At the beginning of the year, I along with another PC volunteer, a Romanian NGO ” Clubul Liderii Mileniului Trei “(Club LMT) -Leaders for the Third Millennium- and our Romanian counterparts received a Volunteer Activities Support and Training (VAST) Grant. The purpose of the grant was to train Romanian students into becoming camp leaders, basically a train the trainers program. In doing so, the camp could become sustainable long after Peace Corp volunteers leave the country. The training session of this project was led by Club LMT in which leaders discussed learning styles, leadership development, camp expectations and fundamental practices in teaching English. I have been overwhelmed with joy to see these young leaders take on responsibility and ownership of this project.
Each session of the camp is one week long, and since we had a lot of students interested in joining us the camp was broken up into two sessions. In total we had 65 kids attend the camp! If you are wondering, YES that’s a lot of kids to handle in two weeks BUT since we are all such rock starts it did it with ease🙂
In summary, this is what we did:
– Tie-dyed about 70 shirts
– Made about 70 Kaleidoscopes
– Hiked from our hotel to the top of Păpuşa Mountain (Height of Păpuşa Mnt. is about 2,500 meters) distance between the two is about 1.5 km. The hike from the base to the mountain is very steep and I am so proud of all of us for making it to the top! Great accomplishment.
-Played several competitive games of dodgeball, capture the flag, tug of war, and , of course, soccer.
– Watched “Ace Ventura Pet Detective” during movie night.
– Danced our hearts out during the disco
– Went tubing
– Students completed an obstacle course in the woods
– We were lucky to meet a couple visiting Ranca with their two grandchildren from America. They were staying in the same hotel as us and decided to join us, it was a great opportunity to have Romanian students interact with American kids their age.
-Reflection time: At the end of each night students reflected on the day’s activity and wrote a nice note to another student which was then put in their paper mailbox. This was something new we added to the camp and will definitely keep in sessions to come.
– Peer time: We paired each students from different schools and everyday for one hour they had to get to know each other and answer several questions. At the end of the week they had to present their peer. This was an excellent session that gave all students the opportunity to know someone new.
These were wonderful two weeks, looking forward to the Winter English Camp. Like always, enjoy the pics.