VolontariAmo – Più di un programma radio

Ciao a tutti volontari e tutte volontarie,

Sono Milica. Vengo dalla Serbia e il mio SVE è  un programma su Radio Beckwith. VolontariAmo è una trasmissione radio che dà la voce a volontari per promuovere le attività di  volontariato. 

Abbiamo avuto l’idea di fare un programma radiofonico dedicato a questo tema perché ci sembrava  giusto dare lo spazio e il tempo a un movimento come volontariato. Il volontariato l’ho sempre visto come un’attività che arricchisce da tutti i punti di vista sia professionali che personali. Potrei tranquillamente dire che fare il volontariato è anche un mio modo di vivere. (Si, sempre senza soldi).  Il poter parlare alla radio (oltre al fatto che mi piace parlare in generale) di questo tema, sempre sperando che possa raggiungere altri e spingerli a mettersi in gioco, mi fa tanto piacere. L’opportunità di avere un programma radio che mi è stata data mi ha fatto conoscere tante persone tramite le interviste che ho fatto. Ho scoperto vari posti e vari paesi. Infatti, ho viaggiato, anche se ero seduta in uno studio radiofonico. (E’ più comodo di FlixBus). E questi posti li ho visti tramite gli occhi delle persone che ci hanno vissuto e hanno fatto volontariato. Dopo aver sentito le storie delle loro esperienze, sono ancora più sicura del fatto che il volontariato è una finestra verso tutto il mondo.

Oltre a questo, in Radio Beckwith ho scoperto il mondo di radio, il mondo di microfoni, regie, registrazioni e repliche. Un mondo dei giornalisti che che hanno anni di esperienza e che ti rispettano come se tu avessi la stessa esperienza.

Durante il mio SVE ho trovato una nuova famiglia sia quella in radio, sia quella a casa con la mia coinquilina indiana e tedesca che con amore e amicizia hanno reso il nostro appartamento davvero una casa, Adesso quando le persone mi chiedono come sto, non rispondo solo con ‘’ sto bene ‘’, ma anche con ‘’sono felice’’ (anche se mangio tanto piccante).

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Ah, è questa è la pagina Facebook della nostra trasmissione: http://www.facebook.com/VolontariAmoRbe/

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#WHAD – We Have a Dream! – Youth Exchange

From the 12th to the 18th of April 2017 we organized a Youth Exchange in Budapest. Four groups of youngsters between 15 and 17 years old from Hungary, Italy, Jordan and Kosovo were led by Youth Workers in this great experience. In 6 days of Exchange youngsters participated in activities of theater education and learned how much this tool can help inclusion and integration between diversities.

Here you have video diaries made by our Youth Worker Abel Jaservic, enjoy!

Video – day 1

Video – day 2

Video – day 3

Video – day 4

Don’t forget to follow our Youtube channel, but also our facebook page: WHAD – We Have a Dream!

Staff of Diaconia Valdese – Giovani e Territorio, Coordinating Organisation of the project.  

La storia di una vita

“We don’t know, what life will prepare for us tomorrow. Perhaps a beautiful palace will turn into ruins. We go from the edge to center to breathe in the beaty and go to other outskirts” (Splean. Outskirts. The album “The key to the code”)

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This huge “metal bird” 27.08-2017 transfered me from Ukraine to Italy — country of my volunteerism, in a new stage in my life, 11 month long. This is the period of the international European project, entitled “SONS — Same Old New Stories: Youngsters discovering roots of Europe”, funded by the program Erasmus plus and coordinated by Diaconia Valdese.

L’Asilo dei Vecchi di San Germano Chisone — is a care home for self-sufficient and dependent elderly people, located in the Italian region Piedmont, surrounded by beautiful mountains. In 1893 the Waldensian Pastor Carlo Alberto Tron opened the first home “to accommodate old people without homes or families. giving them the opportunity to live in peace”.

In Asilo live more than 90 people with different destinies and different needs and for them it is important not to feel lonely and be calm, that you will be helped if this will be necessary. It is also important for them to communicate and be able to be heard.

Today I decide to write a story of the life  of one person, whom I met here, in Asilo, once coming to his room with my little collection of minerals, knowing that his previous activities were related to geology. His room is rather unusual. There are a lot of objects in it, the purposes of which i did not understand before. For example,  twenty one variations of the crosses of Tuareg — the nation, in which men cover their face with a veil, “blue people” of the Sahara, living under matriarchy.

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But more about that later. So… “Il mio nome é Adriano (Gaydou), e nella mia famiglia sono noto per il mio carattere ribelle, questo perché ho visto molte ingiustizie contro il popolo lavoratore .

