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I am finally in the Czech Republic for my EVS

I am finally here! after a very long wait ! I have started my EVS journey in the Czech republic. I arrived in November the 27th to meet my project coordinator Zuzana Parizkova and here son at the airport. Then we went to Usti Nad Labem by car. After one and half hour drive we arrived at Usti where we went to meet the director of the north bohemian research library. I had a warm welcoming and the director offered one special home-made drink!  after the coffee and the cookies. we talked about my flight, the project and the activities I am going to undertake. after that, we went to the dorm where I will stay for 7 months of my mobility. And, then  we went to meet my mentor Eliska at an italian pizza restaurant.ThTDba

We talked a bit, exchanged contacts, and ate. My project coordinator had to leave and I stayed for a while with my mentor Eliska. she showed me where I can shop and the place around the dorm. ( written on the night of the 27th of November)… the few days after that I was culturally shocked…

 

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.