Alates 18.maist tegutseb Nõo Noortekeskus õuenoortekeskusena!
Kuna ilmad on nii heitlikud olnud viimastel päevadel (kohal on korraga kõik aastaajad), siis oleme selleks nädalaks välja mõelnud põneva FOTOJAHI, mille saad üksi, pere või ühe hea sõbraga ette võtta just sulle sobival ajal terve nädala vältel!
Auhinnaloosis osalevad need, kellel on 25.maiks ehk järgmiseks esmaspäevaks on saadetud vähemalt 13 pilti!
Lisapunkte saad kui tead vastuseid ka lisaküsimustele (küsimused käivad numbriga märgitud piltide kohta):
3. Millla ehitati selle kiviaia sees olev ehitis?
7. Mis aastast on pärit Nõo valla vapp?
11. Kes teevad pesa puuõõnsustesse?
16. Mis aadressil asub see maja, kus elas helilooja Eduard Tubin?
21. Kui pikk on maailma pikim sild?
25. Mis maa rahvustaim on tulp?
Kui soovid, saad välja trükitud lehe piltide ja küsimustega kaasa haarata ka noortekeskuse ukse tagant ja pärast oma vastused (koos nime(de)ga) sinna tagasi viia!
NB! Mine seiklema üksi, koos perega või maksimaalselt ühe hea sõbraga! Jälgi 2m reeglit ja hoia distantsi!
Noorsootöö toimub edasi ka nutikalt ehk saad meiega ühendust võtta online-noortekeskuses discordis või erinevaid sotsiaalmeedia kanaleid kasutades!
Ootame noortelt põnevaid ideid, mida järgmistel nädalatel õues ette võtta 😉 Kirjuta meile või osale noorteka zoom-kohtumistel 😉
Hi everyone, this will probably be the last post that I’ll write here. For those of you that don’t know: my name is Bart. I have been a volunteer at the Nõo youth center since November 2019, and my time here in Estonia is about to end in a few days. I wanted to talk about my experiences here for a bit, as well as say goodbye and give you a few tips on how to volunteer abroad.
Start and Finish When I think about the first days, I clearly remember being on the train – a suitcase completely packed with clothes and other necessities next to me – looking around frantically and trying to get out of the train at the right stop. Finally, there it was: Nõo. A sleepy village with quite a bit of greenery. It was completely different from the noisy city I am from, but it certainly seemed like a nice change of pace. I met up with Egle, my colleague and tutor, who showed me around town and helped me get installed in my new home.
The first few days I was quite nervous, since I didn’t really know what I was doing and how the youths would react to me. At first my plan was to feel the atmosphere and see how things would go, trying to get to know the kids a little bit. Before I knew it, I found myself having full-on conversations and just enjoying connecting with the youths. I was very surprised at their high level of English, but it really helped me get more comfortable quickly. My first days at the new house were a bit awkward, since I wasn’t used to living with cats. But I made some great feline friends!
A few weeks in I felt like I was doing fairly well, I felt pretty motivated to try out new things and even if I still felt a bit new to everything, it seemed to go alright. I believe my first project outside of the youth center was during two English lessons at the local school. I got to talk about the Netherlands and about myself a little bit, which was nice. It was also quite interesting to see how things worked outside of the youth center. After my first project outside of the youth center, I organised some other project days in Nõo Noortekeskus as well.
After the first two months I really started to get comfortable and quite enjoyed my time. I had made my first volunteering friends during the Arrival meeting, where volunteers all over Estonia gathered and had a few trainings together. I met them again during Christmas, and it was quite nice to be with people who are in a similar situation. Somewhere during the first week of the new year we made some Dutch Oliebollen (snack eaten by Dutch people during new year) and in February we celebrated my birthday by making 5 liters of chicken soup and egg- and tunasalad. Needless to say: I like cooking (the chicken soup was way too much, by the way). I did a few more projects here and there including a Dutch Game Day (where we played some traditional Dutch games – bite the cake was a hit), and the final project we did in-person was the Health week. This was a week where we talked about the health of the planet, physical health, mental health and much more. It was one of the bigger projects we did, and it was a lot of fun.