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Come scuola ho frequentato (al serale) corsi per diploma: 1) disegno progettistico e meccanico e 2) chimico analista. Di giorno lavoravo e dalla sera — scuola. Sono entrato nel mondo del lavoro come piccolo operaio e sono uscito, in pensione, come operaio al massimo livello (5 livello) di cui sono orgoglioso perché eravamo in pochi con il titolo di Tecnici di Officina. 

Ho iniziato per un anno e mezzo in Fonderia. Lavoro pesantissimo e molto pericoloso ma utile per formare un carattere sociale e politico, di sinistra, sono stato sindacalista per 6 anni. Ho poi cambiato lavoro e sono andato in fabbrica dove, con mia soddisfazione,  ero esperto di Motori aeronautici militari ed addetto alle esperienze aeronautiche e spaziali (Fiat Avio). Terminato il lavoro sperimentale sono passato nel nostro laboratorio di analisi chimiche in campo industriale. 

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Entrato in pensione, su richiesta di un mio amico, geologo del Politecnico di Torino, mi sono trovato a prestare opera volontaria, nella Grotta di Bossea in Val Corsadia ove esiste, sotto terra il più importante laboratorio di ricerca idrogeologica, a livello europeo. Quindi per 14 anni sono stato libero ricercatore in campo idrogeologico, creando un laboratorio di analisi per la chimica delle acque e nel susseguente studio a Favore del Politecnico. Attualmente questo laboratorio è stato completamente informatizzato, con un progetto guida per ricevere i dati scientifici, in automatico, via Internet (progetto unico al mondo!)

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Nella mia vita sono stato appassionato di montagne, grotte e vulcani, con una mia notevole attività. Sulle montagne, sopra tutto le scalate delle  grande montagne.  La mia carriera in montagna si  è fermata, grazie ad un incidente gravissimo dal quale sono uscito con….solo 14 fratture in una gamba, ma ancora vivo.

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Inoltre la passione per le scienze della terra, mi ha portato ad esplorare grotte ed abissi per moltissimi anni, scoprendo 38 grotte nuove, di cui 7 nella Selva Elocote, in Messico meridionale (Estado de Chiapas).

Dal punto di vista sentimentale, essendo in fatto personale, scusami, ma non ti dico niente, sappi solo che non sono mai stato sposato dato  che amo la libertà….”

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So…Welcome to Asilo dei Vecchi di San Germano Chisone.

Olga Korotaeva, EVS Volunteer at Asilo dei Vecchi di San Germano, with the project “Sons – Same Old New Stories: Youngsters discovering roots of Europe”, 2017-2018

#WHAD!We Have a Dream!

In our time of crisis accept the European challenge “United in diversity” is more and more difficult. Discrimination is a growing phenomena all around the world, because of the origins, age, culture, religion, gender, etc. European societies are developing radical positions towards what/who is different, and we are still facing segregation phenomena.

This project “#WHAD! We Have a Dream!” wants to answer at the challenge of a multicultural society. We will address this topic using the methods of the theatrical animation (theatre forum, body language, mime but also clowning, juggling, performing) as a tool to arise empathy and awareness and promote active participation in society.

During all the phases of the project we want to involve the youngsters of the different communities in a social campaign to inform about the project.

The campaign will follow the project’s evolution, reporting three different phases:

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The DREAM phase: the start of the project itself, every organization and the participants are getting ready and think about the theatrical tools that will be shared, studied and used. Take a picture that represent your “dreaming” phase, positive expectations, excitement about the beginning of the project.

#WHAD! #DREAMactbelieve  #unitedindiversity 

https://interreligiousmulticultural.wordpress.com/…

 

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The ACT phase
:  youth workers and young participants are using the theatrical tools and actively participating to the project. The photos show this moment of action.

#WHAD!  #dreamACTbelieve  #unitedindiversity

https://interreligiousmulticultural.wordpress.com/…

 

 


images-2The BELIEVE phase
:  outcomes of the project, photos of inclusion and multicultural examples not only with the participants of the project but also with the community involved with the dissemination event.

#WHAD!  #dreamactBELIEVE  #unitedindiversity

https://interreligiousmulticultural.wordpress.com/…

This campaign will involve the participants, friends and familiars and all the communities around each organization.

How to participate in the campaign:

1- Choose a picture

2- Write the hastag’s project: #WHAD!

