Safe Traffic Campagne, 9-13th of May, Dabuleni
The roads in the city and in the most of Romania are very dangerous because people are driving very fast and are not paying so much attention to the road as they should. That’s why the team of Dabuleni decided to make a whole week champagne for safe traffic.
The three first days were targeted on information about safe traffic in the schools in collaboration with the police from Dabuleni. All the four schools had a visit of the team and the police. Each class from every school from 5-12 grade hat about 20 minutes speech with a PowerPoint presentation and videos about how important it is to use the seatbelt, not to speak on the phone while driving, not to drive drunk, not to drive too fast – and that all this is for their own safety! Everything was presented by the policemen because the message went stronger to the students this way. The connection between the PowerPoint presentation and the short movies was then built by the team.
The last two days (Thursday and Friday) the team of volunteers together with the police again and some students went to the entrances to the town. It was made so that the students from different schools were mixed together and they changed at every entrance. The policemen stopped the cars, the volunteers went together with the students to the cars, informed drivers about safe traffic and gave them an information-flyer.
The reason why the students were asked to talk to the drivers was that this would help the students and the drivers both to understand more the importance of safe driving.
Everything went really well. The police really liked the project and was really helpful. The students really liked to join the campaign and they were really good on the street. The drivers were really satisfied with the project too. And the team was really happy about the campaign as well. After the campaign the connection between the police, the schools and the volunteers became much better.
Europe day, 9th of May, Craiova
All of the volunteers in the Dolj and Gorj counties got tohether in Craiova to celebarate the International Day of Europe. The event reunited over 80 volunteers in total and took place in the centre of Craiova where the volunteers set up stands and made it become, for one day, “Europe Street”. On the Europe Street the activities were
- MUSIC ( Dj, Live music, Volunteers perform music from their countries, Street musicians )
- STREET PERFOMANCE (Dance Battle, Graffiti on a big wall made of wood, Circus , Performance with fire, Joggling, Acrobatic, Street art)
- FLASHMOB & REALITY THEATRE – theatre performed without the viewers knowing that they are watching a theatre scene and not a real life scene
- WORKSHOP (Big map with pictures – PUZZEL, Europe Twister, Body paint, Making flags, Dance workshops – Salsa, Africans dance, Tango….)
- INFORMATION ABOUT EUROPE ( Information tents about different countries, Information about EVS, Information about Erasmus, Information about Xstudents, Couch surfing)
-ANTI RASISM CAMPAIGN
The volunteers were not happy about the total number of participants that we had and were frustrated that they had worked very hard and had prepared for a much bigger number of visitors. Our best approximation from the number of materials distributed would be that we had about 60 -70 spectators to the activities. The main problem was that usually the center of the city is very crowded during the weekend especially on Sundays but on 8th May the weather forecast was very grim: warm but with high chance of raining. The cloudy weather and small gusts of wind made so that people did not come to the centre. Even more, about half way into the even a 10 minute light rain made things even worst. This resulted in having workshops that had very few participants and one activity, the reality theatre, could not be implemented because it required a crowd.
GLOBAL VILLAGE, 5th of May 2011, Giurgita
The team of Giurgita hosted a follow up to the GLOBAL VILLAGE event that was organized in Dabuleni one month earlier. After having witness the event in Dabuleni the city hall of Giurgita proposed to the volunteer team to have another one hosted in the Giurgita village.
The event reunited most of the team of volunteers from the WAVE project and the visitors of the event had a chance to visit stands of every country presented and to listen to presentations about some of them. On the stands everyone could taste some national dishes, see pictures with the most beautiful views, and get some information about every country. In the second part of event, were presented national dances and songs were presented.
The whole event was not only an opportunity for the local people to get to know other countries, but also a chance for other volunteers to visit the community. Everyone considered that this was a really unique event for the small village of Giurgita and really helped a lot the people to expand their cultural awareness and see beyond the borders and limitations that come with living in a small rural village.
Dolj Got Talent, 16th of April 2011, Craiova
The idea of having a talent contest started from the team of Melinesti after noticing that they have many talented students in the school where they do their daily activities. By talking to the other volunteers the idea became popular among all the Dolj team and even spread to Gorj. Soon, each team of volunteers decided that they want to participate in a county wide talent contest where they could show off the best talents that they could discover their community.
The event was organized in each of the 7 communities and consisted of 2 phases: local contest and final event. The local contest served as a preselection for the final event and consisted in having a talent contest in each of the communities where the volunteers invited the mayor, school director, mentor, teachers to form a jury that would decide who will represent their community in the final.
