EVS PROJECT DESCRIPTION
Type: EVS GROUP
EI Ref: 2007-RO-31
Duration of Service: 12 Months
Period of EVS Service: June 15th, 2010 – June 15th, 2011
Number of Volunteers: 22
Active Citizenship, Tolerance and Engagement of Minorities will bring together 22 volunteers from Europe, Caucasus, Latin America and Africa, for a period of 1 year, starting with June 15th, 2010.
All the activities will be developed at 3 dimensions:
- personal development,
- development within the host organization
- hosting community development.
The first month – is dedicated to the cultural and technical accommodation of the volunteers, training and coaching:
The first week upon arrival all volunteers will undergo a capacity building program. The program will focus on volunteers skills development in terms of project management and non formal education methods. Furthermore, technical information regarding accommodation, food, working methods, financial aspects , etc will be clearly explained.
The second week will be dedicated to the On Arrival Training, session that is organized by the Romanian National Agency. The program will focus on further technical aspects (volunteer rights and responsibilities) as well as cultural accommodation.
The remaining two weeks will be focused on Language Awareness (Intensive Romanian Language Classes) and community and cultural accommodation.
The remaining 8 months will focus on personal and community development, during which the volunteers will get actively involved in developing non formal educational activities with the youngsters from neighboring communities.
Contribute to the community development by boosting the participation and active involvement of young people in their local communities.
Spur European awareness; promote tolerance between minorities and majority.
Encourage youth participation and active citizenship, focusing on minority’s engagement.
Provide the volunteers with a rich intercultural learning context from which to acquire social, intercultural and personal skills, develop new abilities.
Enabling volunteers lay the foundation for their own future as well as contribute with their actions to the hosting communities development, through youth engagement and participation , tolerance and cultural awareness.
The volunteers tasks will be diverse and focused both on social and personal development of the volunteers as well as the community development.
The role of the volunteers will be that of attending all the meetings, trainings and scheduled activities, dedicate their time according to the recommended hours in assisting in the preparation, implementation and evaluation of various activities:
- Attend all preparation, evaluation, planning and thematic trainings ( On Arrival)
- attend all language classes, participate in the class , learn and prepare accordingly.
- prepare themselves for each meeting with the requested materials (for example: filling on time the monthly evaluation forms)
- assist the local community facilitator in the preparation, implementation and evaluation of the community non formal education activities.
- Assist in working with the youngsters, propose activities , discussion topics, share opinions, cultural and traditional customs, etc.
- Openly communicate with the mentor, the local community facilitator, his/her peer volunteers and the EVS coordinator.
- Be responsible and meet one’s tasks accordingly.
- assist and help in the day-to-day running of the activities, particularly in the following areas: Arts/Drama and culture, Developing personal skills, Classes with pupils on different topics – language classes, computers, Sports and Community interaction.
The volunteers will be engaged with organizing in close relation with the staff and other volunteers within the working points a variety of activities like: sports events, group games, thematic workshops, walks in the cities, visits to different sights and events, youth camps, etc. for the youths in order to optimize their free time during regular meetings and the vacation period.
The beneficiary target group:
The volunteers will target their activities towards hosting community youngsters, placing an emphasis on the rroma communities.
During the first week all volunteers are to be accommodated at “Nature INN” a guest house in Musetesti – a beautiful rural location, next to the mountains: www.natureinn.ro . The volunteers will share a room (2 persons/ room) with their own bed, bathroom, kitchen, living, dining hall and a wonderful natural surrounding.
During these 2 weeks, the volunteers will undergo an intensive Capacity Building Programme, in wich cultural awareness, thematic trainings, language classes and technical and practical arrangements will be explained in very detail.
The next 11 ½ months all volunteers will be distributed in pairs (the bigger communities like Motru and Targu Jiu will host up to 4 volunteers) within the various hosting communities. The volunteers will live either with host families or share a living location together. The living location will meet decent living standards (private room, free access to kitchen and bathroom, current cold water with the possibility of providing hot water at least one hour/day, functioning heating system, clean and secure location).
YWB in cooperation with each hosting community will make all efforts to find the best accommodation location for the volunteers. All accommodation and utility costs (water, gas, electricity) shall be covered by the hosting organization.
Food will be provided in the first 2 weeks by the staff of the guest house. The volunteers will help with the preparation of the meals, serving and cleaning.
For the next months buying and preparing the food is to be the sole responsibility of the volunteers. For preparing the food the volunteers will have free access to an equipped kitchen. In the case of volunteers staying in host families a solution will be to serve meals with the family.
