On-arrival training was conducting by Hungarian National Agency ,which has been hosted into the CEU (Centran European University) 24 participants from Austria ,Bulgaria , England , Georgia , Germany , Greece , Italy , Poland ,Romania , Slovakia ,Spain , Turkey and Ukraine hosted in different organisations in Hungary. The methods used during the Arrival Training were based on non-formal education approach, such are pressentations, workshops , exercises ,simulations, role plays, discussions,reflections , and evaluations as well as an city discovery. The pressentations have been always followed or preceded by exeprcises in order to raise the impact of the gained knowledge, according to the principle ’’Learning by doing’’. The daily reflections and the final evaluations ensured an exchange of opinions and views while giving feedback about the feelings of the volunteers and building an atmosphere of trust between each other. Finally the excursion and the active discovery of the city enlarged the experience and knowledge about the hosting region and made participants get in contact with local community .
-FROM KEMES TO BUDAPEST :
Luckily I were not alown in all this long journey… From my reciving organisation (Fenntartható Ormánság Nonprofit Kft.) it was also invited the bulgarian partner where I cooperate with him, as he is also a volunteer . At 20th of November at 04:30 at the morning we were began together . Our first step was to get the bus from the local station of Kemes with our destination Harkany to get the bus also as well and after from Pecs ( 5th biggest city in Hungary) , in order to get the train at 07:14 , as it happened and at 10:14 we have been in Budapest. From ther we changed to lines of undergroud and finaly at 11:30 we reached at CEU. There we arrived second , directly I wet to see my room , and there I met my Polish roomate …We introduced ourselfs and then lunch time.
After the lunch the training has began by :
-Wellcoming and introduction (name and hosting organisation)
-Objectives and programme of the on-arrival training
-Getting to know eatch other…
-DAY 1 of the Arrival Training.
For the very first time the group tied very good . The first team building activity was to pass a moving rope , but if someone touched, all of the participants start againg from the begning. After 40 minutes and after also many strategies we done it . The second task was to find all of the papers which has been glowed on a tree and then to fullfilling the tasks .The objectives have been achieved after several hours ,then we pressent the results. Around 5 o’clock at the afternoon before the reflaction groups , we have to play againg the game with the rope but with the rule , that we must not have time space between the participants and the rolling-moving rope. It was somehow difficulte but with willing , passion,strategy and patience …WE DONE IT .Then w e set on availability the game of secret angel . After it was the finish of the day and we have had to discuss with the reflaction groups , every team has been suround it by 4 persons. There we expressed our oppinion according to our feeling for the first day’s training. At evening we took our dinner and after relaxing with some drinks and snacks (…) .
DAY 2 of the Arrival Training
At 08:00 o’clock at the morning , we’ve got to wake up and to take our breakfast until 09:30. Our day started by an energiezer and after we talked about EVS learning objectivers, reflaction on motivation and obstacle of the own voluntary service. On a peace of paper we desinged our journey from our country until our recieving organisation . Then we expressed orraly :
-Why EVS ?
-Why here (in Hungary)?
-Risks and obstacles
-Learning Objectives (Professional ) : What I would like to learn professionally ? Professional Development.
-Learning Objectives (Personal) : What I would like to learn personally? Personal Development.
-Learn about Hungary
-To meet new people;
-Feeling another culture
-Improve my English
-To become better person
-Learn how to be organized
-To meet people with working in NGO’s in Hungary
-To develope my English and to learn Hungarian
-Establish new useful contacts
-Getting experience in environmental issues;
-Get experience connected with living in a new place and different culture.
-Time for decision about future studies
After that we have had to expressed our oppinion about FEARS , EXPECTATIONS, CONTRIBUTION.
Around 12:30 it cames the 1st outdoor activity . The organisers seperate us in teams of 5 people and after we recieved an envelope which was included inside a paper full of tasks , a map of Budapest and a ticket for 5 people for 24hours. Me and my team visited the Anonymus monument , Universita Corvinus di Budapest, Hadik Andras monument , Berlin wall, Buda castle , Central Market Hall in Budapest, St. Stephen’s Basilica etc. At the middle of the task we met the team ’’The fabulous’’ and we continued together.
Through this activity we were able to take a little taste of Budapest and the monuments.
At 19:30 we met each other at the main squer and then the organisers lead as . We taste a cup of hot wine and after all of as we joined at a local pub.
DAY 3 of Arrival Training.
At 08:00 o’clock at the morning , we’ve got to wake up and to take our breakfast until 09:30. Our day started by an energiezer and after we have had to discuse about our experience of the 2nd day’s outdoor task. Also we had to desing up on piece of paper a car and after to identify our role ont he car . This activity was really interested and crietivity for the reason that you can recognise the others oppinion according to your way of behaviour. After lunch we talked about ’’Vision Scale ’’. And then we used in practice . Luckily I had good partner and it works .
After the coffe break we talked about our secret heroes , this might was the most immotional part of this training. I heared many options about the others secret hero , but the main poin is that all of those heroes occupy a part of our personality.
After this we discoused about ’’HEROE’S JOURNEY’’…The immportan information which I gained it was that even if I’ll fail into a part of my journey is also included to the steps .
Somehow like this the 3d day closed by reflection group meeting.
DAY 4 of the Arrival Training
As all of the arrival training’s days we woke up at around 08:00 o’clock in order to take our breakfast, and then at 09:30 we have to be at the arrival room to start . At this day we met two womens of the Hungarian National Agency and discuss for some of our worries , according to our EVS project. There the knowledge which I gained was that EVS will be merge with a new project which called Solidarity and there is also a possibility that we (the EVS participants ) to be able to participate also to this new programme.
After lunch we talked actively about NON VIOLANT COMMUNICATION.
And they we used this knowledge in practice by team per 3 persons.It was really interested all this part for the reason that with the other members of my group we have had somehow the same ‘’problem’’ and worries with me, but in different cases. After finishing this topic it was the reflaction time and after dinner.
DAY 5 of Arrival Training and Goodbye part
We woke up at 08:00 o’clock as usually , we took our last breakfast and the we met each other at the training room at 09:30 . We disclose each othersthe secret angel and after we played our last game, which called ‘’ Spider’s Web’’. Through this we expressed our feelings according to those 4 days where have passed.At the end we have had also another activity which through this we could express our opinion about the accommodation , preperation , activities, food, group etc. Then we took our lunch and then , time to say goodbye , but not with everybody , for the reason that we decided to spend also our weekend’s day to Budapest . So 15/24 of participants stayed at Budapest and all together we spended crietivity by visiting museums, galleries, local restaurantes in the capital , but also we discovered and enjoyed the night life.