On 31st of May, Zavod Voluntariat and SLOGA organised an informative evening about the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative.
Those of you who wish to become volunteers and contribute to the challenges and changes our society is going through, might want to consider this opportunity. EU Aid Volunteers Initiative brings together volunteers and organisations from different countries, provides practical support to humanitarian aid projects, and contributes to strengthen the local capacity and resilience of disaster-affected communities. Thanks to the division in senior and junior, the program offers the opportunity to get involved to both experienced and young people.
Malwina Sedzikowska was a junior EU Aid Volunteer and she spent 6 months in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, building organic home gardens. She shared her experience from the field. Being the daughter of a farmer she was not a stranger to the farming world. However, she did not have any special knowledge in organic home gardens prior to this experience. The organization she was part of, was searching for single women, for whom to build an organic home garden. Moreover they were training the owners in order to make the garden sustainable and ensure that once they leave, they will maintain it. Malwina confessed that at the beginning she saw women reluctant to accept and not believing that “those white” people would work for free with them, but seeing their dedication to the project, they changed their mind. The gardens saved women money and time. Indeed, some of them had farms up in the mountains, and they needed around two hours to get their vegetables from there. After this intervention they could even sell the surplus of vegetables and make some money.
EU Aid Volunteers Initiative gives you space for your personal project. In Malwina’s case, it was photography classes in school. She knew that she wanted to share her passion for photography with kids, before leaving Europe. Hence, she took her older camera, which was still in good shape and good enough for beginners. Even though everyone, starting from the director of the school and ending with the kids themselves, expected that the camera will not get back to Malwina in good conditions, it wasn’t the case. The students showed ability in planning their time and scheduling their turns, cooperating with each other, as well as taking good care of the camera. After the initial love for selfies, Malwina managed to wake up their love for photography in general. At the end of the course, they organised a photo exhibition and gave each of the pupil their favourite photo to take home.
If you believe in solidarity and want to let know people outside Europe that you stand for this value, become an EU Aid Volunteer and make a contribution for a better world.