European Voluntary Service in ARCHELON
ARCHELON hosts around 500 volunteers from all over the world each year. Last year, we had a great increase of volunteers of around 25%. The volunteers come from a variety of countries like Australia, Bulgaria, Brazil etc. (please see the map). It is great opportunity for all of the people who work in a multiethnic environment to cooperate and interact with different people with different cultures and languages. It is amazing how they live and work together and they become one team with one target and same goals. A lot of lifelong friendships or even relationships have occurred during those years. The volunteers get an experience of a life time.
ARCHELON also hosts EVS volunteers who are the ones who stay longer and put much of their energy to each project, get involved physically and mentally into the particular projects since they stay the longest period. Most of them they get in touch so much with the project and the people they cooperate with, that it is not normal for them to go back to their home towns. The majority of the feedbacks we get refer that they will continue doing work for the nature or even the sea turtles wherever they are in the world.
At the moment we host 4 volunteers at the Sea Turtle Rescue Center and below you can find some of their thoughts.
About Sanne Bergman
It was great feeling when I received the email from the sending organization of Sanne referring the acceptance of her application of the national agency of Sweden. Great feeling was also seeing Sanne for the first time from the photo that the sending organization sent me during the celebration of the great news. Look how happy she is…(please see the photo).
Sanne Bergman-Swedish 20 years old
“From the -30 Celsius in Sweden to the Greek sun.
I will be working in ARCHELON Rescue Center for 6 months. Greece has everything that is close to me; ocean, sun, culture and adventure.
And through ARCHELON I will get to do what I want to do in my life: Fight for animal rights.”
About Tuukka Peltonen
The sending organization of Tuukka made great advertisement of him and I finally realized, when I met him, that they didnʼt exaggerate.
During Tuukkaʼs application procedure I was totally informed about the weather of Finland, since we always talked about the weather conditions with his sending organization before we start discussing the various arrangements. It was very interesting procedure because it didnʼt involve only strict emails.
Tuukka Peltonen-Finnish 21 years old
“I am from Finland, town called Kuopio. I chose Greece because I know much about Greek history, but not much of present days. So I wanted to know how the local people live and know the culture better, that is why I chose this project.
The project lasts 6 months and ends in July. When I was choosing a project that I would want to participate, I wanted to do something that I couldnʼt be able to do back in Finland. I chose ARCHELON because it seemed to be a practical job. Work with the turtles and be close to them.”
About Katharina Salzl
When I contacted Katharina for the first time, I realized how polite and cute she was. It was obvious also that we would have great cooperation since she was moving very quickly during the procedure and seemed to have a lot of understanding about the arrangements that we should do.
Katharina Salzl-Austrian 20 years old
“My home country is Austria and I decided to come to Greece because I had never been there and I would like to get inside the Greek culture and mentality.
I will stay in Athens for 6 months and afterwards I want to go to a nesting project. Before I come to Greece I finished school focusing on social care management and I liked it, but I also wanted to see how the work with animals is.
The description of ARCHELON on the youth in action home page was very interesting, so I sent my application to them and they accepted me.
I really enjoy working and staying here in Greece so far.”
About Bauke Kwast
It was not easy to find Bauke at first, since he was travelling around, so we ended up to have contact by phone and make all the arrangements very quickly since there was no much time left for the deadline. All this procedure actually made me realize how he wanted to come and to participate in the project even though he was already too busy.
Bauke Kwast Netherlands 18 years old
“I arrived in Greece during the winter, through EVS project.
I am 18 years old, dutch and half denish.
Here, in ARCHELON, I work with sea turtles with 3 other volunteers.
They came all with EVS. The best thing here is, that you get contact with people from all over Europe.
I noticed I lost some ideas about different countries, and also gained some.
For the next 4,5 month I will be here in Glyfada at the Sea Turtle Rescue Centre, and I am sure I am going to miss it.”