My name is Anna, I’m Ukrainian journalist in a serch for adventures. That’s why I came volunteering to Belgium.
First of all, coming to The Outsider Club wasn’t a spontaneous desicion. I already had a degree in journalism and been working on TV, as a news reporter, screenwriter, actress and editor for more than 5 years. But I’m very challenging person as well, so I had an urge to try something completely new. Now it is what happening to me every day. It’s been already two months, since I’m living in a countyside, called Oudenaarde. It’s 70 km to Brussels and about 280 km to Paris or Amsterdam. The location is really calm. My first impression was:” Oh, how cute, a deers and magnolias are here!”
First of all, coming to The Outsider Club wasn’t a spontaneous desicion. I already had a degree in journalism and been working on TV, as a news reporter, screenwriter, actress and editor for more than 5 years. But I’m very challenging person as well, so I had an urge to try something completely new. Now it is what happening to me every day
My second challenge, during this volunteership – is to learn Dutch. It’s not even close to Russian/Ukrainian, however is it far from English. I can only compare some words, similar to German or French. Somehow I do feel myself, as a complele outsider in team, where all of the others is speaking Dutch.
I’m not the only one volunteer here – I have Italian guy Antonio and Turkish Cypriot girl Ebru living and working with me. Antonio is in Belgium since December 2016 and now he already has a good progress in Dutch! Me and Ebru are still on a very low level. But we will have our classes very soon!
Apart from learning Dutch, all of us have some daily tasks. We starting from 9 and finishing at 17. Sometimes our job is to lead the groups, as a monitors, during activities. Other time we have some routine tasks, as cleaning, repairing, renewing or just working with different stuff. For example, the other day we had a huge amount of a special clay, we’re putting it over a lake, because in the summer lake’s water has a lot of algae. Doing a waterski activity, peolpe may swallow a water from a lake, so it can cause poisoning. Looks like a basic boring job – but still it is important. And now I know, how to drive a motor boat 🙂
Of course, I wasn’t naive kitty, coming here just for fun, travel and using my journalism experience or creativity. Yet, writing this blog, I’m having a time to think about things I did and I’ve learnt from March. And I can say, it is a very big gap! I focused on a new experience and trying to find some new hobbies. Such as waterski, for example. I tried it and succeed not to fall from a first try! Maybe it will become my new passion, who knows.
“The Outsider” – is a big family of enthusiasts and adventure – lovers. My colleagues are in love with what they do. It is inspiring! Because, if you are working on a field of adventures – you cannot be boring!
A bit after I came, The Outsider Team made a weekend-training for volunteers and interns. We’ve learned a lot about center, it’s role and tasks. But, of course, we had much fun, discovering each activity: barefoots, moeracparcours, speleo, climbing, kayaking, laser tag, deathride and Blue diamond – a huge ropes course.