ECOLE D’HUMANITÉ: Milica Dukić o svom iskustvu EVS programa u Švajcarskoj (Eng below)

Po završetku studija realizujem plan koji je postojao i pre kao rezervna opcija ukoliko ne upišem željeni fakultet. U pitanju je dugoročno volontiranje u inostranstvu – jedinstvena prilika da se kroz izabrani angažman
upozna druga zemlja. Volonterski centar Vojvodine (VCV), koji je bio upućen u moju pretragu, preporučio mi je da razmotrim poziv od jedne internacionalne švajcarske škole koja je tragala za umetnikom / umetnicom na rezidenciji. To je bila idealna opcija za mene kako sam prethodno odbranila diplomu master likovne umetnice na Akademiji Umetnosti u Novom Sadu.

Prošla sam uži krug, zatim su usledili intervjui kroz koje su hteli da se
uvere da mogu sebe da zamislim u sasvim novim i posebnim uslovima. Sledeći korak bio je već pakovanje kofera i realizacija najbolje odluke u mom životu.
Pokušaću ukratko da opišem školsku 2017/18. godinu. Posmatrano sa ove distance, nagrada za tu neku vrstu hrabrosti zbog odlaska u nepoznato usledila je odmah po dolasku, kako sam osetila dobrodošlicu od strane više od 100 novih lica. Sve je počelo sa fantastičnim pejzažem, lepim prijemom i muzikom koja kao da nije prestajala tih 11 meseci, kako se iznova svake subote ponavljala u vidu hora u kome svi učestvuju, ili u sklopu časova muzike i plesa, dok godišnja doba su se menjala. Ecole d’humanité je poseban univerzum ušuškan u
Alpima na 1080 m nadmorske visine.

Školski kampus smešten je u selu Hasliberg Goldern, u centralnom delu zemlje. Odlazak do prodavnice podrazumeva nekih 40 minutna pešačenja po šumi uz pogled na par vodopada. Deca iz celog sveta dolaze tu da se edukuju po principima slobodnog školstva, i neke od karakteristike su da nemaju ocene, sami biraju predmete, radi se u malim grupama i izmešanog su uzrasta.
Ono što ovu školu čini jedinstvenom jeste okrenutost prirodi. Časovi se često odvijaju napolju, ponekad umesto u kancelarije profesori zalaze u šumu da zapišu izveštaj. Organizovano planinare u trajanjima i od po nekoliko dana. Zimi, sredom, nema nastave, već se kolektivno odlazi na skijanje.
O zanimljivom istorijatu škole može se pronačiti na wikipediji, na njihovom sajtu (ecole.ch) i preporučujem članak od prijateljice, koja je imala prilike da me poseti: Upoznajte Ecole d’Humanité


Dodaću da umesto školskog zvona koriste gong i da nemaju čistače/ čistačice tako da đaci zajedno sa profesorima održavaju red. Pre podne slušaju tri glavna predmete koja izučavaju po semestru, a poslepodne imaju veliki izbor aktivnosti: sport (među kojima su i free climbing, skateboard), pozorište, ples, meditaciju, kulinarstvo, pravljenje kozijeg sira, muziku, likovno (imala sam prilike da predajem par predmeta kao što su crtanje, vez i tekstilna umetnost…).
Moj glavni zadatak bio je da se bavim svojim umetničkim radom, da aktivno koristim atelje sa pogledom na glečere. Time, kroz moje prisustvo i razvoj rada đaci su sticali uvid kako izgleda profesija umetnice.


Prethodno, dok sam studirala, radila sam i više poslova paralelno. Presek koji pravim sa dolaskom omogućio mi da se uspešno ‘restartujem’, a potpuna posvećenost umetnosti rezultira sa novim iskoracima u radu predstavljenim na izložbi Pismo ili Glava. U komunikaciji sa jednom grupom učenica koje su bavile temom osnaživanja osetljivih grupa ljudi, primetile smo da su na dva moja rada predstavljene romske figure. Došle smo na ideju da promovišemo izložbu kao prodajnu, izloživši i neke radove van te serije, i uspele smo tako da prikupimo novac koji je bio preusmeren organizacijama u Srbiji koja se bave ugroženima, sa akcentom na romska lica.

Izuzetno mi je drago što smo tako jednim delom pomogli i tadašnji projekat VCV-a – Klijalište. Danas, osćam se samo snažnijom kada pomislim na ovo iskustvo. Verovatno, i pre svega, zbog velikog broja dobrih ljudi koje upoznajem, koncentrisanih na jednom mestu. Neretko, u prolaznicima vidim likove nekih
‘ekolijanera’, i to me uvek obraduje uz dozu komforne nostalgije.


