Simone Ferraretto, Italy 

Infinite thanks to Tom Sawyer fest, endless thanks to the volunteers, infinite thanks Karakol.

I have recently returned to Bishkek after spending two wonderful weeks of volunteering, new friends and excursions organized by YVO "leadership". I will be infinitely grateful to all those who have made this possible!
First of all, I would like to emphasize the importance of these projects and initiatives. Together we have given new life to a historic kindergarten in the city, collaborating we have participated in the external restructuring, and not only, collaborating we met, we had fun and we shared a special time. Volunteer for me is just that, join forces to do something great. Together sharing and having fun we did something important for the community. Together we have shown that we have immense power.
During the two weeks of the project, thanks to the great work of YVO "leadership" we participated in many activities that gave us days full of magic!

We went to play with the children in a summer camp in Issikkul, we went on a boat, we went kayaking and hiking in the mountains, visited Karakol, participated in cultural exchanges and international dinners.
My wish is that more and more people will be able to participate in projects of this kind, to experience the emotions I have experienced on their skin, to understand how it's good and important to help each other.
To Nastia and all the YVO volunteers "leadership": Bravissimi! Thank you very much for the emotions and the time we shared! Keepitupand ... seeyousoon!

YukiTom Sawyer Festival 2019

Hello, this is Yuki, from Hong Kong.
This year, 2019, is the 150 years anniversary forKarakol Kyrgyzstan, as one of the check point for tourist in Kyrgyzstan, the citizen decided to decorate the town and to preserve the architectural and historical appearance of the town by restored the historical building.
Being a volunteer, I stayed two weeks at Karakol and participated the program “Tom Sawyer Fest”, assisted them to do the renovation for one of the building “Weight House”.
During this period, I’m happy got to know a lot of nice people, volunteers from Japan, Italy, Sweden and the Local citizen, they are all friendly, lovely and willing to share me their special experience in their journey.

Except the renovation works, I have the pleasure to assist another local functions, such as a day camp at the Issyk-kul.
Furthermore, they arranged me a lot of activities in leisure, language class, hiking, mini-concert, cultural dinner, visit the museum, Holy Trinity Cathedral, especially to the famous viewpoint, Lake tour at the Issyk-kul, the broken hearts and the seven bulls rocks…etc.
Being one of the volunteers to assist and involve the celebration, I’m, in fact, learn much more from this work camp. I’m very happy in joining this festival and very much enjoyed my stay, 

Karakol, without doubt, is a beautiful place, I have not enough time to know you all, but still want to know you more!

Yuki Cheung / Hong Kong
June 2019

Kimiko Murakami, Japan.

The reason why I became a volunteer in Leadership, Karakol , Kyrgyzstan
I joined Leadership as a long term volunteers for six months. In the future, I would like to be a bridge between Japan and different countries by making opportunities for many people to know other cultures. When I was an university student, I helped foreign students to study Japanese as a volunteer. Between countries, sometimes we have problems but I remember that they enjoyed learning Japanese language and cultures. At that time, I thought learning other cultures is connected to the peace between countries. Since then, I wanted to make opportunities for many people to know other cultures, for example, organizing international meetings, classes for learning other cultures and so on. Therefore I'm interested in organizing some activities, and also I'm interested in Kyrgyz culture. That's why I decided to join Leadership.
The first activity which I participated in was "Tom Sawyer Fest". During two weeks, we renovated old historical building. It was amazing time for me. I was honor to participate in this activity. Because preserving old building is connected with preserving culture not only of this region but also this country. I met many local people and people from other countries. We spent two weeks together, it was good opportunity to share own cultures and ideas.

I also organized English and Japanese class every weeks. It is my first experience to teach language, so at first, I didn't know how should I teach. But I thought that when we study languages, the most important thing is enjoying. So I try to prepare games, introduce my Japanese culture. Fortunately, my students tries to study hard and they are interested in Japanese language and culture. These things motivate me to teach language.
And now, I learn Kyrgyz and Russian language from Leadership members. When I came here, I couldn't understand what local people say at all. But thanks to my colleagues, nowadays my Kyrgyz and Russian are gradually improving. I really enjoy communicating with my friends, colleagues, host family. And also I enjoy shopping, because it's good practice to listening numbers(it's difficult for me to remember numbers in Kyrgyz and Russian language) and speaking with local people in bazaar.

In this six months, I would like to meet many people, connect with them, learn new things. And also I would like many people to know about Japan. I'll do my best in my work at Leadership.

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