September 2018, I went to Moldova on a European Voluntary Service out of curiosity. I went somewhere to which I would never have ventured, I worked in an international organization (glimpsing some of the realities of foreign aid) and I familiarised myself with a culture I wouldn’t have known of or grown fond of.
Hello ! We are Helene and Loeiza, French volunteers at UNA Exchange for this year 2019/2020 thanks to the European Solidarity Corps scheme. On Wednesday 6th November we attended the annual Peace Schools Conference organized by the WCIA -the Welsh Centre for International Affairs.Read more >
Interview with Robert Davies, founder of UNA Exchange, conducted on Friday 18th October 2019 at the Temple of Peace and Health by Hélène Chaland (volunteer at UNA Exchange for the year 2019/2020) using the Proust Questionnaire.
Even though I am familiar with culture shock and the way it influences your mindset -I lived in the US for a year-, I still have moments when I stop and reflect on how strange or how admirable the Welsh are. Here are a few examples of my most memorable culture shocks here in Cardiff.
My name is Hélène, I am originally from suburban Paris and I am twenty-four years old. After spending one year abroad as a teaching assistant in the USA, all I wanted to do was to pack my suitcase again and leave for new adventures.Read more >
Each year UNA Exchange works with partner organisations to facilitate group volunteering opportunities for teams of young people from Wales. This includes several projects specially designed for Cardiff University students, who last year participated in community development projects in Japan and Vietnam. Amongst those visiting Yamagata on Japan’s Honshu Island was Francesca, who made a wonderful video of her international volunteering experience.
After an enjoyable weekend of volunteering in November at Amelia Trust Farm, UNA Exchange young ambassador, Georgia Quinn, spent a week in the office helping our Supported Volunteering programme lead, Rhi Davies. In our latest blog post, Georgia shares her experience.