Volunteering

Back to business!

And yes, we are still here. In case you were wondering what took us so long to be back, well, let me explain.  So in January, many things happened. First, we spent hours on paperwork. Because yes, not only the schools ask for reports, but also the European Union. As our project is financed by the European Commission (sort of), we have to give feedback and proof that we are not on holidays. Therefore we locked ourselves between four walls to write reports, blog articles, classify picture...
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Our purpose

Some of you might be wondering why exactly we are conducting our workshops in Constanta. We ourselves contempate this as well at times, as our purpose might not appear to be so self-evident.The reason why we were called to this city was to help raise the level of engagement and responsiveness of the youth of Constanta on the topic of extracurricular activities. In this way we can help to improve the connection between other members of the community in this city as well as to help the city to be...
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Report writing

Picture working on reports
On the first week of January, as all Romanian students are still celebrating holidays, we are now at work in the University of Constanta. Filled with renewed energy thanks to our holiday breaks we are working on the reports of our workshops. Of course we are evaluation for ourselves what we could improve in the future, despite all the positive responses and inquiries from all over Constanta. In addition, we are also hoping that our reports can add something to the schools we have visited. W...
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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

First of all, happy new year 2020! May this year be better than the previous ones and full of love and health for you and your beloved ones. After a Christmas break in our respective countries (except for Guillaume who stayed in Constanta), we are back to continue and, sadly, finish the project within 2 months. We charged the batteries in order to be more productive and inspired to give more entertaining contents to the students. We’ll be working on the next activities, taking into account all ...
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The new workshop story

October is over, so as the first workshop over social media. This week, we started a new activity we had some trouble to come up with to be honest. After the success of the first workshop, we wanted to do as good as we did on October but ideas didn’t show up easily. We spent hours and hours (during lunch, under the shower, while we were doing groceries, you know, every time and everywhere) thinking about what we could do. We designed and re-designed the workshop several times. As we knew we...
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Exploring beyond Constanta

Our volunteering journey continues... This week we learnt that our reputation had expanded outside of Constanta on Wednesday, when we went to a high school out of the city for the first time, in the neighboring town of Eforie Sud. The location of this school allowed for more outside playgrounds and such and as the school was quite well maintained from the inside as well, it expanded our perspective on Romanian schools, for up to that point we had only visited schools in the middle of the city. A...
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A regular volunteering week

In case one may wonder... here is a sample of a volunteering week.  This is actually our second volunteering week. We started the week brainstorming about the activity for the Telecom highschool. It was our first workshop and it took us 3 hours (no joke) to come up with an entire activity. We were a bit nervous to meet our first group but it went pretty well. Day after day, we tried to improve our speeches, our presentation. We kept talking about what was good and what was wrong so we could be b...
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Deliberate and emergent volunteering schedule

This week we had some more workshops at the maritime highschool. It keeps fascinating us how each day and each group is different, there is even a big difference between the same grades. On Monday we arrived a bit early and were allowed through by the guards at the gate, meeting the teacher that was just wanted to go to the gate to pick us up. Then, on Wednesday we were later, yet we were told to wait at the gate and then were escorted by 3 students to the classroom. This time there was another ...
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Trieste to Constanta

I’m Silvia, I am 25 and I come from Como, Italian city well-known for its lake and situated not far from the bigger and industrial Milano. I grew up in Como, but when I finished high school me and my twin sister, Laura, decided to leave our comfort zone, our house and our friends, to start the university in Trieste, situated in the eastern part of the country, at the border with Slovenia. When I enrolled at the university, I choose the Bachelor degree in Political Science and International Relat...
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Non-formal education first impressions

We practiced the Selfie method on our first day here, with Ovidiu, Nicoleta and Aurel. Thanks to this, we were able to get to know each other in an interesting way. Then we could learn more thanks to the #Media4you project. It involved a group of 20-25 people and we felt that the motivation of the participants, the non-formal methods used combined with the available time wasn’t a perfect match . However, we were able to come up with an entire activity for our first experience in a highschool tha...
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