Hello friends! As promised, I have made the video of our project called "Outward Bound Youth Empowerement". Well it includes Luca and Olivera so it's not just for our project. But we didn't want to leave anyone out so here's the end result. BOOM.
I hope you like it and that you're now better informed about what we did. If you're interested in applying for EVS just go to the link below. ↓↓
This is the end for my EVS journey, I had fun hope you did also!
"A couple of days ago I had my two month anniversary of being in Croatia and it got me thinking how grateful I really am to be here. If I could go back and tell my past self one year ago where I'd be now I wouldn't believe myself. But that's how life goes; things happen so fast and you'll never know how it will be but I'm really happy my autumn turned out this way. I have one month left before I'll go back to Finland and I when I have to start thinking about my future all over again but I can definitely say I've grown during these two months so much. I'm thankful to all the people I've met, I will meet and myself for just going for it and volunteering in Croatia."
4/12/2018 - via Instagram
That was a caption I wrote on Instagram the other day together with the picture on the left. I decided to use it again because it seemed to fit the theme of this post. Leaving Croatia.
So as I quote Rob: Yesterday we bought plane tickets back to Funland. Now the time has come when I'll need to get back to "real world" and face the responsibilities I will have when I go back home (though Croatia has become another place I can call home which will lead us to the next topic).
When I first got to know I'd spend my last months of 2018 in Croatia I honestly didn't have any big expectations. My approach to the country was suspiciously neutral since I had never been there nor really tried to figure out this beautiful nation in the Balkans. I just needed to get out of Lahti (my home town) for awhile and so I stepped in a plane and after two and a half hours I was in Zagreb. On the way I also met another Finnish girl who shared her experiences of living in Croatia with me and it was somewhat soothing to know there are other people with same kind of situations in life than me at the moment.
First I was confused about everything, places, people, who is who, where should I be, what should I do? I had a mild culture shock because all the new things came at me all at once. But that's just normal I just didn't realise it at that moment so I was lost. But after some time I started settling in and all the things I was confused about became clearer. Sometimes I still feel lost but in a different way than in the beginning but sometimes it's good to wonder around and not to have everything handed to you on a silver plate.
But you see my point is that after all that jizz I got to know people more and I got merged into the family as we now know it as Awkward Bound (it's a WhatsApp group name for those who are confused). I really think the name is more than suitable for us. Anyways, I feel like I've gained so much from our five OB volunteers (well six including me) and if you're reading this you can give a tap on your shoulder, good job you thought me something. Also I'm grateful for my mentor who has helped me in many situations and been a friend. Ivana, you also deserve one clap. And also a round of applauds for my super supervisor and all the others from our OB staff who were there to support my EVS journey.
Now that the credits have been given we can continue on the next topic; What have I done and learned? Well, you'll get the answers for the first questions by reading my blog posts and the answer for the second question is still on the progress. But for the most I've learned about people. Others and myself. The ones back home and here. I now know how it feels to be far away from your loved ones but then again I've found new people I care about. Aaaand then I need to give them up soon also (for some time at least). Life is rough, huh? But the thing is that through out life I have to do that and that is an inevitable bad I can't run away from but it'll teach me acceptance. That everything will come to an end at some point and for me the end of this project is coming soon even though it just started.
Naturally, I feel sad but I'm still going to concentrate on the positive parts. At least it happened, I was here and hopefully left some kind of trace of myself. Croatia definitely left its mark on me. I got so many memories out of this experience, new faces, new places, lots of love. I hope I was able to give that love back too to all the people I came across.
If I didn't I still have a month left to do that so I better be fast! And to have a proof of this period of time I spent here, I'm working on a video with the other volunteers to have as memory (and there are also some promotional reasons behind it) so you'll probably see that as I may put a link of the video in here (as soon as it's done I mean). But all in all this is how I'm handling pain, no I mean departure, so hope you enjoyed being a part of my life for a little while. :)
We wish you a merry Christmas, we wish you a merry Christmas... or that's how it feels in Zagreb right now. I heard that during Christmas time Zagreb is the most beautiful place in Europe but I didn't believe it until I saw all the decorations and effort they're putting in the market in here. The whole centre area is filled with lights and food and music. It's a whole winter wonderland without snow.
Since I'm spending Holidays here I want to explore wintry Zagreb a bit more and enjoy fritules and some warm drinks before my time here is over (more about that on the next post). So merry Christmas from my side and happy new year!
See you in the next post!
Last week I spent in Orahovica in On Arrival training for new EVS volunteers in Croatia. I learned a lot of new things such as project management and how to handle difficult situations with ease. Also I met other volunteers living in Croatia and learned about their life and daily habits in Croatia. It was nice to have people around you who are in a similar situation as a new comer in a foreign country. We also did a project in Orahovica for the local youth and I met more Croatians who were more than happy to share information about their community and country.
We did also take a look around Orahovica and we climbed to a hill to see ruins of a castle on the hill (Ed Sheeran fans where you at?) From the hill you could see all the way to Hungary! To conclude, it was an interesting trip!
See you in the next post!
Greetings! It's time to look what happened in November. In Žitnik we had a short term EVS project that lasted two weeks but unfortunately I had to leave to Orahovica for On Arrival training period on the second week so I wasn't there full time. Anyhow, the days that I was there were really good and again other volunteers from other countries, loved them. In this project the volunteers did more work among the villagers and other locals from the area and as staff members we were there also.
But as the first week came to an end the volunteers had four free days to spend where ever they wanted so me and Olivera (other volunteer from our company as you may know) also decided to travel around.
Our fist destination was Zadar in the coast. We took a morning bus there on Thursday and spent the night in a hostel.
On Friday we hitchhiked about 5 hours to Split but I think the journey is more important than the destination (at least in this case). We saw a lot of places that we didn't plan to see but that's the beauty of hitchhiking. In Split we decided to save money and we couchsurfed in a Erasmus students apartment. The next morning we took a morning bus again to Plitvice lakes and roamed around there. It's a beautiful place, if you have a chance go and visit it!
See you in the next post!
<< For you behind the mirror (or screen in this case), greetings. My name is Sanni (not to be mistaken with the pronounciation of sunny weather), I'm 19 and I was born and raised in Finland until I moved in Zagreb in the beginning of October 2018. I came here to take part in 3 month project to fill in my gap year since I just graduated high school.
So more about me. :) I consider myself as a social and calm being which can be confusing at times since I might just enjoy the silence and listen or blabber about nonsense. I'm also very curious person and that's the main reason I applied for the project. Actually at the beginning I was introduced to the 2 two week project but I decided to apply for both 3 month and the two week projects and I ended up here in Zagreb for a longer period of time.
I'm a former scout leader and the love that I have for nature comes with spending time there as I call it “forrest therapy“ (it can be very healing actually). Nature gives me so much energy and resources that it would be impossible and selfish not to love it. I'm also very fond of music in case you were wondering.
So overall my experiences with EVS and OBC have been good even though my schedule was tight. I found out I was chosen about two and a half weeks before the departure so I had to be quick with my moves. But everything turned out to be fine (atleast for now) I'm now here and prepared!