3- Define which phase of the project your picture represents : Dream, Act, or Believe? then write the hastag: #dreamactbelieve putting the right CAPITAL LETTERS (#DREAMactbelieve/#dreamACTbelive/#dreamactBELIEVE)

4- Don’t forget the hashtag of the European Motto:#unitedindiversity

5- copy the link to this page and everyone will be able to join the campaign: https://interreligiousmulticultural.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/whadwe-have-a-dream/

6- Like our facebook page:

JOIN US!!

The project “#WHAD!We have a Dream!” takes place from the 1st of February to the 30 of November 2017, it foresees a Training for Youth Workers in Italy and a Youth Exchange in Hungary. It involves 4 different countries: Italy, Hungary, Kosovo and Jordan. 

#CULTURALBAGGAGE CAMPAIGN

Leaving, arriving, traveling, escaping, settling down, migrating, crossing borders, wandering, visiting, getting lost…

Moving is one of the main characteristic of the human being, moving is growing, is changing, is meeting people and cultures. Every one of us move, for little journey as going for shopping or for long travel as for holydays or for looking for a new life. Every one of us always brings someting with along the way, a bag, a sack, a backpack, a trolley, something in the pockets or even nothing; but everyone always carryes a cultural baggage.

The cultural baggage is part of ourselves, we carry it all the time, it defines us, it distinguishes us from the other, it makes us different, unique.

The cultural baggage can be shared, we can discover similarities between cultural baggages, we can recognize ourselves in some other’s cultural baggage, we can understand different way of carrying the cultural baggage, we can carry them together, mixing them in a colorful and rich future.

Bring your cultural baggage with us in this campaign, post a picture of your cultural baggage with #culturalbaggage and #alldifferentallequal in facebook and twitter, let’s share our baggages and get closer to a multicultural and inclusive society. When you post the picture, copy also the link to this page of explanation, so that everyone will understand what it is about!

The campaign will end with an Intercultural Dinner in Turin on the 25th of August. Share the event when you post your picture!

This campaign is organized as a dissemination activity of the project “God with us?”, it was developed during the youth exchange “Do you Believe in Participation?”

Tolerance Campaign

During the Youth Exchange “Do you Believe in Participation?”  the participants were asked to organize a campaign in the Street of Tolerance in Tiblisi in order to promote inter-religious and intercultural dialogue. Have a look!

Michailo Haber, Lisa Casale, Romeo Georgescu, Krystyna Strelchenko, Ilaria Orsi, Andreea Tuzu, Radu Opris, Liliya Fauri, Giorgi Kordzaia, Veronika Zhezhovska

The featured picture was made by Emiliano Barbieri, always in the frame of the campaign in the tolerance street.

“Do you Believe in Participation?” Youth Exchange

About the Youth Exchange that took place in Rustavi, Georgia, from the 24th of March to the 1st of April 2016.

 

“We are all different. I am unique, you are unique.
Weather it is skin color, interests, hobbies, religion or sexual orientation.
We need to be respectful.
How would you feel if you were treated differently?
Seal, upset, angry or maybe scared.
Why should we make someone feel that way?”

“God with us? -Religious Identities and Youth Participation” giochiis a project that gathers young participants from different European countries as: Italy, Macedonia, Ukraine, Romania and Georgia. The project focuses on these themes: religious identity, interreligious and intercultural dialogue, responsible participation, active citizenship, volunteerism, conflict management and social inclusion.Youth Exchange with the title “Do you Believe in Participation?” took place in Rustavi, Georgia.

gruppoThe young participants discuss which is the original motivation of their social engagement and their active participation in the society, reflecting on which are the founding values of the European community today.
The international partnership of the project gives us the opportunity to get involved, share our experience with each other, share challenges and increase technical skills for our future.

The main goal of the project is young participants to face and understand cultural/religious diversity better.
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Young people from 5 different
countries have done a lot of activities: Team games, Voluntary work in Tbilisi, meeting in Tbilisi with Helping Hand representatives, Brain Storming, Simulation game: “Welcome to my Village”, organize actions in groups, team activity, tour/city activity in Tbilisi, etc. All those activities got us together, made us  understand that on this world there is room for everyone, that we are got to stay together and maintain unity in order to live in a peaceful environment.

Diversity is strength. Diversity makes us, human beings more interesting and makes this world more beautiful”.

Kety, Georgia and Valentina, Italy

Pictures by Valeria Lucenti, Annapaola Carbonatto, Sopio Nadiradze, Giulia Tempo

Intercultural Seminar – An experience across countries, cultures and personalities.

