We have just come back from our EVS On-Arrival Training and it was an amazing time for us!
We spent one week at the holiday place owned by the NGO Juvente in Kirkevik which is located on a peninsula just outside Oslo. We started by meeting with other volunteers at Aker Brygge in Oslo and it took us about 50 minutes (by ferry and bus) to get there. The place has several buildings, a football field, a pier and even a trampoline on the water (!).
We were very lucky with the weather so we spent most of our free-time outside chilling, swimming and playing “Viking chess” or cricket. In the evenings we were either playing board games or having a Nordic story telling. Thanks to Eelin –one of the trainers– who is an incredible storyteller- we found out a lot about Nordic mythology and of course trolls 😉
We were a group of 12 EVSers from all around Norway, of many nationalities (Germans, Italians, Portuguese, Spanish, Polish, Croatian) and aged between 18 to 29. This training was an opportunity for us to get to know each other and share our hopes, fears and experiences with others.
Our daily program was filled with intercultural learning activities, Norwegian Language lessons -Vi snakker bare litt norsk 😉 -, practical information about EVS and living in Norway, and kitchen duties too. We went for a walk almost every day just for the sake of walking as a part of experiencing Norwegian culture and lifestyle. We’ve also been visited by Einar from The Norwegian National Agency for Youth In Action who told us more about the Erasmus+ programme and EVS in particular.
On Tuesday we went for a whole day to Oslo. We hung out and enjoyed a nice weather at Aker Brygge and Vigeland Park. After an “all-you-can-eat” lunch at Peppes Pizza we had a free time and decided to eat even more (some frozen yoghurts) and see The Royal Palace, The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet and Oslo City Hall.
Thanks to all the EVSers and trainers –Linn, Camilla and Eelin- with all our heart for this great time: hopefully we will see each other soon!
Special thanks for pictures to Tina, Eelin, Asia;