Monthly Archives: December 2013

Training, learning & remembering what’s already done

Excuse me, but when was the last time you learned something new? And how do you learn things? By reading, by sharing, by feeling, by changing? We do it by training and we do it good. Vicolocorto presents 3 training course success stories and learning by definition.

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Bulgaria & taking action for inclusion

2013 October Vicolocorto sent 3 participants to the training course “VIP’s in action”, that took place in Bulgaria. The project was supposed to provide training course for the participants about inclusion and empowerement of young people with fewer opportunities, the tools and methods used to achieve the inclusion to the labor market. Our participants: Marco, Giulio & Bianca before leaving to Bulgaria had no experience in the field, almost none knowledge about the country and it’s culture. For them it was an opportunity to change the place for a while, to get to know new and different people from other countries and to learned something that they never tried before. I was the one providing them with the information about Bulgaria, I showed them sheep, alcohol and cyrillic alphabet, they looked ready to go.

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Turkey & going online for youth work

In November of 2013 another 5 participants from Italy went to Turkey by the train of Vicolocorto. The train to training, nice, right? The project “Go Online!” was about providing a training course that combined theory and practice of developing the knowledge, skills and competences of usining social media in youth work. For participants Pietra, Benedetta, Anna, Letina & Silvia it was an opportunity of change and learning. Ladies came back very excited, inspired in different ways and ready to go online for the youth work.

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Germany & theatre goes anti-discrimination

November was busy. Vicolocorto accompanied by 2 participants: GianMarco and Paola, went to Potsdam, Germany for a training course “Resist the beginnings: 2.0” . The aim of the project was to train the participants in the field of youth work against discrimination, using theatre techniques, methods and theories. I already know that GianMarco & Paola were so excited about learning new things and trying them out in practice, that now they are applying for the upcoming training course.

Coming back & what was learned

Just before Christmas all the participants gathered in the orange office of Vicolocorto to share what was expected before training and what was learned during the participation in the project. All these young people who just came back from the training looked inspired and excited about learning new things through non-formal education, about meeting a lot of different people, about traveling, but I wanted to ask them what does it mean “learning”by definition for them? how do they learn things and what was actually learned? The learning process itself is obviously fundamental during the training course. And a training course is not something that is given by teachers and formal education. Training courses are all about non-formal education, which means methods and tools of learning that require an active, always curious participant, who is willing not only to take the knowledge, skills and competences, but also to give and share what he already have. Benedetta told me: “Learning is all about yourself. You’ve got 100 ways to do so, it is all about will. You can learn from everything and everybody, every minute. It depends on the way you look at things.” GianMarco shared that learning is not a defined process, it’s a process in which you can easily get lost, but in a really pleasant way. Both of them basically saying the same thing just in a different way, also reminding about keeping oneself curious about everything around, about people and things, is the key not only to learning but also to self developement in general.



Theories of time in Urbino

Well, that‘s a random  title for the blog entry about the Career day at the University of Urbino.  Anyway,  in the very middle of November 2013 – Wednesday the 13th and Thursday 14th, Vicolocorto packed all the inspiration and positive vibes into Laura‘s small black fun-mobile  and went for two days to the University of Urbino where the Career day was held. The University was open to local and international organizations, companies and associations to meet the students, discuss the possibilities and opportunities together or share experiences. That‘s exactly what Vicolocorto came to do: our Laura came to the Career day with a presentation about the  European Voluntary Service (EVS) offering an opportunity of international experience to young people who are just finishing university. Vicolocorto brought 5 amazing examples of an international experience as well: Julija from Lithuania, Trang from Vietnam, Kamila from Poland, Bianca from Italy & Tiemei from China came with Laura and shared their own experiences and impressions about making the decision, choosing EVS  and leaving  the home country for the sake of intercultural and work experience, change and self-development.

Vicolocorto at Urbino Career Day

When asked about my experience as an EVS volunteer, I always want people to reconsider the definition of time. Maybe their own theory of time that they never knew they have. Because when making such a life changing decision, timing is one of the most important factors: you may think you don‘t have time for voluntary work, you may think that your time is worth more than an unpaid experience, you may also be scared of long periods of time away from home, family and friends, in a foreign and unfamiliar culture. We hesitate a lot when making important decisions in our lives, we are scared of the future to come, we delay deadlines and we say „later“ when confronted with great opportunities or possibilities. We think we have a lot of time left, until we miss the chance. We think that future is a scary thing to face, but in reality the defining moment that consequences into the future is always at the present tense. I was asked more than many times about „so what‘s next?‘‘ and struggled with the answer until I understood that the only way not be scared of the future is to make the present right.
Don‘t be scared & keep in touch,

Vicolocorto at Urbino Career Day

Job Mission Impossible?!

‘‘Job Mission Impossible?! Paths, Opportunities, Views within Job Market’’ is the theme of our meeting today organized by Informagiovani, the Youth Information Center of Pesaro. It basicly focused attention on young people opportunities on how to enter the job market as a powerful force to stand against uncertainty about the future are created by the current global economic crisis situation that affect the lives of individuals and the whole country.

We gathered in Biblioteca San Giovanni on Thursday 21 November to attend the meeting together with Dott. Flavio Nucci (Responsible of Labour Politicies, Orienteering of the Employment Center of Pesaro and Urbino Province who is in charge of job, unemployment and vocational training policies) Sabina Carrozzo (EURES Advisor for the Province of Pesaro and Urbino), Laura Pierfelici (Reponsible of Vicolocorto) and more than 50 youngsters who are students or graduated ones but couldn’t find proper jobs that fit their majors in university or their expectations.

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The meeting offered opportunities for them to get to know more about useful techniques to enter job market by knowing how to have well-prepared CV and have good background of knowledges, skills, experiences to fulfill the requirements of the employers not only in Italy but also in other countries for some who may have intention to work in an international group abroad.

The speeches explains new regulation about internships, info about jobs and training opportunities abroad for young people. They can improve themselves in many fields and aspects, for example improve their language ability (it might be English, or some others depend on the needs/requirements of the youngsters or employers), or how to do public speaking, prepare presentations, give ideas and receive feedbacks, deal with conflicts, struggles in jobs or life … they can choose to do internship or volunteering abroad to get all of the skills and experiences they need. It is like a fundamental step for them to get a good or even well-paid job in the future.

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The meeting was set up in a cozy place and pleasant atmostphere, youngsters could interact and ask directly about their concerns or worries. We, the volunteers representing the project with Vicolocorto, also had the chances to present ourselves and share our experiences of doing almost 3 month EVS here in Italy to everyone in the room. Its always a pleasure to inspire people to do the same thing that we are doing right now: be EVS volunteers 😀

Vicolocorto_ Job mission impossible