Here we are: Emma, Inès, Susana!

Welcome! We are the new H.Y.R.O. volunteers working for the project “Alter 2.0.”, and we will be staying in Palermo for six months. Our backgrounds are pretty different; we have Inès from Orléans, France. She is 23 years old and studied Linguistics in Spanish and English. The next volunteer is Susanna from Lisbon, Portugal; she is 22 years old and she has a degree in Political Sciences. And last but not least, we have Emma from Barcelona, Spain. She is 18 years old and next year she will study Biomedicine in the UK.

As volunteers, we have the opportunity to fill our schedule in whatever way we find most interesting and beneficial to us. Since Naka was still in the first steps of creation, it was in everyone’s interest to follow the initial process. View and participate in decisions as primary as logos, the creation of posters or even the look of the official site. We wanted to help the most at the starting of this organization, which fights for human rights as much as we do and against what we reject, such as discrimination.

Although the being is a slow process and still without results, we find that the observation of the initial problems such as bureaucracy, the lack of knowledge about the organization by the community and the creation of a network are the transversal aspects to all organizations that undoubtedly are interesting to see how they will be surpassed.

Another activity we do is working in Terra Franca. This project is an initiative created by the H.R.Y.O. to transform an old land confiscated by the municipality of Palermo from the Mafia; the territory is located outdoors the city of Palermo and the organization began to take action and perform different activities since January 2019.

The aim of the project itself is to transform this “no man land” into a multi-functional space that all the community/neighborhood can enjoy and take profit of it. Our task as volunteers now is to clean the space from all the natural vegetation and rubbish that has been accumulated by years of inactivity and carelessness. Moreover, to accomplish this purpose, we meet all the three of us every Friday to work a full day in Terra Franca.

Finally, another organization that we have contributed to is 5Atuttotondo, which is a center for adults with autism. The organization works with the enhancement of activities related to creativity and development of their personality.

They help people with autism to learn how to do activities and routines that come from everyday life, such as cutting vegetables, cleaning dishes and basic elements important to surviving alone in our beautiful world.

With the help of the monitor’s, we try to participate as much as possible in these activities. We really love going there because it is something new. Even though we have had previous contact with autistic people, it is very interesting to see how we can work with them and create connections by playing music and doing art workshops.

Emma Navarro Lanckmans

Inès Mellal

Susana Rodrigues[:en]

[:it]Volunteering in Palermo with H.R.Y.O[:en]Volunteering in Palermo with H.R.Y.O.[:]

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From July 4 to August 30 I was a volunteer at the Human Rights Youth Organization in Palermo. It was an intense
time that brought me many challenges and constantly pulled me out of my comfort zone. HRYO is a relatively large
organization that always hosts several volunteers as part of European projects. The organization focuses mainly on
popularizing human rights, working with the local community, especially children and youth at risk of economic
exclusion and mafia influences. Mafia still seems to have an impact on the lives of Sicilians. Many things are impossible
or difficult to do for them, even if they are seemingly simple tasks and problems to solve. It was the differences in
mentality and cultures that caused the greatest difficulties for me at first.
As part of the project, I had the opportunity to conduct #letstalkHumanRights meetings with migrants from the
local social club – Ikenga. We also organized English Language Café meetings to jointly learn English, which is extremely
needed in Sicily. Although my project is short-term, I had to learn many words in Italian to communicate with the people
of Palermo in their daily activities. English Language Cafés allows their participants to tame English.
Our colleague Melania working at HRYO on July 15-19 held meetings raising the subject of stereotypes about
gender issues and violence. Although most of us had similar insights, the conversation was extremely important. As part
of the project, we watched a shocking documentary about the female body on Italian television programs. It was very
important to us and left many questions.
From July 29 to July 31, together with scout groups from northern Italy, we cleaned the Terra Franca area. This
is an area confiscated from the Mafia and commissioned a few months ago by HRYO. Ultimately, it is to be a place of a
social garden, where the charges of the organization dealing with youth and young adults from the autism spectrum will
also work.
On August 11-14, we were in Alcamo at the Alcart Festival. As part of the cooperation with the organizers, we
ran an organization stand where we sold materials promoting human rights made by the local artist Monica Dengo, we
presented the #HumanRightsRightHumans exhibition and talked with festival participants and residents of Alcamo as
well as tourists about human rights, our countries, democracy and European community.
The last project that I implemented was the creation of a street library in which, as part of the international
bookcrossing movement, people can exchange books by introducing and extracting them from circulation.
It was sad to me Palermo has a big plastic waste problem. The ecological and environmental awareness
of citizens is low. As part of private conversations, volunteers tried to convince residents to change their habits.
Disposable plastic is distributed everywhere without much thoughts. When we organized a party for volunteers and
interns of other organizations, the most surprised by the lack of plastic cups, which come here at every party were
Italians. The big issue for me was also the frequent use of fireworks. They are here almost every day. Official local shows
lasted over an hour. Although many of us like to look at the color holidays in the sky in Poland, there is quite a lot of
public awareness about the dangers of fireworks. In Italy, this does not cause opposition or outrage yet.
From a perspective of time spent in Palermo, Sicily seems to me African in many aspects. People are different.
More friendly and open, but also much more focused on reputation. They approach the world around them and the

