EVS in Bulgaria

The first day I arrived to the flat at dawn, because my flight was late and I couldn’t get that bus – which takes 2 hours to get to Stara Zagora – and I had to catch the train – which takes 5. I was the first volunteer to get to the flat, so I was on my own. But the following morning Agnes and Kate came: the first is my flatmate, from Hungary; the latter is a Bulgarian girl that helps us by being our translator. That same evening Álvaro, a guy from Galicia, arrived as well.

sve-raquel-1Exactly one week after our arrival, we had the Spring Break, which is a free week, a kind of Easter Week without the religious connotation. During the week, from Monday to Friday, we had to organize activities for children. Every day, in the evening, we would meet to coordinate the activities for the following day. In that moment I thought it was all very hurried, how could they expect 6 volunteers, 3 of whom were new and didn’t know how everything worked, could plan the activities and coordinate with each other appropriately? However, everything went great.

Everything was simpler than what I expected, the children were very thankful and honestly, it’s impossible not to miss them. It was a funny week, because we were getting to know the children and, at the same time, the other volunteers (Kathrin, Camila y Zsuzsi). sve-raquel-2Kathrin and Camila are two German girls while Zsuzsi is Hungarian: this way there were two Germans, two Hungarians and two Spanish volunteers.
We divided the children in three groups according to their age: the younger ones stayed with Kathrin and Camila, the middle ones with Zsuzsi and Agnes and the older one with Álvaro and I.

After that week, that was our “inauguration” everything went back to normal. They gave us a timetable where they told in which school we had to go, from Monday to Friday, in order to be with the children and play with them. We also had desk jobs, Bulgarian and Spanish language classes, etc.

Everything is new, funny and fast. I imagine is the same for everyone, the first month goes by so fast. You don’t have much time to think about anything because everything you are living is absorbing everything you’re living. sve-raquel-3I don’t know if it is a good or a bad thing, but I assure you that you have a great time.

Even though we have different cultures, the friendship with the others volunteers is getting deeper and deeper. I learn from them as they learn from me. The important thing is being willing to get along well with the others and have fun, which is the reason why we all came here.

I think that being able to be here is a great opportunity, wanting to learn and surrounded by good people who are willing to help. I hadn’t many doubts when I decided to try a two-month EVS in Bulgaria, but the truth is that, even if I had, now there is no trace of them left.

Raquel