W.A.V.E - W(orldwide) A(ctive) V(olunteers) in E(urope) is a Group EVS project implemented in 18 rural and small urban communities from Gorj and Dolj County – South West Romania that will gather 36 young volunteers from Programme, Neighbouring Partner and Other Countries of the World.
The project objectives:
- Stimulate the intercultural learning process and enhance the European Awareness and Active Participation within the hosting communities from Gorj and Dolj County.
- Provide the context and the opportunities for all volunteers to develop both personally as well as socially by acquiring and improving new skills and competences as well as boost their self-confidence.
- Increase tolerance towards different cultures by learning and accepting the cultural differences.
- Contribute to the community development by boosting the participation and active involvement of young people in their local communities.
- Encourage the participation of youngsters with fewer opportunities
- Widen and strengthen the partnership and co-operation relation in between all project promoters
Methodology: 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 programme. The programme 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 next two weeks the volunteers will have time to discover the communities where the next nine months will stay and do specific activities. The next week of the month through trainings and planning meetings all volunteers will make an activity schedule for the next 8 months helped by ARDR team. 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 Bustuchin and the neighbouring communities.
Food will be provided in the first and the last week from the first month by the staff of the guest house. The volunteers will help with the preparation of the meals, serving and cleaning.
For the next 8 ½ 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 allowancefrom 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. Transport 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.
Due to the importance of communication with the people from the hosting communities (most of them can not speak any foreign languages) will be of crucial importance for the volunteers to learn the Romanian Language at a good speaking level.
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 Organizations will arrange for Romanian Language Courses on weekly basis for as much time as the volunteer will need. The Romanian language lessons shall be provided by experienced language teachers. The content and structure of the language courses will be projected together with the volunteers, taking into consideration their learning abilities and needs.
The language courses will be provided free of charge for the entire period of the EVS project. The costs of the language training is to be covered by the organization. Pocket money
Each volunteer is entitled to receive a 60 Euro monthly allowance – pocket money, which they can spent as they choose/want. Activities
The project aims to involve the volunteers as promoters and multipliers in order to spur European
Awareness and active citizenship and establish bridges of communication in between sites in their home country and the areas they are established.
All the activities will be developed in 3 dimensions: personal development, development within the host organization and community youth development.
The volunteers will be charged with designing, organizing, and implementing, in conjunction with local counterparts and youngsters from their hosting communities, a variety of activities such as:
- sports events
- environmental activities
- group games
- thematic workshops
- youth camps
- walks in the cities, visits to different sights and events
- theatre and art creative workshop
- music and dance
- cultural awareness and learning activities, etc.
- all volunteers will get the opportunity to get involved in other national and/or international programmes and activities developed by ARDR during the EVS Service.
Organizacion Argentina de Jovenes para las Naciones Unidos-OAJNU-Argentina
Chibuzor Human Resources Development Organization-CHIDO- Sierra Leone
Jovenes de Buena Volunta-Peru
Association jeunesse verte du Cameron-Cameron
Association des jeunes mediteranees pour les echanges culturels- Tunisia
Federation of Youth Clubs Armenia-FYCA- Armenia
Youth Association DRONI- Georgia
Agency for Youth Promotion and Development”Compass”-AYPD- Georgia
Social campain "Smile for tomorrow" was organized from 20 - 26 June 2011 in TG JIU by EVS - volunteer, Ganna Kravchuk, from Ukraine. The idea of this campaign to help families with limited material opportunities in rural areas, where volunteers from W.A.V.E. & ACT-EM projects live. During all week perticipants were collected food, money and other usefull stuff (clouth, blanket, toys, books ect.) for families from Musetesti, Novaci, Rovinari, Ticleni, Tg Carbunesti, Tismana, Bustuchin, Arcani. You could meet volunteers in centr of TG JIU near big supermarket and PIATA CENTRALA and foud out about result in each day in facebook.
Organizer of this event, Ganna: "This campaign was good opportunity for me to trying myself as coordinator of this event. I want to say thank you for all participants and donates, who make small efforts in this campaign... Social campaign continued 5 days in TG JIU and we collect 929.95 Ron and some food. For inhabitants it was also good opportunity to meet people from Africa, Latin America and all Europe and speak about different topic... In my opinion Social campaign "Smile for tomorrow" was successfully. Honestly it was hard, but We did it... And now for me it's pleasure to look back and see that a people want to help each other, even if it's very small donation, but with big smile and from all heart...At the end I want to say: "Just smile more for Tomorrow"
Workshops in social center, Targu jiu
To extend as volunteer's action in W.A.V.E. project, since few weeks, some of them move to social centers of Targu jiu, to make activities with different social cases children. Among them, those without mentally disabilities, but those are victims of poverty, and other social disadvantages. The volunteera also met those who have some mentally disabilities, and with them spend few hours per week in painting pictures, making some objects, and play very simple games as described by the pictures bellow.
