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Volunteering for culture in Romania – building the relation



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When it comes to countries with a rich, diverse, but endangered cultural heritage like Romania, with a rather weak participation of society to public life, voluntarism is a way of action that needs to be (re)discovered by both citizens and organizations. Bringing the two terms together is not an easy task and the direction to be followed is not an obvious one. The intervention focuses on the present state of voluntary activities in the field of cultural heritage in Romania, where the situation is defined by the state’s (lack of) capacity and involvement. Subjects will include the raising activism of individuals and organizations from Bucharest, the position of Romanian public institutions and the profile of the present and potential volunteers.

Volunteering for culture is a pilot project of the Center of Professional Training in Culture, aiming to encourage and support cultural organizations and volunteers to meet each other and collaborate. As pilot project, the action focuses on the city of Bucharest. The website created in the project is its main output, an electronic instrument that facilitates and intermediates between cultural organizations and potential volunteers.

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Volunteering for culture in Romania – building the relation

  1. 1. Volunteering for culture in Romania – building the relation Adina Dragu Center of Professional Training in Culture
  2. 2. The Center of Professional Training in Culture - self-financed public institution under the Romanian Ministry of Culture and National Heritage; - training, evaluation and consultancy services provider for public and private cultural organisations; - aprox. 2000 trainees /year, 400 organisations as beneficiaries, a portofolio of more than 30 training and continous development programmes for cultural professionals and managers/year;
  3. 3. Framework 1: Romanian cultural heritage <ul><li>Diagnosis: a „tradition” of permanent agression resulting in diminished cultural heritage </li></ul><ul><li>The necessity of a holistic, comprehensive perspective of cultural heritage </li></ul><ul><li>3 key issues = 3 main areas in need of action on short, medium and long term </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Heritage legislative framework </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional transparency, organisational capacity and interinstitutional cooperation </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness raising, education of general public and participation of citizens and communities </li></ul>
  5. 5. Framework 2: a new social trend? <ul><li>Volunteering – a development at slow pace </li></ul><ul><li>„ noise” in the system </li></ul><ul><li>legislative and institutional framework - under construction </li></ul>
  6. 6. The girafa doesn't exist! <ul><li>Key challenge 1: the perception of the general public of voluntary activities </li></ul><ul><li>Key challenge 2: at organisational level no collaborative structures in place between NGOs and central and local administration </li></ul><ul><li>Key challenge 3: insufficient experience in working with volunteers and a lack of dissemination of good practices in this sector </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Romanian volunteers <ul><li>Main characteristics: under 30 years old, with a higher level of interest in local and national politics as compared to the average adult population, more often engaged in various forms of civic participation and more likely to use the internet than the rest of the population; </li></ul><ul><li>Main factors of motivation: to contribute to a worthy cuase, take part in an enjoyable activity, following a request for voluntary work from an important person; </li></ul><ul><li>Main benefits looked for: professional experience, helping others, making friends. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Framework 3: Bucharest – a city that we love to hate
  9. 9. Framework 5: Volunteering for culture <ul><li>A pilot project encouraging young people to volunteer in culture, focusing on Bucharest </li></ul><ul><li>An online instrument facilitating the encounter and communication of potential volunteers with cultural organisation </li></ul><ul><li>Financed by CEE Trust </li></ul>
  10. 10. www.ascensorul-cultural.ro
  11. 11. How does it work <ul><li>Presentations of cultural heritage projects involving volunteers, interviews with volunteers and project coordinators </li></ul><ul><li>Data base with cultural organisations and with volunteering opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Information about Bucharest heritage </li></ul>
  12. 12. Challenges and opportunities <ul><li>The cultural organisations! </li></ul><ul><li>The European Year for Volunteering 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>The collaboration with the National Center of Resources for Volunteering </li></ul><ul><li>This conference </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Thank you! </li></ul><ul><li>Adina Dragu </li></ul><ul><li>Consultancy, organisational development and marketing manager </li></ul><ul><li>Center of Professional Training in Culture, Bucharest </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.cppc.ro </li></ul>


  • Proiectul a plecat de la nevoile reale ale comunităţii oraşului Fieni. El s-a dezvoltat având ca exemple comunităţile altor oraşe din România şi din străinătate şi alte proiecte dezvoltate de organizaţii care au ca obiect de activitate educaţia comunitară
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