On the 16th everyone gathered in Craiova and the show was held. The Student`s Culture House of Craiova hosted the final of the contest that the volunteers entitled “Dolj Got Talent”. There were any talent and the jury had a difficult time to decide who would be the winner as many of the contestants ended up by having the same number of points. Finally, it was up to the crowd to decide who would win by applauding as hard as possible the one who they liked most.
Green Week, 11th - 15th of April 2011, Dabuleni
The 22nd of April was the International Earth Day. This day is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment. In order to celebrate this day and to turn everyone’s attention to the importance of ecological issues the volunteers in Dabuleni announced the Green Week in Dăbuleni.
11th, 12th and 13th (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) – Green Lessons in the schools
14th (Thursday) – the Green Stand in front of the Cultural House and the Green Movie - The 11th Hour at 17 o'clock in the cultural House of Dabuleni.
15th (Friday) at 13 o'clock – Eu fac, şi tu? Cleaning campaign in Dăbuleni. All inhabitants of Dăbuleni were invited to join the cleaning campaign of the town. The Town Hall will provided the plastic bags to collect the garbage, the gloves and will took care of logistics. Come out and make Dăbuleni a cleaner and healthier place to live in.
Cineforum, 7th of April 2011, Dabuleni
The volunteers from Dabuleni have started the Cneforum. Each week the volunteers wanted to show one movie related to a specific topic. The original idea was to make the Cineforum in the cultural house in order that all inhabitants of the town would have the possibility to watch it. But as some complications appeard the first session of Cineforum was made only in the Liceul Teoretic. That Thursday the volunteers together with students, whitch filled in the whole laboratory, watched a well known movie – „Avatar“ which was dedicated to the topic „values“. One week later, when the town was living in the mood of the Green Week, everyone had a possibility to watch the movie „The 11th Hour“ in the cultural house. As it was a documentary film it didn‘t have so much popularity as the first one but it was important to remind once again about the importance of saving our environment.
International Womans Day, 8th, Dabuleni
Together with the 7th graders from Liceul Teoretic the volunteers from Dabuleni have prepared a performance to show to the mothers of the children for the 8th of March. The preparation took almost two weeks as they had to prepare not only for the show but also some presents and decorations. For this event children have made few stands about this day, it‘s meaning and history. All together they have made bracelets for their mom‘s.
The event was started by reading some poetry and facts about the day. The children have put a lot of efforts to learn the dances and the end effect was really nice. Firstly, they have showed traditional Lithuanian dance – Oira. Later was performed the Danish dance – polka and at the end everyone was singing and dancing an African song for the children.
Global village, 25th, Dabuleni
On the 25th of February the community of Dabuleni has experienced a big event – the GLOBAL VILLAGE. Everyone, who was interested, was able to come to the cultural house of the town and got to know 14 different cultures from Europe, Africa and South America which were presented by the volunteers from Dolj and Gorj counties. The event started at 15 o‘clock with the Pirates‘ dance pefomed by the students from Liceul Teoretic in Dabuleni.
First two hours visitors had a chance to visit stands of every country presented (Lithuania, Sierra Leone, Ukraine, Latvia, Argentina, Peru, Georgia, Austria, Armenia, Denmark, Cameroon, Italy, France and Romania) and to listen to presentations about some of them. On the stands everyone could taste some national dishes, see pictures with the most beautiful views, and get some information about every country. In the second part of event, were presented national dances and songs were presented. The show started with traditional Romanian dance performed by the students from Giurgita. This one was followed by the Gypsy‘s dance (children from Segarcea) and by another traditional Romanian dance (Liceul Teoretic in Dabuleni). In the third part were shown some short videos about the participating countries.
The whole event was not only an opportunity for the local people to get to know other countries, but also a chance for other volunteers to visit our community. The town was filled by cultural diversity for a whole day.
ST. VALENTINE’S DAY, 14th of February 2011, Dabuleni
On the 14th February in the school n° 2, Liceul Teoretic, was celebrated the Valentine’s Day. Before that day the volunteers decorated two boxes (one for the students who come in the morning and the other one for the ones who come in the afternoon) and they invited the students to write messages for the people they were in loved with. Those boxes were opened on the 14th and the letters were distributed to the students. Also, a small game was prepared: in small red hearts the volunteers wrote an inscription “I love you” in a lot of different languages. All the students were divided by gender into two groups and each of them received one paper heart. The aim of the game consisted in finding the Valentine’s couples with the same inscription. In this way everyone had a chance to get at least a little love that day.
