Labas! That’s how you can say “Hi” for me. I am Karolina from Lithuania and I came to Rovaniemi in beginning of March as volunteer. After one month, I would like to share some first impressions about my staying in here. First of all, I were surprised by the amounts of snow you have. It was a challenge to find some spots which would mark my way home from the Monde or city’s library to home. I was happy that with big amounts of snow, it’s not so cold as I imagined. The weather is really surprising in here. I never had seen, that ice would melt just from sunshine when thermometer shows -5. I am waiting to see summer time with sunshine all day and all night…
Of course, I met some people in here as well. It is very nice, that most of them can speak English very well, it is easier for me. So far, I can tell just few words in Finnish as “Terve, mitä kuuluu?”, “Kiitos – ole hyva” and some more basic words. I am willing to learn this language, but it is very hard to pronounce your special letters (ö,ä,å). I had stereotypes that Finnish are very strict people, who are talking always in one tone and not using gesticulations, now I know that I was totally wrong
During March I was volunteering in Monde, I really like the spirit of this youth center and that everyone in here feels like at home. Digital corner brings some uniqueness in here as well. I am happy to be in here and would like to organize some Lithuanian cultural evening – to share my experiences with everyone who are interested. Also, I am volunteering in library, which has really nice corner for youngsters, so you can visit me in there on Tuesdays as well. Overall, after one month spent in Rovaniemi, I can say, that I found not just nature surprises, but also a lot of similarities among youth centers and friendly people. Kiitos for helping me feel welcome in here. Moi moi.
If you are interested to become an EVS volunteer and want to know more about the projects and opportunities, you can contact youth co-ordinator Hanne Ojuva by email firstname.lastname@example.org of mobile +358407167693 and we will tell you more how it´s possible!
Oletko kiinnostunut EVS vapaaehtoisuudesta? Voit ottaa yhteyttä Rovaniemen nuorisopalveluiden nuorisotoiminnan koordinaattori Hanne Ojuvaan, laita mailia: email@example.com tai soita 040-7167693, kerron sinulle lisää mahdollisuuksistasi!