Cultural Diversity as a Learning Tool in Youth Work, Vicolocorto

Cultural Diversity as a Learning Tool in Youth Work – Study visit in Latvia

In February, Vicolocorto hosted eight members of European organisations, as part of the project “Cultural Diversity as a Learning Tool in Youth Work”. This time, Carolina (from Vicolocorto) and Sabina (who works for EURES, the European Job Mobility Portal) went to Tukums, in Latvia. They experienced the working reality of the association Pozitiva Doma, which promotes intercultural awareness, non-formal education and voluntary service. Continue reading “Cultural Diversity as a Learning Tool in Youth Work – Study visit in Latvia”

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Servizio Volontario Europeo (EVS), Uncategorized, Vicolocorto, Workshop

One year of EVS in Slovenia!

Ciao! I am Stefania from Torino (Italy) and this is my first week in Slovenia. Actually this is my first time in Slovenia and it’s the first time that I live outside my country. So everything it’s new and exciting.

Brežice (I have to learn the right pronunciation yet) is a small and nice town surrounded by nature, in particular mountains and hills. It is beautiful to wake up in the morning listening the birds’sing and seeing pine trees.

There are a lot of services and in few minutes it’s possible to reach beautiful landscapes. In less than then two hours you can go to Ljubljana and in one hour to Zagreb. Me and Mariana (my portuguese flat mate) already visited Ljubljana the last weekend and it left to us a really good impression. It is not that big but is full of cultural centers and interesting events. It is calm but alive and active. I really liked Metelkova district with it’s graffities, artistic creations and the Art Contemporary Museum.

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The Brežice youth center is a very nice building too. It is big and contains a theatre, a bar, a hostel and it is very active in organizing cultural events and workshops for the citizenry. There is a positive mood in the working team and I really appreciate the non formal approach among the people that are part of it. This helps me feeling comfortable and free to express my opinion and to share my ideas. Indeed I am already thinking about some personal projects and it’s good that the center give me the opportunity to realize them supporting me through courses or lessons on how to prepare a project from the beginning to the end, in all the aspects that belong to it.

I am happy to be here and to do this kind of experience, I can’t wait to see the amazing places of Slovenia, learn new competences and sports. Slovenian people use to practise sport so I would like to improve myself and may be the nature motivates me to do different experiences. I will update you 😉

You go girl! See you,

 

Stefania

First ADR Kit, In accoglienza/hosting, post-project, Scambi, corsi, seminari/Short-term projects, seminari/short-term projects, Servizio Volontario Europeo (EVS), Uncategorized, Vicolocorto, Workshop

My EVS in Narvik, Norway

I’ve just spend the last 10 months in Narvik, doing my EVS with Narviksenteret’s organization, a War and Peace Centre located in a small town in the north of Norway with a lot of history to tell.

During my project I’ve been hosting tourists and groups at Narvik War Museum, taking photographs in many events, assisting in educational workshops for school classes, Christmas workshops, volunteering at the local festival Vinterfestuka and at the Easter Café with the Red Cross, involved in a Youth Exchange and a Training Course, social media development and more… My project is almost done and I will be flying home soon.

As I sit here and think about how to pack my suitcase for my homecoming I finally figure out that my EVS was not a small experience, as somebody may think, but it was a big chunk of my life. As I sit here and think about packing, I discover that in these 10 months I create and live a life, not a simple experience, that now I have to pull the strings, pack it up and “close”.

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Once that the thought settle in, I find myself thinking about all the good things that this year has brought, and I do it with a smile on my face and shiny eyes. Life in Narvik was not an easy one but it was good.

I hated it sometimes: this place so quiet and people so silent and private, or when it was raining no stop, or in the middle of a snow storm, or when there was no sun at all, just darkness. A couple of times I was ready to quit and book my ticket to Italy but I’m so glad that I’ve stayed. Now all the “bad” kind of disappear and just the good memories remain in my heart.

