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Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers

Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers

By European Solidarity Network
Join Europeans as they share their adventures about volunteering abroad and how you can do it too! Listen to our Spotify playlist Europeans: songs from a union of volunteers.

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We are winners!
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers - SPECIAL episode: We are thrilled to announce that our podcast was selected as the Swedish National Winner for the Charlemagne Youth Prize! Find out what the prize is about and when the Award ceremony takes place. Thanks a lot for listening. Get more information about the European Charlemagne Youth Prize and the Charlemagne Prize.
08:24
September 29, 2021
What does solidarity mean?
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 26 - Tune in for a dose of solidarity from our past guests and answer the question yourself on our social media! We'll be back after summer with a new season! For now, stay safe and enjoy the sun (with sunscreen)!
15:52
June 30, 2021
Anniversary
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 25 - Happy birthday to this podcast! One year ago we recorded our first episode with the hosts José and Paula and today we are closing the circle and interviewing each other. Find out about our first impressions, funny stories and, of course, our favourite volunteering songs. Check them out here! Also, if you want to dive into good European teen drama, go watch Skam! There are plenty of versions to choose from but José mostly recommends the original Norwegian version and Skam Italia. We would like to thank every listener and guest for being part of this cross-border European podcast through which we spread solidarity. Stay tuned for a new season coming after summer!
32:37
June 23, 2021
"Together"
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 24 -  Welcome to Eskişehir and Chiara Lai from Italy who brings Europe closer  to Turkish youngsters, learns about the Turkish culture and makes a lot  of new friends! In nine months she managed to reach a conversational  level in Turkish, work in a truly intercultural team a much more. Don't forget to check out her favorite song in our playlist!
19:35
June 16, 2021
"Stay positive, people can adapt"
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 23 - Dilyana Dimókova from Bulgaria is now volunteering in Stuttgart at the association Jugendwerk der AWO Württemberg in a project about multiculturalism. She talks about adapting to a new country as a volunteer, facing lockdown in Germany and planning cultural events. Listen to her volunteering song on our playlist!
19:13
June 9, 2021
"Impact of your actions"
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 22 - Once more, we are in France, this time with Marlene Walter from Germany who is doing her European Solidarity Corps in the Normandie. Let's listen to her various work with young children, roadtrips to hidden places in the Normandie and her expectations for the next months. Don't forget to check ouot her favorite volunteering songs in our playlist!
23:14
June 2, 2021
"Taking steps into the unknown"
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 21 - Immerse yourself in camping opportunities in nature through the eyes of our host, José, as he unravels some tips on what not to forget when camping. Are you a volunteer who wants to be part of our podcast? Write us an email europeansolidaritynetwork@gmail.com
08:47
May 26, 2021
"Life-changing"
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 20 - Volunteering during pandemic times? No problem for Natàlia Turzová who  left her home country Slovakia to promote European values in Bordeaux, France. Her tasks are very diverse, from schools to senior citizen's home is everything included and since Natàlia is at the half of her project, it's time for some reflection. Don't forget to check out our playlist!
22:39
May 19, 2021
“Kind and good people are everywhere”
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 19 - Curious about what youth work really means? Wondering what it takes to be a volunteer? Listen to Dajana Dimitrieska’s experience as a former volunteer and current ESC coordinator in the association Mladiinfo Slovensko. Don’t forget to check out her song on our playlist!
22:34
May 12, 2021
"Show support to the community"
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 18 -  Welcome to Bremen, a city in North Germany! Alexandar Anastasovski from North-Macedonia is currently working on the Social Media management for a  NGO, supporting the local community, exploring the city and learning German all the same in his ESC project. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, he took the brave step to work an live abroad in order to get inspiration between high school and university. Can you guess his favorite volunteering song? Check it out here.
21:22
May 5, 2021
"I’m here for a good reason"
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 17 - Coming from a small village in Turkey and feeling the impact of volunteering when growing up was what led Feyza Gül to Muhu Island Youth Center, Estonia. Listen to her experience as she is still adapting to nordic weather and of how she almost became a nomad living in the woods of Muhu. Find out her song in our playlist.
20:45
April 28, 2021
"I can do that!"
