EVS arrival interview

CISV Norge: Why did you decide to become an EVS volunteer? Why at CISV?

Andi: I always wanted to be an EVS volunteer for one year after finishing university to have one more exciting experience before starting "real life". I bumped into CISV by accident around half a year ago when a poster of the previous volunteer about some interactive seminars arose my attention. Checking the homepage I got really interested in the work of CISV. It was very fortunate that they were just looking for new volunteers so I grabbed the opportunity at once. And here I am 🙂

Tobi: After I got an email telling me CISV Norway is looking for a volunteer I decided to take a year off before writing my final thesis and to apply for the job. Two weeks later I was the happiest person in the world when I got the position.
Why CISV? What is more awesome than working for CISV, duh!

CISV Norge: Why did you choose to come to Norway?

Andi: Three and a half years ago I got a scholarship from Norway Grant to study at the University of Oslo for one semester. That was the time when I fell in love with Norway. After that experience I was sure that I wanted to come back again to enjoy the beautiful landscape, this cheerful language and the company of people, who usually seem to be very satisfied. 🙂

Tobi: I just love brown cheese, dark days, bad weather and the smell of dry fish 😉
To be honest I have never been to Norway before and was impressed by the peaceful reactions of the population to 22 July 2011. I would love to work in peace education after finishing studies and to me it seems that Norway has the perfect environment with its open minded people to collect experience in that field!
Of course there is always the amazing landscape....

CISV Norge: What kind of music do you like?

Andi: When I was a youngster I listened only to rock and classical music. Since then I opened to nice songs of other types of music, too. Please, feel free to send me any great Norwegian bands I really need to know!

Tobi: I totally enjoy Indie rock music and alternative music. Andi: That I like too!
Tobi: I grew up with German Hip Hop and I still enjoy it a lot. Actually I 'd really like to get to know some Norwegian Hip Hop as well! Besides that I just love guitar music. I wanted to learn to play the guitar here but I forgot mine in Germany 🙁

CISV Norge: How do you spend a free day?

Andi: I am very social so I meet a lot with my friends. I also spend much time in front of my laptop. There I mainly arrange my future. 🙂 I normally listen to music pretty much. I really enjoy learning languages so this year I will probably study Norwegian quite much on my free days 🙂

Tobi: After a long sleep in and hopefully banana pancakes I will spend a nice day with awesome people and a good book at the beach. Having some good food and enjoying life with good friends and music in the background sounds like a fair deal to me!

CISV Norge: What is your favorite quotation for your way of life?

Andi: Hehe, my favorite quotation is from Beckett: `Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.`
But I should probably choose something from a CISV book now.... let me see... well, I really like this: `If you think you are too small to have an impact try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.`

Tobi: "Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so love the people who treat you right, forget about the ones who don't, and believe that everything happens for a reason.
If you get a chance, take it.
If it changes your life, let it.
Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it." (Harvey Mackay)

CISV Norge: What is your personal objective for your year in Norway?

Andi: My main aim is to contribute to the goals of CISV Norge as much as I can, that is, to help building a peaceful future for the next generations. I also would like to learn a lot about CISV and be absorbed in everything CISV does right now and wants to do in the future. I did specialization in English methodology thus I feel that I can contribute much to make peace education even more enjoyable. I am also planning to spend much time on getting to know more about the communication of non-profit organizations and making CISV even more famous and popular in Norway as it is now using my studies in public relations. And never forget the FUN! I am ready for all the great experiences. 🙂

Tobi: I really want to use this time in many ways: I want to learn and experience a lot. I want to learn Norwegian and experience Norway. I want to learn more about peace education and experience spending my life working on it. I want to learn about the administration of an NGO and experience to be able to contribute and change.
It definitely was time for me to go abroad again and I want to try out a lot of things to find my profession. And I want to have fun. Lot's of it!
And the most important: I want to have stories to share.