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GLOW/TOBE

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My last week in Romania was spent at Jeremy’s site in Valea Calgureasca at the last ever PCRO GLOW/TOBE camp and I couldn’t have ended my service on a better note. The camp had an extremely rocky start due to an emergency change of venue about 4 days before the camp was set to start which, in turn, caused many other issues such as communication problems, travel adjustments, and lack of resources. Throughout the week we felt like we were flying by the seat of our pants trying to plan activities and constantly having to re-arrange the schedule.

This year was the first time SPV had a co-ed camp which included GLOW and TOBE together and it proved to be quite an interesting experience. Throughout the camp, we at the girls’ camp had our fair share drama and minor discipline issues that we had to deal with and with the boys being just one floor below the girls, we had a whole other set of issues that we didn’t even think about before hand. Despite the issues, the kids had a great experience and I do think there were more benefits of having the two camps together than withdrawals. And at the end of the day, if they went home with even a few pieces of knowledge and experience that empowered them and made an impact in their lives, that is enough for me and I can call it a success.

I also have to send a shout out to what i consider the best working team that I have been a part of during my service. We had three volunteers come from Moldova (Kim, Matt, Julie) along with having our very own Abby, Jon, Stephen and Jeremy and our HCN from SPV Andreea. The 9 of us formed a fabulous team and I enjoyed working with everyone and loved the passion and creative problem solving that everyone brought to the table.

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I’m back in the states now which is just a whirlwind of emotions that I honestly haven’t processed yet. Peace Corps was an experience of a lifetime that I will cherish as long as I live. I have made amazing friends, functioned in multiple languages at a time, and learned so many lessons about myself and the world around me. I’m so grateful to have had this experience and thank you for following along in the 2 year journey.

Around Romania in Two Weeks

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Above in red, you will see the path that I have taken throughout the country since my last post which was about the All Vol on August 24th.  Within the past two weeks I have spent more time on public transportation than I care to admit but it was all worth it.

After coming back from the PC conference and repacking, I headed on my 16 hour train ride to visit Barbara’s site which is located in Drobeta-Turnu Severin. I met up with Meg and Lindsey there as well and we had fun hanging out for a few days with Babs. We walked around the town and got to see Serbia from her balcony. We bonded over homemade Mexican food and no bake cookies. I was very impressed with this city because, at that point, it was the cleanest city that I had seen in Romania. I did not see a single piece of litter anywhere on the streets and was blown away by this fact.

Two days after getting to Barbara’s, Meg and I said our goodbyes to the girls and started the 12 hour journey to her site that included 4 different trains and a taxi. Meg’s site is located in the Szekeyfold which is the Hungarian part of Romania. her city of Odorheiu Secuiesc is about 95% Hungarian. I was somewhat thrown off by this, especially since Hungarian is the main spoken language and you have to ask people to speak in Romanian to you. Meg’s city is absolutely beautiful and I fell in love with it. It is another city that is absolutely spotless and have a very quaint feel to it with local shops lining the streets and a very adorable and pedestrian friendly city center.

We hung out at Meg’s site for about 4 days and this included a lot of relaxation time which was somewhat needed. We visited the local hobby store and made jewelry, thought up ideas for our booths at the PC Gala event the Ambassador is holding for us, hung out with her counterpart and had a day trip to Corund.

Corund is a village that is located about half an hour north by bus from Odorheiu Secuiesc and is known for its gorgeous pottery. We spent a few hours in the village roaming the various shops and being blown away by how beautiful all of the handcrafted work was. We also got a chance to have a very interesting tri-lingual exchange with a local cafe owner and a young man from the village. As we were sitting in the cafe waiting for our bus back, we struck up a conversation with these two people. The young man knew Romanian, Hungarian, and decent amount of English. The cafe owner knew Hungarian and Romanian. Meg has a god grasp of Hungarian since that is all she speaks in her town, and I had my Romanian. Between the four of us, we managed to have a wonderful conversation about various topics and it was such a great experience to see how all of the different languages were mixed when we didn’t know a word in one language or another.

That Monday Meg and I made the 6 hour trip of hell from Odorhei to Bucuresti. When we got on the initial bus that was going to take us from Odorhei to Brasov, it smelled of vomit. It smelled like someone got drunk and puked over every square inch of that bus to the point of me having to breath through my mouth for the entirety of the 3 hour trip. When we got to Brasov, we missed 2 maxi taxis going to Bucuresti because they were filled. We got the last two spots on the third one and ended up in the very back corner. 1.5 hours into the ride the AC decided to stop cooling and just recirculated the hot air. By the time we were about half an our away from the city, people were starting to yell at the driver because of the heat. The thermometer that was at the front read 32 degrees which is about 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Since the driver couldn’t do anything, he just put a piece of paper over the thermostat hoping no one would notice. Smooth.

