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marți, 21 iulie 2015

YOUTH EXCHANGE- INFOPACK 28 JULY – 4 AUGUST (ARRIVAL ON 27TH AND DEPARTURE ON 5TH) OVIEDO, SPAIN.

Dear participants,
WELCOME TO EurHope INFOPACK!!!!
In this pages you’ll find some information about the Youth Exchange, some practicalities about the logistics and also a reminder about things to prepare before your departure.
We are sure you already know most of it, but we think it can be useful to refresh some details! 


ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
 

All the groups are expected to arrive at Oviedo on July 27th and leave the project on the 5th August (from early in the morning, if needed for travel arrangements).
According to your arrival time, we’re arranging things to pick you up at Oviedo bus station or airport.
Note! If you haven’t informed our organization about your exact arrival and departure time, it’s extremely important that you send all your travel details at www.facebook.com/ASIRYS sau voluntarasirys@gmail.com as soon as possible and anyway before Wednesday 22nd (by 13.00).
Please, if your flight/bus is delayed or you have any issue during your journey, text us at Youropía contact number. +34 638 478466 (Whatsapp is also available on this number).
Meals will be provided by our organization, in the hostel, from the lunch on the 27th ‘till the lunch on the 5th of August.


COUNTRIES INVOLVED
Germany, Italy, Poland, Rumania, Russia and, of course, Spain.
Each team will be a group of 5 people: 4 participants and 1 group leader.


INSURANCES AND HEALTH
During the exchange all the participants will be covered by a civil liability and accident insurance.
Apart from that, it’ll be personal responsibility of either the participants or the sending organization to take out a travel insurance too.


If you have got a European Health Insurance Card, don’t forget to bring it with you!


LODGING AND WEATHER CONDITIONS
We’ll stay at “Albergue de Priorio” (Priorio Youth Hostel), surrounded by a beautiful nature environment, but at only 10km from Oviedo, the capital city of our region.
Participants will stay in mixed national rooms of (aprox.) 6-8 people.


IMPORTANT: There are no bed sheets included, but there are pillows and blankets. It’s up to you to bring either your sleeping bag or just bed linen and the pillow case (taking also into consideration the maximum weight and size of your luggage)


IMPORTANT: during the exchange there will be NO Internet connection in the hostel.
You’ll find some pictures and some further information about the venue here: http://www.proyectohombreastur.org/pdfs/folleto_priorio.pdf. (this short information is only available in Spanish).


Having a look at the forecast for next week, it seems that it is going to be a bit cloudy, but not so rainy. Our advice is that you bring SUMMER CLOTHES but also SOMETHING WARM for nights (temperature between 15 and 27ºC approximately, but they can drop at night), and also a RAIN COAT, just in case.rd, don’t forget to bring it with you!


Before packing, you can also consult:
http://www.aemet.es/es/eltiempo/prediccion/municipios/oviedo-id33044
However, what you need to know is the weather in our region is quite similar to England or Scotland and we can have sun, fog, rain and wind on the same day …


REIMBURSEMENT AND CURRENCY.

Don’t forget to collect and keep all your travel documents!
For each national team, group leaders will be responsible for collecting all the information available as well as all the travel tickets, receipts and invoices and facilitating them to the organization.
Only once we get all the travel documents (including original tickets and boarding passes for your way back), we’ll arrange the reimbursement by bank transfer. Please, take into account that this process can take quite some weeks.


No fee will be required to participate in the Exchange.


During the Youth Exchange the costs for board and lodging as well as all the activities will be covered by the project. However, you might want to bring some extra money for any unexpected event or just for your personal expense. Thus, it’s important to note that the currency in Spain is Euro, but also that Oviedo is not a very touristic site and there are not many places where to change currency (mainly banks, but only in the mornings and for many foreign currencies is not even possible to change them on the spot). On the other hand, if you have a debit/credit card you can easily withdraw money from one of the many cash machine in the city (check out your bank account conditions to get further information about fees and limits for operating with your card abroad).


PREPARATION TASKS (REMINDER ON THINGS TO PREPARE BEFORE THE EXCHANGE)

 
Each group has been asked to prepare:


One or two energizers to kick off the morning (for one or two days): it’s some quick activities/games just to “warm up”. They shouldn’t be longer than 10 mins.


One presentation game/team building. (longer than the energizer): it’s for the first morning and we’d like each national group to have the possibility to carry out one exercise/game. The objectives of the game should be getting to know each other (getting to know something about our lives, places, hobbies, etc.) and/or start to work as a group. Since it’s 6 countries involved and each of them will have a game, this exercise should last between 20 and max 30 mins.


