Teaching and Youth Work in Slovenia
Working in a Youth Centre and Teaching English in Slovenia - European Voluntary Service
I am now 5 months into my EVS in Litija, Slovenia. I am really enjoying this experience. In terms of both work and social life, I am learning a lot, meeting new people and having a great time.
Litija is a small town in Slovenia. It is a half hour train journey away from the capital, Ljubljana, which is great because I can experience living in a small town and I also have a (relatively) big city close by. The location is also great because it is in the centre of Slovenia, meaning that it's quite easy to travel in the country.
I am teaching English in a local primary school and also working in the Youth Centre. From Monday to Thursday I work in the school and on Fridays I am in the Youth Centre. In school I teach English to children aged between 6 and 15, while in the Youth Centre I am generally working with people aged between 17 and 30.
In school I work with the English teachers and either assist them with their lessons or, if there is something special happening (e.g. St. Patrick's Day), then I take the lesson. I also do some sports coaching in school on Mondays and have recently started Irish dancing lessons on Thursdays. Last month I went on a school trip to Bohinj, where I was skiing and hiking for a week!
In the Youth Centre, I get involved in lots of different things. I participate in cultural nights, workshops and other events on a range of topics! I have been involved in organizing jam sessions, an open mic night and (of course) a St. Patrick’s Day party! I have just started, along with a group of volunteers/employees, to apply for an Erasmus+ exchange. This is something new for me and it is a really good experience to be involved in the application process. Over the next few months we have lots of different events and workshops planned so I am really looking forward to getting stuck in!
Katie O'Hara, 2015