Poetry Slam Text: Warmes Plastik

von Leona Rußmann

Wer ist Leona? Die 17-Jährige Bibliomanin und Sprachliebhaberin kommt aus Molln. „Aus Liebe zum Menschen“ heißt für sie Hingabe, Leidenschaft und vor allem Güte. Sie ist selbst (noch) nicht aktiv im Roten Kreuz, bringt sich mit ihren nachdenklichen Texten aber gerne kreativ ein. Poetry Slam Text: Warmes Plastik weiterlesen

Wer hilft uns, wenn uns was passiert?

Ciara ist Schülerin und #getsocial Leserin. Nebenbei arbeitet sie auch noch als Schwimmkurslehrerin und engagiert sich in der Flüchtlingshilfe. Für die heutige Adventkalender-Geschichte hat sie einen Beitrag über ein Thema geschrieben, das ihr sehr am Herzen liegt: Zivilcourage. Wer hilft uns, wenn uns was passiert? weiterlesen

International Camp in Aghveran, Armenia | Day 8

Dies ist der letzte Blogeintrag vom Internationalen Austausch in Aghveran, Armenien, welches vom Österreichischen und Armenischen Roten Kreuz organisiert wurde. Wir bedanken uns bei allen Beteiligten!

#5August started with the roll call as usual. We talked about the departure plan and the Agenda of the last day. We discussed yesterday’s trip to Yerevan and what else we liked about the day before. In the end of the roll call Nazeli told us about the travel plans. Today’s workshop was about the outcome of the Youth Declaration Group. We received their proposal for Youth declaration and discussed it. Nazeli and Katharine opened the closing ceremony with their thank you speeches. After that delegations leaders of Germany, Georgia and Italy held their speeches, Germany showed a film which was a result of a workshop.  The delegation leaders of Finland, Armenia, Ukraine and Austria gave their speeches. Everybody thanked the Austrian and Armenian Red Cross for organizing the camp. The Media group prepared a slide show with pictures of the entire camp. It was really emotional to see what we have experienced here. When the slide show ended the media group and the stay safe and cute group gave their speeches. After that we announced who was whose secret friend and gave the gifts that we had for each other. A lot of nice presents changed their owner and it was a nice surprise who was their secret friend. The Youth Declaration Group presented their final version of the Youth Declaration. We sang a song called Life Power and watched an Aftermovie. Finally every participant got a certificate and presents from the Armenian Red Cross.

International Camp in Aghveran, Armenia | Day 7

As always #4August started with a roll call where participants shared their insights from previous day. After, we got an introduction about Vardavar, an Armenian water holiday which is celebrated 98 days after Easter. At this day, people pour water on each other and have great fun. The real holiday had been a week before, and we imitated this tradition in the morning. After lunch we went to Yerevan. Every delegation got an Armenian guide who told us many interesting things about the Armenian capital. We have been to the Victory park (Haghtanak park), to the alley of Russian militaries, to the Cafesjian, the museum of Modern Arts and to the central district of Yerevan. Also we were at the Swan’s lake, we visited famous monuments in Yerevan and after that we had the most beautiful picnic dinner in the Lover’s park. In the evening we went to the Republic Square and watched incredible fountains show with music and lights.


International Camp in Aghveran, Armenia | Day 6

Roll call it is traditional thing in our Agenda after breakfast, so the #3August could not start without it. After that we had a YABC workshop. It means Youth as Agents of Behavioural Change, the idea that encompasses the principles of non-violence and peace, peer education, inter-cultural dialogue and youth empowerment. These ideas were introduced to the participants through role-plays, scenarios and other activities. Everyone had the opportunity to live the seven fundamental principles of Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Unity, Independence, Universality and Voluntary Service. In the afternoon the delegations joined the Qi Gong Circle which brought inner peace and harmony to the day of the participants. After the “soul resting” we had to prepare sessions for YABC training and did three of them. After the dinner we spent our chill-out time for quest which was organized by the Ukrainian delegation. The rest of time we used for next games: “Knocking” from Marcello from he Germany Delegation, “Circle” by Sara from Germany, “Sit Game” by Kathrin also from Germany and “Garages” by Mykhailo from Ukraine.


International Camp in Aghveran, Armenia | Day 5

The 5th day #2August traditionally started with roll call. Everybody shared their own experience and the mood of yesterday. Then the participants split into groups to take the workshops. The topics were the same as the previous days, but with different facilitators. The Austrian delegation presented a workshop under ‘’Design for Peace’’ where the group learnt about Austrian Youth Movement and how the ideal system for the Youth was created. In the end we played the game: everybody had two words and had to make the common story in the circle. The German delegation had their workshop about Youth Empowerment. First there was a game about teamwork and the participants got to experience that they could achieve much more when they cooperate and work together trustfully. Then the term “youth empowerment” was discussed and the group worked on the definition of it. In the end there was a video taken by every participant with a suggestion for a practical example what each of us could do for youth empowerment. The Georgian delegation presented Psychosocial support services. It was about what Psychosocial support is and why we need to provide it. Then they described the advantages of volunteers, i.e. that they are part of the local community and they know the culture. Factors promoting resilience, key values in supportive communication and non-verbal communication was also part of the workshop. In the afternoon there was a body-painting activity where the participants were divided into the groups and chose the topics for the painting. Also they chose the parts on their bodies which were allowed to paint. The topics were: superheroes, LGBT Movement, Nature, Pandas, Aborigines. Then the different body-paintings have been presented. After the dinner we played a “trust game”, where 3 teams needed to cooperate and guide the blinded players to find pens and draw Red Cross emblem. After that we had a chill-out evening and a movie screening.



