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Our volunteering experiences

     

    Experience n1 – October 17 2023 – Girona (Spain)

 

         In collaboration with “Fundació Emys”

                                               Diary from group number 4

Yesterday, 17 October 2023, we, the students engaged in the “Erasmus+” project, had our first volunteering experience, which involved birds and their wellness. In a place called “Estany de Sils”, a rural area near by Girona, in collaboration with “Fundació Emys”, a Catalan non-profit foundation in charge of natural preservation at Sils, we managed to secure birds’ nests for the following winter season, but, most importantly, we had the opportunity to directly touch a volunteering experience, which was very emotional. Thanks to their constant and tireless work and an international project which is all about volunteering, we, tomorrow’s citizens understood the value of volunteering and, more generally, the value of social and morals duty. 

The activity consisted on repairing bird nests, also called nest boxes, on a river path. We walked along the river looking for nest boxes, when we found one we had to stick to the following protocol: Wait 5-10 minutes next to the box to see if there was any movement inside, in case there was any movement we had to just write down the nest code and don’t touch it . Otherwise, if there wasn’t any movement, we had to write the code and carefully take the box off the tree with a 2-3 meters pole. 

Once we had taken it off, we had to remove old nesting material from the box and put it in a red plastic bag, then, disinfect it, and if needed fix it with the corresponding materials. Once cleaned, we had to make sure the lid was secure, and put the box back up (video).

We saw a demonstration performed by a volunteer of the association that showed us how to do the work. She took down a box from a tree with the pole and opened it, then she emptied the box finding an egg and she cleaned it with spray. Later, we started the activity in groups, and we found three boxes.

 The first had the code CT2101, it was full and in bad condition, as the superior part of it was bad, so we adjusted it with nails and the hammer. The second was the box INS1121, it was full and in good condition, but in it there were many ants. The third box didn’t have a code, it was full and in awful condition, because it was broken and there were many ants. For every box we took some feathers and put them in plastic bags for analysis. 

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Diary from group number 2

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Initially, we needed to locate the nestbox, checking for the presence of birds and determining if it needed to be removed from the tree. Using a large stick, we carefully extracted the nestbox and collected any interesting items left behind by the birds in a bag. We also recorded observations such as the condition of the box and any changes to its location. 

Additionally, we disinfected the nest to eradicate insects, including ants and potential illnesses. Finally, we repositioned the nestbox on the tree, making sure that the entrance hole wasn’t facing the front of the tree, as this could expose the eggs to potential threats, such as snakes.

We felt a strong sense of satisfaction in assisting the organization with nestbox repairs and a sense of responsibility for enhancing the lives of the local bird population. Furthermore, we found the experience to be valuable as it allowed us to work effectively as a team and collaborate with one another.

We felt really nice that we helped those people from the organization to fix the nestboxes  and also felt reponsible because we managed to improve the birds’ lifes. In addition we think that it was a great experience because apart from volunteering, we also learned to work as a team and cooperate with each other. 

   

   

 

Experience n2 – November ’23 – May ’24 – Palermo (Italy)

    In collaboration with “Parco Del Sole”

 

For a few months now, we, the students of Cannizzaro high school, have been engaged in volunteer activities with the ‘Parco del Sole’ association, which focuses on children from nearby areas. Once a week, divided into groups, we go there to spend time with the children and, more importantly, help them with their homework. In addition to this, every day a specialized educator comes to organize creative workshops for them. For instance, on Wednesdays, there is a writing workshop. Based on a different prompt each day, the children write their thoughts, which are then shared with everyone. It’s a wonderful experience that allows them to express themselves better and understand the beauty of doing so through writing. It also enables us to get to know them better.

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We also had a lot of experiences during some festivities such as Christmas and Carnival.

 

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Last but not least, we interviewed two of the guys we met at the association

 

 

Experience n3 – November ’23 – May ’24 – Palermo (Italy)

Project diary “Io lavoro per l’accoglienza e l’integrazione”

 

  In collaboration with “Centro Astalli”

 

A group of students from our school participated in a volunteering project organized by Centro Astalli, an association which operates mainly in integration and hospitality mostly for immigrant people. The association does so in various ways: it provides food and shelter for families, it helps young people in training to find a job, often in carpentry, catering and waitering. The association also owns a restaurant in the city center where kids trained by Centro Astalli can work.

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Before we actually took part in the volunteering, we were trained by a psychologist and participated in lectures about immigration and volunteering in general. For example, we were informed by port authorities about how they manage the arrival of immigrants and we also read the books “Troppo Neri” and “Baba” which raise awareness on this theme. We also met the writers of the books and the photographer.

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There is also a space dedicated to children, where we students volunteered.
Our job was to help kids with their homework and assist in other activities like gymnastics, singing, dancing and music lessons. The children quickly built a strong bond with us: some even invited us to their birthday parties, and that made us feel very emotionally involved with them.

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Experience n4 – November ’23 – May ’24 – Palermo (Italy)

  In collaboration with “MondoMostre”

 

The Pondus project involved several students from all over Italy and Senegal. It was introduced by a storytelling about the symbolic value of the loom and weaving as relational and by explanation about the use of some archaeological artifacts.

 

WHAT WE DID

We made 3×5 cm terracotta loom weights of different colors of clay, and with inscriptions and drilling. By means of drilling, we installed the weights to appropriate agave ropes descending from the ceiling with varying heights to form decorative patterns.

The agave ropes were tied to an iron frame with electro-welded mesh 5 cm anchored to the ceiling by steel cables.

In the Antiquarium of the archaeological park has been set up an exhibition on the ancient loom weights from other archaeological sites.

 

 

 

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WHAT IT HAS CONVEYED TO US

The feeling of being part of a social organism in which each individual has his or her own weight/value in composing and feeling responsible.

After collective reflection, we engraved on the piece of clay, which we created, a word that we recognized to be useful to the community. We dealt on issues such as marginalization and immigration.

The same activity was carried out by some of the children from schools in Senegal during the Dakar Biennial, an exhibition dedicated to promoting contemporary African art.

 

Project number: 2022-1-ES01-KA220-SCH-000087095

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