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My EVS expirience Norway

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To get started, this project was not my first experience of living abroad, however my first experience in Norway. I arrived in summer (in July) and even though all my friends from home were complaining about the hotness, you couldn’t feel it here.

Norway as a country is amazingly beautiful: Norwegians will give their arm and leg to get settled in the house in the woods. That’s why Oslo is not an ordinary capital: here you can find a perfect balance (or we can say co-existence) of modern buildings and nature. As far as I’ve been told it probably goes from the Norwegian history and mentality to be among nature. Right now it is autumn here and I have never seen a place as colourful as Oslo these days.

People here are very polite and helpful. They are claimed to be cold, and indeed, it’s not that easy to start a proper conversation and become friends with Norwegians, however they will always help in case you are in need. Almost everybody speak fluent English and of course, you can always see Norwegians jogging and doing cross-country “skiing” trainings. Very sporty nation.

THINGS TO ADJUST:
Well, apart from all marvelous things I experienced here there were a couple of them to get adjusted to:

1. 1. Prices. At some point of time I just gave up comparing and became a far happier human being. Even though there is a common perception that prices are ridiculously high, having a good financial management of your own costs, you can easily lead a modest life in Oslo.
2. 2. Variety of products in shops. Pampered by juicy home-made Ukrainian vegetables and fruits, I found quality of those quite poor in Norway. Apart from that variety of products of the same kind is also lacking a lot. However only here I had opportunity to enjoy salmon that is cheaper than chicken.
3. 3. Darkness. Everybody keeps telling me “wait until winter comes”. And indeed, you already can feel being less energetic as days become colder and darker. In winter Norwegians usually have around 4 hours of daylight, which is quite challenging.
4. 4. Culture of not standing out. Here people mostly wear black, grey and white clothes and sometimes you feel like all of them are siblings. The answers lies in the mentality of Norwegians, where nobody is to stand out and everybody is to be equal.

MY WORK HERE

I work as an International Talent Recruiter for AIESEC in Norway. I work with 4 other people in a team managing operations on national level. We work with students from 5 main universities of Norway (University of Oslo, BI Bisuness School, NHH Business School, Univerity of Bergen and University of Trondheim) at the local chapters of AIESEC. My teammates are from Romania, Germany and Switzerland. I couldn’t be happier doing what I do know, since it allows me to work in a multicultural team, get professional skills and personal development. Our NGO works with different companies and other NGOs, enabling young people from all around the world to go on the internships, which I find very alike to what Erasmus+ Programme can offer. One of the main things I like about my job here is seeing the purpose of every action I do. This leadership development side of the organization appeals to me very much.

I believe this experience will help me get better insights and collect good case practices from such country as Norway, so I could later on keep improving communities that really need help and bring back the best learnings to Ukraine.

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