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Enjoy the winter time in Estonia

Posted by n6onoor on February 22, 2018 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Tere, this is my new blog post, sorry you have not heard about me latly.

Since I am in Estonia I have a lot of free time and I have used this time to travel around in Estonia, to see a lot of pretty places. Winter and snow are comming, with that I started to looking for the big event during this time in Estonia. I saw that the Tartu Marathon is a quite big event, very famous for Estonian and a lot of people who from differents countries.

So I decide to participate and started to train for this. I was really motivated and loved that, I could learn a new sport and visit some nice places during the winter time. Unfortunately the snow just came after Christmas.

I found a place in Tartu to train; the track was perfect for a beginner.

I wanted to see nice places, so I went to Elva and really enjoyed this forest with his wooden sculptures.

Lähte and its big tower with a view of a beautiful landscape.

Vapramäe is still a little unknown to me, but so pleasant all those little twisted roads.

Kuutsemäe was my only chance to do mountain skiing, and time past so fast, no time to be lazy

In Nõo there are so much opportunities to do different activities (first time that I saw a party of snow football), and the track is near to the school and on the evenings it is the best thing to do.

When the big day came, I wasn´t sure to be ready for that, but it was what I wanted, try to do something that you are not sure that you can do. The place was so nice with all those people with flag colored hats. It was the first time that I participated on a marathon, but I feel, like it was a special marathon before Estonian 100 anniversary.

And the race started, time to see people with a nice style, they were already so far.

63 km was so long, I try to forget that I need to do that. See this funny people on the corner of the road with their bells and their encouragement that I couldn´t understand. It was funny to see those people who really seemed happier than us, the skiers.

It was also the moment to learn some Estonian bad words, when one people was not happy to be behind you.

My Estonian hat was my lucky charm, and it was the occasion for some people to start the discussion with me in Estonian. Unfortunately my only answer was “Ma raagin natuke eesti keelt” and that ended the conversation before it even started.

Finally with those moments, food breaks and other distractions, time and kilometers passed (not very shortly but they passed). When I saw the kilometers down, that gave me strength ”ten kilometers more, I can do it”.

The arrival was very nice, the speaker said my name, I was proud at myself that I manage to finish. It was a race for everyone, younger, older, even disabled people.

Now I´m really looking forward to Estonian 100th Anniversary this weekend.

Head vabariigi aastapäeva !


First months in a Noortekeskus

Posted by n6onoor on November 7, 2017 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (1)

Tere õhtust,

I write today to talking about the Noortekeskus :

The Youth Center is a little place of life, like a second home, where you can find something to play, spend your time just for chilling, or cook together.

In this place there is one Youth Worker and one teacher in handicraft to become, both of them have studied to do this job.

At the beginning, I didn´t know anything about this job, just my experience with some kids in football training or in my family. I just principaly add my different culture. One thing good in here is that we all have a different life cycle.


The first thing that I tried to do after I found out that I was going to Nõo was compareing things with the things that I have in France, to understand my job with youngsters.


But it is little bit stupid (it is like learning a new languague, you need to think in this language) and quickly I understood that this is not really comparable, because the history and the time table of youngsters are very different (and also our activity is not limited in the youth center).


To explain this, in French the school day ends at 5PM for the young from 7 to 12 years and after that we can wait our parents for few hours in a "garderie" (PIKAPÄEVARÜHM in Estonia).


In the garderie there are many things like here at the youth center - pool table, boardgames etc., but there are not some activities or events organized. It's just for chilling and to do our homework.


In France using nannies is very common and 4 or 5 kids can stay in the house of the nanny to spend their time there and play together, but this is more for the younger kids.


I think the nearest thing is the "centre aérés", wich is opened during the holidays. Like in the kindergarten you have a time table and all the participants need to follow the activites. While in the youth center there is no real timetable and the youngsters can participate in the activities if they want. It is their free will.


For me this difference is the thing that makes the Youth Center more funny. It's necessary to think like the youngsters to find attractive activities. When the age difference is small (as I am 20 years old), it can be easier, but sometimes it is little bit difficult to think like them, because the mentality changes. I have seen that todays youth is a little bit less curious. Nobody force the youngsters to do something, they just have to rescpect some basic rules that sometimes we need to repeat.


Like I was saying before, we have organised some activities in the youth center. There are often some handicraft workshops - like once we built an Eiffel tower (la Tour Eiffel) out of recycled material. Or some cooking activities. The first week the youngsters prepared a meal to show me the estonian speciality. Few days after, it was my turn to find some recipes to make a three course French food. Cooking together allows them to get to know new recipes, but mostly learn how to cook by learn from their mistakes.

This last week there was also one event all over the Estonia, with the puppet movies - film festival "Kino Maale". For some youngsters (I think the younger ones) and for me as well, that was a good moment and a chance to see the movies that you have and the habits.


What makes this experience abroad exciting is all the little and big things that we can do and participate outside of the Youth Center. I have had the chance to participate often at different events with the youth center. Sometimes I just give a " coup de main " (hand to help), help for implement, and sometimes I participated.

For example I participated at the visit to the milk factory (Laeva Meierei) with one youngster and that was an interresting moment. One other time we went on a hike during the night with some youngsters, that was funny to see them so happy in the darkness and after the hike so tired.


There has been other events like a camp for 7th grade students which was organized by the school. Even if I wasn´t so useful there, this moment was important for the youngsters and for me too, to see the things that we can do and spend some time together.


I think the moment around the campfire, which was taken care by the principle, was very successful from the beginning to the end.


The last event that I will speak today, is the Awards Event "Nõo valla aasta noor", which was organized by some activist girls (Nõo Noorteaktiiv). And kindly they accept me to take part in this event. I had just a little tasks there, easy to do, but for me it was something that I don´t feel so confortable (not a lot) being in front of many people. Also it was useful to do that.


At the end I could see that was an event really well organized and I hope that more people will attend at this event in the future. Thanks to that I saw that in Nõo there are always something to do.

This time is little bit long, I hope that the reading was good.


Varsti näeme,

First impressions about Estonia and Nġo

Posted by n6onoor on September 20, 2017 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)


Minu nimi on Xavier. I come from France, close to Lyon. I will be here in the youth center for 9 months to attend my EVS project.

Before I came here, I didn’t know many things about Estonia (but I had heard that the main things that Estonians know about French is Edith Piaf and that we are « frog eaters »;).

Living in a distant country the main things I had been told is that Estonia is a cold country and that

there are beautiful landscapes.

About these too points, I was not disappointed:

I immediately liked landscapes. They are quiet, relaxing, like sleeping.

I came here in the beginning of september and the weather was like an autumn/winter month in France.

I have also appreciated that the Nõo's center is dynamic and that people aren't rushing as in a big city.

And they have time to explain you the way or others informations that you need.

It’s possible that it is specific to Nõo, but there are many activists: people work to have a better community by organizing different events.

It's also very pleasant to ride a bicycle because you are not disturbed by cars. There are many pretty roads where you can find some nice old houses.

Tartu is like the rest of the country: it's very easy to walk in this place. For a big city, the streets are very clean.

When walking in the city you can see many things in a short time. I visited a nice park with a famous observatory and a ruin of an old castle.

I was a little bit surprised by the difference of the english level between generations; young people have a fluent english.

In this country, I just miss some mountains.

A bientót