I, ništa od ovoga ne bi bilo izvodljivo bez VCV-a, koji se godinama unazad bavi ovakvim i sličnim sjajnim projektima. Pored dugoročnih programa tu su i kratkorčni, npr. dvonedeljni volonterski kampovi, koje svima toplo preporučujem. Skrenuću pažnju da je trenutno organizacija u finansijskom ‘škripcu’ i iskoristiću prilku da zamolim sve koje su prilici da novčano podrže njihov rad da doniraju u meri koja je neosetna po njih. Sa nadom da će VCV istrajati i da će još mnogi mladi imati prilike da putuju i stiču neporocenljiva interkulturalna iskustva.

ECOLE D’HUMANITÉ: Milica Dukić on her experience as a volunteer with the EVS program

After finishing my studies, I realized the plan that existed even before them – taking a role in long-term volunteering abroad – a unique opportunity to discover another country through chosen engagement. The Volunteer Center of Vojvodina (VCV), which was introduced to my search, recommended that I consider a call from an international Swiss school which was looking for an artist-in-residence. It was an ideal option for me, as I had previously defended my master’s degree at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad. I went through a short circle, followed by interviews through which they wanted to make sure that I could imagine myself in completely new and special conditions. The next step was packing my suitcase and making the best decision of my life.

I will try to briefly describe the 2017/18 school year. Viewed from the perspective of time now passed, the reward for the courage of going into the unknown was followed immediately upon arrival, as I felt welcomed by more than 100 new faces. It all started with a fantastic landscape, a beautiful reception, and music that didn’t seem to stop for those 11 months – as it was repeated every Saturday in the form of a choir in which everyone participated, or as part of music and dance classes, while the seasons were changing. Ecole d’humanité is a special universe tucked away in the Alps at 1080 m high. The school campus is located in the village of Hasliberg Goldern, in the central part of the country. Going to the store involves some 40 minutes of walking through the woods overlooking a couple of waterfalls. Children from all over the world come here to be educated according to the principles of free schooling, and some of the characteristics are: they have no grades, choosing subjects by themselves, working in small groups and in mixed ages. What makes this school special is its focus on nature. Classes are often held outside, and sometimes instead of offices, professors go into the woods to write a report. The school organizes hikes in durations of several days. In winter, on Wednesdays, there are no classes, but everyone go skiing collectively.

You can read more about the interesting history of the school on Wikipedia, or on their website ecole.ch, and I also recommend an article from a friend who had the opportunity to visit me: Meet the Ecole d’Humanité (in Serbian).

I will add that instead of the school bell, they use gongs. Also they do not have cleaning staff, so that the students, together with the professors, maintain order. In the morning they listen to three main subjects which they study per semester, and in the afternoon they have activities such as sports (including freeclimbing, skateboarding…), theater, dance, meditation, cooking, goat cheese making, music, art (I had the opportunity to lead a couple of subjects such as drawing, embroidery and textile art…). My main task was to do my artwork, to actively use the studio with a view of the glaciers. Thus, through my presence and the development of my work, the students gained insight into what the profession of an artist looks like. Previously, while studying, I did several jobs parallel to one another. The cross-section I made with my arrival has enabled me to successfully “restart”, and complete dedication to art has resulted with new steps in the work which was presented at the exhibition titled Head or Tail / Kopf oder Zahl. In communication with a group of students who gathered around the topic of empowering vulnerable groups of people, we noticed that two of my artworks have presented Roma figures. We came up with the idea to promote the exhibition as a fundraiser, also exhibiting some works outside of that series. We managed to raise money that was redirected to organizations in Serbia that deal with the endangered, with an emphasis on Roma people. I am extremely glad that we took part this way in strengthening one simila VCV‘s project.

Today, I feel stronger when I think about this experience. Probably, and above of all, because of the large number of good people I met, concentrated in one place. Quite often, I see the characters of some ‘ecolianer’ in passers-by, and that always makes me happy, with a dose of comfortable nostalgia.

And, none of this would be possible without VCV, who have been dealing with so many and similar great projects since 2005. In addition to long-term programs, there are also short-term ones, e.g. two-week volunteer camps, which I warmly recommend to everyone. I will draw your attention to the fact that the organization is currently dealing with financial problems, and I will use this opportunity to ask everyone who is able to support their work by donating an amount that is possible for them (until end of month June). With the hope that VCV will hold on, and that many more young people will have the opportunity to travel and gain invaluble intercultural experiences.

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