Monthly Archives: February 2014

Different feelings in different schools

As we all know, students are the future of the country, they can make a tremendous contribution and devote themselves to their country when they grow up. And we have the chance to communicate with the students at the high school and the secondary school in Urbino and Pesaro.

First I’d like to say something about Istituto d’Istruzione Superiore Raffaello – Urbino. You can see different countries in this school exspecially during the International Week (25th – 20th November 2013). Creative students are presenting different cultures and organizing the languages and cultures week in order to remember the importance of cultural integration and  multilingualism. Here it’s like you are in China, England, France, German, Poland, Lithuania and so on. Also you can enjoy the food, fashion products.

Vicolocorto_Istituto d'Istruzione Superiore Raffaello – Urbino


Then the enthusiastic teacher takes us to the sports hall where students have already been seated. They are full of energy and passion when they see us. Alessandra, who is the tutor of the EVS volunteers, presents the specific project that is the European Volunteer Service (EVS). The project gives a chance to young peole to learn from experience and the volunteers Tiemei, Julija, Trang can share their experiences in Italy with students .

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For sure, many students are interested in this project and ask some serious questions. For example, “Why do you choose Italy? What do you do every day? How long will you stay here? Etc.” Some students can’t understand English and but they try their best to express their thoughts and ideas with us. Stefano Santini (euro.desk local relay Pesaro-Urbino) says about the event: “My general feeling is that enough information has been given about youth exchanges and the EVS. I think that students understood what to do if they want to take part in those experiences or projects. This is for sure a positive aspect and our objective. Another positive aspect was your EVS experience. I must say that I would have liked to hear something more about your experience ( The experience of the volunteers) as it could give an additional value which was missed a little. From my experience I know that students normally like real life stories and life experiences, even if they don’t ask questions.” Actually we like to describe our real life for the students, so they can touch our volunteers’ life.

Vicolocorto_Istituto d'Istruzione Superiore Raffaello – Urbino

Next part I wanna say something about Gaudiano, that is a secondary school in Pesaro. The age of students is from 11 to 14, that’s why they are curious about everything. They’d like to ask some naive questions, but today our objective is to spread our songs, cultures, experience and communicate with them. Tiemei from China plays the Chinese song called “Welcome to Beijing” that was made in 2008 for countdown 100-day to the Olympic Games. The Olympic Games are one of the biggest events in the world, even it’s held in the capital of China in 2008. Trang from Vietnam presents the song called “Bui Phan” – “ Chalk dust”. The song shows love and appreciation to the teachers. Julija from Lithuania shows  “3 million” which represents the population of Lithuanian nation, and is like the second anthem in the country.

Vicolocorto_Scuola secondaria Gaudiano-Pesaro

We’d like students to assimilate international cultures and know each other better and better. As Principal A. De Marchi said ”What I like more about the meeting between volunteers and students, it’s the idea of giving to my students a real model of young people that are open-minded, curious and make volunteering an experience of human and social growth.”
See you next time!

Tiemei

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TRAINING COURSE LSD

I have just finished the training course Lsd ( learning for sustanaible development ) in Coy ( region of Murcia, Spain ) and it was such a great experience to interact with young people from ten European and Asian countries.

The countries were: Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Netherland, Bulgaria, Poland, Spain, China, Italy, India, Lithuania. Even if we were from such different places, but entered in touch with all the participants so easy. This project was very well prepared and I think that the first point ”building a group” was reached!VICOLOCORTO_LSD

This training course was the first phase of four: second phase- jobshadowing, third phase- local work ,fourth phase- evaluation seminar. The participants were all facilitators of youth activities and in few days we develop what learning to learn means. The first thing I thought when I arrived there was that it was so good I should first be a learner there! To learn from the others with a lot of experience more than mine! We talked in groups about what being a learner is, if we learn better by our own, with others or in international groups. I received a lot of information about what is learning to learn: it means to knowing your own learning preferences, also being ready to accept responsability for your learning process, being self -confident to enter learning process with others, giving and accepting feedback. Now I know more about non-formal education, how you can bring people together, listen, observe and motivate them! How you can be a good facilitator! I also made my first workshop! I worked with two Asiatic friends and we really collaborated well together! I really liked the moment when we spoke about all the Asiatic and European organizations: how they work ,what themes do they develop, information that maybe can be useful for a future collaboration!

