On the morning of the 15 th July a volunteer of the special needs kindergarten “Ciauskutis” Michela Plavan together with the teacher Sandra Kalinauskiene organized a soap bubble party for children. Every kid likes to blow bubbles, watch them, blowing bubbles is also essential for respiratory training. This activity was not only great for celebrating midsummer but also the end of Michela’s volunteering experience at the kindergarten. Volunteering activities at “Ciauskutis” have come to an end and Michela will return to the native Italy. The staff of “Ciauskutis” wished that Michela could bring warm kindergarten memories back home, hence, together with the children, the staff made a special T-shirt on which they wrote their names and made little drawings. Children were putting all thei efforts and love into making Michela’s gift. Besides that, the volunteer was handed a letter of acknowledgment, a framed picture of the team, flowers, smiles and traditional Lithuanian snacks. Michela was very happy, when saying goodbye, she handed an Astra blossom, French wax candle to each staff member. She also read a speech she wrote for the members of “Ciauskutis” kindergarten team, which, the teachers say, will for long be kept in their memories.
“She always smiled anywhere she went. Her devotion to children, understanding and kindness, honest support show that she will be a great specialist of her field in the future. I hope we can meet again in the future.”
For this amazing opportunity we thank the European Solidarity Corps program.
European Solidarity Corps is a program established by the European Union. The program seeks to provide young people with the opportunities to contribute to solving of local and global problems. It is an opportunity to: learn a foreign language, gain experience of living independently, make new connections, find friends, improve the skills of communicating with people of foreign cultures. Volunteering can last from 2 weeks to 12 months, and people can volunteer in projects covering various fields: social, cultural, sports, environmental protection, human rights, etc.
Volunteering at European Solidarity Corps is unpaid, however, the program covers all expenses related to the chosen project: travel, accommodation, local transport, language courses, tutoring and insurance. Also, volunteers are given pocket money and money for food. Besides, those, who volunteer at the European Solidarity Corps project for longer than 3 months, when entering a higher education for Bachelor studies in Lithuania, can get an extra 0,25 of competitive score.