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Story of the month

Departures & Arrivals - a story of change

By listening to these diverse people who I had only met because of the volunteering, I understood something extraordinary: we can learn from anyone, no matter their age, origin, background or belief . read more


Half-time show

Now I would like to invite you to join me for my personal half-time show; and hopefully for readers it will be a good spectacle and something to enjoy... read more

The Flight Of Flamingo Boy

My name is Hugo, but I’m better known as the Flamingo Boy! You might be thinking, what a strange and beautiful name … what’s the story behind it? read more

A fairy tale in the land of dragons and castles

Once upon a time, there was a younger girl from Estonia looking for a volunteering project abroad She moved into a modest castle with five other volunteering princesses, one fairer than the other... read more

Learning the real values of life

Experiencing these many emotions while doing voluntary work helps you realise the importance of non-material things, the real values in life... read more

A Wild Year

My heart was yearning for the opportunity to put my knowledge into practice. I was ready to go from reading about how to make a difference, to actually making a difference... read more

The European Solidarity Corps and how to tell a story without words

I have encountered a huge team of people who make this experience possible on a daily basis, in a city, which is enormous, frenetic, full of people and multicultural... read more

The get together

But above all we developed our capacity to better understand each other. To make friends with people shaped by another culture and history. To spread the idea of solidarity among nations ... read more

Inclusion and diversity: my European voluntary service experience

In the society in which we live, immersed in artificial networks which connect us, inform us and perhaps also misinform us, it is essential to work with young people to achieve a committed society ... read more

Things happen when you least expect them

I genuinely knew nothing about this region, and since I had no expectations, I was not scared. On the contrary, it was more out of curiosity that I decided to go to the other side of Europe... read more