Overcoming the fear of the unknown

Stéphanie from France Sending organisation: Concordia Hosting country: Estonia   1. What surprised you the most during your workcamp? I’ve been surprised by the activity we had to carry out : painting. I’ve never done that before and I ended up loving it because it helped me to relax. Besides I noticed that there was a…

A step towards your dreams

Félix from France Sending organisation: Compagnons Bâtisseurs France Hosting organisation: Adapto, Romania 1. What surprised you the most during your workcamp/EVS? My big surprise was discovering the support, and good welcoming during all the time of my EVS experience: the local team that host me was always there to help me and sort out my…

Integration by Volunteering

written by Mahmoud The biggest problem we face as refugees is integration, European people don’t know how to help us to integrate and it is hard for refugee to integrate in European community. The reason for that is the huge difference in cultures. The first workcamp I have done was in 2016 with JAVVA ASBL…

Let yourself go and be amazed

Katia from Italy Sending organisation: Lunaria Hosting country: France 1) What surprised you the most during your workcamp? I was surprised by the strong bond that has been created with the other volunteers of the camp from all over the world (even today we regularly chat on whatsapp through messages and video calls). 2) What…

Truly beautiful humaneness

Abou from Italy Sending organisation: Lunaria Hosting organisation: Elix, Greece 1. What surprised you the most during your workcamp? The thing that surprised me the most was the group spirit, the support that we gave each other and the young people of the center we worked with. People had a truly beautiful humaneness and attention…

“Hello, my name is ………., I am ………., refugee in Belgium”

How am I integrating myself? My great experience with JAVVA ASBL Written by  Mahmoud  Integration is the most important thing you should think about it. Why? Because it is the key to understand the culture and getting more opportunities in new country. To do that, you should apply what I call “The golden rule” which…

You never know all the wonderful things that might happen

Maria from Greece Hosting organisation: Citizens in Action   What surprised you the most during your workcamp?             Last year I took part in an international workcamp with participants coming from different countries of the world. Our main task was to do reconstruction and renovation work in a facility for people with disabilities. It lasted…

Being attentive to what you do

Daniel from Catalonia Sending organisation: Cocat Country of the workcamp: France What surprised you most during the workcamp? It was a normal workcamp, but I have to say that we did much more work than I expected when it came to rebuilding the structure they asked us to do. We even had to mix cement…