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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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“Welcome to My Village!” tool

Welcome to My Village!!!! Aims of the tool to bring reflection about intercultural competences to make participants aware how quick assimilation gets in stead of integration  to open discussion about cultures, values and symbols… Description of the tool Group is divided in 4 groups, each on a table with 5 kg of clay. The whole activity should be silent, no verbal or written communication. Each table receives the instructions and starts to build. When the villages are ready, you facilitate…

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“Today I Choose….” tool

Today I Choose…. Everything we do in life is a choice. Every choice has a consequence. The consequence can be positive or negative. Young people often find it more difficult to think about the ramifications of their decisions. The pressures and uncertainties during times of trouble can lead to poor choices. This activity focuses on the importance of thinking through and planning to help promote healthy decision making. Materials A copy of the My Life is a Choice handout for…

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“The Masks We Wear” tool

People often compare themselves to others. They also wear different masks or put on different faces, depending in the particular norms of the social situation they are in. Masks provide a comforting way for them to hide their true selves and fit in and they serve as a protective barrier to avoid getting hurt. Teenagers, in particular, often go through tumultuous times and experience a roller coast of emotions, leaving them more vulnerable to loss of identity. This activity allows…

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