Monthly Archives: May 2017

Different weekend for Fiesta Globàl

We arrived in Fattoria della Legalità (Isola del Piano, PU) Saturday afternoon at 2 pm, and just after leaving the car we could enjoy the picturesque view that there would have been there for the next two days.

Fattoria della Legalità is a house taken from the mafia and now it’s used by the Town Hall and the people for social and cultural activities in order to keep the freedom and to do something useful for society. The town major, a very gentle and kind person, explained us a bit about Isola del Piano history as the first biological farm area in Italy and how the Fattoria della Legalità developed as a social site, after the mafia man who owned the place until twelve years ago.

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All of us, as the group of the Vicolocorto’s EVS, we were there for helping to organize the Fiesta Globàl, the street art festival that will take place in Montefabbri, from 21st to 23rd of July. In order to make the organization successful, first of all we got to know each other better, so we could easily cooperate with the organizers and local volunteers of the festival. Because of that we joined two workshops on the arrival day, one about experimental theater, and the other one, after dinner, about playing djembe.

The djembe session was so successful and funny that some of us continued playing until it was  really time to go to bed.

We all slept in a non-common way: in a camper, in a tent under the stars, on the floor, in a car… But we managed to get up full of energy! So on Sunday we started with a nice breakfast in the middle of those beautiful mountains, some of us had a nice walk and came back with a bag made of leaves plenty of wild cherries (which we are still wondering if there were cherries or not, but that weren’t toxic and tasted very good!). After eating a real Italian pasta meal and “crostata” as dessert, we had the main meeting for preparing the festival.

The whole group, more or less twenty people, discussed about many different important aspects for the organization of the Fiesta Globàl: the prize of the ticket, the decoration of the entrance, the logistic of the events, how to do the promotion, and which extra activities would be nice for the festival audience. It was long enough for realizing how the event will be and, moreover, how important it is to meet the people with who you will collaborate before starting to. And that’s the value of the art labs and the meals that we shared before organizing meeting, because only after that we felt free and we were able to show to the others our opinions and our ideas to enrich the festival.

We went back home with some things to do on our own for the festival, but with a lot of new memories and friends that we hope we will meet again!

Maria

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L’altra faccia del “Ritrovo dei Viaggiatori”

“Magari andiamo tutti a fare l’aperitivo?” Era la prima domanda che mi facevano in italiano e non poteva essere più giusta! Non perché mi piace la dolce vita –anche –, era per il bell’ambiente che si sentiva in quel primo incontro del “Ritrovo dei Viaggiatori” alla Biblioteca San Giovanni di Pesaro. Tutta la gente che era là era abbastanza motivata di imparare l’inglese, l’obiettivo principale dell’attività, e il mio lavoro, che non è altro che fare fluire la conversazione, è stato in tutti gli incontri abbastanza facile e divertente. Parliamo delle nostre esperienze all’estero: dove sei andata per vacanza l’anno scorso, dove vuoi andare questo Ferragosto, che cosa si mangia nel tuo paese, come è il caffè li. La risposta a quest’ultima domanda è “pessimo sempre fuori d’Italia” ovviamente, almeno per loro.

Finché la conversazione, che era solo una scusa per migliorare la lingua inglese, è diventata una maniera di fare nuovi amici e conoscere altre culture e altri modi di pensare e di vivere.

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Non bisogna dare molti dettagli sulle cose che succedono dopo il ritrovo, come l’andare all’aperitivo o a prendere un gelato. Per questo post basta dire che questa è l’altra faccia degli incontri, e che è una aiuto per noi, come stranieri, per trovare persone italiane e cominciare relazioni di amicizia attraverso cui imparare la lingua italiana. Ma anche per loro è una maniera diversa di incontrare altra gente della stessa età che altrimenti non hanno la possibilità di conoscere.

Sono arrivata a Pesaro un mese fa e questa riflessione rimane ancora nel mio pensiero. Perché la risposta della gente e così gentile in tutti i luoghi dove facciamo il progetto del Ritrovo. Magari loro la sentono così bella, non solo come uno scambio di lingua, ma anche come uno di cultura, un incontro interculturale, dove arricchire non la tasca, ma la mente.

Ah! Nel caso che qualcuno non mi crede, mi sono dimenticata di dirlo: ho già cucinato la tortilla spagnola, patata e cipolla e miracolosamente è piaciuta abbastanza (o questa è la cosa che mi hanno detto). Forse preparerò un’altra per il prossimo incontro, forse comincio a insegnare ai miei nuovi amici come cucinarla.

