Mariana has presented us with her Final Report.

What was the hardest thing during these two months? –

“The hardest part was definitely leaving! It seems it’s a short time (and in fact time flies!) but being two months together with the same people really brings you close to them and the memories you create make you more attached to a place than you think. Also, the travelling was fun but the planning was exhaustive sometimes, especially when things don’t go according to your plan (when you miss a train or a bus and you have to wait for the next one for at least 4 hours). But it doesn’t matter if things don’t go as you wished at first because at the end they give you the best stories ever!”

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Last activities for short terms in Leszno

This week was the most busy week for the short terms. Volunteers had to do a lot of workshops and they barely had free time. The Eurocamps that we organized for teenagers were quite a challenging for us, but despite that we really enjoyed it. Because it was perfect opportunity for us to use our organizing skills and work as a team. They enjoyed the chair game the most, it was hilarious. Also with help of Gulshat, Susanne, Migle and Sarah students made adorable mandala or dreamcatchers and bracelets.

    On monday we had a french event. It was ,,Parfait’’. Our French volunteers made delicious dishes, we degustate  French wine and enjoyed Edith Piaf all together.

    On Tuesday all CAT volunteers had present from EKONOMIK students. They were invited to explore the Polish culture and to try local food. At the end hosts performed beautiful live karaoke with acoustic guitar.
   Later that evening we met with dormitory children, who were very interested in Georgian presentation and also initiated to speak on German too. It was unexpected but quite  joyful.
  On Wednesday Guram and Tetyana went to Koscian school to present for the student educational system and youth problems of their countries. Kids were impressed by strictness of  UK university systems and the Georgian fun facts.
 Also that day our Portuguese and Finnish volunteers fulfilled their dream to organise the Disney concert. As Finnish volunteer Susanne said, it was properly and nicely organised, she felt like she was in real Disney World.
   Thursday was special for Gostyn school students because our  volunteers Rodolfo, Migle, Richard went there to present their cultures. After they were cooking together with students traditional food.


  As for the other part of volunteers, Guram, Arthus, Yulia and Olga, they had cultural discussions in High School N2. Arthus had found a stubborn rapper during his debates. As for Guram he found his new fans who will desperately wait for his final project song.

Sussane -Final Report-Cat- Leszno.

My EVS in Poland

I had a short-term volunteering in Leszno in Fundacja centrum Aktywnosi. For me the best thing was to be able to apply my artistic skills in workshops with kids. I was also happy to be able to run some drug conversations to prevent people starting using drugs. The second best thing was to meet great people from different countries and learn to know about their countries. No regrets! Lots of great experiences.

GULSHAT is saying goodbye to Cat.

I thought for a long time about my final report and then decided that a writer should write. Of course, I can write endlessly about my two-month project in Leszno: I learned so many new things, met so many friends, get new experience and skills, that this project will influence my life long after finishing. First of all, I want to thank all the wonderful people I worked this time with – people from CAT, local and foreign volunteers. I`m still here, but I’ve already started missing everyone. To be honest, I would like to take everyone with me to Russia. But I will take only my memories, photographs and invaluable experience. In Leszno, I even thought about changing the sphere of activity. I have a successful career, but perhaps I will be more happy working with children. Also I realized, that I can organize and hold events in English. And I can speak it from morning till night and without going mad, even at first I thought I will. I am grateful to the organization for the opportunity to realise everything we wanted – for all support.

I gained not only professional skills and experience, the project became for me an accelerated course of personal development. I saw myself from the side and realized that it’s time to leave in the past some habits and have another ones as an everyday routine. It`s amazing to be in a place, where no one knows your past. Your experience, education, connections have no value where people will evaluate you according to what you are now. And this is an opportunity to evaluate yourself. At first I realized that my old behavioral patterns are not working for a long time and I got a lot of stress. And my main achievement on the project was that I successfully coped with it without other`s help.

I will take several new fairy tales and projects from Leszno, to which I was inspired by the culture and traditions of Poland. I will take away memories of my dear people and wonderful moments spent together. I really hope that I will return once to this cozy and friendly town.

Ladies and Gentlemen We present you India.

Amit our volunteer from North India had the opportunity to present his country last Thursday 25/5/2017 at local library . He has an excellent taste for spice and healthy food. Being Vegetarian himself he had shown us his culinary skills.

 

 

Making Chapaty (bread) mushroom Do Pyaja ( stewed mushroom dish) and more. Finishing with sweet rice dessert  “Khir”. Bearing cashew nuts and raisins, slowly cooked on milk. We had a great turn over of locals to learn about Indian culture and to taste the great dishes.

“I love presenting my country and the opportunity I have to talk about my culture and all the differences we have with European countries. I hope I will have more opportunity soon to show my great country in other occasions. I love cooking and hand making all the dishes we’ve had such a fun experience cooking for this event. I’ve showed my fellow colleagues how is it done and some of them had a go at making their own Chapaty breads. “

Sunny days in CAT foundation!

The week after European days was productive and interesting as usual. The weathers became warmer and warmer, that makes working more joyful. During these sunny days some volunteers were at Bodzewo school, they had the presentation about educational system in their countries. Others had the presentation about their country in different schools, for example Finland and France. Also Suzana from Finland had a presentation about drugs and her own experience about it.
What’s more, all of us had language café in this week, that was really interactive and great. Working with any level of group is exciting and useful for local people, they were active, making some questions in English.


In addition to this, most of the volunteers had their own workshops in this week. There was Art Workshop of Olga on Thursday. Locals were painting the houses of Poland with volunteers, people found out some new skills in themselves. Even some volunteers painted some nice pictures of houses and views . Susana taught to Natia how to make dream catchers. Gurshad had her workshop about relaxation, that was really amazing.
We are still working with the videos and photos from European days to collect all together and make some movies about our European days here in Leszno.

We celebrate European day 13/5/2017

Last week volunteers of CAT-Foundation took part in a huge event in Leszno – International Europe Day. A lot of guests came here on the 13th of May to enjoy different kinds of activities, to perform on stage and meet new people. Apart of it there were different shops, sport games and presentations.

Our long-term and short-term volunteers have been preparing for it long before – not only songs and dances, but also many things for entertainment.

First group went to Nordic walking with local activists – almost seven kilometers in a beautiful forest outside the town: Olga, Yuilia, Tetyana and Gulshat. At this time Susanne and Iida from Finland, Natia and Guram from Georgia and Sarah, Arthus, Jeremy and Richard were preparing for stage. They performed national songs and dances. A little bit later other activities started: Susanne and Amit taught children to sculpt clay figures, the sports team arranged competitions for children and their parents, while others, led by Mariana from Portugal, played a game of urban orienteering – Treasure Map.

Also volunteers held an intercultural challenge – the residents of Leszno were to find all the guys from the CAT-Foundation, talk to them in English and get their signatures. The fastest won T-shirts, painted by Amit, Susanne and Gulshat.

Later Olga and Yuilia from Russia, Mariana and Martinho from Portugal, Ramazan from Turkey and Migle from Lithuania, Amit from India performed national songs and dances. Tetyana and our Polish volunteer Camil showed us a wonderful performance of Argentine tango.

People enjoyed the fest very much. This exciting, tiring, but wonderful day ended with a joint dinner of volunteers in the main square of the city.