany, it took however place in a former concentration camp .

Work camps are now very great projects when people from different countries come together and do some non-profit work for local communities. You can profit much from it. Me for instance, I learnt how to deal with diverse cultures and personal manners. Going through such experiene is not always easy but enriching. The work itself, well…..we mainly did translations which may not be gripping for summer time, but free time catered for integration and pleasure. Staying still with Ravensbrück, a former gloomy place is reviving now in tolerance and respect for diversity, thanks to the positive energy of young people.

A short breath brake and let’s go or should I write let’s conquer some seas with the project that Kompass put up for this summer „Let’s sail together 2013 – cradle to cradle”. That was absolutely groovy for me! 35 or 36 young people from 5 nations took part in it, I was honoured to be one of the 5 teamers.

First, we spend 8 days in Kiel, we formed there a non-crushing crew, learnt what „cradle to cradle” is – it’s a concept for environment protection. We also fabricated some pratical stuff out of rubbish, cleaned up a beach and had a huge deal of intercultural fun!!! This fun continues after 8 days on board of a schooner „Gulden Leeuw”. It was indeed an awesome experience although I detest this adjectiv. Some inconveniences, but only from my point of view, as: cramped and insufficient sleeping, sometimes to much work and that’s all! What remains, it’s an open sea, feeling of freedom, new places and 6 days as a sailor. Still unforgettable is a morning at 6 a.m. when me and Irene from Italy tried to bottle up breaking waves with a steering wheel. I enourge all to take part in such project in future.

Writing about interculturality, hm? Everyone is different, no matter where they come from!

Now, I’m staying Rostock, I missed it a bit:) And after sailing, I was 5 days in an EVS-seminar – very nice folks! It’s always beneficial to listen to your collegues‘ stories and tribulations:) and this time a small charming village of Witzenhaussen was the place for it. My EVS goes on until December, I’m having a positive attitude!

Till the next chapter of my story!

Albert

 

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