ST. VALENTINE’S DAY, 14th of February 2011, Amarasti
Valentine's Day is an annual commemoration held on February 14 celebrating love and affection. The team of Amarasti de Jos decided to celebrate this day by invition all of the children in the school to a handycraft workshop where they could make different Valentine Day cards that they could, afterword, give to the person of their choosing.
Monthly Evaluation, 27th-29th, Musetesti
The WAVE volunteers met again in Musetesti on the 27, 28 and 29th of January for the second residential Monthly Evaluation.
The reunion gave them the opportunity to share valuable experiences, to present their activities from the winter period and to construct together, in community teams, the plan for February.
ARDR team conducted group discussions with every community team and received valuable information on the volunteers’ motivational level and their new/ readjusted objectives in the WAVE project.
Natia, Caroline and Martina, the team from Segarcea that organized the first networking event in Dolj, got the chance to receive everyone’s feed-back on their work and to express their own observations as well as to share some advices for the other volunteers and especially for the girls in Dabuleni, which are preparing to implement their first event- Global Village.
Ideas for networking events were expressed and further explored by the teams from Melinesti, Amarastii de Jos and Calarasi. Teona, Davide O, Agne and Natalia offer their help on organizing the next scale event in Craiova, Europe’s Day on the 9th of May.
Halloween Party, Tolerance and Intolerance Day, Ecological Campaign, Free Hugs Campaign in Dabuleni
Natalia, Francess, Agne and Mira spend a busy month in Dabuleni planning, organizing and implementing all sorts of interesting activities designed to teach the children important moral values, foreign languages and cultures through the volunteer’s most useful instrument: extra-curricular activities.
Therefore, the girls mobilize themselves immediately after arriving in Dabuleni and fulfilling their Community discovery related tasks and help the Theoretical High school in Dabuleni to organize a multi-cultural, fun Halloween party. Their activity was a success so they extended the celebration and participated in similar activities in the other schools in Dabuleni’s community.
The International Day for Tolerance is an annual observance declared by UNESCO in 1995 to generate public awareness of the dangers of intolerance. In the modern world, tolerance is more essential than ever before. It is an age marked by the globalization of the economy and by rapidly increasing mobility, communication, integration and interdependence, large-scale migrations and displacement of populations, urbanization and changing social patterns. Since every part of the world is characterized by diversity, escalating intolerance and strife potentially menaces every region. Tolerance is necessary between individuals and at the family and community levels. Tolerance promotion and the shaping of attitudes of openness, mutual listening and solidarity should take place in schools and universities and through non-formal education, at home and in the workplace.
Therefore, on the 16th of November, for the Tolerance and Intolerance Day in Europe, Natalia, Agne and Francess thought to use the opportunity and involved the school in preparing an event especially for this occasion. The school was embellished with tolerance related materials and during their actual event, the volunteers presented short animation movies on conflict and intolerance. The movies were followed by free discussions with the students and the teachers.
Romania prinde radacini is a Romanian ecological campaign that aims to reforest damaged part of the Romanian landscape by involving volunteers and so, making the communities and local institutions aware of ecological issues and civic involvement. Our volunteers were part of the activities in Dabuleni and, together with an astonishing number of Romanian volunteers, they helped the environment by planting 30 000 threes. The girls got the chance to name the threes they have planted with their names, as a symbol of their involvement.
The Free Hugs Campaign is a social movement involving individuals who offer hugs to strangers in public places. The hugs are meant to be random acts of kindness- selfless acts performed just to make others feel better. International Free Hugs Day is celebrated on the first Saturday of July.Their free hugs campaign was a first-time event organized in Dabuleni. The volunteers took a first step to promote tolerance and understanding.
Dancing, origami, feminine football and handicrafts in Amarastii de Jos
Volunteers: Linnea and Teona
Linnea from Sweeden and Teona from Georgia organized and implemented some very active workshops in November for the children and youngsters in Amarastii de Jos.
Linnea arrived from Sweeden with the idea of creating an all girls football team and after applying a survey among the students in Amarastii de Jos, she was able to put her idea into practice and to already gather a steady group of girls interested in taking part in her activity. Together with the football team put together by Davide O in Daneti, the volunteers organized friendly football matches between the two communities.
Together with her collegue and room-mate Teona, they entertain the younger children with interesting origami and handicrafts workshops.
As for Teona, she is alredy very popular among the youngsters from the community of Amarastii de Jos after her traditional Georgian dances that she started to put into practice in the school.
