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Volunteer blog: Victoria renovates the Education Centre

9 September 2013

Victoria at nearby Battle AbbeyConcordia is a charity that provides placements for volunteers from over 50 countries, encouraging an understanding of different beliefs and cultures and promoting harmony between nations. Concordia’s volunteer teams have been to Pestalozzi a few times in the past and this year, Victoria Tverdokhlib was one of the volunteers. She wrote this blog post to share her experience.

I spent this summer at Pestalozzi as a volunteer. First and foremost, I am entirely glad to have the experience of being part of such a friendly team. I am grateful to all people in Pestalozzi for such a warm welcome and all the care during the project.

There were wonderful Concordia volunteers from all around the world: Spain, Italy, Holland, Switzerland, Germany and Poland, two coordinators from England and me from Ukraine. We were doing renovation of the Education Centre, constructing the wooden beds, clearing and weeding the field and the rose garden. In the evenings we had lots of activities, hilarious games and lots of fun. We all found new friends. The feeling that there are no borders between the countries came to me.

The rolling hills of SedlescombeSecondly, I was greatly impressed by the beautiful nature of the East Sussex area. The smooth curves of the hills, lots of trees and lovely houses in Sedlescombe create very bright picture of the life in Britain. For us, it was not only a work camp, but a calm place where we could breathe fresh air and could see the sky with stars. So different from the crowded cities! Moreover, we spent our weekends by the seaside in Hastings and had a picnic in historical old Battle.

Thirdly, we were lucky to try British food in all its diversity. Brilliant cooks treated us with delicious food every day: from fish and chips to English breakfasts. I suppose, due to such tasty food all members of the volunteer team were strong enough to work productively. Now I have the recipe for the Sweet and Sour Chicken and can cook it for my family in the Ukraine.

In conclusion, I want to say that I really want to come back to such a nice place. Lots of memories, funny stories in our team make me smile and I dream to visit England again. Thank you very much!

Facilities Manager Alex Whittington would like to add that he found the Concordia volunteers excellent and that his team really appreciated their help. If you have skills you could contribute to the Pestalozzi Estate as a volunteer, get in touch with Alex on 01424 870444 or

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