Ecological workshop, 9th of the June ,Rovinari
Since many years ago, the world facing a critical environmental situation. Environment decay, by industrial pollution, domestic pollution and forest destruction… are some of the causes of that disagreement. Fortunately, many methods are putted in place to fight against the advance of that situation. To bring our contribution, as small as it seems, we putted in place an ecological club in the school number 3 (Rovinari). In that club, we receive children for theoretical activities such as discussion about environmental problems, (Pollution, forest destruction, etc.), and together they try to find at their level the way they can protect it around. Practically, in collaboration with two schools teacher and with the support of my EVS mentor (Marius Dobleaga), was organized a model exhibition in school. The interested children were called to find unused material from their homes or around them, and then make a garment with them. Such material were unused press paper, plastics, bottle caps, etc… those with their own imagination… On the 9th of June, they presented their creativity and the spectators were really wondered.
Coloring workshop, Rovinari
Every simple thing always seems stupid, or senseless, but for some population, like children, only simple words, attitudes or activities succeed to transmit them new knowledge, or to bring input in developing their potentialities. One of those simple things is putting colors on a draw as beautiful as we can imagine… That is why . Every Wednesday, from 12 to 13, they are more than 20 children who come for a coloring exhibition. After a long and very serious class time, this is the occasion for them to relax themselves before going back to home. Sometimes in the day, they live a stressful, or discourage full situation. Sometimes, some of them don’t satisfy their teachers as usual, while others do it totally or looked like stupid people in front of their hard class day. It is not a school, mathematic class, geography, or literature class, but it is a time of relaxation, by showing their talent in coloring. Those children generally come from class1 to 4 with some from class 5 and 6 of the general school number 3.
French workshop, Rovinari
The fifth more spoken language in the world, belonging to the Latin group of languages, French is a useful language, spoken in his native country ( France), and others world area ( some African countries, Belgium, Luxembourg, Canada, etc…). That makes it being among the languages that need to be known for a great impact into the world and a good integration of the globalization process. To help children to acquire a basic level in French Language, each Wednesday for around 45 minutes (between 5-6 PM), we use to receive those who are interested. The learning method is not the classic one as used by the teachers), but it is through simples games, songs, etc. What is amazing is that most of those who take part to that workshop are girls…is it the confirmation of what people use to say… that girls are generally attracted by learning languages, and boys less.
With children to the theatre, 8th of April 2011, Targu Jiu
If you want to feel and understand more better yourself, the best way is to get some emotions from outside. Try to feel and stay near other emotions with can remind some situations from your life. And it can be good lesson for future, give new idea, feeling be more free with people and more open for new ideas. When this idea come was just one way how we can try to give this emotion for children’s – just take them to the theatre. Human body language, talk, faces, mimic and all concept special for children can get good efect, becouse their imagination still going forward and we need help to grow for it. In 8 of April about 36 children from Musetesti school, between 5 and 8 class, with special buss went to Targu Jiu. It was really big help from Mr. Director, because they organize so many children. We went before the play starts, so had time to walk in the center and admire park. In the theater was a lot of children from other schools, was fool hall of sound and young spirit inside.
So comedy starts. All was sitting in silence and waiting. It was good moment. During the play I heard and laugh and charring moments. But the best part was after, when they said that I was one of the first times when they visited theatre. So with this best my moment I hope that kids enjoy their time, get something new, or just funny and don’t forget to visit theatre and other time..
Just for pleasure..
MISS TICLENI, 18th March 2011, Ticleni
This activity was organized by the 2 volunteers of Ticleni, Arthur, 25 years old from Armenia and Baptiste, 21 from France.
