Getting to know the new European Voluntary Service Team: Christina
Here is Eduard Nastase and today I’d like to introduce Christina! She’s a Greek member of the new European Voluntary Service team in Nicosia and also a member of Youth4Youth 4 team.
– Hey Christina! Can you please tell us something about your hobbies and the city you were born?
– I was born in Larissa, Greece. My main interests are reading/writing, watching series, music, volley, tae kwon do, going out and exploring and finding new interests!
– How did you find out and why did you decide to join the EVS?
– I have been volunteering in my own country for 6 years before searching opportunities to do so abroad. I believe strongly in volunteerism and its benefits to the individual and society. Upon coming across the description of the project I immediately applied because I thought the project could offer me many things and help me learn, improve myself. So far it’s true!
– What was the best moment you had spent here?
– Playing “Mafia” with all the volunteers at the beginning of the project it was fun as we all were getting to know each other. Other moments like this, playing games and having fun are some of my favorite moments during the EVS.
– What was the most challenging situation you have experienced during your EVS project?
– Experiencing loneliness in a foreign country can be a difficult thing. I often found myself missing the environment I was familiar to. Adapting to this new situation proved to be challenging but I came on top in the end!
-How do you like Cyprus and/or Nicosia?
– Nicosia is different than other cities like Aya Napa and Protaras but has a hidden beauty that is difficult for tourists to discover. I have been here for almost 3 months enables me to discover all the secret cafes and bars and sights worth seeing.
-What are the biggest cultural changes you have experiences during your time in Cyprus?
– Greece and Cyprus are quite similar, including the language and some of the customs and traditions. One big difference is the lack of people walking on the sidewalk and the amount of cars making their presence known by loudly honking, expressing the small frustrations of everyday life.
-Would you recommend visiting Cyprus to your friends and do an EVS here?
– For visiting certainly yes! I would not recommend doing an EVS in Cyprus regarding to the destination (it really depends on the project ultimately). I think it would be better for someone from Greece to volunteer in a completely different country than one so close to what one has grown up with.