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 16 -  Radio show meets podcast! Listen to Riccardo Rossi's ESC experiences from working in a Hungarian radio station. He didn't just learn a lot of useful skills which will help him in his future career plans but also project management, team organisation and to keep cool in chaotic travel situations. You can check out his show on ESC-MustárFM and listen to his warnings in our playlist. :)
25:26
April 21, 2021
“Understand my own privilege, my own close-mindedness”
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 15 - The passion for volunteering with migrants and refugees took Silvia Valdrè to Cairo, Egypt where she coordinated young Egyptian volunteers in a school for refugee children. There she faced many challenges - from high temperatures to strong cultural shocks - but also lived through some life-changing experiences among which she happened to meet her husband! Don’t forget to check out her song on our playlist.
25:15
April 14, 2021
"Europe is my home"
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 14 - Volunteering helps you to find a job that you're passionated about and Jana Konkel from Germany is the best example for that. She volunteered in a school for disabled children in Vilnius, Lithuania and when she came back she knew where her carrier path would go. Don’t forget to check out her song on our playlist.
22:33
April 7, 2021
“Make their voices be heard”
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 13 - Timothy Kingsman has lived and traveled abroad for most of his life but, when the pandemic halted all travels and he lost his job, he found the opportunity to help asylum seekers through an ESC volunteering project in Genova. Listen to his experience of cultural diversity, emotional stories and humanitarian awareness. Check out his song on our playlist!
22:27
March 31, 2021
¡Estupendo!
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 12 - How you can keep engaged after you have done your European Solidarity Corps experience? That's the topic today with Marie Heimburg from Germany. After she finisehd her ESC she carried her great motivation, became a seminar trainer and finally ended up in Sweden. Besides, she's doing a radio show which you want to check out here. And don't forget to listen to Marie's favorite songs in our playlist.
29:50
March 24, 2021
“I learned to live with others”
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 11 - How would you Mariam Nersisyan practice the Italian she learned in school in Armenia if not by living in Italy? She travelled abroad for the first time to volunteer for one year in the Tuscan city of Prato, with 5 other volunteers from different countries, on an environmental project. Listen to her story and her song on our playlist, which reflects her desire to move back to Italy.
19:58
March 17, 2021
"Every year you can make the circle bigger"
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 10 -  Between highschool, university and work, Gianluca Rossino from Italy  managed to promote the European Youth Capital of 2018 Cascais in Portugal within his ESC project. Five months full of intercultural exchange, adventures, challenges, learning experiences and the Atlantic breeze. Do you already hear the seagulls call?
21:47
March 10, 2021
“Solidarity is an action that’s always evolving”
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 9 - Harry Trinder had always intended to volunteer after finishing his Bachelor’s degree in History and the current pandemic situation did not stop him. Despite some initial hurdles that he had to face, he is now volunteering in Genova, Italy at an education centre. Discover his favourite Italian word and listen to his song on our playlist!
24:56
March 3, 2021
"To have a cousin in every European country"
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 8 - As  she was just about to enter university, Eva Poll from Estonia changed  her mind and took off to a 12-months ESC project located in a small village in Hungary. In her daily work as a kindergarden teacher she  experiences non-verbal communication, singing, dancing and of course  lots of love from the children! Let's listen to her experience and don't forget to check out her favorite Hungarian song in our playlist.
17:40
February 24, 2021
“You help change someone else’s life but you change yours at the same time”
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 7 - Dario Korolija from North Macedonia volunteered in a two-part project in Iceland, for 6 months. First, he worked with children in the fishing village of Þórshöfn and then he moved to Reykjavík to work in a very different setting. Listen to his experience of dealing with bureaucracy, seeing the Northern lights and facing death in the remote country of Iceland. Listen to our playlist here!
27:47
February 17, 2021
"Focus more on the aspects we have in common"
Did you know that you can also do your European Solidarity Corps outside  of the EU? Ania Przygodow from Poland worked in a local youth centre in Azerbaijan and got the possibility to explore a very different culture  and the great hospitality of its people. Let's listen do her experiences  of cultural events, a flat without water and a small detour on her way home. Don't forget to check Ania's favorite volunteer song in our playlist. Here you can listen to Ania's own podcast (in Polish) https://open.spotify.com/show/33F8Of30wFcFYH95Dyg0vd?si=uen7ybJJTv-PoYHR6rxGGg
23:38
February 10, 2021
“You have a say, no matter who you are”
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 5 - Vilija Nemanytė left Lithuania to change her life around and start her ESC experience in Borås, Sweden. In her project, she worked with the local municipality and young people which helped her to grow as a person. Listen to our playlist here!