The goal of this activity was not only to know who the most beautiful girl of the community, but it was also to propose a real show that they are not used to see in this village. So this activity was an evening of almost 2 hours, with very different kind of performance. The 9 girls had to make different sort of thing to try to convince the international jury that they are the most representatives girls of Ticleni. For example they had to dance, to walk with a book on their head, to show their creativity in a free moment (Karate, gypsy dance, oriental dance, poetry…). Also, between those different steps, volunteers proposed a real artistic and intercultural moment. Gonzalo and Guadalupe from Argentina made a demonstration of Argentinean dances, Peter from Sera Leone and Caroline from Cameroon danced traditional dances, Alex and Edy from Ticleni made break dance, Sylvia from Ticleni sang Hurt of Cristina Aguilera, Lucie from France made a fire performance, etc.
To realize to event, organizers had to follow different steps. First of all, to find the help of two students of the high school, Ionut and Elena, who presented the show. They were a real team, took all the decisions with them and without them volunteers couldn’t achieve this activity.
To find the girls, volunteers went class by class in the high school to ask to all the girls if they wanted to take part of this show. The second step was to find a place, so they asked to the owner of the disco, and after some negotiations thry succeeded to have a correct price. Then boys called all the EVS - volunteers that had some artistic skills to ask them to participate, all of them said “ok with pleasure!” After that the problem of budget was on the table. ARDR helped with 300 lei. The organizers were not sure that it was enough, so with Ionut, Elena and two others local friends made pancakes and cakes, and sold it at school during 2 days. This way permitted them to earn 70 lei more. So with this money they both the presents for the girls, decoration, scarves, crown etc… Also it was a big job to make exactly the program, to choose the music, to make the promotion (posters, flyers, facebook).
"We didn’t work for nothing, because around 400 persons came to this show, every body was happy, association, organizations, girls, volunteers and also the public!" Said Baptiste and Arthur.
International Women's Day, 8th ofMarch 2011,Musetesti
International Women's Day is marked on the 8th of March every year. It is a major day of global celebration of women. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for forwomen's economic, political and social achievements. In Romania it is also observed as an equivalent of Mother's Day, where children also give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.
So this is short, maybe boring pre story about this day. And now you existed to know how Romanian people celebrate it in Musetesti. This celebration was divided for two parts. Obviously, people like this holyday, because school was celebrated it two times.
First celebration take part was at Sunday 6th of March, when all family can come to see a concert. This event gather all family and friends to see what children from primary school were prepare for them. We (volunteers) have great possibility to participate in celebration in Musetesti and Serbesti schools. And we were very surprised how many people were attended this celebration.
Children from kindergarten and primary school were preparing small theatre spectacle for their mother. It was unforgettable show for everybody, because all kids have different roles, costumes, poems, and dance. Also parents were very amazed, that kids learn funny English poems for them and prepare English song with dance. At the end of the presentation we (volunteers) make big surprise for all. And it was movie about our community, Serbesti and Musetesti schools.
Next celebration was at the 8 of March in general school Musetesti. It’s start from preparation with children from primary school post card for mother. And after in middle of school day, in big break everybody was surprised. Just suddenly start to play loud music in school hall and everybody were appeared in hall and saw video – congratulation from us and impress of small exhibition from post card madden by children.
And the last, that we would love to say… Happy Women's Day! Wishing you a day as beautiful as you are!
International Women's Day, 8th ofMarch 2011, Tismana
International Woman's Day is marked on March 8 every year. Nowadays this is a major day of global celebration of women. In many regions the day became simply an occassion for men to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother's Day and Valentine's Day.
International Woman's day was celebrated by the volunteers in Godinesti and also in Tismana being the initiative of volunteers and of their mentors. There were invited the mothers of the students, students, teachers and the staff of the project
The festivities opened with a speech thanking and wishing all the best for all the mothers/women.
Then volunteers from Cameroon presented a power point presentation with this occassion and then recited a poem for women in romanian. The two volunteers from Peru and France helped the childrens in kindergarden to do some special gifts for their mothers and give them in this special day.
The students helped by a teacher sang some songs for the special day, giving also some presents and flowers to their mothers. Also volunteer from Argentina sang a song for this occassion which was appreciated by all. The activity ended with the specific dances from Cameroon in which the students involved ( they learn it from the volunteer).
It was a nice activity where all the women/mothers were celebrated, bringing the smile on theirs faces.
Football competition, 6 of March 2011,Musetesti
It’s a tradition in Musetesti to host different sport competitions ( football and handball) to increase and promote sport in children life and to show healthy life style.
