EVS life now

 

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I already spent here 4 months and I have a lot of memories about my EVS life. I want to share them with you in this blog post.

Firstly I want to talk about how is going my project in kindergartens. We almost finished this semester and now I can say that we did a really good job. We went in 3 kindergartens and we tried to teach basic English to kids. It wasn’t easy for this age group but even if just a few children could learn something, it is our proud. We taught them the colors, numbers, vegetables, fruits, animals, weather conditions and so on. Of course, they can’t remember all of them but at least they met English at their very young age. It is a good start for the future. Otherwise, they met people who can’t speak their mother language like us and they contact us somehow. They tried and they really love us.

Next semester we will go to primary schools and we are preparing a board-game for them. After we finish I will write the details in my next blog writing.

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Also in these 2 months we had some trips.

First, we went to Balan “Lonely Stone”. Our friend lives there which we met him on the train when we were coming back from our on-arrival training. It was a little bit difficult hiking but it was fabulous. On the top of the stone we had an amazing view.

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Also, we had some interesting events at UFF. We were the jury for a music competition. We had a press conference and it was the first one for me, we talked about our project and our life. Then when I saw the article on the internet I was proud of myself.

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Another one was an UFF excursion to the Hargita. We were there with a lot of UFF member. It was a really enjoyable time with everyone. November was a really special month for me because of my birthday. Gokhan, Merci, and Zsuzsi made an amazing surprise for me with a present and a cake. Also in Hargita, everybody celebrated my birthday, this was one of the most special birthdays of mine.

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Another important event for me was Christmas because it was also a first for me. We celebrate the new year in Turkey but not Christmas. First, we started with ‘Santa Claus Day’. At age 24, I got my first gift from Santa Claus. Then we visited Christmas markets in a few cities. We had a tree and a Christmas calendar. I felt so lucky because I have housemates who showed me their culture in every way.

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After Christmas, we had the annual UFF meeting and after-party. We took a part in the meeting and talked about our project like every time. After that, there was a great music group performing their musician skills. It was an unforgettable evening for me.

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For New Year’s Eve our friend Damien came from France, it was our first real meeting because we met him on the internet and for 4 years we’ve seen each other just via Skype. We took him from Sibiu airport and spent 1 day there. Then we went Cluj, Sighisoara, Braşov and we came back to our city. We saw the Christmas markets in these cities they were awesome. We watched fireworks in our city with our champagne. Last year almost all my wishes happened and I hope this year it will be great too.

After a really big and relaxing holiday, we are on our work again. We are completing our board game and so far it went very nice. After we finish we will start to play with primary schools. I am looking forward to playing it with them. Moreover, we want to continue meeting for the English club. We need more motivated participants to keep it available for anyone who wants to improve their English speaking skills. So don’t hesitate and join our Facebook page or get some information from UFF.

I started the new year with a superb vibe. I feel at home thanks to my home mates, UFF family, and the lovely locals. For now, that’s all. See you on my next blog writing. I wish you great days.

Hello dear readers

It’s been a while since I wrote the last blog episode. In that time I did pretty good things, let me write about them…

Firstly if you haven’t been at ”The Lone Rock” in Balan, I think, you should plan a day trip there as soon as possible. One of our friends who lives there invited us. While considering to join him, I didn’t know it will be the most difficult and the most enjoyable hike in my life. We started the trek in the steep trail, we passed through a forest while perspiring excessively. Eventually, we reached the top of the mountain. There is a place which is kind of relaxing spot to look back and feel the achievement. Of course every time there is more thing to achieve. You are not high enough now, take your time to rest, then aim to the top of the rocks near you, as we did.
I assure you it’s not easy at all, but the reward is astonishing when you reach there. Just look at that, AMAZING!

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After the overwhelming hot summer in Turkey, I knew that it will be a harsh winter for me. I accept that it’s way more cold that I confront in my city, but as they said, humans can adapt every kind of condition, they just need some time to adjust. I never thought that the combination of snow, Christmas and Székelyudvarhely would be that beautiful. It helped me to acclimate to the cold weather. Here are some photos as my memories.

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Being a member of UFF feels good. All the activities, events and concerts make me feel alive. We’ve been volunteer jury members in the Peron Music competition which was a joyful event with skillful musicians and well-quality songs. We had a difficult time to decide who showed the best performance however the Road Of Life deserves the first place according to our and the musician jury’s votes. I wish them to keep doing the great job they do. Furthermore, as you know, every year there is a great event organized by UFF. At the beginning of the evening, we present ourselves, our projects and life to the members then enjoyed good music provided by FUNKorparation.

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I would say that for me the most enjoyable hobby is playing video games. That’s why I was spending most of my free time in front of my TV and PlayStation. More than three years ago, one day I met a French guy while I’m playing a multi-player game. After that, we started to play together and speak via voice chat. Eventually, we became good friends enough to decide to see each other. So he was here in Romania for 5 days including new years eve. Despite the fact we see each other very first time, after spending some time together, I felt like he is a friend from my childhood. I think it was the best time to visit Romanian cities during the new year’s excitement. Shining Sibiu and beautiful Cluj were great, no need to explain you know that. Also, we wanted to show him our city, therefore, decided to spend new year’s eve in Székelyudvarhely with the firework show and of course a bottle of champagne.

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I don’t want to take more time of yours, but let me write something about our projects too. So, we repeated some English words and sentences briefly as the last thing and said goodbye to kindergartens recently. Next semester we’ll focus on primary schools. Already started to prepare for them. We put a grand effort to create a room-size board game which is 3*4 meters. The aim is to teach them the importance of recycling, energy saving,  keeping the world clean while taking care of the different type of trashes. In a short explanation, the goal is to teach them how to save the future of the planet earth while helping them in improve their English.

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Introducing creative pedagogy for nursery and primary schools

 

Description

The long term EVS internship gives a practical response for the need of introduction and systematic use of creative pedagogy methods on the level of kindergartens and primary schools in the city of Odoheiu Secuiesc (Romania), using for this purpose the tool-set of non-formal education and intercultural dialogue developed by the 4 volunteers from Hungary and Turkey, connecting in the same time the awareness of European cultural diversity with the local children from schools and kindergartens. The activities are built into three groups, where the volunteers will be both creators and beneficiaries of the programs. The activities in order of importance are the creative pedagogy activities (70%), language courses and intercultural activities (20%) and the contribution to the daily work of the host structure, organizational support activities (10%). The volunteers will receive by mentors and professionals all the support that is necessary in order to accomplish their tasks.

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Accommodation, food and transport arrangements 

The volunteers will be hosted in a shared apartment located near the centre of the city, therefore they won’t need to take public transportation. The apartment has:
– 2 rooms and one bathroom with toilet, shower and washing machine
– kitchen with fridge, stove, microwave, dishes, glasses, all the necessary utilities
– Wi-Fi connection
Volunteers will receive a monthly pocket money of 60 euro and food allowance of 120 euro.

Training during the project 

The volunteers will have to attend to 2 training sessions provided by the Romanian NA, which are the on-arrival and mid-term trainings, being also prepared for their activities within the project, such as working with children, organizing intercultural events and supporting the host structure. The main language used in the city is Hungarian, so the volunteers will receive language training in order to ease up the accomplishment of their tasks, also getting Romanian language training which will be needed in trainings, evaluation meetings and free time touristic activities in Romania.

Volunteer profile 

Looking for volunteers from Hungary and Turkey aged between 18 and 30 when the internship starts. We prefer volunteers with care for children and pedagogy who are:
– open to gain new experiences, to learn new things, to develop and improve personal and professional skills, abilities, competences
– open minded, communicative, sociable, patient, flexible, motivated to get involved in activities for the benefits of the hosting community, having the ability to work both individually and as part of a team showing respect towards other volunteers, the host association and the community members

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How to apply 

From anyone wishing to apply we require a Europass CV and a short motivation letter. We also ask all candidates to fill in the short application form on this link

Additional information 

The volunteers will work mainly with children in local kindergartens and primary schools. Previous experience of potential volunteers in the field of activities involving children is not a requirement but it is an asset for all those who wishes to apply.
Volunteers can attend to two more trainings which are pre-departure and final trainings provided by the NA-s of the countries involved.