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May 2013: SenVol Project presentation at the IES Los Pacos

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Last May Lorenzo Hernández (in the photo), Paul Mroček and Marta Moreno introduced the SenVol project to a group of secondary school students in Fuengirola. They focused on the volunteer work opportunities in the area and the participation of young people in European projects, including the European Voluntary Service. After the talk theres was a group discussion.

March 2013: Food for Thought Awards











On Friday 15th March, Mª Ángeles Moreno was awarded the prize to the best reader in 2013 at E.O.I. Fuengirola for her contribution to the project Food For Thought”. Mª Ángeles displayed great enthusiasm and determination. However, the rest of the participants did not give up and persevere to catch up.

In this project, students signed up to take part in a campaign in which books or magazines were borrowed in exchange for food, which was collected in the school premise and later offered to the Red Cross, a charity of the students' choice.

Those absent-minded readers who forgot to bring the required food, were also able to borrow if they managed to find sponsors among the teachers and students. It was not difficult due to the participants' generosity.

Each of the finalists were required to give a 10 minute presentation on the articles they had read, and assessed by the jury on presentation, accuracy and meeting the deadlines.

It was also time for a cross curricular theme, in which students were encouraged to read on a regular basis, not only for their own progress in English, but it aimed also to raise awareness on values such as effort, generosity and how we can do a lot for those less privileged in society, working together.

What a fabulous afternoon we all had. Our students and senior volunteers were treated to tea and cupcakes, and emotion and laughter was shared by teachers and students alike.I believe they have been truly inspired and I am sure they will continue reading.

Congratulation to all, winner and participants, for their generosity and and effort and many thanks to our jury. This prize has been an excellent achievement which has given all “food for thought”: with little we can do so much”


March 2013: Age Care Costa del Sol is looking for volunteers


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AGE CARE presently has several elderly clients that would enjoy a visit from you. If you are interested, please contact Gordon Cox on 648 791 922 or Marilyn Jephson on 652 420 844 with your availability. One is in Torreblanca and another can only take visitors in the morning, however, there are also a few others in Fuengirola with more flexible schedules.
We look forward to hearing from you and our plan is to hopefully get two of you to make the visit together. Gordon or Marilyn will get you set up, so please write or give them a call if you are interested.
Debra Luptak
Secretary
Age Care Association

February 2013: EOI student volunteers with Alzheimer's association (AFA) to help with physiotherapy session


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Alzheimer patients, among other symptoms, fail to do regular physical activity, therefore becoming more vulnerable to other illnesses.
Therefore it is necessary that they do regular exercise. It is believed that by doing so the illness can be delayed. Their relatives have to ensure this, as the patients cannot think or remember doing it.
On February 7th 2013, an English second year student, Miss Gema Pérez Arreza, who is studying to become a fully qualified physiotherapist at the University of Málaga, volunteered to assist an English-speaking couple, Thomas, the husband being a developed Alzheimer-disease sufferer, and Kate, his wife, having to cope with it completely on her own. On that day, AFA (Asociación de Familiares de enfermos de Alzheimer, Fuengirola-Mijas Costa) were giveing a Workshops to relatives of Alzheimer patients on how to help them do regular exercise at home. Gema, who speaks good English, successfully helped Kate to understand the instructions the Spanish physiotherapist was giving. She was greatly thanked for this assistance.

January-May 2013: Sponsored Reading


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A group of EOI intermediate students are facing the challenge of reading their first original novel in English. Inspired by the Food for Thought project, they have read a book of their choice sponsored by their classmates, friends and family. Whenever they read fifty pages, one of their sponsors had to bring something for a food bank until they finished the book. These contributions will be donated to the Red Cross at the end of the project in May.

February 2012: World Cancer Day


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World Cancer Day is marked on February 4 to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. World Cancer Day was founded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals of the World Cancer Declaration, written in 2008. The primary goal of the World Cancer Day is to significantly reduce death and illness caused by cancer by 2020.
On that day, Paul Mroček and one of his 4th Year students, Cecilia Gómez, volunteered with the Spanish Cancer association (Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer, AECC), in two of the informative tables placed in strategic places throughout Fuengirola. They informed, in English, to all those passers-by who could spare some time to listen to the information the AECC had prepared for that day. This year the stress was on the diet, keeping a healthy diet, besides not smoking and doing regular physical exercise. Likewise, they informed the people about all the help and assistance the AECC gives in its many branches all over Spain, i.e. psychological help to the cancer patient and his/her family, yoga and tai-chi workshops, flats for parents of children suffering from cancer who are being treated in hospital, etc., etc.

