Fencing in a refugee camp
The project was implemented between 1 June and 10 December 2011 in Ramallah, in the Palestinian National Authority, and counted with participation of one volunteer, who worked there from 14 June to 1 October. The coordinator of the project was the Institute for Research on Civilizations, and the local partner was the Al-Amari Refugee Camp.
The aim of the project was to improve fencing skills of members of the Al-Amari club. The volunteer worked as a coach of the fencing section in groups of several levels. Another component was an educational initiative for youth in Poland.
During the project, the volunteer carried out five training sessions per week for a team of 30 girls of the Al-Amari fencing club. In total, she conducted approx. 200-250 hours of trainings. Apart from improving fencing skills, the volunteer worked on increasing overall physical fitness. She also carried out trainings about basic coaching skills for 4 most advanced players of the club. As a result of the project, 30 young players developed their fencing skills.
As part of the activities, the volunteer organised internal competitions that allowed the participants to become familiar with the characteristics of different duel systems, and helped them prepare for official competitions. They played a total of 10 series of competitions, including the Palestinian-Polish Friendship Cup.
As part of the global education initiative, the volunteer conducted a series of meetings for Polish youngsters in 5 secondary schools, attended by a total of 300 people. Using multimedia, she presented the basic concepts of volunteering, Millennium Development Goals and involvement of Poland in development assistance around the world. She also described the aims of Polish aid activities in the Palestinian territories.