What were our objectives?
The Romanian Alpine Club, together with the students of Transylvania College in Cluj-Napoca and the students of „Mircea Luca” elementary school in Băișoara have identified together a set of improvements they wish to bring in their community:
Creating a tourist info point at Șesul Cald
Creating occasions for the inhabitants of Cluj county to enjoy the local traditional customs and clothing
Repairing the buss school
Facilitating an exchange of experience between children in Băișoara and children from Transylvania College, at Cluj-Napoca, to diminish the differences that exist between youth in rural and urban areas.
Facilitating meetings between students from Băișoara with students from other schools, like Transylvania College and their guests from abroad, in order to encourage interaction and dialogue
Furnishing the school with modern equipment
Organizing activities to explore the area and identifying ways to promote it
So far we have:
- donated computers and goods to families with a precarious financial situation
- involved children from the community in the past edition of msg Maraton Apuseni
- participated in the Băișoara Service Learning project, that helped the locals and children to become more aware of the potential of the area and to discover a few tools that can be used in its promotion. The movies created by children can be seen here.
- helped the children in the community in their fundraising – they sold spring traditional trinkets and bought sports equipment for the school (handballs, volley balls, footballs, basketball hoops.
The volunteers from Cluj have facilitated several activities aiming to develop certain skills of the children. One example would be a trip in the area of the Muntele Baisorii resort together with students from Baisoara and Transylvania College in order to promote outdoor activities and to help the children to navigate using a map and a compass.
During this activity, the group divided in two teams. One of them has received the challenge to scout different areas of the resort to identify traditional customs that are still in use in Baisoara. The second team examined the ski resort in Buscat in order to observe the changes and the challenges in using the land.
Next, a part of the documentation collected during the trip was used in the Băișoara Service Learning project described below.
„It was a rich and complex interaction, during which many needs were identified, as well as good things. Starting from the idea that young people in the mountain areas are those who will manage this rich patrimony in the future, composed of important natural and antropic resources (forests, protected areas, rural sceneries long gone in other parts of the country, local traditions) we become even more aware of our social cause. In the same time, the technological evolution and modernity should have access in these areas, to be used in order to manage and enrich the individual and collective patrimony” – tells us Anca Brisan, the volunteers coordinator and the heart of this initiative
Baisoara Service Learning Project
After the meeting of the two schools at Băișoara, in the summer of 2017, students have created together a movie and a media platform for their project. We invite you to see them. Click play: