Life as a European volunteer in Stuttgart, Germany
“Active Culture” is our intercultural project in Jugendwerk der AWO Württemberg e.V. We meet up either for an intercultural evening in Jugendwerk office or for a trip somewhere else in Stuttgart and the surrounding area. Everyone is welcome to this event, besides it’s a great opportunity to meet new people from all over the World!
Since I came to Jugendwerk, we organized an Egyptian, Syrian and Bavarian cultural evenings. This week was the “Tunisian Evening” and I had to prepare it! First, I was a bit stressed because I am the only Tunisian in the organization and I don’t have a lot of Tunisians friends to help me. I posted on a Facebook group for Tunisian living in Stuttgart that I need some help for cooking, playing music or for inspiring ideas for the Tunisian evening. I was surprised by the number of comments and people eager to support.
Alya, Achraf, Nejib and me, met for the first time to prepare our activity. We talked about the presentation, food, music and decoration and we shared the tasks and of course about the situation in Tunisia, politics and revolution!
Wednesday, the day of the event, we went together to the Turkish market, we cooked together Tunisian traditional dishes as Couscous, Brik, Tunisian salad, Frécassé and thé.
More than 55 people came to our intercultural night! They enjoyed the Tunisian food, learnt more information about Tunisia geography, history and dialect through games during the whole night! I was really satisfied about the team work that made our event successful!
This evening was more than organizing and logistics, it’s more about tasting the food I have been missing with Tunisian people talking Tunisian dialect and feeling your home country after four months abroad.
If you want to join our next evenings, stay tuned in our Facebook page.