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A week of good practices in Pesaro

From February 18th to 25th , Vicolocorto hosted eight members of four different European organisations working with youth. This visit was part of a project called “Cultural diversity as a learning tool in youth work” which started one year ago and will last until 2019. The project’s aim is to visit the five partner countries (Spain, Italy, Latvia, Slovenia and the UK) and to get to know the associations’ best practices regarding cultural diversity and youth work. The best practices found by all participants will be collected in a “Good Practices guide” that later will be published in different languages.

The first visit was in November, in Slovenia, and the next will take place in May, in Latvia.

In order to find the good practices, during their stay in Pesaro, the participants visited the Employment Centre of Pesaro, Totem Youth Centre, Wanda di Ferdinando Foundation and, of course, Vicolocorto. They were also invited to join some of the weekly implemented actvities; the “Talk Together” language conversations, for example, in the library (organised by Vicolocorto in cooperation with the Youth Information Centre); and a cooking workshop in Totem where they learned how to make piadina together with children from the centre.


We asked four of the participants about their experience in Pesaro and about the good practices that they will take home from Vicolocorto. Here’s what they told us:

Viktorija Kos (Zavod Voluntariat – Slovenia): I can see that Vicolocorto is like an umbrella for many different organizations such as the Red Cross, InformaGiovani (in partnership with the library), Totem… bringing together all these organizations from different areas is a big advantage.

Carlos García (Asociación Cultural Integra – Spain): Pesaro is a really beautiful and quiet city. Unfortunately, it was raining all week but we are used to it in Coruna. As for the activities, the “Talk Together” activity was perfect. It’s an informal way to learn a new language and maybe also a good way to break some of the stereotypes we have about people from other countries.


Penelope Clifton (Community Action Dacorum – UK): First of all, I like the character of the city of Pesaro, it seems very cohesive and inclusive, nobody’s in a rush. Also, it was great to see how people engage; the “Talk Together” initiative was impressive. I think we could use that, particularly for migrants and refugees. Then, Totem was fantastic, Mery is truly inspirational and the place is very inclusive, bringing together people of all ages and abilities. And the idea of providing equal opportunities regardless of skill level, for example in ceramics workshop, it impressed me, too.

Ieva Upesleja (Positiva Doma – Latvia): Vicolocorto manages to send and host a lot of volunteers which is really impressive, because you never know how much you can influence someone’s life and what will be the outcome of such an experience. The way they manage to encourage schools to work with them and organise activities is also really interesting. Yesterday, we went to Totem and we loved how they manage to create a family environment where everyone is welcome regardless of their background.


For us, volunteers of Vicolocorto, having visitors around for a week was interesting and fun. We got to share our daily routine and activities with new people, and learn about the reality of other associations in Europe.

To learn more about the project “Cultural diversity as a learning tool in youth work” and to find information about the “Good practices guide“, you can follow our Facebook page , the project’s Facebook page or visit our website.

Karolina, Filipa, Nayra & Léa


The journey towards Cultural Diversity starts from Ljubljana!

From the 13th to the 19th of November 2017, the first joint staff mobility training of the KA2 project “Cultural Diversity as a learning tool in Youth Work” took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia. All the five partners of the project had the possibility either to meet again or, in some cases, for the first time to work intensively on the concept of cultural diversity and on learning tools. This was the first of five different study visits during which the members of the five partner organizations could go to relevant NGOs and Youth Centres in the hosting country and collect their best practices as regards the use of cultural diversity as a learning tool in youth work. At the end of the project, all the information collected during these visits will contribute to the creation of a Good Practice Guide.

During these mobilities, each partner organization has the opportunity to send a member of the NGO and a guest. In the case of Vicolocorto, we decided to cooperate with the Employment Centre of Pesaro and our guest was Angela Bulzinetti, one of the persons in charge of the Department of Education, Vocational Training and Career Guidance. We made this choice as an association because cultural diversity is a real challenge in Italy at the moment and the Employment Centre is one of the institutions that deals with various and diverse people: they all come here to look for a job or for training; therefore, it is important that such an important place has a saying in the topic and that it can benefit from the good practices experienced in other countries.

