I’ll see you again

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This will be my last week in Albania. For now. I’m sure I will come back to this land one day. It’s impossible to describe this experience in few lines, it changed me and taught me so much. I am so thankful to every person who made it possible for me to live all of this, starting from my friend Alessandra who did a long-term EVS in Tirana and convinced me to apply.

Thanks to the association TDM2000, my sending organisation in Cagliari, and to the association Beyond Barriers, the hosting organisation in Tirana, and to the local volunteers and mentors. Thanks to the schools where we volunteered, and to the people we met there.

Thanks to the group of volunteers who shared this with me, we didn’t know each other before but now I can’t imagine my day without them, we are a great team. I will miss you guys!

Thanks to this land and its people, for everything I saw and did here, things I never have imagined to find. I never went rafting before, I never slept on a castle, I never tried climbing, but I did it in Albania!

Thanks to myself for having done this, I’m so happy and proud. I feel stronger and I can’t wait to tell everyone about my experience. I would recommend it to every young person.

Shqipëria e madhe!

Enrica

The time is ending.

I remember my first day here and now I can’t perceive the fact that the EVS is ended. Tomorrow we will be in the office both for the final evaluation and the youthpass, then we will leave for the last trip around Albania before to come back to sardinia in order to discover the south coast but mainly so as to say goodbye to Schip. (hopefully see you soon).  I can’t say if the days here spent slowly or fastly but I’m very happy to have done this unforgettable experience. Actually all turned out beyond my expectations and I’m glad I saw with my own eyes that many prejudices are not true. This is one of my goals that I had before to come here.

Now I looking forward to start this last adventure and I really hope to return here at least one time because two months in my opinion are not enough firstly to discover this land, secondly to get everything concerns the albanian life and finally  to have the possibility to be fully integrated into the society. The last one is my biggest regret.

Thanks for all to TDM 2000 and Beyond Barriers.

Mirupafshim Tirana, mirupafshim Shqipëri.

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“YOUR HOME IS WHERE THERE ARE PEOPLE YOU LOVE ‘’

I’ll tell you briefly what I lived in my second home.
I’m proud for not having listened to the ignorant opinions that continues and will continue to spread false news on this beautiful land without any knowledge.   It’s been 2 wonderful months, of fantastic moments that will stay in my minds forever.
All thanks to the wonderful people I met, for the simple and sincere smile of the children with whom I worked, the smile of people we met on the street, to those who I stop asking for directions with the sun, the rain, the wind, to those who offered to be my guide, to all those that despite all, respond to smile and helped me without to many questions.
The time flew among the days  spent in the school “Luigj Gurakuqi ‘’ playing football , singing , during the dancing lessons to learn the traditional dances , games, lessons and the days spent in creating and working to “ Jonathan Center ‘’ with children and guys .
With this experience I have realized how to overcome to my limits and what it means not depending on the family and how is important to rely on my own strength.
I realized how much helping people can make a difference and how simple it could be.
Thanks to the people with whom I worked I was able to remember how many sensations can make you try a simple smile and how great it is to see change the face of a person while reciprocate.
I understand the important to take from the normal and how important, sometimes, return children to understand certain things.
Didn’t matter who I was, where I was, on the first day of the guys ran to me and hugged me , shook my hand , welcome .
Is beautiful the way they do, help each other, support each other, look …
With a simple look could communicate.
Where are all these qualities?
It possible that growing up were lost?
Between laughs, work, activities, trips, these two months have flown.
I had the opportunity to shoot amazing place and wonderful and I can say that Albania is full.
I see many place and lands inside and outside Albania, thanks to the guys who have undertaken this adventure with me because they are true adventurers!
When they decided to take the Balkans tour in 10 days!!
Thank you….

Laura L.

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LIVE EVERY MOMENT

Every day, every moment in this country is a constant discovery. You know a new culture, new people but above all you know yourself.  Brings you to step over own limits, to get  involved  in all situations. This  EVS  allowed me to discover non only Albanian but also a part of the Balkan world. Every countries that I visited gave me something. We explored the different  cities  through the neighborhood markets, to discover the typical dishes of the local environment. I can’t even imagine that I would live a fantastic and unique experience such as this . Who would have thought?

Kuptova diversitetin linguistik dhe kulturor

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Please don’t wake me up!

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I just came back from a tour around the Balkans few days ago and I want to share a thought with you – it will probably seem crazy, but keep reading.

