Born in UK, raised in Spain, in love with a slovaquian girl and currently working in Myanmair.
We're talking about our EVS volunteer from 2012, James Begg.
Four years passed by since James, Hana, Verghineh and Carlos were with us. We asked James to share his experience, his story, and so he did. Have a look.
"I remember the first time we set foot in Villa Aida: it was cold, rainy and the heating in the house was very basic. I also remember the Legambiente members driving us around confusing roads to La Gastaldia, where we had our welcome drink. There were new faces and new surroundings which, over the course of 8 months, would become extremely close to our heart. We would cycle those same roads with Beppe, discover the Piave with Lucio, feast in nearby Farra with Marcella and Gian, harvest some of those famous vineyards with Mary's family and walk those hills with Marcello, Adriano and all the Legambiente crew.
There was never lack of fantastic food, whether at the various 'feste paesane' -preferably accompanied by the dirty songs of the Cantori da Filò- or pizzas at Stefano's and El Sole. Our home cooking wasn't bad either, thanks mainly to the fresh vegetables bought at the brother's farm. On our EVS journey we were fortunate to meet a great amount of decent and passionate people who really appreciated our presence, let alone our work. I think their passion for Fontane Bianche, the Piave (and Prossecco) rubbed off on us and, likewise, our good spirits and genuine interest in their language and territory made them even more fond of us.
I still treasure all those friendships and I am grateful to have had the best –and funniest- companions I could possibly wish for: Carlos (Pamplona), Verghineh and Hana. Our ‘cazzate’ and catch-phrases are as legendary as the waters of the Piave."