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“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” – Rabindranath Tagore

Hello everyone! My name is Pearl Penumaka and I am the 2017-2018 volunteer with Phiren Amenca, through the Young Adults in Global Mission program of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. I was born in India and grew up in California, with a passion for books, traveling, cultural exchange and social justice. Growing up in an [...]

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Differences in culture are the wealth of humanity

Hello everybody! I’m Livia, and I come from a little town in the north of Italy called Omegna, where I’ve spent my life until I was 19. After turning 19, I began attending the university in Turin, where I’ve studied law, and developed an interest in human rights. I’ve did my thesis on international environmental [...]

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“Don’t be afraid of changes!”

“Don’t be afraid of changes!” This is what I am telling myself all the time. Hello everyone! My name is Marian. I am 21 years old (soon to be 22) and I started my 10 months European Voluntary Service at the international organization Phiren Amenca a week ago. They are specialised in both technical and [...]

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INTERVIEW WITH CHARLOTTE FLYNN

Charlotte Flynn, one of the eight volunteers serving in Hungary within YAGM – Young Adults in Global Mission – is slowly coming to the end of her volunteer year in Budapest. A colleague and friend asks her about her experiences. Text: Szilvia Ittzés Photos: Katalin Fabiny, Endre Hámor, Szilvia Ittzés, Adrienn Szathmáry You can see photos [...]

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I hope lots of young people will choose EVS in their near future, as this is an opportunity you will never forget in your life!

Hello Everyone! My name is Sarah, and I am 25 years old. I finished university last year and I have my diploma as a teacher. Besides my diploma I have 4 different professions as well, because for me to educate myself is very important. For instance I am a “Dance Ability” teacher, which means during [...]

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Hello everybody! My name is José Fernández….

Hello everybody! My name is José Fernández and I come from a town right in the middle of Andalusia (Spain) called Lucena. I am 27 years old and my educational background is in History and Social Sciences with a special interest in political and social movements. In the past I have participated as a volunteer [...]

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“Voluntary service is an amazing experience that I recommend to everyone.” – Maxime Massé

“Voluntary service is an amazing experience that I recommend to everyone.” – Maxime Massé Voluntary Service in Uzhgorod – Ukraine My name is Maxime. I’m 20 years old. I come from France and I am doing my voluntary service in Uzhgorod, Ukraine in a school for Roma children for 10 months. I did my higher [...]

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LET’S DO LITTLE THINGS TO CHANGE THE WORLD!

LET’S DO LITTLE THINGS TO CHANGE THE WORLD! I am Javier Milán López. I was born in Valencia (Spain) and I am 27 years old. I have studied Political Science and I specialized in International Cooperation and Development Processes. I have been involved into activist’s movements as well as in NGOs through volunteering and working. [...]

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Buna siua! Ce faci? My name is Karima

    A SPANIARD FEMALE IN A ROMANIAN TOWN Buna siua! Ce faci? My name is Karima. I´m 24 years old and I´ve been in Resita (Romania) for  almost 10 months. The typical question that everybody asks me is: “why Romania?” My answer always is the same: “and why not?” Well, let´s start from the [...]

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Always try, always be moving forward, always spin the wheel. Maxim Flora

Hello dear readers, I want to tell you a bit about who I am and why I decided to participate in EVS. I used to be a volunteer for a local Roma association called Nevo Drom that was located in the city where I was born and raised. My city is a quaint place situated [...]

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