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I am Wissem Chaabane, 24, from Tunisia.

EVS vacancy in France

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Call for EVS Volunteer

Location: La Rochelle, France

Period: 08/01/2018 – 08/10/2018

Deadline: 4 September 2017

Avenir en Héritage, non profit association is looking for an EVS Volunteer. The project consist of: created and animate the network of former volunteer, write and publish some article in the website, in social media, make interviews of student and volunteer who has volunteering in an other country and participate to the creation of an internet platform. Promote volunteering, organize and animate some event about Europe, citizenship with others associations like International Student association (ESN, l’AFEV, FJT.). The volunteers involved will become aware of the importance of volunteering and her impact in local communities (in Europe and outside), and how it’s importante wealth creation in “South country”.

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EVS vacancy in Belgium

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EVS in De Hoge Rielen

location: Kasterlee, BELGIUM

Period: 01/03/2018 – 30/11/2018

Deadline: 25 August 2017

de Hoge Rielen is a domain for youth groups that offer them accommodation, outdoor and educational activities.
9-month project, starting in March 2018!

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Why I want to do EVS?

 

Ever since I was introduced to European Voluntary Service I was fascinated by the idea of volunteering abroad. And, that’s why I am going to write why I want do EVS. I think that F. Scott Fitzgerald said “ I’m not sure what I’ll do, but— well, I want to go places and see people. I want my mind to grow. I want to live where things happen on a big scale.”

I believe that meeting diversity, making new connections, broadening my experience, enhancing my potential, and gaining knowledge is what I find myself inclined to do.

  • I want to travel  and meet diversity.
  • I want to learn languages and enhance my communication skills in English.
  • I want to explore my potentials through  meeting new challenges.
  • I want to teach and learn about non-formal education
  • I want to enhance my understanding of people and explore new cultures and traditions. 
  • I want to be able to apply what I can get from an EVS in my future career 

I have been trying to apply for several EVS vacancies now and I am very much hoping that my application would be successful at least in one of them !

EVS vacancy in France

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France EVS active vacancy Find EVS 2Location: Velizy Villacoublay France

Period: 01/10/2017 – 30/06/2018

Deadline: 15 March 2017

• You are interested in ERASMUS+ projects and you know basic French (it is not obligatory but it will help you to adapt quicker).
• You like working with children and adolescents this will help you as well.
• Finally, you should like chocolate and coffee but if you do not do so yet, France will teach you to 😉
• You’ve got a cool sense of humour and you can bear the fact that it’s not easy to become a Parisian in 9 months ;))
We are looking forward to your CV and motivation letter! Do not hesitate to send your application in any other format that suits you best, however a CV is always helpful to us. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us as well. Our e-mail address is mentioned above!

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My EVS Motivation Letter

 

Motivation letter

Dear Sir or Madame,

It is with great interest that I am applying for a long term EVS position at your organization. After searching a number of opportunities, I have decided that volunteering at “Bureau Information Jeunesse” of Vélizy-Villacoublay is definitely the right decision for me. I think that Volunteering at your already flourishing institution and taking part in your project and your divers activities  not only will give me the chance to meet new people, learn about another culture, enhance my skills, but also it will allow me the chance of becoming a better educator.

My name is Wissem Chaabane, 25, from Tunisia. In 2015, I graduated with a bachelors in English Language, literature, and civilization. After that I have decided to take my masters in philosophy. But, unfortunately I only did one semester and stopped. Moreover, I was a volunteer and an observer for the Tunisian Association for the Integrity and Democracy of Elections. It was an experience, in which, I have learned many things such as what to observe and how to observe during the electoral process. What are the different people involved in the elections, institutions and political parties. I learned how and what to do when I signal any transgressions, how to remain calm and to maintain an objective as well as a professional attitude towards the people involved in the electoral process. It was an uplifting experience where I met very nice people who coached me, I was familiarized with many concepts such as the rule of the law, human rights, transitional government, the electoral process, and the right to vote. And,  I had three badges, because, I have participated in the elections of 2011 and the parliamentary as well as the presidential elections of 2014, and I had two certificates for my efforts and hard work.

Now, I am working as a language helper at Marhababik( a language center and Marhababik means welcome or Bienvenue in our dialect), teaching Standard Tunisian Arabic (Tunisian Dialect) to our foreign participators( Americans, Brazilians…)  using the Growing participators approach to language learning. My main task is teaching the Tunisian dialect, but, at the same time I am helping my participators to adapt to the Tunisian way of living, which involves introducing them to our culture and traditions. Moreover, some of our participators need help with their everyday life such as shopping, using public transportation and it is my job to assist them. These tasks helped me improve mostly my social and organizational skills and I have became more responsible and careful accomplishing my duties. I am really enjoying what I do. And, Ever since, I have started this job, I grow more aware of the social and cultural differences. Through, the long chats I am having with my participators I am always learning new opinions, new perspectives, and new different views of life. Also, I grow more confident and passionate about teaching. I believe this is my main reason why I want to volunteer with you, because, I would like to meet diversity, to learn about others, and discover new perspectives. In addition, My studies in combination with my little teaching experience would assist me significantly to lead good English courses every week in your project “Ateliers linguistiques”.

