Outdoors Solidarity | ESC

Outdoors Solidarity is a volunteering project funded by European Solidarity Corps. It was designed together with our three future volunteers Amine El Amrani from France, Zivile Cepulyte from Lithuania and Vlad Craescu from Romania. Their main interest to involve in a long term volunteering activity aimed to promote intercultural understanding through outdoor sport activities is to develop healthy behaviors and to contribute to the local community in a solidarity project.

All three future volunteers encountered physical problems asthma (Amine), reduced resistance to physical activities (Vlad) and obesity (Zivile) as a result of not balanced lifestyle and not enough outdoor sport activities. They are willing to devote one year to change their lives and patterns regarding healthy living and outdoor sports. As result to their physical problems, the three future volunteers experienced exclusion and low levels of self-esteem. In many situations they were bullied or decided to opt out from social activities based on the low self esteem they held.

A major motivation for them to involve in this project is the possibility to work with young people who are facing with exclusion and low self esteem and through outdoor activities to contribute to their better inclusion in society and increase their self-esteem. At the same time, having the chance to promote the opportunities of ESC and E+ to local young people can contribute to an increase of self esteem and inclusion of young people facing fewer opportunities in society.  

 

Our volunteering project for one year started on 7th of May 2019 in Miercurea-Ciuc,Romania . In the beginning of the project it was 3 of us: Amine,Vlad,Zivile but due to health issues Amine needed to go home, back in France for treatment. After Amine departured we had a new volunteer who joined with our project, his name is Mario Valm and his from Estonia.

 

Objective:

 

  • Raise awareness through 40 outdoors sport activities about the importance of regular physical activity for a healthy lifestyle to min. 500 young people (10-20 persons/activity) aged 14-19 from the 5 communities;
  • Contribute to the development of cultural understanding competences among the young people from the 5 communities by using outdoor sport activities as a method of boosting intercultural understanding;
  • Capacit ate the three volunteers in using non-formal learning methods in implementing outdoor sport activities with young people aged 14-19 years old;
  • Contribute to the sensitization of the 5 local communities towards solidarity through practicing outdoor sport activities and break cultural barriers regarding foreigners.

 

After we came up with the workshops and we tried our best to design them in a way that children will have a lot of fun, we started going to schools and we visit schools in the next cities Toplita, Bilbor, Joseni, Borsec, Zetea, Corund, Subcetate, Danesti, Ditrau, Sanmartin, Corbu.

My name is Craescu Vlad and I am from Baile Herculane, Romania. I’m 20 year old and after finishing my high-school I decided to start going to Erasmus+ projects. I went to a few youth-exchange projects and after decided that I want to do more, so I became a volunteer for Young Europe Society. I have few hobbies, most of them related to sport, for example rock climbing and hiking.

 

My name is Mario Valm I am 25 years old, from Estonia and I like to seek for adventures and new experiences. First time I got in involved in Erasmus+ was through the group of my university and there was a post about youth exchange in Slovakia. I took the opportunity right away and it helped me al ot in my life. After numerous youth exchanges and training courses I decided to do also the volunteering.

 

My name is Živilė and I’m coming from Lithuania. After finishing my university degree in design it felt like I needed a break and new adventures outside my creative world. My good friend introduced me to Erasmus+ projects,  so I went ahead and attended my first one ever in Summer of 2018. After that I went on a few training courses and decided that this was my new passion, since I loved travelling and meeting new people from around the world. I got introduced to what was back then “EVS”, but it only interested me after I received an invitation from “Young Europe Society” to participate in an upcoming “European Solidarity Corps” programme and a project about sports in Romania called “Outdoors Solidarity”. I decided to participate and become a well-rounded Erasmus member with more knowledge about the programmes, opportunities and try out something out of my comfort zone, which was volunteering.

During our stay in Romania we worked on implementing 40 workshops for promoting an active lifestyle in the communities of Harghita, using non-formal methods. Here you can see the description of each workshop and the happy faces of the young people we worked with and don’t forget to check out the pictures down below.

