Living in a new city is always an adventure that, sometimes, could lead to a bad end. Here comes a summary of all the things that took us months to discover and that we would have preferred to know beforehand: Continue reading
Last Friday, I became more or less incidentally, but fortunately, a book in a living library. What does this actually mean though? Before I experienced it first-hand, I had no idea myself. A day before, our coordinator told me that the organizers of the Living Library were missing one book, and asked me if I was interested in becoming a substitute. As I had only faintly heard before that this concept was a strong tool in human rights education, I thought it was a good opportunity now to learn more about it. So the idea behind Living Libraries is the following: people act as book, they tell their story, others listen to it, and after some time the story finishes and the book is returned to the library. Telling a story is, among other things, a means to confront people with their prejudices and stereotypes, whether it is about homosexuality, disabilities, depression or addictions – or any other topic people tend to be silent about. Continue reading
Last week we witnessed a competition that was held under a very special motto: Lego. Unlike our expectations, it was not just about constructing something out of Lego and the nicest one wins, but the participants had to show their ability for team spirit, problem solving and their technological skills. Related to the theme ‘Nature’s Fury’, basic school pupils had to pass four distinguished tasks. First, the teams had to attend to certain problems for humans raised by natural disasters, as for example floods, and try to find ways to deal with the consequences. In little theatrical performances, with the help of a model or just by explaining they presented their solutions. The next task was testing their team spirit. Having to imagine being on a sinking ship, they had to decide together 7 out of 12 objects which to save to a nearby island. In the third tasks the teams had to present their self-built robot, which they would finally use in the fourth task, the “Robot Game”. In this game, two teams simultaneously had to overcome certain obstacles with their robots and would gain points for every accomplished task. Even if there was a winner in each of the four categories, in the end the team with the most overall points won – and in this case the winning team was particularly special. After this team was sent into the first round of the final of the Robot Game, they had to discover that the jury had actually mislead them and mistakenly sent them to the final. Clearly disappointed, the team had to make room for other participants. But even if they did not take part in the Robot Game final, they have proved their widespread skills sufficiently in all tasks and in the end could be happy about a well deserved winning.
Minulý týždeň sme boli svedkami súťaže so špeciálnym mottom: Lego. Na rozdiel od našich očakávaní nešlo len o to, aby účastníci postavili niečo z Lega a tí najlepší vyhrali, ale aj o to, aby preukázali svojho tímového ducha, technické zručnosti a schopnosť riešiť problémy. Na základe hlavnej myšlienky „Zúrivá príroda“ museli žiaci základných škôl prejsť štyrmi rôznymi stanovišťami. Na prvom mali tímy reagovať na problémy ľudí, ktoré vznikajú v dôsledku prírodných katastrof, ako napr. záplavy, a snažiť sa nájsť spôsob, ako sa vysporiadať s ich dôsledkami. Svoje riešenia predstavili prostredníctvom krátkych scénok, pomocou modelu alebo jednoduchým vysvetlením. Na ďalšom stanovišti mali otestovať svojho tímového ducha. Mali si predstaviť, že sú na potápajúcej sa lodi a musia sa spoločne rozhodnúť, ktorých 7 z 12 predmetov si nechajú, aby doplávali k najbližšiemu ostrovu. Na treťom stanovišti museli tímy predstaviť robotov, ktorých sami vytvorili pre posledné finálové stanovište s názvom „Súboj robotov“. V tejto hre museli roboty oboch tímov súčasne prekonávať prekážky a za každú splnenú úlohu dostali body. Hoci malo každé zo štyroch stanovíšť svojho víťaza, na konci vyhral tím s celkove najvyšším počtom bodov – a v tomto prípade bol víťazný tím obzvlášť výnimočný. Po prvom kole Súboja robotov porota prišla na to, že sa pomýlila a do finále ho poslala omylom. I keď bol tím očividne sklamaný, musel prenechať miesto ďalším účastníkom. Napriek tomu, že sa nezúčastnil všetkých kôl veľkého finále, na všetkých ostatných stanovištiach preukázal svoje všestranné zručnosti dostatočným spôsobom na to, aby sa nakoniec mohol právom tešiť zo zaslúženého víťazstva.
Preklad: Jana Jašková, Stanislava Dengová
As we announced some days ago in our blog, last Friday CVČ-JUNIOR EVS volunteers Vessy and Manu held a presentation in Secondary Specialized School Tisovec with students specialising in graphic design and management of regional tourism. Despite the far-from-ideal weather and road conditions, we went to Tisovec and had a great time 🙂
For students specialising in management of regional tourism, Vessy and Manu prepared and held presentations about their countries in English. In particular, Vessy spoke about the history and the beauties of Bulgaria and Manu focused on Puglia, her region of origin in Southern Italy. After the presentations, the students asked some questions about how Christmas is celebrated in Bulgaria and Italy and about the differences in the school system. In the meantime, Andy, our coordinator, held a presentation in Slovak about eco-graffiti prepared by Dan for the graphic design students.
We really enjoyed preparing the presentations and we think that they were interesting for students at least for two reasons: because we talked about our countries from a inside point of view (which in our opinion is much more appealing than simply reading a tour guide 🙂 ) and because we spoke in English, which sometimes was perhaps challenging, but no doubt useful.
After the presentations, we had some teambuilding, during which we had a lot of fun and we saw how important it is to communicate and collaborate in a group.
We would like to thank Professor Pastýrová for inviting us and the students for listening to our presentations and participating in our activities. We hope to see you again soon 🙂
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Next Friday CVČ-JUNIOR EVS Volunteers Vessy and Manu will hold a presentation and other activities at the Secondary Specialized School in Tisovec with students specialising in graphic design and management of regional tourism.