Thank you for your interest in my application and I hope to be part of your team. Considering my skills, experience and interests I think I will benefit significantly from this opportunity and would be able to apply this experience to a future career. I can assure you that I would be an energetic and committed participant in all the activities. I look forward to hearing from you shortly and I thank you for your time and consideration.

PS: I took the liberty to publish what I wrote, this is my first time I write a motivation letter for an EVS project and I am hoping for some feedback. So, don’t hesitate to give me your insight.

EVS vacancy in France

FAVORISER L’ÉDUCATION INTERCULTURELLE Location: Saint Brieuc – France Period: 01/09/2017 – 30/06/2018 Deadline: 26 March 2017 In a small high school (415 students), the volunteer will propose cultural and intercultural activities for high school students, will drive the actions of students and CVL in terms of international exposure and cross-cultural discovery may animating school life times in a […]

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Pretend

We all pretend

At the beginnings

Sometimes in the middle

And, towards the end

This is not  a new trend

This is not, even, a new brand

It  is, merely, the way humans tend

 

I can tell you something about;

the Masks you’ve encountered and found,

the brothers with whom you grow and bound,

the lovers with whom you used to hang,

the friends with whom you used to gang,

I know how harsh it may sound

And, to prove murder, you need intent

At the end, all of them would say

“We  didn’t intend

But, hey ! guess what ?

We all pretend

“Don’t worry you will make another friend”

And, you keep on moving

And moving

As if things  would amend

 

 

Dead days are turning into restless nights

coffee#Weekendcoffeeshare

If we were having coffee this morning, I would tell you how I have been doing nothing for the several previous months. How I am really frustrated by this fact and furious at myself. It’s a long monotonous setback that is getting profound every morning and violent everyday; you open your eyes in bed in the morning and you realize nothing is going to happen today, you are going to get up, wash your face, and talk to yourself in the mirror about the things you wish and never get, about the things you like and never do, about the thing you’ve become, and the things you would never be.

If we were having coffee this morning, I would tell you how my nights are turning into days, and days are becoming nights, as if I am living in a realm beyond the realm of humans, hunting movies and series on my computer screen at night and sleeping more than cats in daylight. Yes, Things have been upside down for a while now, dead days are bleeding into restless nights, trying to find an ultimate escape into the virtual world of the Internet, video games, movies, and fiction; shutting down my thoughts and inner conscience from surfacing, and filling my brain cells with unlimited supply of pixels to maintain a state of numbness and unawareness.

If we were having coffee this morning, I would tell you that I am running out of steam, even the slightest simple pleasures of eating, drinking or having a cigarette are growing tedious. Unable to concentrate or focus on a simple task. I know that there is nothing that stops you from finding yourself, except yourself and that’s what is irritating me even more, because, somehow I am aware that I am sucked into self-destruction. But, at the same time I feel trapped, as if someone is trying to get out from moving sand. The more you lament, or go tough on yourself to take a stand, and find your way out, the deeper you sink into a larger vacuum. A dimension that is twice away from finding yourself, and thrice away from getting back your self-esteem and motivation.

If we were having coffee, I would say thank your  for your time and listening . I know we have just meet and I am already bothering with this much talk. So, tell me how was your week? And how  are you doing ?

Finding Everyday Inspiration: Day three

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One-Word Inspiration: Silence

 

When I was in high school, I was more of a silent guy. I remember how I used to keep it rather quiet in our everyday’s gatherings around the school. I was not much of a talker, probably, because, I used to take things rather seriously back then. I know that, because, my friends used to always point it out whenever I was reluctant to engage in a conversation of theirs. And, maybe that’s the reason why I used not to have many friends in high school, but, lucky enough to have my best friend Mohamed , with whom I used to share a lot and who was, sometimes, able to understand what I wanted to say.

I think  Shakespeare said that “The silence often of pure innocence Persuades when speaking fails” (The Winter’s Tale). I guess we both shared something from this quotation. My friend Mohamed was able to understand my lack of words and quiet attitude, probably because he possessed a pure talent of drawing. His innocent sensitivity to capture scenes, landscapes, and portraits from his own angle and perspective have made him acquainted to understand my silence. There were many times where he was able to infer and interpret what was going on in my head or what I was going to say, merely by just checking my face and reactions. He was good in reading people.

As I grow older and went to university, I grow more acquainted with the power of words myself and that’s the reason why I started this blog.  I have seen this quotation for Adolf Hitler in the movie Imperium the other day that says “Words build bridges into unexplored regions” First, I didn’t believe that the quotation was for him, but then, I realized that Hitler’s propaganda had made him a fine orator and furious public speaker. Unfortunately, he  used words to explore awful and twisted places.

Apart from finding this quote surprisingly inspirational, I believe that the best way to expand your mind and branch out with others as well as yourself is with words. Words have taken me to places I’ve never been, made me learn about the kind of person I am, and made me get in touch with my special ideas, feelings as well as to reach out to other people many times better than my Silence.

