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By matthatton, Jul 5 2019 01:36PM

Hello everyone I am Pierfrancesco the Italian man.

More or less, I arrived at the end of my experience. when I came here I had no expectations, because I didn’t know nothing about my experience. But in the end I can say that I would have expected a bit more for example: a bit more responsibilities, a bit of harder work and to know more people. Anyway I am happy that i have done this experience because if it will not help my future career it helped me to grow up, to know how to live on my own and to look after myself.

Of course if everything wasn't very good or it was worst than i thought. sometimes it could have been my fault but in the end I am happy to have made this decision 10 months ago. it was very useful for my English and for my life.

Of course i can advise everybody to do this life-experience because surely it will help you to make a decision in your mind and to have a bit more clarity in your mind about what you want to do in your life and how you want take care of it .

By matthatton, Jun 24 2019 11:05AM

Since my last post I would think that half of the time I was on vacation. I went to Ireland for few days, I want to Bristol for a weekend and then to my first ever music festival: Download festival.

I fell in love with Ireland, its so beautiful. This time I went to Cork, Dingle peninsula and Killarney. Dingle Way was definitely the highlight of that trip. I already started to plan to go back there and walk the whole way. Its not that long but could be combined with Kerry Way to create a lovely long walk like Camino de Santiago. Apart from the obvious fact that both ways are nice hikes, there is no other similarity. But Dingle Way amazed me 5 minutes after getting out of the bus. Its green, wild and fool of sheep, have beautiful sandy beaches. Its it so much in the nature that I had to literally push the sheep away to pass.

Then I went to Bristol with Alice. It was short, but fun. Just two days, but good company always makes it unforgettable.

Download festival was great, it wasn’t exactly my kind of music, as a lot of acts were metal, which is a bit too much for me. But still the atmosphere was great. I was actually volunteering with Oxfam at that one and I think that was the best way to be there. I mean that way you don’t have to pay, but also you get a less crowded camping and great people to meet. I went on my own and I didn’t spend one evening alone. It was a bit wet and muddy all the time but that was the charm of it. I still have one more planed in July: Latitude festival.

This will be one of my last post, I have only one month left. I start to think who will I miss, start to plan last day working in different departments. Also, Alice is going home in few days. The season of goodbyes has begun...

By matthatton, Apr 18 2019 11:39AM

So its been i while since i posted somthing. There has been a lot of vacationing going on. There has been christmas break, then i took few days off to travel and this weekend is a bank holiday! So a part from previusly describet trip to Manchester, Ive been home, to Dublin, to Cardif. And lets not forget the mid-term training in Birmingham. And now i'll be going to Brighton! I did few hikes around here, next to the canal or in Tring's Natural Park or in Ashridge Park, the flora here is so divers!

I now also have a radio show about cheap traveling, if you didnt get yet that i like to travel! And i think it is the only think that make me stay. As many before i must say that most of the task are very boring: copy - paste - copy - paste. But seeing beautiful nature around England and specialy the coast south from Dublin componsate alot of internal strugle.

Other nice thing is that we met very nice people on our mid-term traning. Volunteering realy make you meet interessting people.

Looking forward to my next vacations!


By matthatton, Apr 1 2019 10:45AM

Hi everybody.

I’m Alice, I’m 22 and I’m from Italy, Sicily. I arrived almost 3 months ago in Hemel Hempstead and my life has changed a lot.

I live in a nice host family and I’m here for 6 months. After my studies to become a nurse, I decided to experience life, to better my English before I start working in a hospital and to take my time to improve myself. EVS is a special and economical way of travelling and learning other languages. Here I work in many different areas. I work in the office (edit forms, movies, excel schedule...) and in a playgroup for toddlers. I work with people with learning disabilities (Mencap), where I do many different activities. I also help elderly people during trips and shoppings. I have quite busy days but also a lot of free time. It surprised me how I feel at home in a different country, probably because of the friendly working environment, along with having two nice EVSs with me and my lovely host family. Usually, during my free time, I go out with the other EVSs to enjoy a drink in a pub or I go to other cities (like Birmingham, London, Oxford...) to visit them.

For me the very hard bit is getting used to the British weather… I’m Sicilian and the climate it’s very different. It is very sad for me that I don’t see the sun for many days.

Anyway, I like my life here and want to learn more British traditions. I love to meet new people, new cultures and my experience here is a good opportunity to do it. With this, I can know myself better, my worth and all, I can get involved and I can appreciate more my culture.

I’m sure this experience will be essential for my future.

Good luck to me!

See you soon.

By matthatton, Feb 26 2019 02:30PM

Hi everybody,

I start to get used to living in Hemel, to be more confident with the town and the british culture. The weather and the temperature are changing, the sun is starting to replace the cloud and rainy days during this period are very beautiful. The parks of the town are full of children who are running and shouting. The sun helps, at least for me, to be happier, considering that in Italy I live near the sea and I love it. It feels a little bit more like at home.

The christmas period was very beautiful, all christams light on in every city. I enjoined myself during this time because I participated in a lot of kind of events. When I was with CAD I dressed up as a Santa Claus and was pulled by a car in my sled. I was going around the city and when the children went out to see me they were impressed and they tried to take a picture with me because they thought that I was the real Santa Claus. At the Swan youth project I was an elf and other elfs with me we were suppose to invole adults and children to enter the Swan to take an hot drink and meet Miss Santa Claus, where she gave some gifts to the children.

What new? So I am living without my family and my friends since September. Of curse I saw them during the Christmas Holidays, but I become more responsible and organise my life, my time and my room. I start feel more comfortable speaking english, this was one of the moste importat reason why I

came here. Every Saturday night I go out with the other EVSs to enjoy a drink in a pub. After the hard firsts few months I am finally happy. I think that it was a good decision to come here 6 months ago. This expirance is very beneficial for me, for my futur careeer.



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