Waiting for The Icebreaker 2012

I’ve been waiting for this event since the Nordgu Congress in Norway in 2010 and I have been very impatient. I started counting down when there were 80 days left, and it baffles my mind to think that there are only 11 days left! Can you believe it?
Soon, my friends, we will have exciting discussions, all night parties and new friendships, all with the sound of Icelandic ponies trotting elegantly in the distance…
What’s not to love about Nordgu congresses? They bring people from different cultures together, encourage discussions, and always leave you with some great memories shared with awesome people, and I have a feeling that the beautiful Icelandic nature and Nordgu’s great spirit will mix into a delicious alcohol free cocktail of joy.
If you are new and have never attended a congress before, my advice to you is to not be afraid to approach people and talk to them, since Nordgu people are known to be very friendly and don’t bite! Also, be spontaneous and try new things, have fun and make sure to pack a warm and big enough sleeping bag, because camping will be cold.
I will soon start packing my own bags and I am preparing for a ton of hugs from wonderful people (and maybe some horses, too).

See you at the congress!

Annika Simonsen

UNF Finland

UNF Finland is part of the project that is supported from NORDGU. The first part of the project was the seminar in Norway in Tønsberg. During that seminar Norgdu decided that will approve and support the local activities of UNF Finland in order to rich out more members. Considering that UNF Finland needs to be reconstructed, and rebuilt again, those activities are one of the issues that the organization should manage with.

We started to going in schools in May, and in the same time we were inviting the youngsters on our  local activities, so they can freely take part of them.

  • 3rd  of May we had a Picnic in one park in Vaasa. There we have the previous members of Eos , who can’t be anymore part of Eos cause that is organization for children, but that is way they can be part of UNF Finland.
  • 14th of May we had Poker Night at the office,  in order members to have more fun
  • 21th of May was Pizza night where one of the board members of Active  Ida Bernas was sharing her experience about her membership in the organization.
  • 28th of May Picnic activity again in the same park but with more members. All of them were having fun while playing Kubb.
  • 3rd of June was day for UNF Curiosity where we arrange meeting in for all of them who are interested to find out more about what is UNF and how can they be part of it.
  • 6th of June UNF Finland was invited as guest to the 1st  Eos camp in order to introduce the children with the UNF Policy.
  • 13th of June UNF Finland was guest of the 2nd Eos camp in order to reach more children and youths who want to be a members after turning 13 years old.
  • 18th of June we had Beach party mostly with old members and they had a lot of fun being together, eating marshmallows and brainstorming for the thing they want to do.
  • 3rd of July  – Cinema night with ice-cream
  • 12th of July we had a precamp meeting for all of the youngsters who are going to Utterö summer camp so we can discus about the heppenings there.
  • 19th of July – 23rd of July Camp

We were also ordering 50 T-shirts with our new logo so we can have them while we are have some outdoor activity so everyone can see recognize the name of the organization and our goals. The youths should  draw on their t-shitrs short messages about sobriety and showing them in public.

Activities are still runing and we are planing to continue with it in following mounts also.

Having this activities we reach out more youngsters  than UNF Finland had before. Those are all young people who are sharing the same opinion about the sobriety and want to spend more time socialize eachother.

 

We also had a local camp in Utterö,  near to Vaasa, in cooperation with swedish sister organization UNF Sweden,  The camp was open for everyone and that was also one way to reach to more members. We had a lot of interesting workshop, as painting t-shirts, canouing, jongling, making different things with pearls, marble nail workshop, making videos about alcohol advertisment,foto workshops, zumba etc. During the evenings the participant were having fun by taking part in the games competition, beach party and disco. They also get some responsibilities like helping the people in the kithcen to set the breakfasts and teh evening snacks. They had a lot of time spending together and we hope that their friendship will continue.

0% Summercamp in vestmanneyjar

The summer camp started in Reykjavik 22.june.
Everyone met at the bus station 4 o’clock to take the bus to Landeyjarhöfn where Herjólfur would sail to Vestmanneyjar.

It was a 3 hours trip and we had a lot of fun.
We arrived in Vestmannaeyjar 19:30 and we had to walk to the campsite witch was 1 kilometer away.

