Rocío didn't arrive alone to Portugal. Simon is going to be her colleague during the eight-months EVS adventure that is starting for them. And, of course, we wanted to speak also with him to know a bit more about how he became a volunteer and what he expects from the experience. Are you curious? Then just keep reading!
My name is Simon, I am 26 years old and I come from France. I have lived the last two years in Paris but actually I am from Amiens, in the North. I started to study Geography and then Psicology but I didn't like it, so I started to work in a travel company as a barman. After that I went back to college to study Law and Politic Sciences. I like the Administration Law and the International Public Law because it is interesting to know how our governments have to act in order to take decisions affecting all of us in different scales. That gives to me a bit of legitimacy to not believe in the system and see things in a different way.
- Why are you in Portugal?
I am here to do my EVS. I am going to work with children and teenagers in a small town called Cabeça Gorda. I chose this project because I really wanted to work with children, and I had the chance to choose between doing it here or in Greece. As the work language in the Greek project was supposed to be English, I chose this one to learn a new language. I didn't want to do administrative work right now, so I was looking for this kind of project.
- What are your motivations for the project? And your expectations?
My main motivation is to become a better person. I had the feeling that I needed to move from France and the project was the answer for something, but I still need to discover for what. I want to change my mind, change everything and discover new things. I am really motivated but actually I don't know exactly why. I am the kind of person who doesn't think too much before being in a new situation. I expect to speak good Portuguese in eight months, to meet new people and to be able to go until the end of the project, because I have the feeling that it is important for me.
- Do you have any previous experience as a volunteer?
Yes, I have already worked with children in an Parisian association as a volunteer. I helped them with their homework 3 or 4 hours per week and I stayed there for one year. It was my first experience working with kids, I liked them and I think that they also liked me.
- What is your first impression about Portugal and about Portuguese people?
In one month in Lisbon I have met very nice people. Portuguese are very respectful and girls are very pretty. I like history and Lisbon is a beautiful capital with a lot of history. Moreover, I am very happy with Rota's work with us and because I love my colleage, I am really glad because Rocío is here with me.
- What do you like to do in your free time?
I like reading books, watching drama series and now, also trying to speak Portuguese.