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My experience during youth exchange in Spain

How it always happens we do not know what to expect from this or that training. But I was sure from the beginning that it will be a great experience.

This is my first Erasmus+ training. To have opportunity to spend 9 days in Spain, to communicate with new, various, interesting and unique people, to acquaint there with a huge number of vigorous people, leaders, and kind people who aim to develop and to change something helping the others, isn’t it a great chance in life?

During this period, I understood that we- young generations can change the world to the better, do our best for this. Because we are change-makers. Now I have a wide circle of contacts, friends in all parts of the world, I learned a lot of interesting energizers and ice breaker games – I already started to use them in my daily life. While training I improved my knowledge of the English language and developed the skills of communication.

Thank you a lot for this amazing experience!

What I will keep in mind- Do not lose motivation and never give up!

GO GREEN Bermenghem, UK    

 

Recycle is not the solution

To be clear, am not against recycling, it’s just mispresenting and misunderstood. “I’ll put it for recycling, don’t worry”, this is the response I get from most people when I point out that they can use a reusable cup instead of the single-use they are about to take, use for a little and throw away when they are done with it. Same thing with every single-use plastic or paper container.

This is today’s life’s popular fast-paced lifestyle, “convenience above all” that leads to overconsumption, our main problem. It’s convenient to buy coffee and take it on the go with a plastic or paper cup. Is very inconvenient to have a bottle or a cup with you to use. It’s easy, you use what you need and then you throw away the rest of it. Plastic cups, bottles, bags, staws, no need to think, just do what you got used to doing. All those plastic things, in theory, can be recycled, in reality, is not that simple.
To start, recycling is not easy and has many limitations, we can’t recycle everything and not forever. Plastic can be recycled only 6 times, in most cases fewer times and can’t be used for food or drinks, that means that plastic cup and the plastic bottle can’t return as new plastic bottles, straws or cups. That makes them the main problem.
The best solution is to lower the production of plastic. Continuing to produce new things from first materials it damages our plant, we are eating it and in the end, Earth will eat us and survive.

To close, am living you with an article about the pollution of our oceans.

https://ecowarriorprincess.net/2018/09/top-10-collected-ocean-conservancy-international-coastal-cleanup-made-plastic/

By Spyros Kimonos  

 

 

 

 

Antoni Ruszkiewicz

representant of the UK

‘The colours of Diversity’

Project Dissemination

I hadn’t expected that the training course ‘Colours of Diversity’ would have been so significant to me. I experienced something more than merely interesting conversations with people of various cultural backgrounds enhanced by extraordinary circumstances and surroundings that poiMarrakech provided. I have seen group of people sharing the same passion and engagement to learn, explore and discover. Such an approach created very exceptional dynamics which undoubtedly fostered our work and integration. It wouldn’t have been possible if it hadn’t been for our course leader who inspired us with countless ideas and information regarding the topic of refugees and all problematic aspects of it. The wide range of activities provided us with a bigger picture and deeper understanding of the topic. The theory that we had acquired was then implemented into practice thanks to various strategy games and exercises.

Another factor which, to a great extent, made this project so exceptional was the diversity of cultures that the participants represented. Various ideas, approaches and perspectives originating from over ten countries and three continents resulted in very abundant and complex discussions. Everyone seemed to have been surprised by how quickly we all bonded, despite differences in age and nationalities. Time will tell how strong the bonds we managed to create, but at the time being, after almost two months from the end of the project, I am still in touch with several participants. 

I reckon that the location and surroundings where not meaningless. ghMoreover, they significantly contributed to the uniqueness of the project. Marrakesh turned out to be a fascinating environment which was eagerly explored by us after the daily activities. This leisure time which provided us with an opportunity to get to know each other even better was an important part of the whole experience as it positively impacted the quality of our cooperation.