45 Seconds (Zetea, Liceul Teoretic Dr. P. Boros Fortunát) –This activity is very simple and can be used for a wide variety of ages.The group splits up into pairs. One pair starts by going up to kick.The rest of the group decides who will pitch the ball to the pair. Once a pitcher is selected, he/she rolls the ball to the pair.When either of the duo kicks the ball, the game begins and the timer starts. (If someone catches the ball in mid-air, the pair is out immediately.)The goal of a pair is to survive for as long as possible. They scramble around the play area, trying not to get hit by the ball.The goal of the rest of the group is to get the two out. They can run to pick up the ball, but once they pick it up, they can no longer move until they throw the ball–whether to another player or at one of the pair.If the runners come in physical contact with the ball in any way–even if it bounces off a wall and hits them–they are “out” and stand still. Fortunately, though, their partner can tag them and set them free.When the timer reaches 45 seconds or both players are out at the same time, the round is officially over. If both partners remain at the end of the game, the pair gets two points. If only one survives, they get one point.

 

Mine Field (Zetea, Liceul Teoretic Dr. P. Boros Fortunát) – In a large, open room or field, lay out various objects such as tennis balls, soccer balls, bats, and other sporting equipment. Split the group into pairs with one person in each pair blindfolded. The blindfolded person cannot speak. Have the non-blindfolded partner stand outside the mine field. This person will direct the blind folded partner through the mine field using verbal directions. If the blind folded partner steps on a “mine,” he or she needs to start over.

 

Throw up (Zetea, Liceul Teoretic Dr. P. Boros Fortunát) – Everybody stands in a circle and one person in the middle who trows up one ball and yells a name of someone standing in the circle ( We will call him Ionut). Ionut runs in and tries to catch the ball before it touch the unground. If Bob doesn’t catch the ball everybody runs away until Bob take the ball and yells “Freeze” and everybody include Bob freeze and he’s trowing the ball at someone, if the person is hit its out of the game, if not Bob is out. The game continue with the next Bob who is siting in the middle.

 

Tingo Tango (Zetea, Liceul Teoretic Dr. P. Boros Fortunát) – The group its divided in 2 smaller groups each person have one pair in the other group. The groups need to be in two different circles, when the leader will yell TINGO,TINGO,TINGO the 2 groups need to run in a circle until the leader say TANGO and then they need to run and find they pair from the other team and grab their hands, the last pair who is finding his partner is out of the game.

 

Electric chain (Subcetate, Liceul Miron Cristea) – The group is divided in 2 equal team that are siting in 2 lines one in front to each other holding the hands. The are 2 players that stay in the frond and the back of the group, the role of the player in front is to keep one ball in his hand and the player at the end of the group hold the hands of the players and give an impulse to the first 2 and they need to sent the impulse to the front until the last person get the impulse and grab the ball. The first who grab the ball win a point and go to the end of the group and the game continue until the fist person arrive back in the front.

 

Bench Ball (Subcetate, Liceul Miron Cristea) –We usually play this game outside, because we have four benches in front of our building in a square, which promped us to come up with this game. But when it’s bad weather we also play it inside using chairs placed in four rows, all facing the middle in a square.One person starts with the ball and may throw it to anyone not sitting on the same bench as them. If the ball goes over the intended person’s head or hits them below the knees, then the person who threw it is out. If the recieving person doesn’t catch the ball then they are out. If the player catches the ball, they then throw it to someone else and play continues. When someone gets out they go either behind the bench or turn their chair around. The last person left sitting is the winner and starts the next round.

 

Street Basketball (Danesti, Grup Şcolar “Petofi Sandor”) – Street Basketball its diffrent from the normaln teams are for from 3vs3, 5v5 or you can play 1v1 , the game is played just in a half of the play yard and everything its about the score, who has the biger scor during a period of time depends how big are the teams, from 5 to 10 minuts win.