The Slovenian NGO Zavod Voluntariat organised for us the perfect week combining visits to different NGOs and interesting workshops. The main priority was to establish what we wanted to learn from this first joint staff mobility and to lay the foundation of the Good Practice Guide: How can we define “Cultural Diversity”? What is a learning tool? How do we recognize a good practice? These were just some of the questions we tried to answer at the beginning of the visit. The workshops, the good cooperation among the participants and their experience in the field helped a lot in finding the answers but if we started the week with unstable definitions, everything that we lived during the week really helped us through the process and cleared up our doubts.

Thanks to Zavod Voluntariat and their EVS volunteers we had the opportunity to visit 4 NGOs, the Autonomous Cultural Centre “Metelkova”, the Youth Council of Slovenia and three social enterprises. From Zavod Bob, for example, we learned how to be street youth worker and how to communicate with young people to solve problems; thanks to Zavod Voluntariat we gathered a lot of information about global education and about active support of young people; from Mladi Zmaji we learned how sport can be a learning tool about cultural diversity and inclusion; from Humanitas we learned how to use theatre with migrants; from Metelkova we learned the importance of art and sharing; thanks to the Youth Council of Slovenia we learned what structured dialogue is and that finally Slovenia has a vocational qualification for Youth Workers.

Every person that we met contributed in its own way to our definition of cultural diversity, helped us to broaden our minds and have a clearer understanding of what we want to include in our Good Practice Guide. Following the rules set at the kick off meeting, we only choose two NGOs to include in the Good Practice Guide, but for sure we brought home with us far more than we expected.

Now we are ready for the next step!

On February 2018 we will have the pleasure to host in Pesaro the second event, giving the opportunity to 10 youth workers from UK, Latvia, Slovenia and Spain to visit our region and share our best practices in terms of Cultural Diversity in youth work in Italy!


First ADR Kit flies to the North for the mid-term meeting

From the 8th to the 12th of June 2017, all the coordinators of the five partners of the project First ADR Kit met for  the mid-term meeting in a wonderful place in Norway, 220 km inside the arctic circle: Narvik. The Norwegian partner association, Narviksenteret, is in fact located in Narvik where they also manage the War Museum. Joakim and Ann Kristin hosted us in Beis Fjørd (12 km from Narvik) in a nice dormitory which was part of what used to be a military barrack and is now owned by the local sport association. The fact that we were hosted in a dormitory with a common kitchen contributed to create the right atmosphere to work together: the rituals of having breakfast together and to prepare the meals together positively influenced also the way we were working together.

We hadn’t seen each other from the seminar that Vicolocorto hosted here in Pesaro last March. It was not only a pleasure to meet again, but it was also a very useful occasion to revive the energy which is now necessary to accomplish the final phase of the project. First of all, we used the mid-term meeting to share with the other partners what we all have been doing regarding the project from March until June. In Pesaro the participants had created 10 workshops and every association had to test them in their local reality to improve and to adapt them to the target groups they were meant for: this was the moment to share all the results and the actual status of the workshops. Some partners struggled more than other to finalize the workshops and, in this sense, meeting with the group was very helpful: the creative atmosphere of the previous seminar was easily recreated and constructive feedback was given to everybody’s work.

Beside the workshops, we discussed dissemination strategies, the handbook and the final events since the project is entering its last phase. Another big topic was “Games”: the partners felt that we had to use the valuable time together of the mid-term meeting to finalize them. This was the right decision because we managed to work hard and to give a better shape to the two educational games that we need to develop within the project. There was and there is a good synergy within the group and what is really impressive is the fact that nobody lost interest in this project, on the contrary we discussed the option of continuing not only working with ADR, but also together.


Besides work, thanks to the hosts and their EVS volunteers (we are very proud to be Giovanna’s Sending Organization), we also had the opportunity to visit Narvik and the museum they manage. They are really passionate about their town, its history and the history of the people that lived there. Not only they’re passionate about their past, but they also use it as a tool to fight war in contemporary society and to work towards peace. The tour in the museum was very exciting and they gave us a lot of interesting information and facts. The cherry on top was the dinner with an amazing view on the fiords. While getting to the restaurant, we discovered the city and its curious facts and places thanks to a special tour organized for us.

We had five days of intense work, cooperation and discoveries since for many of us was the first time in Norway and for sure the first time in the midnight sun. We left Narvik with a lot of tasks and new appointments: each partner will work now with its own team until the final event when everyone will meet again to close the project.