This was my first training course, which in comparison to some youth exchanges that I participated in, seemed more intense yet very fulfilling. I strongly recommend this type of experience to the others as they are highly beneficial on numerous levels. They make us believe that we can make the world a better place and furthermore, encourage to take action. They teach us how to embrace and enjoy the colours of diversity!

 

Rise and Rise Strong Female -development, inclusion and improvement the quality of life of women

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This Erasmus+ project aims to develop basic and civic competencies by an intergenerational exchange between adult trainer (expert on autobiographical method) and young women in NEET and/or with migration background. We consider that each group of women has certain competencies which can be shared with other women. On the one hand, young unemployed women are not fully aware of their fundamental rights and their non-formal competencies and there is oftentimes a lack of autonomy among these women. However these women have grown up with information technologies and therefore have an easy access and related skills to ICT services. On the other hand, our female trainers have not the necessary competencies with the everyday use of ICT but they can share their life experiences as active citizens and transfer some of their non-formal though effective pedagogic tools.

In order to close this gap, we want to cooperate on a European level with these trainers in adult education and their learners to exchange good practices from each other. This intergenerational learning setting will help young unemployed women to valorize their competences, develop basic skills and knowledge about active citizenship and rights with the support of adult women and the autobiographical methods that they will apply. In return the young women will help adult women to get better access to modern technologies.

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What is Erasmus+?

Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain experience, and volunteer abroad.

Set to last until 2020, Erasmus+ doesn’t just have opportunities for students. Merging seven prior programmes, it has opportunities for a wide variety of individuals and organisations.

Detailed information on these opportunities, including eligibility criteria, is available in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide. An indicative funding guide for some centralised opportunities is also available.

CHILD-DISABILITY-PARENT-EDUCATION

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Starting from the idea of social exclusion, parents’ inner feelings and frustrations are highlighted. They have different behaviors than parents who have normal children, with a tendency to isolation because their lives are a permanent stress that affects the whole family and their marital relationships. The stress of having a child with deficiencies negatively affects parents by affecting their self-image / self-esteem due to feelings of self-deprivation. As it is known, both at national and international level, stress is a current problem in our society. By developing a parental education program related with their special needs education children, we combat social exclusion, as in most cases they live isolated in society because of their sentiment of guilt / shame over others. The project wants to make parents with children with disabilities aware that it is not their fault or other external factors for the problem they are facing. Developing a recovery program for both the special educational needs child and his / her parent must include elements of positive psychology, the goal being to permanently stimulate the acceptance of the current situation by the parents. By developing skills and abilities to recuperate deficient children, developing parenting counseling services and an on-line communication network at national and international level, they will be helped to realize that they can have a normal social and family life. For the existence of the human individual, formal or informal education is essential in the development of adaptive capacities to the social environment.

The target group in the project is parents with children with special educational needs (SEN). Through the project, parents of children with SENs will have the chance to know how parents of children with SENs from the European countries involved in the project overcome psycho-emotional problems.

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What is Erasmus+?

Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain experience, and volunteer abroad.

Set to last until 2020, Erasmus+ doesn’t just have opportunities for students. Merging seven prior programmes, it has opportunities for a wide variety of individuals and organisations.

Detailed information on these opportunities, including eligibility criteria, is available in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide. An indicative funding guide for some centralised opportunities is also available.

Few words about our project «Colors of diversity» that took place in Marrakesh, Morocco 20-28 March.