We played games, we sung and played the guitar and we grilled hot dogs.

Next day. We woke up and had breakfast, and gave the kids some spare time to spend there. Some kids went hiking, some just talked and then we all went to the swimming pool. The weather was so great all the days so we spent long time in the swimming pool.
Everyone had amazing time and said this trip was one of the best they had had with 0%.

In the evening we grilled some hamburgers and hot dogs and some vegetables, after that we talked and played the guitar and it was so much fun. Then we start some fire and grilled marshmallows.

The last day arrived and we woke up and had some breakfast like the other day. Then we went ‘spranga’ witch is a sport that people in vestmanneyjar do. It was hard but fun, after that we went to the camping site to take down the tents and it was time to walk to Herljófur (the ferry) and sail back to Iceland. When we arrived to Iceland we had to wait for an hour after the bus and we were back in Reykjavik 22:00.

Finland Says hi

This is Anna and I’m one of the EVS volunteers who are working with UNF Finland. I’ve lived in Vasa for two months. This blogpost should have come a bit earlier. But I guess I’ve had a bit of a writers-cramp. But to my defense this is my very first blog. Of course I will be sharing it with my lovely roomie and colleague Ljubica. But you get my point. Okey let’s move on then.

Finland is still pretty new to me, but luckily Vasa is an bilingual city where most people speak Swedish. And it’s only 85kilometers across the sea to Umeå and Sweden. So it doesn’t really feel like I’ve moved to another country. But my Finland introduction-course did come in handy.

The first week we went to the arrival training together with the other volunteers who work in Finland. They were from all over Europe and they are working on different projects across Finland. They gave us a lot of information about EVS, our working conditions etc. We also got a short introduction to Finnish culture, language, how to get around in Finland and so on. For example I’ve learned the Finnish word for secondhand store. But We also played a lot and just had fun together. It was nice to meet all these new and fun people. That week was a real energy boost!

A few weeks after that we went to a skiing camp along with some exchange students. It was my first time in the Finnish Lapland and oh my god it was beautiful! I’m not that fond of winter sports but I really enjoyed my time there. Especially the day that we when out with the snowshoes.

In between all these stuff me and Ljubica has been busy at the office, searching for a new logo, applying for funds, calling schools, setting up meetings. I can go on longer then that, there is a lot of things to do now in the beginning. But it’s fun!

Oh! Right we went to Norway to. Together with the youth- sobrietyorganisations I Scandinavia we had a seminar about diversity and leadership. It was my first time in Norway. It involved dipping my feet in the ocean, dancing the “fishdance”, holding a lecture, frying pancakes, meeting lot of nice people, singing like crazy and playing lots of games. Looking forward to the next Nordgu Seminar.

 

Peace, love and sobriety!

Anna

Norway and Iceland anyone?

You are invited to take part in a seminar in Norway!

You’re a member of a young organization or local group, and you want to learn more about leadership and inclusion and hindering exclusion? Want to do something in your own organization? And do you fancy a trip to Norway? Then read on!

Nordgu is arranging a seminar in Tønsberg, Norway for people from Iceland, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Finland and Sweden. Arrival day 23rd of March, and departure day 27th of march, friday-tuesday.

You will learn valuable things on the topic of inclusion and companionship, and how to create a good environment in your organization or local group, where no one is left behind.

You will also learn about leadership, from people who have experience from the stable and active organizations and local groups.

And you will prepare something to arrange in your own organization when you get home! It can be any kind of gathering, action, event, or the like that you would want, and we would help you make your idea come to life!

The seminar in Tønsberg is the first step of the whole project. After the seminar you with your organization will continue with activities during April and May. The evaluation of these activities will take place during “Icebreaker” congress and summer camp in Iceland! Yes that means that all the participants of this project will also go automatically to Iceland. Nordgu FTW!! =)

Travel is reimbursed, and you get food and all you need. The participation fee is €50 per event. You should check with your organization if they can pay it for you.