problems they have to deal with differently than I was learned. I regret that my project was largely carried out in
August. It is a month when the city is operating more slowly. Nevertheless, Palermo is worth exploring and there is a lot
of work to be done here still. At the same time, residents are very open to action. However, they need a spark that can
start them. During the time spent in Sicily, I met many wonderful people. This experience changed me forever, made me
aware of my values and showed me many truths.

Paweł Skibiński[:en]

From July 4 to August 30 I was a volunteer at the Human Rights Youth Organization in Palermo. It was an intense
time that brought me many challenges and constantly pulled me out of my comfort zone. HRYO is a relatively large
organization that always hosts several volunteers as part of European projects. The organization focuses mainly on
popularizing human rights, working with the local community, especially children and youth at risk of economic
exclusion and mafia influences. Mafia still seems to have an impact on the lives of Sicilians. Many things are impossible
or difficult to do for them, even if they are seemingly simple tasks and problems to solve. It was the differences in
mentality and cultures that caused the greatest difficulties for me at first.
As part of the project, I had the opportunity to conduct #letstalkHumanRights meetings with migrants from the
local social club – Ikenga. We also organized English Language Café meetings to jointly learn English, which is extremely
needed in Sicily. Although my project is short-term, I had to learn many words in Italian to communicate with the people
of Palermo in their daily activities. English Language Cafés allows their participants to tame English.
Our colleague Melania working at HRYO on July 15-19 held meetings raising the subject of stereotypes about
gender issues and violence. Although most of us had similar insights, the conversation was extremely important. As part
of the project, we watched a shocking documentary about the female body on Italian television programs. It was very
important to us and left many questions.
From July 29 to July 31, together with scout groups from northern Italy, we cleaned the Terra Franca area. This
is an area confiscated from the Mafia and commissioned a few months ago by HRYO. Ultimately, it is to be a place of a
social garden, where the charges of the organization dealing with youth and young adults from the autism spectrum will
also work.
On August 11-14, we were in Alcamo at the Alcart Festival. As part of the cooperation with the organizers, we
ran an organization stand where we sold materials promoting human rights made by the local artist Monica Dengo, we
presented the #HumanRightsRightHumans exhibition and talked with festival participants and residents of Alcamo as
well as tourists about human rights, our countries, democracy and European community.
The last project that I implemented was the creation of a street library in which, as part of the international
bookcrossing movement, people can exchange books by introducing and extracting them from circulation.
It was sad to me Palermo has a big plastic waste problem. The ecological and environmental awareness
of citizens is low. As part of private conversations, volunteers tried to convince residents to change their habits.
Disposable plastic is distributed everywhere without much thoughts. When we organized a party for volunteers and
interns of other organizations, the most surprised by the lack of plastic cups, which come here at every party were
Italians. The big issue for me was also the frequent use of fireworks. They are here almost every day. Official local shows
lasted over an hour. Although many of us like to look at the color holidays in the sky in Poland, there is quite a lot of
public awareness about the dangers of fireworks. In Italy, this does not cause opposition or outrage yet.
From a perspective of time spent in Palermo, Sicily seems to me African in many aspects. People are different.
More friendly and open, but also much more focused on reputation. They approach the world around them and the

problems they have to deal with differently than I was learned. I regret that my project was largely carried out in
August. It is a month when the city is operating more slowly. Nevertheless, Palermo is worth exploring and there is a lot
of work to be done here still. At the same time, residents are very open to action. However, they need a spark that can
start them. During the time spent in Sicily, I met many wonderful people. This experience changed me forever, made me
aware of my values and showed me many truths.

