Thursday, October 19, 2017

On-arrival training (2-7 October 2017.)

Our first training was in Bergondo (A Coruña). My flatmate Pavel and me were two volunteers from Santiago who went there.

In Coruña we met with all other volunteers and together we went by bus in Bergondo. They showed us our rooms, and very soon after that we started with activities! Each day we had activities from 9.30-21.30 (including coffee breaks and breaks for lunch and dinner).

Albergue center (youth hostel) in Bergondo is very nice center with a lot of sport fields and it´s just next to the big and beautiful beach. We were so lucky that we had wonderful weather in October! Every day we spent few hours on the beach (of course most of those hours were at night) and the bravest ones even went for a swimming. Staff from Albergue center are absolutely wonderful! Each day we had nice meals and great snacks. Coffee, milk, tea were always on the table, and also Nesquik lovers were very satisfied!:)


If we need to describe our trainers Montse, Ruth and Xabi with one word, that word would be- PERFECT! They did their job in the best way possible. Every minute was interesting and productive. I can say that we had two types of activities: theoretical ones and funny ones. On these theoretical classes we learned some things that we should know about EVS, volunteering, Spanish culture, Medical Insurance, OLS and more things. As for funny classes,we had plenty of games to play. Each of them had some important lesson for us. Through these games we learned how to understand others´ people culture, how to not judge , how to listen more and to really understand what someone is saying. We learned how to communicate and how to have more patience. 

One night was intercultural night and each volunteer needed to present his country. That was something incredible! We learned a lot of new Italian gestures, one German song that was only 4 words and people sing it on Octoberfest, few words in Russian, we learned that water polo is very popular in Hungary, that Estonian people invented Skype, we saw amazing dance from Latvia and tried delicious ¨baklava¨ from Turkey, Ukranian chocolates, Serbian drink - rakija and a lot of other things as well.



And of course, we improved a lot our levels of Spanish language! Thanks to great Spanish teachers Esther and Fabio,we learned and practiced new skills, expressions and phrases. We also learned one older Spanish song which we were singing all day long (so, it was great exercise)!


I could write about our on-arrival training much more, but these are, in my opinion, the most important things that I can say. We met wonderful people, found new friends, and  we´re already making plans for future trips! 


                                             Nadja 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Mid-term Evaluation in Mollina the 8th to 12th of May

We went two volunteers and one monitor from Santiago to the Intermediate Evaluation of May (8-12) in Mollina. We arrived Monday by bus from Malaga, Mollina is 1.5 hour from Málaga it is a small and very quiet city. We stayed at the facility CEULAJ who is looks like to a holiday center.

When we arrived everyone had a badge with his/her name, center and city on a paper of colors each color correspond to a group. We were divided in 4 groups.

This training was shorter than the first one from Tuesday until Thursday.
Monday we made some break-ice games and we learned to know people for our group.
Every day we had activities from 9.00 a.m. until 7.30 p.m. with a lot of breaks for eat.

Tuesday night it was the Noche Culturcreativa where as a tradition we all had to present our autonomous community in Spain. But each group needed to represent it by a different way a song, a dance, a documentary …. Each group blow a toy balloon and they was a paper inside with the way how you need to represent your community.
Wednesday afternoon we were to Granada buy bus it was nice even the bad weather but too short we did not have a lot of time to stay in Granada.

Thursday night it was our last night of the training, some volunteers organize a party for celebrate the end of the evaluation.

This formation was better than the first one because we were less in the group so it was easier to talk, it was less intense and they were a lot of food even sometimes the topics were the same.
It was not only a formation for the volunteers but also for the monitors, the first days they stay a part they had their own activities and after they were divided in our groups and we made the activities together.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

"Noche Intercultural" the 12th of May by Tatiana volunteer in Os Tillos


Well, to begin with I would like to say thank you to Don Bosco for organizing so amazing events! However, it was awesome also because of the creativity of the volunteers. 
So, we had 5 countries: Austria, Denmark, Germany, Spain and Ukraine.
 And we started in this alphabetic order J Josipa organized an interesting game for the memory, where we also learnt some things about her country – Austria. 
 The second country was Denmark – and there we had a quiz. Amanda prepared exciting questions, and we all competed to know who knows about Denmark more. It was interesting, funny and creative at the same time. I even took the notes about the program she used to do it, because its really cool. 
 Then, we want to see the presentation of Germany! It was hilarious! We had an amazing dance! Chelly told us the translation of this German cool song and we enjoyed dancing! It was easy to understand from everyone’s face that they really did like it! 




And so, after this we went to see my presentation of Ukraine. I told everyone about holidays in Ukraine, something that are different from other countries. 
 Finally, we went downstairs to try different cuisines! And here it is hard to write about everything, because I will just repeat a few words – “ tastyyyy and delicious!” I don’t remember all the names of meal, but I do remember it was very good! 




So, to sum up, I would like to say thanks to everyone for that evening! It was great experience and fun at the same time.

Tatiana

"Mañanas de Semana Santa" 10th to 12th and 17th of April by Lucas ( who was with the group of the old)




Monday


Today during the morning we did the presentation of the animators and we divided in 3 groups: old, middle and young. The older painted some tattoos and talked while the others playing.


Tuesday


Today we prepared the activities of the day. We divided in 3 groups another time, the old started the script of a movie. It was a very good day, later we played with the small and middle.


Wednesday


Today we did the preparation of our day, after we divided in groups and the smaller ant the middle were playing while the older was doing the leather bracelet and we finished the script of the movie.


Monday


Today we prepared the day and we divided in 3 groups, the small and middle had a big game in the centre and the old had made some creation “the sticks of rain” and after we decorate the sticks with our the creations while the others were decorating plates.

 


Lucas

Friday, March 17, 2017

Carnival Party 1st of March




    On the 1st of March it was Santiago’s carnival and of course the “ludotequa” took part in the parade to represent Don Bosco’s center. 

   This year the theme was “Don Bosc's Jungle”. We had lots of different animals: Sheep, owls, cows, dogs, chicken, penguin and parrot. 

We took a van and we stuck a banner on it with a message showing respect to fauna and flora.




   We were lucky as we had good weather. 

   At the parade, we played with the kids with a big balloon and they liked playing with us very much.
The parade began at the train station and finished in Alameda’s park.