26. heinäkuuta 2014

The work camp ends, new friendships are just beginning!

Tarzan was such an amazing adventure! When Minna said us that we had to know Tarzan everybody though we had to keep working but people got surprised when after taking a walk into the forest they realised they didn’t have to work, otherwise they had to go to the top of a tree and falling down from there, of course everybody fasten with ropes! We had two opportunities to fall, personally I wanted to jump from the top, I mean 10 m high! Everything was going right but when I was lifted to the top of the tree I had some problems to take the rope off to fall, owing to that problem I had to use my two hands and falling without holding anything! I seemed superman! HAHAHAHAHA :D
- Manel -

Workcamp last day. Actually, Everything was very surprising and new thing to me. So few days I’m very confused about me. but time is very fast and many friends helping me.
This workcamp give to lots of experience. Thanks for activity, I was Tazan and I ride canoe and helping other people and our region. It is very precious time every moment. I learned from this workcamp lots of thing. So Thank you for everything. 
- JouKyoung -

This summer's work camp has come to an end and the campers will be heading home from Anjala.
A big "thank you" to each and every one of you for taking part. Hopefully you will go home with many wonderful experiences, memories and new friendships!

KIITOS Manel, Carmen, Cara, Joukyoung, Mathieu, Azat, Efe, Yin-Yu, Monika, Henna-Mari and Roosa!

22. heinäkuuta 2014

Kotka Trip and International Evening!

On Saturday we took a train to Kotka. None knew about the town but when we got there we found an interesting place. First, we visited the museum, where we discovered the historical objects about the history of Finland. There was a bat section where we could make origami by ourselves. It was a fantastic experience!! After that, we went to the roof of the museum, where we could appreciate the landscape very different from our countries. Then, we walked for a long time to find the park and the sea, although it was worth it because we could swam in the sea. Actually, the sea was very dirty and there were a lot of sharp rocks, but it was a funny moment. At the end of the day, we arrived to Anjala very exhausted but we still had energy to sing and dance.

                      Next day, we had free time, so we had time to cook a traditional dish from our country because we celebrated an international evening. We met in the sauna and there, we tasted every dish that we had cooked before. Most of us were the first time we made it, so it was a bit hard. Eventually, it was all delicious!! There were many kinds of meals: main dishes like “cig kofte” and also desserts like a blueberry cake. And it helped us to know other cultures and learn about the typical food of the workmates’ countries. Apart from that, we enjoyed the sauna and even some of us showed pictures of our hometown.

                      Definitely, it was nice to have dinner together and spend a lovely time to discover new cultures. We went to bed very tired because it was a long and amazing weekend!!

- Azat and Carmen-

19. heinäkuuta 2014

Work and singing practices - Töitä ja laulutreenejä

Kahvitauko - that’s one part of Finnish culture that we’ve already discovered and it means “coffee break”. We’ve also discovered some kind of Finnish candies and made competitions of who can eat most of those weird things.

The work in the apple tree garden and in the forest was quite hard but with a lot of teamwork and breaks we’ve made it and now it’s over !!! 

We had the opportunity to do something different and less hard than the rest of the group. We just had to fix some flower boxes, plant flowers and then clean the Kota in order to spend a nice evening there.

Another project is going to be the flash mob which we will use to promote our International Picnic next week. So we had to learn a song called “The lion sleeps tonight” from The Lion King movie. Therefore we translated the lyrics into nine languages and tried to learn how to sing it. But that’s not the only difficulty because we also had to play homemade instruments at the same time.

On Thursday afternoon we presented this song in the Anjala elderly house. We also went to Anjala church where the residents could receive the holy supper and listen to the “short” presentation about the church. This was a very special occasion since this was the first time in ages they could go to the church to get the supper because it’s really hard to organize such an event. Although it is sometimes difficult to read old people’s feelings, we really hope that they enjoyed the trip as much as we did.
To relax after this busy day, we watched The Lion King movie, ate some popcorn and chips in the evening.

