EgyébGood Practices

Budapest (HU)

The Good Practice presented by Közgazdasági Politechnikum consıst of several smaller elements. Each of these elements are used to draw student attention to the many sides of community service. By providing a wide range of opportunities they ensure that as many students as possible will be interested in voluntary work and community service. The skills learned and improved upon during community service will be utilized throughout life.  Especially when students participate in an EVS or ECS program as well as their future work lives.

 When determining which GPs to bring to the project student participants were consulted. Asking for their input helped involve them in the designing and planning phases of the Budapest Kick-off meeting and made the project theirs.. The students were the ones that suggested the up-cycling, environmental protection aspect of making bags rather than just buying pre-made ones readily available on-line. This was after it was made clear that the original GP of working with the Roma population in a village (as written in the grant application) near the city of Vác was not possible for logistical reasons.

Student involvement in the planning stages is a seminal element of community service work at Közgazdasági Politechnikum. The school willingly accepts types of community services that the students bring for their peers to participate in. Peer-to-peer transfer of knowledge hences the over all success of any community service. This was emphasized in the presentations at the Kick-off meeting and during the community service activities.

The three elements that made up the community service GP presented in Budapest were:

  • Building bird feeders, placing in local woods
    • hands-on woodworking skills, builds self confidence, planning, thinking, constructing – done at Technika1, a community based workshop.
    • seeing work to fruition, participating in environmental protection with the local NGO Erdőmentők; Hungarian students will place seed in the feeders throughout the winter and provide updates for partners. There have already been requests by non-formal groups of youth workers working with primary school aged children to cooperate by sharing bird feed supply duties and building addition feeders. Youth passing on knowledge to other youth.
  • Cooking for the homeless
    • cooking, planning and social skills improved. Students had to buy all ingredients, follow instructions closely, cook new dishes; food was distributed by Budapest Bike Maffia in their +1 sandwich program.
      • Exposure to a program that started off as a simple idea with cyclists donating food to the needy by collecting 1 extra sandwich per student at participating schools and is now nationwide (soon to be international) shows students that even simple ideas can have significant and positive consequences.
    • Foods prepared:
      • Empanadas – Chilean chicken dish
      • Stuffed bread – bread dough filled with ham, cheese, boiled eggs and olives, looks like strudel.
      • Ginger bread – traditional Christmas dish in Hungary.
  • Up-cycling materials
    • old, out of use advertisement PVC banners, donated, cleaned and re-purposed into bags by Medence csoport is an important way to up-cycle materials that are dangerous to the environment when buried in wast sites or incinerated. This meets at least three of the five steps of the EU end-of-life waste hierarchy included in article 4 of the Waste Framework Directive.
    • designing and tailoring small backpacks from re-purposed materials shows students that up-cycling fabrics is environmentally sound.
      • Participant esigned bags sewn by professionals. These bags given to students as small tokens of appreciation for their work in the project in lieu of typical canvas bags usually given as project gifts emphasizes environmental protection.