The hosting organization will provide each volunteer with a monthly food allowance from which they shall cover the alimentation costs. The allowance is enough for insuring a very good living standard (being much higher than the amount and average citizen from the region spends for food). However the allowance will not be enough for ensuring every day eating in a restaurant or bistro.
The local transportation costs of the volunteers necessary for the activities implementation will be covered 100% by the association from the project budget.
The international transport of the volunteer from his/her home to the site of the project shall be covered 100% - two ways (Economy flight tickets and/or 2nd class train tickets).
The personal transport of the volunteers (local, national or international) will be not in the responsibility of the association.
The volunteers will have the responsibility to attend all language courses according to the schedule as well as to make every effort in studying and learning the language.
The Coordinating Organization will arrange for Romanian Language Courses on weekly basis for as much time as the volunteer will need. The language lessons shall be provided by experienced language teachers. The language courses will be provided free of charge for the entire period of the EVS project.
POCKET MONEY. Each volunteer is entitled to receive a 60 Euro monthly allowance – pocket money, which they can spent as they choose/want.
1. Dansk ICYE - International Cultural Youth Exchange - Danemarca - 2007-DK-15 (Mathias Klitgard Sorensen; Linea kjaer Nielsen)
2. Service Civil International Region Nord - Franta - 2009-FR-108 (LUCIE MACROS)
3. Youth in Progress, Latvia (Vizma Bramane)
4. Public Information and Need Knowlwdge- PINK Armenia – NA (Sargis Mermeryan)
5. Jovenes de Buena Voluntad - Peru – NA(Jhon David Yauri Matienzo, Giovanna Velasquez Chafloque)
6. Association Jeunesse Verte du Camerun - Cameron – NA (Fouliapouognigni Ngou Ibrahim, Tamoifo Romeo)
7. Organizacion Argentina de Jovenes para las Naciones Unidas- OAJNU – NA( Paris Rodrigo, Guadalupe Michel Torino)
8. Centre Regional Information Jeunesse Champaigne, Franta( Romain Welter)
9. Droni, Georgia ( Levan Torchinava, George Beridze)
|Name: Union of Principalities
|Date: 24th Jan 2011
January 24 romanian people every year celebrates Union Principalities(on the 24th January 1859, Alexandru Ioan Cuza was voted, unanimously, prince of Moldavia and prince of the Romanian Country, the 2 chambers of deputies, in the first of the U.S, and then one in Bucharest.”I told you that it will be like Romania,will like it and will feel it” said Alexandru Ioan Cuza).
With this occasion volunteer from Telesti community organized an action with the mentor and the help of the team staff. At the activity were present: the mayor, the principal from the school, the project manager, the project assistants, some teachers, students(including rroma students), parents and almost 30 volunteers.
The idea was to present some historical events from our country and to exchange some ideas between different nationalities like: rroma nationality, argentinian, french, peruan, armenian, georgian nationality, italian etc.
There were some activities made: first there were presented the officials, the jury and the volunteers. Then it was a power point presentation about the historical event and Alexandru Ioan Cuza. The students presented a theatre play about Alexandru Ioan Cuza; some volunteers sang songs(made karaoke); students presented traditional costums(the most beautiful woman costum and the most beautiful man costum was selected, receveing diplomas); students coordonated by the principal presented 3 songs from romanian folklore; also under the coordination of the principal there were presented by students traditional dances(the best girl and boy dancer received diplomas).
After these, 4 volunteers recited in romanian a representative poem „Ce-ti doresc eu, dulce Romanie” written by a great writer, Mihai Eminescu.
It was organized also a historical contest with some questions about the important day celebrated. There were 2 team of 3 students. The winners received diplomas of winners and the other received diplomas of participation.
Volunteers made their part from the activity. They made origami things for the children(a volunteer said: It was the first time since I am doing this, when I saw the children so desperate to received something and so happy in the same time.), some bracelets in a specific peruan way, an exibition of traditional objects from Cameroon, a dance specific from Sierra Leone; some volunteers made some clown stuff and also fire show. The activity ended with a big Union dance with all the participants.
Why? For celebrating the Union of Principalities.
Objective: The objective was to bring all together many nationalities and make an exchange.
Target: All people.
|Name: Celebrating Mihai Eminescu Day in Runcu
|Date: 10th jan 2011
Because 15th of January is the birthday of the great romanian writer, Mihai Eminescu, volunteer from Runcu community had decided to celebrate this occasion in Runcu school.
The children had learned some poems of Eminescu so the mentor with the volunteer organized a contest to find the best reciter. After the contest, children received some books with the poems of Mihai Eminescu and diplomas for participating. Also some students sang the lyrics of 3 of the poems of the writer.
Volunteer recited in romanian the poem „Luceafarul” which was titled by the World Records Academy as the longest love poem-98 stanzas. He was very appreciated by the teachers and students. He also received a book and diploma.
After there were presented informations about Mihai Eminescu to the students and was a good occasion to share oppinions with teachers and students.
Why? It was celebrated the birtday of the great poet , Mihai Eminescu.
Objective: The objective was to to make students aware of the importance of Mihai Eminescu in the literature, to bring new knowledge in their education.
Target: Focused all the students.
Result: The result was good because students understood the important role the writer has in the romanian literature.
|Name: Sorting and giving clothes in Pestisani
|Date: 14th dec 2010
On the 14th of December volunteers from Pestisani gave clothes, which had received and sorted before, to two poor families. With the help of the project manager and mentor they succeded to get to the poor families. With the help of the project manager and mentor they succeded to get to the poor families.
First they visit a family which was a family of a single mother with 4 children living in a tiny room with one bed and very poor living conditions. Volunteers were touched by the fact that the mother was so happy that she started crying and the kids were very pleased to see that volunteers brought not only clothes but also sweets.
The other family was again single mother with 3 children. Their living conditions were very low. Two of the children were with medical problems which made the whole conditions even more difficult.
Volunteers were very shocked by the circumstances that these families are living. They said: |”The paradox of this situation is that even though they are poor and in very misfortunate situation they are some of the most joyful people that you can meet.
They are happy about what they have, even if it is not much. But although you can see them smiling, in their eyes you can still see the glimpse of sadness. It is hard to imagine and understand what kind of challenges they are facing every single day.
We admire their strength and their resilience. The fact that they have not lost the warmth in their hearts and souls and that they are so generous even though they don’t have much to give in material sense, but they are rich in their spirits.”
Why? To make some people happy.
Objective: The aim was to give clothes to poor families and make their life near holidays a little bit better.
Target: The target focused poor families.
Result: The volunteers succeded in making some poor people smile.
|Name: St.Nicholas is coming!
|Date: 6th dec 2010
The day is celebrated every year on the 6th of December. The activity was implemented in Telesti community. There were participating the children from primary school and from kindergarden, their parents, grandparents, teachers, the manager of the project and some volunteers: Levan from Georgia, Georgi from Georgia, Natia from Georgia, Giovanna from Peru and Romeo from Cameroon.
The Christmas tree was decorated (every person that participated putted an object in it). The objects from the tree were made before by the volunteer and the children. Also the class was decorated by the volunteers.
The children presented some poems and carols because it is the period of winter holidays. A volunteers became St. Nicholas and gave every child a presnt after they told a poem. The children were very happy because St. Nicholas came to them and also because they received a present.
Why? Because was a special day in Romania.
Objective: The objective was strenghthening social solidarity and rediscover the hapiness of giving and receiving presents.
Target: Focused the children.
Result: The result was good because was raised, making this kind of activities, the integration chances of the rroma children from Telesti community.
|Name: Romanian National Day in Pestisani schools
|Date: 1st dec 2010
Romanian National Day is celebrated on the 1st of December every year. In 1st December 1918 romanians adopted a resolution which confirms the unity of all Romanians from Transylvania and banat whole with Romania.
Day of December 1st,1918 marks the Romanian struggle for balance throughout the state,which comes to crown the previous actions of the brothers of Bessarabia and Bukovina. The Romanian people have exploited the international situation created after the First World War and knew how to say in the context of peoples'liberation movement and the victory of the principle of nationalities in Europe.
In bigger cities, they celebrated it with fireworks, but volunteers from Pestisani community came up with other ideas.
They prepared for the activity by cutting and gluing little flags to give to the students in the high school.To the smaller students in the secondary school volunteers had brought ballons in the colours of the flag.
In the hall of the schools(the activity took place in the high school and secondary school) there were putted some big blank posters on which the students could write a message to Romania. Students received flags and ballons and expressed theirs oppinions about Romania.
Why? Because is the Romanian National Day and is celebrated every year.
Objective: The objective was to rise the national spirit of the romanians.
Target: It focused all the people.
|Name: Spanish workshop
Starting this month and onwards
The volunteer Guadalupe from Argentina has developed Spanish workshop with the kids from the school in Pestisani where she conducts the EVS activities. These activities are part on the daily program. The lessons take place on Tuesday and Thursday every week.
Spanish girl is doing Spanish workshop in her community (with children from high school). The children like her very much and they say she is a nice girl; they really enjoy the Spanish lessons so that they come in large numbers.
The success of these lessons is due Guadalupe's because she knows how to attract the kids.
Why? Students ask for the lessons.
Objective: The aim was to bring new linguistic knowledge among teenagers.
Target group: It focused all youngsters.
Results: The result was great because children love the lessons of Spanish and they seem to learn more and more.
|Name: Let’s do it Romania!
"Let’s do it Romania!" was implemented in three communities (Musetesti, Telesti and Bustuchin) by YWB, EHB, ALIAT and ARDR and consisted in cleaning the green areas and the rivers also.
In the action involved citizenship, local authorities, private societies, public persons and mass media to mobilize the people to come and give a help. At this action also participated members of Youngsters without Boarders, ARDR and ALIAT and EHB.
The cities hall cooperates and supports the action by giving the necessary materials for good implementations of the activity. They received garbage bags, gloves and the city hall also facilities the transport of the garbage in special places. The aim was to make people aware of how important is the environment in their life.
Why? The action took place to make people aware of how important is not to pollute the environment.
Objective: The scope of the action was an educative and leading one for some activities of this kind.
Target group: It was implemented for all people
Results: People realized how important the nature is.
A volunteer Aram Mnacackanyan had a good idea of implementing in the schools the concept of origami.
He had this idea in Musetesti at an evaluation: “Why Origami? Because for that you do not need Romanian language and much money and it is so possible.”(Aram)
Origami is the traditional Japanese folk art of paper folding, which started in the 17th century AD and was popularized in the mid-1900s. It has since then evolved into a modern art form.
The goal of this art is to transform a flat sheet of material into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques, and as such the use of cuts or glue are not considered to be origami.
Origami can be defined as the art of creating recognizable objects by mean of folding a sheet of paper. In contrast with other forms of art, where one must be naturally gifted to be creative, Origami can be learned by almost anyone. In recent years, Origami has been used by educators and therapists in many applied setting. Teachers have discovered that Origami is an activity that fits ideally into interdisciplinary and multi-cultural programs.
The number of basic origami folds is small, but they can be combined in a variety of ways to make intricate designs. The most well known origami model is probably the Japanese paper crane. In general, these designs begin with a square sheet of paper whose sides may be different colors or prints.
Firstly he searched the videos about Origami in YouTube, chose nicer and easier ones and started to make by himself. As soon as the schools started he taught students origami. They are having the lessons with a teacher who translates for the children how to put this in process. It was so nice, so easy and most important is that all the children like that.
He spoke about his activity telling that working alone is better than in a team (“everyone gets the same mark but the work is not equal for everyone”). He prepares all the staff (cutting the papers, counting them, etc.) not to lose time in the classroom. In 2-3 months he would like to organize an exhibition about Origami. Will gather the models made by children.
He wants to vote the best Model, best Team etc. He has this activity already for two months and some people call him Mr. Origami.
Origami is fun, easy, inexpensive and great for sharing with others. This is an activity that has been passed on from one generation to another, despite huge technological advances.
Why? Volunteer implemented origami in the school because he wanted to stimulate the creativity of the children and to bring something new and interesting in their daily activities.
|Name: EVS CARAVAN in Tr. Jiu
EVS CARAVAN was the second part of Socializing Program which is implementing in Tg.Jiu by iniciative of Georgian Volunteer Natia Agladze under the European Voluntary Service Project, named „Experiencing Active Citizenship in Rural Areas” (Supported by European Comission with the cooperation of Romanian National Agency).
The activity will be supported by Asociatia Regionala pentru Dezvoltare Rurala (ARDR), Euro House Bustuchin (EHB), Tineri fara Frontiere (TFF), Asociatia Libera Initiativa si Antreprenoriat Tismana (ALIAT), University of Constantin Brancusi and University of Titu Maiorescu.
During the activity, volunteers from 15 different countries: Georgia, Armenia, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, France, Denmark, Argentina, Peru, Cameroon, Siera Leone, Lituania, Latvia, Romania, and Austria were working in different universities to make adults sure to get involved in European Voluntary Service.
The main goal of EVS caravan was to promote EVS Project and give adults interest/motivation to become an EVS volunteers in all over the world.
In order to achieve our goal, we weared special T-shirts, took informational flayers, little flags of our countries and visit different Universities in Tg.Jiu and gave adults/students information about European Voluntary Service as much as it was possible. For spreading information, during the activity the main tool was Informational Flayers and our own volunteering experience in Gorj County, Romania. Students were interested in about our volunteering life in Romania and they wee asking us a lot of practical questions. Finally, they gave us their contacts to help and give them direction how to do EVS
European Voluntary Service is a great and rare opportunity to grow personally and professionally, that’s why we wanted to show them that this possibility exists for all...
Tolerance Day, 16th, Runca
This 16th of November, the international day for Tolerance has been celebrated in Runcu school.
Children had prepared many drawings about Tolerance and also wrote some lines in English and Romanian to say what tolerance meant for them, helped by Ionela Sulea, the English teacher. All those drawings and writings were put on the blackboard on the classroom.
About 50 children and 7 teachers participated to this activity. At first, two girls read texts about Tolerance in Romanian. Then, Romain, the volunteer made a presentation about Tolerance.
Different themes were discussed around tolerance, respect towards disabled people, religious beliefs and people origins. Moreover, thanks to teachers, a few historic wons over intolerance were discussed. Pupils had the luck to hear about Nelson Mandela, Arthur Ashe or even Martin Luther King. This activity ended with a few quotes such as “Toleration is the best religion” (Emile Zola).
Pupils and teachers seemed happy to hear about those people and about tolerance.
Why? The idea was to implement the concept of tolerence between people because there are some gypsy families in the community.
Objective: The objective was to find out more about tolerence and discrimination.
Target: The target focused on everybody.
Results: Everybody left wiser and more open-minded, which was the point of the activity.
EVS Garden , 9th, Tismana
The idea of making EVS Garden came from Armenian EVS volunteer Srbuhi Aghababyan and it was supported by Georgian volunteer Natia Agladze and the others volunteers from all countries.
According to final decesion, the idea of EVS garden was implemented in Tismana and in Musetesti in 9th of November, in paralel regime , the same time.
On 11th, volunteers from different countries: Georgia, Denmark, Peru, Cameroon, Siera Leone planted trees and made EVS Garden in the centre of Tismana. EVS Garden gave each of the volunteers the opportunity to have their own tree with their names in this country and for all of them to become the founder of EVS garden in Musetesti and in Tismana. They decided to take care of those trees until leaving this country and after them future volunteers will be asked to take care of the garden.
It was first time for me when I plant the tree, that’s why feelings and responsibility was the highest. We, volunteers were established 9 November as a symbolic day in Volunteers’ life and every 9 November, new volunteers will be asked to do the same and keep this tradition” said Natia Agladze – EVS volunteer.
Step by Step, the garden is going to be more beautiful and add different kind of flowers. Finally, volunteers are planning to make map, where will be signed the trees and mentioned the names of volunteers who took part and plant the tree in EVS garden.
One important role of City Hall and Forest Administration in Tismana and all the volunteers tell them thanks for collaboration.
Why? The idea was to socialize because this action was the next step from the „Socialize Program”.
Objective: The objective was to plant trees and the day of 9th November remain a symbolic day.
Target: The target was focused on everybody.
Results: The activity had a good result because volunteers involved and also the community.
Monthly evaluation, 1-3rd, Musetesti
The monthly evaluation and monthly planning took part on the 1/2/3 of November in Musetesti, Gorj County.
On the first day arrived the volunteers; after dinner they presented the power points about the activities that they made during the month. Then, there were some technical aspects that should be done, like (reimbursement paper visa, international transport etc). Also took part a session about voting the volunteer of the month, the team of the month and the action of the month. The volunteer of the month was Guadalupe, the team was Pestisani and the action was “Free Hugs”. After this, volunteers and the staff had private discussions (per community) about their problems, feelings etc.
The second day began with the breakfast and after that there were presenting some information about “Wanna go bigger” , a program that builds the capacity of volunteers to perform better in their EVS project. Also took part a session about the International day of Tolerance and about the International day of Volunteers which volunteers have to take part and to organize some activities.
The day continued with the lunch and after that the staff prepared some games for energizing. After, took part the plannings for November, including some weekly steps to follow taking into consideration that they have to be prepare for the 5th of December. After a break volunteers presented their plannings. The day ended with dinner and some free discussions.
The last day began with breakfast and ended with planning details for 5th of December.
Miss Boboc, 29th, Pesisani
This activity is traditional in Pestisani, basically it is a beauty contest, where it is judge select winner by different standards.
The action took place in Pestisani where teachers, mayor, students, project manager, project assistant, volunteers and local people participated. At the contest also participated the gypsy community because in this area live some gypsy families.
The contest was organized by a volunteer from Argentina, Guadalupe who was helped by the mentor, volunteers, teachers, city hall etc. They arranged the place with all the staff and make all the preparations.
