Erasmus+ story

Nisha during EVS

Nisha Patel

It has been over a year now since my adventure began – from March 2015- I came from Manchester, United Kingdom to Sumy, Ukraine to embark on some worthy volunteer work as part of an EVS (European Voluntary Service). I came across this opportunity whilst looking for jobs; since graduating in Geography I was keen to work within the sustainable development sector, where this caught my interests. To my surprise I was accepted onto the project, where I became part of an international team (8 members from three different countries), also working alongside local volunteers and many other nationalities J  where,  we managed to start a food bank charity called ‘A Friend in Need’, with lots of support from our volunteer manager, Anastasia.

This was an incredible journey, which gave me confidence to travel more! It was interesting to meet people from different nationalities all working, living and socialising together which was really nice! The project itself was a success where we were able to collect food donations and donate this to people in need such as the elderly, and gave food to a rehabilitation centre and a refuge camp. Along with this work brought lots of other potential, such as the privilege to support our project further, by offering English lessons in exchange for food donations. This was a newly-enjoyable, and rewarding experience for me personally that gave me confidence to pursue into more teachings in the near-future and beyond! We held weekly English lessons in the public library for all ages and abilities (children-adults) and were requested by teachers in schools; we also participated in a week long SMART camp (teaching English with fun activities). I would definitely do an EVS again!..J