Uliana, from Ukraine, worked with Ricefield during summer 2017 as part of the European Voluntary Service (EVS) scheme.
I have finished my voluntary work with Ricefield Arts and Cultural Centre now, and I would like to say a huge thanks for the opportunity to collaborate with you. It was a really great experience for me, and gave me wonderful memories. I gained new skills, met new people, tried many new things, and challenged myself.
During my voluntary work with Ricefield, I helped to organise some events, worked in the office and assisted at festivals. Being from Ukraine, it was very interesting to discover another, absolutely new culture, from this inside perspective.
Also thanks to my work with Ricefield I had the opportunity to try new experiences such as taking part in street theatre performance, and dragon boat racing at the Glasgow Canal Festival. These were indeed incredible experiences for me; there were a lot of positive moments and I met wonderful people.
Honestly, I could write about my EVS experience for much longer. But, in conclusion I would like to say that I am very glad that I chose Ricefield Arts and Culture Centre as my EVS project, and as part of my life in Scotland. If you have the opportunity to join their work, don’t hesitate at all, because it’s worth it. Thanks for everything Ricefield!
A. J. (Alipu) & Liu Shuang
All the way from China, A. J. and Liu Shuang joined Ricefield through British Council’s Global Xchange programme. During the 2 months they worked with Ricefield, they have contributed greatly to cataloguing Ricefield Library on-line and organising Ricefield’s cultural products. They also produced a video introducing the lives and workplaces of the 16 volunteers from China and Britain.
As part of the British Council’s Global Xchange programme, I volunteered in Ricefield for 2 months from October to December 2010 along with another volunteer from China. The staff in Ricefield has been greatly helpful and supportive helping us to overcome the language issues and encouraged us to work on something creative and meaningful. After discussing, we decided to produce a video about how Global Xchange volunteers lived and worked in Britain, and Ricefield agreed to arrange cameras, laptops and other equipment required for this task. We produced a 15min video introducing the lives and workplaces of the 16 volunteers from China and Britain. However there were issues with equipment and time towards the end of the project and our commitment to other activities in the programme has also taken more time than we thought, so the video was not finished during the time when we were in Ricefield. Besides the video, we also worked on setting up Ricefield Library’s on-line catalogue and organising the cultural merchandise from China.
I have learnt a lot in the 2 months working for Ricefield with the help and support from the staff. I also built a great relationship with everyone in Ricefield through this unforgettable experience. I would like to thank Ricefield again for giving me the opportunity to learn and experience so much.