From September 2012 till now: Conversation Club at Lux Mundi


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Lux Mundi is an ecumenical centre which organise a wide range of activities involving senior volunteers. On Thursdays and Fridays, the EOI students attend a conversation exchange club. "This is one of our most successful events", says Marta, the lady who is in charge of organising and coordinating the activities in this organisation that involves people from different countries and religions.

From July 2012 till now: Conversation club at the Manila Bar


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A group of senior volunteers from Age Care Association meet the EOI Fuengirola meeting for conversation practice every Monday at the Manila Bar. This is a great opportunity for the students to improve their English and learn from these volunteers' experience.


October- November 2012: Conversation club with senior citizens


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On 26th October and 23rd November 2012 as part of the “ Practise English after Class Project”, teacher Charo Garcia-Triviño Arboleda organized a Conversation Club to encourage students to use their English in a relaxed atmosphere.We welcomed some native speakers living in our community, who very kindly visited our class to share their time and experience with us. After introducing themselves, Cedrick and John, together with Kate Tonny and Carol, were given the task of working in groups to discuss a syllabus topic. Everybody was feeling so well that they needed very few guidelines and the conversation wandered into different topics naturally.

Once the groups had finished their discussions, they shared what they had learnt, with the whole class in a very successful feedback.As a treat, we had tea and biscuits in class and we all shared a lively conversation with our visitors.

My favorite part of the afternoon was watching all my students chat spontaneously, holding their mugs of tea in their hands and leaving pens and papers aside for a while. It has been pleasing to see the care and attention they have paid to practising English after class.

Many thanks to our visitors and of course to all the participating students, specially to Pepi for her support and the pictures taken, which are displayed in the corridor notice board. There is definitely talent here in our school !!
Charo García-Triviño Arboleda
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November 2012: Conference on Alzheimer Disease Families’ Association


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Last Friday 23rd November, the President and the social worker of AFA (Asociación de Familiares de Enfermos de Alzheimer) Fuengirola-Mijas Costa, Ms. Francisca Lebrón and Mr. Ángel Pérez, respectively, gave a talk at Lux Mundi (C/Nueva, 3, Fuengirola), with the interpreting help of Mr. Paul Mroček.The conference was centred on the organisation, the objectives and the programmes and resources that AFA offers to all those who have a relative or friend suffering from Alzheimer disease. Many questions arouse among the participants, all senior citizens, which were duly answered by Ms. Lebrón and Mr. Pérez.
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Paul Mroček, Paqui Lebrón and Angel Pérez


November 2012: Conference on the American Electoral System


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Last Monday, November 5th, just one day before Election Day in the USA, our friend and colleague Ms. Debra Luptak, Secretary at Age Care Association Costa del Sol, gave a conference on The American Electoral System, at the EOI branch in Los Boliches (IES Las Salinas). Loads of students, both from Nivel Avanzado 1 and 2, attended the conference, and interacted with Ms. Luptak, who very nicely took us through the whole process, since registering for vote until the very day of the Election. Ms. Luptak, an American citizen herself, from Minnesota, even brought in her own Electoral Absentee Ballot for overseas voters, for all to see and learn how Americans actually vote.


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September 2012: Still looking for volunteers at Age Care Costa del Sol


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Our experience so far

The EOI Fuengirola has been collaborating with Age Care Costa del Sol during all the summer. Students have been attending the drop-in centres and visiting retired British citizens.
At the end of the summer, Debra Luptak, who is in charge of public relations in Age Care, collected some feedback from the volunteers. Here you are some of their opinions:
"I think Maisie is a lovely person (...) I think my speaking is better than before"
Mª José, B1 student
"My rate with this experience is excellent (...) About Ron, I am very happy with him and I hope he's happy with me. We meet every week, we chat a lot, we normally go walking, or have a coffe....I think we are getting a beautifully friendship."
Ana, former EOI student.
"I admire Martha (the blind lady I visit). She's fantastic (...) It was a great experience and Martha made things easier."
Isabel, independent volunteer.
"My major motivation to volunteer with Age Care is to speak English and meet interesting people, because I consider that people of a certain age have lived many things and have a lot to tell (...) I find especially enjoyable the contrast of age and mentality between Josephine and me. What is more, I am a passionate of the II World War and Josephine lived it first hand."
Lorenzo, B1 student
"I enjoy going to the get-together on Mondays with Gordon and Maurice. I thought I would have more problems to understand people and also the
foreigners couldn't understand me. I can't say that I can catch everything, but it is enough for me."
Julio, B2 student
"At first my motivation was to learn English with a native speaker, but now, I'm going because I like having a good time with Maisie, I think Maisie leaves her routine when we visit her."
Alberto, A2 student

