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Aug 08, Issue 1
Web: www.evsactually.gr E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Athens, Greece
Our first newsletter...
By Kostas Spatiotis
SO WHAT'S IN HERE? page
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Our first newsletter… Who are we anyway? EVS explained… -VISA/Residence PermissionNot to miss -Cycladic IslandsInterview -Helene from FranceLearning about Greece… -the peripteroSomething different… -streetpanthers-
Welcome to our first newsletter! EVS ACTUALLY is a youth initiative project that has prepared a printed and on-line guide for EVS volunteers that have been, are or will be in Greece. Our newsletter effort derives from the idea of offering another tool to EVS in Greece where EVS volunteers can be informed and networked through explanatory, broken down, information about Youth in Action, EVS, Greece, Greek and Greeks! Needless to say, that we are impatiently looking forward to your contribution, comments, stories, opinions, articles and of course feedback. We hope this newsletter really finds you enjoying the hot Greek summer in your own little paradise beach! Greetings to all!
Who are we anyway?
By Kostas Spatiotis
Initially, we were an informal group of five young people that, one way or the other, were interested in realising this project. Some of us active in EVS as youth workers, others ex-EVS volunteers, others interested more into the practical and technical issues of the evs actually guide. This group is now becoming bigger and bigger every time! Kostas, Maria, Maria, Spiros and Valantis are now joined by Aleksandra, Isabel, Apostolis, Eleftheria, Sophie and we are waiting for our team to become bigger… meaning we are waiting for you!
This newsletter is made… …by EVS for EVS… …by you for you!
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VISAS are usually valid for 3 months, so either you have to take the risk to go back home to issue a new one or you go for the local residence permit
By Aleksandra Georgievska
I am Aleksandra from Skopje, and I do EVS in Greece. My stories? Lots!! But this is only to give you some friendly advice in case you are not from the EU and you need a VISA. Yes, you are here for 6 months and a 3 months VISA is not enough! So, I will also tell you about the residence permission. What you need for the VISA: The EVS contract and a letter from your host organization stating that the whole costs are going to be covered by the Youth in Action Programme Action 2 (with reference to your host National Agency; Doctor proof (English translation) for your physical and mental health; Document from the court that until now you never broke the law; Visa application… 2 photos… cash to pay visa costs and travel insurance. But VISAS are usually valid for 3 months, so either you have to take the risk to go back home to issue a new one or you go for the residence permit (this process can take 2-6 months and during this time you cannot leave Greece). Getting in the host country, go straight to the local community periphery for applying for residence permission. All documents should be translated to the host country language and they are:-Application form with: two copies of your visa and passport; 3 photos; Insurance documents (AXA papers translated officially to Greek);Contract from the National Agency for your EVS project; letter from your host organization stating what, how and for how long you are there. Good luck!
Not to miss...
By Kostas Spatiotis
Summer has come and many of you will be planning (unless you are already there) your holidays. We have a recommendation for you! Island hoping on the Cycladic islands! Very close to each other, most of them considerably close to Piraeus, organized campings and more than anything…each one of them with its own beauty and magic! One common thing: the little white houses of the Hora, and the crystal clear water!
What is it you are looking for? Wild parties at Ios and Mikonos? Volcanic landscapes unique in the world in Santorini and Milos? The poetic inspiration of Folegandros and Amorgos? The quietness and real Cycladic culture of Serifos? Maybe something more cosmopolitan like Sifnos? Or you can get all of the above in Naxos. On the other hand, the lovers of neoclassic could spend a few days in the capital of Cyclades, Ermoupolis (Siros). Hippies would be better of in Anafi! But then again… we are all better off in any of those islands with good company and lots of sun protection cream! One way or the other, the Cycladic islands is one of the places that you should definitely visit. The experience is unique for party times or quieter ones. These ‘dry rocks’ in the middle of the Aegean are of rare beauty and they are a guarantee to give you moments that you will never forget! Moments of magic! So make your pick… or even better… picks!
