Face painting, group shouting, collecting feathers for good energy, Native American Indian jumping, archery, and last but not least: inaugurate children to our tribe. The volunteers of the Malteser Youth of Budapest held a summer camp between 24 and 28 July for the children with difficult backgrounds, coming from Ócsa and the Temporary Shelter of Families in Budapest.
Introducing Vision 2050, uniting the youth groups of the Order of Malta and setting common goals – these were the basic aims of the working meeting at Budapest. In addition, the Malteser Youth Network in Central and Eastern Europe had the chance to strengthen their group, and discuss further steps.
On the weekends we held tournaments and story telling time in Ócsa, we took part in enlightening and motivating discussions with our tutoring volunteers, and concerning our volunteer psychologists program, we asked the young volunteers to share their experiences.
Evening programs of volunteer stories and exchanges of experiences, a barbecue in a boathouse, board game party, quiz night and team building games in the youth office. There was no shortage of community programs this month, while the volunteer psychologists, the tutors and the members of the Ócsa team enthusiastically dedicated themselves to their tasks.
An international workshop, a tutoring program, volunteer psychologists from the side of the institution’s leaders, talent show at Ócsa, quiz night, teambuilding and social events – these were the happenings of the Budapest Malteser Youth group during the month of March.
Albania, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Romania, Ukraine – youth leaders from Order of Malta Relief Organisations gathered from six countries on the first weekend of March in Romania. During the workshop they closed the international project going on for more than two years, and at the same time they started to build the foundations of a long term cooperation.
“All these emotions and feelings, which have now gathered in the hall, could fill up all the laptops and cameras here” said a Ukrainian participant, on the last day of the Media in Volunteering youth exchange project. Simulation games, international contacts, media-engaged youngsters, crossing borders – this happened during eight days in Lithuania.