The idea of the project was very connected to what I was doing the last 5 years. I studied cultural anthropology and sociology, so the topics we discussed were very useful. Migrational policy, 56685853_2005200603115005_2934131192007491584_nhuman rights activism, refugees issues, international organisations and international law system were among these topics. We played tactical games and came up with our own project proposals by the end of the week. It was very inspiring to share ideas and to learn new things in a field that I thought I was so much used to. Anyway, I learned much more, as there were people in our group that were experienced not in theoretical but in practical way of understanding how to 56795454_441191149973194_2056500817443160064_ndeal with this huge problem of the modern world: migration. The project helped me understand my professional field better and affected the perception of what I’m going to do for the next years. Our trainer presented us the facts and different curious cases in international law problems. The training sessions were very fun and I have very warm feelings about the group and social life at the project. I didn’t spend much time in the city, but I enjoyed connecting with people of different backgrounds and lifestyles inside our center. I live in Moscow and it’s comes to me so different now from the place we stayed in. It’s not so easy to connect with people here and I am very grateful now for the opportunity to talk to people from Europe and Northern Africa. I feel that I understand many shadowed topics better as I was very empathic about the things my new friends shared with me from their insiders’ points of view. I’m sure I’m going to meet some of them in summer. I very much hope so.   

Iana Vladiravana

 

 

The importance of the choice of the host country for the projec1t_Morocco_Colors of Diversity_Erasmus+

A lot of articles were written about the role of Erasmus + programs in the world, about its efficiency for students all around the world, about how it could change the people’s view, the system of beliefs and even the whole life, how it helps to discover new cultures,  to embrace the cultural differences and the crash of existing stereotypes,  how it helps to become a universal Human being, looking around us and understanding the goal  and place of our nature in this big and the same time small world, but in the same time conserving, protecting  and respecting  your own culture and identity….Here we could continue the list of  maximum possible benefits you could get from this program. In this article I will try to focus on the importance of the chosen host country for the project/program implementation.

A few times ago I was blessed to participate during the Training Course “Colors of Diversity”, which was organised in Marrakesh, Morocco. Projects’ aim was to strengthen the competencies of youth workers and leaders in finding proper approaches for fostering the inclusion of refugees and marginalized young people with migration backgrounds. I found out that Marrakech was the perfect place to organise the training course with such a topic namely in this country.

The Kingdom of Morocco has a very big history on the country’s dependence on foreign countries, as Spain, France, etc., that transformed the country nowadays into one of the world’s leading emigration processes. The question with the Sub-Saharan African migrants, refugees also is challenging for the constitutional monarchy country. Thus, Morocco during those wonderful 8 days of the project became for us not just a host country for the organization of the event, but a study case for understanding and analysing of migration processes. We were able to observe and feel all the processes caused by migration, all the difficulties provoked by unlimited migration process and in the same time wealth and diversity of the Moroccan culture accumulated during this age-old process. 

5Summarizing the different external influences on Morocco, the late King Hassan II eloquently stated that his country is a tree that has its roots in Africa, the trunk in the Arab-Muslim world and its branches in Europe. This project had a very big influence on gaining a real interest in discovering different cultures and about the art and science of Moroccan diverse population to leave a full life together, to build a common future in peace and harmony. Here I understood, what the “Colors of Diversity mean”.

I discovered an amazing world with its own charm; diversity of Moroccan languages, clothing, the cuisine, generosity, and the culture. Once coming here you start to feel a friendly environment with a kind sun, which you could not find in such a measure in spring in my country of origin, Moldova and people with burning hearts. Air impregnated with the aroma of essential oils and spices embraces you with their magnificence.

Marrakech is a city that always seems to be on the move. There’s absolutely no point following the various street signs. Speeder drivers are moving, without noticing the traffic light as if dictating that there are more important things than to be waiting for the green traffic light.

The Majorelle Garden is another bright memory taken by me from Marrakesch.  During his lifetime, Majorelle earned a reputation as a celebrated Orientalist painter. Though Majorelle’s watercolors are largely forgotten today, the gardens remain as his creative masterpiece. The special shade of bold cobalt blue, inspired by the coloured tiles he had seen around Marrakech and in Berber burn-houses, was used extensively in the garden and its buildings and is named after him, bleu Majorelle—Majorelle Blue.[1]To notice that in the 1980s, the property was purchased by the fashion designers, Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé who worked to restore it. Now, I could fully understand the meaning of Nicolas Sarkozy’ words about Yves Saint-Laurent, who was named by him as the first to elevate haute couture to the rank of art. In Majorelle Garden for sure, you will be impressed by interlacing in one of nature and human creation to the rank of art. Beauty from ancient times-till nowadays appears as a relationship of man with the world. In this garden, you could feel the highest point of beauty.

