Taste&Share Fourth Edition

Which countries did we explore at our international event and what had they to share?


Young people become volunteers with full support under the European programme for the first time in Bulgaria.

This project includes 11 young people from Bulgaria who will do their volunteering service in Varna


2 Bulgarians Share Their Experience in Sicily during the Youth Exchange ‘CulturART’

Check out what Nenko and Seta have to say about their 9-days experience in Sicily!

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Interview with Vincent, the French volunteer from Reims

Hi Vincent. Please introduce briefly yourself speaking about your life, your country and your hometown.

Oi, I’m Vincent, a 24 years old non-completely grown up boy. I’m from Reims, the capital of Champagne, in France. Baguette. 

Taking inspiration by the famous quote of Charles De Gaulle about France "How can you govern a country which has two hundred and forty-six varieties of cheese?", i want to ask you "how can you live in a country in which you can find - basically - just two main kinds of cheese (kasckaval and cirene) and a lot of vodka and rakia instead of your soft, kind and beloved Dom Perignon"?

How can I live in a country where they only have hard stuff and two cheeses? I don’t, I survive! Jokes aside, it’s just adaptation: I’m not that a big fan of Dom Perignon so it’s not a problem but talking about cheese it is something that I really miss. Fortunately you can find some different cheese in the supermarket, they are a bit more expensive but when you want some price is not a compromise!
Some weeks ago you had a presentation at the Free University of Varna about EVS promotion and generic notions regarding your country. According to your experience, are you satisfied of the involvement of the participating students? 
Please make a short report of the event speaking of your sensations about the envinronment and the reception. 
As far as I remember this presentation was interesting; actually a lot of students were attending to it. We had a good exchange time speaking and they had a lot of questions. The place, the university, was a really good place. In general when I’m making presentations of my country and about EVS the main question is “Why you came in Bulgaria?” and it’s funny because they don’t understand why people choose to come here.
Before to come in Bulgaria you had a master deegree in marketing disciplines and some eclectic working experiences (if i'm not wrong you talked about videogames as well). What have pushed you to set aside your previous life - because, from my point of view, this is a kind of reborn - in order to embrace a totally new unfamiliar existence as EVS in a border country like Bulgaria (for sure not one of the most yearned and well-known in Europe)? Is this choice just a parenthesis beetween your past life and your future plans? 
I have experience in a lot of different fields. I like to learn and to discover. I was working before the EVS, I had a proper job and everything but I wasn’t feeling fulfilled, I mean that what I was doing wasn’t as concrete as I could expect. After some personal happening I decided to quit my job and jump in the EVS opportunity. It is not a parenthesis it’s an evolution, I changed my mind about different things, comfort myself in some others and it gave me new ideas for the future!
Tell us something about your working place (the Social Teahouse) and your next activities as Association. 
Tell you about my project. Alright! So basically it is the best project in the world with the nicest people I have ever met. With this combination you get The Social Teahouse project. We are aiming to offer a first job opportunity to orphans, to help them to integrate in social life and give them the basis of a stable life. We also aim at developing a hub to regroup all kind of people by doing activities/events almost every day. 
For that purpose I redirect you to our facebook page where we put our events and I link you our website also!
(Here you can find the other interviews with the workers of the Social Tea House: Laura and Sergio and Nuria).

Do you have a personal project related or external to your actual tasks? 
Yes I do, but they are secret!
Ok, i don't wanna be killed by an hit man of the French Milieu! Time for a traditional question: could you tell us a story about the weirdest encounter or experience have you faced during your life as EVS volunteer?  
Weirdest... Well it was during a trip in Rila’s mountain with friends. We were heading to Sofia airport after being in the mountain. Of course we were not prepare to snow in the mountain so our clothes and shoes were wet. We decided to have a stop in a big mall and as everything was wet we went without shoes in the mall. After like one or two hours a bunch of security guards came to us and took us out of the mall thinking that we were homeless people. After a bit of talk they laughed and get us back to our car! 

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