Yearly Archive 2019

ByRoman Studer

Portret de voluntar – Roman (Germania)

Hello everybody,

I am Roman Lukas and i`m  from Germany. I live in the city called Siegen. I am in Romania, Izvoarele,  since two days and the rural area remindes me of the area where i`m coming from. In Germany, expecially in the area around Siegen, we do also have lots of trees, that`s something thats makes me feel like home at least a little bit.

I studied padagogy and i graduated with a Bachelor in 2012. After that i worked with people with mental diseases then i worked in the ambulant child- and youth welfare.

I quit my job because i wanted to try something new and i decided to go abroad to accept the challenges it might bring up. I think one of my biggest challange will be loosing the fear of dogs haha

I like listening to music and visiting concerts. I also like to watch movies or to read (i prepared myself for the journey by reading Herta Müller, who is a romanian/ german writer). Playing Soccer or Basketball is also one of my favorite activities.

In my time in Romania i want to learn a lot about the romanian culture and the people who are living here. I`m  also interested in nature and i want to discover the romanian landscape.

So far, that`s enought about me. I will end with a quote:

” It`s better to burn out than to fade away”  (Neil Young)

 

Bună tuturor,

Eu sunt Roman Lukas și sunt din Germania. Locuiesc în orașul numit Siegen. Sunt Izvoarele, România de două zile iar zona rurală îmi aduce aminte de zona de unde vin. În Germania, mai ales în zona din jurul Soegenului, avem de asemenea o grămadă de copaci, asta fiind ceva ce mă face să mă simt ca acasă măcar puțin.

Am studiat Pedagogie și am absolvit licență în 2012. După asta, am lucrat cu persoane cu boli mintale și apoi am lucrat în asistență socială ambulantă pentru copii și tineri.

Am demisionat de la slujba mea pentru că am vrut să încerc ceva nou și am decis să merg peste hotare să accept provocările pe care l-ar putea aduce. Cred că una dintre cele mai mare provocări pentru mine va fi săsscap de frica de câini haha.

Îmi place să ascult muzică și să merg la concerte. De asemenea îmi place să vizionez filme și să citesc (m-am pregătit de călătorie prin a citi Herta Müller, care este o scriitoare română/germană). Jucatul de fotbal și baschet sunt de asemenea unele dintre activitățile mele favorite.

În timpul meu în România vreau să învăț mult despre cultura română și despre oamenii care locuiesc aici. Sunt de asemenea interedat de natură și vreau să descopăr peisajul românesc.

Până acum, atât este suficient pentru mine. Voi încheia cu un citat:

” It`s better to burn out than to fade away”  (Neil Young)


Roman este în România pentru o perioadă de opt luni, din ianuarie 2019 până în septembrie 2019, în cadrul proiectului Building Youth Supportive Communities – Environment [2017-2-RO01-KA105-037748] proiect co-finanțat de Uniunea Europeană prin Programul Erasmus+ și implementat în România de către Curba de Cultură. 

ByRita Silva

Portret de Voluntar – Rita (Portugalia)

I’ve been asked to write or talk about myself too many times and every time you do it, you are not saying anything that is actually important, because what we say is how we want to be seen, perceived and not that many times what we think about ourselves and ultimately almost never who we are. My honesty always felt bad about this kind of thing, because if I get too honest people will probably have a hard time understanding me, if I am not I am going against what I believe. This is some sort of paradox, product of my own overthinking.

Once, a friend told me, to think about the things I put in my showcase. He thought that my decisions of what to put in it, like being scared of cats and not liking to climb stairs when they don’t seem safe, was not the most appealing information. So I decided to change it. In my showcase, in big letters, you can see now some things like THEATRE and READING.  Also you will see TRAVELS and EXTREME CURIOSITY. WRITER.

I am from Portugal, that might be a good thing to keep there, doesn’t have to be in big letters anymore. I should also say I am 24 yo. I have a Degree in Theatre and I like to write, above everything else.

And that is about all I am going to say, for now. But sure will be posting soon, hopefully.

 

Mi-a fost cerut să scriu sau să vorbesc despre mine de prea multe ori și de fiecare dată când o fac, nu spun ceva ce e cu adevărat important, pentru că ceea ce spunem este cum vrem să fim văzuți, percepuți și nu de așa multe ori ceea ce credem despre noi înșine, și până la urmă aproape niciodată cine suntem. Onestitatea mea mereu s-a simțit rău în legătură cu astfel de lucruri, pentru că dacă sunt prea sinceră probabil oamenii vor avea dificultăți în a mă înțelege, dar dacă nu sunt merg împotriva a ceea ce cred. Acesta este un fel de paradox, produs al propriului meu gândit excesiv

Cândva, un prieten mi-a spus, să mă gândesc la lucrurile pe care le pun în vitrina mea. El credea că deciziile mele în legătură cu ceea ce să pun în ea, ca a fi speriată de pisici și a nu îmi plăcea să urc scări când nu par sigure, nu era cea mai atrăgătoare informație. Așa că am decis să o schimb.  În vitrina mea, cu litere mari, poți vedea acum niște lucruri precum TEATRU și CITIT. De asemenea vei vedea CĂLĂTORII ȘI CURIOZITATE EXTREMĂ. SCRIITOR.

Sunt din Portugalia, acesta ar putea fi un lucru bun de ținut acolo, nu trebuie să mai fie în litere mari. Ar mai trebui și să spun că am 24 de ani. Am o diplomă în teatru și îmi place să scriu, mai presus decât orice.

Și asta este cam tot ceea ce am de gând să spun, penteu moment. Dar voi posta din nou curând, sper.

 


Rita este în România pentru o perioadă de opt luni, din ianuarie 2019 până în septembrie 2019, în cadrul proiectului Building Youth Supportive Communities – Environment [2017-2-RO01-KA105-037748] proiect co-finanțat de Uniunea Europeană prin Programul Erasmus+ și implementat în România de către Curba de Cultură. 

ByBaptiste Roger

First steps with non formal education

When I arrived in Curba de Cultura I knew that because of my project I would have to go to schools to lead classes, propose activities and share knowledge with them in English and French classes; I had been told about non-formal education, we were only then in June and the school holidays had started, so I told myself “we will see later”.

And then, as the summer was over, we were very quickly back to school, and it was time for me to take my first steps in the different schools, not without apprehension! (I had never faced a class in this position before, I have already given tutoring in high schools as well as private language classes but in this way I must admit that I was not reassured…)

Fortunately we were not dropped in the “cage of wild animals” and we received in Curba de Cultura during 3 days, a very enriching, reassuring and funny training on what non-formal education is, non-formal communication, how to set it up and apply it, we received methods, advice and explanations. We put ourselves in situations and we tried each other in “almost” real conditions, (what a laugh that day, we all fell back into childhood!) We were finally ready to start this new activity as serenely as possible (thanks Kristina and Estelle for this training!!!)

Returning to the main theme of this article, non-formal education (which must be distinguished from informal education) can be defined in this way: it proposes a training and learning time designated as such, without this leading to a final validation in the form of an examination to evaluate what has been learned. This lack of a final evaluation corresponds to the state of mind in which it is carried out. It seeks to foster a spirit of initiative in the participant, who is placed on an equal footing with the learner. Autonomy, initiative, democracy, exchange: these are the key words of non-formal education, which proposes, in an open format, to learn things through mechanisms that allow the active participation of all, this can be for example through games, videos, debates, creative workshops, theatre etc.

So it was with all this new knowledge and especially with a lot of impatience that I was waiting for my first class in order to implement all this. The day D having arrived, my activity was ready and settled at the milimetre, stress and apprehension naturally appeared. Fortunately for me, Estelle was present and accompanied me in this brand new experience. Strangely enough, I immediately felt comfortable in this position, in sharing, in feeling that the students were having a good time and that I was too. I knew right away that I would like it a lot. Of course it took me a few weeks to be totally liberated and each new class was and still is a great experience to correct, improve and learn about how to implement non-formal education.

Today, 3 and a half months after my first experience, I had the opportunity to participate in about forty classes with students ranging from the first grade to the twelfth grade (from the first kindergarten class to the last high school class)

We played many games together, sang, drew, watched videos, answered quizzes, tested our memory and concentration, jumped and turned on ourselves… but we also learned many things about cultures, languages, differences, cultural shock, diversity… but above all we had a great time! And it seems to me that this is one of the essential things when you want to transmit knowledge, know-how or even interpersonal skills.

I am happy to have been able to explore and practice this form of education during my volunteer work, which has taught me and brought me a lot of knowledge as much as it has on a personal level and I am now sure that I want to continue and deepen my learning in this way.

/ Traducere in Romana in lucru/

BySorin Berbecar

Call for a Swedish volunteer

Curba de Cultură is looking for 1 Swedish volunteer for an EVS volunteering stage in Izvoarele, a nice and cozy Romanian village. Together with our partner Navigatorcentrum (Ostersunds Kommun), we are developing and implementing an EVS for Swedish youngsters who would like to do this service in Romania, starting from spring 2019.

