Monthly Archives: November 2013

Colors and Outlines

It was somewhere in November that the EVS volunteers had the chance to visit Lipova’s orphanage. Alongside with other Romanian volunteers from Pro Prietenia (Denisa, Georgiana and Ruben) we were delegated with the task of painting the walls, not with solid color but with happy motives so that the building would have a more cheerful look, thus more appealing to children.

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After a long, yet interesting walk from Lipova’s train station through the village where we had the chance to appreciate and know it better, we finally arrived at the orphanage. Even though this was a state’s orphanage, it must be said the conditions were surprisingly good with a very welcoming atmosphere and provided with lots of didactic and playful items for the copii. In addition to that, most of the children there were really nice and polite, with some of them showing a considerable potential in the fields of arts and sports, having won already some distinctions.

The activities started right after dinner with a quick brainstorming of what the motives would be. Of a total of six walls to paint, it was then decided that references to both Madagascar and Ratatouille movies would have each one its own wall, and the subsequent ones would portray motives of each season of the year. The day finished with the drawing of the outlines.

It was early in the morning of the following day that the “hard work” took place. Although painting walls it’s no easy thing to do, especially when you have to respect the outlines and multiplicity of colors, the ambience was still filled with great mood and interaction between the volunteers, the children and the women working at the orphanage.

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Later in the afternoon, after an exhausting day with pretty much everything done, we went back to Arad not only with the feeling of job well done, but also with the will and desire to repeat the experience in a near future.

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La revedere…

AS

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EVS TRAINING IN PREDEAL

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From 30 September to 6 October we were in Predeal for our EVS arrival training.

First I would like to write a short information about one of the famous towns in Romania. Predeal is a well known tourist destination in Romania, especially in winter, when many people come to spend the holidays. Predeal has 5 major ski runs, depending on the difficulty grade and it’s a town in Brasov County. It is the highest town and one of the most important mountain resorts in Romania.Image

During this week we had the possibility to meet a lot of volunteers (we were 85!) that are taking part in EVS project in different romanian cities. We met people that live in Bucharest, Baia Mare, Iasi and many other cities.

We were divided into 4 group, each group had 2 “coaches” and we had 4 sessions per day, 2 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon. Ok, stop with the technical description!Image

It was a great experience, not only because of the funny atmosphere that normally is in the air when a lot of young people live together, it was great, as well, for the activities that we made in our groups.

We had the possibility to compare our points of view with other people, we learnt more about the EVS project and personally I knew more about myself, it was an intense stay even if it was only for one week!

One of the most interesting moments was the intercultural night in which each Country had to present himself in a funny way, it was really amusing and I really enjoyed to know more about countries that I didn’t know a lot about!

What can I say more, Predeal it’s a “legend” for all the romanian EVS volunteers, we were there and we really appreciated the town and  his beautiful landscape, volunteers, trainers, hotel staff, everything was perfect!

I hope you enjoyed this short thought about what we did,

See ya soon

La revedere!!

Luca G.

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Odd Socks

One of our first tasks in our project was to prepare a singular campaign for the collection of socks. Vis de Copil (A Child´s Dream) and Fundatia Pro Prietenia (our host organization) are the creators of this campaign, and we had the honour of preparing it all along. The main idea is to collect socks, but we accept all kind of clothes. The campaign to collect clothes are very common, but people usually give all kind of old or used pants, T-shirts, sweaters… but no many people think about socks. Here in Romania the Winter is very hard and long and for some months the temperatures are below freezing, so in this case socks are really important.

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We start the campaign designing a logo, visit cards, leaftleaves and, even, T-shirts. In mid September Vicky and me togheter with representants of Pro Prietenia and Vis de Copil appeared in TV talking about this campaign. And before September finished we´re out here in the streets to show the campaign to local people. We were till the end of October going every week to a very crowded shopping complex in Arad. We were a great reception from people we met, the most of them came to us to ask about the campaign and in what way they could get involved, thanks to the invaluable help of Georgiana and Denisa (local volunteers) we could convey to people about the goals of the campaign and finally, we collected many socks, there were people whose even bought new socks and put them into the big sack we had for this.

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Although our work on the streets has finished, the campaign continues; Odd Socks campaign collects socks for the poor in Romania but you can help us from anywhere in the world, so if you really care this difficult situation in which many families are going through in our host city, you can visit the Odd Socks facebook page, click here.
Ne Vedem!
PR
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