May 2009 Newsletter

The month of May is our first anniversary of EVS (European Volunteer Service) involvement, and it seems that it will go down on record as the EVS month. We are happy that at a conference of the European Union Programmes Agency held at the end of May in St Julians, Centru Tbexbix was one of three Youth in Action projects given a mention for good practice. At the same conference we were given the opportunity to give a power-point presentation about our project to the conference, and we received a lot of favourable comments. Read on to understand better our EVS experience and how this is benefiting our programmes and mainly the children of Centru Tbexbix.

From the many applications…

Many young people from Europe apply to volunteer with our project. In our selection of course we take into consideration the needs of our project, and choose those applicants who have the necessary skills or talents as well as qualities which enhance our programmes. Chiara Guida from Italy was chosen because of her background and experience in teaching yoga for kids. She writes:

“Some days ago I was giving a yoga lesson to the 9-10 year old group of Centru Tbexbix. We started with a warm up, then we did the sun salutation sequence (a sequence of yoga positions). I was struck how the 11 children were concentrated and at the same time amused. During the visualisation all the children were really quiet and relaxed. In the end we simply sat down together in a circle, just to share our feelings and sensations about the lesson. The atmosphere was really special, I was also relaxed, full of energy and amazed at the response of the children.”

Yoga Lesson

Chiara will be working on a new project, called Yoga Shoots, which will hopefully bring children from government schools for a yoga experience at Centru Tbexbix in the near future.

Azilea speaks English !

Eliska, our Czech volunteer, was invited to her mentor’s house in Bormla. On the way she met three girls who come to our programmes. She recounts: “It was very nice, everyone ran to me and started speaking with me and asking how I was. The youngest of the girls, Azilea (4 years old) spoke to me in English. I was surprised because usually she speaks to me only in Maltese and of course I don’t understand anything

“This is my house!” she said, while she showed me happily, continuing to say: “See you tomorrow!” She looked happy to see me and so was I. It was a moment that gave me a lot of satisfaction.

Azilea

It’s nice that the children don’t forget the project even during the weekend. Even the littlest ones end up trying to communicate by speaking in a way that we can understand

Czech Song


Similarly …

Cindy, from France relates:

“Since I came in February I have been assigned to the English club with Katherine. One thing which annoyed me was that many times when the children have something to ask or say, they turn directly towards Katherine because they know that she understands Maltese. Even during the work they like to speak Maltese between them, and it frustrates me that I don`t understand anything.

One time Katherine left me alone to take care of the lesson with the 9-year old group, and they were compelled to speak to me in English. I was happy that they turned to me easily and communicated with me with great confidence. I even played an exciting game of chess with them.

I remember one other time when Chimaine (7 yrs old) was concentrated on a jig-saw puzzle and I asked her if she had brought her book with her for reading club. Without looking up, she told me in English: ``Can’t you see I am busy!`` All of us smiled.

My EVS ends at the end of June. During my volunteering I have seen the children change a lot. The shy ones have gained confidence and the hyper-active ones are learning to control themselves better.”

Adding colour

Gul, our volunteer from Turkey, is very talented in art, and since she came in February has been planning and carrying out activities in the arts and crafts programme. She writes:

“After working with the children for the past weeks, I am discovering how creative they can be. Some children in the beginning were looking at me with surprised expressions, as if they couldn’t understand what I was asking from them. I was feeling frustrated because of their indifferent, sometimes unsocial, behaviour. Now after three months I see a big change. Casey is much more concentrated than before, and even though she’s only 7 yrs old she already shows great artistic skills. So does Jake, who is very active and could hardly concentrate, yet can now spend a whole hour quietly painting, and will not go home before he finishes! Kylie Ann, one of the quiet children, is showing a lot of creative potential and is always happy to show her masterpieces! I am very happy to see the children changing so rapidly in a positive way.

Much of this came as a surprise to me, yet it is useful because I can now understand better how I can help them discover their creativity, and I am spending more time on planning better and worthwhile activities.”

Little Artists


Local training

Chiara Zecchin is our latest volunteer. She joined our team this month, and also comes with a lot of experience in working with children. Immediately she arrived, she had the opportunity to join our other four volunteers in a training programme organized by the local European Union Programmes Agency.

She writes about her experience:

“Young girls and boys (18 - 30 years old) from all over Europe have the possibility of living a learning experience, useful for them but also for the country which gives them hospitality.

EVS Training

Apart from understanding their rights and responsibilities, the volunteers have discovered the reality of all the Maltese organizations involved as well as beautiful things about Malta. The 3 days of meetings were precious. Now, this team of volunteers can feel that Malta is a little bit more like their second home and they will do their best to improve and be able to give something back to this beautiful, hospitable and friendly island,”

Training in Romania

Our 3-year volunteer and committee member Els Serracino Inglott, recently appointed mentor for one of our European volunteers, this month flew to Romania to represent us in a training course focusing on "Quality in partnerships in EVS”, held in the mountain town of Predeal in Romania. The training was co-financed by the Maltese and Romanian National Agencies representing the European Commission.

A total of 16 participants from different countries took part. Plenary sessions, workshops and discussions aimed at improving relations and understanding between all parties involved in the EVS for the benefit of organisations as well as for the individual volunteer involved.

Els giving the presentation

Els proudly presented Centru Tbexbix in a “Voluntary Organisations Market” which was one of the inter-cultural activities in this training programme.

Els came back very inspired, and will definitely utilize what she learnt from the experience to improve the outcomes of our programmes.


Inspired?

There are many different ways how to contribute to the success of Centru Tbexbix. Through volunteering (in classes, administration, odd jobs, maintenance), donations in kind or financially, etc. The opportunities are endless.

One way to support the efforts of Centru Tbexbix is through the "Friends of Centru Tbexbix" scheme with a small monthly contribution by standing order. Centru Tbexbix holds the following accounts: HSBC 013-085675-001 and BoV 400-1705136-1.

For more information on how you can help, call us on 21/27 805130 or email tbexbix@gmail.com.

 

Inspired?

There are many different ways how to contribute to the success of Centru Tbexbix. Through volunteering (in classes, administration, odd jobs, maintenance), donations in kind or financially, etc. The opportunities are endless.

One way to support the efforts of Centru Tbexbix is through the "Friends of Centru Tbexbix" scheme with a small monthly contribution by standing order. Centru Tbexbix holds the following accounts: HSBC 013-085675-001 and BoV 400-1705136-1.

 

For more information on how you can help, call us on 21/27 805130 or send an email to tbexbix@gmail.com.

This newsletter will be coming to you every end of the month, with the intention of keeping regular contact with the growing circle of friends of Centru Tbexbix, keeping everyone informed of what is happening as well as sharing the inspiration of this blossoming community project.
The intention is to keep it brief and factual. Your comments and suggestions are appreciated.

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