Because they live and work at Timulazu, the young adults get the opportunity to learn through experience before they support themselves. They live in an apartment on the property and share a kitchen and living room. The boys and girls sleep separate.
The training programme gives the young adults a job and they receive a salary. They use the money to pay rent and their meals. Whatever remains is pocket money they can use however they want. Many young adults start to save for their driver’s licence or other things they have always wanted. From the second year on, the participants become more independent. They get the opportunity to start and internship and choose a profession.
In the last six months, they rent an apartment in the city. Thereafter, they can choose if they will stay there or return to their family. Timulazu takes care of the participants after the two years and functions as family. They can always come to Timulazu and be welcome.
The pedagogical worker
Timulazu’s living- and working programme is guided by pedagogical workers that all have their own network. They can arrange internship spots in several companies.
The foundation and its goals pays attention to the discrimination of gipsies in Romania. It is marvellous to see that Timulazu is becoming a safety-net for the youth of Romania in the Mureș region.
The pedagogical workers at Timulazu work hard to improve the image of the young adults. So, everyone knows: people who participated in the Timulazu programme are reliable, have work experience, and hold their own.
Learning through experience
The training programme works with the ‘Learning through experience’ method. This method means the participants are not only focussed on work, but also learn principles like upbringing, social surroundings, and their own personality.
The premiere starting point of ‘learning through experience’ is that the young adults can discover themselves socially, emotionally, cognitively, physically, and morally through experience. That is what the Timulazu- participants need, because the young people out of children’s homes, family homes or other care in Romania have:
- A shortage of social participation and people who care for them.
- A deficit of initiative and a decreasing amount of physical exercise.
To mend these shortages, we work from a couple of principals:
- The educational environment is important for the youth to be inspired to be creative, to dare, to know themselves and develop as a person.
- The best moments to learn are moments when the young people are in a difficult/ crisis situation.
- The young adult learns social responsibility through doing projects in which he or she is helpful to others.
- There is a connection between freedom and self-discipline, the physical and mental aspects.
- What matters is a person’s integrity.
- Experiencing your emotions and the thoughts connected to it strengthen the personality.
- The development of your own possibilities at your rate.
Projects that work with a ‘learning through experience’-method have three basic aims:
- Vitality: willpower, physical agility, mental tension
- Authenticity: real, own experiences
- Co- existence: living and working together.
Four elements that foster the three aims above are:
- Physical training through games and sports
- Doing a project in a several-day expedition
- Manual labour, working together
- Services to the people
‘Learning through experience’ is described as: Creating a specific situation that enables young people to participate in real experiences, which motivates them to reflect on their own situation. A good combination between real experiences and reflection upon it, leads to new learning-processes, which eventually helps the person to acquire autonomy. This all leads to a new perspective.
The living and working programme tries to give the young adults a new perspective on their future through the 2-year method of ‘learning through experience’. This gives the participants a chance to make mistakes and learn from them. With positive feedback, their self-confidence grows, so they can enter society with confidence.