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My EVS continues and I organised the Czech evening

My EVS continues and I organised the Czech evening

The 28th October 2016 is a bank holiday in the Czech Republic as it’s a day to remember the formation of the first Czechoslovakia Republic. I was glad to invite people for cultural Czech evening.  I was really happy a lot of local people came and also a lot of Czechs. I was lucky two Czech families were visiting Daugavpils the same time.


I wanted to present the part of Czech culture in my organization. I hope everybody who was there got to know something new about my country. I made a quiz about the Czech Republic. I asked about important facts from my country. Everybody now knows the famous Czech cartoons Bob and Bobek, Rakosníček and others… Also Czech famous people.

The same day there was a famous Czech sportsman Josef Zimovčák in Daugavpils. He rides velocipede and brought it with him to show us and also let the volunteer to try it. He has been racing on it and has also created endowment fund “Na kole dětem” to support oncology children patients.  I was happy he came and he presented himself and his achievements.


I prepares Czech food Hozovy buchty, Salty sticks, pomazánka, and brought Lázeňské oplatky. Visitors could also taste Czech beer and Becherovka, Czech spirit from Karlovy Vary.dsc07171

All evening was really nice, I was happy to see the people are interest in my country and our culture.


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The Youth Exchange project “Europe through all senses” took place in Daugavpils from the 3rd to the 12th of November 2016 in Daugavpils; the participants came from Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Poland and Portugal.

It was a pleasure for me to cooperate with Edgar, the head of the project, who allowed me to handle some of the activities: it was not easy, but I’m really satisfied about it, especially about the discussion club concerning different topics nowadays important in Europe and a workshop about painting and music.

The partakers affirmed that they liked, in particular, the city game and the tour by a private tram, which let them discover Daugavpils, the ice-breaking activities, the visit to the local museum of regional history and to the clay center and the theatrical realization of Lāčplēsis, the “bear slayer”, the poem wrote by Andrejs Pumpurs at the end of the XIXth century. I really enjoyed such activities myself; in my opinion, really important were the cultural evening: the participants had the chance to present their own Countries with videos, food, dances, quizzes and so on, which gave them the chance to share their own culture and to discover new ones, so it was an important opportunity to meet new people with different backgrounds.

Really important was also the Lāčplēša diena, or “the day of Lāčplēsis”, a national event which is celebrated every year on the 11th of November in all Latvia with a torch walk which carries on the name of the national hero who fought for the Country and actually with the purpose to memorialize the soldiers who fought in the war which burst out the following year against the Western Russian army (“Bermontians”) – so it’s not a commemoration for the end of World War I, but for the freedom of Latvia.

Further activities concerning the use of senses were planned, for example the taste and smell of different food with the eyes blindfolded. Much space was given to the participants to prepare their activities and to organize the farewell party, with the help of the “animal party” from each of the participating Countries; at the same time they all received their Youthpass certificate, then we had pizza, drinking games and a lot of fun together.

Gabriele Gerardi