The profile of the volunteer we are looking for:

  • motivation to live and work in rural area for several months (the total length will be decided together with the organizations)
  • motivation to work with youngsters and children
  • basic knowledge of English

The activities we propose:

  • promoting non-formal learning and volunteering through presentations and activities
  • non-formal learning activities with children in schools and with youngsters in the youth centre
  • organizing outdoor cinema nights
  • managing the library within the youth centre
  • organizing foreign language classes and cultural events
  • writing articles and blogposts
  • creating promotional materials for the area/ community (photos, videos etc) and taking care of the webpage of the commune
  • reporting and documenting activities

The support we offer:

  • accommodation in a traditional Romanian house
  • pocket money and budget for food
  • phone sim card and monthly credit for it
  • bus permits for local transport
  • international travel costs up to 275 EUR reimbursed in the end of the stay
  • Romanian language classes through OLS system
  • mentor support for personal development
  • coordinator support for implementing activities
  • medical insurance through Cigna Insurrance Plan
  • Youthpass certificate
  • two international trainings provided by the Romanian National Agency
  • internal training for nonformal education methods and communication techniques (and other training if required/ available)
  • smiles and hugs

Other details about the project:

Curba de Cultură focuses on teenagers and youth development. Our mission is to use non-formal education as a complementary method to the formal educational system for young people. We want to create the premises for a better development of the young people and their more suited integration within their respective communities. We want to make young people aware that they actively belong to their local and national culture.

Navigatorcentrum is an organisation for young people aged 16-25 in Östersunds municipality, organised under the Municipality Administration, development/growth area. It is a meeting place where young people can have a coffee, use a computer or have a meeting with a coach. The main tasks is to find, meet and coach young people en route into adult life, with a particular focus on those who need extra support to find their way. To clarify; unemployed youth and a special focus is kept on long-term unemployed youth, youth receiving social service, immigrant/refugee-youth, disadvantaged youth, youth not in the school-system but also youth in general thinking about their future. All young people get a personal coach that give support through programs of introduction to a working life, various motivation-actions and guidance-counselling.

Length of stage: Several months (to be decided together with Navigatorcentrum and Curba de Cultură)

Location: Izvoarele, Prahova County, Romania (the historical region of Walachia)

Sending/Coordinating organization: Navigatorcentrum

Hosting Organization: Curba de Cultură

If we caught your attention send us a CV and motivation letter at sorin@curbadecultura.ro ASAP

Also if you want to know more do not hesitate to ask using the same e-mail.

 

P.S. Explore this webpage to find out more about the community, the work and the volunteers we host.

BySorin Berbecar

Call for Belgian volunteers

Curba de Cultură is looking for 2 Belgian volunteers for 9 months ESC volunteering stages in Izvoarele, a nice and cozy Romanian village. Together with our partner CODEC Belgium, we are developing and implementing an ESC for Belgian youngsters who would like to do this service in Romania, starting from spring 2019.

The profile of the volunteer we are looking for:

  • motivation to live and work in rural area for 9 months
  • motivation to work with youngsters and children
  • basic knowledge of English

The activities we propose:

  • promoting non-formal learning and volunteering through presentations and activities
  • non-formal learning activities with children in schools and with youngsters in the youth centre
  • organizing outdoor cinema nights
  • managing the library within the youth centre
  • organizing foreign language classes and cultural events
  • writing articles and blogposts
  • creating promotional materials for the area/ community (photos, videos etc) and taking care of the webpage of the commune
  • reporting and documenting activities

The support we offer:

  • accommodation in a traditional Romanian house
  • pocket money and budget for food
  • phone sim card and monthly credit for it
  • bus permits for local transport
  • international travel costs up to 275 EUR reimbursed in the end of the stay
  • Romanian language classes through OLS system
  • mentor support for personal development
  • coordinator support for implementing activities
  • medical insurance through Cigna Insurrance Plan
  • Youthpass certificate
  • two international trainings provided by the Romanian National Agency
  • internal training for nonformal education methods and communication techniques (and other training if required/ available)
  • smiles and hugs

Other details about the project:

Curba de Cultură focuses on teenagers and youth development. Our mission is to use non-formal education as a complementary method to the formal educational system for young people. We want to create the premises for a better development of the young people and their more suited integration within their respective communities. We want to make young people aware that they actively belong to their local and national culture.

CODEC VZW – Promotes the European policies and values that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. At CODEC you will meet design thinkers, project managers, communicators, education specialists, technology and social media experts that can respond to your organisation’s needs and understand the social challenges you wish to address.

Length of stages: 9 months, starting March 2019

Location: Izvoarele, Prahova County, Romania (the historical region of Walachia)

Sending/Coordinating organization: CODEC Belgium

Hosting Organization: Curba de Cultură

If we caught your attention send us a CV and motivation letter at sorin@curbadecultura.ro ASAP

Also if you want to know more do not hesitate to ask using the same e-mail.

 

P.S. Explore this webpage to find out more about the community, the work and the volunteers we host.