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Non importa. La cosa veramente notevole, la conclusione, è che nella bilancia del tempo, socializzare con sconosciuti diventa un’abitudine per crescere come persona e anche come, in questo caso, cittadino europeo. Sia per coabitare con francesi, sia per partecipare agli incontri di conversazione in inglese con locali, una si sente più vicina agli italiani e ammira le conoscenze di quelle persone che, prima di trasferirsi in Italia, non avevano per lei né faccia né sentimenti, quindi non le importavano.

In questo momento, con l’aria di paura degli stranieri che si spande sul mondo, con la minaccia dell’odio verso gli sconosciuti attraverso di movimenti politici e sociali euroscettici, credo realmente che questa non sia un’idea da scordarsi. Non va dimenticata, almeno. Non per i giovani che riconoscono che Europa ha bisogno di cambiamenti, ma che tra la sua diversità sia ancora unita e possa diventare più umana.

Maria

The First ADR Kit comes into practice!

After the intense week in Pesaro in March, when all the participants had the opportunity of creating their workshops, now the time has come for implementing the workshop in the target groups they were created for. Each national group has created two workshops which have to be tested in different contexts. The Italian participants from Vicolocorto Federica, Marzia and Virginia, like the other participants, had created two workshops during the seminar: the first one is called Exploring the Agreement and the second one Dealing with emotions.

Exploring Agreement is a workshop that focuses on the existence of conflicts and the opportunity of finding a Zone Of Possible Agreement (ZOPA) between the persons involved. In order to help the participants to gradually understand what ZOPA is, the Italian group designed two kinds of interrelated activities. First of all, the participants are divided in two groups and they are given a card with their positions: the situation that is handed out in the card changes according to the target group and is usually something that they may have experienced in their daily or work life, so that it should be easy for them to imagine how to feel. The card is meant in fact to help them to feel the conflict with the aim of confronting the other team. The second phase of the workshop is the actual exploration of possible agreement through the use of a board game: battleship. Thanks to the game, they can find the ZOPA and learn more about the chances they have to overcome conflicts. The workshop ends with an evaluation phase: the participants have to answer two questions regarding their feelings and their learning outcomes after the workshop; they have to write their answers on sticky notes and then share with the others.

The workshop Dealing with emotions is characterized by three main phases: first all, the participants are helped to give a name to their emotions; secondly, they make the experience of mishandling their and the others’ emotions in a specific situation; finally, they can practice how to give time and space to feelings. To explore the topic, the participants have to improvise a little sketch twice: the first time, they have to mishandle it; the second time they have to show how to deal with emotions in the best way.

The workshop have been tested 4 times on the 8th of May and as target group were selected young volunteers of the National Civil Service who are active for 12 months in the Municipality of Senigallia, aged between 18 and 29.

The volunteers have been split into two smaller groups, homogeneous in terms of work-related daily activities, and this gave the chance to test each workshop on two different groups.

The first (morning) was a mixed group as it was composed of volunteers belonging to different projects: some of them are volunteers in the library, some others in tourist information centers, but they had in common that they usually engage in activities of front office.

The second group (afternoon) was composed of young volunteers that belonged to the same project: they work with the elderly, usually offering them personal assistance and driving them when they need it, so they engage in personal aid relationships

The trainers delivered both workshops with one group in the morning (4 hours) and with the other in the afternoon (4 hours), and the participants responded differently to the activities, so it required adjustments and improvements.

Thanks to this intense day of test, the trainers had many interesting and important feedbacks and suggestions on how to integrate and improve their workshops. First of all, they understood that each group has its own dynamics and that an energizer is always a good way to start the workshop and to create harmony inside a group. Then, they adjusted the time given to each activity in order to make them really work as they were designed for: in the first group the fear of not having enough time made them rush some moments that, on the contrary, needed more time to work well. Moreover, they tested the activities in different setting to examine their flexibility so that the workshops could be delivered in every conditions. They integrated some changes to the workshops also before the second group, and the result was far better than in the first group. Anyway, the learning outcomes that all the participants shared made the trainers realize the fact that they really did a good job. Before the end of the month some more test are scheduled, and the target group will change again so that they can have a broader vision and make the workshop even more complete.