Paweł Skibiński[:]

[:en]Marcelina’s experience in volunteering in Palermo[:]

[:en]In the summer of 2019 I had a possibility to take part in Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps project in Palermo. My hosting organization was H.R.Y.O. and I really recommend it because I spent two fantastic months, full of good energy, and new experiences.
On the fifth of June I boarded a plane from Poznań to Munich, where I next switched to another plane and after two hours I landed in Palermo.

I had a possibility to help in a lot of fantastic and challenging events. During my first days I helped in a books festival. Our organization prepared some small books with Human Rights articles that we gave to the people (we had Italian and English versions). The event was in botanical garden, so I had also possibility to admire the beautifull nature. There were also a lot of events about literature, music or theater.

The next event was Festival della Paranza. It was implemented through theater and photography workshops for children and teenagers. The 1st part of the festival we prepared in Magione, a beautifull district with a lot of green places, but it has quite difficult history as a place to live. Our participants was very young so sometimes it was difficult to comunicate with them, because of the language, but I loved it so much. Every day we drawed with them play some games and showed some exercises related to appearances in front of the public. In the end we prepared with them a play and show it to their parents. It was fantastic week.

The secound part of festival was photography workshops, with we prepared in Capo, one of the district in Palermo. In this case our participant were quite older, so sometimes we comunicate with them in English. At the beginning we prepared for them some integration games to make a better atmosphere in group, and next we showed them some techniques about making pictures, we did some posters about it, and later we went with our participants to the walk and did some pictures. At the last day there was an exhibition. It was also perfect week and I liked it a lot. I emproved a lot of new things.

I went to the gay pride parade and I enjoyed very much.

I participated to the English Language cafè, prepared by all volunteers of H.R.Y.O. Once, I presented the European Solidarity Corps projects, my project and I shared my experience with the participants.

I took part in a workshop about gender violence. It was a good opportunity to know many things, reflecting on some differences between Italy and Poland and collaborating with the other participants.

I have met a lot of fantastic people from Palermo and from other countries. People of the organization were nice, always smiling and with good energy and full of great ideas.

The experience was fantastic and I suggest everyone to do a volunteering project abroad.

 

Marcelina Cieslak[:]

[:it]Vuoi andare in Portogallo per un volontariato europeo?[:]

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Ricerchiamo un volontario italiano che abbia tra i 18 e i 30 anni, per partecipare ad un progetto di volontariato all’interno del programma Corpi Europei di Solidarietà.
Se sei creativo, flessibile e hai una passione per gli animali, parti per questo volontariato in Portogallo.
La BLOOM Associação Socio-Cultural supporta il progetto di volontariato presso due organizzazioni ospitanti con sede a Figueira da Foz:
Associação Protecção Animal da Figueira da Foz (APAFF). Tra le attività previste ci sono laboratori sui bisogni degli animali da compagnia, proprietà responsabile, importanza della sterilizzazione, sicurezza, giochi e giochi di ruolo, teatro, etc. Inoltre, si lavorerà sulla pratica cura degli animali, sull’insegnamento di comandi di obbedienza ai cani e si organizzeranno campagne di raccolta del cibo.
– Associação Portuguesa de Terapia e Formação Equestre Cavalo Amigo. Questa organizzazione ha come missione il miglioramento della vita di persone con disabilità che possono beneficiare di equitazione e altre attività correlate all’equino. Per portare avanti i progetti si avvale di una rete di volontari, promuovendo una dimensione multiculturale e nuovi approcci nelle attività e nella comunità locale.
Il progetto inizia ad Agosto 2019 e la sua durata varia da 10 a 12 mesi in base all’organizzazione per cui ci si vuole candidare.
Per ulteriori informazioni:
– progetto della durata di 10 mesi presso l’organizzazione APAFF -> https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity/placement/12430_en
– progetto della durata di 12 mesi presso l’organizzazione Cavalo Amigo -> https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity/placement/12426_en
Entrambe le organizzazioni ospitanti provvederanno a coprire le spese di vitto e alloggio di ogni volontario.
Per candidarti invia il tuo cv e lettera motivazionale in lingua inglese entro 01/06/2019 al seguente indirizzo: voluntariadobloom@gmail.com.
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[:it]Ti va di andare in Polonia grazie al programma Erasmus plus?[:]

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Siamo alla ricerca di 2 volontari italiani motivati e appassionati tra i 18 e i 30 anni, che possano prendere parte al progetto “Volunteering is Solidarity”, all’interno del programma Corpi Europei di Solidarietà.