I have vivid memories of Sundays morning sitting outside of my house chatting with friends waiting for our laundry to be done, trying new food and drinks for the first time, hours playing cards, walking down icy sidewalks and falling down miserably, defending myself when they say that “Italians are just pasta and pizza”, hiking beautiful mountains, fishing my first fish ever and screaming with excitement, having my family visit me and bring some of my Italian warmth with them, being speechless while looking at the Northern Lights, smiling and laughing until it hurts..

The best thing about the EVS is how many people I’ve crossed path: with some of them I’ve shared all my 10 months in Narvik, with others just weeks or days but all of them influenced my personality and help me changing myself in the best way possible. I’m more open minded and accepting when I meet people, I feel more like a citizen of the World and not just one country, I’m more aware and sure of myself, more independent and, mostly, I have a bigger heart, filled with all the people that I’ve met and ready to welcome the ones that I will meet.

If I need to use just one word to describe EVS it would be CHANGE.

It’s very true that you always return as a changed person.

Giovanna

Servizio Volontario Europeo (EVS), Uncategorized, Vicolocorto, Workshop

EVS project “Be active and creative”

I arrived in Ropazi in October 11th, Wednesday, with a Baltic Air flight from Milano Malpensa. During the first 2 weeks I spent my time just settling in my new life. So I met the people with whom I would work and also I visited all the multifunctional centers of Ropazu Novads. I applied for a Latvian identity card and SIM card for my mobile phone. In the end of the month I partecipated with my roommate, Tamara Fernandez Gonzales, and our mentors, Martins Svitka and Valentina Svotska at On Arrival Training provided, with other EVS volunteers in Latvia. During those days we learnt something more about our duties and goals, unformal education and volunteering. From November our project really started.

November

Tamara and I (from now on, “we”) started our Latvian language lessons with Anna, twice a week, on Tuesday and Thursday, from 10 to 11 o’clock, in the Ropazi library. We received a grammar book and particular papers for studying. We had to create a presentation about ourself and our homelands for youngsters in Ropazi and Zakumuiza schools. To explain this stuff I created a game called: “Who wants to be Italian?”, made with a powerpoint animation, based on the famous TV show “Who wants to be a millionaire?”; this game proposed some questions about Italy. The students, divided in teams, had to guess the right answers. After every question, my job was to comment a little bit the topic the question was talkin’ about. This presentation was directed to students from 10 to 18 years old. Almost every Thursday we help Ilvars Ievins (our referent) during his archery lab with children (8 – 11 years old) in Ropazi school. We started to visit periodically the multifunctional centers of Tumsupe, Silakroogs, Kakciems and Mucenieki. In Tumsupe we were doing games with little children (6 – 10 years old). In Silakroogs we were doing kitchen lab with old people: one we cooked a Spanish dish, “Tortilla de patata”. The activity was ruled by Tamara. In Kakciems we spent time with teenagers (11 – 14 years old), doing games and unformal education activities to know better each other (“Draw and like” activity). In Mucienieki we did the same activity and also kitchen lab. Once we prepared “Pasta all’amatriciana”, typical Italian dish. In the same site we organized an “Art and craft” afternoon with the children from Refugees Center. This workshop was about Christmas: we prepared a Christmas tree with toilet paper tube and bristol cardboards. I joined the local floorball team, coached by Martins, for keeping fir and making friends with the local youngsters. We have trainments twice a week, on Tuesday and Thursday. Since October, we are helping Martins and Ilvars to lead the weekly “Youth Evening”, every Friday. In these occasions we organize games and make relations with the youngsters. On November the 21st, we participated in a team-building day with an expert and some teenagers of Ropazu Novads. Goal of the day was to create a team work for organizing in future events for youngsters. During this day my team (composed by Tamara, Martins and me) proposed a project for the summer, called “EuRopazi”, an European festival. From the end of the month the Art and Creative team work of Ropazi started to organize Christmas Festival.

