Sandra Denkovska spent two months this Summer volunteering in Chiari, Italy. Her mobility is part of the project ”Volunteering for Acceptance and Tolerance”, supported by the Erasmus+ programme.

After her return in Macedonia, we chatted over coffee with Sandra to see what kind of impressions she brought back and how her learning experience developed. This is what Sandra shared with us:

CID: How did you like your first short-term EVS experience?

Sandra: I really enjoyed my first EVS experience, and I am looking forward to finding another one in Italy, because I would like to perfect the language. I learned new things, like hot to implement activities with children from different ethnicities and to use new methods of non-formal education which I can implement when I become a teacher.

CID: What did you enjoy the most?

Sandra: I enjoyed the activities with children whose families have migrated to Italy; each of them had their own culture which they could bring with them to the activities such as dancing, acting, singing, arts, etc.

CID: Why would you recommend EVS to all the young people?

Sandra: Why should everyone volunteer? I recommend the EVS to all the young people because I met new people, I learned new things, activities, I learned a lot about other cultures and languages, and I learned how to live alone and be independent.

We hope that this experience marked a positive turn in Sandra’s life and motivated her to consider volunteering as an important component of everyday life.