EVS project “Out of Contemporary Box”/ “Kajab kaasaja kastis” brings a 28-year-old Hungarian man Zsolt Bánhalmi to Lille Maja youth centre in Tartu, Estonia for 12 months to bring more life and energy to Lille Maja’s daily work with kids, teenagers and young grown-ups. Zsolt does his service in Lille Maja’s open youth room, assists in Lille Maja’s projects and also initiates his own projects. All the activities in Lille Maja’s open youth room are free of charge for participants, so anybody can participate irrespective of economic states.
In the open youth room Zsolt associates, talks and plays with kids and teenagers, also assists Lille Maja’s youth workers. Mostly Zsolt uses methods of open youth work. In addition Zsolt arranges for the youth (12-16 year-old teenagers as the main target group) three weekly activities, which aim is to connect spending free time and having fun with non-formal learning:
1) cajón lessons every week help to arise the dialogue between different cultures: the volunteer is from Hungary, the instrument is originally from Peru and used to play music for flamenco – dance of Spanish origin, participants are from Estonia; lessons provide a nice ground for Lille Maja to cooperate with flamenco dance studio Duende, which gives lessons in Lille Maja to the people who are interested in flamenco what ever age they are. Cajón is a box-shaped percussion instrument – “the contemporary box” out of which the music and sounds come. Cajón lessons will end with performances in spring 2017, so that participants get the opportunity to perform and bring to test what they have learned.
2) cooking club every week introduces Hungarian traditional as well as world wide cooking recipes.
3) musical instruments’ crafting club.
Also Zsolt initiates two projects of his own.
All of this diversifies the range of Lille Maja’s services and so increases the quality of youth work in Tartu. All the participants develop their competence of international cooperation and youth work. Both of the organisations involved are hoping to have other common projects. After the return of the volunteer from the EVS project sending organisation will initiate sharing of learned skills and experiences within their NGO.
This project has been funded by Archimedes Foundation Youth Agency with support from the European Commission Erasmus+ programme.