It’s now been my second time that I searched and found an apartment on the real estate market of a foreign country, and though the database is of course rather small, I think I can already provide some tentative advice for young people like us about how to proceed best in this matter. (INTERRA always offers you accommodation in the form a host family but I chose to have my own place.)
INTERRA has a new EVS volunteer in Krasnoyarsk! My name’s Erich, I’m 27 and come from the Western part of Germany. I can guarantee you that it’s not as snowy and cold there as it is in Krasnoyarsk, that means only you have the real beauty of winter.
Last week I went to Nizhnij Novgorod for a training course for the EVS project (training which involved several volunteers, where we discussed various issues relating to the project and the volunteer’s integration in the society of the host Country from many points of view).
Coming back from “hot” Nizhnij Novgorod, I found myself again in Krasnoyarsk with an average temperature of -26°. It’s not the only surprise. On the contrary, should not even be. “Federica, you’re in Siberia. What do you expect?”
It has been more than three months that I live in Krasnoyarsk and, in the past time, I have been twice in St. Petersburg and once in Moscow. Take what follows as a personal observation, due to a variety of trips and daily life spent in the greatest Country in the world.
The first question they asked me when arrived in Krasnoyarsk: have you felt any kind of cultural shock? My answer, in general, is no. Maybe because I already lived in Russia, I know the traditions, and I know exactly what to expect and what NOT to expect. However, which are the more tangible differences?
For a week at the beginning of August, Krasnoyarsk was filled with new faces, new ideas and different languages, as Interra hosted two groups of young people from Germany, Bulgaria and Finland. We organised two different projects – PhotoСинтез, a project for school students about photography, art, history and culture, and an International Summer School for German and Russian students, focused on business, social enterprise and the work of NGOs. Continue reading
It is two months I am in Krasnoyarsk, and I am enjoying the city, people and my work so much!
At the beginning of July, I have been with my host Aygul and her family to dacha. That was a great experience! For those who do not know, dacha is not a simple country house. Russian people go there both to escape the city, both to work. The culture of dachas is a kind of compensation to a city dweller for the cramped living conditions… There, in the embrace of nature, people enjoy fishing, swimming, picking mushrooms and growing their own vegetables. That was great for me, because I experienced a real Russian way to live and spent a weekend in a particular way. Continue reading
I returned to France three months ago, but I can’t forget nine months spent in Siberia. It creates memories and contacts vk or facebook that you want to rewrite, even if you put an eternity to answer. After all this time, we begin to know a lot of people… Continue reading
My name is Federica and I am the new EVS volunteer. I am from Valenza Po, a small town in Piedmont, in the North of Italy. Valenza is an international goldsmith centre, specialized in jewellery production, cradle of the secular handcraft tradition
I studied Foreign Languages at the University of Pavia, a town in Lombardy, not so far from Milan. I am specialized in English, French and Russian. Continue reading
9 months as an EVS volunteer in Krasnoyarsk has finished. So much adventures, interesting work and funny stories. I am having mixed emotions when I look back. At the same time I feel warmth and gratitude when thinking about Interra and my colleagues. Even when sometimes I was ridiculous, moody – I have a lot of respect for you guys. All those projects, Russian lessons( Irina!!), forums and events that I could participate and help with, left me with warmest memories. I will miss my English students and our funny arguments, miss Pilot and Furgon. When I look back, I can highlight some keywords.
On 12th of June the whole city was filled with events and parades. I was lucky to witness celebrations in Tatashev island, where different nations celebrated together. The event was called „ Communities of Yenisei“. The host nation was Chuvash Republic, a nation in the center of Russia, near Volga river.