I’m Eldar and I spent the whole 2021 in Berlin.
First months it was a lot of COVID restrictions so it was no active projects and I focused on creating a website from scratch
Hey! I’m Yevheniia and I started my ESC project one month ago. I took part in Youth Exchange in Yerevan, Armenia during this period. Besides, I got acquainted with the team of our organization and my responsibilities. I’m looking forward to getting new experience and skills!
Time to go back in time and remember my extensive volunteering experience in Chance International, Berlin in 2017.
During this year I had an opportunity to meet amazing people, who changed my life, to find unexpected friendships, to face challenges, to coordinate exchange projects, to experience the situations of giving and receiving support, asking and accepting help. It was a challenging and enriching experience. This year turned out to be a wake-up-call for me to act and make decisions about my life.Here I want to say many thanks for our team: Nastia, Liliya, Oleg!
28 000 000 seconds of CHANCE
Lilya; Nastya; Ira; Herr Bronniger; Lena; Karina; Rauf; Dasha; Oli; Katie; Roman; Herr Slyva; Herr Bubny; Zasha; Tanya tourguide of God – Thank you all.
To meet; to get to know; to present the program; to drive around; to feed; to show; to search; to watch; to teach; to learn; to try and find a new approach; to play; to tell stories; to call; to hurry; to scold; to praise; to motivate; to interrogate; to rally the city; to prepare and collect documentation; to finish a program; to congratulate; to see off; to send – that’s about Children.
To read; to research; to prepare a program; to discuss motivation and meaning; to argue; to misunderstand and to understand; to finally start to understand; to do; to start to understand differently; to do all again; to draw up tables; to go to a seminar; to ask “Youth pass – what is it”?; to learn a lot of new things; to count checks; to get asked “You’ve got any glue?”; to count receipts; to prepare a program; to prepare for a coming group; to receive mail; to send letters; to clean; to wash; to move; to hang curtains; to ask and to get asked “You´ve got any corporate parties?”; to transport; to draft a brochure; to buy tickets; to prepare for excursions; to print a brochure; to rally the city; to move around; to drink tea; to buy cookies for children; to eat cookies; to carry things; to hang posters; to rehang them; to hug; to listen; to hear; to stand your ground; to convince; to tell and to share impressions; to draw conclusions – that’s about Office.
Indira Gandhi; Storckower Str.; Oranienburger; Teufelssee; Alexanderplatz; Kiukuz; Technisches Museum und Spektrum; Unter den Linden; Potsdamer Platz; Bus Nr. 200; Judisches Mahnmal; Zoo; Ritter Sport; Neues Museum; East Side Gallery Park; Karlshorst; Garten der Welt; Victoria Park; Legoland; Miniaturpark; Treptower Park; Charlottenburg; Hackescher Markt; Märkisches Museum; Tegel; Schönefeld; Hauptbahnhof – that’s about Chance and Berlin.
Dresden; Prague; Potsdam; Leipzig; Rostock; Warnemünde; Hamburg; Babelsberg – that’s about our trips.
Hello to everyone who is reading my initial feedback about my volunteering experience at CHANCE International, department of the non-profit educational organisation Chance – Bildung, Jugend und Sport gGmbH!
My name is Kostiantyn, and currently I am serving as a volunteer at the above-mentioned organization, having been on duty since February 2021. It feels really bizarre to realize it’s been almost 4 months since I first arrived to the organization, time truly flies, but at the same time I find there’s much I could share which might be helpful to future volunteers or just random website visitors who might be interested in what I have been through as a volunteer.
All in all, my duties have been quite diverse – I was able to work as a translator, publicist, video maker, work on some legal tasks and communicate with international partners on behalf of the CHANCE International while organizing youth exchange projects.
I am still learning German and planning to carry out some of the far-reaching tasks, but all in all I am grateful for all the time spent so far, and for the support and understanding from my mentors and project-coordinators Nastya and Lilya. The atmosphere in the team is chill and the attitude towards me and other volunteers has always been full of support and respect for human dignity. Working hours, duties and overall conditions are remarkably well so far (for me), and the working ethics and practice truly allow me to enjoy the working process and love what I do.
So much is awaiting ahead, and I am really passionate about the future activities we will soon be getting involved in after the Corona restrictions are eased.
I will be updating my feedback from time to time, so you would get a full picture of what was going on and how my attitude and experienced were shaped during the course of my volunteering year.
So far, this is it. So long.
I came to Germany from Belarus in September 2019 to be a volunteer within the European Solidarity Corps (https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity/faq_en) project in the international youth organization, CHANCE International. Volunteering was something I have been dreaming to do for a long time, but I could not find the project that would meet my personal/professional focus. That changed in summer 2019, when I got accepted to help run international youth projects based on non-formal education in Berlin. What I enjoyed about it most, are people and their shared learning process within limited time and space. Aside from the learning itself you go through the crash course of building the relationship not only with others but with yourself.
The year of volunteering at Chance was one of the happiest and brightest years of my life. I moved to Berlin at the age of 19 – and it became a period of transformations for me – as it was the first experience of living independently, and moreover, living in a new city you know nothing about, without any friends or connections whatsoever.
I really enjoyed working on the project and helping to organise youth exchanges. Doing this in the company of cool colleagues (Sveta, Nastya and Lilya) was twice as much pleasant!
With Chance, we organised joint exchanges even after I returned to Minsk. It’s cool to keep in touch and to do something together after a year of volunteering.
During my year of volunteering, I matured a lot, and was able to learn German, meet a bunch of wonderful people and find out what my favourite city is. Having returned to Minsk with new experience, I began to work in the field of organising social projects in Belarus. I can say with certainty that the experience of volunteering at Chance turned out to be really helpful in the end. Having returned to Minsk with new experience, I began to work in the field of organising social projects in Belarus, and it is safe to say that this decision was partly shaped my previous experience at Chance.
The voluntary service at Chance BJS gave me wonderful memories, valuable experiences and new friends. The EVS program gave me the opportunity to help others and at the same time to get to acquainted with a new country and broaden my horizons.
The employees of Chance BJS accepted me as a member of the team right away and were always happy to share their knowledge in the area of organising and managing international youth exchanges. My tasks consisted of supporting the team in PR work and planning events, accompanying young people in Berlin and ensuring good communication within the youth group. Through these activities and through living in multicultural Berlin, I was able to experience many new cultures and get to know enthusiastic people who have shown me a new way of thinking about life. I am very happy to have had this incredible experience in my life, and I would not hesitate to live through it again! ❤️