We started last week with two workshops on different types of compost, and then on Tuesday we organized our media and did some garden work. On Wednesday we had the creative day with Mihaela and, on Thursday, our weekly Hungarian class with Zsofi, following which I had my first mentoring with the new mentor (the mediation and support figure for us volunteers). On Friday we had two different workshops: in the morning one about how to make natural soaps and in the afternoon one about permaculture. We had also lunch all together with the volunteers from Budapest, for which me and a colleague of mine, who is also from Italy, cooked some of our own typical dishes. That ended our work for the week and set the start of the weekend, for which usually there are never activities planned: it is our time to recharge and spend the time in the way we prefer, often by going to Budapest. That was a bit of an atypical week, cause due to a strike we had no classes at school, but nevertheless full of new learning.
HOW IS LIFE AS A VOLUNTEER IN ETYEK?
I am M., I am Italian and I am 23 years old and it is with these words that I start the Etyek volunteer blog: a space where we tell you from our point of view what our journey is like. If you would like to have this experience in the future or simply the values that our project is based on are also yours, then this is the place for you. In the words that follow you will find the answer to your questions.
WHO ARE WE? WHAT IS OUR GOAL?
The other volunteers and I are part of two different projects, Szatyor Egyesület, and Fülemüle. While the first one is focused on permaculture and promoting a sustainable way of life, the second one is based on creating a thread of connection between the Etyek school children and an international environment: every week volunteers from different parts of Europe and the world teach them English in an informal and fun way and sometimes help during some activities organized by the school. Despite being two different groups, when some support is needed it doesn't matter too much who is Szatyor and who is Fülemüle, we help each other.
I will be here for a year, and I arrived at the beginning of July. I have to be honest with you, dear reader… Living in the country sıde, in a garden, with a heatıng system that works wıth wood, and chickens to take care of, is a different experience in the summer than it is in the middle of winter. When the sun warms your face and in the morning, as soon as you wake up, you can go walking barefoot through the soft grass, have breakfast with a few figs picked straight from your tree, and then, in the cool morning air water all the plants in the garden and in the greenhouse, when you can admire every single change in nature around you and watch the bees competing for a feeding frenzy of pollen, when all this happens, living this lifestyle seems almost like magic.