Our first EVS training seminar was in Romarheim, 90 min north from Bergen, in what used to be a school. The building belongs now to CISV Norway and is used for camps and other activities. We were 19 volunteers from Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Spain, France, Hungary, Turkey, Finland, Poland, and Lithuania + four facilitators from Germany and Norway.
The excitement for me began already on the way from Oslo to Bergen. Bine and I wanted to see the countryside, thus decided to spend 6+ hours on a train but fly back. It was totally worth it! After the gorgeous forests, we found ourselves more than 1200 mamsl, temperature about 5°C, and stunning mountainous landscape. We even managed to see a glacier. Nature in Romarheim and the area around Bergen lived up to my expectations, too. The fjord was beautiful, with small piers and picturesque houses perched on steep hills.
The best part, however, were the participants. When I first met the group, I felt a bit pessimistic, it didn’t seem like we would find a common language. Well, I was wrong. We were a diverse group – age- (18/19-29), interests-, nationality-, language-wise. The one thing we had in common was our openness and that made the experience memorable.
We spent a week full of workshops, training, energizers, dishwashing, Norwegian lessons, swimming in the fjord, exterminating flies, and lots of fun. Of course, the good job the facilitators/trainers did greatly contributed to the overall positive mood/experience. Now we are all looking forward to our next EVS training in February 🙂
Diana & Bine