Eventi locali / Local events, Servizio Volontario Europeo (EVS)

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.


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!


First ADR Kit, Vicolocorto, Workshop

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.

Eventi locali / Local events, Servizio Volontario Europeo (EVS), Workshop

Two days at the Istituto Bramante

Hello everyone!
On the 17th and 18th of December, we had the chance to go to a school here in Pesaro in order to give a presentation to the students about Vicolocorto and the European mobility programs, and to do some less formal activities, we had also organized, with Marina, Iuri and Francesco, a little workshop.

Vicolcorto, eventi locali, ITC Bramante, Pesaro


Day 1:

We started the first day by a presentation of Vicolocorto in a big auditorium, in front of at least 60 students. I have to admit that I was a little bit nervous, especially when I had to introduce myself and talk about my experience because I’m not really used to speak in front of large groups of people. Besides, since I was speaking in English, I didn’t know if everyone was able to understand what I was saying (and actually, at some point, a teacher asked me to speak more slowly). But everything went fine, and at the end a lot of students came to register to our newsletter, so I guess they were pretty interested!
But then the troubles began. Indeed, we had planned to do the workshop we had prepared during the afternoon, but the school only gave us the confirmation at the last minute so we also told the students about it at the last minute. Therefore, nobody showed up and we had to leave. But before that we had a nice conversation with three students, so at least we were able tell them a little bit more about us and the activities we offer.

Day 2:

The second day also began with a presentation of Vicolocorto to a group of student, but they were only 14 years old so not exactly our target since all the projects of the association are for people over18. Anyway, it’s still good for them to know that these opportunities exist and that they’ll be able to participate to an European program, whether short-term or long-term, when they get older.Vicolcorto, eventi locali, ITC Bramante, Pesaro

Then, during the afternoon we were finally able to present our workshop to the kids (even though at first, we thought nobody would come because of a zumba class that was taking place at the same time). We were not a lot, but maybe this was better for the kind of activities that we had prepared.
Unfortunately Katharina had to leave right after the brainstorming about the notion of multiculturalism because of an Italian exam, so I was again a little bit nervous. But Marina and the others helped me and we ended up having a really nice afternoon! The first activity we made was a taboo game: the kids had to guess or try to make the others guess certain words… but in French!

Indeed the purpose of the workshop was to make some games and activities about multiculturalism in French and in German. It was a little bit difficult for them at first, I guess they were a little bit shy, but they soon became more confident and they actually had a really good French. Then, we made an activity about different expressions with colors in English, French and Italian (like “voir la vie en rose” or “being green with envy”) and a game with French slang words: they were given cards with the words, the definitions were written on the blackboard and they had to guess which word meant what. For me, this was by far the funniest part, and I think they liked it a lot too! At the end, we gave them maps of France and Germany and they had to write in them all the clichés and stereotypes they had about us. Of course, snail-eaters, baguette and wine were in the French one and beer in the German one! This activity was also very funny and it allows us to speak about the perception that we have of other countries, which was super interesting.
In conclusion, I’d say that we spent a really great afternoon with super nice kids and I think that’s very cool that we were able to make them a little bit more interested and more aware of the multiculturalism in Europe.

I’m really looking forward to doing it again!


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Eventi locali / Local events

How to use ‘Windows Movie Maker’ – a lesson at the centro sociale “Salice Gualdoni”

We watch them almost every day, we laugh if they are funny and cry if they are sad – videos and movies. But how do you make one on your own?
For the younger generations this might not be a big problem, we either learned it already in school or can just go on the internet and search for instructions.
For older generations, who didn’t grow up with all the technical innovations, the whole research might be a little more difficult. This was the reason why we got a request from Laura’s father, Giancarlo for a lesson, about the Microsoft program ‘Windows Movie Maker’ from the elderly centre in Pesaro.

The people there are very active, going on trips and organizing events of which they are taking videos and pictures. The goal was to create a final video of the trip or event they were participating to. We decided to help them out and explain a little bit about how a program like this is working. I was the chosen one for this activity, so I informed myself a little bit on Youtube tutorials (since I’m not a great expert about video programs myself) and prepared a Power Point presentation about the Movie Maker.

Besides from the topic, there was another challenge waiting for me: the people at the centre don’t speak any English.
So with my more or less profound knowledge of ‘Windows Movie Maker’ and the Italian skills that I learned in school and gathered here during my EVS, I entered the centre on a rainy Friday afternoon in the beginning of December.

Vicolocorto, SVE, Katharina, centro socioculturale Salice Gualdoni, Movie Maker
My “class” consisted of 8 elderly people, some of them had brought their own laptop. The lesson started by introducing ourselves. I told them a little bit about who I am and what I am doing in Italy. In return, they told me their names and also explained more about the center itself – what they do in their free time and how they organize events. Then it was time for the Windows Movie Maker: I started with the presentation I had prepared and tried to explain with the help of pictures what the movie maker is and how we can use it to create a whole video from small videos and images. During this presentation, everyone was really quiet and trying to follow my speech and the examples I gave.  After that, I started to make a video on my own while they could watch. There, a lot of questions arose and I tried to answer them with the help of Laura.After 2,5 hours, everyone was a little bit tired – them from all the new information, me from speaking a lot of Italian.

One week later, we came back to the center – this time with handouts and with the intention to not only hold a speech, but create a workshop, so everyone could try on their own. I was accompanied by Sandra, Thomas and Klaudio, a local volunteer who helped me a lot with the translation and also had some more technical knowledge about the program.
Thanks to Cinzia and Anna, we were offered drinks and cake, so we had a good base to start from. This time, the lesson was a lot more interactive. I explained the steps and they followed the instructions with their own fotos and videos, supported by Klaudio and me. Some difficulties arose, but could be solved in the end. After 3 hours, everyone had created a smaller or bigger video, containing some subtitles and special effects.
Everyone was very satisfied, even though there were doubts if they would be able to do it on their own. But for that problem, we had the handouts on which they had been writing notes.
In the end, everyone was very thankful and I was proud that I had been able to hold a presentation in Italian. Also, we were invited for future projects in the centre – maybe about traditional Italian food and cooking next time 
A presto!
If you are interested in finding out more about the center’s activities visit their website: http://www.salicegualdoni.it/