6 March 2011- it’s the day, which Musetesti will remember, especially boys from secondary school. This sunny morning gather in sport hall of Musetesti 4 football teams from: Musetesti , Dumbraveni, Scuarta, Balanesti .
It was hard game, but for Musetesti team it was great time, because they won. The team name is “PARANGUL MUSETESTI”
Of course, they were play in own FIELD, and that is why they have great fun team, who support them all time and shouted: “COMONE, MUSETESTI ”. Now it’s time to know who take other places in list of this competition.
1 - Musetesti
2 - Dumbraveni
3 - Scuarta
4 - Balanesti.
Martisor – a beautiful tradition in Romania, 1st of March 2011,Musetesti
Every spring on March 1 Romania celebrate Mărțișor. They celebrate the rebirth of life after the hard winter. This day children from Musetesti was waiting with big existing. Two week before 1 March children from primary school was prepare different Mărțișor for exhibition.
And this day come. On this day men offer to their beloved women flowers and martisors (the symbol of serenity and happiness). Morning start from presents. We receive a lot of Martisior from children, teachers, mentor, ect.
And then day was continued trip to TG JIU for exhibition, which was in county’s library of GORJ for children “Christian Tell”. And there we were present movie about our community Musetesti and also Ukraine and Lithuania and discuss different traditions of 1st March in this country. After all participants received diploma. This exhibition was visiting lot children from different community from all Gorj – Tismana, Albeni, Musetesti and ect.
One of the old Romanian legend says that once in a fight with the winter witch, that didn't want to give up its place, the beautiful lady Spring cut her finger and few drops of her blood fall on the snow, which melt. Soon on this place grew a snowdrop and in such a way the spring won the winter.
We were so happy… It’s really happiness to see children with shinning eyes.
Dragobte´s Day, 24th of February 2011, Bumbesti Jiu
Dragobete´s Day is on 24 of February and it´s like Valentines Day in Romania. So the girls form this community Liana from Armenia and Charlotte from Austria decided together with an English teacher from General School to celebrate that day with two classes. The students got poems to learn and after that a casting for a short theatre play was done. So the two weeks before that day everybody was busy with learning and preparing. At this activity the girls aslo invited other Volunteers from Ukraine, Lituania and Italy and the project managers.
On 24th the girls took the kids to the amphitheatre in High School. There they started to prepare everything for the show. In the afternoon the people came and the children started to recite poems and romanian songs. The girls also rewrote a scene from Romeo and Juliette and made a fun scene out of it. In the end they had a surprise for the students. They had to get together in couples and make love confessions, and the best love confession got a small price.
This day was celebrated because the girls wanted to change something in the daily routine of the students and to give them a chance to perform songs, poems and a play in front of an audience.
And after that they felt so confident and everyone wanted to perform something. The beautiful event was finished with some sweet cookies.
Intercultural Afternoon, 11th February 2011, Bîlteni
Friday at the school of Moi in the community of Bîlteni. An afternoon of cultural exchange between the people of Bîlteni/Moi and the volunteers from different countries (Argentina, Armenia, Cameroon, Denmark, France, Ukraine, Peru, Sierra Leone, etc.)
This action contained dances, songs, poems and other presentations from the volunteers, what they wanted to share with the Romanian people. And the students had some songs and dances to share with the volunteers. It was a good and nice event where people from all over the world was together and shared their culture with eachother.
Dance class - ”The body says what words cannot.”, Musetesti
"We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams."
This quote is about us. And we are dancers from Musetesti school.
Starting dance lessons is exciting for children as well as for us. We are not professionals, but we want to show for children that it can gives them a way to express without hurting someone or getting in trouble and also it helps to be more open minded and caring.
Dance is a wonderful activity for kids, which will capable of fostering a positive self image in both girls and boys. Through dance, they learn teamwork, focus, and improvisational skills. Dance awakens new perceptions in children which help them learn and think in new ways. A child introduced to dance at an early age will likely develop a love of the arts and a passion for rhythm and movement. Most importantly, dancing is lots of fun!
Intercultural movie evening, 22d of January 2011, Musetesti
This conversation we heard beetween Anna and Roberta before event - "Where is bred? Where is cable for projector? We take everything from home? We need to be hurry; we do not have so much time till the beginning. Good, that we made banner few days before, because now we just need to find the right place for it. All technical things working too, we tried everything in our previous days, so we are sure that all technical objects will work. The last calls! The last checking’s and starts. Going!!"
19 o’clock and at this moment everything it seems are in their places. And sandwiches, projector, films, even people witch come very punctual – 5 min before 19 o’clock. Cultural hall, are quite cold despite this that people before one day made fire there, but volunteers are happy about all participants and support which they get from the people interested in cultural event..
Beginning was like planned, exactly at time and all information which give for people was selected and created that keep their interest, give as much as different and new visual information, present other culture and landscape, differences and at the same time show movie about them, about commune Musetesti. It is important to absorber new things and put them in our lives, for being more open, creative, and communicative and sees life in best way as can do. Everyone need to understand that for everyone the live of being its different and those various thing we can share..
People enjoy small cold running around, because all of them were covered sleeping bags. In the beginning of the movie volunteers savor small sandwiches with jam, warm tea, and their friendship. Some nice persons came with sweets presents. When everything was over volunteers had a nice musical and talking evening. Guest start could not feel any sign of the fire in the “soba” and worm place around, say good bye, sanding the best wishes and came back at home....
International Thank You Day, 11th of January 2011, Musetesti
In the office work it is going on very intensive.. One sitting near sewing machine and prepare material for children’s hands, other cutting letters and making big placate. We visited all classrooms and on the black board left message about tomorrow’s activity “Ziua Multumirii”. We were really happy to make everything like surprise for them, because not every day you can find some small contingency. So after all day and all works we with big smiles and bigger expectation about tomorrow went at home.
And we have 11 of January. It is day when everyone just tries to say thank you and without any big reason, just smile and say thank you. In the morning we change with Anna those nice actions and went to see more shining eye in our school. Everything was ready; just we wait for brakes and for our children’s to come to us. First our marks of hand try us, me and Annia. We need to be sure that colors are working well.. Yes!! We succeed!! We invite and responsible for order in school working personal to leave a sign on our white fabric too. We could feel good atmosphere and mood. So maybe you can imagine what happens when during the brake time we attain a lot of children’s. We both just work as we can fast, because everyone want participate.. They even try to contend to each other about better place in cure for color hands..
Was great.. And it was not enough, because we attain one surprise too. Teachers in their class ask for children’s wrote on the papers their good words for their closer persons. And it was implausible. They are still so natural and intact of this live.
Bracelets workshop, January 2011, Sadu
As the 2 volunteers (Liana from Armenia & Charlotte from Austria) been volunteering for already 3 months mostly in high school in Sadu and mainly their activities were during the lessons , for example in high school running the English lessons together with the English teachers. Them organized debates or discussions and tried to involve most of the students to speak English and to work in group or individually, so that they will be more motivated and interested in the subject and it was good.
But the girls also have learned to make bracelets and organized a handwork workshop as extra curricular activities after the lessons in high school.
So first showed the bracelets to some students who wanted to learn. At their home participated 5 students from high school who vere very enaushiastic to learn how to do the bracelets and also to spen so extra time with the girls and find out some new things about their culture. And also some bracelets will be given as presents to the kids in a kindergarten.
Bracelets workshop, Bilteni
The two volunteers from Bilteni organized a workshop about how to do bracelets . Before starting this activity the girls went in each class to see if the students are interested in how to to this. And because a lot of them showed a high interest in this workshop there were a lot of participants at it. Beside learning how to do the bracelets the pupils also had the opportunity to practice their english and also to exchange some oppinionns with the girls about the traditions from Romania and the traditions from their countries(Austria and Sweden).
Social campaign, 25th December 2010, all communities
Through the project 'WAVE-W (orldwide) A (ctive) V (olunteers) in E (UROPE), a dynamic and challenging project that addresses all youth regardless of sex, religion or education, Regional Association for Rural Development in collaboration with 16 volunteers from 11 different countries in the Caucasus, Southeastern Europe, South America, Africa and the EU (Sweden, Austria, Italy, Peru, Georgia, Argentina, Lithuania, Ukraine, Armenia, France and Sierra Leone) launched the campaign "A human gesture in a world of suffering. "
This campaign adresses to 10 families with limited material opportunities in rural areas identified by the volunteers involved in 'WAVE-W (orldwide) A (ctive) V (olunteers) in E (UROPE) who carry out volunteer activities in these communities: Bilteni, Novaci, Baia de Fier, Rovinari Musetesti, Bumbesti Jiu, Targu Carbunesti Ticleni, Capreni and Tismana .
