Volunteers Information Pakrac Adress has changed !!! International volunteers working camp Prilaz Baruna Trenka 19 43550 Pakrac, Croatia Fax & Phone: 00385 46 84 007 SITUATION REPORT First of all we want to mention that Goran (One of our group leaders) came back after a short time in Zagreb. But he was not alone. He brought the 7th group of volunteers with him: Mark (Australia), Laurent, Yannick (France), Stefan, Bocian, Marcin (Poland), Michele (Canada), Koen and Gregor (Belgium). Last Friday we moved finally to the new house. On the first weekend we were 27 people sleeping in the house and it was quite crowded. But the bunk beds arrived and so we can use the scanty space better. At least we are happy about the shower (with hot water !) even we use it the most time for washing dishes. We have now also our own office. The problem was that we had not access to it from the beginning. This is the reason why this issue of VIP is late. (Please forgive us...) The provocations from both sides keep going on. Last Saturday was again an explosion on the railway line. But now in the direction to Daruvar. There are also a lot of rumours that war will start again in November. But nobody can tell us a serious reason, even the mayor. But until now the exciting daily life in town hasn't changed. VOLUNTEERS ACTIVITIES 1. Reconstruction & Support - Working Groups We expected to work soon inside houses but we still don't. Anyway, the most volunteers are happy about that because it would mean to do very dusty work and to wear protection masks. - Preparation Of Our New House We finally moved !!! Now we have only to put our bunk beds together to get more space. 2. Social Activities Activities table of last week: English Beginner: Mon and Thu, 16.00-17.00 Advanced Course: The and Fri, 17.00-18.00 Jazz Dance : Tue and Wed, 15.30-16.30 Games with Children: Tue and Fri, 17.00-18.00 English Lessons Are going on. Besides that is the idea to start with French lessons. (Influence from three French speaking volunteers) Games with Children Children are open to all kind of ideas. Drawing, collecting leaves (It is autumn), sports, making music and of course games are very beloved. From the new volunteers group are already a lot interested to continue this. 3. Radio Program Last time we missed the program (What a shame...). After a detailed preparation with 2 Austrians, who do their civil service here, to talk about conscious objection, we had a transport problem and couldn't show up in time. 4. Special Happenings Last Saturday was another football game between Argentinian UNPROFOR and the new volunteer team. We scored 6 goals, they scored 20 (Don't laugh, please). Two members of UNCIVPOL (United Nations Civilian Police) visited our meeting to talk about their work and the security situati- on in town. We were surprised about their motivation to organize social activities here. They are even allowed to do this (Very unusual...). List of Needs Guitars or other instruments for a music group - Handcraft - All kind of handwork material to occupy children in a creative way (Cotton for friendship bracelettes, plasteline, claim) - Big mirrors for Jazz Dance course - Subscribtion of a weekly newspaper - Masks, protection glasses, working gloves - Steel toe capped boots in 35 to 42 - Mini bus Money donations are still welcome ! "Try, fail, tray again, fail better, but never surrender"