I am Nur, 27 years old I am from Turkey. I graduated from the Department of Business Administration at the University of İzmir. I will volunteer for an ESC project in Palermo for 6 months.
My host organization is called CISS (Cooperazione Internazionale Sud-Sud). CISS works with grassroots communities, movements, associations, organizations, local authorities, promoting international cooperation, local development initiatives, in favor of marginalized sectors, immigrants and non-refugees in their area.
I finished my third week in Palermo. I’m staying alone at Ciss’s Guest house for now. We are waiting for another volunteer that will arrive from Jordan. I work in an office with about 10 people.
For now, I’ve prepared a few presentations for the office and a few items for the Christmas market (knitted headband and collar, painted and collage wood). For future days; we are planning to do handicraft workshops with children and teach to women how to knit something.
Outside the office I attend yoga and flamenco courses at Casa della Cooperazione.
This week I started Italian course at Itastra with the University of Palermo, where I had the opportunity to meet other EVS volunteers and Erasmus students.
During my first weeks, I discovered Palermo with my mentor. I saw touristic places and local popular places. Thanks to her, I bought a bicycle and I discover a different street in Palermo every day.
Palermo’s weather is very similar to Izmir. And I think the two cities have a very similar seaside.
Also, I think that Palermo’s people are friendly and warm-blooded people and this is very similar to Izmir’s people of the Mediterranean Sea. Our cuisine and traffic rules are a little different. But this situation is better for me. I’m trying to get used to the traffic habits here. I love the spectacular desserts here and all menus with a lot of carbs . Also, my favorite dishes are arancini/e, sfincione, cannoli. I haven’t tried pani ca meusa and stigghiola yet.
In addition, I’m having a good time with my colleagues in the office, each one being very nice to me. They are all warm-hearted and very helpful people.
This motivates me greatly to improve my Italian. I hope I can be involved in the lunch conversations after six months. I am working in English and Italian for a healthier communication. I hope to be more easily involved in what CISS does here. And I hope what I will do here in the coming days will have a positive impact on someone’s life.