Projekti "Muudame noortega töö nähtavaks" toetab SA Archimedese noorteagentuur Euroopa Solidaarsuskorpuse programmist.
Actually, this separation made me feel more than a month.. I miss the times when I spent time with my dear Estonian family, hiking in the magnificent Harmaa Karjaar forest, lying in the sun for hours in the Riiska lake.. Tõrva has such an energy that my friend who even came to visit from the island of Muhu was surprised :)
Sangaste Camp: Tankla organization organized a 3-day camp targeting youth and children. We were there as volunteers of the same organization. Youth took part in variety workshops. I took part in the crafting workshop. Actually, it was not a mission, it was a big pleasure for me. We were having fun with the same children at the Defense League events during the winter. We played games and talked a lot :D I am surprised that some of them speak English quite well.
We are in the months where time passes so fast and I don't want to get tired in the name of volunteering anymore...
Mid-term Meeting: Finally, we had face-to-face mid-term training. I think we were 12 volunteers in total, we had a great 2.5 days with our super fun trainers. In fact, it was great that education and simple volunteer training were not centralized. We just relaxed and had fun. We did a 12 km canoe trip that I don't even want to remember. Crazy,..
June is a month of comfort and new experience. The longer I stay in Estonia, the more I become attached to this country and people.
Trip to Pärnu
To begin with, Pärnu was on my list a must see, since I am a sea lover, and of water in general. So when other volunteers offered me to go, I immediately said yes. Of course, then the original plan changed a bit and we went there not just to visit the city, but also with the intention of staying overnight, in tents, on the seashore, as they say, life is unpredictable.
June started for me with a little hangover. Vici celebrated her birthday on the last day of May and so I woke up the next morning a bit dehydrated and with a little headache. Even if I didn’t have the best start into the month, June became an activity packed month with the longest days I ever encountered. The first week was still a little bit slow paced and I was quite happy to again enjoy a normal week in the youth center. Already nearly the last one. The only downside to these days was the abnormal heatwave that conquered Estonia, with the thermometer reaching 35 degrees in our flat. But with the astonishing weather, low pandemic numbers and the longest day of the year approaching, big events started to come up daily.
... and less time at home - my motto for June (which will probably be continued in July)
Not only by traveling around Estonia, but also work kept me from spending much time in Valga, because this month I did not only changend Youthcenter but also had my first "real life" - training and the first summer camp.
MAYbe this was the best month so far. The summer finally arrived in Estonia and not only for one week, but for the whole May. There where countless hours of sun and so many different activities, that I hope I don’t forget to name them all.
On the first days the Valgamaa volunteers gathered again and we visited one of the southernmost points of Estonia, Paganamaa. For this I again borrowed the car, because the bus connections to rural areas in Estonia are very unsatisfying. On this astonishing day in the nature we also made the decision to spend a night in the nature in the upcoming weeks, but more on this later. In Pagnanamaa we walk a small hiking trail that also includes a wooden observation tower (the Estonians just love them). Also did this trail lead us right next to the borer towards Latvia and even though it is not allowed to cross the border without some restrictions, we set our feet into the neighbor country because border patrols were obviously missing in the forest.