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We also had a great time together by singing and dancing (for example traditional polish dance), cooking and enjoying real Italian pasta and going for beers to the only and unique bar of Coy ”BAR JESUS”. I came back home full of inspiration and knowledge about what is being a facilitator, what working in a organization means, what being an international volunteer is (http://www.bevolunteer.net/) and how useful you can be to others. I meet so friendly people who shared with me their work and their enthusiasm about helping others!

This wasn’t only a project left in Coy, for me it was a new beginning, a new way of seeing things. Coming back home, I keep on questioning how can I be useful to help others and be more open minded. I would really like one day to meet and visit all the Asiatic and European friends I met in Coy, visit their organizations and share some time by helping them!

Ledina

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Ulster Wildlife! Il mio SVE in Irlanda del Nord

Ezechiele svolge un progetto SVE in Irlanda del Nord dedicato alla conservazione e manutenzione di una riserva naturale. Partito a settembre 2013, tornerà in Italia ad agosto 2014.
Questo il parco presso cui Ezechiele svolge volontariato.

Riguardo il mio progetto con i miei tutor il rapporto è molto buono, si sono sempre dimostrate persone gentili. L’unica cosa è che con uno di loro è molto difficile poterlo capire perché ha un accento molto forte. Per il lavoro, invece, le attività vengo svolte in diverse riserve naturali è consistono in pratici lavori di conservazione ambientale dal tagliare l’erba in certe zone per mantenerle zone umide e preservare alcune specie rare di piante ed animali, l’eliminazione di piante invasive (non del posto), in alcune aree abbiamo sistemato alcune recinzioni, abbiamo posizionato delle fotocamere per effettuare dei monitoraggi della fauna selvatica (con questo metodo si riesce ad effettuare foto prevalentemente ai mammiferi, in questo caso volpi e lontre) ed alcune volte si “pulisce” la riserva raccogliendo l’immondizia. Riguardo allo sviluppo del progetto personale, parlando con i tutor sulle varie cose che si possono fare, ho scelto di effettuarlo sull’ornitologia. Ho iniziato la scorsa settimana, in pratica in tutto il Regno Unito viene effettuato un monitoraggio delle varie specie di uccelli effettuando dei rilevamenti sul campo, raccogliendo informazioni sulla presenza delle specie, sia in inverno che in estate. Noi effettuiamo questo rilevamento in due diverse aree.
L’unica cosa che non mi piace molto è quando andiamo a lavorare a Crossgar (è il paese dove è presente l’ufficio), di solito una volta a settimana, dove i nostri capi svolgono attività di ufficio e noi facciamo delle attività dove si ha la sensazione che ce lo fanno fare solo per farci passare la giornata. Qualche settimana fa avevano fatto una riunione con noi volontari i tutor ed il mentor per parlare come proseguiva il progetto e noi avevamo fatto notare che sarebbe più interessante poter svolgere altre attività anche legate al nostro progetto, ma per ora la situazione non è cambiata.
Con i miei compagni di lavoro, gli altri volontari, il rapporto è molto buono, spesso ci si trova anche nei weekend per uscire insieme.
Inoltre tutti i giovedì sera sto seguendo un corso di inglese fino a giugno.
Invece per quanto riguarda l’Irlanda del Nord, sono sincero e vi dico che ci sono alcune cose un po’ particolari come per esempio i quartieri divisi in cattolici e protestanti dove vengono esposte bandiere o del Regno Unito o dell’Irlanda. O è capitato che quando entri in un pub alcune persone ti chiedono da dove vieni come per verificare se sei cattolico o protestante. Oppure le scuole divise non solo per la religione ma anche per il sesso, scuole solo per maschi e scuole per solo femmine.

Ezechiele