30 Nov 2010

Day of people with Disabilities in Rustavi

Join in and celebrate International Day of People with a Disability with European volunteers from Georgian Youth For Europe!

Where? Rustavi Municipal Theatre (Rustavi City, Pirosmani street 7)
When? Friday, 3rd of December, 15:00

Why? To rise our tollerance and support to people with disability

15:00- 16:00 “ორიონი” dance group
16:00- 16:15 break dance
16:30- 17:00 Scout band
17:00- 17:30 “ჩონგური” singing group
17:30-18:00 European Volunteers Band

Also we will be selling handmade jewellery and cakes whereof all incomes will be donated and running some great activities for children!

All money collected during the day will be donated to Disability Centre in Rustavi so they can purchase stationary materials for their everyday classes and toys for mental and physical development.

Every year, on 3 of December International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is celebrated worldwide recognising the achievements and contributions of people with disability. IDPwD brings together people with disability and the general community and aims to:
  • showcase the skills, abilities, contributions and achievements of people with disability
  • promote a positive image of people with disability
  • involve people with disability and the broader community in activities to celebrate and raise awareness of IDPwD.

Come and be a part of it!

28 Nov 2010

Cleaning action and shashlik party

On Saturday 27th November at 2 pm we met with our Georgian friends and 2 special guests from Switzerland in front of Rustavi's city hall to start our second cleaning action. The Swiss guys are travelers on the way to China. We divided into 2 teams and cleaned along the main road until we reached New-Rustavi. The common outfit (Environment Team T-shirts and doctor's gloves) fulfilled its task because most people were looking at us and some of them left some comments (we even got one „big thank you“ from one guy).

 After nearly 2 hours of cleaning, we felt pretty hungry, so we went to bazar and bought pork meat for shashlik.
We gathered in the volunteers' house and began with the preparation of the dinner (shashlik, potatoes and salad). The barbecue took place in their garden, and we were overwhelmed of the fact we are having barbecue in the end of November. After this delicious food and Marie's perfectly prepared French pancakes („Crèpes“), we got the party started with some very nice dancing and drinking activities :)
Written by Joe
 Pictures by Irena

19 Nov 2010

Holy hike to closest height

It was Saturday morning when we gatered to go up the hill next to Rustavi. Task wasn't easy, but doable. And result - great jumping foto session for our WEB page. Here is a short movie about that day:

Movie made by Villi

13 Nov 2010

We and Georgian dances

On 14th of October we started with the dance lessons we had been waiting for since September. Well, we were expecting something easy and relaxing, but little did we know that Georgian dances are far from easy. The first two lessons the girls concentrated mainly on the position of the hands, while as the guys seemed to have learned the whole dance already. Luckily, our teachers have a great sense of humour so we never get bored. They even forgive us when our moves are too Egyptian-like or when some of the girls decide to join the guys’ part for a while.

By now, we have learned one dance (which doesn’t mean that we don’t still mess up!) and we are working on the second one. Soon we will probably go on a world tour, because we are so great. Just kidding :D. Most of us have already acknowledged to fact that we will never be able to dance like Georgians. But we love it anyway!

Written by Cristina

10 Nov 2010

Trip to Signari (6.11.10.)

We left Rustavi around 11am and we arrived around 12.30 but first we visited one women's monastery. Then we went in "Holy Spring" part. Going down the hill was the easy part. At the bottom we could drink some holy water and also get a bath, and that would make us pregnant. Tomasz wanted to try, but out of respect for the orthodox religion we decided to climb up back to the monastery. Easy for the others, quite hard for me, but in the end we all managed with some red chicks.
 As we were all hungry we decided to eat in that 'refectory' called "Pilgrim". Not only was it cold, but they took an enormous amount of time to bring us our rhinkalis and katchapuris (in all the other restaurants we went to, it was pretty quick). In that great summer day, it was the least enjoyable part. And since they brought us some 30 more rhinkalis just when we were all full, we decided to take them home in a plastic bag (it is allowed and common in Georgia).
Then we took the marchroutka to go to Signari: the center of the town has been rebuilt entirely, and after getting used to Rustavi and other Georgian architecture, it definitely didn't feel like Georgia. More like mediterranean Europe.
We climbed (again) on the top of a small church, and from there we had an amplified view of the mountains, eternal snow on top of them. Afterwards, we went down some road were we had a perfect background for our group pictures : some chinese style wall on one side, the valley full of fields and some lakes and mountains above. I had for my part a great feeling of quietude, that I hadn't felt in a long time. Georgia must be incredibly beautiful under the snow!
Written by Liene
Pictures by Marie, Daga&Tom