The implementation of the Blue Danube project under the Erasmus + Program No. 2018-1-BG01-KA125-047681 was successfully completed.
The implementation of the project activities provided an opportunity for 20 volunteers from Romania to participate in the preparation and implementation of the Blue Danube Week International Festival, which in turn enabled the young people to show personal commitment and initiative and, through their work, to help the realization of socially beneficial activities and to feel significant. The European Voluntary Service was held in Vidin for a period of 25 days – from 09.06.2018 to 03.07.2018.
The main objective of the project “Blue Danube” was to promote volunteering, through the involvement of young volunteers in the preparation and organization of an international event and their inclusion in the various creative and creative activities of non-formal education as a synthesis of art and cultural thinking, which helped create new knowledge and skills and responsible civic attitude towards art and the surrounding environment.
Through the implementation of the project, we showed volunteers the benefits of community-based activities, exchanged experiences and good practices with the Asociatia Tinerii 3D, and improved our youth work skills. Through their participation in the project the young people gained knowledge on different topics and developed competences to contribute to their personal and professional development. The uniting of young people of different backgrounds, ages and social status has contributed to the promotion of ideas on volunteering, creativity and culture, environmental protection, relevant both within the European Union and globally.
As a result of the implementation of the planned activities the specific objectives of the project were achieved, namely:
- Young people have promoted the idea of volunteering among young people as an expression of empathy and tolerance towards society;
- Volunteers have acquired key competences and competences such as teamwork, organization, leadership;
- Romanian participants developed their creative and creative thinking through their active involvement in the organizing activities of the festival;
- The atmosphere created to develop intercultural dialogue and solidarity was the basis for an effective international partnership.
The implementation of the project „Blue Danube“ has had a positive impact on learners in the training dimension and has contributed to the development of key competences acquired through non-formal education methods through:
– Ability to learn – During the implementation of the activities we stimulated the participants to organize their own learning process, to set goals and to achieve them, to use the acquired knowledge and skills, to be motivated and confident in themselves;
– Enhanced communication in a foreign language – Project activities took place in English, enabling participants to learn how to structure their speech in a foreign language and argue using appropriate means of expression. All this has helped to overcome the language barrier that has led to the successful implementation of the planned volunteer activities;
– Social and civic skills – a number of activities were organized in the process of organizing the festival, which helped to create an active civic position for the participants in society;
– Cultural competences – the intercultural context in which the project activities developed and the exploration of their own and foreign cultural specifics, traditions and history improved and helped the cultural awareness and growth of the participants.
The implementation of the pledged activities has allowed the team of the Association „Bokaya“, as host of the project, and the Asociatia Tinerii 3D partner organization to reward their experience in working with young people and volunteers by using non-formal learning based methods by which the young people have developed a range of skills and competences and have helped to spread the idea of voluntary work effectively.
This project is funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus + Program. This publication reflects the views only of the author and the Commission and can not be held responsible for the information contained therein.