At Miss Boboc there were 8 participants who passed through some tests. Among the 8 girls participated gypsy girls too because the idea was to promote the tolerance among youngsters and to determine the rroma people to take part of this kind of activity.
It was a test of general cultures with some questions, a test of option (in which the girls choose what they wanted to do; there was a dance, a song, a piece of a theatre play etc.) , a test of sportive abilities ( in which they were tied on her legs and have to arrive to a specific place) ; it was also a test in which they have to bite from an apple which was held with a cotton and a test in which they have to make a mask for Halloween with a specific theme.
In the actual event volunteers wanted to make some activities such as: Guadalupe sang, Ibrahim, Romeo and Peter danced etc.
After every test the judge in which participated the teachers and volunteers ( Lucie and Sargis) gave some notes. Then a winner was selected and received some surprise prizes.
Miss Boboc took place with the occasion of Halloween day. All participants celebrate this by wearing, at the party after the contest, costumes and masks.
Why? The action took place because it happens every year and this year was organized by volunteers.
Objective: The objective was to promote the tolerance among youngsters and to determine the rroma people to take part of this kind of activity; also to have an idea of different cultures and countries.
Target group: The focused was on the students and also rroma people.
Results: The event was successful and everybody enjoyed activity.
Halloween, 29th, Runcu
On 29th of October at Runcu School took place a party to celebrate Halloween. At this activity participated the children from the school, the teachers, some parents, the mentor, Sulea Ionela and also the volunteers, Romain Welter and Sargis Mermeryan.
The main modern Halloween activities for children today are 'trick or treating', lantern lighting and dressing in often ghoulish costumes. It appears that this did not really start until the early part of the 20th Century.
The first known reference to what is really ritualized begging on Halloween, was reported in 1911, in a Canadian newspaper in Kingston, Ontario, not far from the border with upstate New York. The paper reported that it was normal for the smaller children to go street guising on Halloween between 6 and 7pm, visiting shops and neighbors, to be rewarded with nuts and candies for their rhymes and songs.
The volunteers, the mentor and the children made a lot of materials for the party: masks, crests, hats and costumes. Also the pupils brought to school a lot of drawings with ghosts, pumpkins and witches; using some pumpkins they made many Jack’s Lanterns.
At the beginning of the party the mentor and the volunteers told the children some words about the history of Halloween, how is celebrated in other countries. After that the two volunteers read two stories about Halloween. The pupils recited some poems in English. Then they chose the pupils with the best mask and best costume.
All the children received candies and juice and then the ball started. They danced, took pictures and have a lot of fun.
Why? The activity took place to celebrate Halloween, a great idea for all to exchange some ideas and to develop the relation between volunteers and the children from the school.
Objective: The objective was to give children new information about the customs of another country and to work a little on the idea of discrimination in the school because there are gypsy children.
Target group: The target focused on children for offering them an interesting day.
Results: It was a successful party day, an exciting event for the children. Volunteers with the mentor manage to bring a smile on the faces of the children and to bring also a base of information. There are many gypsy children in the school which never heard about Halloween and was a good occasion to learn something new.
Free hugs, 25th, Targu Jiu
Free Hugs Campaign is a social movement involving individuals who offer hugs to people in public places. The campaign was started in 2004 by an Australian man known only by the pseudonym “Juan Mann” and it became famous internationally in 2006.
In 25th of October, in Tg.Jiu, by iniciative of Georgian Volunteer Natia Agladze was started „Socializing Program” which consists of three parts.Volunteers from 15 different countries: Georgia, Armenia, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, France, Denmark, Argentina, Peru, Cameroon, Siera Leone, Lituania, Latvia, Romania, Austria and Students from National College „Spiru Haret” (in Tg.Jiu) organized the first part of this program which is called „Free Hugs Campaign”.
Volunteers decided to change people's routine, daily life at least couple of seconds/minutes, make them feel better and increase of people willing to be hugged.
Group of volunteers were moving by Posters in Tg.Jiu, in public places and offer „Free Hugs” to people. The reactions, attitude, feelings, emotions was different from people. „We are glad because most of them got and understood our message and joint us. Free Hugs Campaign was positive step from our side towards society and one more opportunity for socialize” - Natia Agladze.
One important role had the partners of „Free Hugs Campaign”: Tineri fara Frontiere ( TFF ) Asociatia Regionala pentru Dezvoltare Rurala (ARDR), Asociatia Libera Initiativa si Antreprenoriat Tismana (ALIAT) and National College „Spiru Haret” in Targu Jiu.
The next parts of that Socializing Program will be „EVS Caravan” and „Chain of Solidarity”.