Project 'WAVE-W (orldwide) A (ctive) V (olunteers) in E (UROPE) has a size and a considerable complexity, involving 18 NGOs and 38 young volunteers from the Caucasus and South Eastern Europe, South America, Africa and the European Union. The project objective is to provide volunteers and youth in communities volunteers will work a chance for sustainable development by adding value to existing activities and implementing new ones in order to stimulate the intercultural.
Meeting with the mayor & more, 23rd December 2010, Musetesti
The volunteers invited local public authorities and active youth in Thursday 23 of December 2010 at 10:00 to a meeting for promoting active citizenship at local level.
This meeting was in Musetesti City Hall. Guest was from City Hall (Major – Ciobea Ion, Pirvoaica Sorin,), General school (Director - Pasatoiu Gheorghe), Cultural House (Director – Draghici Dorin), EHM (President – Ungureanu Adelin, Executive director – Nicut Diana, Counselor - Breauzu Dumitru), Politia (Boboc Petre) and youth (Foanene Gabriela – Serbesti, Morie Roxana, Botica Denisa, Pirvoiu Bogdan – Musetesti, Dragoiescu Madalina – Stancesti, Bordea Andreea – Larga, Niculeasa Claudia Nicoleta, Ciora Denisa–Ileana – Grui) and EVS volunteers (Ganna Kravchuk – Ukraine, Roberta Siaulyte - Lithuania).
We made this invitation with the hope to meeting for know each other better and discuss about the community life, accomplishments, problems, initiatives, projects and some other aspects witch concerning all the inhabitance of this beautiful commune from the feet of the mountains.
All the participants received personal invitation 20 of December 2010 delivered by President of EHM and EVS –volunteers. These invitations consist of official invitation letter and magazine “EURO SAT”. Objective:
1. To facilitate the communication between local authorities and youth;
2. To promote active citizenship;
3. To create common ways to collaborating trough partnerships for development activities and events which are answering to the local social needs. Agenda:
1. Short presentation of guests;
2. Presentation of Euro House Musetesti and the projects happened in partnership with ARDR;
3. Presentation of EVS – volunteers from W.A.V.E. project;
4. Informal education as a tool for rural development;
5. Free discussions about hobbies, volunteering, personal and community development;
6. Ways for youths to get involved in community life;
7. Necessity of local partnerships;
8. Sum –up. Results of meeting:
1. The meeting has 18 participants (5 people – organizers, 13 -guests);
2. We identified active citizens among youths and created a network in Musetesti commune;
3. Gained contact list of local actors (telephone, e-mails);
4. Participants left us messages about the subjects which was discussed on the meeting; Message:
1. Glad that EHM was appeared;
2. Like meeting like this, would like that in our community will make more activities with more communities. Sport activities in general (handball).
3. It’s a first meeting of this kind on which I took part and I was impress about it. I would like if sport activities will have more support from community.
4. Meeting was very important for me. I hope I will learn a lot of things and I will make a lot of friends. I would love to help poor family, I know a lot here.
5. Free and open mind communication cane be gained just trough meetings does not matter subjects, but it’s important to reach to the level when we can sustain our own idea and perspective in a free way without limit. I consider that sport is a tool to keep together teenagers.
6. GOOD. This meeting got me very good impression and I wish more meeting in the same type with even more persons in a large framework. BAD. Ms. President I want to see more activities in commune and some order in your speech.
7. I’m glad to see so much open minds
Christmas spectacle, 21st of December 2010, Musetesti
At this activity the volunteers helped in organizing and supporting the organisation of this event.
This was a good opportunity to learn how to organize such an activity and for sure will help them to do a lot of activities.
COOKIE-WORKSHOP and CHRISTMAS-HANDICRAFT, 10th of December, Bilteni
Volunteers - Flora from Austria, Jhon from Peru, Sandra from Sweden and about 20 children of the General school make and eat a lot of cookies in Christmas-time. They wanted to share this custom with the children of the community and decided to make a cookie-workshop. Although it was not so easy to get all the ingredients, volunteers were impressed how many children came to school in the afternoon. They were very interested and excited and everyone wanted to help and do more. In the end they had chocolate-cookies for everyone and each could take some at home.
When Flora’s mother came to visit her in Romania, she brought a lot of paper. Together with the other volunteers Flora decided not to use the paper for at home but to make and put it in school. "We wanted to show the children a tradition of our cultures. They were very interested and everyone wanted to be involved. In the end the kids were very impressed of the result.": Flora said.
