The official web-site of the project HAIFES .

HAIFES  project is a Grundtvig Partnership for Learning financed by European Union .

HAIFES is the acronym title of the project  :Hobby As an Integrating Factor for European Society 

The aims of the project:

- getting know new kind of hobby and European citizens interests  

- identifying and learning new methods in informal education of adults

- developing educational, interpersonal and social competences

- motivating learners to active participation in the social life, through artistic workshops, through hobby presentation , through educational meetings and cultural events


- participation in different kind of artistic workshops

- presentation of various kind of the hobby by adult learners

- participation in hobby exhibitions, festivities, cultural events

- organizing educational visits to artistic studios in the aim to know handicraft objects

- organizing meetings with folk artistic creators

- organizing visits to museums, palaces, castles to know hobby from different centuries

Results :

- artistic handicraft objects

- exhibitions

- meetings with artists

- Power Points presentations about hobby

- the blog of the project, E –portfolio, reports, film, photos

Friday, 24 June 2011

CCD São Jose activities for adult integration by practicing hobbies

Hobby - artesanal jewels -

Hobby for seniores - embroidery  on bags-

 Hobby -  traditional dances of Madeira -
 Workshop embroidery
 Physical exercises weekly for people over 65's - Active aging
 Dances performances
 Hobby - tennis table....for people over 70's!!!
    Workshop "Arraiolos"
Hobby - Improvised Bowing every week at daily center for seniors

Monday, 20 June 2011

Local workshop in Cyprus

14th of May 2011 ShipCon Limassol Ltd. conducted a local workshop during which a group of adult learners had a chance to develop their creativity while they decorated pebbles found on the beach. 
The learners used oil pastels and dough to create beautiful colorful stones. 
The workshop was carried out outdoors so the nature was an important source of inspiration and the participants invented very original designs. 
As the learners were adults of five different nationalities, they also had a chance to improve their skill in communication in English language and interpersonal, intercultural skills. 

Not only beautiful stones but also team spirit and great moods were result of the event.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Second project meeting Rzeszow -Poland 21-27 May 2011

In the second international project meeting  participated 40 people: 6 staff and  34 learners from all 4 countries:Portugal, Romania, Cyprus and Poland.

1/ getting know new hobbies, create art works, 
2/ preparation to progress report
3/ evaluation process and activity
4/ promotion activity

1/ Participation in festival of traditional food and handicraft / ECOGALA 2011/ in Rzeszów.  

 Foreign delegation with Polish learners acquired Polish traditional handmade  handicraft: moppets, toys, paintings, wooden sculptures, artificial flowers and other decorations, jewellery  and embroidery made by regional artists of Podkarpackie Province as their hobby. 

Artists shared experience and information about materials used and ways of doing them.   

  The festival presented also Polish traditional food / cakes, jams, cold meats, mountain cheese… / made by farmers according to old recipes of their grandmothers. These delicious food was tasted by participants with taking some recipes to cook as a new hobby.

  2/ Workshop at Ethnographical Museum in Rzeszów–

  getting know the hobby of people living in past century/ comparing with other nations of participating  countries, finding similarities and differences, exchanging opinions.
3/ Workshops during festival : presentation and teaching traditional Polish hobby
- workshop:  wicker baskets  

- workshop:  flowers from the crepe- paper
- workshop:  designing and making hats from a special kind of grass
- workshop:  icon painting  
  The learners studied  some examples of icon paintings, that shows different style and different techniques to do it.

- workshop:  collecting information about Polish traditional food, Polish recipes as a hobby 
  of Polish women
4/ Participation in national festival in Giedlarowa / Lezajsk  where traditional food was presented and folk dancing group performed. Folk group from Romania was a star in the festival. 

This dancing group presented their hobby: traditional folk Romanian  dances what  very much attracted the audience. It was a great possibility for the international Grundtvig  group,  learners and all audience  to know other kind of hobby, Romanian  folk costumes and traditions cultivated by many generations. Opened-air workshops taught learners new dances. The group was awarded by local authorities and festival organizer. 
In the end of festival  it was integration activity of international team with local  Polish folk groups.

5/ The work on  Project Tasks

- short overview on the project, the coordinators checked the activities done, discussions, opinions,
- designing  traveling exhibition about traditional hobby at each country by participants of the visit

- Power Point Presentations about  participating institutions and activities done with the frame of the project,  all institutions showed to   the international group and learners  some activities: such as workshops about hobbies,  exhibitions, thematic excursions,
- working on progress report: analysis of  quality and quantity of form and methods of partnership in the project
- task control of the minutes-documentation
- further planning, planning next steps, tools, deadlines

- developing communication and intercultural  skills
- evaluation activity: the coordinators fill in the questionnaire  about general statements of the projects: such as level of international collaboration, organization of the transnational events, effectiveness of content and appropriate range and balance of activities, effectiveness of the process of  monitoring and evaluation, input  provided by the project partners and other points. Most of the marks were the best 5 and 4. Another evaluation by questionnaire was for learners and staff about the visit in Poland , all participants put mark 5,  a few mark 4.
- administrative and financial matters
- distribution of tasks, next project steps
- fix the dates for further meetings
- dissemination activity  and exploitation of results

6/ a) promotion activity of Rzeszów City 
via multimedia film to know more about culture, industry, education, sport,  people's hobby and interests,

 Romanian group performed traditional dances in Rzeszow Market Square

b) underground route of Market Square in Rzeszów,
c) visit in Lancut Castle, Wieliczka Salt Mine - Unesco, Wawel castle- kings’ residence

1/ draft for the progress report
2/ fill in evaluation questionnaires
3/ agreed deadlines for some activities
4/ new hobbies
5/ next part of Portfolio
6/ traveling exhibition- continuation
7/ collected materials of Rzeszów City
8/ New power point presentation about activities