16:17
February 3, 2021
"I learned to get over some prejudices that I had"
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 4 -  Working for one year in Romania? At first, Liene Ekša from Latvia needed to convince  her friends an family that prejudices are just imaginary perceptions  which are mostly not true. Her ESC experience, working in a hospital in  Cluj-Napoca and living together with other international volunteers were  not only a great fun but also a process of growing. Listen to our playlist "Europeans: songs from a union of volunteers"  here.
18:03
January 28, 2021
"It was an opportunity to play, to explore"
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 3 - At 28 years old, Heather Egen leaves her stable adult life in search of a unique experience abroad. It is in Reykjavik, Iceland that she volunteers at a homeless shelter and her life completely changes, discovering a sense of community and that a dark and cold winter doesn’t last forever. Listen to our playlist "Europeans: songs from a union of volunteers" click here.
17:53
January 20, 2021
"Solidarity kept me motivated"
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 2 - When Emily Keal talks about youth work, her passion about it is unmistakable. Starting to work with youngsters as a student in the UK, she is now the  EuroPeers International Network Coordinator. Let's listen to her experiences!  For questions regarding working for National Agencies and in the field youth work, you can contact her on LinkedIn or Facebook. Don't forget to check out our playlist by clicking here!
26:02
January 13, 2021
"People are the same, we are humans"
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 1 - Anisa Zeqja has felt a part of the Italian culture from a very young age but it was only at 29 years old that she abdicated her life as a psychologist in Albania and moved to Italy to begin her volunteering project in Belluno. Listen to our playlist "Europeans: songs from a union of volunteers"!
18:52
January 6, 2021
#13 From volunteers to Europeans
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Episode 13 - José Azevedo and Alexandra Vinczi debate on how volunteering changed their identity and what it means to be European.
20:56
December 2, 2020
#12 Is hitchhiking safe?
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Episode 12 - Ilze Rozenberga and José Azevedo share some of their travelling experiences during their ESC project, the convenience and difficulties of hitchhiking and how vacations during the project helped them to grow and live a better experience.
22:36
November 18, 2020
#11 Living in cultural diversity
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Episode 11 - Paula Gehrs and Ilze Rozenberga talk about living together with people from different nationalities, what you can learn from cultural diversity and how they dealt with cultural shocks while living abroad.
21:59
November 4, 2020
#10 Does age matter?
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Episode 10 - Weronika Suchodolska and Paula Gehrs talk about why they volunteered at a specific age, how their experiences differed because of the age difference and what they learnt in order to answer to whether there is the best age for volunteering abroad.
22:08
October 21, 2020
#9 What is volunteer work, really?
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Episode 9 - José Azevedo and Hugo Ferreira talk about what they worked with as volunteers, how it aligned with expectations (or not) and how different it was from a "normal job".
17:27
October 7, 2020
#8 Small cities, big communities
Europeans: stories form a union of volunteers Episode 8 - Christina Klisari and José Azevedo talk about living in a small city, connecting with unexpected people and staying active during their projects.
22:17
September 23, 2020
#7 Staying in touch
European: stories from a union of volunteers Episode 7 - Anton Dröll and Christina Klisari talk about maintaining friendships created during the volunteering or other international experiences and dealing with distance.
20:55
September 9, 2020
#6 Moving back home
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Episode 6 - Alexandra Vinczi and Ilze Rozenberga express their feelings on coming back home after a year of volunteering abroad, facing a reverse cultural shock and balancing daily life with volunteering.
19:12
August 26, 2020
#5 Expect the unexpected
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Episode 5 - Daniel Riccardi and Alexandra Vinczi talk about living in multicultural cities, facing stereotypes and accepting the unexpected.
20:29
August 12, 2020
#4 Volunteering outside the EU
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Episode 4 - Roksana Kaczmar and Daniel Riccardi share their volunteering experiences outside the Schengen Zone, the process of applying for a visa and the cultural shocks they faced while abroad.
21:04
July 29, 2020
#3 I'm going on an adventure!
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Episode 3 - Anton Dröll and Roksana Kaczmar talk about leaving family and friends when volunteering abroad, overcoming challenges that come up in a new environment and adapting to a new country and culture.
22:47
July 15, 2020
#2 How did we get there?
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Episode 2 - José Azevedo and Anton Dröll talk about moving to a new country, what to expect from an ESC volunteering project and how you can apply to become a volunteer as well! Register yourself on the ESC website through this link: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity_en
23:03
July 1, 2020
#1 Hey! It's a podcast
Welcome to the first episode of Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers! Paula Gehrs and José Azevedo discuss what it’s like to volunteer in Europe, how it changed them, and why you should do it too!
22:44
June 17, 2020