Would you like to collaborate with Age Care?

Here you are some information about Age Care Costa del Sol:
Age Care is a fully registered, non-profit making organisation staffed entirely by volunteers. The majority of our work is helping older British people living in the Province of Malaga, but they do not exclude other nationalities that speak English. They provide information and practical support. You can find out more about them at their website:
http://www.agecarecosta.org/about
Mr. John Greaves, president of the association, gave an informative talk at the EOI on 26th April 2012. He talked about the collaboration possibilities for the students of the EOI, which include, among other things:
  • Talking to retired English speaking people, taking them for a coffee or visiting them at their homes. You would help them and they would help you with your English. You can visit people in the Fuengirola and Benalmadena area.
  • There's a volunteers get together at the Manila Bar (Los Boliches, next to Yaramar hotel) every Monday at 18:00. There you can practice your English and meet other volunteers of the association.
  • At the presentAge Care has drop-in centres in three locations on the Costa del Sol where people can chat, share experiences and get information about many aspects of living in Spain. Our volunteers can give confidential help and guidance about the many different problems affecting older people.These are the places and times when they meet:
    CALAHONDA: Tuesdays: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Pizzeria El Zoco
    LOS BOLICHES: Thursdays: 10 a.m. -12:30 p.m.; Manila Bar, Paseo Maritimo
    BENALMADENA: Mondays: 4:00 p.m. – 6 p.m.; The Lounge, Avenida de Bonanza, Arroyo de la Miel
    You can help at these centres, for example, helping these retired foreign residents by giving them information about how the Spanish bureaucracy works, translating the letters or documents they receive, etc.
  • They also operate a Charity Shop that offers a wide range of items in excellent condition in a very organized and cheery setting. There is everything from books to household items, fashion accessories to children’s toys. Many items have never been used or are in mint condition. The proceeds from the shop sales go to support the work of Age Care Association in providing services to the English speaking elderly in the community. The shop is located at Centro Comercial El Zoco, Calahonda and these are the opening hours: Monday to Friday: 10 – 4,Thursdays open late: 10 – 7, Saturday 10 – 2. You can also work as a volunteer in the shop.
For more information, contact Marta Moreno at martateacher3y5@gmail.com

May 2012: EOI students and teacher collaborate with the Spanish Cancer Society (AECC)

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A group of students and teacher Paul Mroček collaborated with Fuengirola AECC during the fund raising day, on 29th May 2012, helping the association volunteers communicate with foreign residents.

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Paul Mroček and AECC volunteers

May 2012: Building bridges across generations.

EOI students volunteer as storytellers at Vega de Mijas High School


On 15 May 2012 a group of the EOI Fuengirola students of the intermediate and advanced level volunteered to tell stories to the students at Vega de Mijas High school. Ángeles Ruíz told a very funny children's game called "Henny Penny", Patricia Cañamero told about her experience as an Erasmus students in Finland and the importance of speaking English to communicate anywhere, Radovan Plocek made his own teenage version of Little Red Riding Hood and Santi Riera gave a practical demonstration of Aikido, which was particularly enjoyed by the students. This activity was organized in collaboration with Ana Quijano, who teaches English at Vega de Mijas. This turned out to be a very enjoyable experience for both kids and storytellers. At the end of the session, the children asked questions about the EOI and how to enroll in the English courses. To see the photo slideshow, click here
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Santi Riera giving his Aikido demonstrarion