Humanitarian Action for pupils
Volunteers from different countries organized Humanitarian Action for pupils (poor families) who need support, which means to give them all necessary things for school : clothes, school bags, notebooks, pens, etc. The volunteers visited the selected families ( 3 gipsy families ) and gave them all things prepared for them. Volunteers hope that this action will be a good example for all people to do the same.
Monthly evaluation and monthly planning, 28th-30th of September, Musetesti
The monthly evaluation and monthly planning took part on the 28-29-30 of September in Musetesti, Gorj county.
On this evaluation of the ended month and planning of the next month were participating all volunteers: Mathias, Linea, Vizma, Jhon, Rodrigo, Guadalupe, Lucie, Levan , Aram, sargis , Romeo, Ibrahim, Giovanna and George.
On the 29th of September took place the technical session in which has been presented all the steps volunteers needed for a better structure of their planning. They presented the activities which they were going to have, activities like: a football championship between 2 communities, an action about international food, lessons in different languages, dance sessions, film, environment etc. Also it was presented to them some solutions of their problems.
The 30th of September was the end of the session in which the volunteers left in their communities.
Capacity Building Programme, 22nd-24th of September, Musetesti
On the 22nd of September began capacity building programme on Musetesti, Gorj county. The 5 volunteers that participated were: Romeo from Cameroon, Ibrahim also from Cameroon, Mathias from Denmark, Vizma from Latvia and Linea from Denmark.
During this programme the volunteers attended training on knowing each other and on the concept of the project. It was an intro into the programme, an intro into the EVS concept and into the White Book.
Also during this 2 days the volunteers took part at an introduction to history, social context and lifestyle in Romania. It was an intercultural dialogue. After dinner there were private discussions in between project managers and volunteers.
The last day in Musetesti was for matching volunteers and communities.
Monthly evaluation and monthly planning, 29th-31st, Musetesti
On the 29-30-31 of August began the monthly evaluation and planning which occurred at Natura Inn in Musetesti, Gorj county. All volunteers took part.
On the first impressions of theirs communities , about the project, the hosting organization, accommodation, food, transport and work materials. There were debates between volunteers and managers regarding all kind of staff.
The second day of the monthly planning focused on technical session which could help volunteers for a good planning of the activities. They had presented all the actions that they are going to make.
On the third day volunteers had to pack up and leave in their communities.
Ecologic campaign, 20th of August 2010, Pades
Some volunteers from Europe, Latin America and Caucasus, together with the local authorities from Pades had made an ecologic campaign of the river Motru within the action “All for green, Green for all”. At this action also participated members of Youngsters Without Boarders, ARDR and ALIAT and EHB.
The city hall cooperates and supports the action by giving the necessary materials for a good implementations of the activity. They received garbage bags, gloves and the city hall also facilited the transport of the garbage in special places. The transport of the garbages bags filled with recyclable materials collected by the young volunteers has been provided by Polaris Holding.
The action was about cleaning the river. There were made teams of volunteers, members of the organizations, local people from Pades , and also there were some local gypsy people that participated.
Being the fact that this was the first action in Pades which is the new hosting community, all the local actors involved. They received the initiative very well and learn that the first steps in protecting the environment are the usual instinct of protection ourselves. If you can take care of you then you can take care of nature too.
Why? The action took place to make people aware of the pollution of the environment.
Objective: The scope of the action was an educative and leading one for some activities of this kind.
Target group: It was implemented for all people.
Results: People became aware of the fact that the environment is very important in ones life.
EVS Campaign, 15th of August 2010
ARDR together with EHB, YWB and ALIAT and the EVS volunteers have made a campaign to promote EVS. On the 15th of August the people of Tismana celebrate the days of the town. During this day there is a festival with carnival rides, music, beer and the Romanian traditional food, the “mici”. The volunteer used this opportunity to promote EVS. They came prepared with white t-shirt, caps and flyers to promote EVS.
Interculinary and intercultural exchange, 29th of July 2010
29 July was the day of „International Cultural and Inter culinary Exchange’’ in Pestisani. The preparation started before, which was really hard and long process for volunteers. Volunteers from different countries (Argentina, Austria, France, Georgia, Turkey, Armenia, Peru) made Posters and Flyers for publicity and spread out different kind of places.
In „International Cultural and Inter culinary Exchange’’ took part local youngsters/adults: from Pestisani and Rovinari. They were dancing modern dances. As for, Singer group from Celei, they presented Romanian traditional songs and dances.
