The second day of the training passed. And I am sitting there solicitous of putting all my feelings onto the page of my blog. As the previous training the second training met my expectations and enriched my inner world with interesting and valuable information.

Like the first day we began our training with a short banter on how we spent a day and what happened to us. I felt sulky from an early morning and didn’t know what exactly was wrong with me, but I was in a  bad mood.))(Perhaps, it was because of the weather.) I hoped somehow to cheer myself up and succeeded. There was a joyful countenance on my face after our training was over.

However, I don’t want to make you wait to know what exactly draw happiness on my face. The training, we have, is a kind of relaxing and informative therapy. I bifurcate it into two parts: discussion and games. Mostly, they are mixed or combined. The first game, we played that day, was the most interesting for me. “Numeral Three”. (It is a name I call this name.) It is a logical game, where all group members sit in a circle and put their hands on the neighbour’s knee from both sides. The main rule of the game is not to pronounce a numeral that is divided to three and ends with three as well. The first starts counting, the next goes on, but the third  claps  the neighbour’s knee two times for he cannot pronounce “three” according to the rule. So the game goes on until group members get confused in numerals and mathematical tasks. It tends to be more difficult when numerals get larger and larger. Though I have not been studying Maths since I graduated from school (4 years easily vanish your knowledge of Maths!), I became one of the winners. ‘Good job, you still know something in Mathematics’ I praised myself. And what you think my mood after the game was. Much better!

Furthermore, we got involved into another game (“Scarf”) with alacrity. Again a group arranged a circle and one of us had her (there are only girls in the group) eyes tied tight with a scarf. The task was to recognize a person by her voice without touching. The game taught us to break the walls if mistrust and establish an affinity between us! (Mind we are acquainted only two days.)

Then it was a turn for an informative part of the training. The doctor-venereologist of the center Oksana told us about infections passed through sexual ways, their symptoms, and about the means of protection and treatment. Although I know something about such kind of diseases, some of them with fatal consequences, my knowledge meant not so much because I got a deeper understanding of the theme only in the training. We were sometimes struck by the facts we heard during the discussion. Oksana gave us questions to conclude the knowledge acquired in the end. Nevertheless, the lesson was of great evaluative character for me.

Along with the a.m. games we were involved in various activities. In a word, I liked the day. I think the fact that we enjoyed the time spent there is due to the unity of our group and professionalism of the staff of the center. The first impression they had on us was excellent, perhaps, it buttressed our burgeoning desire to came there again and again.

A few days of the training are still ahead and I am looking forward to know what we will gain from our next meetings. However, I will share everything with you!

This  and the next years are promised to be successful for Kazakhstan for we have OSCE on December, 1-2, 2010 and we tend to organize and hold the Seventh Asian Winter Games in Astana-Almaty from January, 30 till February, 6, 2010. Both events bear grandiose importance to the country as well to the people who are responsible for it. Realizing this fact and being a patriot of my country I decided to partake in Asian Winter games. With a burden to support my country in such kind of assiduous task I became a volunteer of SWAG in Astana. It is my first time when I participate in world event and surely I feel excited. I hope I will get more experience of working in a world level, find more new friends in Kazakhstan and in foreign countries as well. It makes me feel happy, I anticipate for the beginning of the games. I think that success of this Asian games partially depends upon us – volunteers! Volunteer is an image and the first impression of the country. That’s why we should do our utmost to demonstrate our republic from the good sides. It is due to us how other countries will remember Kazakh people, what their opinion about our ability will be. It is a hard, but at the same time a rewarding job. To my mind, such kind of events are push-ups to the further development and recognition in world economy.

However, finding the right volunteers to represent the status of the republic is a difficult and responsible task. The function of the organization committee is not only to fill the rows of potential and want-to-be volunteers, but to develop them, to prepare them to any unexpected situations and to teach them how to cope with definite barriers during the games. The process of becoming a volunteer requires passing application, psychological training and accreditation processes. All of them are very important and here I would like to share my feelings from the first day of psychological training.

Psychological training is a process of releasing your inner world, a process that helps you to break the walls of mistrust, a process that motivates to believe in your abilities, to show your strengths, to attenuate your weaknesses. My psychological training has begun today. It lasted only for two hours, but the time passed very quick. To tell my truth I didn’t expect anything unusual from it, I accepted it formal, must-to-be meeting. However, it was much better, I dare say super! First of all, we introduced ourselves ( there were only 7 of us) and then we played a rather interesting game called ‘iceberg’. The point of the game is to unite people unfamiliar with each other to reach a common purpose. The rule of the game was to stand unitedly on small pieces of paper and do not let anybody from your ‘friends’ to fell out. Amazing!

Furthermore, iceberg was followed by switching the roles games. We formed pairs and told about ourselves to our partners in a span of five minutes and vice versa listened to them during the next five minutes. Then we told everything that we found out about our friend intending to be that person himself. It was funny to hear your story from the other person. Really funny! After we listened to not less interesting lecture on the theme of reproductive systems and watched a cartoon about the way our organs function. In the end each one shared their feelings about the training and were grateful  to spend to the staff of the center.

On my part, I can say that I am really happy that I enrolled in Asian games as a volunteer. I consider it as a way full of pleasant adventures. Our psychological training will last for five days. And I am looking forward for the next meeting…..