For most of last week, the original 6 people in this EVS project were sent to Mid-term evaluation in which EVS who are on a project for 6 or more months, go to reflect and talk about our projects and time here. One really important thing was what we can do after this experience.
Kakopetria has about 1,000 people in it according to wikipedia, all I can say is that it’s small, so small that we had walked around it twice before the end of the day. However it was a really nice location for our days there. It was in the mountains, where it’s greener, there’s a river with water in it(the first time I’d seen that in Cyprus and it was less hot.
One of the competencies(skills) that we should look to improve on EVS is communication in the mother tongue. I’ve failed completely at this, words are missing and I needed help from the non native speakers to communicate ideas in English.
On the other hand as Cyprus is a italian colony with regards to EVS, my understanding of italian is weirdly ok for someone who’s not really studied it. Also when you know the context it’s amazing what you can understand.
One really great session, was when one of our trainers asked for help with one of his tasks, about trying to engage more young people into EVS, Erasmus and similar opportunities. As a group of 14 young people, we identified the biggest problems with advertising EU opportunities and came up with some good new ideas. The main result from this was that 14 young people who aren’t professionals or aren’t being paid to do marketing came up with a strategy in less than an hour. I think it showed that if you want engage young people, you need to talk to and ask young people how to do it. It also showed the power of cooperation, we worked together and are interested in maybe doing a combined project.
The most important session for me was the one titled: Life after EVS, it’s something I’ve had a good chance to think about during my time here. But this is the first time that it’s really been explained to me/us what the options are and how to apply for these things and use the skills and youthpass that we gained here. It made me quite excited for the options available around the EU. If you’re reading this and interested here’s a few options: