Teachers tried out a board game that encourages volunteering

Several teachers, priests and youth mentors tried out a board game that encourages volunteering at the Caritas House in Tîrgu-Mureș.

The event was attended by representatives of the local University Chaplaincy of the Jesuits, the Reformed University Chaplaincy (MIFIKE), the Youth for Christ Foundation, the „Bolyai Farkas” Theoretical Lyceum, the Babeș-Bolyai University, the Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania, the Art Lyceum from Tîrgu-Mureș, the „Mihai Eminescu” Pedagogical High School, the Clever Hands Foundation, the Opportunity for Everyone Association, the Family Pastoral Center from Tîrgu-Mureș, the YUPPY Camp-Movement Association, the Outward Bound Romania, the Saint Anthony the Hermit Parish and Caritas Alba Iulia.

In the first half of the meeting, the director of the social department, László Ludescher, welcomed the guests. In his opening speech, he drew attention to the importance of games, which – he said – should be a valuable part of children and young people`s but adults` lives, as well, because games free up our fun, creativity and problem-solving skills. And during group games, in the heat of the game, we almost unnoticed connect with our playmates, get to know them better, adapt and compromise, and develop our social skills.

How true this is, participants were soon to find out. Lujza Fechită, one of the developers of the board game that encourages volunteering, formed the participants into four teams with an entertaining activity. The groups were seated at the tables and then the game started, led by volunteer coordinator, Gyöngyvér Fekete.

In the first half of the game, participants were introduced to a colorful playing field, stepping figures and cards with volunteering opportunities. In the second half of the game, they were confronted with social problems. They had to think of solutions as a group and then solve them together with their individually collected resource bonuses which were accumulated in the first half of the game.

The event ended with an evaluation session, during which the players shared their experiences and insights. We highlight two of these feedbacks. According to educators, board games can be a good way to get young people out of their usual environment and open them up to new topics. At the same time, the game confronts global problems, makes one think, take responsibility, find solutions and take actions, which is why they want their students to try it.

Is it fun? The good mood and cheerful atmosphere were certainly the signs of a „yes”.

Written by: Júlia Orbán
Translated by: Orsolya Barabás, volunteer

The board game and its accessories can be downloaded in printable format from HERE.

The programme is co-funded by the European Union under the Erasmus+ programme (2022-1-HU01-KA210-YOU-000081331, Pick a volunteering card!) Thank you!