Traditional dinner and traditional soiree: not to get stressed with too many things on the same day, for any country the “national night” will be one day and their traditional night on another one. (To make it clear: it’s NOT like one intercultural night with all the countries presenting on the same day.)
Traditional dinner: there will be the possibility to cook in a well-equipped kitchen. Anyway it’s better to think about quite simple things. There’s also the possibility to ask us to buy some ingredients, but take into account that it might be difficult to find very specific food and/or spices. Alcohol: since the Exchange is for over 18, it’ll be possible at times to drink some alcohol but we really don’t want young people to abuse and overdo it! Make it clear with your participants –just in case!


Traditional night: It can be a moment to share something more about your country/region in a creative and entertaining way (you can put also some short video, but try not to use long powerpoints, for example), but it can also be a combination of funny games and activities (not necessarily related to your country/region). It should last 60-90 mins maximum.


Note: For all the energizers/exercises/activities mentioned above, references and links to the Great War are not necessary, but could be interesting. However it is important to avoid any national role or any identification with the “goodies” or the “baddies”.


For some sessions: we’d like to ask you to find some pictures about what was typical or even “fashionable” to wear 100 years ago in your country: in different regions, cities, urban areas… and also in different social classes.


...and some texts (passages from a book, poetries, etc.) from that period, which can be related to the World War I and/or the social situation of that time.


OTHER THINGS YOU SHOULD TAKE WITH YOU
You need to bring TOWEL, FLIPFLOPS AND ANYTHING YOU MIGHT NEED FOR HYGIENE/TOILETRIES.


You will also need: SWIMSUIT, SWIMMING CAP (for the pool), SUN CREAM, TOWEL (for the swimming pool and the beach), CONFORTABLE CLOTHES for sport activities AND SPORT SHOES for walking in the surroundings and other activities (Some trekking shoes could be useful; however you won’t need super technical mountain boots). IMPORTANT: If you take any medication, remember to note down the name of the active principle (molecule) and the dosage.


…But above all, don’t forget to bring A LOT OF POSITIVE ENERGY AND ENTHUSIASM!!!!

Maratonul Evenimentelor Creative

miercuri, 15 iulie 2015


În luna aprilie, am dat startul "Centrului de Voluntariat Tîrgu Frumos". Proiectul îşi propune dezvoltarea prin voluntariat a comunităţii Tîrgu Frumos şi va implica peste 120 de voluntari din Tîrgu Frumos, Iaşi, Paşcani şi zonele rurale limitrofe. Voluntarii vor organiza cel puţin 200 de evenimente, iar cei mai activi dintre ei, vor merge în luna februarie, într-o tabără de o săptămână, în munți, unde vor lucra la strategia de dezvoltare a organizației și a orașului. 

În acest moment, după 3 luni de proiect, avem un centru minunat, în care am organizat deja 35 de evenimente! Tot ce s-a realizat deține amprenta fiecărui voluntar care s-a implicat, de la desenele de pe pereți, la cauciucurile reciclate sau mesele, dulapurile improvizate; în interior sunt multe obiecte donate: război de țesut, o canapea, oale de lut, umbrele, borcane, discuri de vinil... toate se îmbină. Iar partea frumoasă e că Centrul de Voluntariat evoluează. Cu fiecare nou voluntar, cu fiecare inițiativă, povestea e rescrisă.  

Pentru că acum avem spațiul, resursele, avem și vara, ne-am gândit, să lansăm un maraton al evenimentelor creative în Tîrgu Frumos. Dragi voluntari, vă dăm libertatea absolută de a organiza evenimentele la care visați! Evenimentele voastre pot fi neconvenționale, atipice, creative, originale, pot fi și tipice, dar să le condimentați cu energia voastră, și cel mai important e ca, prin evenimentele organizate, să învățați și să învățăm ceva nou! Fie să gătim, să dansăm, să cântăm, să economisim, să alergăm, fie să fim motivați, să țesem, să ne jucăm etc. etc., ideea e ca prin evenimentele organizate, să creăm pentru diverse grupuri țintă, contexte de învățare și de dezvoltare personală.

Voluntarii care intră în maraton, trebuie să organizeze cel puțin 10 evenimente, în perioada 18 iulie - 2 august. Joi, la ora 12:00, vă invităm la Centrul de Voluntariat, să punem toate ideile pe hârtie, să le discutăm, să le analizăm și să le îmbunătățim! Până atunci, ar fi bine să aveți o listă pregătită, nu uitați că e foarte important să vă placă și să aveți ceva de învățat în primul rând, voi, din ceea ce propuneți! 

De asemenea, un alt element, e legat de promovare. Ne dorim ca pe parcursul maratonului, să atragem 1000 de tineri în cadrul activităților organizate de voi. That's a challenge! 

Acum și partea motivațională. Cei mai activi 10 voluntari din maraton, vor merge într-o expediție în R. Moldova, la prietenii noștri din Fălești, orașul înfrățit cu Tîrgu Frumos (4-6 august). Noi asigurăm transportul, corturile, grătarul, de fapt materia primă pentru mese, pentru că probabil, între timp, vom deveni și buni bucătari. 

Centrul de Voluntariat Tîrgu Frumos” este un proiect implementat de Asociaţia SUPER TINERI (ASIRYS) şi finanţat prin granturile SEE 2009 – 2014, în cadrul Fondului ONG în România. Pentru informaţii oficiale despre granturile SEE şi norvegiene accesaţi www.eeagrants.org, precum şi adresa Fondului ONG: www.fondong.fdsc.ro.

Pohoda means peace, ease, contentment

luni, 6 iulie 2015

In the last ten years Europe has experienced significant explosion in the number, popularity and quality of summer festivals. European festivals grew from small, intimate events in countryside, tiny villages or castles, to huge, headline affairs. The trend have expanded from a one genre focus to multi-media content, the audience had grew in its numbers and also became multicultural. Europe now has a huge amount of festivals which young Europeans literally cross their continent for. 

Censorship, oppression of culture and civil society pronouncement have inhibited open, organized gatherings of people that have blocked any attempts for open air cultural activities beyond the scope of the socialist regime. Eastern and Central European countries have been left behind the late 20th century boom of summer music festivals.


The first summer festivals in the Eastern part of Europe have popped up in shy family atmospheres of enthusiastic organizers and their fellows circuits. In contrary, the Pinkpop Festival is known as the oldest annual dedicated pop Music Festival in Western countries, starting in 1970 in Netherlands. Though, in other genres there are much older ones — the Three Choirs Festival in UK runs annually since 1719. Also the huge and famous Glastonbury Festival has a tradition in 20th century.


What are the festival stars of Eastern European counterpart? One of the first big-scale events in CEE region is Woodstock Festival in Poland  that takes place since 1995 and in 2009 gathered above 400,000 people. Even an earlier bird is the VOLT Festival, an annual four day music festival held in Sopron, Hungary in early July. Established in 1993, VOLT attracts over 100,000 music fans every year. Few years later have appeared younger and smaller scale festivals of Balkan countries. In The Mountains, a new three day music, arts and literature festival. Croatian Hideout is a three day Electro, Dubstep and Drum and Bass Festival set on Zrce Beach. Since 2000 runs Exit Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia. Exit (also referred to as State of Exit) has strong social and political messages and also does not stick to one genre, showcasing every genre from hip-hop to metal. In the stunning Rhodopian Mountains of Bulgaria is held Meadows.


In Slovakia, Pohoda festival started as almost the first summer festival in a young post-communist country and was held at the small castle in 1997. Among all great festivals of CEE region is Pohoda still outstanding by its multi-genre and multi-media character, almost a family atmosphere of 30.000 people and the great energy all over the place full four days. The first growth in visitors came in 1999 when formerly music festival has introduced theatre, cinema and literature. When it comes to the „big names“, Pohoda impresses the audience every year, however, specific ambient is what do they appreciate the most. Arch magazine has referred to Pohoda festival as to an „Absolutely contemporary, urban program and festival activities – from music, theatre, readings and book launchings to art gallery, together with the profile of a typical Pohoda festival goer ..“ 

Pohoda is a music and arts festival where alternative, indie, electronica, world music & punk meet classical; alongside literature, dance, visual art, film theatre, active civil society people in sector of NGO´s, discussions or political debates. Already on four days of 9th to 11th of July Pohoda festival will again create a unique space where the beautiful and varied cultures of the world meet, communicate and share ideas. Pohoda in Slavic language means peace, ease, contentment and this is exactly what a nowadays European multi-genre and multicultural festivals of summer are, reaching out far beyond the state borders merging people of nationalities in a common idea of having and sharing simply a good time together. 

Written by Veronika Strelcova (Slovakia)

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