Results of the “Practicing Solidarity in Children’s Homes”project

Our third European Solidarity Corps Individual Volunteering project “2020-3-RO01-ESC11-095165”, titled “Practicing Solidarity in Children’s Homes” has come to an end. 🤝🙏

Between the 24th of August 2021 and the 23rd of June 2022 Care2Travel Association hosted 3 European Solidarity Corps volunteers from the European Union who worked with children in foster care homes to try and help them develop themselves and to teach them English through non-formal learning activities. 🎉📣✅🆒

Our volunteers Geneviève Cooper from France, Manuela Gurmann from Austria and Emilia Luna Ludwig from Germany have organized and participated in numerous programs to reach their goals. 💪🦸‍♂️

Here we list their achievements, which they reached by their dedication and work and can be proud of. 🙂😍

“Practicing Solidarity in Children’s Homes” is a European Solidarity Corps’ project run by Care2Travel Association. The project is funded by the EU through the European Commission.

The results of the “Practicing Solidarity in Children’s Homes” ESC volunteering project are the following: 🤩

The Activity Booklet has arrived!

We are thrilled to announce that the Activity Booklet for our European Solidarity Corps volunteering project “2020-3-RO01-ESC11-095165” called “Practicing Solidarity in Children’s Homes” is finally finished! 🥳🎉✅

Our volunteers Geneviève Cooper from France, Manuela Gurmann from Austria and Emilia Luna Ludwig from Germany created the booklet throughout their 10-month ESC Volunteering project. All the hard work payed off – congrats to them! 🙏🤝🤗

It contains lots of non-formal learning activities which you can play with kids to help them develop themselves and learn some English. These games were all tested and approved by our volunteers. 🎲

“Practicing Solidarity in Children’s Homes” is a European Solidarity Corps’ project run by Care2Travel Association. The project is funded by the EU through the European Commission.

The content of this booklet does not reflect the official opinion of the European Union. The responsibility for the information and views expressed in the video rests entirely with the author(s).

In the link below you can access the entire Activity Booklet: 👇
https://drive.google.com/…/1khMPbT0DUXi8nq3ztGYKpi…/view

INTERVIEW WITH LILLY SCHMIDT

Lilly Schmidt

Lilly Schmidt is 19 years old and is a volunteer from Berlin, Germany. She is volunteering in Harghita County in the community garden, in the sustainable agriculture program for 3 months. This interview is about Lillys’ experience with Care2Travel and Romania.

What was your general impression of the area?

  • ‘The first thing I noticed was how small the town was, I come from a big city in Germany so it was very different from what I’m used to.’ 
  • ‘Other things that left a good impression on me were the location of the accommodation, as well as the friendly and safe atmosphere of the town.’
  • ‘As a nature lover, I also noticed all the greenery and trees, which I liked.’

What work have you been helping with? 

  • ‘We worked on a lot of different projects. When I arrived the fence had to be remade, as well as the gate. We had to remove the old fence that separated us from our neighbors. We worked with metal poles and concrete to create the new fence and place horizontal and vertical planks together to finish the fence.’
  • ‘We had also built a new gate, but once we were finished, we realized it was too big, so we redesigned it with the right measurements. We then painted the new gate and fence.’
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AFTER
  • ‘We also worked in a local school by helping to build a new playground! We had to dig holes in the ground and then We filled them up with concrete. We built a swing set and a seesaw. It took around three weeks for us to finish the whole playground.’
SWINGSET
SEESAW
  • ‘We also did some planting and I created signs and shelves for the greenhouse. When we recognized a plant we cultivated it and then had to figure out which plant bed we could use.’
  • ‘Some of the work was quite demanding like building a water pump and making the shelves. Since the water pump wasn’t used out of season, we had to take it apart and put it back together again with some new materials like cables.’
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AFTER

Where do you like to go/do in your free time?

  • ‘When we arrived here at the beginning, we spent a lot of time in Cafe Palermo, which is right next to the accommodation.’ 
  • ‘I also spent some of my free time going on walks to the mountains or walks in the evening around the town. If you go on a long walk out of the town you end up in some fields, I like to bring a book and read outside in nature and admire the views.’ 
  • ‘On the weekends some of the volunteers plan a trip to Brasov. The train is around two hours and costs 50 lei or around 10 dollars. In Brasov, there are interesting hikes and lots of cool castles to see.’ 
  • ‘There is another restaurant beside the accommodation that is popular with the volunteers where you can try ‘Lángos’ which is typical Hungarian street food. We all eat here and hang out outside in the evenings.’
LILLY ON A WALK

What is your best memory from volunteering?