December

First, we presented ourselves to Ropazu Novads Coucils and Municipality workers. We created a powerpoint animation about Italy and Spain and we did a little game similar to the one we did with the students. During this month we continued our activities in multifunctional centers, especially in Tumsupe and Mucenieki, because these are the most crowded. In particular, we had a Christmas workshop and games evening in both of them, with the help of Ilvars. During these occasions our goal was not simply having fun and entertaining, but creating a team spirit between all the teenagers form the different parts of Ropazu Novads. In the first day of Advent, I sang with Ilvars’ family some Christmas songs during the Opening Lighting Tree Event in Ropazi. I also spoke a little bit about myself and my volunteer activity to the audience. On December 12th and 19th, we started a project in Ropazi and Zakumuiza schools: Italian and Spanish lessons for students. These lessons took place on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon. With the Active and Creative team, we organized the Christmas Festival. It was settled in Zakumuiza Youth Club on December 22nd. For this event we prepared a quiz game about Christmas and helped the other people with the decorations and all the organizing part.

January

From 3rd to 6th we joined the Christian camp “Merki” in Norkalni. It was ruled by Ilvars and Martins. We helped the staff in game activities. Since January 12th, I started my own project “Riga Continua” (you can find the link in the comments), an Italian podcast in wich I talk about Latvia. For every episode I treat one particulat theme: the main goal is sharing my knowledge experience about Latvian culture with Italian people. For the editing and sharing part I use Audacity pc programme and social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Istagram, Mixcloud). To build a youngsters community in Ropazi, I thought about this “Ropazi Cup”, a monthly competition between different teams (formed by teenagers). Once in a month there will be a game day where we, all together, play a big game organized by us, with the help of Martins and Ilvars. The project started in February. I started my Italian lessons project in Zakumuiza and Ropazi schools. In these lessons I talk about Italian regions, culture and language, using powerpoint animation, youtube videos and my personal skills.

February 

In this month we started, on the 2nd, the “Ropazi Cup”, organizing and playing a live-action version of the famous board game “Clue”. Kids enjoyed the game and we are trustful for the next times. I continued my Italian lessons with the youngsters of Ropazi High School; unfortunately in Zakumuiza school the project ended because there were no people interested. So we started to do lessons twice a week in Ropazi, on Wednesday and Thursday. The kids who are partecipating are in total 10. By myself I started doing Italian language and culture lessons with the adults of Ropazi, in the public library. At the moment 7 people have joined the initiative. Me and Tamara continued our job in multifunctional centers: we organized Youth Evening also in Mucenieki, Tumsupe and Kakciems. We are quite satisfied about the result, especially in Kakciems, a place that usually is not so crowded and were the youngsters are not so involved with this kind of activities. On 19th February we also started together Russian language class, with Elena Suveizda, a local teacher. I continued my podcast project about Latvia. I improved it creating new profiles on Spreaker, Telegram and iTunes, investing 6 euros per month to have a better sharing. During this month Tamara and I were also more involved in the organisation of Youth Evening in Ropazi. Since this month our job is to create a new game for every week. We created some particular games for St. Valentine’s day. On 6th February we had a speech about EVS and volunteer life in a class in Ropazi school. The children were 10 – 11 years old.

Francesco

Eventi locali / Local events, Uncategorized, Vicolocorto

Vicolocorto va all’Università di Urbino!

Il “Career Day” si è svolto il 16 Novembre 2017 a Urbino presso l’Università degli Studi “Carlo Bo”. Si tratta di un evento annuale e il suo scopo è quello di far conoscere agli studenti dell’Università di Urbino (quindi a ragazzi dai venti ai trenta anni di età) tutte le possibilità lavorative, di formazione, di tirocinio e anche di volontariato che possono fare dopo il conseguimento della laurea. Durante questi due giorni, l’Università di Urbino ospita aziende, associazioni ed enti che offrono opportunità lavorative e non lavorative agli studenti.

