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Our Organising Team of Volunteers 2020 – 2021
The ELF Festival could not happen without a big cultural exchange. Our European Solidarity Corps team was complete with volunteers from Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Moldova, Morocco, Pakistan, Portugal, Romania, Spain, and Yemen.
With the purpose of sharing, teaching, and learning through Non-Formal Education, our volunteers also brought their traditions, habits and desire to make a difference in the Harja community.
WHAT IS ELF?
- ELF allows everybody to learn through Non-Formal Education.
- ELF makes solidarity happen.
- ELF gives cultural exchanges.
- ELF develops personal and professional skills.
- ELF facilitates change, growth and cooperation.
- ELF lets everyone teach, learn and share.
- ELF offers opportunities to generate ideas, to share experiences and to co-create alternatives for change.
Activities in the Festival
Surrounded by beautiful nature, Harja also has a lot of trash that accumulated during many years. With the aim of improving the landscape and the well-being of the inhabitants our volunteers got together with the local community and other associations to pick up the garbage around the town and the river.
To give awareness and to promote the more ecological way of living, our volunteers organized an event with many workshops to promote the reuse, reduction, recycling, composting, and to teach about the ecological impacts and the sustainable lifestyle to the local community.
Composter and Ecological Campaign
Composting is a natural process that our food goes through after we throw it away. Our volunteers built some composters for the local community and taught them how to use it, how to avoid the waste and how to be more eco-friendly in their food consumption.
When the Orthodox and Catholic Easter happened our volunteers organized many outdoor activities for the kids from Harja to celebrate the occasion and to take advantage of the good weather! They looked for eggs, sang and danced a lot!
Activities with children
During their stay, our volunteers developed activities with the kids from Kolping, Copiii în Sanul Familiei and Benedictine Sisters of Divine Providence. The activities were prepared to make the kids have fun and learn through art, outdoor games, and non-formal education.
During their stay our volunteers prepared and got involved in some workshops to share their knowledge in many different areas like ecological awareness, political debate, art, self-development and spirituality!
Our volunteers came from all around Europe! To celebrate differences and teach each other about their unique cultures and traditions they organised intercultural nights with amazing food, traditional singing and dancing, cultural stories and a lot of fun!
During free time our volunteers took advantage of the amazing landscapes of Romania to travel and learn more about the country. They have a lot of places to explore, mountains to trek, cities and villages to visit and monuments to learn from.
To make the children’s spaces more colorful, our volunteers painted murals in their houses, places where they were developing activities.
Self-expression is very important, and because of this, our volunteers implemented some activities with the kids to incentivize their creativity and make them explore themselves through the art.
During the Children’s Day, our volunteers collaborated with Kolping to bring joy and playful activities to the kids from Oituz. Together with the Kolping volunteers they danced, sang, played games outdoors, and learned about recycling.
We are aiming to create a space where public, private, institutionalized, free, formal, informal and non-formal education can be positively affected, innovated, debated, and most experienced.
Organizing a project through solidarity intervention of volunteers from various countries and backgrounds, including those with fewer opportunities, plays a big role in bringing also various inputs, perspectives on education, youth, adulthood, growth, cultural heritage, employability, environmental sustainability, and underlining inclusion through the factual presence of so many individuals, backgrounds, ages, and cultures in the same place, with the same purpose.