Name of the project: DIVERSITY
Duration of the project: 6 months
Number of places available : 4 places
A.C.T.O.R.- Cultural Association for Theatre and Origami in Romania ,
EVS accreditation send/host/coordinating organization 2010-Ro-6
The project has 2 main activities:
-in different kindergartens and schools in Bucharest , presenting your culture to the children trough artistic activities and games
– in three hospitals for children where A.C.T.O.R. performs clinic animation programs
Other activities can be about getting involved in A.C.T.O.R.’s internal events like campaigns, sessions to promote volunteering, the national origami contest.
Because it is a project about cultural diversity, we are looking for volunteers from one of these countries to complete our team of European volunteers which will bring their cultures closer to the Romanian children: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovak Republic,Slovenia, Sweden, United Kingdom
Working in kindergartens and schools
The volunteer will be in these institutions the ambassador of his culture. That’s why we would like to have volunteers from different countries from all Europe in this project, so that the children will experience the diversity of European cultures.
The volunteers have to find creative ways of working with children so that they will learn by discovering while interacting with the world around him in a non-formal and motivating way.
Each volunteer will make a plan with educative games, stories, songs from his country, divided in 5 or 6 meetings.
Example of subjects for each meeting:
Observing the sounds of the volunteers language:
Simple funny nursery rhimes, songs with movements, presenting short cartoons/ movies in the volunteers language
Observing colors and shapes :
Traditional costumes, flags, national symbols
Role playing games
Introduction in the national legends
Observing the national rhytms and dances of the culture:
Coordonation and cooperation games
Playing the traditional music
Testing the national tastes and smells:
Prezenting pictures with the national food
Bringing samples of the national food
Playing games from around the country of the volunteer:
Specific games in the volunteer’s country
Observing certain traditional events in the volunteer’s country:
Realizing a mini event like the same as the original
The volunteers will have one meeting per week with each kindergarten/ school, so that in one week they will go to around 5 different kindergartens/ schools, deploying all kinds of artistic activities- painting, dancing, theatre or educative games.
Choosing the activities depends on the volunteer’s way of expressing himself and interacting with the kids the best. The children are divided in age groups and the method may depend on that.
These activities have to follow the values of the kindergartens and to open the children’s mind to the cultural diversity around them.
Through attractive, playful and interactive ways, the children should discover and understand themselves and the world around them better.
Also, having as teachers and friends interesting personalities from Europe will improve their communication skills and their trust in them.
Working in hospitals
The clinic animation program takes place in 3 different hospitals: 3 days per week, around 3 hours per day. The categories of children from the hospitals are with orthopedic problems or burned, from the oncology section or with lung problems. Some of them are also from poor families or from other social areas with problems.
Their treatment often requires a long period in the hospital, an unfriendly environment for the child.
The volunteers go in the hospital rooms and play with puppets, draw, read, make different creation workshops, make origami with the children, depending on what the condition of the child is and on the way the volunteer likes to express himself.
Sometimes only talking with the child in a friendly and optimistic way can improve his state.
Working with Romanian children
Working with children from 3 to 14 years old or from hospitals can be challenging sometimes, but seeing the progresses they make after working with you can be very satisfying. If you are calm, patient, responsible, careful, but in the same time creative, funny, skillful, you are a good candidate for working with kids and you should use your potential. Also, you have to know how to make yourself listened to; because children are the most exigent audience….that could be another challenge for you!
Working in this project does not require professional abilities in any of its activities. Your participation is expected to take the abilities you have in this domain to the next level as it will be proved in your Youth pass.
The intercultural experience
Once you’re here, you will have the opportunity to discover the Romanian culture from inside. The children you will work with and the system they are in will be an important way to observe and to learn more about us.
You will also meet other Romanian young people, as well as other European volunteers hosted by A.C.T.O.R. and this could be a very valuable experience for you!
If you are interested in this project, please send a CV with a funny picture 🙂 and a motivation letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking forward to hearing about you!