A magic story about “Multiculturalism”

story written by Arantza Belmonte

 

Youth! Together!…What?!

This story starts long, long time ago.
This story doesn?t have a prince and a princess.
Actually, this story has a lot of them.
And, as the stories for kids, it has a happy ending.

Ten months ago, in the mysterious Poland, the project called ?Youth! Together! Now! ? started.
It was a difficult mission for four beginners volunteers. Four knights from all around Europe?Their names were Ksenia, Patricia, Endre and Arantza.  I?m one of them and I?m going to tell you the magic story of the crusade ?Multiculturalism? that took place in Krakow.

Chapter 1

All started with a meeting with our coordinators.

At the begging of the mission we were lost. Even our superiors were confused.
It was so difficult to define the purpose of our work: Why are we doing this? What are we going to talk about? What do we want to share? Who is going to do this? or that? or whatever? Will the people listen to us? What the hell is ?Multiculturalism?? Co to jest ?zine??

?We are doing this because now we are involved in a European program and we should spread the European values in the community where we are living now.? To find out that answer was easy. Multiculturalism? Well? It?s something about opportunities, differences, culture, art, to discover? That one was not so clear.

Due to that chaos in our minds we decided to draw a map to order our thoughts. Then, we started to talk and share our ideas until we found the way? after few months.

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Chapter 2

After thinking a lot we met again with our coordinators to talk about the mission and the strategy we decided to follow.

We are knights, but we love kids and we want to teach them the right path. We wanted to know how they see the world so we can help them to understand it and to respect other people. We wanted to show everyone that ?Multiculturalism? is not only a topic for adults and cultivated people. Kids can also understand what it is. Furthermore, it?s a topic that goes by our side since we are born until the day we die.

So, this was the strategy:  we needed to split up to cover more territory.
Then, each of us had their own task. One of us had to prepare workshops to teach the kids (and also the adults) about different topics such as sexuality, dyslexia or gender.
Other knight had to record a movie to explain the people that sometimes discrimination is not as visible as it seems. Then, the other two of us were going to interview the kids to know more about their perception of the world and the main topic. Also they organised workshops to get deeper inside the investigation. Finally, the mission was heading to end up in a public event exhibition to show everyone what we have found out during our crusade.

Chapter 3

Each one of us got on its way.
We worked a lot. We spent a lot of time to accomplish our mission. We visited so many different kingdoms and regions.
The kids had a lot of things to say. They had a lot of things to dream about.
Workshops were done, for kids and adults. Interviews were done and even one of the volunteers did handmade portraits of some of the kids. Different kids, with different appearance and smiles. But, despite that, all of them love each other so much.
It seemed that all the knights were doing their work well. But sometimes it?s difficult to reach a happy ending?

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Chapter 4

Like in every mission, not everything it?s perfect. Like in good stories sometimes there are some obstacles that make the knights work harder. Like in good stories, there?s someone who don?t arrive to the end….
Our obstacle was the time. EVS time was going to end and we had to manage to finish our tasks on time. When can we show the results of our work? Each of us had a mission somewhere else?(We were busy knights)
Finally we agreed in the place and date. Our final battlefield was going to be Łaka Café.

Chapter 5

21st of June arrived and we were ready to face our last challenge.
The exhibition was prepared: we hung in the wall the answers of the kids and the portraits. Also we had the collages that kids made and some delicious food was served in the table; delicious traditional food from different countries to celebrate the triumph of an intercultural crusade.
We offered also some games related to the topic, and, furthermore, one knight prepared a workshop for those who came to join us in our last day of mission.
We explain our crusade, our goals and how we reached them. We explain how hard we fought. But we also explain how happy we felt after all the effort.

Now there?s just one thing left? the final report. Something that in our EVS lands it?s called ?zine?.

The End?

 

Organizers: EVS volunteers “Youth! Together! Now!” project, Internationaler Bund Polska
Disclaimer: This project has been funded with support from the European Commission within Erasmus + framework. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Experience the world of volunteering ? photo vernissage

 

On 28th of October a group of volunteers ? Bastien from France, Ivana from Bosnia, Antonio from Italy and Marianna from Hungary ? all participating in the project ?Spread the light? held a photo vernissage, a final presentation of their daily work through photos.

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They all work as volunteers in different schools specifically for disabled people. At the vernissage they exhibited 28 photos, 7 from each school, representing their work and some students from their schools also contributed to the event since they made some works of art to be exhibited. The exhibition took place at Zespół Szkół Specjalnych nr. 11 at Dobczycka Street, where one of the hosts of the event, Bastien, works.

            To the vernissage the volunteers had the possibility to invite other volunteers and friends and also people from different organisations. The event started at half past 7: first, the director of the school had a speech and then Bastien gave his own speech about the exhibition where his explained to the visitors what the volunteers wished to express with the pictures: to enable people to discover how volunteers get by at their workplace. In the pictures we can explore on the one hand, the happy aspects of their work, showing how much volunteers and disabled people can give each other but on the other we can also see moment of their daily tasks, such as feeding, helping in music class.

