"Siła Komunikacji" at Helenów

>> sâmbătă, 15 octombrie 2011

Today, at Helenów, day seemed to have a special dress from the very beginning: everyone (students, teachers, workers, etc.) was feeling happy and emotional; in the air I could feel the odor of a holiday. Here everybody was preparing for a great event, specific only for this school that coincided with the Day of Education in Poland. The activity started at 10 in the morning being opened by the national anthem; everyone stood up and sang the anthem. In the following moments there were performed many songs and a theatre play (Little Red Riding Hood by Charle Perrault); also kids recited some poetries and danced. The atmosphere was really amazing…
Some thoughts about this event …
MICHAŁ - the responsible person for EVS volunteers at Helenów  – said:
“This event is organized always in this period of time, but the dates differ from year to year. During this activity, the new students are welcomed in the school, gymnasium and high school; and they have a little task to prepare some cultural and entertainment activities for the guests.  After the official activity students that registered the best school performance for the last year were given diploma and a bunch of applauses; also, the director of the school, gave some incentives for the teachers that accumulated the best results in the previous school year. Regarding the preparation for this special day, it took around a month, especially the work for the Alternative Communication Group”.
KAROL – student in the 1st class, High School – affirmed:
“I had to read poetry… I had some big emotions during the performance, but I liked to be there very much. It didn’t take so much time for me to prepare for this day. I would involve again in any activity in the framework of the school”.
  
KLAUDIA - student in the 2d class, Gymnasium – spoke:
“I had a big role here; I should keep the national flag in front of the audience at the beginning of the festivity and during the anthem.  It was a great honor for me to do this. How did I feel? Hmm… a little bit stressed, because I wanted to do how we repeated before, without mistakes. In the end everything was just very good and I felt wonderful. I would participate more at such events”.
KASIA - student in the 3d class, Gymnasium – said:
“I liked very much this day, it was one of the moments that gathered us together. I had big emotions while reciting the poetry in front of the guests, but it passed very quickly due to my teachers and friends. Here I felt very good, comfortable and it was really funny for me. I want to be involved here again in the next year”.

Today it was really a nice morning; everyone had a specific role in organizing this festivity. Because this event also coincided with the Teacher’s day in Poland, every Teacher received from their students a self made flower or heart/ a greeting card to show respect, care and many thanks for their support. I personally enjoyed being there J.

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On-arriving training

>> marți, 11 octombrie 2011

Last week was one of the best since I’ve been here in Warsaw due to my participation to the on-arrival training, in the framework of my EVS project. Before going there I heard only good thoughts about this training, so I set myself on huge expectations, which in the end, happen to become true. The on-arrival training took place in a cozy and friendly location named “Agricola”, situated very close to the city center (Warsaw) and other important touristic points like the Łazienki Park (where there are many cultural and traditional traces), the National Stadium, one of the Botanic Gardens, etc.
For this training, the Polish National Agency invited 20 international volunteers from Armenia, Turkey, Moldova, France, Spain, Austria, Germany, Latvia, Georgia, Belgium, Indonesia, Finland, Ukraine, Estonia and Russia, working in different projects in Poland. Therefore the present youth brought with them experience to share and good disposition. During the training activities the two wonderful trainers Wojtek and Tomek underlined some subjects important for the EVS project (health insurance, how the EVS project is working, etc.) using different interesting methods that made me enjoy the process of learning; one of them was the task to create our own so called “website” where we had to show all about our project in which we are involved at present. In the end we could see, clearly and shortly information about all the projects of the present youth.
Regarding the free time I can say that it was simply awesome. Me and my colleagues visited lots of cultural, beautiful and interesting places. I discovered again the night life in Warsaw and we had fun.
At the end of the training the organizers tried to surprise us (and they managed). They organized for us a final dinner, at a big table, with a great traditional live and interactive music, dance, songs. I felt really good, and I liked very much this surprise.
Now I am looking forward to meeting my friends somehow, somewhere again.

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Another beautiful weekend in Warsaw

>> duminică, 2 octombrie 2011

I enjoy my voluntary work here at Helenow, also the weekends, when I am continuing to discover the capital of Chopin. Yesterday I and my colleagues were asked to help some teachers to take the kids in the wheelchair from the Internat to the city center, to visit some beautiful places and do some shopping. I accepted to get through this experience, which made me see the reality with other eyes. I have never thought that it requires so much energy and attention to walk with the wheelchair in the city. Even some buildings and roads don’t have special infrastructure for this issue. If it was difficult for me to carry the wheelchair on those horrible roads then for a disabled person waking alone it might be very problematic. Fortunately, this problem didn’t affect the children’s good disposition. They were very happy and enthusiastic because not every day they have the opportunity to go out. The greatest adventure was in the public transport, it was even better than in the rollercoaster (we had to keep the wheelchairs very strong not to fly in the bus). I liked this day, due to its good life lesson and social integration for the children.
On the other day (on Sunday) I and Diana planned to go to visit the old part of the Warsaw, but Zoran (the Serbian guy) invited us to an extraordinary African music concert performed by the
Polish-Senegalese band Tam czyli Tu, at the Południk Zero. So we postponed our trip for later and we directed to the concert place. When we arrived, the concert had already begun. We chose a comfortable place to sit and listen to the music. I enjoyed so much the drums sound; I was really feeling in the middle of the jungle, very relaxed. The songs were performed in an original way, and the atmosphere from the room was enigmatic: on the tables were bottles with candles, the room was arranged to look as an African village. There time flied very quickly… I still have in my head those beautiful African drums rhythms.

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