During my last few months as a volunteer, Covid-19 made the youth center close. It really sucked, since I thought that I would be able to finish everything in a nice and personal way. Sadly, this was not the case. We put up an online discord server and started trying new things out and tried to run the youth center online. For now, I feel like it’s working.
You can find more information about my volunteering experience in this video:
Proud moments I was quite happy to be able to teach the 5th graders and 9th graders at the local school on my own and have the space to do what I want. Even though I was nervous, I feel like I did quite well overall. Asking for help with the things that I needed help with and getting it was very relieving, and I’m happy I did. Much later in the volunteering project, my parents came to visit Nõo. I felt very proud to be able to show them what I had been up to. Getting the ‘King of the Ducks’ stickers from a youngster at the youth center was also pretty nice. I really appreciated that!
What have I learned? Although I really enjoyed working at the youth center, my development has been mostly on a personal level. I feel like even if I still have the same problems and continue to make some of the same mistakes, I do think I’ve grown a bit and learned how to deal with them a little bit better. I especially learned how to communicate better and that I shouldn’t be ashamed to ask for help. Overall, I feel like I’m happier with myself as a person and I really appreciate my time here.
If you want to try out volunteering outside or inside of the country as well, I’ve got a ton of links for you at the bottom of this post.
All in all, I feel like this volunteering project has had a positive inpact on my life. I just want to thank everyone for the support and show my appreciation for the youths at Nõo Noortekeskus. You’re great, all of you.
Hey Bart, that volunteering stuff sounds great! Where can I sign up? Well, great to hear you’re interested! First you have to ask yourself a few questions though: do you want to volunteer in your own country or in a different country? I’ll just tell you right now, volunteering outside of your own country is a great way to broaden your horizons and see a different culture, but it’s also not something that you should take as lightly as going on holiday: you’re probably going to find out a lot about yourself, be it good or bad. It’s a great way to learn, however, and I’m pretty sure you can gain some life experience.
If you have more time then the European Solidarity Corps (Euroopa Solidaarsuskorpus) might interest you more, since you as a volunteer would be staying in a different country from 2 to 12 months, depending on the project. You can apply from the age of 17 and go when you turn 18. You can find more information here: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity_en This is the official site of the Solidarity Corps. It seems like a lot of information but look into the Frequently Asked Questions and hopefully you’ll gain some clarity.
Where do you sign up? The first thing you should keep in mind is that there are multiple kinds of projects out there. The first three that come to mind are Youth Exchanges, Erasmus+ projects and the European Solidarity Corps. There are more kinds of projects out there, however, so make sure to look into it and find the one most suitable for you.
Here are a few websites to help you get on the way:
If this all seems a little bit complicated, don’t worry! There are a lot of organisations that organise these youth exchanges and other projects. They can definitely help you along with making the right choice. I’ll list a few Estonian ones here, but it definitely pays off to search for some yourself as well:
https://www.nyh.ee/ This is the organisation that took me in during my time here. I personally recommend them because they keep in contact and provide you with good, personal guidance.
Another way of getting a volunteering project is going to the European Youth Portal and finding a project there. I would recommend to find an organisation in your country first though. https://europa.eu/youth/EU_en
I hoped this information helped you along! Have a nice day, and I’ll see you around. -Bart
Vaheaeg on siin! Kõik pakuvad, et mida sa peaksid oma vaheajaga ette võtma ja selles infos on päris keeruline orienteeruda!
Me tuleme sulle sellega natukene appi ja koondame põnevad ideed ühte BINGO laadsesse tabelisse, mis on interaktiivsel kujul leitav SIIT!
Sealt leiad ka täpsemat infot erinevate väljakutsete kohta, lihtsalt tekstile klikkides.
Mõned üleskutsed oleme lisanud ka omalt poolt:
Näiteks võileivakunsti tegemine, noorsootöötajale väljakutse esitamine või online noortekeskuse külastamine noorsootöötajate ja teiste noortega suhltlemiseks. Peamine oma valitud tegevusest rõõmu tunda, sest distantsõpe jätkub ilmselt ka pärast vaheaega ja selleks on vaja vaim välja puhata.