International Volunteers Day, 5th of December 2010, Targu Jiu
Non-governamental organizations in Gorj County gathered Sunday December 5, 2010 in the center of Targu Jiu to mark International Volunteer Day.
Dozens of Gorj of all ages attended Sunday December 5 in the center of Targu Jiu activities by the approximately 60 volunteers who perform volunteer projects in Gorj County International Volunteer Day.
Children who walked past the stands of the volunteers had the opportunity to be painted on the front, and also get masks and origami.
Also those interested in the activities undertaken by volunteers are in our county had the opportunity to talk with them to express their views of what a volunteer mission entails and why not to join the big family of volunteers.
Representations of circus music and also attracted the attention of passers that have enjoyed their presence and even groups were joined by music and circus.
After the show, volunteers have made a visit to the elders of Pensioners Club where I took care to dispose of a show well-supported by volunteers from Sierra Leone and Peru but also a chess contest with prizes for the winners of the competition.
The day ended with a party held at a local restaurant.
We live in Romania, 26th of November 2010, Bilteni
Children and teachers of the Gymnasiums of Bîlteni, Pesteana-Jiu and Moi and the high school of Bîlteni, family-members of the children participated at the event prepared by the volunteers Sandra and Flora.
The idea was to show that there exist many different cultures in Romania. Due to the history Romania is host for the Romanian, the Hungarian, the German and many more cultures. Therefore the children showed traditional dances and music of Romanians and of Roma, as these are the most common ethnic groups in the region of Bîlteni. Some of the older girls made a modern dance to show their “culture”, which is also a part of Romania. In the end everybody – performers and audience – danced together in a big circle.
Tolerance day, 16th of November 2010, Musetesti
Day starts in the school. Volunteers went to have some extra Romanian lessons. Teacher meets them with smile and all children were happy to see them too. They spend lesson time sitting together with school kids. Anna and Roberta knew that this day it is important and don’t want to mist possibility to mention it. For this reason they try to create something special for them.
And they thought that some small exercises can be useful and maybe helpful for them to know and respect more each other. So girls prepared some sheets of paper, split for everyone. Then try to explain what want to do with it. It was very nice that pupils was listening so attentive for us and try to do everything correctly. Girls ask each of them to write regard for their friend or clause person, to wish them something from their hearts. When they finished put all papers in hat and mixed. Of course in this trade take part teacher, Srbuhi, Ganna and Roberta. When all children had their papers Volunteers saw that their start to read wishes and share to each other what they had. Then in front of the class one by one start to read. When all finished everyone make loud applauses. Children were full of energy, so in classroom girls found one boy who wants read his own created poems. He is only in second grade, but he can create a quatrain stanza. Applauses again.
It was simple and successful. Volunteers need to start from small thing and slowly, but effectively create relation with them!
EVS garden, 9th of November, Tismana
The idea of making EVS Garden came from Armenian EVS volunteer Srbuhi Aghababyan and it was supported by Georgian volunteer Natia Agladze. According to final decesion, the idea of EVS garden was implemented in Tismana and in Musetesti in 9th of November, the same time.
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. Their 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.
EVS garden, 9th of November, Musetesti
Why this activity? Srbuhi, one volunteer from Armenia, had this idea one day speaking with the school children outside. They were discussing something really hot and having lack of some space to seat down. She asked the children if they would like to discuss in the school and the answer was that all the day they are in the school and they are not interested in staying there more after the lessons.
The second reason for this activity was the result of the questionnaries which we had in June. She made there a question: „what would make you not to leave your village after finishing the school?“. Most of the youngsters answered that they would like to see their village having some special places for leisure time. I had the last third reason to think about a garden which is to have some material, visible results about volunteer work, because a volunteer all the time feels the need to explain what is he/she doing. How? The first step was to meet the wise mayor and make sure that it is possible to get some area for the garden. Then, Adelin the mentor, and Srbuhi went to a place where they could find some cherry plants and took them for the garden.
Why cherries? Because from the city hall they said it is better to choose it. In the 10th of November Dorin (the director of the Cultural House), Adelin, Roberta and Srbuhi started to clean the garbage area in front of the school and the behind side of the Cultural House. WHO? When the area was ready for planting the Armenian volunteers from EACRA, ACT-EM, W.A.V.E. also a French volunteer (Baptiste) and an Ukrainian volunteer (Ganna) joined them.
