European Voluntary Service

This is Pekarna's blog for EVS volunteers. Pekarna is a sending and hosting/receiving organisation for EVS volunteers and their volunteers (send and hosted ones) will keep you up to date about their work.

Evropska prostovoljska služba

Pekarna Magdalenske mreže Maribor te vabi, da se tudi ti pridružiš množici prostovljcev/-k Evropske prostovoljne službe (EVS) in odpotuješ v organizacijo po svoji izbiri v drugo državo EU. Smo pošiljajoča in gostiteljska organizacija EVS, ki mladim od 17. in do 30. leta za obdobje največ enega leta uredi vse podrobnosti za brezskrbno in povsem brezplačno delovanje v tujini.
Evropska prostovoljna služba je del programa ERASMUS + Mladi v akciji.

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Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Friday, 25 December 2009

Marre y bore?

Tout est blanc.
La neige tombe en silence.
Les gens ont disparu, les voitures sont sans vie.
La vile a retrouvé la torpeur de l'hiver, enfin.
Calme mais résolue, la neige, telle une mere bienveillante, l'a arrachée d'un sourire tendre a ses précipitations quotidiennes, pour lui tendre une tasse de chocolat chaud.


Looks like what I'll learn this year is not what I expected.
Looks like what I'll get instead is way more valuable.
Isn't it what EVS is about?


Another thing:
"By far, the most important advice I have given this summer (and the “secret” of how I can actually learn languages) is to not speak English. Please don’t take this lightly. Depending on how serious you are about reaching the best level you can, this decision can make all of the difference. It is extremely hard because it can be very lonely and frustrating not being able to communicate all that you want when there may be so many other expats around ready to chat with you in your native-tongue, but I have to warn you that frankly I’ve met hundreds of aspiring learners who have failed in making much progress because of using English as the language that they socialise in. Lots of people learn languages very well while also speaking English in their spare time, but in my experience they do it much slower than those who are 100% dedicated.

This is why I can learn languages so quickly, and has nothing to do with magical or genetic talents. Not speaking English is a decision you have to make as soon as possible if you want to learn as quickly as possible. Don’t wait until you are “ready”, because you may never consider yourself ready. Just speak!"

Saturday, 19 December 2009

I work in Pekarna

Things happen.
It never stops.

Don't look back.
Or do.
On your own.

blabla bullshit
Cut the crap, dusan.

Tuesday (22 dec.) at 15.00, in Gustaf
Content: Zeko
Form: over-sized fluffy head, badge, patch, wikipedia entry, stencil, sticker, toy, fairy-tale, myth... and whatever else coming to our minds

A workshot dedicated to our fucked-up hero Zeko. Express your love and care for our depressed rabbit friend. Come home to Gustaf, be creactive, join Zeko Trip.

Finally, we use Gustaf. We - who are we? New blood pumping through veins of what some people call Pekarna.
I want to see Gustaf filled with energy, ideas, creactivity, people, laughter.

Solar Pulse Concerts in Gustaf are beautiful.
Philosophical discussions in Gustaf are fine. Even when I understand 1/3.
Press meetings (tiskovke) in Gustaf where almost nobody comes are sad and boring.
Total Fusion in Gustaf... I wanted to write that it is bullshit but I will give it one more chance.

We will see. What Zeko Trip will feel like in Gustaf.
And a question for you to think: can you imagine bunch of little kids doing some creative stuff in Gustaf?

What I am trying to express long time. Since I came here.
My point is - I want to work again in the culture center where a day of event feels almost like a holiday.
I want to feel I need, want, have to be there. And the rest of the team, as well. Because we do events that we like. We do concerts that we like. We do parties that we like. With/For people we love (or at least like).

I don't want to be in need of a bouncer. Safe-guard. Who kicks out people who behave violently. It makes me sick.
But I know. Reality is different. People are shit sometimes. But we can work on it. Slowly, day by day.

And one more thing.
I want to feel proud about the place where I work. And
I want to feel proud about all the people I work with.
I don't want to feel ashamed when somebody asks me - what do you do.
I want to feel great, replying

I work in Pekarna.

Friday, 4 December 2009

What is happening?

Lot of things are happening. Every day. Good and bad.

Na primer - moja slovenčšina gre gor. Začal sem sodelati s ljudima iz PUMa - to je program za aktiviziranjo in integracijo mladih oseb kateri neskončili sredno šolo ali so dlogo brez dela. V PUMu delajo na rekonštrukcijo prostorov za mladinski klub. In jaz pomagam s dokumentacijo - sodelam s Lucijov in Samom. Fotografirame kaj drugi delajo. Jaz ih učim nekaj o fotografiranji in oni mene učijo govorit slovensko. Ful dobro, ne? Delam veliki napredek vsaki krat kdaj grem do Pumsterdama.

What is happening?

Na primer - začeli smo skupinsko foto-terapijo. Skupina ljudji kateri skupaj hoču delat nekaj kreativno. Ni samo foto. Vsaki ponedeljek se srečemo, govorimo in delijo z našima idejama. Upam da to je začetek mnogih zanimivih akciji, situaciji, del, diskusijo... 
Ejna z stvar katere smo začeli je every-week foto/draw/music/write/whatever-battle. On every group foto-terapy session, we set a topic and we have one week (until next session) to create some piece about the topic. This week's theme is MILK. You can make a photo, you can draw, sing, write or whatever else you like to do - concerning milk. When we meet again, each of us show what we've done. We can share our viewpoints, we can talk about our inspirations, affect and interact each other's work. 
Besides other stuff, these creations will be content of the zines we are starting to publish and spread in our personal environment. Anyone can join us. Physically or virtually throught our online-group ( - but physicall contact is the main point, don't forget.
This is just a little from what we have in our heads. I am not capable to put it all out in one blogpost. And I do not want. I have to give it to you piece by piece. So you don't experience heart-attack.

Because we are your fucking future! :)

Život EVS dobrovolníka je niekedy náročný, ale preto je to taká dobrá skúsenosť. Som šťastný, že som s týmito ľuďmi, v tomto čase a priestore.