International Camp in Aghveran, Armenia | Day 4

Around 8.30 most of the participants arrived at the restaurant to have their breakfast. The national delegations were mixed up and we really had international tables with participants from different Red Cross Societies talking to each other. So the intercultural exchange takes place every minute of the camp and is not only limited to the workshops and special events at all.
After the daily roll call we met in the workshop groups. The “Pink Unicorns” had a workshop about “Youth empowerment” facilitated by the Ukrainian Red Cross. It was about how to manage volunteers. We got to know the different types of people engaged in the Red Cross and how to involve them in our social work based on their capabilities and needs. The workshop also helped us to explore what kind of a volunteer we are and which role might fit best for each of us.
One part of the workshop was about conflict management. We showed in two role games how to handle conflicts correctly and also how a conflict escalates. We discussed the examples afterwards and extracted the methods how to successfully deescalate a conflict.

The “Blueberries” had their workshop about PSS Support with the same content as mentioned in the article for the day before.

The “Hulks” attended the workshop about “Design for Peace” provided by the Italian Red Cross. It was about prejudices and explained the “education of peace” program which has been established by the Italian Red Cross. Four presentations showed currently running projects in the context of the program. They treated bullying, migrants, schools & children and also youth on the run. The program contains methods and trainings for three different kinds of roles: operator, Instructor and facilitator. The main aim of the program is to create discussions on recent items of the society.
The workshop also contained a video about how to be confident, spread love and hope for a change in minds.

After lunch there was a photoshoot session where everyone could take a costume from another country and take a photo with it. It was a colorful nice mixture of national dresses. Many nice pictures have been taken and some of the participants even mixed up the gender of the dresses.

In the evening we had a very delicious, various barbecue provided by the Armenian Red Cross.
After this great meal we watched a film or did some socializing.

International Camp in Aghveran, Armenia | Day 3

After breakfast we started our every day’s roll call. We reflected on the previous day’s workshop and discussed about what were the highlights of the day before and what could be improved.
Then we started with the workshops: The Hulks had a workshop about “youth decision making”. It has been provided by the Armenian Red Cross. The subject was touched from the point of youth empowerment. It was about policy makers and the possibilities of intervention of young people in policy making processes. They talked about various existing policies and also about youth participation in the Red Cross Movement.

The “Pink Unicorns” got to know about psycho-social support (PSS). The workshop has been provided by the Armenian red cross. The participants got a general introduction to PSS and the IFRC’s approach to developing psycho-social activities at National Societies. The workshop was based on the training modules developed by the Reference centre for psycho-social support established in Denmark with the support of IFRC. The workshop was a condensed version of modules developed by the Reference Centre. It consisted of several parts: General introduction to PSS, PSS in Crisis situations, stress and coping, Psychological First Aid, Peer support. The participants got to know both theoretical and practical tips which would make them provide PSS not only in RC context but in their daily life. In the end the participants played role games to provide PSS to beneficiaries with various cases.

The “Blueberries” had their workshop about “Design for peace”. It was provided by the Austrian red cross and contained information about “Youth on the run”. It is a program designed by Steen Cnops Rasmussen, a Danish psychologist and teacher in the early 90ies. Many different red cross societies adopted it and spread it throughout the Red Cross Movement. It is tailored for children, youth and young adults.
Normally one game takes 24 hours but in the workshop they played a short excerpt within 20 minutes. The story was about two families in a refugee camp who had different problems, e.g. the language barrier. The participants of the workshop got roles like doctor, policeman, camp leader and of course the refugee family. After the role play participants discussed the situations in group.
Furthermore the participants learned information on the program and how to become a trainer.

In the afternoon there was a sports activity facilitated by the Austrian Red Cross. First we played a game called the “Game of Gods”. It is a team game with a lot of action and also consists of strategic planning. It was a lot of fun and everybody had his/her sports workout for the day.
After the game we could decide either to play mini golf, ball sports or go for a climbing trail in the trees.

In the evening there was a movie screening in our conference hall. Some of the participants also took this time to talk to other delegations.

International Camp in Aghveran, Armenia | Day 2

The second day of the camp, #30July, started with presentations by the participating Red Cross-national societies. The delegations presented the work of their national societies by handing out leavlets, talking about projects or showing videos.

During the morning, the participants decided to make the following list of encourages behaviour:

“mixed delegation, positive feedback, make the others happy, be open minded, seek conflict resolution, take responsibility, make new friends, take care of yourself, keep your humour, speak only in English, actively listen.

The highlight of the day was going to the Tsaghkadzor ropeway. The Tsakhkadzor Ropeway is located on a slope of the Teghenis Mountain. From the height of 2819m, it offers a breath-taking view of Mount Ararat. After coming back from the ropeway, the bus took us to the Kecharis Monastery which is a medieval Armenian monastic complex dating back to the 11th to 13th centuries. The main group of the complex consists of three churches, two chapels and a gavit, to the west of which, a few dozen meters away, there is another church with its own vestry at the side of a road leading to the forest.

In the evening, we had a talent show, where delegations performed their unique numbers. Ukraine performed a poem, a song and a performance with poyballs. Finland had their national dance Letkis. Armenia showed us their national dance as well. Germany, Austria and Italy performed dances and everyone participated in it. Georgia performed a poem and a dance. The jury, consisting of the camp organisers decided that the 3 best performances of the evening came from Finland, Italy and Ukraine. These countries were awarded with a special price.