Рівно 2 тижні тому команда Інстутуту Суспільних Ініціатив поповнилася 2 волонтерками з Італії, що прибули до нас аж на цілий рік по програмі EVS (Європейська Волонтерська Служба). Вже маючи значний досвід волонтерства та проживання в таких країнах, як Вели

кобританія, Австралія, Індія та Перу,  дівчата вирішили присвятити рік удосконаленню своїх професійних навичок, і для цього обрали нашу організацію 🙂 Разом з ними ми будемо розробляти ще більше освітніх проектів для молоді, приділяючу увагу такій актуальній зараз темі, як права людини.

А ще вони будуть ділитись своїми особистими враженнями від перебування у Львові у формі блогу,  тому слідкуйте за оновленнями, щоб побачити життя в Укр

аїні з іншої перспективи 😉

Marta

Caminante, no hay camino: se hace camino al andar.

Walker, there is no path, you make the path as you go.
Antonio Machado

It has been a week since my first arrival in Lviv and during this time, I have been experiencing a mix of opposing emotions. My flight lasted only two hours, but I felt like I have been thrown into the plot of one of my favorite movies, the lives of others.

The district where I am currently living, CИХІV represents my very first approach to this new city. Very old buses, long railroads, soviet style buildings, empty and sometimes muddy roads. People in here are speaking Ukrainian, and despite my basic knowledge of Russian, I feel I am a kind of a mess especially when I try to express myself at the local market.

Nevertheless, I try to make fun of these uncommon situations and places, because first and foremost, I am here to learn and share my experience with other people. And here we are. I feel I am surrounded by extremely inspiring young people who want to make an impact addressing current social challenges in Ukraine.

I don’t believe I have THE answer to the problem, but yes I can contribute to empower youth in order for them to find their own answer through concrete actions. So stay connected. Very soon this apparent emptiness will turn into real life.

 


Valentina

My first Ukrainian week – It is a small world

My experience in Ukraine started with the discovery of the main attractions in Lviv city center.  After hardly climbing the tower of Ratusha (the city council) and reaching the top where we had an amazing view of the city, I was very surprised to come across an Ukrainian girl at the Turistic In

formation Office that has a relative living in my little (unknown) town in Italy near Venice. It’s a small world! J
At first sight Lviv city center seems very similar to any other European city. Only when you experience the way public transports work, you immediately realize that Ukraine is a different story.
I will not describe any further the time our tram was stuck in the middle of the street for  15-20 minutes
( and people started shouting at the driver), but the ticket checking system worth a mention.
To check your ticket, there is a very atypical way of manually pulling a crank handle; if you get on the tram late and you are very far from the tram driver, you just pass the money to the person in front of you and you will receive your ticket staying comfortable on your seat. Italians should learn from Ukrainians how to trust people J

Going shopping at the Narodnii Market is another  highlight of the week. My colleague Marta and I spent 20 minutes trying to explain in Russian/English to an Ukrainian old lady that we need salt for the pasta.  A situation I will never forget!

And speaking about food…  You know that Italians usually are very skeptical about food outside their mothercountry. Well, I was very surprised to see that I like borsch and Ukrainian dishes are very good! ( I did not have any expectations, but realizing that I like them made me happy.)

Last but not least, I was very pleased to see a lot of children around the district where I live, Sikhiv. In this area there are a lot of parks where children can play or have a walk with their parents. Meeting a lot of grandparents taking around their grandchildren reminded me of my childhood strolling around with my grandparents in Italy. I could see so much attention in Ukrainians’ way of taking care of their little ones.
Therefore, I can say that Ukraine and Italy are very close in some ways. I am very curious to see how my Ukrainian life will be in the next months. As of now: Yes, it is a small world!