 

Pillow Basketball (Danesti, Grup Şcolar “Petofi Sandor”) – Split your group into teams A and B. With each team having an equal amount of girls and guys. The guys from team A take the court first. All they have to do is make as many points as possible – lay-ups, jumpers, three-pointers are all allowed.The girls from team B are to take the court armed with pillows. Their job is to do their best to make the guys miss, by beating the snot out of them with the pillows. They can hit the ball away, or just haul off and hit the fellas as they are shooting.After 2-3 minutes have the teams switch, team B’s boys go on the court to shoot while team A’s girls get the pillows. The time limit of 2-3 minutes is best cause, the girls don’t realise how incredibly tired they get swinging pillows.It’s a blast and the girls absolutely love getting a chance to beat on the guys and get away with it.

 

Reflex (Borsec, Liceul Tehnologic “Zimmethausen”) – The group is standing in a circle and with right hand you put up your pointing finger and with the left hand you keep it flat up in the air. The group has to keep their hands connected as the pointing finger touching the left hand of the right person, when the leader who is sitting in the middle yells 1,2,3 they need to grab with the left hand the finger of the person from the right and also to take their left hand finger so the left person will not grab it. If their pointing finger is catch by the right person they are out of the game.

 

Leap Flash (Borsec, Liceul Tehnologic “Zimmethausen”) – Form teams of 2 pairs,there are 3 commands, 1 is one of the person need to take the other up on his back, 2 one need to sit on the other knee, 3 one need to take the other in his arms, the leader shout 1,2 or 3 faster and faster the teams can change between them.

 

Racket Relay Race (Ditrau, Liceul Teoretic Puskás Tivadar) – In this game are teams form from 2 people that compete again another team and they need to reach one point that is 10 meters away and to come back, but the team need to be bound from one leg and also having 2 badminton racket and trying to keep the ball in the air while are going and coming back from the point.

 

Trash Picking (Ditrau, Liceul Teoretic Puskás Tivadar) – The point of this “game” is also movement and walking near the forests and rivers but also making world a better place by collecting what others left behind.

 

Badminton (Ditrau,  Liceul Teoretic Puskás Tivadar) – The object of badminton is to hit the shuttlecock over the net and have it land in the designated court areas. If your opponent manages to return the shuttlecock then a rally occurs. If you win this rally i.e. force your opponent to hit the shuttlecock out or into the net then you win a point. You are required to win 21 points to win a set with most matches being best of 3 sets. Points can be won on either serve

 

Balloon Shaving Competition (Ditrau,  Liceul Teoretic Puskás Tivadar) – Shave the balloon is one of those outdoor activities that can be a little messy, but is a lot of fun despite. Here you need to select 3 or 4 people to compete against each other, and then given the task to shave a balloon covered in shaving cream. Although it may seem easy, one little nick of the razor will cause the balloon to pop, sending shaving cream everywhere. The first person to successfully shave their balloon, wins! Caution: This game requires sharp objects. Make sure you have qualified staff on hand to assist. You may consider buying safety razors and a cheap pair of leather gloves.

 

Spud (Sanmartin, Liceul “Tivai Nagy Imre”) – It’s best to play outdoors in an open area. Give everyone a number (1-however many players there are). Have a leader throw a ball in the air and say one of the numbers that was given, that person has to retrieve the ball, while that person is getting the ball, everyone else runs in the other direction, once the person gets the ball and says “spud” no one can move (including the person who’s number got called) then (whiteout moving) the person throws the ball at someone, if it hits them, they have a ‘letter’ (S) they can try and doge the ball by ducking or leaning, but they can’t pickup their feet. The ball can hit more than one person per round. Then the leader throws the ball in the air, calls out a different number and the whole thing start again. If you get hit again then you have SP, then SPU, then SPUD and you’re out.This is loads of fun when you have 10-20 people playing, but however many work.