If you want more information, check the Nordgu website! http://www.nordgu.net
You can also e-mail office rat and co-arranger Henri at henri@nordgu.net or seminar leader Thor-Rune on mailto:thorrune@nordgu.net
If you want to participate then please fill in the participation form that you can find here and send it to henri@nordgu.net until 29th of February

To get the information in PDF, please click here

Call for Nordgu Congress 2012

We would like to invite you to the biannual Nordgu congress that will be held on 11th of August 2012 in Úlfljótsvatn, Iceland. Nordgu congress will be connected to the camp and congress of Active – sobriety, friendship and peace. All the information about the venue for both events is to be found on http://www.icebreaker2012.eu. The registration is available on the same webpage.

Every member organization of Nordgu has the right to be represented by two representatives.

Here is a pdf document with information: Call for Nordgu congress in Swedish and English

Nordgu office

Nordgu project – from Norway to Iceland

You are invited to take part in a seminar in Norway!

You’re a member of a young organization or local group, and you want to learn more about leadership and inclusion and hindering exclusion? Want to do something in your own organization? And do you fancy a trip to Norway? Then read on!

Nordgu is arranging a seminar in Tønsberg, Norway for people from Iceland, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Finland and Sweden. Arrival day 23rd of March, and departure day 27th of march, friday-tuesday.

You will learn valuable things on the topic of inclusion and companionship, and how to create a good environment in your organization or local group, where no one is left behind.

You will also learn about leadership, from people who have experience from the stable and active organizations and local groups.

And you will prepare something to arrange in your own organization when you get home! It can be any kind of gathering, action, event, or the like that you would want, and we would help you make your idea come to life!

The seminar in Tønsberg is the first step of the whole project. After the seminar you with your organization will continue with activities during April and May. The evaluation of these activities will take place during “Icebreaker” congress and summer camp in Iceland! Yes that means that all the participants of this project will also go automatically to Iceland. Nordgu FTW!! =)

Travel is reimbursed, and you get food and all you need. The participation fee is €50 per event. You should check with your organization if they can pay it for you.

If you want more information, check the Nordgu website! http://www.nordgu.net
You can also e-mail office rat and co-arranger Henri at henri@nordgu.net or seminar leader Thor-Rune on mailto:thorrune@nordgu.net
If you want to participate then please fill in the participation form that you can find here and send it to henri@nordgu.net until 29th of February

EVS on Iceland

There are two new volunteer places on Iceland open from June 2012. The volunteers who will stay in 0% for 12 months will get food, accomodation and pocket money provided. They will work for 0% – the youth temperance organisation that is very new (about 1,5 years) and is instantly growing. The organisation needs help with activities and structure. The work during the first months – june, july and august 2012 will be dedicated to the congress of Active and Nordgu – the biggest gathering of sober youth in 2012 held between 7th and 14th of August 2012.
If you have any questions or are interested to apply, contact the office(at)nordgu(dot)net.

The deadline to apply is 15th of March 2012.

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Sober App

Every smartphone should have it!

Every smart phone should have a sober app!

What is it?
Sober app is an application that makes the world a bit more drug free. It can be a  game, it can be an app that gives tips on how to prepare alcohol free drinks, it can be an app that sums up all the sober activities wherever in the world you just go.

Sounds cool?
We think so too!

Where to get such an application?
That is the question. The answer is: There is no such thing yet.

So what now?
We ask you to come with a great concept for a smart phone application that contributes to making our world more drug free. Feel free to let your imagination do miracles. You do not need to be a programmer or  technically skilled! We just want a detailed thought through concept from you and we will fix the rest! We will make sure that the winning concept will turn into a real application that will be available for all smart phones.

What else?
Ah we almost forgot…the winner will get a smart phone of course!

So when to start?
Yeah..as soon as possible but our deadline for final concepts emailed to office@nordgu.net is 29th of February 2012.

How to present your idea?
You can draw, you can make a video, you can write. Just make the description very detailed so the programming will be easier. The most important is to make it understandable so the jury can imagine how the app will work.

Each concept should include:
What is the aim of the application
Description of the application
Examples on how/when it can be used

Good app! Oh sorry..good luck!

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