My EVS in France

France is famous for its refined wines, delicious cheese, castles and culture. What I discovered, however, is that France is much more than that. I went there as an EVS Volunteer in a small town in the south of France – Ganges and spent 4 months there this spring.

European Voluntary Service (EVS) is a programme of the EU that gives all young Europeans between 18 and 30 years, the chance to live and work as volunteers in another country for a period of 2-12 months. Being interested in French culture and speaking fluent French, I decided to go to France and get closer to its day-to-day life. I worked in Social-cultural Center Agantic which proposed different activities for people of all ages and I was lucky to find friendly working environment. Being a Psychology graduate, I was interested to be part of this center and apply in practice what I had been studying in the university.

During the 4 months I spent there I met interesting people, travelled a lot around France and had a lot of fun with other volunteers in that region. My roommate Alexandra was also a volunteer from Spain and she brought the spirit of Spain in our home. So, I had the chance to get to know two different cultures at the same time – French and Spanish.

I feel that the best effect of my EVS experience is what I have learned. I became more self-dependent, got used to working and living in international environment and communicate with people of all kinds of national and ethnical background.

If you want to go abroad, meet a lot of new people, learn a new language or practice the ones you already speak, and have an unforgettable experience, I recommend that you become an EVS volunteer. It is totally worth it and is a once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity.

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