After arriving at our hostel in Buc, we showered, changed, and headed out to the mall to meet up with Lindsey and the new PCRV Robert who lives in Bucuresti to see Batman. All I can say about that movie is WOW. It definitely did NOT disappoint. We followed up our movie night with some wine and relaxation in the old center part of the city.

The following afternoon we packed our bags once again and headed down to the seaside town of Mangalia. Mangalia is a very quaint town situated about 10km from the Bulgarian border. There really wasn’t much to see there but there was a wonderful beach that we made sure to hang out at as long as possible. The nights were spent relaxing and eating seafood meals that are so rare everyone else in the country.

The final stop of my crazy summer traveling session was the Hotel Rozmarin in Predeal. I, with 4 other PCVs went to a weekend long “job well done” conference that was put on by the Eu Sunt! Tu? campaign and members from PSI (Public Services International). PSI is worldwide NGO that focuses on various health issues such as HIV, Malaria, and reproductive health. At this conference, there were about 160 people from the LGBT community throughout all of Romania. Teams from 10 major cities within the country came to share their projects that they have put on within the past year in relation to various LGBT awareness topics.

The first day of the conference was mainly just a meet and greet. The second day, Saturday, was comprised of meetings in the morning where we put on a very education STI activity that I did at GLOW camp, and we heard about the various projects that have occurred within the past year. After lunch, the entire group got on a bus and we divided ourselves into city based teams ( Meg and I were put with team Brasov) to compete in a 4 hour long teamwork obstacle course of sorts. The various challenges we had to do were, got down on a zip line, cross a tightrope, move three metal balls from their stands onto other stands by only using rope, complete an obstacle course by moving 2 tied up bicycles through the course without touching them, and placing bowling pins on various targets while being suspended up in the air. Throughout the challenges, we got to know the various participants from the Brasov team and we instantly became friends with them. Most of the team is fairly young ranging from 18-24. They were all absolutely amazing people that were really welcoming and kind. We had a blast joking around with them and I even learned how the gay community greats each other. That night was the all white party and I can honestly say it was one of the funnest nights I’ve had in Romania. It was absolute mayhem and we ended up dancing with team Brasov until the wee hours of the morning.

Sunday many of us woke up with that awful feeling one wakes up with after a long night of fun. Not wanting to get out of bed, but knowing that checkout was in half an hour, I managed to drag myself out of bed, take a shower, and head down to the train station to wait for my train. When Meg and I got to the train station, we ran into our lovely friends from Team Brasov who ended up being my life savers. When we got off the train in Brasov, Meg had an hour long layover while I had about a 7 hour layover. A few of the guys that lived outside of the city invited me home with them so I can relax until my train back to site at 9pm. Me, Adi, Razvan, and George headed to Rasnov for the day and we ended up hanging out at George’s apartment. It was nice to hang out with these amazing and strong people for one more day before I had to say goodbye.

I arrived home today at about 5am and passed out for most of the day. I am very happy to be home but know that I have so much work ahead of me. With school starting in a week, some faculty changes, the Gala event in 2 weeks, and many other projects and travel dates coming up, i’m going to be quite the busy bee this semester.

Until next time,

Va pup

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English Camp That Was Not

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So Mary and I had planned a pretty amazing English day camp for the students within the area. We had this planned since the end of the school year. We advertised at the end of the school year, had a facebook event, and I made sure to talk to every single student I ran into leading up to the event.  Megan, Meg, Grant, Aran, and Jeremy all came into town to help facilitate the event as well. On the first day of camp, which was to start at 9 in the morning, we had 5 kids show up. 3 current hig hschool students, 1 future student, and 1 high-schooler that lives in Ireland and is just in town for the summer. We waited until 9:30 in the morning to see if anyone else was going to show up and after they didn’t, I quite disappointingly cancelled the camp.

It is really upsetting when all the students always complain how life in Singeorz is so boring but then when I give them an outlet for that boredom, they don’t take advantage of it. I was really bummed the entire day because I did work very hard to make a pretty awesome schedule and Mary worked a lot with the Eco-Rodna organization to plan a cabin trip for the last two days.