Quest’anno Vicolocorto è stato invitato a parlare dell’esperienza di Volontariato Europeo durante il seminario “Opportunità di studio e lavoro all’estero”, organizzato dall’Ufficio Relazioni Internazionali e coordinato dal prof. associato Balduini, durante il quale sono intervenuti il responsabile Ufficio Relazioni Internazionali Fabrizio Maci, la referente SVE dell’ass. Vicolocorto Carolina Tenti e la referente Eures per la provincia di Pesaro e Urbino Sabina Carrozzo; nella fattispecie, Carolina Tenti e Sabina Carrozzo operano insieme un percorso informativo all’interno di scuole ed Università, in quanto la proposta di Servizio Volontario Europeo è un ottimo modo di fare esperienza e sviluppare abilità che poi potrebbero essere richiesti come requisiti nella ricerca di lavoro all’estero attraverso il portale di mobilità Eures, quindi sono entrambe proposte di mobilità giovanile. In più, l’ass. Vicolocorto condivide con Eures di Pesaro anche la sede, in quanto fisicamente entrambi gli uffici sono collocati all’interno del Centro per l’Impiego, l’Orientamento e la Formazione (CIOF), per un maggiore coordinamento e lavoro comune.

Abbiamo intervistato Carolina, la tutor EVS di Vicolocorto, che ha risposto ad alcune delle nostre domande sull’evento.

Vicolocorto ha lo stesso scopo della maggioranza delle associazioni presenti al “Career Day”?

Vicolocorto è un po’ un outsider al Career Day, perché noi non offriamo lavoro ovviamente, ma offriamo comunque delle opportunità. Ha lo stesso scopo nel senso che offriamo possibilità ai giovani dopo la loro laurea, però non siamo conosciuti come la realtà di un’azienda che offre lavoro, quindi diciamo che “Career Day” significa “giornata della carriera” e che noi non offriamo lavoro, ma possiamo comunque offrire delle opportunità per il futuro.

Perché è così importante che Vicolocorto partecipi a questo evento?

Perché abbiamo la possibilità innanzitutto di far conoscere una realtà di educazione non formale all’interno di un ambiente che lavora quasi esclusivamente con l’educazione formale, ovvero un percorso universitario accademico. Io mi sono ritrovata a parlare durante un seminario dove intervenivamo in cinque dei quali io ero l’unica persona giovane e l’unica persona che non era un insegnante. Gli altri erano tutti professori che parlavano di Erasmus e lavoro; io parlavo di opportunità all’estero di volontariato. Quindi sono riuscita a far conoscere una realtà differente da quello di cui, di solito, si parla all’interno dell’università. Perciò, entrare all’università e parlare di SVE, corsi di formazione, educazione non formale, mobilità giovanile è un risultato, perché finalmente anche i professori e gli stessi studenti si rendono conto che esiste anche questa realtà, oltre all’Erasmus, all’Erasmus Mundus o al  tirocinio universitario.

Secondo te, di cosa hanno più bisogno questi studenti?

La descrizione dello SVE ha riscosso un gran successo perché ancora lo conoscono in pochi, tantomeno i professori. Ci sono state tante domande e tanto interesse. Anche alla fine del seminario, che è durato un’ora e mezzo, molti ragazzi sono venuti da me, fermandomi, dicendomi, chiedendomi… perchè è una realtà accessibile a tutti. Non c’è bisogno di grandi soldi, di determinati voti, non c’è bisogno di requisiti. In un momento di crisi come quello che stiamo vivendo questo è importante. Invece di uscire dall’università e avere delle offerte di lavoro, i giovani hanno bisogno di fare un’esperienza per acquisire le competenze infrasettoriali. Quindi è un argomento attraente, quello di un volontariato formativo all’estero, è una proposta accessibile.

Cosa pensi che gli studenti abbiano imparato?