EVS in GREECE
Aleksandra interviews Helene...
By Aleksandra Georgievska
-Explain the meaning of EVS for you in 3 words: Experience, meetings, travel. -How did you find about EVS? I learned about EVS from my father! -Why this project and why Greece-Athens? I choose Greece for the weather, the beach, the islands, the archaeology, the food and the drinks! I wanted to make an EVS after my study and before to find a work, a kind of break… And also to have an experience abroad to learn a new language, meet people all around Europe, have new friends, to have another life for almost one year. but useful, because it’s a very good way to learn new skills. -What are your activities during your EVS project: Actually, I changed project after four months. My first project was to organize educational program and seminar about international cooperation. My second project was about the Fair Trade with in one side to help in the fair trade shop and in the other side to help to organize the educational program. -The best thing from your EVS: The seminars because I met a lot of volunteers. First you share your experience, you spend very good time and you build very good relationships with them. -How is your social relationship with the others EVS volunteers? In Athens we are a lot of volunteers so from the beginning of my EVS I met most of them and very quickly we became friend. With some of them I travelled, we climbed the Kissavos and Olympus mountain, and every week one volunteer cooked a meal from his country. I spend very very good time with time and I really consider them as close friends. -Have you changed during your EVS? How? I don’t know, maybe yes. I had to build everything by myself without my family, my friends and to speak English, so I learnt to know me better! -If you had the chance to do EVS again, what would you choose? As I said I changed project, and I don’t regret nothing. -What will you do after EVS? I will have to find a work and I’m really interested in the European programs. But I’m also thinking to try to do a Leonardo project. Let’s see! -Last words? I was very bad in my first project, and it was very hard to decide to change project otherwise I would have returned in France. So I sent a mail to all the volunteers that I know by asking them if they need volunteer in their project. The day after I had a new project!!!!
Helene is a volunteer from France, doing her voluntary service in Fair Trade Hellas, Athens.
Aleksandra: Explain the meaning of EVS for you in 3 words: Helene: -Experience -Meetings -Travel
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Learning about Greece...
By Isabel Maldonado Garcia
First day in Greece, I could not help noticing the little yellow houses all over the place. They looked like, how can I say it? Magic little supermarkets! Soon, I knew, they were periptero! The periptero, or kios,k is a whole Greek institution. They begun as a government sponsored employment scheme for veterans of the Balkan Wars and World War I; the concessions are very well guarded by the descendents or sold for tidy sums! You will usually find them on squares and ‘strategic’ corners everywhere in Greece. They stay open long hours and in a way help feeling safe in after dark times. What can you find in there? Everything! Sweets, cigarettes, pens, newspapers, books, bus tickets, shaving needs, photofilms, drinks, munchies food and they are one of the best places to top up your pay as you go mobile phone card! Want more? I am happy to tell you then that year after year, their product line widens impressively! Maybe you can soon buy a mentor there!!!
(from Rough Guide: Greece)
You have probably already noticed that in Greece driving and parking has its own rules! Well, this is not exactly the truth. Not all Greeks are happy with the disrespect of some drivers show, and they have taken the issue in their hands… they are the streetpanthers! They are friends who started their action in Thessalonica in 2006 when as they say “walking round our cities had become a living hell: no respect for the pedestrians, sidewalks and zebra crossings occupied by cars, walking is not allowed!" Accordingly, they thought it was time for some action! They have producing a number of stickers and leaflets that with a humorous but very realistic messages, they remind the drivers that cars should be on the street and not where wheelchairs and guide dogs should be passing. The stickers and leaflets’ are available from their website www.streetpanthers.gr and the movement is taking over the big cities of Greece. It is only a way to remind some of the drivers a little bit about respect and also claim back what is the people’s.
By Spiros Fragoulis
If you look closely and carefully… right at the middle of the photo…yes! you will see inside the periptero the ‘peripteras!!
EVS ACTUALLY Web: www.evsactually.gr Email: email@example.com Athens, Greece
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