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Summer is Here

Summer is here and, as always, it has a good side and a bad side. In the good hand we can take a walk through the cherry trees that garnish the streets of Arad full of its red berries, if the weather is really hot we can go to the Neptun Lido, besides the fortress of Arad and have fun with the different swimming pools, someones with hot springs (smell of eucalyptus) another with slides and also there are several places to eat something and, why not, take a beer for only 2 lei!

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Another advantage that summer brings is the goods you can find in the open market a lot of fruits and vegetables very cheap (cheaper than the big supermarket chains where we are used to buy) and, definitely more tasty and healthy. Now is the best period to enjoy of the Romanian goods, it’s easier to eat better spending less money.

But not everything are advantages in this period for us, the schools and kindergarten shut down so we aren’t gonna work anymore with our children, after nine months we’ve taken a load of affection to them. We’ve tried to teach them and I think, in general, we’ve done a good job but, honestly, I think I’ve learnt more with them than they with me. Sometimes we forget the language is something else than connected words, the gestures, the looks, the expressions… children are able to remember you the worth of all of this. There are been 9 month full of emotions, hugs, dedicated drawings, smiles and tons of fun. We’ll remember them as, I’m sure, they’ll remind us.

Ne vedem!

P.R.

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Campaign against Human Trafficking

As you know one of the most important fields in which we’ve worked for our project has been the Human trafficking, and we’ve been doing diverse activities related with that:

– In the last October we attended the third International Symposium on Human Trafficking organized by our hosting organization The Pro Prietenia Arad Foundation.

– From September 2013 to February 2014 we attended a training in which we received a lot of information about this topic (you can also check our section in this blog, click here).

With all of this, we started to prepare our own campaign to raise awareness among young people of Arad County. We prepared the campaign working togheter with our mates from the “Unity in Diversity” project, and when we had all ready, we started our tour.

 

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We start our campaign in the High School of Curtici. The High School director assures to our organization the students could speak and understand english so we prepared the campaign in english language, and that was the great problem… most of them didn’t understand us, so we needed the help of Adina and Claudiu (our mentors) to translate them all the information. Quickly, the students were very interested in the topic and they participated more than we expected so we finish the first day with a very good feeling. Campaign was supposed to last a week but the next day when we showed up, the headmaster cancelled the rest of the campaign arguing that the students should prepare themselves for the exams then we had to leave Curtici very dissapointed by the lack of seriousness of the director and with the feeling that we have lost a good opportunity to continue raising awareness of youth there.

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Our next destination was the university Vasili Godis in Arad. We had in the audience some students from the university and also some Italian EVS volunteers who were really interested in this campaign. We didn’t have problems with the communication due to most of them understood perfectly English, so we have a really good feedback with the students and everything worked out as was expected. The campaign wasn’t only a bunch of information, we prepared exercises and examples to create a debate and clear any type of doubt that could present to our listeners.

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Our last target was Lipova, the second largest town in the Arad County. We made the campaign for two days, the first one was a very great experience, most of the students understood english and some of them helped the rest of the guys who couldn’t understand us, there was a really cool feedback with them and they were totally concerned in the topic, after the first minutes when they were very quiet and shy they woke up (at least a few of them) and we went out from there with a feeling of satisfaction for having passed on the message to listeners. Althought the second day the students were younger a most of them didn’t understand english so Claudia and Adina, again, were talking with the audience all the time.

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To conclude we only can say it’s been a great experience, even with the difficult of the bordier language (also for me, I’d never spoken in public in English) the result of the campaign has been very satisfying for us as well as for our organization.

 

Ne vedem!

P.R.

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Moș Crăciun pentru o zi!

Hey!

After  this long Christmas holidays pause, here we are again!

Someone came back home, someone used this free time to take a round. Personally I went to Poland with Aga and an Italian friend, we went by hitch-hicking and, honestly, it was a bit hard to come back home but after three days we did it and we had the possibility to see and appreciate some cities in Slovakia and Hungary, really nice places.

Anyway I would like to tell you about what we did for Christmas with our little friends, our “copii din Curtici” and maybe I’ll tell you about my trips in another post, why not!?

So as I said let me tell you about our “Moș Crăciun day” in Curtici.

Some days before the holidays we got a call from our organization, they asked us to help them to unload some packages from a truck, actually it was more than some package, it were “second hand” toys collected in Germany and sent to Romania to make happy Romanian kids that unfortunately couldn’t have the chance to enjoy this period as other children do. We stored all this presents and we took some of them to bring to Curtici and gave them to the children of the Curtici children center.

Some days after Aga, Antonio and me went with Cristina, our coordinator and Ana, local volunteer, to Curtici.download

The surprise for them was that we were wearing the costume of Santa Claus and  children were amused to see us in the shoes of Moș Crăciun ( as Santa Claus is known here in Romania).

Everybody was enjoying that moment,  children sang for us some Christmas songs (the little Aida was superb) and after we started to give them the presentsDSC00131

Laughs, hugs and kisses, great!

We spent with them some time and after giving the good wishes for a happy Christmas we left Curtici with a smile in our faces!

Here you can see some pics of the event…

La revedere my friends!

 

Luca G.

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