May 2012: Age Care is looking for volunteer at SAR Torrequebrada


Gordon Cox, from Age Care Costa del Sol has contacted SenVol because they are looking for somebody who can visit a lady who has just moved to the residence SAR Torrequebrada. If you have a little time to spare, you can practice your English and help this lady to adapt to her new life.
Those who are interested, please contact Marta Moreno at martateacher3y5@gmail.com
May 2012: Volunteers needed for CUDECA
CUDECA (Ciudadanos del Cáncer) is looking for volunteers for their shop during the summer months. The shop is Avda. Jesús Santos Reino in the Puebla Lucía area, very near Mercacentro. The shop is open from Mondays to Saturdays from 10:00 to 13:30.
If you are interested, please contact Paul Mroček at pmrocek@gmail.com
May 2012: The AECC (Spanish Cancer Society in Fuengirola) is looking for vounteers
The AECC (Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer) in Fuengirola is looking for English speaking volunteers that can give them at hand at the tables during the annual fund raising campaign. The help is needed for next Tuesday 29th May from 10:00 to 13:00. There will be tables all over Fuengirola, Mijas and Benalmádena.
If you can give a hand, please contact Paul Mrocek at pmrocek@gmail.com giving the following details: name, email address and contact telephone number.
Your help will make a difference.
Thank you for collaborating
See poster here:
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April 2012: Collaboration with AFA (Alzheimer Family Association) and Age Care Costa del Sol

On 24th April 2012 Fuengirola Alzheimer Family Association presented an informative session about dementia at an Age Care Association sponsored event held at the Hotel Tamisa Golf in Mijas Costa.
President Paqui Labron of Alzheimer Family Association (AFA), Fuengirola branch, introduced the Spanish association to an interested English speaking public and welfare agencies. Representatives from Age Concern of Estepona/Manilva, Internatioinal Lions Club Mijas Costa, RAFA, Royal British Legion and Carelink, along with interested people from the general public also attended the presentation.
SenVol coordinator Paul Mroček volunteered as a translator in this meeting. For more information about this meeting, click on the link below:

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AFA president and psychologist with Paul Mroček


April 2012: Collaboration with Age Care Costa del SOl

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The EOI is now also collaborating with Age Care Costa del Sol,
a fully registered, non-profit making organisation staffed entirely by volunteers. The majority of our work is helping older British people living in the Province of Malaga, but they do not exclude other nationalities that speak English. They provide information and practical support. You can find out more about them at their website:
http://www.agecarecosta.org/about
Mr. John Greaves, president of the association, gave an informative talk at the EOI on 26th April 2012. He talked about the collaboration possibilities for the students of the EOI, which include, among other things:
  • Talking to retired English speaking people, taking them for a coffee or visiting them at their homes. You would help them and they would help you with your English.
  • At the presentAge Care has drop-in centres in three locations on the Costa del Sol where people can chat, share experiences and get information about many aspects of living in Spain. Our volunteers can give confidential help and guidance about the many different problems affecting older people.These are the places and times when they meet:
    CALAHONDA: Tuesdays: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Pizzeria El Zoco
    LOS BOLICHES: Thursdays: 10 a.m. -12:30 p.m.; Manila Bar, Paseo Maritimo
    BENALMADENA: Mondays: 4:00 p.m. – 6 p.m.; The Lounge, Avenida de Bonanza, Arroyo de la Miel
    You can help at these centres, for example, helping these retired foreign residents by giving them information about how the Spanish bureaucracy works, translating the letters or documents they receive, etc.
  • They also operate a Charity Shop that offers a wide range of items in excellent condition in a very organized and cheery setting. There is everything from books to household items, fashion accessories to children’s toys. Many items have never been used or are in mint condition. The proceeds from the shop sales go to support the work of Age Care Association in providing services to the English speaking elderly in the community. The shop is located at Centro Comercial El Zoco, Calahonda and these are the opening hours: Monday to Friday: 10 – 4,Thursdays open late: 10 – 7, Saturday 10 – 2. You can also work as a volunteer in the shop.
  • We are establishing other types of collaboration with this association and we'll keep you informed. Collaborating with Age Care Costa del Sol is a great way of giving a hand and practicing your English the same time
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Mr John Greaves, president of Age Care and the EOI Fuengirola students

St George's Fair

The EOI students collaborated with Age Care Costa del Sol delivering brochures and giving information during St George's Fair on 21st April 2012.
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José Carlos, Cristina and Ana with John Greaves and Maurice Feathermann from Age Care


April 2012: Translators needed

We need volunteers to translate leaflets for the AEEC (Cancer Society) and AFA (Alzheimer's Association). If you are interested, please contact Marta o Paul at the EOI or at the addresses provided at the bottom of the page.