Even though the camp was a failure (not the first one i’ve had at site either) we have still made the best of it. It has been very nice and relaxing just hanging out with some of my closest PC friends for a week not having anything to do. We’ve been keeping ourselves occupied with arts and crafts, walking, lots of cooking, eating, and drinking, and card games since the weather hasn’t been very cooperative either.

We are in town until the end of the week. We then hope to head down to Jeremy’s site by Ploiesti for a few days before we head to an all volunteer PC training event in Bucuresti. The summer is winding down and I can’t wait until school starts so I can get back into a routine.

Until next time,

Va pup!

GLOW Camp Version 2.0

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So I just got done with my second GLOW camp of my service and man was it exhausting! This year’s group of girls were great but there were some that just didn’t mesh very well with the GLOW mindset. This year proved to be very challenging and by the end of it, I think we as facilitators did a great job of working with the circumstances and being much more flexible with the participants than we ever planned to be.

The first challenge that we encountered was that one of the girls was sent to GLOW camp as a punishment. Mind you, we designed these camps to be a catalyst for change and non formal education. We base them around learning life skills, and promoting volunteerism so when we heard that she was here on punishment and that her dad filled out the application we were shocked and honestly didn’t know how to react. It was a challenge that we had to face and I am happy to say that by the end of it, the participant got something good out of it like learning to be more patient.

This year’s group of girls were big on going to the local “magazin” (shop) to buy random junk food and snacks. This was also something that we were taken aback by since we provide all the meals at the camp along with various healthy snacks and deserts. We did end up letting them take a trip to the magazin on the way back from the hike where they almost bought out the entire store and came back to camp with stuffed backpacks. We had a few issues when it came to food preferences that at some points drove us and the ever so patient kitchen staff crazy but, we managed to get through that as well.

Finally, the last and probably most important issue we had was a virus. We had a virus go around that affected about 80% of the participants and all of us facilitators that caused us to expel our food from either orifice. The bug lasted about a day for most and then everything was better. We did have to send some girls home that got hit really hard and weren’t getting much better. We still aren’t sure where it came from or if somebody brought it with her. All we know is that it wasn’t from the food or the water because not everyone got sick and we all were eating the same things and drinking out of the same faucets. Due to this, we also used up a lot more toilet paper than we had planned and the 3 bathrooms that were available never sufficed and someone was always left waiting in agony for a stall to open up.

Enough about the bad stuff! The girls were great, honestly. We all had a blast and I wish we would have been able to fit more sessions in but we got the big ones in that we wanted to such as communication, teamwork, sex ed, body image, and project design management. Reading the evaluations that the girls left us, there are a lot of positives and many things that the girls have taken away from this camp so i’d chalk it up as a success.

Currently i’m hanging out an extra night in Agas because my train was running late which would have caused me to miss my connection in Miercurea Ciuc. Even with Miha’s wonderfully drawn bubble letter sign that I used to try to hitchhike in, there weren’t many cars on the road at 8:30 pm headed 60km away to M.Ciuc so I decided to just try again tomorrow. Maybe it’s for the better that I have to stay another night because now I have the opportunity to watch the USA vs SRB waterpolo match (GO SERBIA) and I get to hang out with Miha in peace and quiet for an entire day since I won’t get to see her until next year’s GLOW camp.

SPV/PC GLOW/TOBE Camp TTT Conference

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Just like every organization, we loooove our acronyms. For the past week I have attended the Scoala Pentru Viata and Peace Corps partnership Girls Leading Our World and Teaching Our Boys to Excel Camps Train the Trainers Conference in the sleepy little town of Cisnadioara in Sibiu county. This is it. This is the big project I have been working on for the past 8 months and it is finally over and in my opinion, was a success. We won’t know for sure how successful it was until we see what local projects develop from the facilitators that came but I have a feeling great things are going to happen and we have a great start to creating an extremely sustainable GLOW/TOBE projects.

The first session was from July 19-22 and the group was absolutely fantastic. I made some great connections with NGO members as close to me as Nasaud. I’m hoping that new opportunities do sprout from these meetings and that I can keep on touch with at least the people in my area to see how they are progressing with their GLOW/TOBE ideas. The second session was from July 22-25 and went just as well. It was much easier doing it the second time around because we all, as organizers and facilitators, knew what to expect and could streamline our days and presentations that much more. The second group was also a blast and I have a strong feeling that many projects will come out of this group as well. We also had the privilege of having two PC Moldova volunteers come as participants and not only have I made two new friends in the country next door, they proved to be a great asset and offered a lot of ideas.

