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National volunteering around Europe

On 23rt of May, our volunteers Natalie Sommer, Luc Fedon, Laura McCoy and Zaïnab Raibati visited Artico for an event organized in partnership between Artico and ADVIT Moldova. The porpose of the event was to talk about different forms of national volunteering around Europe and to get inspired by best practices. After short presentations about popular programs in the volunteers’ home countries, the event offered the opportunity to exchange experiences and general conditions with local volunteers and representatives of Artico. The meeting was a huge enrichment for all participants. Thanks again…

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“Roads” Exercise

Roads Exercise To show how the Intercultural dimension is related to the capacity of dealing with a complex and interactive situation and emotions. To develop negotiation skills, decision-making skills, to become aware of cultural/personal perception of reality. Description of the tool In four groups distribute the description of the communities to each group (see download). Each group can ask one question after a period of reflection. Answer by reading the rules. RULES: This game is about building roads.You can only…

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“The Island of MonoMulti” tool

THE ISLAND OF MONOMULTI (3 cultures) Exercise in which three different cultures meet and have to co-operate. Aims to raise awareness of diversity and consequences to start the discussion about how to deal with differences to experience a multi-cultural situation Time 1,5 – 2 hours (incl. evaluation) Group size 20 – 30 Material cartoon, scissors, glue, pencils, role cards (7 for each groups), 3 x observation questions Instructions The group is divided in 3 groups. Each group gets their role…

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“Wall of Prejudicies” tool

  STEREOTYPES AND PREJUDICES   Our identity is not defined just by this how we perceive ourselves, but also how others perceive us. To make it easier to understand reality we use mechanism of categorization, which allow us to gather different experiences into the groups according to some common characteristics. That’ s the way in which simplified images of the experiences are born. Categorization is functional and adaptive mechanism, which provide us with capability to process great deal of information…

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EVS exerience of the belgian volunteer Celine Mewissen

Hi all, Let me introduce myself: my name is Celine and I come from Liege in Belgium. I started a European Voluntary Service in January 2017 with ADVIT as coordinating organization. It all began with checking for hours the hundreds of projects on the EVS Database and applying to the ones I was the most interested in. I finally ended up in Chisinau, the capital city of a small country of Eastern Europe: the Republic of Moldova! I have to…

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Excursion to Soroca and Orheiul Vechi

Last Saturday, 17 EVS volunteers and 2 ADVIT coordinators travelled by bus in the early morning to explore Soroca, a beautiful city in the north of Moldova. Originally, the trip was scheduled to occur one week earlier but due to a sudden revival of winter in late April (aka #snowpocalypse), it was impossible to leave the house. This time, the weather gods were favourably inclined towards our group, so we could feel the warm sun rays when we left the bus two hours later. Fortunately,…

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“With whom would you like to live in the same house?”

Prepare a drawing of a house on the (paper)board. The facilitator tells the story of family Miller: “In this house live Mr. and Mrs. Miller with their 20 year old son David. The family lives quite happily together in this house. One day a bad accident happens and father and mother Miller loose their lifes. David inherits the house of his family and lives a single and satisfied life, untill one day David looses his job. David is no longer…

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“Who Are You” discussion questions

Discussion Questions Who are you? What defines who you are? What is the best thing about being a girl/boy? How is being a girl/boy different from being a boy/girl? Talk about a time when you wished you were not a girl/boy? What group of people do you like to hang out with? What has been the most difficult part about getting older? When do you pretend to be somebody else? What are some qualities you judge other people on? What…

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“Who Am I?” tool

Activity 1 – Mind Mapping Give each of participant several sheets of paper and a pen and have them write “Who am I?” in the center of each of the pages. Get them to do a series of mind maps where they write down who they perceive themselves to be in various areas of life. Spend a few minutes on each of the following mind map topics: Relationships – List all the different relationship roles that they have, such as…

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