 

 

Ultimate Ninja (Sanmartin, Liceul “Tivai Nagy Imre”) – The group stands in a circle and nominates someone to start. 3 – 2 – 1 ULTIMATE NINJA! Everyone has to start with a ninja pose position. Going clockwise, the person whose turn it is must try and hit someone’s hand, either to the left or the right of them. BUT – they must freeze still in the position that they end up in. (That is the important part). You are not allowed to move from your ninja pose unless: 1 – Someone is trying to hit you 2 – It is your turn. Keep going round until eventually one person is left standing as the winner and the ultimate ninja

 

 

Zumba (Corbu, Liceul Tehnologic Corbu) – Zumba is a amazing group dance activity, you just need a leader with cool moves for the music and everyone will definitely have lots fun.

 

Frisbee Bowling (Corbu, Liceul Tehnologic Corbu) – Use a few soda bottles, or plastic water bottles. You may want to put a little water in the bottom to weigh down the bottles. Line them up as bowling pins, use the Frisbee to knock them down and score like regular bowling rules.

 

Hackball (Corbu, Liceul Tehnologic Corbu) – This is essentially like 4 square. the main difference is that you use a hacky sack for the ball. It makes for a very portable 4 square game. The necessary rule changes then include: The ball must be kept in the air–not bounced–when volleyed from square to square. If the receiver fails to hit the ball, and it lands in his square (or out of bounds after he has touched it), he is vanquished. One must never hit the hackball in a downward fashion (‘spiking’ the ball). This would be a breach in player’s etiquette, and the offender would be punished by loss-of-square privileges. In further explanation of rule change number two, the hackball is required to rise a considerable distance from the attacker’s hand in order to be considered a legitimate ‘volley’ (this prevents one from ‘letting’ the hackball down in another’s square). A volley may be instigated by any part of the body. the more obscure and creative the hit the more respect one earns. The squares must be much smaller than traditional. we found that the smaller the square, the closer and more action-packed the play. About 3′ x 3′ works well.

 

Bolf (Corbu, Liceul Tehnologic Corbu) – Divide the group into two teams and set each one up 15 feet from a large bucket. Each group is given two ping-pong balls, tennis balls, volleyballs, basket balls, golf balls, footballs, baseballs, soccer balls.The object is to sink one of each type of ball into the bin. The first player from each team takes 1 toss with one type of ball. If successful, the ball gets put aside. If unsuccessful, the ball is given to the next member of the team. The player goes to the end of the line to await another try with another type of ball. Players keep tossing the balls, one type at a time, 1 per player, until one of each type has been sunk. The first team to sink one of each wins.

 

Helium Stick (Corbu, Liceul Tehnologic Corbu) – Split the group into two teams. Line teams up shoulder to shoulder with one hand, palm up, out in front with pointer finger straight out. Place a long rod so it rests evenly across each person’s finger. On the count of three, have the team slowly try to place the rod on the ground without it falling.

 

Hula Hoop Pass (Corbu, Liceul Tehnologic Corbu) – Get all your participants in a circle holding each other’s hands. Get someone to ‘unlock’ one of their hands from the circle, put a hula-hoop onto his/her hand, then reconnect with the circle.The aim of this game is to get the hula-hoop around the circle and back to where it started without the group letting go of each other’s hands. Can also be played with groups against each other and a stopwatch; lots of fun!

 

Blanket Volleyball (Toplita, Liceul Teoretic O.C. Tăslăuanu) – The group should be divided into two groups. Each of the groups are given two large sheets and they have to use these to pop the ball over the net. It is not only good for improving teamwork, but also to improve communication between players.

 

Electric Fence (Toplita, Liceul Teoretic O.C. Tăslăuanu) – The purpose of this exercise is for the whole group to climb over the fence without making contact with the fence wire. There are two variants to this exercise such as: There is a fundamental and also the more difficult variant. Both of these two variants are excellent for perfecting working together and relying on each other .

 

Circle Ball (Toplita, Liceul Teoretic O.C. Tăslăuanu) – The group will stand in a circle with both feet outside touching the persons next to them. The players need to leave a gap between legs, so it would be enough room for the ball to go through. The group will be given a ball and one of the players will take the ball in hands and have to pass the ball on the ground through the legs of a person. The ball can only be blocked with hands and the players are not allowed to close their legs or hit the ball with feet.

