Zimmermann, Gitta

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A. Approximately how many training days did you have this year?: 
B. Briefly list the groups and organizations you worked with this year as a trainer.: 
international people who work with street children mainly in India, Philippines and many countries in Africa, and schools, teachers, parents
C. Approximately how many people did you offer NVC training to this year?: 
D. What are you celebrating about your training experiences this year? What was significant for you? What touched your heart?: 
I am celebrating the growing group of people who work with street children and NVC in all these various countries.When the participants came to the Ruhpolding Workshop which takes place every second year, they said: "It is like coming home. We are like a big family." I try to approach the group not only by offering a NVC Training. Some of my participants said, that their children in the home countries are hungry and therefor are not interested in NVC. So I include other ways of transfering NVC to children by cooperative interactions and by sharing knowledge about simlple ways of creating an own business.
E. Would you share some difficult experiences you had while training this year and how you handled them?: 
One of the particpants vanished in Germany. He still is. With a big regret I noticed that the particpants from Ethiopia were not allowed to come - due to the martial law in this country. we "lost" a lot of money. I have difficulties with my own power limits. I often live over my capacity and therefore I now want to take responsibility for rests. I am still learning.
F. How do you teach the spiritual basis of Nonviolent Communication in your workshops and training programs? : 
Most of the participants took time to visit a local church. I live this other dimension in my words, gestures, awarness during the workshop.
G. Please describe your social change goals...: 
- change in communication and support in education - support to survive (Food and other Gifts and tools) - how to build an own business to become independent by two days of intensive work in Ruhpolding during the NVC workshop. - planning and financial support of several small start ups.
J. Please describe your efforts to create, or join, an NVC circle or organization.: 
I keep constant contact to my participants by sending them information I get myself and which I judge as useful, meaninful. (Internet, phone, skype, letters, and visits in their home countries to support them in an NVC training) I sent them literature and view their reports and work, as much as I can. I get support from "outside" the NVC community to accompany projects, because I have limited time and power. I visit their countries to get to know their life conditions and offer trainings together with them.
K. Summarize participants’ evaluations, and how their feedback resulted in new learning or growth for you this past year.: 
I get so many grateful feedbacks of most of the participants which gives me a lot of support. I do not earn any money from the workshops, in contrast, I invite the people and therefor I am grateful for any acknowlegment. Many of the participants send their reports of how they continue NVC in their home countries. This gives me hope and power to continue. We empower each other, the participants and me.
L. What are your current growing edges or challenges as a trainer that you will be working on in the future?: 
My limited power and time is a chellenge for me. I could spend 48 hours a day on my work. I want to become more aware of my own limits. And another topic: sometimes I just work, not talk and talk to connect. May be this is not easy for the one or the other to take. I am not sure if I want to change this. I will see. I work on this topic. I am bored in some meetings about the talking and I want effectiveness.
M. If you found opportunities to work with other trainers this year, please share the most meaningful experiences for you.: 
This year it was not so easy for me to collaborate with all of them. With some it was very easy. I guess it is a topic of my need for clear communication and keeping and expressing my own limits. I will continue working on this.
N. Is there anything else you would enjoy sharing with the CNVC network?: 
I love my work. It is not so much talking, it is about doing. And when I see that I can support my participants in their own development, I am happy and proud. This is so time consuming that I do not want to read all the mails about the theoretical things in NVC and all the connections some other trainers write about and the new future process. May be therefor I do not feel so much included. I can live with it.

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