Over the Easter holidays, the Access students from Taraclia decided to share the holiday spirit with other people who might not be as positive and happy about it, simply because they have too many worries that don’t allow them to have a beautiful celebration.
Over the winter break, 35 Access students from Balti, Ungheni, Soroca, Anenii Noi, Taraclia and Vulcanesti got involved in a 3-day workshop aimed to help them to become better students and to encourage them to get the most they can out of their school experience.
ccess Microscholarship Program Moldova challenged the youth and children from Ungheni, Balti, Soroca, Anenii Noi, Taraclia and Vulcanesti to read. They organized various local activities meant to encourage the young people from their community to read books and enrich their inner world.
Otilia Cirstea, Access student from Balti, decided to raise the people's awareness about recycling and initiated a campaign for collecting paper that can be reused. She managed to gather around 300 old books and other types of paper: cardboard, newspapers and toilet paper rolls, etc., which she later sold to a recycling company.
Being fond of books themselves, the Access students from Ungheni chose to share their passion with their peers and came up with the initiative to make the teenagers from their community read more and enrich their minds and lives.
Boys and Girls Club is the final community project implemented by the Access Team from Ungheni and represents a special club for 12-13 years-old children from their town who they worked with for 6 weeks. The Access students shared some of the skills they acquired during the program with a group of kids from their community and taught them to be community-friendly even from childhood.
The Access students from Balti decided to give a hand to teenagers from 2 local high schools: "Vasile Alecsandri" and "A. Puskin" and help them discover the steps they need to take in order to make a good choice for their future career.
Since discovering new cultures is such an exciting activity, the Access students from Balti made the decision to share their knowledge with younger children from "V. Alecsandri lyceum" from their city. Thus, they organized interactive lessons with 2nd, 3rd and 5th graders, telling them about the history of some American holidays, traditions and the way they are celebrated. In addition to that, they made crafts characteristic to the holidays they talked about.
This year's Halloween celebrations brought the majestic and SPOOKTACULAR spirit of this holiday to the Access classrooms from Moldova. Students from Anenii Noi, Vulcanesti, and Balti, had the chance to experience this wonderful holiday.
At the beginning of the new academic year, Access Moldova joined a national donation campaign organized together with FLEX alumni and Peace Corps volunteers. The campaign was entitled "Donezi-Contezi" (If you donate, you matter) and was organized in 28 regions of Moldova.
Nadejda Crusnevschi, the Access teacher from Soroca had the one-of-a-kind opportunity to participate in the 2016 SUSI Program (June-July, 2016), a 4-week intensive program for English teachers from all over the world that is designed to help language instructors develop professionally and get the chance to discover the U.S. culture and learn about the history of the country. Here are Nadejda’s impressions about the program:
One amazing week full of English is what 110 Access students from Anenii Noi, Taraclia, Balti, Vulcanesti, Soroca, and Ungheni went through this summer (June, 21- July, 30). It was a very intensive program designed to help them improve their English skills, encourage them to stay active and help them build their self-confidence.
On the 4th of July 2016, the Access students from Balti who were in the Summer Camp, celebrated one of the most important events in the history of the USA- the day when this country gained its independence.
The Access teachers, teaching assistants and administration were invited to participate in a “First Aid” Training organized by Red Cross Moldova, in order to learn how to face all kind of stressful situations that may come up and to ensure the security of all the Access students who will participate in the summer camp.
From January to May, 2016 the Access students worked in the “Our Rivers, Our World” Learning Circle where, together with their partners from Iran, Ukraine, Peru, Slovenia, United States, they talked about the issues related to water and came up with project ideas for dealing with these problems.
Some of the most active Access teachers, assistants, students and alumni participated in the iENGAGE GYSD Conference. They imparted the results of the community projects they implemented in their regions to other teachers and learners from Moldova and received prizes for their hard work.
GYSD is a great opportunity for active people all over the world to put their ideas into practice, and the Access groups from Moldova enjoy this event, getting involved every year, coming up with a wide variety of ideas aimed at bringing changes into their communities and inspiring others to act and do something that would benefit their towns.
On the 19th of March, 15 Access teachers and teaching assistants from 8 different regions of Moldova (Edinet, Soroca, Ungheni, Balti, Hincesti, Anenii Noi, Taraclia, Vulcanesti) gathered to Chisinau to a teacher training lead by the English Language Fellow Jeanie Lundbom who shared her teaching experience with the Language instructors from Moldova.
After the successful implementation of their project " Different but Equal", Access alumni from Edinet and students from Soroca and Balti under the coordination of Iulia Sorocan, Access teacher assistant/ FLEX alumna and Cristina Bujag, FLEX alumna, in strong collaboration with "Salve!" NGO organized and later attended a seminar entitled "Know it. Feel it." on March, 13.
The Access teams from Moldova were invited to participate in the iEARN Moldova Adobe Youth Voices National Student Media Conference, organized on the 12th of March. Together with other teachers and students from all other the country, the Access representatives exhibited some of their most outstanding media products created as part of numerous iEARN projects.
In order to celebrate the successful and fruitful end of the program, the Access staff from Edinet, Ribnita, Grigoriopol, Causeni, and Hincesti who worked tirelessly for the effective implementation of the Access program in their regions for the last two years, were invited to a reception organized by Kate Bartlett, Assistant Public Affairs Officer, US Embassy Moldova.
Given that our teachers have wide experience in employing online tools in the EFL classroom, they became mentors in the EFL Blogging School and helped other 25 teachers from various regions of Moldova to discover these extremely efficient, productive and appealing resources.
For the third year consecutively, all the Access students were invited to participate in the Christmas Caravan which is a very special activity, given that it unites all the Access students from Moldova in a common project and gives them the chance to interact with each other and discover the peculiarities of the program in other regions.
The year 2015 ended with a moment of glory for 92 Access students when the hard work, active involvement and the long learning days were finally rewarded and the students fruitfully finalized the program.
This year, 200 Access students from Moldova (Edinet, Ribnita, Balti, Ungheni, Grigoriopol, Hincesti, Causeni, Anenii Noi, Vulcanesti, Taraclia and Soroca) had been involved in a very exciting project that they enjoyed a lot- the iEARN International Holiday Card Exchange.
80 Access students from Ungheni, Edinet, Anenii Noi, and Balti learned about the history of this inspirational holiday, the traditions related to it, the type of food people cook for the Thanksgiving feast, and how it is celebrated in the USA.
Original costumes, frightful stories, beautiful decorations, pumpkin carving, these are the elements that make Halloween such a special holiday, a holiday that is too exciting not to be celebrated within the Access family.
People say that "Dogs are a man's best friends." The Access students from Moldova definitely agree with these words and didn't miss out the chance to show their support for these wonderful creatures that make the human life more exciting and funny, dedicating a whole month of October to raising awareness towards their well-being.
One of the highlights of the Access Microscholarship Program is the summer camp which is organized every year for all the Access students from Moldova. It is an intensive one-week program designed to develop the students' English skills, as well as their personal aptitudes.
100 Access students have had to be more attentive at what they see and detect the language mistakes related to punctuation, grammar and spelling from any source- online announcements, posts, advertisements, public statuses, newspapers, etc.
The English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) provides a foundation of English language skills to non-elite, 14 - 18 year old students through afterschool classes and intensive summer learning activities.