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            To sum up, it was a really nice event, which may have the importance for the future in the presentation of the volunteers daily life but at the same time allowing visitors to see how beautiful the job of a volunteer can be.

Organizers: EVS volunteers “EVS – Spread the light” project, Internationaler Bund Polska
Disclaimer: This project has been funded with support from the European Commission within Erasmus + framework. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Being a “Youngster on the move”

article written by Iryna Panchak

Hi! My name is Ira, I?m 23 years old and I?m from Ukraine. I would like to share with you my feelings and experiences which I got during my EVS in Krakow.

Before I came to Poland I was working in Charity Foundation ?Wings of hope? who helps children with cancer. After one year of working there I understood that I need to change something in my life totally. I thought that I need something special which will give me a chance to develop myself and give me new aim in my life. And I was right when I decided to do my EVS in charming Krakow and awesome hosting organization Zespół Szkół Specjalnych  no. 11. During these 10 months I gained huge experience in working with children with disabilities, moreover I got used to being in international team and creating something interesting together.

Except of working in school 6 hours per day, the second part of my EVS planning, managing and implementing an event  within my project ?Youngsters on the Move?.  The project gathered 8 volunteers from different countries, different nationalities, thus variety views and opinions in life. The aim of the project was to highlight the issue of human migration, reasons, consequences and influences of it in the world. Of course, for us it was big challenge to create something together in multicultural team (from Morocco till Ukraine) and it required a lot of patience and understanding, energy and creativity. Participation in this project gave me a chance to look at  human migration from different perspectives (European Union, North of Africa and Post-Soviet country). Each of us has different experiences and insight about human migration; because of that reason, we decided to create our world with different countries, territories, religions and laws and to put everything in the game ?No borders, No barriers?.

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The main idea was immerse participants of game in the world of countries with starvations, wars or natural disasters. 4 countries with 11 characteristics, 19 participants and 35 minutes of ?migration? to different countries just trying to find better life for themselves and their families.  Everyone had their own role and story of life and moving to each of 4 countries forced them to reflect on migration process, to solve different problems of moving and make a decision at the moment. This game helped us to present how volunteers see phenomenon of migration, what people could expect by moving in different country and what is waiting for them there.

So, 13th of June we organized our event, where each of us, but most of all me got a lot of an unforgettable and unique experience to work with international team on important topic nowadays.

Today is 28th of June and after 3 days I will finish my EVS, my amazing and adventurous trip. This fact makes me sad but I?m also so grateful for having this chance in my life. My EVS was full of the greatest emotions, events, people and experiences. I met a lot of new friends, got new knowledge and great opportunity to improve and develop myself.

Organizers: EVS volunteers “Youngsters on the move” project, Internationaler Bund Polska
Disclaimer: This project has been funded with support from the European Commission within Erasmus + framework. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

How to live a memorable day at the ?Farm of Life?

Article written by Ilde Navarrete

In the next few lines I will describe what I experienced during my day at the Farm of Life the 3rd October 2015. Little did I know before about the picnic, only that we paid a visit to know their wonderful and brand-new facilities and that my friends Alicia and Berkay assisted during summer there. Moreover it is one of the hosting organizations that IB Polska is cooperating with. Helped by the representatives of IB Polska and many of my volunteer friends, I took part in the welcoming picnic the people at the farm organized for everybody who was interested. The event lasted since the early morning to the afternoon.

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The farm is designed to host autistic residents, as well as to serve as a venue for different workshops and activities for those who live at their homes. Other than workshop rooms, residential spaces, and gymnastic halls, the farm also has a huge extension of green areas where animal huts are located. During the couple of meetings we attended, we organized additional activities for the families visiting the picnic, I was assigned to prepare a gymkhana with scoring games and a mini-marathon to somehow inaugurate the new green path that the farm offers. It was for me a great pleasure to count with the support of some of my workmates and friends who showed great interest in helping together with the care of our IB Polska coordinators and farm staff. It is important to mention that we were also helped by volunteers from Ukraine who were present during the picnic. Other than our activities, volunteers also prepared some delicious food treats such as Spanish gazpacho and potato omelets or French croissants.

Our volunteers? gymkhana included a set of challenges based on the different continents (jumping as an Australian kangaroo, hitting balloon animals at an African safari, the American gold Rush or painting in the European Renaissance, as examples). Families and other visitors were collecting scores through team work in all of the games that volunteers led. In the end of the day, the best scoring participants plus the people participating in the mini-marathon received very nice presents on behalf of the farm that everybody took with smiles on their faces and the purest feeling of pride. It is important also to point out the interest of visitors and residents of the farm to participate in our proposal of activities and know more about the activities organized by Internationaler Bund Polska.

So this was the result of joining together a bunch of talented volunteers plus coordinators, tasty food, entertaining activities, and the effort of people who really care about what they are doing. It made us able to enjoy an amazing life learning experience for which I still thank to each and every participant.


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Here you can find more details about Fundacja Wspólnota Nadziei and about Farm of life (Farma Życia):

Biuro Fundacji Wspólnota Nadziei
Więckowice, ul. Ogrodowa 17,
32-082 Bolechowice

http://www.farma.org.pl/