Our days were pretty packed and started at 9 am and went until 5:30 with one big break for lunch and then two smaller coffee breaks. At 7 we had dinner and then after 7 was a time to get to know the other volunteers and buy out the entire town of all of it’s beer. (no joke) For the second session we unexpectedly had to move the sleeping arrangements to a different pensiune (bed and breakfast) in town and it definitely worked out for our benefit. This new one was much nicer AND it had a huge pool in the back with a nice garden with hammocks and a trampoline. Needless to say, I think you all know where we spent our free time during the second session. The last night of the conference, after dinner, we hosted a little bonfire where we showed them another experiential learning activity that involved some acting, gender role confusing, togas, and me hissing and cooing at participants. This was followed by a bonfire with s’mores which the Romanians were so ecstatic about after they tried them and it was a great way to spend one last night together and relax.

The next leg of my adventure is to spend two days in Sibiu in Miha’s apartment relaxing with my co-facilitators and preparing for our GLOW camp that is starting on Sunday. After the TTT, I am in the GLOW spirit more than ever and can’t wait to see the new batch of girls that will hopefully one day run this country.

Here are some videos and pictures from both conferences.

 

Money

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As many of you know, I’ve been working very hard with a fellow volunteer and some host country nationals to create a training of the trainers conference for future GLOW/TOBE camp facilitators. We are also working on putting on our own GLOW and TOBE camps this summer and could really use your help. Due to economic constraints everywhere, grant funds are very limited to us and we are reaching out to all of our US contacts to help us raise funds to put on these amazing camps. I would really appreciate your help and contribution to make these camps a success. They really do leave a great lasting impression on the participants.

Here is a little background info/history about the camps. Remember GLOW stands for Girls Leading our World and TOBE stands for Together Our Boys Excel. They are the same principle of camp only geared toward a specific sex.

The GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) camps were initially started by female Peace Corps volunteers serving in Romania in 1995. Since then, the GLOW camp model has spread across the entire Peace Corps world and has been adapted by volunteers to meet the needs of their specific countries. They have become the main camps within the Peace Corps community that are run by women, for women.

GLOW camps take place during the summers and bring together young women throughout the entire country that want to create a social change within their communities. The goal of GLOW camps is to develop leadership and communication skills within young Romanian women to become more productive citizens. This goal is accomplished through a weeklong camp that is specifically designed to teach the beneficiaries about community project development and implementation, self-awareness, activism, and career and life development. In addition, the camps strive to build beneficiaries’ self esteem and confidence, increase their assertiveness, and to encourage them to live healthier lives through personal health and STI/AIDS prevention sessions along with physical health and sport sessions as well.

Every participant is required to complete his or her own project after leaving the camp and we have seen some great ideas spring from our camps. The current NGO that we work with was actually co-founded by a GLOW graduate who is now the main organizer of GLOW and TOBE camps.

Please follow this link below and donate! Your help would be immensely appreciated!

https://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=donate.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=403-140

 

Quick Update

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So the last time I posted, I had just arrived to Sinaia. I can’t really say that anything all that exciting happened the week of IST (in-service training) We didn’t really get to experience much of the city since we were in session from 9am until 6pm every day. The last two days of our conference, our counterparts joined us and I have to say it was definitely a blast. I haven’t gotten much of a chance to spend time outside of school with Mary since I’ve been traveling so much this semester so it was definitely welcome and I think we became a little bit closer after that as well.

December 11th marked the day that CFR (the Romanian train company) decided to say F-U to all of its passengers and change up all of the train schedules and routes. Thanks to the wonderfully incompetent ticket lady at the train station in Sinaia, Mary and I wasted about half an hour waiting for her to figure out our ticket situation when in actuality, ended up being exactly the same as before only with a different type of train car (aka a really shitty one with super uncomfortable seats that don’t let you lay down so you have to figure out how to sleep sitting straight up until 4am) but no big deal :/

This week has been filled with final exams for my students so they have definitely been on edge. All of my students have done very well and I have been very impressed with their confidence improvement throughout the semester. My grades are due in the catalog by Tuesday so hopefully I won’t have to scramble to finish up my testing on Monday. 

