LIFE+ | “The Vardim Games” – an experience with children in Svishtov

Updated: Oct 2, 2021

I went to Svishtov to have a direct experience with children. I arrived in Vardim – a village in Svishtov Municipality - in the night. There were different interns of the Institute Perspectives that welcomed me warmly. The day after I moved with them in order to clean up the theatre of the village.

There – on the premises above the theatre - I met some little girls that didn’t know English language at all. They were preparing a show with their teacher; that invited me to join the dance. It was a beautiful moment: dance, or more in general art, has the power to unite different cultures characterized by different languages. Art is a very important form of communication for a first approach between cultures.


In the afternoon me and other interns moved to the area next to the theatre to stay with local boys that usually play and spend their summer there. Firstly, we played cards, practiced English language, especially numbers. Later, I proposed my activity to the girls of the group: it was a crossword puzzle about the vocabulary of the house to fix new words. At the end we talked a bit and we got to know each other better.

In the afternoon me and other interns moved to the area next to the theatre to stay with local boys that usually play and spend their summer there. Firstly, we played cards, practiced English language, especially numbers.

Later, I proposed my activity to the girls of the group: it was a crossword puzzle about the vocabulary of the house to fix new words. At the end we talked a bit and we got to know each other better.

For me this first direct experience with children in Vardim has been fundamental to get a first idea about the situation of young people in Bulgaria. I liked the group of guys with whom I got in touch: it seemed like a united group, definitely it would be very useful to these guys, organizing some activities to make them spend good in Vardim during the summer.














 

Giulia Ciccarelli, intern@ICDET