The medina is a shopper’s eighth wonder. Slippers, ceramics, jewelry, 7wooden objects of every kind, bags are very lovely to look at, haggle over and take home. Another part is to know how to haggle over is the art of negotiation. If you will refuse from the idea to negotiate with the seller you could assume the risk of injuring him/her ;).  Here I could reveal a secret of seller’s empathy, if you will say a country of your origin, the level of wealth of which is not such big you could get the maximum discount possible, or even the price for local residents, which could be in twice less-costly. Another little ruse, in our case, was our dear Arabic-speaker participant Messaoud, who kindly agreed to accompany us during this wonderful shopping journey.    

The architecture of Marrakech’s buildings, walls are perfectly decorated with carved stones with exquisite mosaic. All the time, the mosaic was seen by me as a symbol of an intermingling of numerous cultures, ideas, economies, markets, norms of behavior and the ever more rapid coming together of peoples, despite the barriers imposed by frontiers in this marvelous land, Kingdom of Morocco. In my understanding, Morocco represents a huge culture of understanding of each other.

Another wealth of Morocco I cannot fail to mention is the generosity of local people. When we were asking to make a tee without sugar they were making two kettles (which were so beautiful alike as from the Royal Court) of tea, one was sweet as honey, and another which supposed to be without sugar was with a bit sugar because they could not imagine how it is to drink tea without sugar and they wanted so much that we enjoy the taste of this tee.

The world of Moroccans generosity was proved especially during the game of knowing of Marrakech, during which we should change different staffs with unknown people from the streets. What was interesting we started with a portion of small food and ended with a new mobile phone cover with a very interesting quote on it “I am a life changer”. During the whole game, people from Marrakech were so open and kind to us, some of them even wanted to make a change with a quite expensive staff (silver jeweler’s, watches, etc.), but  our spirit of the realism of the game was stopping them from this actions J.                                               (photo credit: Yana Vladimirova) 

These are just a few things which show that Marrakech was a best-suited place for “Colors of diversity” organization chosen by organisers. I wish to express my gratitude that they were able perfectly to combine the theme of training course and the country, which met the line of the training course.

As an epilogue I want to thank all the wonderful people I’ve met during the course. I wish to mention also that Erasmus + is more than just a program, which promotes the development of young people as highly qualified and open-minded future professionals, it is also about discovering yourself for yourself, for people around you and it is invaluable for being immersed in a new culture you started to feel yourself a part of that culture, of the mood, a part of the universe. For sure, Erasmus shapes my presence and definitely will leave its footprints in my soul.

Thus, dear student, please embrace beautiful opportunities that come your way and color your life with wonderful experiences, people, events, meetings which give you a taste of life.

Lilia MANASTIRLI,

Republic of Moldova

 

Ioanna Demetriou

Youth Exchange in Birmingham, December 2018

 During the youth exchange in Birmingham, titled “Think Green, Live Green, Love Green”, the Cyprus team along with PlanBe, Plan it Be it!, had the opportunity to explore all kinds of environmental issues, focused on solutions that could help solve the awful effects of pollution of water, land, air and ways in which youth can contribute to reduce the negative consequences of climate change.

All of us participated in activities to find new ways to use plastic and try to recycle more while buying as little plastic as we could, something that proves a lot more difficult, given the circumstances in current supermarkets all around the world. We searched to find which countries had more issues with pollution, we talked about what our countries are currently doing about the problems about the environment, the measures that the governments are taking, only to realize that drastic solutions need to be taken as soon as possible for a change to happen.