I was in Kotor (Montenegro) the last day of trip, after one week of travel, and I was feeling sick since a couple of days. The weather wasn’t so good. But I just couldn’t stay at home resting so I went up to the castle, it was like sooo many steps on the stairs made of stone, until the top where you can see all the town from the terrace, under the flag. I couldn’t miss it. The day after I was feeling terrible and I was wondering why I couldn’t just rest and get better since I was sick, instead of going hiking on a fortress in Montenegro. It would have been easier, but is “easy” the best option?

So why do people do that? You know it will hurt you but you do it anway. Because what you get from it is worth it. I know it seems I’m saying random craps, but let me get to the point. I see this like a metaphore of my EVS experience that is coming to an end. I feel sad thinking about it. I will miss so many things, this city, this country and its people. It was all a mistery before but then I felt part of it. Walking on the streets of Tirana, seeing the everyday life, that was even my life for two months, makes me so nostalgic when I realise I wont be there in a couple of weeks. I know it will be tough to go back, I felt like a stranger when I arrived and I will feel kind of a stranger in my own place now. It will hurt but I would go back and do it again and again. This was a strong experience I will always keep in my mind.

It would have been easier to stay in my comfort zone, but I challenged myself, I went to discover something unknown and what I got from it was amazing. Do you know the feeling when you’re asleep and you’re having a beautiful dream, you know it’s just a dream but you wish you wont wake up cause you don’t want it to stop? I’m feeling like this now. I knew this moment would have come, I thought I was prepared but it breaks my heart anyway.      Mirupafshim Shqipëria!

Enrica Doneddu

In the middle of Albania: Shqipëri love!

By now there are many days that I’m living in Albania for the EVS project and now are less the days left to leave this wonderful place. The time is going too fast, it’s an usual stuff when you live a beautiful experience like this. During my way here I was able to make new experiences (new friends, new travels), to learn several new things just like living in group, speaking a new different language, living a long next to a different culture and mainly working in contact with Albanian children with disabilities that is a source of pride for me to help them. Making volunteering at the school “Luigi Gurakuqi” I met a lot of special and wonderful children and boys with whom I shared good times and I will never forget. However anything of this can equalize the pleasure to discover the simplicity to live of this land. I know that it has several problems but in contrast for me is a great pleasure living here and it will be a disappointment to go away. I can confirm that EVS is a fantastic way to discover a new land that you don’t know because everyday you can live into the society. A society different from my that day by day I looked with external eyes but by now I can look with another point of view, more Albanian I mean. This is fantastic and much stimolating. Now I want just enjoy these last few days here in the best way looking forward to make new and unforgettable experiences.

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Nicola Perra

Unexpected Balkan Tour

Thanks to the opportunity EVS gave us, we have menaged to find some free time to enriched this life experience through daily exploration and we tried to organize in 9 days as much as possible.. our own Balkan Tour.

This travel has been one of the biggest discovering of my Life. Before going to Albania I had never thought about me going in short terms to this geographical area full of history, traditions so far from my own culture and with so much to discover.

It was really funny also tring to learn how to read the famous Cyrillique Alphabet together with my crazy friend Enrica (so Albanian was not the main effort) as well as basic words in every state we entered.

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In exploring Skopjie, Sofia, Belgrad, Sarajevo, Dubrovnik and Kotor we also discover a lot about matching ourselves together in our differenties.. wonderful Challenge =) !

Giulia Sardo

 

Just one look

Enter in contact with children was one of the most important and impressive experiences of this EVS. Was a reality that was completely uncharted and this Evs  has allowed me to see a face of society needy attention and simple affection. At Jonathan Center we help to make postcards with the children of the school for a rummage sale. At the school Luigj Gurakuqi we worked with disable children with autism. Unfortunately have been very few days in the school with the children. Even if you don’t speak the same language you realize that just with a smile it’s possible understand each other.

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Changing

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Before the leaving I never, never imagined to live this amazing experience.

Is possible to change positively when you dive in a complitely different culture and world? The Answer can be found, simply, inside ourselves and it depends exclusively by the own desire “to get in the game”. Everyone certainly, in own way, is changing and will change thanks to this fantastic experience. And when this change it will be metabolized we will be even more aware of the importance of our positive contribute to improve the mentality of this wonderful people.

Matteo D.