There are many different prejudices around volunteering. Some people still tend to think that this is simply a non-paid job. Despite this, thousands of young people use this opportunity to spend time abroad and find answers to important questions about their career, life values, family relationships, and other important life issues. It also helps to travel and find a perfect place of residence. Volunteer abroad programs offer much more than non-paid job opportunities; it helps to build a basis for strongly motivated and successful career path.
Volunteer job is a perfect start of you career
The big question is how someone can choose to study a field of expertise without realizing what the real job in this field looks like? European Voluntary... Read More »
Article and photos by: Filipa Raimundo, YPUN Ltd*
There is no secret formula on how to land a perfect job or internship in international development. Still there are some things that you should keep in mind in order to make potential employers interested in you.
1. Don’t give up
At all times keep this in mind. After all, it is a combination of different factors that will enable you to get what you want. In an area such as international development, it is important to keep in mind that persistence is key to success. You should never give up on your dreams and you should do anything to pursue them. The first step to impress your future... Read More »
Article by: Gosia Krakowska (Poland)
Picture credits: Gosia Krakowska
”How did you do it?”, my befriended law professor asked me. ”Did what?” “Did not give up on this (law studies) after so many years.”
To make the story short: I arrived in the Netherlands in 2005, alone, from Poland, to pursue my law studies at the University of Amsterdam. I did not know Dutch, had no knowledge of customs, nor did I have the slightest understanding of the Dutch mentality. I had no friends and no network at all. Instead, I arrived with a luggage of faith, and conviction that ”I can do it.” I will not tell my whole story here… Instead, I would like to... Read More »
Article by: Lisa Stewart
As with the many other Internet-related words that we’ve acquired in recent years – blog, tweet, to Google – there is another word, webinar, which has also come into common usage. As its name suggests, a webinar is a seminar, or other live-stream educational or professional event, which one can participate in from afar via the World Wide Web.
Webinars are more than simply wonderful learning resources, they’re also a great way to spend an hour hearing different speakers give presentations or lead discussions on various topics. There are even online conferences which may take place over several days and include talks by a range of presenters, Google hangout... Read More »
Written by: Ana Alibegova
Edited by: Stefan Alijevikj
If a traveler attempts to make a retrospective of their so-far life experiences and crucial developments in their professional and personal growth, it is of no doubt that their first voyage abroad will have a seat on the pedestal. Every day spent abroad is a new challenge and a new learning opportunity that should be taken, reflected upon and applied. The list of life lessons from living abroad is unlimited; however, the following lines summarize just few of them:
1. You learn how to explore the things around you
Being a tourist and being part of the local community are two completely different travelling experiences. If you... Read More »
Article by: Melanie Pinet (The United Kingdom)
Edited by: Stefan Alijevikj
While government officials in the United Kingdom are wandering around Westminster patting themselves on the back about the latest drop in unemployment figures (released by the Office for National Statistics), the youth of the country are still disengaged and the forgotten souls without hope rarely end up in their dream job, or even know what it may be. While this seductive new data sets up camp in the political agenda for the next general election, the questions is really whether it is merely papering over the cracks?
Not only do these figures deceive by including unpaid internships (of which have become commonplace amongst... Read More »
Author: Jana Balusikova
Edited by: Ana Alibegova, Stefan Alijevikj
“I regret not the things I’ve done, but those I did not do”, said the American actor Rory Cochrane. Namely, this quote inspired young Jana Balusikova from Slovakia to write down her thoughts and to share her experience with all of you who are doubtful to make a step out of the comfort zone. This is her story about the big step to live abroad and about the amazing time she spent in the German capital:
Few months ago I faced a tough decision about doing an internship in Berlin – on one side it sounded like fulfilling a dream, but I knew that would also mean that... Read More »
Article by: Ladislav Borka (Slovakia)
Edited by: Stefan Alievikj
When I told my mom I am going to be an EVS volunteer in Vukovar, Croatia, she got an image of Mother Teresa combined with Francis of Assisi in a white, long cloak made for monks taking care of orphans and people with lethal diseases. After one year of volunteering I can confirm that this sort of outfit does not belong to an ordinary volunteer´s wardrobe.
My father was more skeptic: instead of being such hippie, I should rather find a normal job and earn some normal money for living – argued he.
Well, who would like to make good money immediately, should not choose EVS. For others, who are not sure how to continue after high school, bachelor or master degree, EVS can be... Read More »
picture credit: Cruise Ship Passengers, Brian Wotherspoon – Flickr
Article by Ana Alibegova
Only a day is left before the start of the journey to one of your favorite destination. The excitement reaches the peak, a hostel is booked, tickets are bought, the passport is here, packing is soon coming to an end. There is no way you can sleep tonight; tomorrow is the “D day”, when your holiday or study abroad is going to start. “I will get some sleep during the trip, there is plenty of time”, you try to comfort yourself. But sorry to disappoint you, it can easily happen that the eventual short nap in the taxi to the airport might be the only 15 minutes you... Read More »
Fireworks over Wonhyo Bridge – Han River, caption by Olivier Le Rille, National Geographic
Written by Jana Lazarevska
A year passed since I was an exchange student in Seoul, South Korea. It was an incredible adventure filled with new friendships and intensive studying. As time goes by my memory gets overwhelmed by new events and obligations chasing after me on daily bases. But, even though some puzzles of my memory started to fade away there are those bits and pieces that are simply unforgettable. So, here are the most amazing places I had the chance to visit while in Korea that will stay engraved in my memory forever.
1 . Han River
I believe that every traveler has their... Read More »