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Differences between formal, non-formal and informal learning

Non formal learning is purposive but voluntary learning that takes place in a diverse range of environments and situations for which teaching/training and learning is not necessarily their sole or main activity. These environments and situations may be temporarily, and the activities or courses that take place may be staffed by professional learning facilitators (such as youth trainers) or by volunteers (such as youth leaders). The activities and courses are planned, but are seldomly structured by conventional rhythms or curriculum…

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Volunteers celebrating Christmas and New Year in Chisinau

Bună ziua şi un an nou mai bun! I’m Nata from Germany and I’m volunteering at ADVIT since November 2016. Because of the fact that this is just a relatively short time, I decided to stay in Moldova for both, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Furthermore I was really interested in celebrating in an international community. Today I want to share my impressions of the holidays with you. I was lucky because I wasn’t the only one who didn’t go…

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Message from our volunteer Dieter Eggen

Dear all, I have been spending the last nine months in Moldova. My main reason of being here is to volunteer for a refugee centre in Moldova’s capital Chisinau. After arriving here in early March a number of things quickly struck my attention: the half finished and abandoned buildings, the cashier trying to give plastic bags with just about every article you buy and the excessive amount of casinos, kinda weird considering this is Europe’s poorest country. But I was…

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Christmas Party

Yesterday, on 13th December we had our anual Christmas party with the volunteers which was great fun. Besides talking, listening to music and playing Secret Santa we also had an amazing international potluck: Everyone brought some food (mostly selfmade Christmas candies from their homecountries but also hearty dishes) and shared it with each other. Of course, Moldovan placinte and Christmas sweets didn’t miss. Thanks to everyone for making such a great evening possible.

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Discussing about Stereotypes with Arancha and Ana

Ana and Arancha organised a Youth Club session for a tenth grade of a secondary school in Chisinau on 2nd of December 2016. The topic was stereotypes in general and aimed on making youngsters aware of different aspects of these. Though everybody uses stereotypes in everyday life, it was important to the facilitators to point out certain risks connected to them. Stereotypes can easily lead to intolerance and discrimination. To avoid this and to teach the participants how stereotypes work,…

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Youthckub in Stereotyoes with Irina and Ema

On 29th November 2016 Irina and Ema held a Youth Club session for teenagers and young adults on stereotypes. Since the latter are practically omnipresent, the facilitators’ intent was to show that in their role as everyday generalizations they are not always bad but also to emphasize, that discrimination based on stereotypes is, of course, highly problematic. To underline the fact, that first impressions are not always true, the participants were separated in two groups. One group got pictures of…

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Reflecting on personal Identity

On 28th November 2016, Ana and Arancha gave a Youth Club lesson for Moldovan youngsters. The main topic of this meeting was identity. Though every person has one, it is important to reflect on it from time to time and to realize the importance of being open towards different people and societies. Undertanding, that we have sometimes more in common than we might think at first glance but also respecting differences is essential. To achieve this goal, the participants reflected…

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Participants of the project “Let’s Explore Intercultural Competence with YOU(th)” have started organizing and realizing Youth Clubs.

Participants of the project “Let’s Explore Intercultural Competence with YOU(th)” have started organizing and realizing Youth Clubs. The first Youth Club took place on 25th of November and covered the topic of Identity. 20 young people have brainstormed and shared ideas on what forms our Identity. Also, they have participated in activities designed to discover and define our own identity. Laura McCoy and Victoria Popescu, well done!

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Iceberg theory of identity

On 25th November 2016, Laura and Victoria gave a Youth Club lesson for Moldovan ten-graders aged 15 or 16. The main topic of this meeting was identity. Though every person has one, it is important to reflect on it from time to time and to realize the importance of being open towards different people and societies. Undertanding, that we have sometimes more in common than we might think at first glance but also respecting differences is essential. To achieve this…

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