Everything had happened so fast, one week after finding this project I landed in North Macedonia to begin my first EVS experience. As I am already more than half way through my stay, now is a good time to write about my experience so far.
Macedonia welcomed me with its beautiful nature, various cuisine and caring locals. I really appreciate all staff in SFERA and volunteers from Turkey who I am working alongside with. We have great times working and exploring what Macedonia has to offer during our free time.
As a part of my project I am cooking twice a week at a small kitchen called; Baga food, which located onout of Bitola. At first we struggled with the language barrier because nobody understood English but in the end it has made my time here really fun while trying to understand and speak Macedonian. I’ve learnt new recipes from traditional cuisine, such as Sarma, Ćevapi, Musaka, Zelnik and many other desserts. I can´t explain how much I enjoy spending time there, everyone is so nice and the food simply incredible!
Once a week we go to NU House in Bitola to prepare pancakes or chill out which has made my time really enjoyable. My favorite memory from the whole stay in Macedonia is the running race in Bitola where we supported the runners by making mini pancakes, afterwards we had a little afterparty.
Otherwise I participated in the events of SFERA such as “Art Attack“, “Sweet Coffee“, “Short films screening night“. I also travelled a little to Prilep, Pelister NP, Prespa lake and the capital city Skopje. I like the architecture here because it´s very different from the Czech towns and cities.
This is my first EVS experience ever and I have to evaluate it extremely positively. I came here to discover new culture, to get some experience and to have time only for myself – my stay has fulfilled everything perfectly.
See you soon!