The months of August and September

Francesco:   
– Midterm training
The month of August begin with the Midterm training in the same location of the first time, in Swords. From one side was a great moment because we met again our friends after five months, there we shared all the new adventures and news about our EVS. From another side was sick because more people after the course they had to leave the Ireland to comeback in their countries.

– Party in the Park
During this period we had another fantastic experience: The Party in the Park organised by Donegal Youth Service. We have been engaged all the day, from the early morning with all the staff to form the spaces where we did the various activities as music, sport, art, etc. Was a sunshine day, but just until the 5 pm :P, with a huge participations of young people but there were also numerous  families with children.
Really a great day! 😀

– Travelling around Ireland
In September I travelled more in Ireland with a my friend from Italy to discover new amazing places like Malin Head, Giant’s Causeway and all the area where made the set of Game of Thrones. I spent a beautiful week also thanks a great weather during this month.

Irene:
August has been pretty chilled out, lots of people from our staff took days off for their holidays and one could smell the Summer atmosphere in the air (and the office :)).
Despite that we were still up to something! We went to our mid-way training in Swords and had the possibility to increase our awareness on the massive changes we’ve been through since March; we’ve been talking with other volunteers and it really helped understanding our own path and what the future may bring for us. Sadly, this was the last chance we had to meet everyone because most of them already finished their projects and left for their home countries. We hope to see them once again around the world though :).

Other calm and summery days went by and then, on the 24th of August, we helped set up the annual DYS Party In The Park: it was both a very tiring and great event :). All the staff was busy preparing the different stands and activities since early morning but we finished the day fully satisfied with the attendance of many people. Music, sport, food and games were all part of the schedule and I could test my skills on face-painting and video shooting for my first time.
During that same week I was off to England and enjoyed the London carnival (much more easier to reach when the flight is cheap and it doesn’t take much time!) It was a really cool experience, would recommend it to anyone and the sun shone bright while I was finally able to sport a pair of shorts and a tank top..

Aaand here we are back again, to the not-so-warm-but-still-lovely emerald country: September has begun and everyone is back on track, including us.. Our Activat8 youth work training has restarted and we’re adjusting to our normal routine and work..but we’ll still keep exploring and travelling, that’s for sure!

Marika:
In August I went to Dublin Comic Con, in the beginning of month, also we had second and last EVS training, were we said goodbye to our fellow volunteers, after that, I went to county Clare for Irish music festival, that was one week of fun. And I made lifelong friend there. Mostly in August I was off for holidays, so didn’t do much at work, but even though, I filmed video for Mental Health Week, which will be displayed all around Donegal to promote Mental Health in Ireland.

September also has been busy, on 3rd of September we had celebration event for Donegal Youth Council, me and my boss we have been preparing everything for event, eventually it went well, we showcased all work that Youth Council has done for past two years. And now we are visiting different schools of Donegal to present Donegal Youth Council and encourage young people to put forward their candidate for elections. Me personally, I went to Glenveagh park again and had an amazing trip of life, discovered all the beauty of nature, I went to Dublin for open air Willy Wonka film screening, and went hiking to Glendalough national park, which was so beautiful. That’s it.

Gabi:
Midterm training – Dublin
On the beginning of month we had the opportunity to take part for midterm training for evs volunteers. In this context I could meet again all the volunteers from all Ireland, chatting and describing our activities inside of evs projects. The trainers helped us to awareness about our evs process in special to use the left months in that way to be helpful for a personal and professional development.

Adobe course
For a few days Frank introduced me to the “adobe world”. During his course I had to opportunity to get in contact with different information about Adobe illustration and Photoshop being useful for my knowledge in this context.

Drop-In
Us you already discovered in my last reports for a few weekends per month I’m involved in LOFT project. There, together with another trainer, I have to supervise the activity that take place in Drop-In. Also, I’m responsible to assist young people for their needs and to lead them to a normal behaviour during their activities.

Party in the park
This is one of the best project conducted by the DYS where the community from Letterkenny is involved to take part together in a series of activities. There I did different tasks supervising the activities, cleaning the area, administrative part and being all the time in contact with all the participants.

Active 8 groups
In September the Outreach Project came back for a new range of activities. In this project I’m involved in different ways, but the mainly part of my job is to be present together with Sheena in Lifford and Letterkenny for 2 weekly workshops for 2 different young groups. Here I’ve the opportunity to organise different games and workshops with diverse topics than to use them in our meetings with young people. The most important aspect about this project is that I can exactly what I love more during to this evs project namely being a youth worker. I can found in Sheena a real support in that way. Another aspect about this project is that I participate in each week for a full OCN Level 2 course. This course is made it for those who want to grow up their knowledge working with young people. In that case I use this course improving my knowledge and skills working with young people also because in each week discover new topics which are suitable in youth working process.

The amazing Irinel
Irinel is a irish young boy adopted from Romania when he had 3 years old. Now he is 19 and his desire is to achieve more information about Romanian language, people behaviour and on the and to be able to go back there chatting with his natural parents in Romanian language. For me is one of the most amazing challenge in my life due the fact I can change I can change a real way the life of young person giving my hand for his desire. What can be more exciting?!

Cultural evening
For cultural evening Frankie ask me to prepare a performance that involved to prepare two traditional Romanian songs due the fact I’m a singer in my country. The evening for performance was genuine and without any words to describe. Drop-in, the place from DYS where young people come together was full with people ready to enjoy a perfect cultural night. All of them was very opened with my songs and they supported me during all my performance. Even if the lyrics from my songs were in Romanian they received me with a nice smile face which motivated me to end up my performance with a lot of emotions and good vibes.
After this evening I went in Letterkenny Town Park where different artists did their performance. Was special night and together with a few friends ended with a good irish craic into a traditional irish pub with live bands and nice people.

Kasia’s birthday
One of the most important activity was also Kasia’s birthday where we were invited to join. There we try it different polish dishes, we had a good time playing music, zumba and Nintendo. For us was a good night being entertainment and for that we can say a big thank you to our friend Kasia

 

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