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Culture Zoom - Youth Focus
Start date: May 1, 2015, End date: Feb 29, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The " Culture Zoom - Youth Focus" started from the need of volunteers to develop personally and professionally by attending a training in Romania. The project will host a number of two volunteers from the UK and two volunteers from Bulgaria, for a period of 6 months (20 June to 20 December) in Bucharest. We chose the city of Bucharest to give young people the opportunity to work in an intercultural environment, to be involved in various activities that promote culture, film, art and non-formal education and work with disadvantaged young people in high schools and in the General Directorate of Social Assistance and Child Protection whose main topic is promoting Romanian culture through art and film, with the help of young people. The project is implemented by the Centre for the Development of Structural Instruments in partnership with Consilium Development and Training Ltd (UK) and the Association ArtArea (Bulgaria). Together we set the following objectives of the project, focusing on the needs of young participants: 1. During the 10 months of the project, the 4 volunteers will gain knowledge about Romanian culture and language, communication with disadvantaged youth, elements of filming, editing, design and art, elements of non-formal education and motivators. 2. During the 10 months of the project, the 4 volunteers will develop the skills to express themselves through art, film and video editing, to work with young people and motivate them using non-formal methods and teamwork. 3. During the 10 months of the project, the 4 volunteers will develop inclusive attitudes towards young people with fewer opportunities, they will have more confidence in the skills they have, they will develop a greater desire to engage, and their cultural expression will become more empathetic and want to produce a change in the community to which they belong. To achieve these objectives the project participants will establish a number of different activities that will take place in Bucharest during the 6-month period of volunteering (June 20 to December 20). Among these activities we want to include visits to the high schools Nichita Stănescu and Dimitrie Leonita, where volunteers will teach young people to express themselves through art and film, to describe the Romanian culture. They will also work weekly with young people in the DGASPC sector 3 social apartments, by encouraging them to use art as a means of expressing the wishes and opinions about Romanian culture. To facilitate the process of working with young people, the 4 volunteers will participate in a series of trainings on non-formal education methods, film and art, they will study these issues in Metropolitan Library and Central Bucharest Library and discuss with experts. The volunteers along with the young people will enjoy the support of the Village Museum and the Romanian Peasant Museum to see and understand as much of Romanian culture as they can. The impact of the project will be substantial in the four young volunteers and youth involved in the project. We will provide mentorship sessions and encourage open discussion and reflection methods to ensure that they understand the whole process of learning they are experimenting. Movies and brochures produced by young volunteers will also impact the community in Bucharest, Britain and Bulgaria, prepared with methods of dissemination. Together with partners we will implement visits to other schools and NGOs where we will present materials produced in the project. We will also organize seminars to disseminate the results, we will be promoting the movies and brochures online and we will create a blog and a Facebook page where we will offer young people the opportunity to talk about the project.
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