One new developement that has occured is with my Junior Achievement club. It consists of about 7 students and we meet every thursday after school. We have finally chosen an international festival to go to and that will be Antwerp on Feb 17th-19th. I’m pretty excited about it and they seem pretty stoked too. They are aware that it is a competition, an English speaking one none-the-less, and are starting to make progress when it comes to putting their company together. We have decided to call our company the knick-knackery and we will be making jewelry and other knick-knacks out of recycled materials. Some of the girls have come up with great ideas involving old wire or buttons and I can’t wait to get started! We are getting together with their parents this sunday and discussing logistics and financial questions they might have when it comes to paying for the trip. We are hoping to have everything squared away by the time we leave for vacation since our money and application is due by January 6th!

I’ve also been working on a project with a Group 27 volunteer to create a Train the Trainers sort of conference for interested GLOW (Girls leading our world) and TOBE (teaching our boys to excel) camps. This way the GLOW and TOBE tradition will live on in Romania after PC peaces out. We have come to our biggest hurdle which, of course, is money. Funds are very limited within PC for grants and we are going to have to look to outside sources. So, dear readers, if any of you have any ideas as to how we can acquire money, would like to donate money to my cause, or know of any granting organizations, please let me know. We need your help!

English Summer Camp A Luat Sfarșit!!!!!

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I can safely say that my first ever English camp was a success! I’m extremely happy that it went so well and i’m just as happy that its over. This time last week, I was freaking out and trying to lesson plan and think of creative activities to do with the kids. Now i’m sitting in an empty apartment procrastinating the cleaning that needs to be done. Continuing where I left off with my last post, Thursday, we started out at the school and went around town to verify the written directions the groups had made to various locations throughout the town. After finishing up that, the real fun started. We headed out on a short 45 hike to a local hilltop with an amazing view of the city and it’s surroundings. We stopped mid way, did the banana song, then continued up the hill. When we got to the top, the kids were blown away by the view and spent the next half an hour pointing out their houses and other places of interest. I found it interesting that most of the kids, even though they have spent their entire lives here, had never been on this hill. Click here for more pictures from the hike.

After the camp was done, we (the counselors) went grocery shopping, and headed home. While Jeremy was making an absolutely amazing dinner, we busted out my newly purchased Monopoly set and started playing and planning for Friday’s activities. During our dinner conversation, Melissa and I decided on creating a scavenger hunt for the groups that would take them throughout the entire city. We amazingly completed everything within 2 hours. We devided the group up into 4 teams and had each of them go to a total of 6 locations.  Here is the list of clues that each team had to figure out. Scavenger Hunt Clues We woke up Friday morning at 6am and headed out to hide the clues. Imagine 3 Americans running around at the break of dawn taping things under benches, tables, and statues. I’m sure the locals that were out were wondering what the hell we were up to.

Friday was a sports/field day where we just did a bunch of relay races and we even taught the kids how to play ultimate frisbee. We started the day off with the scavenger hunt. I’m going to be honest and say that I definitely had my qualms about this event. I expected the kids to think it was too hard and give up or to screw around and not do it or to leave and not come back. Much to my surprise, 40 minutes later, the first team came back singing Queen’s “We are the Champions”. I verified all the pictures they took on their phone and asked them the 1 question they had to answer and that was when does train 15157 arrive into Sangeorz-Bai. Unfortunately, the team was in such a rush to finish that they totally skipped that part of the clue. The second team arrived about 5 minutes after and the first thing they said to me was 11:30!!!!!! This was the time the train got into the station. They were so worried that they would forget, they made sure to tell me immediately. Since this team knew the time, they were awarded with first place and got the prize which were bags of candy. All the teams did a great job and from what some of the locals told me, the teams took the competitive nature of the hunt to heart and were running around the entire city not even bothering to stop and say hello to their elders.

When all the teams got back, I asked them what games from this week they wanted to play and it was a unanimous vote for Mafia. We played mafia twice and then we moved on to the more physical activities. Jeremy taught them a cool game called trophy, we did some relay races where they had to create their own teams and they called themselves Team Bananas and Team Apples. The last and final game we did was ultimate frisbee. It took a while for them to understand how it worked and it didn’t help that they kept on trying to throw it as far as they could so the frisbee would inevitably role down the hill. After about 20 minutes of play, the first goal was scored and we decided to call it a day. I handed out all the diplomas and asked the kids for some feedback.

I can’t even begin to describe how much of a high I am on right now. I’m still in shock that I managed to pull this off and I know I could not have done it without the help and support of the PCVs that came in(some as far as 12 hours on an overnight train).

Below are more pictures and videos from the camp. Enjoy!

