Steal the glove environmental game

STEAL THE GLOVE-2Wednesday 8th March, International Women’s Day, EVS volunteers Kate & Andrea developed a dynamic game in Youth Café Drumshanbo. The purpose was to have fun and at the same time see what the kids remembered about our previous activities.

Steal the glove

We divided the group of kids into two smaller groups. The teams lined up on opposite sides of the room. Andrea, the referee, was in the middle. Each team member had a number- one, two, three and so on. The referee started the game by calling out one number, for instance: Three! Number three of each team had to pay attention to Kate, who was standing out of the game area. She read some statements related to the various environmental topics they have learned about since we started to collaborate with the Youth Café. At the moment they heard a FALSE statement they had to run, steal the glove and come back to their team without being tagged by the other player. If they were tagged while stealing, the other team received the point. At the end of the game the team which had more points was the winner.

The result

Both teams were competitive until the last minute. They wanted to win and they were concentrated on the statements. They discussed between the team members if they were true or false. It was interesting to hear their reasoning. After the game we were happy to conclude they remembered what we explained them in previous workshops. It was a great session! We will see them next week.




The sea is rough biodiversity game!


Wednesday 1st March, Youth Café Drumshanbo gave GEAI EVS volunteers the opportunity of organising a Biodiversity activity. The idea was to play a fun game and at the same time learn about marine animals in the Irish coastline.

The game

First of all we put on a table different pictures of Irish marine animals: whale, dolphin, turtle, sea horse, seal, lobster…The group of kids were moving around the room pretending they were swimming in the Irish coast while EVS volunteers were saying: The sea is rough one, two, three…When children heard: Stop swimming in the Irish sea! they had to freeze. They couldn’t move at all and the  first  who did it, had to represent a marine animal chosen from the pictures. They used mime and sounds to do it. The others had to guess.


It was interesting to see the effort they made to represent the animal correctly. They asked different questions about their habitat, size, diet… At the end we were pleased to discover that they have learned about Irish biodiversity while they had fun. Look forward to the next activity!


Informal learning: hopscotch water quiz!


Yesterday, 15th February, GEAI EVS volunteers coordinated an informal learning activity about water in Youth Café Drumshanbo. It consisted on a combination between a fun game and a water quiz. The kids had fun and learned at the same time.

Hopscotch game

Based on Hopscotch game we put paper sheets on the floor with numbers from 1-11. The group of kids was divided into two teams. The first team chose a member to start  throwing the die. They should answer the water question associated with the number that the die just showed. All the questions were related to the water topic.  To get to the number they hoped and scotched. If they answered correctly they continued playing, if not the other team played. The purpose of the game was that all team members reached the “end” paper sheet to be the winner team.

Learning together

While playing, we found out that they paid attention to every answer, just in case the question could be repeated again. They were engaged with the game, trying to do their best. They have learned that the energy generated from water is called hydroelectric, that almost 80% of the Earth is covered by water however, less than 1% of it is available to drink. It was great to develop the activity with them! They would like to play hopscotch again! It is amazing to see how a popular game mixed with a learning activity can amuse them.

Water Cycle: Learning & fun!


On Wednesday 18th January, the EVS volunteers organised a Water Cycle learning activity in Youth Café Drumshanbo. It was a fantastic opportunity to find out what the group of kids between 10-12 years old knew about it.

An incomplete drawing

The activity consisted in an incomplete water cycle drawing which they had to finish.  They had a minute to draw what they thought was missing and to write the key words: evaporation, condensation, precipitation…

When the time was over they passed the drawing to the kid who was sitting besides them, on their right side.  Again, they had a minute to complete their partner drawing. After that, we had a little discussion about the meaning of the key words.

Positive result

Everyone cooperated to complete the drawings. Our feeling was that they have a clear idea of what the water cycle is. It was great to develop a non formal learning activity in the water topic. We’ll come back soon!

We still remember Christmas


Our EVS volunteers, Kate and Andrea, experienced Christmas time in different locations: Leitrim and Vigo (Spain).

Christmas holiday in Leitrim

Christmas is over but this magic time full of lights, Christmas trees, decorations, gifts is still in our memory.

What does Christmas  look like in  rural Leitrim? Kate spent Christmas with a Ballinaglera family  and experienced a traditional irish festival.

Christmas Eve began with Christmas Mass in Saint Hugh’s Catholic Church. Maybe you already know that in Ballinaglera each person is in some way a musician. The choir at Mass consisted of local ordinary people and for sure you could not see the difference between this and a professional one. Famous «Hallelujah» and «We wish you a Merry Christmas» bonded everybody.

After mass but before the children went to bed, the family put milk and cookies for Santa in front of the chimney and carrot for reindeers. Our family really takes care of Santa.

Christmas day started with cheerful shouts and screaming not only from children, everybody was delighted to see what Santa brought for them (including earrings for Kate!). The cookies and carrots had disappeared as you might have guessed.

Christmas dinner or lunch is the next part of enjoyment. The table groaned under the food: duck with gravy, bacon, all kinds of vegetables and Christmas pudding at the end. Thank God everybody survived – it was delicious!

Christmas holiday in Spain

Christmas is an important event in Spain, not just because of the religious connotation but also family gatherings. December 24th evening is the most important celebration. Families have dinner together enjoying a wide range of delicious meals: seafood, smoked salmon and salad for starters following by roasted lamb with gravy or steamed cod with cauliflower. For dessert different choices are available on the table: cheesecake, apple pie, turron, raisins and dates. During the meal we share our memories and usually speak about our lives and politics.

New Year’s Eve is an important celebration too. It’s not as intimate and quiet as Christmas Eve but there’s one important tradition. Twelve seconds before 12.00 am we sit around the table and eat  twelve grapes. Each grape symbolizes each month of the year and they have to be eaten with every clock stroke. The tradition started in 1909 due to a grape harvest surplus in Alicante. It’s a way to say goodbye to the previous year and start the new one with the best of luck!

The night of 5th of January is the most important celebration for kids! We commemorate the  time when, according to Christian religion, The three Wise Men brought presents to Jesus. That night, presents appear under the Christmas tree and the day after all family enjoy together their new gifts.

Christmas is a period of joy and social events.  It’s about spending time with important people in your life and sharing your food and time with them!


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