“Here There” call for EVS volunteers for the second hosting (1.07.14-1.07.15)- deadline 1.04.2014
Starting with 1st of July 2014, we are prepared to host in this project for 12 months, more 11 volunteers from Austria, Bulgaria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Germany, Lithuania, Macedonia, Netherlands, Portugal, and Uruguay.
Some of the preselected candidates will be invited for a Skype interview. The final selection results will be posted to our blog until 1.05.14. After that we will start the team preparations and all the administrative procedures working together with a special FaceBook group.
About „Here There”
For two years 20 volunteers, coming from 20 countries –(Austria, Armenia, Azerbajan, Argentina, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Georgia, Ghana, Italy, Lithuania, Macedonia, Netherland, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Uruguay) will be hosted for one year in Bucharest and 3 Romanian volunteers will be sent in Italy, France for-3 months and for 6 in Peru – to do socio- educative animation activities on the theme of social diversity for disadvantaged youngsters and kids.
In this moment is running the first stage of the hosting project started in September last year and Marina Pasqualy (Argentina), Frej Spangsberg Lorenzen (Denmark), Lumileid Halvin (Estonia), Céline Valin (France), Francesca Lanotte (Italy), Sheila Aboagye (Ghana), Aleksandra Biela (Poland), Marina Miñarro Sánchez (Spain) are involved in volunteering activities in Bucharest.
Assisted by Romanian teachers, the volunteers are doing animation activities on the theme of cultural diversity for over 3000 beneficiaries. the project is for the hosting community a way of appreciating the values of volunteering in general and of EVS in special, influencing the formal educational system to adopt non-formal methods. Each week, the EVS and the young Romanian volunteers are involved in clinic animation activities in 4 hospitals of Bucharest for over 1200 very sick children during a year. Twice a month the volunteers of this project are organising for the disadvantaged youngsters from rural areas, volunteering and EVS promotion using Forum Theatre method. The promotions of volunteering through forum theater sessions for young disadvantaged kids is a common activity of all EVS volunteers of this project, which will all be part of the organizational team of some events with artistic or social character : fund-raising campaigns, toy collecting campaigns (Easter and Christmas), The Festival of Cultural Diversity (“Aici-Acolo” 9th of May), performances, workshops, etc..
„Here There” Sending Activities – Smaranda Enache is now in Peru until 1.09.14 and Elena Folea will work in France until 1.06.14. Both of them started their projects on 1.03.14. And one more Romanian volunteer will have to go on 1st of May for 3 months in Italy.
In Italy, France and Peru the Romanian volunteers have to organize events for different kind of beneficiaries using the methods learnt in ACTOR about the importance of respecting the cultural diversity. The sending dimension in HT comes as a result of our partners’ interests which have sent volunteers in previous projects to apply these methods for their own beneficiaries, especially kids. In Italy and France they will have activities cooperating direct with local mass media.
You can see articles about the all HT activities spectrum: http://heretherebyactor.wordpress.com
and the FB page link of the project is here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Here-There-by-ACTOR/391989100938672
This project is a follow up of a long list of EVS projects starting with 2009 and you can see what was happened before just visiting:
you can see some movies about the activities, too:
The main hosting activities:
1. Doing clinic animation for the children in 3 hospitals of Bucharest (3 days/ week, 2 hours each day).
What is clinic animation?
Through this activity we are trying to cheer up the children and make them forget about the unfriendly environment of a hospital. Our volunteers play with puppets, balloons, 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.
Who are the beneficiaries of this activity?
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. Also, because of the condition of the children, working with them requires special care and responsibility form the volunteers, but also creativity.
2. Meetings with young people from rural areas, talking about a youngster’s life in an European context. Here you will use different methods like forum theatre or debates to challenge the youngsters to think about their role in the community or in Europe in general and about volunteering.
Who are the beneficiaries of this activity?
They are young people from high schools in rural, disadvantaged areas. Working with beneficiaries their age requires a special type of communication, different to the one of the beneficiaries from the hospitals.
3. Presenting your culture to children (4-11 years old) through games, poems, songs and other playful activities.
Who are the beneficiaries of this activity & organization?
This activity will take most time of your schedule and throughout the year, you will meethundreds of children from different kindergartens, schools, social centers in Bucharest and all around Romania.
With each group, each volunteer will have 3 meetings (1 meeting per week). From Monday to Friday you will have each day at least 1 meeting with one group.
Cultural diversity workshops will be also organized in different rural kindergarten, schools and social centers.
In the holyday time this events will be organized in camps in different places around Romania.
In all of these activities above you will be the ambassador of your culture:
- Through attractive, playful and interactive ways, used by you, the children should discover and understand themselves and the world around them better.
Other kind of activities can be getting involved in A.C.T.O.R.’s annual events
– National Origami Contest
– Flower Campaign (fundraising selling in community origami flowers to can make Easter gifts for children in hospitals)
– Christmas Campaign (collecting toys from children, clinging and preparing them for Santa’s giftsJ)
– Aici Acolo Festival- cultural diversity event for children
– Shadow Theatre performances for disadvantaged children