For the next 2 months, within the Erasmus+ EVS Program, CED is hosting three additional young volunteers from Turkey sent by SITODEDE (Sivil Toplum Destekleme Dernegi) and Kırklareli Provincial Directorate of National Education. The three of them will work on different projects with diverse themes such as art, culture, journalism and the promotion of youth work as part of CED. They are excited to start working on projects. Due to his backround in journalism, Orhan will teach students to take photos and videos. >>READ MORE<<
When questioned about why they decided to come to Macedonia and why they chose CED, the volunteers had the following to say:
“I saw this project in the newspaper. Later, I thought that was important because I develop myself, thus I attended this project. I thought that CED’s projects are different and well-developed. Thus I chose Macedonia,” says Orhan
For Aysun, it’s been one of her dreams to participate in an international project. “Macedonia is one of the best projects. So, I filled out the attendance form because of its close location to my country.”
Related to their motivation to volunteer, Ramazan says, “I chose this country because I want to gain new experiences and to see a new nation. Since Macedonia is comprised of many different cultures, it struck me as an interesting country. Here Macedonians, Albanians, Turks and Roma all live together. This was the biggest factor in choosing this place.”
Regarding their general impression for these first few days, they commented that everyone in Tearce is friendly and helpful. The village is a place that is in tune with nature. They added that there are a lot of people that speak Turkish, which helps with their transition.
They are excited to start working on projects. Due to his backround in journalism, Orhan will teach students to take photos and videos. He is also excited to play games and sports with the children. In Turkey, Aysun is an art teacher and is looking forward to using these creative skills in CED through art, drama, and Latin dance classes. Her experience as a scout and the proximity to the mountains inspired her to want to start hiking and trekking groups here in the Sharr Mountains. Overall, the volunteers are eager to spend time with the children, work with CED, and get to know Tearce better.