Hello everyone! My name is Omercan Buharalı. I have been doing my EVS for two months in Donetsk, Ukraine. My hosting organization is Center Alliance, Donetsk.
We are twelve volunteers here from five different countries and everyone runs his/her own project. I already have two projects and I started to work one of them two weeks ago.
My project is to organize basketball training for ten students twice a week from March until at the end of may at Gorlovka school number 53.
When I arrived for the first month while we were in training, we got to know the city, we learned how to write projects, got to know the local organizations and chose the ones with whom we wanted to work. And so I happened to choose a Polish organization, named the Association of Poles Donetsk, where they needed a teacher of Polish language. And so my project will be teaching Polish to local citizens. I teach three groups. The initial group of about 12 people coming who want to learn Polish and pass an examination to receive a Polish Charter. But that is not all. I also teach people who are fascinated by the Polish language and want to learn the Polish how to speak. I teach two levels, introduction and advanced.
During our first two months of our volunteer experience at Alliance, we had the opportunity to receive many and interesting trainings related to different topics from management to health.
On the first month we got acquainted with the country´s culture (including how to deal with the natural cultural shock) as well as some formation related how to create and manage a successful business/project. In this regard, the classes provided by Dawn Talbert, about Marketing and Public Relations, were very important components.
During the posterior weeks we got more knowledge on how to manage a successful communication, with the help of Alona Karavai. With this, we learned the importance of different tools of communications (such as energizers, games or theatre) and which one is more appropriate to use according to the goal (debate models, conferences, workshops etc). For instance we learned the importance of connecting on different levels with the audience, such as the mental, physical or emotional.