After Roosa’s explanations we also started a new game which will last during the whole camp. Everybody has a secret friend who that person has to be nice to. This can be done, for example, by delivering short messages or small gifts.

After all, we had an amazing week here with awesome people that will certainly turn out to be an event we will always remember, but right now we are just looking forward to spending a relaxed evening in a Finnish sauna !

-Cara and Mathieu-

17. heinäkuuta 2014

Let's get to work!

This summer we are again hosting an international work camp with Allianssi (Finnish Youth Cooperation-organisation). The camp lasts for two weeks, and we have participants from eight different countries, including the Finnish instructors.The camp members started arriving to Anjala on Monday. On the first day the participants got to know each other and the area of Anjala and Inkeroinen. On the second day the work  got started in a very hot Finnish summer weather. Here are some thoughts of the first days from two camp members, Yin Yu and Efe.

Although when i wake up today i fell back ache, i fell really good now. we have work together and sing the song. i’m looking forward to showing the people about our show. Last night, we have sauna and I think it is really a good experience for me. we play game in sauna house, by the game we know each other more.
- Yin Yu -

When I first come here I was very nervous I didn’t know what to do and don’t have any idea about the people in the camp. Then I met with people everyone is vey nice in here. I was very surprised when I first saw our dormitory it is very big and beautiful. We went to swimming in the first day of our camp it was at a late time but the sun doesn’t go down early in here so it wasn’t a problem to go swimming at night. Second day we worked a lot we cot down some grass and made big hay piles. We went to sauna after got exhausted it was the best thing in the camp. The food in the is very good also
- Efe - 

Bicycle tríp to Inkeroinen

Playing "Mölkky"

Project in the apple garden

14. heinäkuuta 2014

Work camp begins!

Today the participants of our work camp started arriving to Anjala. Here are some first thoughts from Roosa, Monika and Henna-Mari, who will be camp leaders and instructors for the following two weeks.

Monika: I arrived at the youth centre in the morning looking forward to the next two weeks I’ll be spending with the campers. First I met Roosa, who is the camp leader this year, she seems like a very nice person and I’m sure we’ll get along well. I can’t wait to meet the campers and get to know them! I’m sure we will all have a great time together and I’m hoping we’ll have a nice enough weather too.

Roosa: Hasta la vista, Turku! Fed up with my life in the city (although Turku might not be considered a city in all countries :-P), I packed my backpack yesterday and hopped on a train from Turku to Inkeroinen, the train stop near Anjala Youth Centre. I ate kidney beans straight from the can and still finished some projects on my way to the camp.

The journey from city to countryside lasted for four hours - plus half an hour that was wasted as I missed the Inkeroinen train stop and ended up at the next stop. I stepped out of the train and – peace! Just wild flowers and bushes, and the railway. Felt like in the Russian countryside, but well, we are quite close to the Eastern border here.

Food in Anjala Youth Centre is amazingly delicious. The cook revealed that they cooked vegan meals for the first time, but I didn’t notice that at all. At dinner I refilled my plate for a couple of times. After eating just canned beans for several days, this cafeteria is to me a food paradise.

In the evening I made some plans for the free time that we’ll spend with the international participants. All the camp participants will live in two dormitories located in beautiful wooden houses. The river Kymi is just next to us, and the air smells fresh and clean.

When I’m writing this text, the first participants have just arrived. I’m really looking forward to meeting them all – we’ll have such a good time together!

Henna-Mari: Ahoj! I arrived to Inkeroinen centre two hours ago, unpacked my luggage a while ago and settled in the dorm which is heated by the summer sun :) But no worries: we will let the wind do its job to cool the rooms! We already hang the “poster of expectations and feelings” at girl’s dorm with Monika, Cara and Yin-Yu. 

I’m reaaaally looking forward the next two weeks! I’m sure we’re gonna have a great, fun and wonderful time that we could memorize a stupid smile on our faces years after. As I love eating so much I cannot wait the first tastes of already praised food (-dinner actually starts now!). Got to go ;)