  • ‘Earlier on when I arrived, there was a youth festival in the park near the accommodation. The festival was on the weekends and there was music playing, and a DJ was set up in the park. It was a fun way to spend time, experience Hungarian culture, and also get to socialize with the other volunteers.’

What did you learn? 

  • ‘I learned a lot of ‘handyman skills.’ A lot of my tasks included practical work like learning how to saw a plank of wood. I also gained experience from living with people from different countries which helped me step out of my comfort zone. 

Do you have any advice for future volunteers?

  • ‘Be open. Your first few days or weeks might be hard to get used to, but it gets better. Also, don’t have certain expectations about what you will do or who you will meet, be open to everything and try new things to gain new experiences. 

By Bamidele Olukayode

The Care2Travel Summer Camp

Summer Camp

The Summer camp, which makes up an integral part of Care2Travel’s local volunteering, is a day full of excitement. With around 30 neighbourhood children attending, there is rarely a dull moment. The main aim of the summer camps is to create a fun environment for the children to learn English while being supported by volunteers in games and challenges.

The Children playing a game of Evolution

One local volunteer, Tündi, began helping this spring and loves seeing campers’ progress with their English in a week. The day starts with the children splitting into their teams for the week and practicing English with the volunteers. It was interesting to hear about their favourite foods, movies, and colours.

The Children Playing Secret Conductor

The progress the children have made is momentous, and this summer camp gives the children a step ahead through an eventful and fun day. After an English test that was set the night before, the games began. These ranged from tug of war to bingo; there was something for everyone to enjoy! One of the games had everyone stand in a circle holding flashcards of animals while someone in the middle had to touch the person with the animal that was called out. The game acted as an amusing way for the children to learn about many animals in English while playing a game. Speaking with some of the children made it clear that they adored the time they spent there and enjoyed the opportunity to practice their English.

The children playing Gaga ball

Another volunteer, Alyssa, had previously worked with Care2Travel in 2019, teaching English. Having had such a fantastic time before, Alyssa was eager to come back and do it all again! She believes that mixing fun with learning means the children are more willing to return and improve each day. “Attending the summer camp as a volunteer was something I would love to do again, and I can’t recommend it enough.”

Students for Netherlands Build Playground

Corlar College – June 5th – 10th, 2022

On June 5th, twelve students, 3 boys, 9 girls and 3 teachers arrived at Miercurea Cuic/Csikszereda Romania. They, along with volunteers from Care2Travel, a local NGO, began refurbishing and building a new playground at a Roma Elementary school.  The students  from Corlar College, a higher secondary school from the Netherlands raised all the money to travel to Romania. According to Merel, an English teacher, the students were  determined to raise all the money for the trip with minor support from their parents in the planning and execution of fundraising events. For example, one event offered was a wine tasting at a students home and anyone over 18 could drop to buy wine. Another event was selling bread at school. 

Additionally, Merel said her hope for the kids would not necessarily to gain knowledge such as mathematics but life experiences to see and experience new cultures and build a sense of community.

Andra, a 14 year old, has been coming to Romania with her family and other groups for several years doing various projects but this is her first project working to help Roma kids. She said building the new playground equipment  for the kids will keep them from fighting over the swings. When asked, what this experience will do to help her when she is 25 years old. She replied knowing that some people do not have everything they need at school to excel and do not have an amazing life. Andra wants to study science when she finishes school.

Elias, a geography and  social study’s teacher, has been coming to Romania for 5 years on various projects. His goal for the students is to show them the world and see they have a good life back home. Also, he is hoping students will stop complaining about doing homework, put away their telephone and will be more open to new experiences and appreciate what they have. This experience will help with their English, learning to build and work with their hands, also to would within a team.

When asked if kids have an understanding of Roma culture. He said no. They have Roma’s in the Netherlands but they are very different and living in slums which are called traveling homes or driving houses. 

