My EVS experience – Agata Prochowska from Poland

Project: We, ourselves and our culture!

Duration: 01.10.2016 – 30.09.2017

Partners: Stowarzyszenie “Jeden Swiat” – Service Civil International Poland Organizacja Pożytku Publicznego and Center for Youth Activism CYA KRIK

Volunteer: Agata Prochowska

As far as I know people are usually choosing their EVS in the country they didn’t visit before. To make it even more adventures. It also makes it kind of difficult. In my case the choice was easy. Macedonia. I’m Polish but in my heart I’m Balkan girl. Fell in love in that region back in 2008 and that love is still growing in me. Kind of. With many obstacles. And disagreement. And frustration. Let’s say it’s challenging love. But I think that’s why it’s special.

“Macedonia loves you back”- I heard once. And it’s true. Besides many things you have to deal with, there is nothing you can manage to make it better. With delicious baklava and strong coffee, life is getting better and better. Also because of people. For example people who care. That kind of people are working in KRIK.

KRIK is my host organization, created only by girls (girls rule the world as queen B said). It’s an organization focusing on young people with disabilities, actively taking part in sharing awareness about social inclusion and youth work. I’m glad I ended up in here. A bit scared I must say, I started to work with young people with visual and hearing impairment and with people with Down Syndrome. I wasn’t very prepared for that but open minded and communication skills helped a lot. Creating a creative workshops, taking part in many trainings started to be easier from one day to another. It’s been half year since I’m here and the time flew so fast. It’s not difficult when you have a great time. There is so many ideas in my head what to do more, how to improve my work with young people, how to encourage them to be more brave and be willing to fight for their rights. Sometimes I’m catching myself that it’s not me who is teaching kids, but actually I’m learning a lot from them. And that’s the part of EVS goals. Learn as much as you can from other people you thought you would never understand. It takes a lot of patience, but believe me, it’s worth it.

My mind opened even more, I started to care more. And seeing my girls from KRIK working hard every day to improve life of people with disabilities in Macedonia, makes me think that there are still good people in the world we live in.

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