wtorek, 19 kwietnia 2016

Planting trees with seniors

Dear people,

Last Friday I got a chance to go to the woods of Pułtusk to plant trees with Pedro and some local seniors. In the morning, we took a coach and headed for the woods, where a group of forest-experts were waiting for us with some tree-planting equipment. After a short introduction we got to work, which was done systematically in pairs. We planted surprisingly large amounts of trees over three hours. Moreover, since the talkative seniors didn't speak any English, we were forced to speak Polish for three hours non-stop, but that was actually just excellent exercise for us! When the trees were planted, we gathered around a campfire to grill some sausages. I had also brought my guitar with, so after the lunch we started singing some traditional Polish songs, and I even sang a song in Finnish for the seniors. The party went on until it was time to go back to the town.

We thank the organizers and seniors for an unforgettable experience in the woods!



środa, 13 kwietnia 2016

Angélica, the new volunteer from Colombia


We are cooperating with Angélica who is participating in the project of Stowarzyszenie Promocji Wolontariatu, title Volunteers at the Interface between formal and non-formal education. Now we'll let her tell a couple of words about her arrival in Poland!


Holi everyone!

I'm Angelica from Colombia and arrived in Poland on the 1st of April. Already at the airport of Warsaw and I was feeling very different. I met with my coordinator and we went together to Pułtusk, my new home. During the ride I was trying to read each word I saw and it was very fun, although my polish is not the greatest.

Checking out Warsaw's night
Once I arrived at home it was really nice to see my roomies and my mentor waiting for me. They cooked some polish food and, for the first time, I tried a Pierogi. I must confess it reminds me of the colombian "empanadas"; they seemed so similar and different at the same time. After trying to say some words in polish with them and playing some games I went to bed. Not feeling much of a jet-lag.

Waiting for the bus

On Saturday, I went to Warsaw and met some volunteers from other programs and had a great time in the city. Everything was new, fresh and challenging. I started to get more and more excited about the experience I am going to have over the next months. The past week was very exciting because I learnt a lot every day. More words, more people and more about my EVS. This week I am in Warsaw, for my first training, and after this week the real adventure will start.

A private ride for the new volunteer!