The most interesting part of this activity was Volunteers part. They were singing songs (in their native languages) which was modern and full of energy. At the same time, there was presented traditional food from each country and all visitors had opportunity to taste all food from different countries. During this activity, we had surprise special for Romanian People. We had guest/volunteer from France who was singing Romanian popular songs.
„International Cultural and Inter culinary Exchange’’ was new and interesting for local people, because similar activities are not so often in their routine life. Finally, there was a disco from French Proffessional DJ Nico.
The activity continued about 5 hours and additionally mentor from Tismana and Pestisani were taking part and supported in this activity.
“Moldova are nevoie de noi” – “Moldova needs us”
Moldova is a region in the NW of Romania which was affected by major floods and which left behind homeless people, disoriented and scared children.
Volunteers presented for EVS in Romania were mobilized and triggered a full share in support of victims from Moldova. The action started with a fundraising consisted in clothes, food or other useful products for flooded people implemented in three of the hosting communities: Tismana, Pestisani and Rosia de Amaradia. The campaign was marked by a charity concert supported by skilled volunteers in Tismana and will continue to be promoted during other activities implemented in hosted communities.
The campaign “Moldova needs us” will be implemented during July 2010. At the end all the donations will be sent to Moldova to the people who really need our help, especially to Dorohoi.
CHARITY CONCERT for the flooded people:
The show consisted in karaoke - international songs –, was sustained in the Center of Tismana City – Cultural House - and gathered over 40 volunteers from 16 countries and local people. The surprise of the concert was a French volunteer who sang Romanian songs and who managed to attract a lot of curious local people.
“Come with us to Dorohoi”
To be united means we care.
The region affected where volunteers decided to be closer to the flooded locals was Dorohoi, a small city in the North of Moldova, and its surroundings.
Flooding waters shared suffering and losses caused dozens of villages in Moldova.
With the help of Gorj County Prefecture and Botosani County Prefecture, a group of 13th volunteers and their manager went for 1 week to Dorohoi to be next to the persons that have been affected by water flood. During the week in Dorohoi (15th July – 23rd July) the 13 volunteers worked day by day in the centers where were gather all the donations from all Romania and not only. Alexandre, Natia, Srbuhi, Arman, Lucie, Rodrigo, Levan, Samy, Maxime, Amine, Guadalupe, Aram, Sargis and Andreea helped in unloading, sorting and distribution of the donations to people affected by floods from Dorohoi and villages around it.
The 13 volunteers went in the villages affected and saw the reality – demolished houses, desperate people, no water, no food, no money etc.-. They were very disappointed and marked of the situation, of the faces of the kids and people. After this they decided to reserved one day to go there and to improve the mood of the children.
Without any preparation of the show 3 of the volunteers (Rodrigo, Lucie and Guadalupe) disguise in clowns managed to bring smile of the kids faces and not only. All the audience enjoyed the activity and received well the volunteers.
Capacity Building Programme,, 16-18th, Musetesti
On the 16th of June began the Capacity Building Programme on Musetesti, Gorj county. The volunteers that participated were : Rodrigo, Sargis , Aram, Lucie, Guadalupe , Giovanna, Jhon , George and Levan.
During the Capacity Building Programme volunteers attended training on the concept of the project ; they met the managers of the project; they met the managers of the project ; they share feelings to each other; it was a knowing each other programme. It had been made an introduction of the EVS project. They received the White Book which will help them a lot.
It has also been introduced to them some information about the history and lifestyle in Romania.
On the 18th June volunteers left to their communities after matching them.
|Volunteers of the month
Month: - October
|Volunteer of the month
||Team of the month
||Project of the month
|Guadalupe Michel Torino
||Pestisani’s team (Lucie, Vizma, Guadalupe and Linea)
Volunteer of the was Guadalupe Michel Torino from Argentina, who managed, using his energy and positive character, to involve in many activities developed in her community or in other. She had the initiative to organize in her community one big activity which was a great success, managing also to involve all the others volunteers.
The girls won the competition due to the fact that they are aware of their role in the project and of their responsibilities. And even if they encounter some problems they still remain a team.
Free Hugs Campaign is a social movement involving individuals who offer hugs to people in public places. In 25th of October, in Tg.Jiu started „Socializing Program” which consists of three parts.Volunteers from 15 different countries organized the first part of this program which is called „Free Hugs Campaign”. Volunteers decided to change people's routine, daily life at least couple of seconds/minutes, make them feel better and increase of people willing to be hugged. Group of volunteers were moving by Posters in Tg.Jiu, in public places and offer „Free Hugs” to people. The reactions, attitude, feelings, emotions was different from people.