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‘Becoming an EVS volunteer was one of the best decisions I’ve made’ | Winner of the EVS European Youth Card Awards shares her story

Cristiana from Portugal is one of the winners of this year’s EVS European Youth Card Awards. Her video told the story of her volunteering adventure in Cyprus, covering her work, travelling, fun and friends. The amazing 2,541 votes Cristiana received won her a weekend trip to Madrid powered by EYCA. Read on to find out more about this inspirational young person.

‘I have a bachelor’s degree in communication design by Universidade do Porto, with work experience. I was unemployed and decided to go and become an EVS volunteer. It was a great decision!

Becoming an EVS volunteer was one of the best decisions I’ve made. Not only did I get to enjoy and learn about a new country and a different culture, but I also got to help a little bit with my work.

I have learned so many things, about the country, about different cultures, and also about me. I became a better team player, I enjoyed the satisfaction of doing good work and practiced my English (and Spanish, Italian and Greek by the way).

So when I heard about EVS European Youth Card Awards I was excited about the prizes but also the possibility to share my experience and tell young people about this great opportunity!’

About the EVS European Youth Card Awards

The EVS European Youth Card Awards are a celebration of the achievements of young people in the European Voluntary Service. Organised by the European Youth Card Association (EYCA), the Awards are a platform for volunteers to share their unique EVS experience with other young people from across Europe, to inspire and encourage them to start their own adventure.