"The tree-planting started and it was really interesting and a little bit strange for everyone. They were coming and asking what was that. By the way all of them liked the thing we were doing. Because the activity lasted for some hours the classes were over and the children came to join us and to ask what was going to be there. The weather was really nice with us and we could finish the work and to burn all the garbage. We planted fourteen cherry trees two matters far from each other not to be the need to remove them after growing up and with order to have a garden when it is the season for the trees to blossom.
I am planning to have a green painted bench in this garden and possibly a table. Some children from the other villages of Musetesti told us that this will help them to have somewhere to seat when they are waiting for the microbus to come and take them home (now they are fighting each other in the middle of the main street till the microbus will take the first group and come back to take them).
I am thankful the people who helped and the city hall.” said Srbuhi".
Volunteers of the month
Month: - October
Volunteer of the month
Team of the month
Best activity of the month
Bustamante Alejandro Gonzalo
Roberta and Anna
We live in Bilteni
The volunteer of the month was Gonzalo Alejandro Bustamante from Argentina, who managed to organize a Spanish workshop with the pupils from the high school where he and his colleague Giorgi Darchiashvili from Georgia are doing most of them activities.
Due to the fact that he managed to arouse the interest of such a major number of pupils who wanted to participate at his workshop he was elected by the other volunteers colleagues the volunteer of the month.
Musetesti’s team formed by Roberta Syaulite from Lithuania and Ganna Kravchuk from Ukraine were elected by the other volunteers the team of the month. They’ve made that decision because the girls had a great power point presentation of the activities done in the month before our meeting and due to the fact that they are aware of their role in the project and also of their responsabilities.
Where? Sports hall of the high school in Bîlteni
Who participated: children and teachers of the Gymnasiums of Bîlteni, Pesteana-Jiu and Moi and the high school of Bîlteni, family-members of the children, Sandra and Flora
The idea was to show that there exist many different cultures in Romania. Due to the history Romania is host for the Romanian, the Hungarian, the German and many more cultures. Therefore the children showed both traditional dances and music of Romanians and of Roma, as these are the most common ethnic groups in the region of Bîlteni. Some of the older girls made a modern dance to show their “culture”, which is also a part of Romania. In the end everybody – performers and audience – danced together in a big circle.
Meet a volunteer
Hi! I'm Aline from Sao Paulo, in Brazil. I'm 23 years old.
In Brazil I graduated in Economics and I was director of an NGO called ORPAS offering professional and cultural activities for children, youth and adults in Sao Paulo.
In Romania, I'm volunteer in Rovinari, there I work with holiday activities in the school, I help in some administrative activities in the CityHall and I help my host organization ARDR in activities relative with website and other things. For me Romenia is so different of Brazil, the Gorj County remember me the interior cities in Sao Paulo, cause are small cities, but is nice. I hope that I can help the people here in Romania and that I can develop myself to be prepared to new challenges.
When I'm not working I like to listen music, to eat sweets, to watch movies, to speak with my friends, to dance and to travel.
CESIE in partnership with ARDR and other 4 ngos from 4 countries were approved the programme EVS group by the European Commission- hence, we are looking for 2 volunteers to tale part in the Ubuntu project in Italy starting with 1st of February 2010.Ubuntu is a group EVS which involve 10 volunteers from five European countries (UK, France, Austria, Romania, Estonia) who will work together for 10 months in CE.S.I.E’s activities in the neighbourhood of Ballarò.
The activities will be centred around the themes of minorities, interculturality, local community development and creativity and innovation and the objectives are to promote intercultural dialogue, develop innovative and creative tools in order to promote community development and integration, promote the personal and professional development of each volunteer, stimulate the notions of active citizenship and participation at both local and EU levels, promote the YiA programme and develop new partnerships.
Activities will permit the volunteers to work with a variety of beneficiaries (children, women, families, immigrant groups): assisting in an intercultural playgroup, community workshops, the development of initiatives which promote intercultural dialogue, promotion of YiA programme and EVS to peers and the development of a personal project which will allow them to expand their knowledge and skills in a chosen area related to the project and its objectives.
Learning methods will be non-formal and will include active and participatory learning – “learning by doing” – and collaborative and cooperative learning. In addition UNESCO’s “Four Pillars of Education” – learning to know, learning to do, learning to live together and learning to be - will be employed. read less
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