Training in Bruges

Hey everyone!

Since last time we wrote to you, we had some changes in our house.  Our beloved Ana went to a far off land, where trees are thrown for fun, men wear skirts, and people believe in a monster under the lake, instead of a pissing boy! Oh yeah, we also got a new EVSer.

He is a he and his name is David. David came from Austria and is planning to stay 10 months. He arrived on may 30th and well will stay till march 31st.

So, last week Yigit and David had their on-arrival training, some of you may ask yourselfs, “hey, Yigit did not arrive just yet! Why is he doing an on-arrival?”, or some of you don’t even care, anyway Yigit had his on-arrival training last week, because he missed the first on arrival training this year by almost one month.

Both of the trainings were pretty good. We had a fun week in Merkenveld (which is a friendly scouts place that is 30 minutes far from Bruges center), met some nice people, learned more about EVS, drank lots of good beers. We had very cool trainers also. Open minded and flexible. It helped a lot to express ourselves. In our last day, we made a big camp fire in the woods and danced around it as you can see on the gif below.


And don’t forget about the marshmallows :P Since our training lasted until Saturday 1pm, some of us went to an Irish Pub in center of Bruges and watched Belgium football team destroy Tunusia.

“Thanks to the Eramus+ program we are all able to come together from all over Europe and from further parts of the world to meet, to exchange, to love, to laugh and most importantly to show that it is possible for different nations to live together in a respectful and peaceful way!
This is one of the main ideas of the Erasmus. Get very different people together and teach them and make them teach.”

As final words, let us give you a small glimpse about our next blog post; this week we are having our new EVS volunteer Kristina from Ukraine. So next blog post will be about her first impressions. See you.


Looking for new EVS volunteers

Hello everyone!

We want to expand our family so we are looking for new volunteers!

If you’re looking for a new adventure or just a change of pace; between 18 and 30, this is the place!
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EVS – New Travel, Friends and Family

There’s this Erasmus+ 60sec video competition so we packed our bags and went travelling through Belgium for 3 days, met a bunch of wonderful EVS volunteers and filmed everything we did. Please check out the video and give us a lil’ like in the link bellow so we can
win this thing :

Thanks to everyone who helped us make the video, and to Barbara Jovanovic for all the wonderful ideas and a bunch of energy throughout the whole trip!
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An EVS Sneak Peek

European Voluntary Service: A New Hope

It is the 21st century and Europe is awesome.
Young people from all over are flying to everywhere else in order to make friends, help society and be so deep out the comfort zone everyone feels like drowning a bit.
Our heroes Ana, Amel and Yigit chose Belgium for a destination – mostly because of the beer and the chocolate. And to help society, yes.

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Monkey For One Day

Which of you always wanted to be an animal for one day?
Today we had our chance!

First of all, we would like to explain what klimbos means. The word ”klim” in Dutch means climbing and ” bos ” means forest. This activity is the jewel of the crown of de hoge rielen – in case we were still in royal times, you see. We visited it from the ground on the very first day (to check for damage after the big storm) and several times since. We helped clean and manage all the equipment necessary – helmets, harnesses, gloves, smartbelay. We were involved on the preparation of Gebouw 27 where the participants have the first contact with the material and are able to try it out themselves.
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Challenge Accomplished!

Hello everyone!

It’s been a while since we last wrote to you but that’s only because of the great news: Yigit finally arrived! The world of burocracy is tough but we are together now <3


With Yigit’s arrival, we (Amel and Ana) were invited to reflect about everything that we have learned in these past weeks and we realised it was way more than we were aware. We’ve met and became close to other EVSers who we call friends now; we know our way in the forest (almost) by heart; we are one with the belgium winter and ecological mobility (yay bikes and electric cars!). We have travelled a bit and we know the easiest and cheapest ways to reach any part of Flandres and the Netherlands. Also, beers! Continue reading “Challenge Accomplished!”


This week we were invited to attend a survival workshop – outdoor school belgium

On that morning, we were awaken by the alarm clocks in our phones and we took a hot shower by simply opening the tap. We boiled some tea water on the electric stove, while listening to Mogli (Amel’s favourite artist at the moment) through a bluetooth speaker. We left the house by bike and we went to the middle of our forest where the training could begin. Continue reading “Barefoot”