Volunteers Information Pakrac Volunteers accomodation Office Prilaz Baruna Trenka 19 Strossmajerova 63 (former Partisanski Put) 43550 Pakrac Croatia Fax: +385(O)4684007 (indicate: "Volunteers camp") Email: PAKRAC.DA@ZAMIR-ZG.comlink.de Winter-Break from December 12th until January 12th Life in the Town in General The situation in the town is much better. Shots are still heard on Saturday evenings because of wedding parties. People from Pakrac try to forget the war and they try to think about new life. While the fights in other UNPA's are still going on the political situation seems to be much more relaxed. The young people want a new youth club and we want to help them. Life of the Volunteers in Particular Parties: every week we have a party but the last party was special,we were celebrating Eike's last day, this was a sensational party. Almost every weekend we play football or basketball with Unprofor. Last time we lost 10:6 and this was a vast improvement! The situation with food was bad but now it is much better; we have a lot of food and nice dinners because we have a cook. Sometimes we get food from Unprofor. Happy birthday to Wam, Sophie, Marcin and David. The ant drawing in the last VIP was from Vanja, the heart drawing from a postcard from Frank on his way home. Volunteers Activities Reconstruction Working Groups Due to continuing heavy snow falls and low temperatures the working brigades work only indoors, which can mean work in a factory. Because we were not satisfied with this we organised ourselves: we now help elderly people who need support, and are working to convert a former pharmacy into a youth club. Social Activities English Lessons Currently in the advanced English class their are three teachers. Two American English speakers and one Australian English speaker. The focus is on differences in accents and terminology. Classes are structured around conversation activities, spontaneous story telling, critical analysis of slang, all in an informal setting. In the future this format will be maintained and expanded with more informal exercises in grammar, with analysis of written text and some aural work. Games with Children The volunteers are entertaining and being entertained by the local children in the area in various ways: face painting, picture painting, drawing, board games, necklace and bracelet making, table tennis, as well as a variety of group and movement games. These children are very challenging and interested in learning more and more games and thankfully with every new volunteer comes new ideas. In the near future there will be an events day for the children arranged by volunteers and the local primary school. ( Keep an eye on More Activities.) Jazz Dance The Jazz dance now includes four young women and four young men from the primary school in Pakrac. Currently this group is learning a variety of dance steps to the music of Michael Jackson, Via Con Dios, Queen, and Vivaldi. The class is preparing to perform in a future Christmas Show. Radio Daruvar Last time on Radio Daruvar three volunteers were interviewed and spoke of their recent experiences in Pakrac. For the next session one person from the working brigades will be interviewed, and a phone-in question and answer session is proposed. More Activities The principal of the secondary school has offered us one building to repair for use as a youth club. Some cleaning work has already been done to prepare it for use, though some tradesmen need to carry out some repairs - we expect it to be operational in the very near future. Thursday this week an international exchange will take place at 'Papiga'. This will involve students from the primary and secondary schools, international volunteers, and Uncivpol. The intention of this exchange is to informally give students the opportunity to meet and play games with people from other parts of the world and eat food from different countries. Last but not leastlthe volunteers will have another infamous party at 'Papiga' to say good-bye to Alexander, Urs and Gerald, to celebrate Vanja's birthday and the beggining of the winter-break (see below). Ideas and Plans As already noted a Children's Games Day is planned for later in the month, as well as a Christmas Show on Saturday 18th December that will include a Jazz dance performance, a fashion show, a local .band from Pakrac, guests from Osijek and the Danish Refugee Camp in Kutina. From 12th December until 12th January we will have a Christmas-New-Years-Winter break, which means.no new volunteers in this period. Some numbers Concerning the number of volunteers from each country, the Germans are leading with 14 followed by Great Britain and The Netherlands both with 9, Italy 8, Belgium 7, Spain 6, USA 5, Switzerland 5, Poland 3, Australia 2, Canada and Croatia 2 and Austria in the last place with 1. The youngest volunteer was 19, the oldest 47 years old, 25 female, 54 male. Guests Last week we had a return visit by the Peace Circus who stayed a few days and did a few shows for the community. This weekend we had the enormous pleasure of receiving Marcus, and two budding co-leaders, Tanja and Snjezana. Thank you A big thanks to the Peace Circus for the locked bike which has no key. An even bigger thanks to British Humanitarian Aid for helping the volunteers to clean up their act with the donation of a much needed washing machine, toiletries and whole heap of baked beans and canned fruit. Thanks again to Unprofor for another supply of fresh vegetables, coffee, hot chocolate and spaghetti. Thanks to Ludovica for the coffee maker, spices and winter drawings. - Space heater. - Portable stereo cassette player. - Variety of board games and materials for children's play. - Office supplies: filing cabinets., shelving materials, hole punchers, staplers, files. - Tables and chairs. Tv set and video recorder. Subscription to an English or German weekly newspaper. - Steel capped boots: sizes 35 to 42. - Ink cartridge for Hewlett Packard Desk Jet 510. copy machine Money donations are always welcome! everything don't go to plan but nothing ever does the chaos is organic and sows a seed of love something was once planted seems its flourished now and grown hearts are opening up into a beauty never known before billy boyd in "so high"