It has been already a year since Eiropean volunteer Thomas from Italy has joined our and Ventspils Youth house team !
During this time Thomas has carried out several fantastic events, such as a 90's party, sporting events, and has been one of the organizers of the Ventspils Youth Festival "Random Republic". On a daily basis, Thomas helps our local community to learn and understand the charm of the Italian language and introduces them to different genres of music.
Thank you Thomas for choosing to volunteer in Ventspils and thanks to our supporting partners form Italy Associazione InCo
Alright, let's do this one last time this year ^_^
1️⃣What is your name, age, and where are you from?
Hi! My name is Thomas, I'm 27 and I'm from Italy.
2️⃣What were you doing before volunteering?
Watching football, of course. But, more seriously, I was working with kids and teenagers in after-school activities.
3️⃣So, what’s your project about and how long does it last?
It's again about youth work. I'm volunteering in Ventspils Youth House. I'm doing a one-year project.
4️⃣How did you find it and why decided to apply?
I found this project on EU website. I applied because it was about a topic which was familiar to me and I absolutely wanted to live an experience abroad. It's my first time.
5️⃣What things in Latvia seem weird for you?
Drivers who stop at pedestrian crossings! I mean, weird but great. And sometimes I complain about Latvians and pasta, but it's just because I'm an Italian snob :joy:
6️⃣Tell us about the most memorable moments during your stay here, up to top-4?
The City (and Youth) Festival in Ventspils; Zemlika Festival in Durbe; an event about a punk rock which I organized; good friendships (it's not a specific moment, but a series ^_^)
7️⃣What will you be doing in 2 months after the project’s end?
I should answer the classic "I'll be looking for those specific jobs" and things like that, but the truth is that I still don't know! :sweat_smile: I have a lot of ideas, but nothing concrete at the moment.
8️⃣ Was it worth it?
Yes, definitely. It was the "shock" I needed to live my life for real. And now, as Buzz Lightyear teaches us, "to infinity and beyond".