The volunteering experience of Ellie

We would like to share with you the experience of Ellie, a young person who through Merseyside Expanding Horizons took part in the EVS program. Ellie volunteered in Mreža Udruga Zagor ( Zabok, Croatia) for a period of eight months.

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The EVS project was called "Two Volunteers for the Local Community” and it was funded by the Erasmus + program.
To best present Ellie, we bring you her article, which we report below:


“Welcome to my post! I am Ellie, from the United Kingdom and I am 19 years old. This is my first time ever travelling outside of the UK so it is a very big step for me to take. I decided to participate in this organisation because I knew it would be a great opportunity to take up and it was something I could not miss. I had been in college for 3 years and I felt as though I needed a chance. I was put in touch with EVS/Erasmus through Expanding Horizons and from there it was pretty easy to get involved. 

Throughout college, I studied History, Politics, Law and English Literature. Since completing these subjects I still have a keen interest in them outside of an academic branch. I enjoy going to political lectures back home in Liverpool/Manchester. Also, I read quite often and have always loved reading. I will continue to discuss more things about myself in order to get to know more! 

My hobbies include watching films and going to gigs. I am very into cinema art; I watch at least one film a day because I am interested in casts and directors. My favourite films are Interstellar, No Country for Old Men, Lady Bird and Disobedience. Also, I watch foreign films like Dogtooth, La Haine, Roma and The Handmaiden. My favourite actors/actresses are: Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Timothée Chalamet, Rachel Weisz, Léa Seydoux and Dakota Johnson. Some Directors I like are: Christopher Nolan, Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch and Gia Coppola. 

Some gigs I have been to recently are: Gus Dapperton, Rainy Miller, Brad Stank, Hers and Mac Demarco. I have a varied taste in music as I like to listen to Grunge and old Rock quite often as well as alternative pop artists. For example: Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Nirvana, Hole, Alice in Chains, Led Zeppelin and Kiss. I used to listen to rap and hip hop a lot but that is only occasional for me now”

Finally, after reading about my interests, I think what I am doing now in Zabok, Croatia, is a great experience and I am ready to take on new challenges and hopefully teach people some things we do in the UK or even bond over new things! “