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Il primo soccorso può salvare la vita – noi di Vicolocorto siamo parte della squadra!

La scorsa settimana siamo stati tutti insieme – cioè lo staff di Vicolocorto e i nuovi volontari SVE (servizio di volontariato europeo) della Croce Rossa – per partecipare ad un corso di primo soccorso. Siccome è molto importante sapere come reagire nelle situazioni di emergenza, anche noi siamo stati invitati a fare questo corso presso la sede del comitato CRI di Pesaro.

Ci siamo incontrati due pomeriggi (martedì e giovedì) con Elisa, responsabile della formazione per la Croce Rossa di Pesaro, per avere prima le lezioni teoriche e dopo anche per mettere in pratica quello che abbiamo imparato su un manichino.

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Abbiamo parlato delle diverse situazioni di emergenza che succedono più frequentemente e in cui noi possiamo aiutare. Elisa ha presentato diversi tipi di emorragie e ferite e ha spiegato i tre gradi della bruciatura e lo stadio dello shock.

Più importante era la spiegazione dei trattamenti in questi casi, soprattutto la “CPR” (rianimazione cardiorespiratoria). Se una persona è incosciente, si devono seguire i tre passi dell’algoritmo “ABC”: Airways, Breathing e Circulation. Dopo aver valutato la coscienza, si devono aprire le vie respiratorie con un’iperestensione del capo e poi si controlla se la persona respira guardando il torace e sentendo e ascoltando il respiro attentamente. Se la persona incosciente non respira, si deve iniziare con la rianimazione: trenta pressioni sul cuore al ritmo della canzone “Staying Alive” dei Bee Gees, e due respiri alla bocca (insufflazioni). Dopo due o tre ripetizioni la persona potrebbe ricominciare a respirare ed essere cosciente di nuovo. In questo caso, si mette la persona nella posizione laterale di sicurezza. In ogni caso non si deve dimenticare di chiamare 118, il numero di emergenza in Italia, prima di iniziare la CPR. Così l’aiuto professionale può arrivare velocemente.

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Il corso di primo soccorso con Elisa è stato molto interessante e noi abbiamo avuto la possibilità di imparare tutto ciò che è necessario per aiutare nelle situazioni di emergenza nella vita quotidiana. Inoltre ci siamo accorti che la Croce Rossa è sempre pronta a supportare le persone che si sentono abbastanza coraggiose da prestare i primi soccorsi in caso di necessità. Raccomando anche a voi un corso di primo soccorso alla Croce Rossa: non abbiate paura di aiutare e salvare le vite!

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Say HELLO to tolerance!

As we all know, Vicolocorto is a non-political, non profitable youth association with specialization in youth work, focused towards the education and mobility. Its mission is to educate young people through non-formal education with the help of volunteers like myself.
One of the perks of the association is to host volunteers form all around the Europe, but also to give a chance to Italian youth to experience the same – to travel abroad, meet new people, learn about different countries and their culture, but overall to participate in an interesting project and have a life-changing experience!

Youth Network MaMa is a Slovenian organization that combines and represents organizations that run youth centres or are active in the field of youth work in Slovenia in order to support youth, their spending of quality free time and a better life on the society. With it’s activities the Youth Network MaMa stimulates and promotes creative activities of youth and emphasize the principles of tolerance, cooperation and at the same time social awarness among members and wider public.

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In the EVS project “Say hello to tolearnce“, from 26th September to 28th October, they will host 16 European volunteers that will prepare and execute an EVS promotional campaign, promoting tolerance and social integrations as well as international mobility of youth Erasmus+ Youth in Action programme.

So we sat down with our delightful Ilaria Imbriani, and asked her a couple of question to better understand her motives for participation in this project.

How were you introduced to Vicolocorto Association?
I knew Vicolocorto 4 years ago, when a friend of mine went to Turkey to do a youth exchange with Vicolocorto as sending organization, and after the experience suggested me to do a similar experience.

Have you ever volunteered before?
Before Vicolocorto I volunteered in a doghouse, but it was complitely different.

Is this your first time volunteering abroad?
It is not the first time for me volunteering, but it is the first time I am doing an EVS. I’ve done 2 youth exchanges and one training course abroad on different topics in Georgia, Austria and Poland.

Why did you choose this project?
I choose this project because I was searching first for a short evs (1 or 2 months) and I found this short EVS in Slovenia. I really like the topic (tolerance, social issue, youth centre) and I really like the fact that we will move from town to town across Slovenia.

What can you contribute to the project?
I think I can contribute to this project with my energy and my desire to do, know, challenge myself, learn from other people and improve as a person.