Soon, we discovered that our countries share the same understanding about recycling, which was that eventually no matter how much people recycle, results will only be effective if people are not allowed to use plastic at all, or if governments force people to do more about the problems surrounding the environment. It goes without saying that people have the greatest form of power when it comes to collectively fighting for a cause, as it is proved for centuries and centuries now.

During an activity, we created an ideal world which would be perfect to benefit from without polluting the environment, without climate change or global warming, figuring out what kinds of things would change in our realities. The truth is, humans have the extraordinary ability to adapt in all hardships and challenges, hence a drastic change to help the environment would be the best if people want to continue living on this planet. A healthy environment is all an individual needs for their beginning in life and it was quite sad to hear from such young people that they no longer have a dream for a family if the situations with climate remain the same, our children’s children will have the worst of it and will inevitably hate this planet, not realizing how our generation got to enjoy the sun, walk through forests, swim in plastic-free ocean and be part in nature as the most important concept of living earth.

The participants of the youth exchange from Estonia, Cyprus, Romania, Spain and Lithuania were all acknowledging how much needs to be done in literally no time left for our world to keep breathing, emphasizing that if we communicate and help each other, our planet could be saved.

 

Rotterdam Erasmus+ Youth Exchange No Polution -Its solution

Hello, my name is Nikola, also from Bulgaria. I really enjoyed the project, i img_1874met a lot of new people, saw a lot of new buildings, galleries, tried new foods and a lot of new things. I also learn a lot of new things about the pollution and ecology witch will be helpful for me in the future. I will never forget this amazing project

Greetings,

Nikola Andreev

No pollution –Its solution Rotterdam, Netherlands Erasmus+ Youth Exchange

Nikola Mihov –  from Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

48364908_2493299817363497_6208695712532660224_nHello, I’m Nikola from Bulgaria. I really enjoyed the time I spent with all participants at this project, learning many things about Pollution, Environmental Protection and Ecology. I think these are really important things. After all, this is our planet and we have to keep it alive.

It’s the first time I’m a part of an Erasmus+ Project and I really appreciate the possibility to meet people from other EU-countries, to learn more about their culture, to know each other, to have fun together.

I’m impressed with the beauty of the city of Rotterdam and with the contemporary architectural view of the buildings, and with the hospitality of our hosts also. So, thank you very much.

Greetings,

Nikola

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“No pollution – It’s solution” Erasmus+ Youth Exchange

In-Planet in cooperation with Stichting CODINE NGO of Netherlands gave us the great opportunity45527287_10215536663588164_2408478060274778112_n48183280_10210804023691393_6664063525532467200_n to participate in an environmental project titled “no pollution – it’s solution” . Thirty seven participants from Bulgaria, Greece, Spain, Poland and Netherlands met in Rotterdam to talk about climate changes, carbon footprint and responsible consumption of energy resources. Non-formal and informal methods were chosen for us to learn more and embrace a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Experts came to present their ideas and how active citizens can make a great difference to this world. Raising our awareness was the push we needed to take more responsibilities and respect the world we live in to make it a better place for all of us. By everyone’s positive attitude, curiosity and craving for learning workshops were fun and educative at the same time. Greek team would like to thank the hosting and sending organisations as long as our trainer Daniela Alexeiciucand recommend you all to seize your life with Erasmus plus projects..

If you’re aiming at running your own business as a young entrepreneur, then Be Brave Take a chance is a must in terms of hands on programmes to attend. It gets you familiar with the mot important insights a future entrepreneur should be aware of before planning his startup.

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The whole programme is well rounded, there’s no essential aspect one could need and hasn’t been offered. On the other hand a never felt that the information provided is not necessary for a future entrepreneur. The syllabus seems to have been carefully designed so that it caters for specific needs.

The trainers have given their best to offer quality information, have been well prepared, have been extremely proactive and most importantly managed to make this course a very practical one.