 

Human Football (Toplita, Liceul Teoretic O.C. Tăslăuanu) – Play just like the table game only with real people linked in rows. Split the kids into two teams, have a captain decide who goes in which rows and how many in each row. Each entire team faces one direction and has to stay that way. They link arms by holding the person’s elbows next to them.The whole row has to stay within their boundaries like in the game, but they can slide back and forth, left and right. When you play inside you can mark the boundaries with masking tape, or if you play outside you can use paint (if acceptable) or tape or flour. If you play in a building, you need to remove pretty much everything from the room. If you play outside, it is best if you play between two buildings so that the ball stays in the game. If you play in a field, have lots of folks around to toss the ball back into play.Make sure everyone is wearing shoes, it can get a little fierce with the kicking. Stress out safety and not getting out of control.

 

Rope Jumping Competition (Toplita, Liceul Teoretic O.C. Tăslăuanu) – This game is best to be played for ten people. The group will stand in one line next to each other holding hands. For this game you can use a long rope or tie together three skipping ropes. Two people will be in each side of the line and start to swing the rope. The task for the team is to jump over the rope as many times as possible

 

Balloon Assassins (Toplita, Liceul Teoretic O.C. Tăslăuanu) – The group is divided in two groups. One of the groups will get balloons, regarding to the number of the people and the other group will get pins. The goal for the group with pins is to pop other groups balloons and other group has to protect them.

 

Parachute (Toplita, Liceul Teoretic “Kemeny Janos”) – The group is divided into two groups and handed out a “parachute”. The “parachute” can be a large sheet or some bigger material. The players will form a circle and hold the parachute in the middle. Two teams will be standing 10 meters from each other and game leader will place tennis balls on both of the sheets. The goal for the group is to bounce the ball from their sheet on other teams sheet. You can mix the game up with placing more balls on the sheet or even use ping pong balls to make it even more complicated. It is a good way to improve teamwork, communication and coordination.

 

Bombardment Pins (Toplita, Liceul Teoretic “Kemeny Janos”) – At either end of the playing space, set up in a row as many tenpins, or pop bottles as there are players. Make a dividing line across the center of the playing space. Divide players into two teams. Each team takes one side of the field and must not step over into the other side. One team starts the game by throwing a volleyball or playball, trying to knock down the pins on the other side. The opponents protect their pins by catching or blocking the ball with their hands and bodies. If the ball hits outside the field and knocks a pin down on the rebound it still counts! Play for fifteen minutes with the ball shooting back and forth rapidly. With a large number two balls can be used. The winner is the team that knocks down all the other teams pins.

 

Ball Rally Race (Bilbor, Scoala Gimnaziala Bilbor) – The group is divided into teams depending on the number of players. The players of the team will form lines and the players will stand behind each other. Each teams first person receives a ball. After the game leader says “start” the team has to pass the ball through the legs to the person behind and so on until the last person in the line. The last person runs to the start of the line and continues to pass on the ball. The winner of the game is the group who will have the first player back in front of the line.

 

Your Number Is up (Bilbor,Scoala Gimnaziala Bilbor) – The group will walk around the room randomly. About every ten seconds the leader of the game will call out a random number, for example five, people have to form a group hug out of as many people as the number which was called out

 

Human Knot (Bilbor,Scoala Gimnaziala Bilbor) – The group will stand in a circle. People have to take one hand of the player opposite of him/her and after repeat that with other hand. That way the circle will become tangled and the goal for the group is to untangle the human knot they formed.

 

The Adams Family (Bilbor,Scoala Gimnaziala Bilbor) – The group will form a circle and will decide the number of people who will leave the room. The players who leave the room must be away from the range of hearing what the others are talking in the room. Game leader will explain the game to the players who stayed in the room and after that the players outside can start coming to the room one by one. The game leader asks the player to impress or show something to the rest of the group to be part of the Adams Family. The player will be accepted when the rest of the group starts clapping.

