Aperitivo con altri volontari…

Ciao carissimi lettori,

and continuing in English as usual…

So, here I am, the Greek volunteer, to entertain you and keep you posted for another time. The life here in the beautiful and small Faenza goes on with calm and happiness. I am really appreciating that I am working for an organization (SE.M.I association) that keeps me motivated, find all the time new things to occupy me and I am never bored.

I mean, I was used to work a lot back in Greece and there was a time last year that I was doing three different works in the same time and I managed to handle it and enjoy it in the same moment. As you could understand in the start here I was afraid that I might be bored. A job with specific working hours and not many to be sincere, in an office like a normal human being and without the necessity to run like crazy all day, all of these things made me wonder if I could managed them. I know that sounds crazy but I was used to it, to run like hell and change two jobs everyday, then come back to my apartment with my energy levels in the lowest possible point.

Likely, the situation here is not like that. Even though, I work in an office the most of the time and I have specific work hours, I am occupied the most of the time. The association finds new things for me to do everyday and I feel like they understood me from the first moment, I am an active and a little workaholic person, I am finding new activities to do all the time.

Another thing that I am, is a communicative person. I mean, I have too my personal daily limits in communication, but they are pretty high. I love communicating and meeting people for the first time. And for another time, SE.M.I didn’t let me down…

I am almost two months in Italy now and I socializing with the other volunteers that we work together and also with some Italians that I met through my activities. The things is… I wanted more. One part of the ESC experience is travelling all year, explore the new country that you are currently living. So if you combine these two you can easily understand that I want to meet volunteers for other cities in Italy. And the organization saw that need of mine, but need of other volunteers too.

Our coordinator organized an aperitivo in a city near to Faenza, Forli. Forli has a big team of volunteers and also we met other three guys from Cesena. All together, a team close to 25 people, we managed to find a table in a place a little away from the station, but really nice.

The majority of the volunteers were Spanish or at least spoke the language because they were from Ecuador or Argentina. At this point I have to note that Spanish people in Italy are sooooooo many. We have two in our team too, but in Forli there were too many. Also, you have to know that I love Spanish people. When you do programs like SVE you are dealing also with cultural gaps and differences, which is truly interesting if you are asking me, but also can create problems. To conclude, with Spanish people I feel really close and I can communicate easily, they are cool and fun in every situation, I am enjoying their company and I made already a lot of Spanish friends.

Back to the aperitivo after a small pause, it was amazing knowing all these new people from all around the world. We shared our stories, we talked about our jobs in Italy, our experiences here and of course we exchanged number so we could meet again. As the true face of a party animal, I may be in Forli this weekend to party with them to an event that they recommended me.

Pretty much that’s it for this week, I think I shared enough with you my lucky readers. I think that there is no need to highlight that the ESC experience is the best and you certainly have to try it.


Danai, Greece

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La nostra storia… fino a qui

Sono passati sei mesi da quando ci siamo costituite come associazione di volontariato e abbiamo fatto un po’ di cose (non tutte quelle che volevamo fare, ma insomma, siamo ancora in fase di rodaggio!).

E quindi in sei mesi ci siamo battute con la burocrazia, ci siamo registrate, ci siamo proposte come formatrici per insegnare un po’ di informatica ai richiedenti asilo e abbiamo organizzato tre corsi assieme al Progetto Policoro, Anolf, Cisl, Caritas, Farsi Prossimo e AMI e se tutto va bene a breve ne inizieremo un altro!

Abbiamo organizzato i nostri primi due aperitivi linguistici sul tema del viaggio e stiamo pensando al prossimo step: aperitivi in inglese con giochi di società!

Abbiamo ottenuto l’accreditamento come associazione di invio per il Servizio Volontario Europeo e il primo ragazzo, Boba Daniane, è partito per l’Olanda!

Abbiamo tanta strada ancora da fare e i progetti si fanno ambiziosi… quindi augurateci tanta fortuna e rimanete sintonizzati… per sapere tutto delle prossime mirabolanti avventure con le ‘cosiddette e sedicenti’ Seme XPXP

Aperitivi linguistici: la parola dell’anno?

Si è conclusa la seconda serata di Inglese e Spagnolo con l’associazione SE.M.I.!

Grazie a tutti i partecipanti che ci hanno fatto passare un fantastico aperitivo e… grazie a una storia improbabile di corse con carriole piene di rane (da mangiare, le rane, perché si parlava di cibo) abbiamo imparato come si dice carriola in inglese.

La parola del 2017: WHEELBARROW!!

Da giovedì prossimo gli aperitivi linguistici continueranno con l’associazione PiGreco al Contamination LAB (scrivete a Laura: 339-7028260)… mentre SE.M.I. preparerà a breve aperitivi in lingua con giochi di società (ricordate Twister??)


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Aperitivi linguistici all’Art cafè (Faenza)


Partono 2 aperitivi linguistici all’Art Café (Viale Baccarini 42, Faenza, fronte Museo delle Ceramiche).

Giovedì 16 e Giovedì 23 Febbraio 2017 alle ore 18:30.

8€ a testa inclusa una bevuta (birra, vino o succo di frutta). Con 10€ è inclusa anche la tessera dell’associazione SE.M.I.!

Parleremo di volontariato in Spagna, lavoro in Inghilterra, coinquilini, case, shock culturale, cibi diversi… tutto in Inglese o Spagnolo.

Sono tutti i benvenuti, giovani o dal cuore giovane! Non è necessario parlare bene la lingua per partecipare, anzi, è una buona occasione per migliorare 😉

Non è necessario prenotare, ma ci fa piacere sapere chi è interessato. Potete scriverci su info@associazionesemifaenza.com o su Whatsapp al +39 389 8443025.