This is a report of Marianna Horváth, who organized an instructive workshop for the new volunteers:
On 24th of September I managed to organize an aftermath workshop of the summer educational training ?Getting to know about Poland?. I am an EVS volunteer at the moment in Krakow so I couldn?t organize anything in my country, therefore I figured that such a workshop which aims at promoting Polish culture and cultural diplomacy could be beneficial for newcomer and even current EVS volunteers as well.
My workshop was called ?Let?s discover?.Poland?, which aimed at enriching the volunteers? knowledge about their chosen country, after they discovered the city of Krakow in the frame of Krakow City Game I organized as part of my EVS. At the workshop I sought to use the non-formal educational techniques I saw both in the training and before during my teacher training.
The workshop lasted for 3 hours and was divided in 4 parts. As a starter I asked the participants to think back of their luggage and choose only one object they would like to keep. Then they had to work in pairs and had to figure out how to manage during their stay in Krakow. Interesting suggestions were also made like photographs or camera but basically the participants chose absolutely normal and everyday solutions, so jokingly we concluded that their aptitude of being able to live in a foreign country is guaranteed.
Then followed the gastro-quiz during which participants, in groups, had to answer 15 questions about Polish eating and drinking habits, Polish national food. After each correct answer the groups were given Krówka, a typical Polish sweet to get them to know about the sweeter side of Poland on the one hand; and on the other, to motivate them for more correct answers.
Following gastronomy, we had a history session. First I showed them the video that was made by Institute of Eastern Initiatives and then in 4 groups (two early ages and two modern ages of Poland) they had to create an excerpt of a history book ? but in different genres: children?s book, military report, diary and tabloid. The participants seemingly enjoyed the creative work and in the end four amazing works were created by them.
Lastly the geographical, regional part left. Here I had to make drastic changes as to the implementation of my vision due to lack of time. The original idea was to play a tourist office role play game, so first they were to make posters about four different regions considering interesting places and activities the region could offer and also the price they would like to sell tours in a given region. After they should have visited 2 regions per person (1 person should have stayed at each region to play the travel agent) but at this time they couldn?t forget that beforehand they were given roles to play ? adventurous friend, spoilt millionaire or heartbroken man/woman. Unfortunately, we couldn?t realize this final part so in the meantime, to the request of some engaged participants, amongst other reasons) I had to change the concept and in the end, they created a flyer of each region (Lesser Poland, Mazovia, Greater Poland and Silesia) and in the end as a group we had to vote for the best flyer and therefore the best region of the day. The winner was Greater Poland with a beautiful promotional envelope.
All in all I am very satisfied with the creation and engagement of the participants and hope that I could provide them some new info about Poland and a great time while discovering it.
All pictures taken by Bastien Duparchy and Katrin Pleus