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The adventures continue

So… three weeks passed since my arrival in Faenza. This time – no pumpkin. I got a roommate and she cut my pumpkin… That’s what happens when in one house are living 3 girls from different countries. But oh well, we baked a pie from it.
I am still getting a daily surprise from this little town. For example, no ice cream for Monday??? 😲 😲 😲 I wanted to start the new week in a sweet way… There is a little and cozy gelateria in front of our apartment, but seems like that place doesn’t like Mondays. Well, who does?

Since all the volunteers from both organizations (PiGreco & SE.M.I) are here, we are getting more involved into our tasks and Italian living way. Last week all of us started Italian language lessons in the school (it’s interesting feeling when you are graduated from university and you have to back to the school. But if we want to teach the kids we have to learn something too, aren’t we? No one is perfect). I even bought a book, written in Italian… Good luck for me.

1st time in the doposcuola (after school) … A little bit nervous, because of the language’s barrier. Here comes help from Google Translate and other foreigners’ people. But it’s okay, soon I will be able to speak more fluently in Italian. 😉 😜 😉 Before jumping into homework and other studying stuff, in doposcuola we are starting the day with a little game (every day is a different one), which helps kids to improve their English. That time we tried “Guess who?” with various superheroes and other characters from the cartoons (kids had to make various questions with answers no & yes which will describe their character and then try to guess).

Maybe we look angry, but the truth is… The right side of the face doesn’t like the camera.

How to finish a week in Faenza? I mean, does this town ever sleep?! Last weekend we attended the “MEI festival” – probably, I haven’t seen so many people in Faenza before! Various music all day long… Don’t get me wrong – I am not complaining, I am still feeling like living in some kind of fairy tale here: the park with animals (chickens, ducks, peacocks…), a lot of bicycles, many many many puppies here too! If you are looking for a nanny for your dog in Faenza – please contact me, I will be happy to host him/her for a day, week, month or for the whole year! 😍 ❤︎ ❤︎ ❤︎

Sometimes it’s too hard to stay in one place, you know that feeling? That’s why this weekend few members of “PiGreco & SE.M.I” family went to Bologna! We got a little bit lost in the “never ending market”, in the crowd of people, but at 8PM in the evening we managed to catch the train  💪 😂 .

See you in a week or two, I will learn more words from Italian menu 😉. A presto!

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Greta, Lithuania.

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First day of afterschool

Today we had the first ‘doposcola’ ( after school class). Well, not actually the first. The first for me, but not for the kids and the other volunteer: Maria Jesús Mercedes Gonzalez. She is also from Spain but she is doing a diferent project from – Erasmus + – called ‘intership’ here with us for 4 months. She is specialized in children with disabiliaties.

I went to pick up Maria Jesús ( Susi – for the friends ) from her appartment so that she could show me the way to go to the doppuoscola.

I was shocked when we ended up in a inner courtyard that seemed anything but not a school. We crossed the garden and we found a small-veryvintage-red-door who leaded to many other dors -all of them as vintage as the first one- which opens the class where the lessons are given.

Ours was the first one and we found Laura there: she was writing down the names of the kids in a piece of paper so that they could know -when arrive- where they have to sit.

We inmediatly prepared the class. On Monday and Wednesday we have Study Skills and we prepared a game called ‘Flash-Cards’ which is basically to learn words in english basing it on the words the kids would like to learn on the field they are more interested about.

We were one tutor and two volunteers for the 3 hours of class with 7 kids. It’s really nice to have several persons taking care of them and helping them on what they need more in each moment.

Each of us is better in one field and -after having finished the first hour of ‘study skills’ – we help them doing their homework and studying. So for exemple:      I am better in lenguages than maths, so that’s why I let the maths to another of my partners and I focus on helping them in english or spanish homework.

I quickly found out that many of them have some problems in what concerns to the study: dislexia, discalculia, hiperactivity…or simply they are not very motivated with the school.

That’s why we are there: to help them to find back their motivation for studing but also for making them feel good at what they do, to make them feel and see that they can also be brilliant with a bit of efort.

So it’s still too soon to tell more about this to you… But we definitively will.

Keep in touch 😊

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New pumpkin in the town!

Just a small town girl decided to start the new adventure in her life. To earn 2 degrees wasn’t enough – she wanted something more. For example, to move to another country. Volunteering is a quiet good opportunity to do that, isn’t it? After being selected to the “Everybody is learning” project she took a midday connecting flight from Vilnius to Bologna. Just before landing she noticed that there are a lot of fields in this region – just like in her native Lithuania. Maybe she won’t be homesick there.

Just like home.


2019/09/24. Welcome to the land, where the morning starts with a cup of espresso. It’s quiet funny when this una ragazza lituana doesn’t like coffee (yes yes yes, everyone is thinking that soon she will start to like it, but believe me it’s not the first time when she tried to fight with herself). “Io non parlo italiano” – probably, the most used her sentence so far. But if you are really hungry – nothing will stop you from ordering a pizza.

From the first sight this little town, called Faenza, looked a little bit as from the Medieval ages – huge doors, cobblestone and narrow streets.. No, witches doesn‘t fly here with brooms either. But that is charming. It’s like a time travelling. You know when parents are saying to their kids: “be careful in the street!”? Here is similar. But probably, in this town is a bigger possibility to be hit by a bicycle, not the car.

Benvenuti in Italia.

So, the exploration starts. Feeling a little bit lost in the new place, this Lithuanian pumpkin took the map in her hands and started to walk. Somewhere. Through and around the city.

Which way to go?
One way or another…

Just like that she reached even another town, called Ravenna, full of various Basilicas and mausoleums.

Piazza del Popolo.
Dante’s Tomb.

Although Faenza isn‘t a big city (around 60k inhabitants), it doesn‘t mean that here there is nothing what to do and that silence prevails all along the town as in the oldschool Western movies. Unless in the afternoon, around ~12:00 – 15:00… At this time most of the shops and other places are closed. These working hours makes you to learn to use your time wisely. Or makes you a little bit angry. Or suggest you to take a power nap after the lunch – it‘s up to you. But… How can this little girl be mad when she found the ice cream, named after her? Okay, maybe not after her, but the name is the same…  And when musicians are playing right under the window until the midnight..? Smile won‘t be leaving the face for a long time…

Buskers festival.
I am telling you – this is the time machine!

A presto!  

Greta, Lithuania.

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Useful materials for learning the Russian language

FRee MATERIALS TO LEARN Russian

As I have mentioned before, one of my personal projects was “Russian Courses”. Even though in the end I had only one student, we found it useful. That’s why I would like to share with you the list of free materials to learn and practice Russian language.

1. Learn Russian Fast

This book contains a lot of reading activities and explains the grammar in a short and concise way. Can be useful for learning the vocabulary with translation into English

2. Russian as a Foreign Language

There is a useful table for learning Russian Cases. Also, there are a lot of phrases and conversation topics that can serve to improve your speech.

3. Phonetic Games and Exercises

If you are a beginner and starting to learn the language from the A1 level, so you will definitely need to use this book to get to know the phonetics.

4. Learning Russian

This one will provide you with plenty of texts and specific vocabulary for particular topics.

5. URA! Russian for English Speakers

There are some exercises to learn some basics in Russian. It may be useful on the first lessons.

6. Learn on Your Own

If you want to practice your grammar knowledge, you should definitely look through this book and complete the numerous exercises.

7. russianforfree.com 

Finally, this website is super good to practice overall your Russian language skills.

I hope, these resources will help those who wish to learn that beautiful language!

Farida, Azerbaijan

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Personal Projects

One of the benefits of EVS(ESC) is the possibility to organize and implement your personal projects.

You can organize an event, language courses, training in order to share your knowledge and skills with others.

You can decide on your audience. It can be either only your colleagues or an open event that you can promote to attract more participants/students.

Before starting my EVS I had several ideas for my personal projects. However, throughout these months I have eliminated some of them and replaced with other projects that could be more useful at that time.

Currently, I’m implementing 3 projects that are focused on the study of languages.

The first one is basic Academic Writing courses that I have organized for other volunteers that are motivated to shift their writing skills. In these courses, my goal is to share my experience of writing effective Motivation Letter, Cover Letter, and writing of essays.

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The second project that we have recently started is about teaching the Russian language. These courses were designed because of the motivation and wish of our colleagues to study Russian. Even though it is a little bit challenging for them to learn a totally different alphabet, they seem really enthusiastic about exceeding in this language.

 

Finally, the third one is the Italian Conversation Club. With the help of a young Italian girl who is passionate about working with foreigners, we are organizing Conversation Club once per week. We are not only discussing some topics but also learning new facts about Italian culture. This project is open to all foreigners that live in Faenza and want to improve their speaking.

 

Farida, Azerbaijan

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Travel Diary/ Emilia-Romagna

For the first time, I have visited Bologna with my friends from arrival training. The city of porticoes (a partially enclosed walkway) hosts around 80.000 students that make ⅓ of the city’s population. If it rains, don’t worry you can still walk in the city center through the corridors that are around 40 km in general.

 

There are a lot of shows being performed during the day in the main square, so you can enjoy some street art, observe the drawing technique of some artists, watch amusing balloon shows or listen to the diverse street music.

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I have accomplished my dream there and have visited Archiginnasio, which was the main building of the Bologna University.

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Brisighella is a little town not so far from Faenza where we had our first EVS team building. According to the elderly people that we were having Smartphone classes with, Brisighella is the best medieval town in Emilia Romagna region. It is located on the hills and there are 2 towers that are the main sightseeings of the town. Brisighella is a suitable place for doing hikes, picnics, paragliding and you can visit caves.

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Riccione is a commune in the province of Rimini. That city became touristic since the 19th century because rich bolognese people started to build there their villas. Benito Mussolini also had a villa there. As you can imagine the Adriatic coast of Northern Italy has a very beautiful coast which is called Riviera Romagnola. We went there with hope to see a red sunset, but something went wrong with the weather and it was windy and cold. Fortunately, by the end of the day, it got better and at least we saw a pink horizon that pleased our eyes.

 

Parco Bucci is the biggest park in Faenza. There you can be in the peace of being surrounded by animals, a lot of plants and trees.

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Farida, Azerbaijan

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