April 2012: Collaborate with CUDECA

We need volunteers for the CUDECA benefit show in Fuengirola form 9:45 to 13:30. They are also contemplating to extend the Fuengirola shop opening times until 14:30. You can also help at the Marbella shop (same timetable). They are considering opening afternoons, but this is still pending.

March 2012: Collaborate with the Cancer Society (AECC)


We need volunteers for the information tables about colon cancer (Los Boliches, Casa de la Cultura, Town Hall and Church) on Friday 30th March 2012. Here you are some information and if you are interested in participating, please contact Paul or Marta urgently on the addresses below:
martateacher3y5@gmail.com
pmrocek@gmail.com
INFORMACIÓN VOLUNTARIOS CANCER DE COLON.doc

March 2012: Building bridges across generations: Conference on the Scottish Education System

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EOI 5th year students met Scottish teachers Anne Beveridge and Maureen Jeffrey, who shared their experience as teachers for more than 40 years, focusing on how the changes in the education system have affected their work. The talk was followed by a debate in which teachers and students shared views and experiences in the field of education.

March 2012: Conference at the EOI Fuengirola: Volunteering at the Alzheimer Family Association (AFA) by Gordon Cox

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Gordon Cox, an English-speaking volunteer who represents AFA, gave a conference at the EOI Fuengirola on 28th March 2012 about Alzheimer's desease, its effects on both patients and their relatives ana how the association can help them. AFA president Paqui León, social worker Ángel Pérez, psychologist Raquel and Debra Luptak from Age Care Costa del Sol were also present in this event.


SenVol en la web de la Consejería de Educación

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How can I participate in the project?

There are several possiblities:

1) The AECC (Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer) in Fuengirola is willing to get help from English-speaking volunteers in their awareness campaigns. The next one is FRIDAY 30TH MARCH. They need volunteers to be at the tables in Fuengirola, Mijas and Benalmádena, from 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. helping to give information in English to anyone interested who approaches the tables.

2) LUXMUNDI, in C/Nueva, 3, Fuengirola, are also interested in getting your help: at the reception (Mondays to Fridays: 10:00 -13:00 , 15:00 - 18:00. Saturday morning, 10:00 -13:00), helping to organise their library, helping to explain old people how to use their computers or their mobile forms, helping to sort out their clothes shop, giving micro-talks on any subject relevant to English-speaking old age pensioners living in Spain, accompanying senior citizens on day trips etc etc etc.

3) The AFA (Asociación de Familiares de enfermos de Alzaheimer) are also willing to get help from you in the mornings or in the evenings until 19:00. You can collaborate interpreting or translating brochures into English. You can collaborate both in Fuengirola and Mijas. We are also planning to collaborate making a video about the association in English. On Wednesday 28th March 2012 volunteer Gordon Cox is coming to the EOI to give us a talk (room 1 at 18:30).
This is the AFA informative brochure:
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4) AVOI (Voluntarios de Oncología Infantil), in Málaga, are willing to get you involved to help them out wity the English-speaking patients in the Hospital Matertno Infantil, in Málaga: maybe telling them stories in English, or just talking to them in english, or translating for the nurses, doctors, psychologists.

5) The Foreign Residents Council, at the Ayuntamiento de Fuengirola, is willing to get English-speaking volunteers to help as interpreters in the Centro de Salud in Los Boliches (9:00-11:00 , or 9:30-11:30, or 11:00-13:00, Mondays to Fridays . You can also volunteer in the evenings). You can download the application form and the rules and regulations of this programme here:
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Reglamento de servicio interpretes voluntarios.PDF
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, FILL IN THE APPLICATION FORM AND GIVE IT TO PAUL OR MARTA. YOU CAN ALSO SEND IT TO THE CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESSES BELOW.

6) There is also an activity we are preparing with Vega de Mijas high school. They are looking for volunteers who would like to go there and tell a story to the kids one day in May (it would be during the last hour, from 1:45 to 2:45. It's a very good opportunity to practice and improving your speaking skills. Olivia would help you with pronunciation (she is available on Mondays from 6 to 7). You can choose the story you prefer or we can choose one for you.

Who do I have to contact?

Marta Moreno: martateacher3y5@gmail.com
Paul Mroček : pmrocek@gmail.com