Cemre Bulut was volunteer in EVS project „Kaleidoscope of culture”. The Project was implemented in Latvian city Balvi. Cemre was doing his voluntary work in Balvu state gymnasium as a teacher assistant. In following text there are some of answers which Cemre answered about EVS project and staying in Latvia.
How everything was started in a some sentence, how you chose Latvia and this Project?
Everything started just by my online friend’s homework. It was around 2 am she asked me to make short video about my country and last day was tomorrow! Firstly I said no because I was looking horrible and I hate to make short videos. But after that I understood that I must help to my friend that I have never seen in alive.
I made short and horrible video and sent her. After day she made presentation and the thing what I don’t know about video – she showed my video to whole class by board. After that her geography teacher wanted to contact with me and asked if I wanna be Volunteer in Latvia. I felt really excited. I already had been Volunteer in Ukraine and I loved to be Volunteer at school in Latvia. I said yes.
After 1 year I started to my voluntary work in Latvia. After I met with other Volunteers I understood that it’s not that easy to get part in project. Everything was ready for me, I just signed visa documents and contract. I appreciate to everyone who helped me and invited me to lovely Balvi.
Than what was first expression about Latvia?
I searched about Latvia and the city where am I gonna work. I felt weird. Balvi is in middle of nowhere By internet. And weirdly I compared with my hometown. The nature and low population. That’s what I needed.
Good things what you want to say about your staying in Latvia, and what you learn when you was in EVS project, what surprise you about Latvia
I saw Latvian hospitality. I need to accept that It is more than my expectations. I met with amazing people. I tried a lot of things first time in my life. I learned Latvian folk dance , some basic language skills ,I learned how to be social in this kind of small towns.
Latvia amazed me by everything. That’s biggest decision what I made and I proud of myself.
What kind difficulties you have in your EVS time?
There was huge language barrier and Latvian people are quite shy. After 3 months they became more talkative. I had some of cultural shocks such as food but the interesting part is I am missing Latvian food a lot!
When you look back on your time in Latvia what you want to say!
Everything happened so fast. I had nice dream about Latvia. I want to say that I am missing each moment what I had there. One day I would like to go back.
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