Both volunteers succeeded in raising the popularity of the European Voluntary Service in Amarasti as a steady base and a cooperative terrain to implement and succeed in larger projects in the next months.
Fund-raising campaign, Tolerance and Intolerance Day, Cleaning the city park, International Day for HIV prevention in Segarcea
Volunteers: Natia, Caroline and Martina
The last one and a half month was a busy period for the volunteers in Segarcea. Natia from Georgia, Caroline from France and Martina from Italy were one of the most active team of volunteers from Dolj.
Excepting their daily activities (animation and English workshop at the Children’s Club, in the school and at the local hospital), the girls got involved in the community life through event that they organize with the help of their mentor and of the representatives from the school Horia Vintila from Segarcea.
One of their first activity was the fund-raising campaign , organized in the school, was a fund-raising campaign. With Iuliana’s help, their mentor and English teacher at the local high school, the girls were able to put together a successful event that got finalized with raising enough money to buy a cassette recorder for the school. From the investment will benefit both the children and the volunteers since now, they are able to implement their karaoke workshops with the children
For the Tolerance and Intolerance Day, 16th of November, the volunteers organized a double event. First, at the Children’s Club they presented information and they conducted free discussion on What is tolerance? and then, involving the youngsters from the community, they visited the poor families from Segarcea and brought them presents, fruits and smiles!
For cleaning the park in Segarcea, the girls succeeded to mobilize not only the children from the high school Horia Vintila but also youngsters and people from the community. Equipped with disposable gloves and garbage bags, the girls motivated the community to transform the park in a clean and pleasant place where the people from Segarcea could spend their free time.
By involving and activating such a large number of people and by setting an example on how to mobilize your community in order to leave behind such as useful and visible result, the girls from Segarcea managed to organize and implement the activity of the month.
The event organized to mark the International Day for HIV prevention was clear success. Natia, Martina and Caroline promoted their event and then, with the help of the local familial planning cabinet, they were able to distribute free condoms and flyers to the youngsters in Segarcea. The volunteers organized a march from the school to the local hospital where they projected a documentary and involved all the gathered youngsters in free discussions with the doctor they have invited at the event.
We work three days by week in the children club, there we spent time with children trying to entertain them and in the same time teaching them new things. This place represent an opportunity for children to meet each other, to develop new skills and to spent their free time having fun and learning at the same time. At the begging of our project in the children club there weren’t activities even if the possibilities to have them was already very high. Few children just used to go there and play at the computer. Now we can say that more and more children are frequenting this institution and above all we can see a participation also form gypsies kids and teen agers developing the possibility to create a better relationship and integration between gypsies and Romanian which is one of our main objective.
We have language classes (a new course of Italian lessons and help in the homework of English and French), but according to what children like we arrange also some dance classes, handicraft moments and new activities that we try to introduce in our schedule. This one is not fix, our work depends on the presence (and the mood) of the children, we try to change our activities at least introducing something new for each month in order to keep stimulating children. Even if our activities are not assured all the time, we go there in order to keep a relationship with them and to try to be for them an adult reference.
Between our daily activities we work in the hospital in the pediatric department. Here we do a little of animation trying to bring a smile to ill children and also to their parents. During this moments we discover a different aspect of our project, in a particular context. We don’t establish a fix relationship there, but we live little moments trying to help them to live joyful moment during the sickness and to allow them to distract from it. To accomplish this objective we try to change the aspect of the hospital: we want to attach some painting on the wall and to bring a little of colors in the hospital. We think that even if we are going there just once per week, the impact of our activity is quite high.
In the primary school we meet children after classes to give them some funny moments: we organize games in order to play and educate in the same time. Sometimes we choose subject (such as trust, friendship etc.) and we teach it through games. Going on with the project we want to introduce new activities in order to develop their skills and to do something new and innovative. We do this kind of activity in two different schools: “horia vintilia” where we have an agreement with the teachers in some classes, and in the general school where our activities are more free and just who wants can come. In this school there is a big presence of gypsies which allow us to work on our main destination.
As Segarcea is rich in youth population we work the most possible with teen agers with which we arranges two free meeting per week after school during which we have free discussion and we try to organize events and sensibilise them on certain themes. For and with them we organized a campaign for the prevention of SIDA, a cleaning activity in the park, a free hugs campaign to mark the peace day, a tolerance day when we went to the gypsy neighborhood bringing some fruits and little presents, projection of a movie in memory of the holocaust victims and funny events such as Christmas party and a karaoke night. The objective of the activities that we do with them is to have an impact on the whole community, we work through teen agers (who became often our associated) to get to every body. The events that we organize are mostly in the street or in a public places in order to involve as many people as possible.
