A few days ago our second ewoca³ camp started in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
Adventure, wanderlust, sustainability, youths, cooperation, multiculturalism, and diversity are the main topics of our camp.
The first day we discovered Cluj, and looked down on the city from the highest point. It was a beautiful view! After a meeting of the whole group at the Gutenberg headquarters, we immediately departed for Hosman.
The first days of work quickly went by. We discovered many new locations, got to know each other better, and spent much effort in organising the local “Holzstock”-Festival.
But there was also enough leisure time. We hiked, explored the village, and enjoyed nature.
In order to have enough strength for today’s festival, we relax in our co-created Chill-Out Zone.
We are looking forward to the next days at the festivals and are excited to see the bands we are supporting.
A part of our workcamp is dedicated to the refugees at the centre in Cologne-Worringen. At the end of the first week the group which has chosen this topic split into two: The first group played with the children, painted, and organised a scavenger hunt, while the second group renovated a play room for the small children at the centre.
* Rüstem, Turkey: “First days were a bit boring but later we had the chance to know each other with the games. Right now we have a very funny und joyful camp!”
* Fatmagül, Turkey: “The camp is a new experience for me : it is very nice to know different people and a new country.”
*Yasemin, Turkey: “First days were a little boring for me but right it goes very well and I have fun here! We had the chance to make friends with new people.”
*Paul, France: “I find there are too many rules here on the youth center but I liked the tasks we had last week [inside & outside work]. I have to say it’s difficult to wake up at seven o’clock: I wanna sleep more!! On the other hand, I love the “currywurst” and the frikandel :)”
*Mustafa, Turkey: “First I didn’t know the people around me. Playing games and having fun we started to know each other. We built tents and make the cleaning together. We made a beautiful city tour, it was fantastic :) Let’s continue like that!”
*Fatma, Turkey: “Coming to this camp was a great chance for me. It was boring at the beginning but then through playing games, working, communicating and eating together and thanks to the activities we made, we had the opportunity to know each other better. Also we have the chance to improve our English. Thank you :)”
*Ömer Faruk, Turkey: “Firstly it was boring for me because I didn’t know anybody on the camp. I got to know the other participants and the teamers through games and warm-ups. We also built tents, painted some rooms and we do the housework together. Little by little I realised that people started to know each other and day by day we’re communicating more and I improve my English!”
From Tuesday, the 7th till Friday, the 10th we split in several groups and worked at different projects : doing manual work to set up our camp and renovate the former farm where we are staying for two weeks and meeting families, especially children from the recent refugee camp which is close to us.
We had a lot of fun during these activities and could also change the group to experience other tasks. We also had the opportunity and the pleasure to build our own LEGO-robots thanks to Prof. Martin!
First of all: please excuse us, we wanted to begin our blog sooner… Unfortunately, it was not possible (we worked too much ;-)
Let’s resume the past week:
We all arrived by train last Sunday in Cologne and spent our first night in a beautiful place – actually a former farm – named “Krebelshof”. On Monday we went to the city center and visit the impressive Kölner Dom – the cathedral. Most of us climbed up to the top of the building, from where we had a stunning view of the whole city. After that we ate our first -more or less- German lunch in the nearby area and went for a walk through the city and the Rheinpark. After this sunny day we enjoyed a delicious barbecue in our courtyard and slept in tents on the field behind it.