The week between 15th to 22nd November 2015, we had an intercultural seminar on youth and religion, titled, “God with us?” the participants of this seminar were young youth leaders representing different organisations, that work among young people, from Italy, Romania, Ukraine, Georgia, Macedonia, Hungary, Germany and India.DSCF6558

The seminar commenced on Monday, the 15th, with an intervention about the sociology of religion, religious identities and how it was in our countries. The session was led by Prof. Matteo Bortolini. We all spoke about our personal stand on religion and what it meant to us on a personal level. The dialogue spread into many other topics like religion and terrorism, the religious identity of an individual in a state or a country which has a different main religion. The session was intense and enriching in such a way that at the end of it, we all had more questions than answers, as compared to the beginning.

On Tuesday, in the morning, we had a brainstorming session on the topic, “Youth Participation” and “Religious Identity.” We were divided into 4 groups and there were 4 posters with one word/topic written on each. The topics were “YOUTH”, “IDENTITY’, “RELIGION” and DSCF6563“PARTICIPATION.” Each group got one poster, to brainstorm and write
words related to the topic. After a few minutes, we had to change posters and this process carried on till all the groups got to brain storm on all the 4 topics and were back to their initial poster. We were then asked to go through all the words written on our poster and come up with our own definition of the topic/ word written on the poster. As a continuation of the brainstorming session the four groups were thenregrouped into two depending on the topic. “Religion” and “identity” became one group to form “religious identity” and “youth” and “participation” became one group to form “youth participation.” These two groups then had to discuss and come up with 5 main principles of the two main topics.DSCF6567

The session after lunch was led by Federico Bertin and was based on the “7 rules of co-operation.” The topic was explained and discussed though a
series of games and activities. This afternoon was a very good example of informal learning because we learnt something very essential for our lives, through games!

The dinner on Tuesday was a very multicultural affair! All of us cooked typical dishes representing our countries, we had a very colourful, delicious spread of food from all over the world. There was Italian Pasta alla Carbonara, Macedonian Musaka,
UkranianDraniky, Georgian Khachapuri, ZacuscaRomaneasca from Romania, Hungarian DSC_1047Túrórudi, German Kartoffelsalat, Indian Chapathi
and Chicken Curry. It was probably the best spread ever and the night was made even more beautiful with Romeos’s wine, Hungary’s Palinca and Aron’s Music!

On Wednesday, in the morning we had a session of “Role-Play.” We were divided into two groups of 7 people each. Each group was given a situation, the same situation, and each person was given a character to play. Both the groups took turns to react the role- play. We had to play out the topic through discussions by portraying the roles given to us. This was a bit tough for us, because we were given a sensitive situation, and some of us had to play the roles of certain characters whose ideologies were opposite ours. This activity gave us the platform to learn to think in the shoes of another person and was a very challenging task.DSCF6603

The afternoon session was another activity based session on youth
participation
, as usual we were divided into groups, and each group was given a set of motivations, tools and obstacles. When Valeria gave us an activity we had to present a motivation to take part in the activity, face an obstacle and choose a tool with which we can overcome the obstacle. This activity made us think about how we can participate in any activity, by overcoming obstacles through our motivation and experience.

Thursday consisted of a trip to Torino, a visit to the “Il Passo” social point, a youth centre that just opened one month ago, and that will be a center for many activities involving youngsters (and not only) of the neighbourhood, which main characteristic is to be very multicultural and interreligious. This centre  will be mainly a meeting point for a variety of people that here could build up an inclusive community. The afternoon was free day to go around the city and have a good time together. It was a very beautiful day, to visit a new place with new acquaintances and learn new things.

DSCF6612Friday was one of the best days in the whole training, in the morning we
went to the Museo Valdese and learnt about the history of the waldensian church, we were all moved, on hearing the story and struggle of the waldensian people. The afternoon session was conducted by Deborah Boaglio, who works with Asylum Seekers. The activities she conducted, though very entertaining, helped us realise the trouble that the migrants face in their day to day lives.

On Saturday, we were again divided into two groups, and were asked to come up with two new projects, one group chose to do a social project titled “entrepreneurship as a skill” and the other group chose to do a Project title “P.A.L.IN.C.A.” this session continued on Sunday where we DSC_1062had a mock presentation in front of a mock European commission.

 

 

 

 

 

Instead of going to church on Sunday, we had a small praise and worship session, amongst ourselves, led by Aron. Though short, the whole session was peaceful and nice. This was our last day in the Seminar, so it was a bittersweet experience. The whole week saw us becoming friends, across countries, cultures and personalities. The whole experience was beautiful and full of knowledge and it made us think, discover and rediscover ourselves.

Minolin Judith, India