I also appreciated both the trainers’ punctuality and the relaxed atmosphere during the courses, everyone could express their views without feeling judged, even though his point of view might have totally different from the others’.

Overall I felt that this programme met my expectations and I must admit I had high expectations. I strongly recommend it to anyone willing to get a fresh approach on how to start a startup. 😊

Are you brave to make a difference?

Think where you are now and what are the opportunities you have now, and then think where do you see yourself in the future. What is the world you live in like? I have an image in my head of a better world. More tolerant, more emphatic and helpful.
47395300_2490771007616292_8144833000673116160_nBe Brave, Take a Chance is an Erasmus + project that took place in November in the capital of England, London. The topic itself could be implemented in anything you decide to do. It is about the new business model known as Social Entrepreneurship.
When I attended to the first training on this project I didn`t know what to expect, because this seemed to be out of my comfort and professional zone. As a Bachelor of Law and MA student of Global Governance, Intercultural Relations and Peace Building Management I thoug

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ht that business is definitely not something I can see myself doing in the future. First day passed and immediately I realized that my profession has nothing to do with social entrepreneurship, even more it can only help you to steer yourself in the right direction.
During the activities all the group participated in different team building activities as well as learning from our mentors who made sure everything was understood and clear. In this course we were pushed to brainstorm about different business ideas with a final goal of a social impact to the society we live in. In the end it doesn`t matter if the impact you produce with your business will be local, regional or on an international level. The aim is to have a business not with profit as an objective but a change, social change.
Being a part of an organization Rondine Cittadella della Pace, which deals with peace building in conflicted areas in the world and human rights, gave me that “wind in my back“ to continue developing ideas for my project which will in the end have a big social impact as well as carry on this knowledge to my colleagues so they can also implement this to their work. This is an example of a humanitarian network between the youth from different parts of the world. We are all visionaries trying to find solutions for society`s most pressing social, cultural and environmental problems.
After reading this, I ask you to think again about the first question. I ask YOU to brainstorm, to do research, to move from your comfort zone, to look outside of your house and look around to whom could you help. I ask you to join the Erasmus + network and work on your personal and professional growth. I ask you to be a visionary.

Sara Dukic
BA of Law, University of Sarajevo
Associazione Rondine Cittadella della Pace
E-mail saritadukic@gmail.com

Be Brave Take A Chance London, UK

47493475_2490771180949608_6850392740274896896_nI have found the course very interesting and great; I enjoyed everything about it. The organizers were exceptional people, the place was great, the trainers were extraordinary and the group friendly. Before the course I didn’t know too much about Erasmus+ or URBAN MBA and I had a great oppor

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tunity to learn more. The training was informative and practical. I learnt a lot about social media, KPI, how


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 to create and promote an online business and to see the future with open eyes. I gained a lot of knowledge during the days and the trainers explained everything perfect and used many ways in which to share their informations. I would gladly recommand to anyone to take part in such experience. Thank you very much!

De câte ori nu v-a venit în minte o idee de afacere?  Pe care unii dintre voi ați dus-o, poate, la capăt și ideea  a devenit o afacere, în timp ce alții încă mai visează la ea.  Și cîți dintre voi nu  v-ati dorit să faceți lumea un loc mai bun și să rezolvați  o problemă cu impact social?  

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 Dar … dacă s-ar putea face și o afacere și în acelasi timp s-ar putea rezolva sau măcar ameliora și o problemă din comunitate?   Pe scurt, cam asta ar fi antreprenoriatul social, despre care am fost curioasă să aflu mai multe, așa că am participat la proiectul de mobilitate finantat prin programul Erasmus + „Be Brave, Take a Chance”, derulat la Londra în două module,  în noiembrie 2018 și ianuarie 2019.

 Organizatorul proiectului, Urban MBA (http://urbanmba.co.uk/)  și  partenerii săi din UK, Italia și România  și-au propus să aducă împreună tineri și lucrători din zona de tineret pentru a participa la un training despre antreprenoriatul social, o posibilă soluție pentru  rezolvarea problemelor sociale, dar și pentru  o mai bună integrare a tinerilor pe piața muncii.