 

Secret Dancer (Bilbor,Scoala Gimnaziala Bilbor) – The group will form a circle and will decide the number of people who will leave the room. The players who leave the room must be away from the range of hearing what the others are talking in the room. Game leader will explain the game to the players who stayed in the room and after that the players outside can start coming to the room one by one. The players who stayed in a room will choose a leader. The game leader will put on music and the leader that group chose starts to dance to the music. Rest of the group have to follow the leader and mimic the moves he/she is making. The player who came from outside needs to figure out who is the leader.

 

Musical Chairs (Joseni, Liceul Tehnologic Söver Elek) – Each person in the group takes a chair and places it in a circle, facing outside of the circle. The game leader will put on music and the players will start walking around the chairs and the game leader will remove a chair from the circle. The game leader then stops the music and everybody needs to find a place to sit down, the player who won’t have the chair will be out of the game. The game continues until there is one chair left and the winner is the last one sitting down.

 

Ping Pong Cup (Joseni, Liceul Tehnologic Söver Elek) – For this task You need plastic cups, ping pong balls and tennis balls. The cups will be placed on the table and the goal for the players is to get balls inside the cups by bouncing them off the table. It’s good to start easier with ping pong balls and after everybody has managed to throw it in You can make it harder with tennis balls.

 

Backlash (Corund, Liceul Tehnologic Corund) – The group is divided into two groups and inside the group the players will form pairs. For this game You should set a start and finish line. Teams of pairs space themselves equally from start to finish. Pairs will stand back to back with elbows linked. The game leader will blow up as many balloons depending on a number of pairs and each pair will get 2 balloons. One balloon is held in each hand of each player. The game leader will say “Go” and the first two pairs have to make their way to the next pair of linked players. The first pair transfers its balloons to the next pair and the first group to cross the finish line is the winner.

 

Ultimate Soccer (Corund, Liceul Tehnologic Corund) – The group is divided into groups depending on the number of players. Each group will choose a goalkeeper, who will stand on a platform. The goal of the game is to pass the ball between the players and get the ball to the goalkeeper. The ball can be moved either with feet or by hand, but it is not allowed to move for the player who has the ball. In order for the team to get a point, they have to pass the ball to the goalkeeper and that person has to catch it in the air.

 

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As our project is about outdoor activities, then we decided to try out different sports ourselves and be more active. Our city, Miercurea-Ciuc is surrounded by mountains, so it has made it possible for us to try out paragliding. We can all say that it was an amazing and unforgettable experience. During the summer we visited the cities near the Black Sea shore and had an opportunity to try kayaking there. In our organization we have a person who taught us things about archery and we also had a chance to try it out. During the winter we discovered a lot of ski slopes nearby and almost every weekend we have been going to ski.

 

 

“The Impact Conference and Promotion of European Volunteering”

On 12th of October 2019, three of us set our ways towards Ramnicu Sarat. One week before the event we heard from our friend, who is part of a NGO in Ramnicu Sarat, that there will be a conference and they were looking for people to participate there. We read the information pack and it sounded interesting to us, so we decided to go. 

After a long trip with a train we arrived at the train station in Ramnicu Sarat, over there we met with the president of the ATCE-Speranta Ramniceana, who took us to their youth office. We arrived quite late, so everybody else were already there. We had some time to introduce ourselves and play a few ice breaking games after what it was time for dinner. After dinner we were taken to our accommodation and we finally had a chance to get rest after a long day. 

Next morning we gathered in front of the accommodation and we were picked up by a bus, which took us to the Ramnicu Sarat city hall. We gathered in an auditorium, where we met with other people from the organizing organization. After the introduction we had a chance to get to know other participants better and also introduce shortly our volunteering projects. The first impression was already very delightful, because we had an opportunity to meet a lot of new people from different countries. Everybody seemed to get along right away and we were looking forward to what the next few days were holding for us. In the evening we were taken on a city tour by volunteers from the ATCE-Speranta Ramniceana and got a better view of the city we were staying in. 

On one of the days we had a tour in Complexul Brancovenesc, there was a large beautiful garden and also a museum. We had a guide who walked us through the museum and we saw a lot of interesting objects from Ramnicu Sarat throughout the history and also there was an art exhibition of a local artist. After the tour we had a chance to meet with her and we gathered in a room where we met with people working for the museum. After a small conversation we received a task to make our own paintings on a glass. For that we were provided with all kinds of art equipment and we could make our ideas into reality. It was really nice to see how artistic everyone was and all of the paintings were so unique and special in their own way. It was a really nice way to relax after having a couple of long exhausting days. 

During the last few days we were meeting again in the auditorium in the city hall, doing different tasks. Before leaving we received two more tasks that we had to do. First we went to all of the high schools in Ramnicu Sarat to meet with its students and introduce ourselves and explain what we had been doing there. The second task was to prepare a flash mob and make it happen in the city centre. Last night we gathered in the youth center and decided to dance Romanian dance called brasoveanca. We were all practising and dancing and the next morning we gathered in the city centre. It was early in the morning and people were starting to gather around the city already. We put on the music and started dancing in the middle of the city and it was really fun. People stopped walking and stayed to cheer for us and clap, some of the people even joined us and we were all dancing together. It was a nice way to put the dot at the end of this conference. 

All together it was a really pleasant experience and we enjoyed it alot. During our stay over there we met a lot of new friends who we are still keeping touch with and time to time meet with each other. Also a big gratitude towards the organizers who managed to make our stay interesting and educating, thank you!

 

“Volunteering Exchange” in Baia Mare

We had the opportunity to experience how other volunteers live and work in Romania, when all 3 of us exchange places with other 3 volunteers from Baia Mare. We had some fun there. We saw how they work in schools and sports centers with the volleyball team. The exchange took place from 5 November 2019 to 14 November 2019. It was also a good opportunity to see other places in Romania and make some new friends. We can’t say that it was the best experience of our stage in Romania, but mainly because we are used to our routine and organization and everything but it was a challenge for us. We had to change to travel to Cluj with the team from Baia Mare and to assist a professional match. Here you have a promotional video that we did for the volleyball team. I hope you like it.

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INVOLVED is non-governmental organization aiming at creating possibilities for life-long learning and fostering development of individuals and different targets on local and international level.

Via broadening horizons, developing practical skills and offering information and activities, we aim at more active participation in civil society. Involved is interested in and active at youth mobility projects and development of youth and voluntary work, intercultural learning, integration and migration, equal and human rights.

Which requires, among other things, the following activities  carried out:

  • Develop practical skills, broadening their horizons, thereby providing opportunities for active participation in society of persons;
  • Information gathering, processing and distribution;
  • Preparation of publications, review and issue;
  • Preparation and execution of projects, and its service offering and related consulting; counseling and information services;
  • Camps, youth exchanges, training, seminars, training, conferences, courses, workshops, exhibitions, events, etc., and the commemoration of the organization;
  • Theater as a method of social integration, demonstration, development, and implements both locally and internationally;
  • Volunteering in developing, promoting and coordinating both local and international levels;
  • Organizing events and projects in areas such as, but not limited to: youth work, social work, education, culture, music, art, photography, dance, sports, environment, health, intercultural learning, integration and migration, equality and human rights.

People involved with an organization have long-term experience in various programmes such as all actions of Youth In Action; and Leonardo da Vinci including working with young people with fewer opportunities, not only in Europe but outside as well.

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PARTNERING SCHOOLS IN HARGHITA COUNTY

 

Zetea, Liceul Teoretic Dr. P. Boros Fortunát

Subcetate, Liceul Miron Cristea

Danesti, Grup Şcolar “Petofi Sandor”

Borsec, Liceul Tehnologic “Zimmethausen”

Ditrau, Liceul Teoretic Puskás Tivadar

Sanmartin, Liceul “Tivai Nagy Imre”

Corbu, Liceul Tehnologic Corbu

Toplita, Liceul Teoretic O.C. Tăslăuanu

Toplita, Liceul Teoretic “Kemeny Janos”

Bilbor, Scoala Gimnaziala Bilbor

Joseni, Liceul Tehnologic Söver Elek

Corund, Liceul Tehnologic Corund

It has been an unforgettable experience for us. We had a lot of fun during this year as a group, had an opportunity to make new connections, visit Romania and experience their culture. This volunteering program has taught us things about us and we have learnt how to work better with children in different communities around Harghita county and we are sure we can use these obtained skills in our future lives. Hereby, we would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for all the people involved in our organisation, all the teachers and school staff who has been more than welcoming towards us and all the children who have been very active during our workshops.

“I can say I had one of the best summers ever. Although, the start of my stay was emotional too, I can definitely say I experienced a little bit of culture shock and have been overwhelmed with a lot of things at once. However, there was no time to think about it really, since we had so many summer activities and so many new things to try. For that I am trully grateful. With summer getting to an end we started working in schools with kids, which was quite inspiring watching the change in their faces sitting in the classrooms before our workshops and leaving happy and entertained after. Young Europe Society included us in lots of different activities and kept us occupied, but we also had free time to travel and get new experiences all year round. Overall, I can say it’s been a year of self discovery, overcoming my fears, learning to adapt, but most importantly – being surrounded with new friends and trying to get most fun out of it all.”

Živilė

 

“My name is Mario Valm, I am from Estonia and this is my testimonial letter about my volunteering experience in Miercurea-Ciuc, Romania. Before my volunteering project I had been participating in numerous youth exchanges for the past two and half years. During the youth exchanges I met with people who were sharing their experiences from EVS and heard their stories. It got me really interested about this and I was giving more and more thoughts on maybe becoming a volunteer myself and joining a volunteering project. In September, 2019, I received a message from the president of the organization and he asked me, if I would be interested in coming to Romania and become a volunteer in a project called Outdoors Solidarity. At first I asked for a couple of days to think about it and go through the information package. After going through all the things I was very interested in it and I just decided to go for it. 

It was not my first time to be in Romania, so I think it was really easy for me to get used to it here, as I knew a lot of people who I met during my youth exchanges in the past. They have been very supportive during my stay here and always very helpful. Since the beginning of the ESC project, we have been visiting many schools and worked with hundreds of students and every day has been unique and interesting in its own way. Every day when you see all the smiles on the children’s faces during the activities we have prepared, then I feel the satisfaction that the day has been successful. This experience has given me more courage to speak in public and more knowledge on how to work with children. 

During my free time, I have tried to see around Romania as much as I can and learn more about its culture and people. I still have cities in my wishlist that I have not visited so far, but I will definitely plan to visit them during the remainder of time. One of the biggest things that I love about Romania is its nature and landscapes. As I come from Estonia, which land is very flat and without any mountains, then every time I see a mountain, I am still amused by the views. 

So far this experience has been so unique and I can say right now that one of the best decisions was to join this volunteering project. I am very curious of what the next months will hold for me and which adventures are behind the horizon waiting for me.”

Mario

 

“Hello my name is Vlad and this is my testimonial. When I first came here I saw this a challenge for me from more points of view. I’m coming from south part of Romania so going to Harghita county in Miercurea Ciuc where most of the people are speaking Hungarian it was a challenge because i knew that even if i’m in Romania i will feel that i’m not, but in the end it was not that bad us i expected. It takes time to get used to the language and everything but they are not different, the same people in the same country. Also a challenge for me it was to speak in front of kids from schools in Romanian language because i got used to speak in English and to explain about what are we doing in English , going there in front of those kids and speaking in Romanian it was hard for me, but i got manage it. I really enjoyed the time spent here with the others , we had a lot of fun together, we traveled and we made new friends. It was an experience to work in schools with kids and to teach them something new that I will never forget.”