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.

Carnival Camp 27th-28th February to the 1st March

    For three days we organised Carnival Camp in Don Bosco

We divided the children into three groups: the youngest (from 4 – 8 years old) the older kids (from 8 – 12 years old) and the oldest (12 years +). We organised different activities, games, handcraft activities and tales.

    On the first day we painted up the children to look like princesses, superheroes, butterflies, and cats and played some games: el pañuelito …

    On the second day the kids learned how to prepare crêpes/filloas and of course we then ate them.

    At the end of the camp we brought all the children together and played more games. Afterwards, as an evaluation, we asked them about what they thought of this camp and whether or not they liked the activities.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Tournament of Futsal 28th-31st  of December

 Each year since 10 years, Don Bosco organizes a solidarity tournament of futsal for the "Operacìón Quilo". For approximately 2 months, the center collects food in order to redistribute it to people who need it in several places such as 2 parishes San Pedro and Fontiñias and associations (Arela, Cottolengo and Vagalume),

 To participate in the tournament each player needs to bring 1 kilo of food. This year, the tournament lasted 4 days starting from Wednesday night and ending the Saturday morning which was the day of the final.

During this 4 days, Andrea and I worked in the snack preparing sandwiches/coffees and selling tickets for the raffle while at the same time watching the match and supporting the team of Victor and Angel of Don Bosco.

My favorite moment was when the kids played an exhibition match.

The level of the competition was very high and even though Angel’s team lost on semi-final, it was a beautiful show and a nice experience for me.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Don Bosco Nadal 22nd  December to the 5th  January

 Every year for Christmas, Don Bosco organizes “Bosco Nadal”. This year 100 children’s were registered. Some kids came in December, others only in January and a few of them came in during the two weeks in between.

We divided them in three groups: the smallest (4-7 years old), the middle (8-13 years old) and the older (14-17 years old). The monitor team was composed by 8 Spanish and 1 French.

During these two weeks we did lots of different activities, including sporty and manual ones, treasure hunts, quizzes and trips to discover the city. During the first few days we did various manual activities in order to decorate the center, we made a little Christmas Creche and a Christmas tree.

Every morning we would meet in the theater and do some “good morning” activities. These included little gymnastic exercises, dancing and funny games. During one of these “morning activities” we were visited by a professional Italian cyclist Manuel Quinziato. He answered the children’s questions, signed autographs and took photos with the kids and the monitors.

On the 30th December we celebrated the New Year a little in advance. Each group of monitors prepared a show with their group. We then did a Skype with other associations, and to respect the Spanish New Year’s Eve tradition we ate 12 sweets instead of the 12 grapes.

On the last day we had a party to celebrate the end of Bosco Nadal, during which the children received a surprise visit form the two “paxes reis”. They told them some stories and distributed candies to the children and to the monitors too.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Arrival training in TOLEDO 21st-26th November 2016

 We were 2 volunteers from Santiago, we stayed 5 days in San Servando Castle in the old part of the city Toledo.

We were 23 volunteers from France, Deutsche, Germany, Romania, Poland, Portugal, Italy... plus 4 trainers.

During our first evening we did some ice break games to get to know each other ( speed-dating).

Moreover we did a lot of games and activities witch helped us to learn some very serious subjects pedagogically, to understand what an European Volunteer Service is, to know what it is to be volunteer, and to know more about Spanish culture, we also had some very interesting debates about Europe and gender equality. We also received some practical information about Cigna (insurance).

Ex European volunteers came and share their own experience with us and answered to our questions.

During the last few days we visited Toledo's monuments and the city itself with a tour guide.

I would like to thank all the people present on this training course, the volunteers and trainers, it was a very interesting training I learned a lot things.