What are your expectations related to the voluntary program?
Actually I have no expectations because I try not to have expectations, but rather to live the moment. I only wish that I meet interesting people and friends and live in a serene atmosphere.

What are your expectations related to the organzation and other participants?
I hope the organization will try to make the best in order to facilitate participants (transports, food, activities)
and make sure it will be a wonderfull project.

Why did you choose this country?
Firstly I choose the project because I like it very much. But I’m also curious to visit and learn from sLOVEnia.

What is your plan for the future? Do you think that EVS can help you to achieve your goals?
I think after this short-term EVS I will make one long-term, because I think I need this at the moment. I need a challenge with myself and I have to grow up as a person so I hope this EVS will help me in this.

Thank you very much for your time, we wish you most of the luck in Slovenia and in the future!

Maja

Tell us about your EVS!

“So, how was it abroad?” – this is one of the first questions that every traveler has to answer upon his return to the home country. The person asking the question is curious, and also expects a nice answer – if possible short, and also profound. The problem is, that this ‘one’ answer is extremely hard to give. I mean, how are you supposed to summarize weeks or month, full of memories, full of ups and downs, in one sentence? See, it’s kind of impossible.

But still, it is nice to share experiences, for both sides: the traveler gets to relive some moments and share the passion about the journey, the questioner gets to imagine what it was like, maybe dreaming about doing something similar himself.

So to give former Italian EVS volunteers abroad the chance to share their experience with us, today’s article is going to be the first one of a series of short interviews with them, in which they will tell you something about themselves, about their projects and about the whole “EVS experience”.

And here we go with our first candidate, Nicola Tallarini, who did his EVS in Austria from February to July 2014

Tell us something about you: Who are you? Where are you from? What do you do at the moment? Why did you want to do EVS?

My name is Nicola, I’m 28 years old and come from Italy (my village is close to Pesaro). I teach Italian as a foreign language.
I participated to an EVS project in Austria. Afterwards, I have decided to stay in Graz and look for work. If you participate to the EVS project, you get everything that you need to live abroad. But afterwards, if you have studied literature and live abroad, it is not easy to find work. In general, it is not easy to live (and survive) in a foreign country. That is the reason why I’m doing more than one job simultaneously: I teach Italian to children and work at the University as a lector, teaching some supplemental programs. Every day, I learn German at the University. Learning German and gaining experience through living abroad were my reasons to participate to the EVS program.

Vicolocorto, Austria, EVS, GrazDescribe your project a little bit: What was it about, what did you do and why did you choose that project?

I worked as a tutor in a youth centre in a village in Austria. For me, it was very interesting, because I didn’t know anything about youth centers before. In Gratwein (the village), I could discover the youth center “Click In” and I liked it a lot. My colleagues were very nice, helpful and professional, because they were already experienced and had completed special studies to work with young people.

How was your first impression when you arrived? 

I had been to Graz before, so it wasn’t a shock for me. I was satisfied to come back there. In the youth centre I noticed immediately that the youngsters are really nice and funny. Some weeks ago I visited them and I was glad to see them happy.

Did you experience a cultural shock? How fast did you learn the new language?

Of course the language was a little shock for me. German isn’t an easy language. I had learned it a little bit by myself and then did a crash course. In Austria, they often speak a strong dialect, so I needed time to understand everything. Since I wanted to learn German, I never spoke any English.

Did you feel integrated in the local community?

I lived in Graz and went to Gratwein by train every day. There are many foreigners living in Graz, so it’s easy to feel at home. If you miss Italy, you can meet a lot of Italians, because there are many in Graz. The young people in Graz are nice, but more reserved than Italians. It’s not easy to get in contact with them.

Vicolocorto, Austria, EVS, Graz, Click InDid you have anything that you did regularly in your free time? (sports, music…)

Since there are many beautiful bike lanes in Graz, I was biking almost every day. I often took a walk or went hiking. Together with a friend (Francesca from Pesaro), I tried to learn Wiener Walzer. We went to the theater and the opera often and also visited many museums.

All together, how would you rate your EVS experience? Was it as you expected it or totally different?

My experience was very positive. After my studies, I really wanted to do something different, and thanks to the EVS program I could work with youth and learn a new language. I was expecting to do something new and different, and I am happy that I found exactly that.

Now that your project is over, do you feel that it changed you or influenced you somehow? Is your life now different from what is was before?

Thanks to Erasmus, Youth in Action and the Leonardo program, I have had the chance to live abroad. Now I feel like I understand and know how to work with young people a lot better – something very important for me, since I want to work as a teacher.

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Grazie Nicola for telling us about your experience!