ALDA has selected a volunteer
to take part in a two-week mobility activity in Plovdiv (Bulgaria).
The activity is part of the MoDE (Mobility for Democracy in Europe) project, which encourages mobility between NGOs in Europe
to enhance the flow of capacities and promote volunteering in Europe.
His name is Claudio La China and he
will accompany an ALDA staff member to Plovdiv, where both will get to know National
Forum API, the hosting NGO. National Forum API is a small, but very active organisation that is supported by many volunteers.
With their help, its five staff members carry out manifold activities in the sectors of culture, international exchange, education
in human rights and active citizenship. Their projects concentrate on youth work and training.
This activity is a unique chance to
get to know the working method of a highly interesting organisation and the country it is based in Bulgaria. But it will also
bring benefits for the hosting NGO, as the volunteer will share his varied experience with National Forum API and thus create
a reciprocal exchange.
To this end, the volunteer will be
expected to join the hosting NGO’s team during his stay, to lead online mentoring sessions (together with the ALDA staff
member) and write a report on the activity that will be published online.
Mr La China will spend two weeks, from 15th
to 26th November, in Plovdiv, helping the staff of the organization host in their daily tasks.
DIARY OF A VOLUNTEER
At the Social Center after a brief description
of the activities to be carried out as by the director of the Center, equipped with a jacket with a red cross printed on front
and back, I had the task of taking from the hands of the regular guests of the Center of their food containers empty. So,
after the cook had filled those containers, I had to return guests with their containers full of food and a piece of bread.
After this activity, I had to help
load on a van many parcels containing clothing and shoes, that had to be moved elsewhere.
The day began meeting with executives of
an agency recognized by the Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria that deals with the internationalization of small and medium enterprises.
Then, as planned, we worked in the office for the preparation of activities to be performed next week.
Monday, November 22 2010, after I begin
my day at the Social Centre, I meet with university students who will do the questions to find out what they know of this
type of community projects.
Claudio La China
My first impression by Alda volunteer
to Plovdiv it was very nice. Stoyka was punctual and so I met a very professional woman. I think together we will do
an interesting work to MoDe Proje
Meeting at the Social Center
for adult people. The meeting started with a small presentation by mrs. Eli Panova SC Director about the activities and services
in the center. We met 7 adult people who visited the center regulary and 1 person from the staff.
We discussed topics live. Citizens everyday
life, Italian State Organization; work and unemployement situation in order to life cost, national culture, etc.
The main method was a discussion .The way
of speaking was the same as volunteer organization’s working method. It could be as a good example for the future work
in this field.
The activity fits the previews expectations
both of host and the volunteer.