Handicrafts, ecological workshops, origami in Melinesti
Volunteers: Aram and Dante
Aram from Armenia and Dante from Peru are two talented volunteers that love working in Melinesti community.
After completing the steps from the Community Discovery Programme, the volunteers choose to implement in Melinesti activities that will be pleasant for the children and that will allow them to create a steady base on which to add layer after layer in the next period of time, in order to fulfill their personal goals as volunteers, to claim levels in the process of personal development that the European Voluntary Service is designed to assure and to contribute to bringing something new in the rural community they have been assigned to.
Therefore, their activities in November focused on origami, handicrafts and ecological workshops. The more artistic activities are designed to contribute to the imagination’ development and valorization for the young students while the added value consists in teaching them Spanish and English, at a conversational and useful level.
They also created structured language sessions to teach the students English through small word games or using correlations between words and images.
Dante and Aram got involved in organizing the students’ prom, they contributed to the celebration of the Tolerance and Intolerance Day in school and planned a lot of other interesting activities for the next months.
Origami, photography, handicrafts, Russian and Italian workshop and football in Daneti
Volunteers: Davide O and Eliza
Davide Orioli from Italy and Eliza Nazaretyan from Armenia started their activities in Daneti with a survey applied in the school to find out exactly what the students will expect to learn about. Starting from their responses and adding the volunteers’ personal abilities, competences and objectives for personal development, the schedule in Daneti followed interesting activities that attract both the students in school and the little ones from the kindergarten.
Eliza was in charge with the photography workshops, the Russian worshops and the handicrafts in the kindergarten and Davide organized board games, origami sessions and started training a feminine football team.
Capacity Building III
22nd-26th, October, 2010
That stands as the third part of the Capacity Building Programme and it looks at planning the course of action within the EVS project.
Here, the programme started with the introduction of the community profiles by each of the EVS teams. The aim of this part was to set clear objectives and structure volunteering tasks during the whole project with a short- term and a long- term view, linking the personal, organizational and community agenda into a logical continuum and order with the volunteers’ expectations.
During this stage, Agne from Lithuania joined the group and the new arrived volunteers got the chance to plan their future activities together with the extended group of 16 volunteers.
Capacity Building II- Community Discovery
8th-22nd, October, 2010
Community discovery stands as the second part of the Capacity Building Programme that starts once, volunteers are teamed they are to spend two weeks in the communities they are assigned to. The community discovery consists of exploring the community, getting a sense of geography and human settlements, setting appointments with local public figures, introducing oneself, actively observing the hosting community and finding our what are the community agendas for the whole duration of the EVS project.
At this stage it is very important to let the community know “hey, I am here”, redefine expectations, re-assess plans and end up the two weeks with having completed the community profile filtered through the eyes of the volunteers and also to enable them to gradually rescale their expectations according to the new environment.
The volunteers got the chance to use the instruments and methodologies they have learned about during the first stage of the Capacity Building (SWOT analysis, stakeholders’ analysis, community mapping and drawing, interview, survey and focus group) while discovering with their own eyes the realities from the communities that will host them for the next nine months.
During this period, Dante from Peru, Francess from Sierra Leona, Natia and Teona from Georgia joined the group.
Capacity Building Programme I
1st-8th, October, 2010
Between 1st and 8th of October, the first 11 volunteers from the WAVE project, Dolj activities attempted the first part
of the Capacity Building Programme in Musetesti, Gorj.
Davide O, Davide F and Martina from Italy, Bianca and Veronika from Austria, Natalia from Argentina, Indre from Lithuania,
Aram and Eliza from Armenia, Caroline from France and Linnea from Sweeden were introduced to the ARDR team.
The activities developed during this capacity building programme were: teambuilding – outdoor education, language competence: Romanian teaching
(2 hours/day – 4 days/ week), Romanian culture, formal and informal laws, non formal and outdoor education training (animation module)
and thematic trainings (Effective Communication, Time Management, Project management, Etc).
Based on the observations made in the previous days of the Capacity Building Programme, on the personal profile of each volunteer and
on the profile of the communities, the matchmaking between the volunteers and the communities was: Linnea in Amarastii de Jos, Natalia
in Dabuleni, Aram in Melinesti, Caroline and Martina in Segarcea, Bianca and Indre in Giurgita, Davide F and Veronica in Calarasi,
Davide O and Eliza in Daneti.