Questa è una domanda difficile, nel senso che spesso ti trovi a raccontare come funzionano questi progetti. Poi ti approcciano e ti dicono “ok, quindi quanti anni devo avere per fare questa cosa?” e ti rendi conto che il messaggio passa in parte, cioè, alcune informazioni non vengono recepite o ascoltate durante un incontro formativo. Quindi sicuramente la cosa interessante è che andando in queste realtà, sia nella scuola che nell’università, fai passare un messaggio, poi chi lo vuole cogliere sa che esiste e ha tutti gli strumenti necessari per andare a ricercare oppure per contattare Vicolocorto o qualsiasi altra associazione che lavora con lo SVE.

Cosa ti è piaciuto di più di questo giorno? Qual è stata la cosa più notevole di questo giorno?

Essere chiamata Dottoressa perché in Italia quando ti laurei vieni chiamato dottore! Scherzi a parte, è stato interessante guidare per la prima volta un dibattito all’interno di un sistema universitario quindi essere dall’altra parte. Fino a qualche anno fa io ero nel pubblico e adesso invece essere la persona che dà delle possibilità e delle informazioni dall’altra parte è stimolante. In secondo luogo, è bello trovarsi insieme a professori rinomati con molti studi sulle spalle, e poi in realtà vedere che l’offerta che viene dalla ragazza giovane, dall’associazione che magari in confronto alla realtà universitaria non è nulla, attrae molto. Questo è stato interessante. In terza ed ultima istanza la reazione dei professori. Lo stupore di queste persone che lavorano nell’ufficio Erasmus, nell’ufficio Relazioni Internazionali dell’Università, e non sanno niente dello SVE, non sanno niente di questa piccola fetta di Erasmus+, che mi dicono ‘’Che bello! Non sapevo di questa opportunità, grazie mille di avercela fatta conoscere anche a noi’’. Penso che sia stata una soddisfazione abbastanza grande, è stata una giornata veramente interessante.

Secondo Carolina la partecipazione di Vicolocorto al “Career Day” è stata un successo. Molti giovani erano interessati a saperne di più sul volontariato all’estero. Poi i frutti, se qualcuno tornerà, ne parlerà, avrà capito materialmente l’importanza che può avere un’esperienza di questo genere, si vedranno in futuro. E quando quel giorno arriverà, sicuramente si, sarà un successo.

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Demi e Filipa

 

 

post-project, Servizio Volontario Europeo (EVS), Uncategorized, Vicolocorto

EVS project “WrocLove Science” came to an end!

An EVS project “WrocLove Science” in Wroclaw, Poland came to the end.
It was an educational initiative aimed at young people starting their careers. The aim of the project was to acquire practical knowledge, skills and attitudes difficult to gain while studying but in the same time sometimes necessary in the labor market. The project was attended by four volunteers – two from Italy and two from Spain. The task of the volunteers was work with students and pupils at risk of social exclusion. Vicolocorto was a partner in this project.
The program was designed to enable participants to develop on many levels. During the project volunteers, with the support of the Foundation staff and based on their experience and scientific programs of Omniveda Foundation, have prepared an educational program for school children struggling with economic and geographical difficulties. Volunteers have been comprehensively prepared to perform their tasks through participation in numerous training sessions, workshops and study visits. During the classes volunteers provided also various information about their country, culture, language, their passions and fields of interests. As a result of it the program of their volunteering has gained an intercultural dimension, which has had a great impact on enhancing world curiosity, understanding for diversity and respect for cultural differences among children and young people taking part in workshops.
The culmination of the workshops was the organization of summing-up mini-academies in each of the partner schools, which was attended by teachers and school principals, parents, but also representatives of the Department of Education of the City of Wroclaw. During the academies kids were able to show their learning outcomes and achievements as well involve wider local community into participation of the project. The results of the project were also a blog run by participants and promoting results of the project and encouraging the participation of young people in volunteering programs. Another result was a movie presenting the project “WrocLove Science” in Wroclaw. Each of the volunteers created their own dossier, collecting the results of their half-year stay on the EVS project in Wrocław as well as the individual youthpass certificate.  

Interested in the project? Check the blog here: https://wroclovescience.wordpress.com/ or/and watch the movie: https://youtu.be/HfWIzRORi9M

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