Gwen 15, the last student interviewed, said proudly they built swings, painted the kindergarten fence, a basketball area with a new hoop, new seesaw and just finishing benches.

The third adult, Sjoerd, with the group as a travel guide for founded in the Netherlands called Eastpackers.

During the 3 ½ days of work the group has managed to build 4 double swings, a seesaw, 4 outdoor benches, a little playhouse for small kids, cleared up the bushes by the fences, painted 150 meters of fence and renovated multiple playground elements.

In speaking with some of the kids waiting for the train to leave it was clear they felt a great sense of accomplishment and pride.

Results of the project titled “Teach English in Villages through Non-formal activities!”

Our second European Solidarity Corps Individual Volunteering project 2020-1-RO01-ESC11-079435, titled “Teach English in Villages through Non-formal activities!” has come to an end. 🇪🇺🤝🙏

This project was co-funded by the European Solidarity Corps of the European Union. 🇪🇺🇪🇺🇪🇺

Between the 3rd of August 2020 and the 18th of August 2021 Care2Travel Association hosted 8 European Solidarity Corps volunteers from the European Union who taught English in villages through non-formal activities in form of Summer Camps and After School Club activities. 🎉📣✅🆒

Our volunteers Joy Marie Weller from Germany 🇩🇪, Maude Volon from Belgium 🇧🇪, Meggie Gudrun Sowa from Germany 🇩🇪, Nell Callthrop from Belgium 🇧🇪; Borbála Csenge Gönye from Hungary 🇭🇺, Boris Creijghton from the Netherlands 🇳🇱, Maily Catherine Stanzeleit from Belgium 🇧🇪/Luxembourg🇱🇺, Teun van der Aa from the Netherlands 🇳🇱 have organized and participated in numerous programs to reach their goals. 💪🦸‍♂️

Here we list their achievements, which they reached by their dedication and work and can be proud of. 🙂😍

The merits of the “Teach English in Villages through Non-formal activities!” ESC volunteering project are the following: 🤩

The Activity Booklet for the project titled “Teach English in Villages through Non-formal activities!” is here!

We are thrilled to announce that the Activity Booklet for our European Solidarity Corps Individual Volunteering project 2020-1-RO01-ESC11-079435, titled “Teach English in Villages through Non-formal activities!” is finally ready!🥳🥳


Our volunteers Joy Marie Weller from Germany, Maude Volon from Belgium, Meggie Gudrun Sowa from Germany, Nell Callthrop from Belgium; Borbála Csenge Gönye from Hungary, Boris Creijghton from the Netherlands, Maily Catherine Stanzeleit from Belgium/Luxembourg, Teun van der Aa from the Netherlands created the Booklet throughout their combined 12-month ESC Volunteering Project. 🇪🇺


It contains lots of group games & non-formal activities which you can play with kids. These games were all tested and approved by our volunteers.🎲


This project was co-funded by the European Solidarity Corps of the European Union. 🇪🇺


In the link below you can access the entire Activity Booklet:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1S_FkOIQJUywWAX4qaGBIBOomUaVW7JRl/view?fbclid=IwAR31NJBz8Ssk6sNa5qDJ0CBBJY4tlSGfaoWkprBmfnW0qB4X-SmhmzMa_94

Teach English in Villages through Non Formal Activities – 6 months done, 6 months to go

Care2Travel’s second ESC project 2020-1-RO01-ESC11-079435, entitled “Teach English in Villages through Non-formal activities” is ON! The first half of the activity period of our project is between 03 August 2020 and 02 February 2021. This album contains all the learning, fun & all activities our lovely ESC volunteers bring to the community of Miercurea Ciuc.
This project is funded by the European Solidarity Corps of the European Union.

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The merits of our “European Thinking – Cleaner Environment” project

Between 11th of November 2019 and 17th of August 2020 Care2Travel Association hosted 4 European Solidarity Corps volunteers from the European Union who worked towards a change in the mentality of the locals of Miercurea Ciuc, so they respect their environment and keep it clean.

Ilona Éva Dudás (from Hungary), Francesco Tomasello (from Italy), Davide Gerbino (from Italy) and Gustavo González Pérez (from Spain) have organized and participated in numerous programs to reach their goals.