Kui soovid, võid selle tabeli siit endale alla laadida/välja printida. Siis saad nagu BINGO kaardil ära märkida, millised tegevused mingil päeval ette võtsid. Kõigi nädala lõpus oma märgitud tabeli meile saatnute vahel loosime välja ka auhindu.
Mul on möödunud nädalatel olnud mitmeid online-kohtumisi noortega. Need on olnud väga mõnusad vestlused, peaaegu nagu siis, kui veel noortekeskuses kokku saime. Rõhk sõnal peaaegu. Igatsen siiski neid silmast-silma jutuajamisi.
No igatahes. Vestlusest Annabeliga koorus lihavõttenädalal välja selline idee: mis oleks kui teeks ise ühele laulule muusikavideo? Peaaegu nagu TikTok, aga video asemel piltidega laulusõnu jäljendades.
Idee ja reeglid siis sellised:
1. Loosi Karl-Erik Taukari laulust “Lähedal” üks rida. Seda saad teha SIIN! Kui oled oma rea loosinud, siis palun vajuta “remove” nuppu, aga kirjuta oma rida endale üles ka.
2. Lavasta laulu sõnu järgides fotod (kuni 3 fotot lause kohta).
3. Saada need fotod hiljemalt 20.aprilliks firstname.lastname@example.org või FB-s mulle sõnumina. Kirjuta kindlasti juurde ka lause.
4. Fotode laekumise järel paneme nendest kokku laulule “Lähedal” uue muusikavideo! Video avaldame hiljemalt 23.aprillil Nõo Noortekeskuse sotsiaalmeedia kanalites.
Kui ka sinul on mõni põnev idee, mida teistele välja võiks pakkuda või tahad lihtsalt noorsootöötajaga jutustada, siis võta julgelt ühendust: email@example.com, telefonil 5019605 või kirjuta sõnum FB-s Nõo Noorsootöötaja Egle.
P.S. Noortekeskus tegutseb virtuaalselt ka discordi keskkonnas!
Good afternoon from an appartment in Tartu. We’ve been in quarantine since the 13th of March, almost a month by now. It might not be the most fun thing to do and honestly I would prefer to be working at the youth center right now. But we’ve got to hold on to stop the spread of the virus as much as we can, for the people we love and those who are less fortunate. I have always been an indoors kind of person, but even I get bored of being inside after some time. We try to go outside as little as possible (a walk once every two days and going tot he grocery store) and always desinfect our hands and faces after going outside. It feels like we’re in a science fiction movie at times.
What I think is the worst side-effect of all of this is that I don’t feel like doing anything, it’s just a pretty demotivating situation. I’d just spend hours and hours on my phone or gaming and lately I feel like I want to make the most of my last few weeks here. And so, I put an app on my phone that checks my time and locks certain apps whenever I go over the time that I allowed to myself and try to do other things I like to do instead. I’ve started picking up reading again after a few years of barely reading anything and I’m trying to start writing. What I would like to do is start to learn how to program, even if it’s just a little bit. It makes me quite sad that I probably won’t be able to see the youths anymore during my time here, because I really appreciate the time we spent at the youth center. Oh well, it’s for a good cause.
My family back home is less fortunate than we are here. Thankfully, none of them are sick as of now. There have been 148 confirmed cases of people with the coronavirus in my city alone, with almost twenty thousand confirmed cases nationwide. Twothousand of those people have died. Those are some scary numbers, especially if you consider that the situation isn’t that bad in the Netherlands. I’m quite worried about my family, especially about my grandparents and my mother, who works in the local hospital. Thankfully, I keep regular contact (skype, videocalling) with them and I know that they’re okay. Alright, that’s it from me. I hope you all have a nice day and stay strong out there. It may be boring but trust me, you’re going to be fine. Take proper care of yourself, make the most of the situation and enjoy the weather – from your backyard or balcony 😊