Location: Bucharest, Romania
Application deadline: 15/02/2015
Start date: 01/07/2015
End date: 01/07/2016
About „Vitamin T+”
Art in general and the art of theater in particular used in the non formal projects are developing critical thinking, helping its beneficiaries to understand and to become more aware of their own uniqueness. In addition, they understand the importance of building personal opinions, becoming more responsible and sustaining their ideas within community. Theatre and volunteering can galvanize young generations polarizing increasing interest and motivation for involvement. They may lead, facilitate and accelerate the learning process in a spectacular and unique way. It may have a strong educational function for both those involved in making performances as for spectators.
Assisted by Romanian teachers, the volunteers are making animation activities on the theme of cultural diversity for over 3000 beneficiaries. The project represents for the hosting community a way of appreciating the values of volunteering in general and of EVS in special, influencing the formal educational system to adopt non-formal methods. Each week, the EVS and the young Romanian volunteers are involved in clinic animation activities in 4 hospitals of Bucharest for over 1200 very sick children during a year. Twice a month the volunteers of this project are organizing workshops for the disadvantaged youngsters from rural areas, volunteering and EVS promotion using Forum Theatre method. The promotions of volunteering through forum theater sessions for young disadvantaged kids is a common activity of all EVS volunteers of this project, which will all be part of the organizational team of some events with artistic or social character : fund-raising campaigns, toy collecting campaigns (Easter and Christmas), The Festival of Cultural Diversity (“Aici-Acolo” 9th of May), performances, workshops, etc..
The main hosting activities:
Doing clinic animation for the children in 3 hospitals of Bucharest(3 days/ week, 2 hours each day).
What is clinic animation?
Through this activity we are trying to cheer up the children and make them forget about the unfriendly environment of a hospital. Our volunteers play with puppets, balloons, draw, read, make different creation workshops, make origami with the children, depending on what the condition of the child is and on the way the volunteer likes to express himself.
Who are the beneficiaries of this activity?
The categories of children from the hospitals are with orthopedic problems or burned, from the oncology section or with lung problems.
Some of them are also from poor families or from other social areas with problems.
Their treatment often requires a long period in the hospital, an unfriendly environment for the child. Also, because of the condition of the children, working with them requires special care and responsibility form the volunteers, but also creativity.
Meetings with young people from rural areas, talking about a youngster’s life into an European context. Here you will use different methods like forum theatre or debates to challenge the youngsters to think about their role in the community or in Europe in general and about volunteering.
Who are the beneficiaries of this activity?
They are young people from high schools in rural, disadvantaged areas. Working with beneficiaries their age requires a special type of communication, different to the one of the beneficiaries from the hospitals.
Presenting your culture to children (4-11 years old) through games, poems, songs and other playful activities.
Who are the beneficiaries of this activity & organization?
This activity will take most time of your schedule and throughout the year, you will meet hundreds of children from different kindergartens, schools, social centers in Bucharest and all around Romania.
With each group, each volunteer will have 3 meetings (1 meeting per week). From Monday to Friday you will have each day at least 1 meeting with one group.
Cultural diversity workshops will be also organized in different rural kindergarten, schools and social centers.
In the holyday time this events will be organized in camps in different places around Romania.
In all of these activities above you will be the ambassador of your culture:
Through attractive, playful and interactive ways, used by you, the children should discover and understand themselves and the world around them better.
Other kind of activities can be getting involved in A.C.T.O.R.’s annual events
– Flower Campaign (fundraising selling in community origami flowers to can make Easter gifts for children in hospitals)
– Christmas Campaign (collecting toys from children, clinging and preparing them for Santa’s giftsJ)
– Aici Acolo Festival- cultural diversity event for children
– Shadow Theatre performances for disadvantaged children
The application file can be downloaded from here.
Please fill it in and send it back to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15th of February