 

Spreading the Scent

tunisian-coffee

#WeekendCoffeeshare

If we were having coffee, here and now, we would be having a two-black homemade coffee, with little drops of distilled blossom water in it. Because, you wouldn’t resist the scent or resent the taste, it’s my kind of coffee for an after noon little chat. The place would be somewhere in the old city, somewhere nice and intimate, somewhere that would be our perpetual spot.

If we were having coffee, here and now, we would sink into each other’s eyes, and laugh after our long prolonged stare. We wouldn’t stop until one of us declares ” OK,  let’s stopped right there”. Then, we would start to talk about work and how your boss still treats you like a dork. I would laugh and you would threaten to walk. “I know how much you love your work” So, I grab your hand and beg you not to walk, and  promise to listen without my teasing talk.

 

Finding Everyday inspiration: Day two

#Everyday inspiration/ Day two 

Write a list

I am not sure if I am good in making lists, but, since I have been doing nothing for the last several months and embracing the life of  unemployment, blogging seems more reasonable and fun then doing the same dull things I do every day. I am writing a list of the things I like, to remind myself of the things I cherish and love, of the things I am inclined to do, and of the passions that I need to re-visit.

Things I like/ the unedited list

  • I like to smoke, especially when I am writing a blog post in the middle of the night.
  • I like playing cards
  • I like my morning black coffee
  • I like blogging even if my blog is not that prolific or hasn’t so many followers, but, I like the idea that I will keep writing to achieve it.
  • I am not much of a reader, but, I like to read things that somehow moves or excites me.
  • I like playing football, when I was in high school I was a good football player, at least this is what used to think. Today, I lament that because I turned into a horrible smoker.
  • I like watching movies and series, it the last couple of months I watched so many movies that I could no longer remember their names.
  • I like the family gatherings around the table, the little talk and the usual disputes over the same things over and over again. I like my father’s stories and his ways of telling them- even if I have heard it before- I just keep listening, because they are always funny.
  • I like the first morning fresh and wet air, the beautiful and natural colors that loom in the sky just minutes before the sunrise.
  • I like the late night short walks into the city’s deserted streets.
  • I like to read and watch documentaries about the history of World War 2

 

Escape

2

 

Escape seems far away

Everyday

For those who had to stay

And watch their land’s decay

The devil wants to show us how to pray

I guess, all nations, eventually  would pay

For the unmentioned hate

We sustain and play

For the words that we  no longer

find to say

Finding Everyday Inspiration: Day One

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Why I write ?

We are all humans,  we look the same on the outside, bones, body ,and flesh.But, on the inside, sure  we may share the same set of emotions of anger, happiness, frustration, or guilt. However, what we don’t share is the thing that set those emotions to flow in the first place, the story and its conditions.

When I started to blog in 2014, I was really impressed by the power of word press and the idea where you can have a space to write and express myself, to help myself improve my language practice to turn my daily routines into worth reading stories that  will help me improve my English language practice.

I remember when I first wrote something in English that got my English teacher’s intention. I was in mid-school and the task was to write a little description in order to trap  tourists to visit your country.

The second time I really felt my Teacher’s interest in my writing was when I had 16 and I was in secondary school and it was a lesson we had in class about keeping a diary, I never kept a diary. Siting to write your everyday’s routine back then seemed like a seriously silly task when writing your true one diary was outside playing.

I wrote a small paragraph about friendship that really had my teacher and friends intention. I remember how I said that somehow we don’t chose our friends and partners in life, it’s more up to coincidence and predestined events. and friendship is more of an interconnection that is not conducted by any reasons.

Maybe what I wrote was truly silly or didn’t make sense, but what really got me at that time was the way words come to me flowing smoothly, many times I felt like I knew every word I used, every time  I embrace a thought I just find the right exact word to describe it, and not only that, most of the time I remembered the exact page where I read those words and where to find them.

Actually that feeling has abandoned me since I turned into my Twenties,or so I would like to think, Or maybe some part of me have created this blog  to chase back that old moment of perfect clearness and transparency that has encapsulated my thought back then.

 

Happiness is not meant to be

When I was young I never thought why?

Or what to be ?

Things just happen in perfect glee

And everything to see

Was in complete harmony

The small legs jumped free

And hands stretched to curiosity

I was too young to realize

that it won’t last for eternity

getting old is a responsibility

you won’t fight free

incarcerated by reality

happiness is sometimes not meant to be.

life

Sometimes it’s measured by how much

You can offer and make

Sometimes it’s measured by how much

You can give and take

Sometimes it’s limitless and vast

Sometimes it’s vain and dust

Sometimes you are found to be lost

waiting for the rays of dusk

Other times it rhymes

full  happy times

I know, that

Nothing would last

Present,future, or past

Everything runs fast

Even those moments of love and lust

Infinite questions to ask

And, a little meaning to grasp

 it’s more mysterious than deep

And,more promising to keep.