Here we list their achievements, which they reached by their dedication and work and can be proud of: 

  • Organized and attended on the following one-off / structured activities:

8 Green English Clubs
3 Quiz Nights
1 Zero Waste Meeting
2 Green Crafts Activities
8 Conversational English Clubs

Green English Clubs
  • Youth involvement in our project:

The youth of Csíkszereda/Miercurea Ciuc was involved into an online environmental quiz called Kahoot. In this way they could gain more knowledge about their environment. Through the Kahoot game 140 students participated in the project.

Here is a THANK YOU for the schools which made this possible for us: Liceul Tehnologic ”Kós Károly” Miercurea Ciuc, Colegiului Național ”Márton Áron” Miercurea-Ciuc, Școala Gimnazială ”Márton Ferenc” Păuleni Ciuc, Școala Gimnazială ”Endes József” Sânsimion.

Through the Green English Clubs our volunteers have reached out to 20 persons and raised awareness about environmental issues.

During our volunteers’ litter picking actions, they have managed to involve 24 locals and cleared the areas of Tudor and Nagyrét/Lunca Mare in Miercurea Ciuc.

Upcycling workshops: 2 occasions with the involvement of altogether 8 people.

  • Digital inclusion:
  1. YOUTUBE CHANNEL made by the volunteers, which is entitled ”The Cleaner Environment”.

This Channel has: 39 subscribers
The link of the YouTube Channel is the following: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmEykoJNe8qax5pBynGBj3w/featured

This YouTube Channel has 4 videos, which are the following:

  • The video entitled ‘UPCYCLING. From trash to FRESH!!!’ has 528 views and 39 likes

Link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54CWIEdmqIs

  • The video entitled ‘Fast fashion!!! What it is and tips for a better shopping ;)’ has 695 views and 27 likes

Link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlsMCmutv-A&t=223s

  • The video entitled ‘Climate change? Let’s understand together what it is! ;)’ has 393 views and 38 likes

Link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFPJNA-b_Fo&t=58s

  • The video entitled ‘Community garden for a sustainable community :)’ has 114 views and 16 likes

Link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bhtBwMC8NM&t=306s

  1. FACEBOOK PAGE made by the volunteers, entitled ”The Cleaner Environment

This Facebook Page has 241 followers and 233 likes.

Link of the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thecleanerenvironment

  1. BLOG made by the volunteers, entitled ”The Cleaner Environment”

The Blog has 174 views (116 from Romania) and 77 independent viewers.

Link of the blog: https://thecleanerenvironment.wordpress.com/contact/

  1. INSTAGRAM PAGE made by the volunteers, entitled ”thecleanerenvironment”

The Instagram Page has 47 followers. On average the pictures have 8 likes and the most is 15.

It means 8 x 17 product photos = 136 likes in total.

Link of the Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/TheCleanerEnvironment/

  • Involvement of locals in our project:

On the local farmers’ market our volunteers lent 70 textile shopping bags and 200 paper bags to locals so they don’t buy environmentally damaging plastic bags. On the market there still is a box where locals can return the borrowed fabric bags so others can take them, in case they forgot to bring their own.

Links of the events: https://www.facebook.com/Care2Travel/photos/pcb.3154191508010961/3154187778011334

  • Waste management involvement

The collected trash statistics are the following:

  • 2018: 11731 tons of waste = 9148 tons of mixed waste + 2582 tons of selective waste (28%)
  • 2019: 12069 tons of waste = 10051 tons of mixed waste + 2017 tons of selective waste (20%)
  • 2020 first semester: 5831 tons of waste = 4687 tons of mixed waste + 1143 tons of selective waste (24%)

The above statistic means that the ratio of the selective waste from 2018 to 2019 fell by 8% and from 2019 to 2020 grew by 4%. We don’t know how much we have impacted to generate this growth, but it’s notable and we are hoping we could chip in to make our environment cleaner.

This whole project wouldn’t be possible without the help of our ESC volunteers.

Thank you Éva, Francesco, Davide and Gustavo for all your contribution to this project!

Here you can see the feedback video of Éva and Francesco:

  • Link for Francesco’s ESC volunteering experience at Care2Tavel:
  • Link for Éva’s ESC volunteering experience at Care2Tavel:

Project no. 2019-2-RO01-ESC11-064297,European Thinking – Cleaner Environment”