Helpers organize trip to fladungen

Helpers organize trip to fladungen

"Plan less and live more, this is the conclusion michael volkel of the helferkreis draws from his experiences in working with refugees. He has been involved for several years with some others in the help circle in ebenhausen and gives german lessons for the asylum seekers.

When learning the german language, there are always excursions into history, geography and local history, and sometimes even social studies. This gave rise to the idea of an excursion to the open-air museum in fladungen, where all this can be experienced. In this way, the families living in the refugee accommodation in ebenhausen could be given the opportunity to combine the pleasant with the useful in a joint excursion.

The journey is also short and the museum has a lot to offer with its numerous activities, especially for children. However, the helpers had to take the muslim fasting month of ramadan into account when planning the event. At the moment there are about 30 people living in the refugee shelter in ebenhausen, about half of them are children. Different nationalities like afghan, armenian, ukrainian, chechen, russian and somali are represented.

Not only because of the lack of language skills, but also because of the different customs, there are always difficulties in organizing the celebrations. The local helpers learned that you can only reach your goal with a lot of patience, repeated personal approach and plenty of tolerance.

Michael volkel set off for fladungen with around 38 people on the bus. There, the refugee families and all accompanying persons could wander over the vast land and learn a lot about history. In addition, they had the opportunity to participate in three different activity programs offered by the museum on life in 1900.

At the program "clean – wash wash around 1900" the visitors were allowed to scrub and tamp the wash themselves, or to get their hands dirty rubbing the washboard and admiring a bugeleisen without electricity. The offer "earth apple in the early morning – cooking and eating before 1900" gave an insight into the production of butter, which the children were allowed to churn themselves.

In the old village school from krausenbach, children and adults were allowed to print on the small school benches, write on slate boards and calculate with an abacus. Even old methods of education and punishment, such as kneeling on a log, were tested by courageous test subjects.

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