Hello everybody!

My name is Jakob Donath, I am 18 years old and I come from Germany. On the 1st of September 2015 I started my voluntary service in Daugavpils.

I goJakob Einsteint in touch with the idea of doing a voluntary service pretty early since both of my stepbrothers did one. They both travelled to South America (Peru, Bolivia) and they really liked their time there. So when I finished school in May 2015 I couldn’t imagine going to university immediately after that, I didn’t feel ready at all. Additionally, I didn’t want to sit in university after 12 years in school, I wanted to see something of the world. EVS offers me the opportunity not only to get to know new cultures and people but also to get some valuable experiences in terms of social work and project management.

At first I applied for a lot of northern countries (Iceland, Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Latvia), but it soon turned out that my sending organisation IJGD in Magdeburg offered the best projects. IJGD is a partner of my coordinating organization ODIN/ VITA. After getting in contact with them, I got accepted very soon and there where no obstacles for my time here.

When I have arrived In Daugavpils, I got a very warm welcome by my fellow flatmates Louisa, Telmo and Lydia, so I felt at home very fast. I work at the 17. middle school in Daugavpils. My tasks are to prepare workshops and extracurricular activities for the pupils there. I think this wouldn’t be possible for me without my partners Sarah and Beate, who make every single workday quite pleasant. Of course we had to face some starting difficulties (my Russian isn’t quite existing at the moment), but I am pretty confident that everything will get right, since the people in our school are very kind and never hesitate to help us.

So I have to say that I am really looking forward to master all the challenges of the year and I am very sure I will enjoy my time here a lot.

See you soon

Jakob

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Hello there!

My name is Beate, I come from Düsseldorf (Germany) and since the beginning of September, I work and live as a volunteer in Daugavpils.

Beate1After having finished my Bachelor’s degree (ok, I’m still waiting for the results but who cares?!) in intercultural communication, I wanted to go abroad for about one year in the framework of a European Voluntary Service (EVS). I applied at several sending organisations for projects in Eastern Europe and finally received a positive answer from ijgd (Internationale Jugendgemeinschaftsdienste) in May.

Since the beginning of my application process, I thought of doing my voluntary service in one of the Baltic countries. Documentaries drew my attention on these countries a while ago and I was curious about life, language and culture in this part of Europe. When I read about the project in the 17th Middleschool of Daugavpils, I was very happy to see that I could discover Latvia while doing a work for which I can use my skills acquired during my studies and side jobs.

My work consists in oBeate2ffering language courses as well as activities such as theatre to the pupils of my hosting school. Presentations about my home country, Germany, are also part of my work. If there is enough time, I also work on projects conceived by fellow volunteers of the town. For instance, I am taking part in a project called „Old paintings, new pictures“ which has been planned by an Austrian volunteer in Daugavpils. I’ll report about this project in the upcoming weeks!

When I am not working, I like to travel a bit around Daugavpils. As I am only here since 3 weeks, I have not already seen that much. Nevertheless, I have already managed to go to Vilnius and Rezekne (as well as its surroundings). Now, I hope to get myself a bike soon and discover Latvia in a sporty way 😉

Beate3