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Living in Ukraine II

Daria Автор: Daria |
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It’s hard to deny that the act of living in another country, in another language, fundamentally changes you. Different parts of your personality sort of float to the top, and you take on qualities, mannerisms, and opinions that define the new people around you. And there’s nothing wrong with that; it’s often part of the reason you left in the first place. You wanted to evolve, to change something, to put yourself in an uncomfortable new situation that would force you to into a new phase of your life.

 

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Living in Ukraine I

Daria Автор: Daria |
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I was so focused on my project and trying to get by day to day – I literally tried to absorb all the moments as they happened and hold tight to those. Well, I guess now is a good time to take a break and write a bit about daily life in Ukraine, beginning with a photo of the bedroom I used to share with two other volunteers  from 10th of February till the 1st of June 2014.  It’s a good introduction to living there.


I loved that apartment. It was not cheaply updated and tacky like many of the apartments that locals might opt to recommend for foreigners. It had old wallpaper, antique furniture, and a distinct soviet character. It was renovated (but the unique style remained), well-equipped and capable to become „a home for me.

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лис 27

Being active is trendy

Daria Автор: Daria |
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Being active is a new tendency and we can easily notice that by checking a couple of new advertisements, that appeal to our activeness. We don’t want to be passive so in the morning we drink strong coffee and in the evening we turn on the light to stay active longer than the Sun is shining. Sometimes we also help ourselves with energy drinks to be more productive, when energy is running away. Active lifestyle is equally trendy. We climb, cycle, go to the gyms and swimming pools, we run the marathons and then post pictures in sportswear on facebook and vkontakte. We don’t wish to be out of this trendy active community.

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лис 27

Как понимать идеи неформального образования?

Daria Автор: Daria |
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Я предпочел бы развлекать и надеяться, что люди изучили что-то, чем обучать людей и надеятся, что их развлекли.  

Уолт Дисней 


Есть несколько ценностей и идеалов в мире, которые стоит распространять. Идея, которая имеет огромное значение для  меня – это идея неформального обучения.

 

 

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лис 02

Trainings

Daria Автор: Daria |
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One of the directions of our work within the project is – education. But not in an obvious way. Our target was to educate in non-formal way, using non-formal methods. We decided that one of them will be a training.

There were always at least 1-2 trainings each month organized. Target group were adults of diversified background. We have done trainings for various institutions and groups, like students of Donetsk State University, Center of Professional Career, Regional School Of Volunteers, as well as for our NGO and anybody interested. Topics were leadership and motivation, creativity and imagination, CV, time management and the like.

 

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лис 02

On-Arrival Training, Kyiv

Daria Автор: Daria |
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As every new-coming EVS volunteer I had On-Arrival Training organized by SALTO in the beginning of my project, which is 16-22.02.14. The aim of the training was to prepare us as a group of volunteers working currently in Ukraine and Moldova for implementation of certain projects. We have learnt how to contribute as much as possible to our local communities. Moreover, I got some more knowledge about other European programs, EVS philosophy. I planned my learning process and started thinking about my future Youth Pass certificate. OAT was also a great opportunity for networking and making friends. We were enabled to exchange ideas, experiences, expectations with other volunteers and trainers. In the end, we exchanged contact info as well so that we could travel and visit each other during EVS or even start cooperation. As it proved after few months, it was crucial to have friends all over Ukraine and Moldova – and many placed to stay (if needed) and explore.

It is hard not to mention atmosphere during the training in Kiev. It was the hottest time of Maidan revolution so, although we stayed in a peaceful place, we felt the tension in the city and society. Everybody, including the trainers was concerned about the situation and latest news. For us, as foreigners, totally supporting democracy and protesters, it was not only an adventure or just an interesting experience but also a short lesson of history and a chance to witness the events, that later influenced the new foreign policy of most of the world’s countries. Presumably, it was a lesson that I will never forget.Last dinner at the On-Arrival TrainingWorkshop about our EVS tasks.Workshop about our EVS tasks.Last supper, watching the news about Maidan in Kyiv.Group photo of all the participants of OAT.

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dasha & pasza, donetsk, FIRST 24 HOURS

Daria Автор: Daria |
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How come can I take all this stuff out of the train, I thought when I finally started travel to Donetsk. I had taken definitely too many things – maybe 50 % of my clothes would be enough? This momentous query was actually a substitute of a serious doubt – if I am ready to spend a year abroad and whether I can carry out the tasks that I am entrusted with. Happily I had a perfect company during the trip – another volunteer from Poland, Paweł. If we fail, we will fail together. For example with getting off the train on time



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