Imamo novo EVS prostovoljko, Annely
My name is Annely Manninen and I am a new EVS volunteer at DIH. I am a 24-year-old girl from Estonia who loves nature and long walks. Especially, I like hiking and going to the mountains which is my new favourite outdoor activity since I came to Slovenia, because in Estonia we do not have any mountains. We only have the highest hill in the Baltic States, which is called Big Egg Mountain but it is just 318 meters high. For example, Ljubljana Castle is at a higher altitude and Šmarna gora is more than two times higher than our highest hill in Estonia. I also like cooking and preparing healthy plant-based food and smoothies, because two years ago I decided to become vegan. I feel really good after that and I think I have more energy now. Animals are my passion and my motto is to be kind to every kind.
The reason why I chose to do my EVS in Slovenia is because last year when I visited this beautiful country on the sunny side of Alps for the first time, I enjoyed spending a week here so much that I started looking for ways how to stay here for longer time. I really like Slovenia because of this beautiful landscape, mountains and lakes. Also weather here is warm and sunny most of the time, while in Estonia it is often cold and rainy. I was a bit surprised at first that people here are more opened and warm while Estonians tend to keep their emotions inside. I feel really happy in Slovenia and I am also thinking of staying here even after my EVS has ended.
I chose to become a volunteer at DIH because it bothers me that LGBT people do not have the equal rights and usually they are discriminated or afraid to come out publicly. I would like to help to encourage them during my EVS. I will also try to do my best to help DIH with their projects and try to fight against homophobia, because I think there needs to be more tolerance in society regarding LGBT people. I believe that everyone should have the right to live a life normally without being judged no matter of their gender or sexual orientation. Love is too beautiful to be hidden in the closet, so never ever apologize for who you love.
Naslovna slika: Movit
Fotografija: Annely, osebni arhiv