Fekete Sereg Youth Association
8291 Nagyvázsony, Petőfi u. 2. - Hungary
Tel/Fax.: +36-88-264-464
E-mail: info@fekete-sereg.hu

Tax number: 18926198-1-19

Bank account: 73200017-10002371-00000000

Comp-Pass experiences in Hungary

Fekete Sereg Youth Association implemented the Comp-Pass project’s local workshops in January 2018, in Nagyvázsony where the ...

Elders’ Carnaval

It was pomp and color at the Elders’ Carnaval which was held on the 25th of February in Nagyvazsony. This festival had been ...
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Let`s play Deusi!

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Fekete Sereg Youth Association implemented the Comp-Pass project’s local workshops in January 2018, in Nagyvázsony where the Hungarian organization is working since 1997. We organized a weekend-long session for the participants using the Real-E method, the board game, and the e-Portfolio. The sessions were led by Rita Kandikó, the chairperson of the association and Dávid Üregi who took part as a youth worker in the project and participated in the international seminar in Rome where the partner organizations acquired knowledge about the use of the Real-E method. It was not too easy to find the people with the fitting profile for this event. During the selection and recruitment process, we took into consideration many possibilities but it turned out that it is not easy to find real NEETs. They might belong to this group on paper but in the real life, they are not. The majority of them are still working even if they are not registered as an official employee, therefore, they are forming part of the grey economy. After all, we involved some of the ex-EVS volunteers who came back recently after they had finished their services abroad and also invited a couple of youngsters who are about to start European Voluntary Service abroad in the near future. Also, we have tried to spread the idea of our workshop online, so we advertised it on our Facebook page and we get some nice and promising feedbacks. In one case a totally stranger guy from literally the other side of the country came and participated in this event thanks to our online campaign. The group of the participants was quite complex. We involved people with very different profiles, from the “simple” high school graduates to youth with a university background and many experiences. It was a great group because despite to the different backgrounds they managed to work together very well and they complemented each other during the exercises. Based on the feedbacks from the participants it was a pretty good event and overall everyone evaluated it as a useful and successful session. If we have to rank the elements of the workshop than definitely the video making/storytelling was the most popular. We involved a professional who is making videos for a living therefore good quality clips were made which was a unique opportunity for the participants and all of them liked it a lot. And the exercises during the board game were also really positive. Those tasks gave a huge help to the participants to discover their own strengths and skills and also were enjoyable at the same time. However, the feedbacks on the e-Portfolio was not such a huge blast. There were many questions risen connecting that element of the project. We considered the program as an extra help for the participant to successfully reintegrate into the labor market and get a decent job in the near future. Maybe because of this the e-Portfolio seemed just another type of online CV and the participants had doubts about the efficiency of it. It seemed that among the NEETs without a background in the higher education the e-Portfolio part was a bit dry and boring. Probably the description of the skills was a bit too complex or complicated and it seemed that for some of the participants it was not as important as other elements. Apart from this workshop, we had a couple of other participants. With them, we had more like a one-on-one or a small group tutoring session where we helped them with the story telling and the e-Portfolio. This way it was a little bit different because the advantages of the board game couldn’t be highlighted that much but we had positive results doing the workshop this way as well. The overall evaluation of the Comp-Pass project is quite positive. The methods from the international training helped a lot during the implementation phase of the Comp-Pass project and after all the Fekete Sereg Youth Organization benefited a lot from this project, learned new methods and ways, received new tools what can be really efficient in the preparation of the future volunteers. Dávid Üregi
2017-12-09
We had plenty of chance to join celebrations in Nepal since there are so many of them that one can`t even keep them in mind. During the festival Tihar (in October) we joined our family to “play Deusi” which ended up being one of the experiences in Nepal, which I will always remember. For me music and especially folk music is something special and very mysterious. It is one of those bridges which can connect people from different cultures and talking different language. Before the night when we actually left to visit the neighbourhood we didn’t have much idea about what is waiting for us. First we heard about it during one average dinner when our Nepali brother (dai) told us with a wide smile: “Tomorrow you go sing collect money.” So we answered oh ok, well yes ok, but what that is exactly we could not find out. Here nothing is sure, tomorrow can turn out to be after tomorrow and singing can turn out to be dancing. In general here it is very hard to get proper answers to questions. For example asking a question which offers two possible answers is completely senseless. Like “Do you like chicken or buff momos more?” or “Should I turn left or right?” the answer is surely going to be “Yes yes.” So we only had theories made together with our fellow volunteers about what this Deusi must look like until the night came. The young ones from around the neighbourhood started gathering in our yard and “dai” showed us with big proud the huge wireless loudspeaker that he bought specially for this occasion. One of the young boys lifted this monster on his shoulders, somebody gave a drum in my hands, we switched on our headlamps and headed towards the darkness behind our house. There was about 15 of us, walking downhill in the darkness for long, following each other because on these paths only one person fits and we were helping each other in the labyrinth of steep shortcuts on the mountainside. In the meanwhile the nepali lok geet (local music) was so loud from the loudspeakers that I am sure they could hear it even from the other side of Dudh Kosi. During this walk came to me one of these moments of “Oh my God what am I doing here, it is unbelievable!” No one coming in Nepal as a tourist could ever experience that. We went from household to household, visited 5 different families that night and in each house we spent about an hour. We would stop in the yard, start the music and wake up the owners. First we made the traditional Deusi where my two older brothers played the drum, the leading singer was singing the verses and we had to answer always “Deusire!”. After a while we switched to the modern version and the official Deusi song was screaming from the loudspeakers and we were dancing in a round until the older ones were satisfied with the amount of offered money. Apart from the money they offered uncooked rice, mala (girland made of orange flowers), candles and selroti (a special round bread). This left me a bit uneasy because I didn’t understand what is the purpose of collecting money and often they were pushing the families to give more although I knew they are very poor. The other thing which I didn’t like or understand is that the whole party seemed to be obligatory. If the young ones were sitting down to rest or were about to fall asleep the others would pull them up and make them continue dancing although it was already late in the night. The older boys were pushing the girls and younger ones sometimes quite violently. Unfortunatelly here violence between children or even between parents and their children is very usual and it`s one of the things that I can not get used to and it`s very bad to experience it again and again. Later, as we understood, the money was invested in making a big picnic in our yard where they cut a young buffalo, distributed the meat, cooked a part of it and gave to everyone from the neighbourhood. I can only hope that everyone was satisfied and everyone enjoyed playing Deusi. For me it was definitely something very special and I could feel part of them as we were going from house to house, dancing and eating selroti together. Kopinczky Ágota & Berki Dalma