L’associazione Tratwa è una delle maggiori organizzazioni non-governative di Breslavia, in Polonia e si occupa di inclusione sociale dei giovani attraverso il metodo dell’educazione non-formale e la promozione del volontariato e della sensibilità interculturale e intergenerazionale.

Il progetto coinvolge giovani provenienti da Romania, Spagna, Francia, Portogallo e Italia. Le principali attività in cui saranno coinvolti i volontari sono:

  • seminari di lingua inglese, cultura e tradizioni culinarie ai giovani a rischio di esclusione sociale e persone anziane che hanno uno spazio all’interno dell’organizzazione;
  • animazione interculturale per i giovani locali attraverso i metodi dell’educazione non-formale;
  • festival ed eventi;
  • creazione del “Center for Academic Culture and Local Initiatives” e ideazione di varie iniziative culturali al suo interno;
  • implementazione e analisi delle varie fasi di un progetto.

Una parte dei volontari inizieranno il progetto a partire dal mese di Maggio 2019 e altri a partire da Giugno 2019.

La durata complessiva del progetto è di 12 mesi.

Ogni partecipante riceverà un pocket money pari a 120 Euro e un contributo per il vitto pari a 105 Euro, in totale riceverà 985 polish zlotych (moneta polacca). Inoltre, ad ogni volontario sarà fornita una carta per i trasporti.

I volontari vivranno in un appartamento fornito dall’associazione, condividendo gli spazi con altri volontari.

Di seguito dei video su alcune attività dell’associazione Tratwa:
Jazda z Pomysłami:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqJIzN2622U
Europe Day:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_saN9uL-G1w

Per candidarti invia il tuo cv e una lettera motivazionale all’indirizzo: valeria.buscemi@hryo.org.
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[:it]Ha inizio il progetto “Festival della Paranza”[:]

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Abbiamo appena dato il via al progetto “Festival della Paranza” co-finanziato dal Corpo Europeo di Solidarietà dell’Unione Europea!

Il progetto  nasce dalla necessità di favorire dei processi di interazione e inclusione dei ragazzi del centro storico di Palermo, favorendo processi di comunità.

Nello specifico il progetto prevede il coinvolgimento di ragazzi e bambini (8-18 anni) in due laboratori molto colorati e creativi, che culmineranno in un festival finale tutto per loro.

Promotori del progetto sono un gruppo di volontari di H.R.Y.O. che vivono e lavorano all’interno del centro storico di Palermo, che seppur negli ultimi anni sia stato oggetto di massicce opere di ristrutturazione e riqualificazione, vede ancora larghe fasce della sua popolazione vivere in condizioni di instabilità economica e limitate possibilità di mobilità sociale.

Le condizioni economiche precarie ed una esclusione sociale sistemica,  influiscono anche all’interno dello stesso centro storico attraverso una forma di emarginazione e isolamento dal resto della città e dal resto degli abitanti dello stesso centro storico. Non è inusuale infatti riferirsi al proprio quartiere come se fosse una città a parte, soprattutto tra i giovanissimi.

Questi sono i motivi che hanno motivato i volontari a creare un momento di comunità tra i quartieri per unirli attraverso l’arte, il teatro, la fotografia e lo spettacolo.

Attraverso i due laboratori e  soprattutto il festival conclusivo, che si svolgerà al di fuori dei due quartieri,  vogliamo favorire la creazione di processi di interazione all’interno dei quartieri Magione e Capo e l’apertura al resto della città.

I laboratori si svolgeranno nei mesi di Giugno e Luglio per permettere la partecipazione dei ragazzi senza compromettere le loro attività didattiche e culminerà in una giornata di festa tutta dedicata a loro!

Non perderti gli aggiornamenti relativi al Festival della Paranza e facci sapere se ti va di essere coinvolto nelle attività!

Stay Tuned!

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