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I would also like to mention that ( if you don’t included prizes which were my choice to by) we spent a total of 10 Lei on the camp. That works out to about $3.25 American Dollars. I think that is fairly amazing!

English Camp Continued

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As of now, we have successfully finished 3 days of English Camp. The second day involved teaching the kids directional words such as left, right, forward, back, in front of, behind, etc…We started the day off by playing ship and sailors which they really got a kick out of and so did I watching them. We moved then moved onto another teamwork activity which was call toe-to-toe. The point of this activity was to have all the students stand up at the same time with their toes touching one another. The students fell down many times before we gave them a hint and they figured out how to accomplish the goal. We had the students do the community mapping project that I mentioned in the previous post. We divided the students up into 3 groups and they each had to draw a map of Sangeorz and then explain it to the class and tell us about the points of interest. We then had the students  participate in some blind relay races. We, as counselors, even challenged the kids and said we could do the course faster in Romanian than they could in English. We were wrong. Melissa was blindfolded and I was giving directions and we ended up in 3rd place (out of 4). The winning team had a time of 5:22. After they had some more practice of giving very precise directions, we had them each write out specific directions from 1 of their points of interest to another. Since we didn’t have enough time at the end of the day to see how valid the directions were, we will be doing this tomorrow.

After camp, the 4 of us went back to my apartment, made lunch and spent the rest of the day planning today’s lesson which was the most challenging to plan and to facilitate. Around 3pm we headed to the museum with Mary and Loredana which i absolutely love. My town definitely has a hippie/artsy vibe to it and the Museum of Contemporary Art is probably the staple of that  aura.

Today’s lesson was about Gender Roles and Stereotypes. It was a little bit harder than the previous days but the kids did a great job. Melissa started off with a lesson on media and showing how much information she dug up on some of the students through facebook. We then facilitated a discussion about colors, toys, and games. What colors are for boys, girls, same went for toys and games. This conversation brought up some interesting view points. We continued with this lesson and went into stereotypes. We had the students write what they think a stereotype is or an example of one. We got a lot of great responses which facilitated even more conversation. The next activity the students did was a collage. Each group was given a piece of paper that listed some things that a specific person liked to do and that group had to draw a collage about that person and then write if they thought the person was a male or female.  Within the 4 groups of students, 3 groups thought they were drawing things for a male and 1 group thought they were drawing things for a female. We talked about why the students thought they were drawing for a male or female and then we revealed that each one of those lists belonged to one of the counselors. When each counselor stood next to his/her collage, the students noticed they were only correct 25% of the time. Jeremy’s collage said that it depicted a male which included things like soccer, tennis, cooking, and apple products. Anthony’s collage said that it depicted a female which included philosophy, talking, playing the saxophone, poetry, and soccer. Melissa’s collage said it depicted a male because she liked things like fixing cars, watching baseball, reading, wearing tall socks, and baking. My collage was for a male because the things I liked included watching baseball, playing Ultimate Frisbee, watching star wars, fixing things, and traveling. Even though our collages that things that were both typically “masculine” and “feminine” it was interesting to see that the groups decided to err on the side of masculine. The next item on the agenda was an “agree and disagree” exercise where the students would stand to one side if they agreed with the written comment or disagreed. Some of the statements that were presented for this was “I would date a gypsy”, “It is okay for 2 men to kiss in public”, “It is okay for 2 women to kiss in public” It is okay for a man to hit a woman”, “It is okay for a man to cheat on a woman”, “It is okay for a woman to cheat on a man” and etc. Some of the thoughts were very interesting and definitely sparked conversations and debates about the subjects which was very nice to see. We ended the day off with a role play. We had two boy/girl pairs that had to act like the opposite sex in a specific scenario. They had 3 different lines written on pieces of paper with them and when instructed, were told to read the lines out loud and to continue to use them within the conversation. This was a good and humorous way to end the day.

There are a few things that I will do differently next time but for the most part, it was a very educational day. The students left with a lot of food for thought and I’m hoping I got them thinking about gender roles and how large of a part they play in everyone’s lives.

I haven’t been taking any pictures or videos of the camp but luckily the other PCVs have so, thanks to Jeremy and Anthony, we have proof that this camp has been taking place 🙂 Below you will find some videos of the activities and the link to the album. I would like to point out that if you watch the blind obstacle race with Melissa and I, i should drept inapoi at the end which actually means straight backwards…I meant to say straight forwards but I apparently don’t work well in Romanian under pressure. At least the kids got a kick out of my lack of Romanian skills.

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