Asteptările mi-au fost depășite pentru că nu doar că acum știu mai multe despre antreprenoriatul social, despre cum să iei o idee și o să transformi într-o afacere, dar îmi și doresc să le dezvolt elevilor mei prin proiecte pe care sa le derulăm la nivelul Colegiului Național Al.I.Cuza Focșani  și nu numai, abilitățile și mai ales dorința de a se orienta spre antreprenoriatul  social.

Da, știu, nu e ușor. Nici să faci un plan de afaceri, nici să găsești o finanțare pentru ea, nici să o promovezi. Dar știti ceva? Cine a spus că trebuie să fie usor? Important e să fie  suficient de provocator încât să dea un sens pentru ceea ce faci. Așa că mulțumesc  echipei de proiect din „Be Brave, Take a Chance” pentru ca mi-a dat ocazia să învăț și să dau mai departe.  Și mai știți ceva? Participanții în proiect pe care i-am cunoscut m-au făcut să cred că viitorul Europei e pe mâini bune.

“Live GREEN,

Think GREEN, Love GREEN!”

03-10.12.2018, Birmingham, United Kingdom

During a beautiful week in Birmingham (literally, it was unusually warm for that time of the year), I participated in an Erasmus + Project called “Live Green, Think Green, Love Green” and I could make new friends and participate in lots of interesting activities regarding the environment. The project had participants from 5 countries (Cyprus, Romania, Estonia, Lithuania, Spain), and each team presented in the evening their country (food, drinks, cultural habits, etc.) and I was very proud to represent Romania and delighted that everybody liked our food and the beauty of our country.

The speaker was Daniela Alexeiciuc who did a really good job with us and showing us nice activities and make our schedule more pleasant. Watching Daniela doing her job made me realize thinking that I would like to be a facilitator (I have already been a facilitator in EYE 2016 in Strasbourg) in this kind of projects, speaking with youth and making lots of activities about the environment, because I have a background in ecology and environmental protection. Not everything was perfect, we had some organizing problems which eventually we were able to solve and now we are waiting for the travel reimbursement.

In conclusion I would like to emphasize that joining Erasmus + Projects for Youth it’s always a good idea because even if you don’t know too much about the subject the facilitators have nice activities for everybody and every opinion counts!

Be Brave, Take a Chance

London, 26th Nov. to 1st Dec.

Throughout the training course, ‘Be Brave, Take a Chance’, we had the opportunity to discover the world of social enterprises, to understand this sector of business and to reflect about how we can get involved. The main idea of a social enterprise is to create a business with the goal of making a social impact on a community, but at the same time to establish an economic circle that is able to make the business sustainable by itself. The social mission can also include ways to sensibilize the surrounding environment; a social enterprise can be a chance to create a well-needed network into civic society based on solidarity, and at the same time creating new job opportunities for the community.

During the training course, we learned about what it means to be a social entrepreneur through the experiences of some business-related examples from our countries. For example, we talked about “Change Please”, a social enterprise based in London that aims to help homeless people. We had the opportunity to get to know and engage with the creator of Mayamada in order to better understand the “main character” of our business plan. In general, we worked on connecting theory and practice, alternative explanations about the characteristics of a social enterprise, the characteristics of a professional in the field, and the economical aspects such as financial methods and others, with concrete activities. We also thought about our personal ideas to be developed and, with the help of the trainers, we tried to put our personal project to practise. We had a lot of tools to further elaborate the idea, trying to find out the strengths and weaknesses, the economic potential and, most of all, the perspective of the social impact that we would like our business to have.

When our draft social enterprises were complete, we exchanged with the other participants to compare different contexts, as well as to deepen the knowledge of our own and how one’s nation favour this type of economy. Comparing with other ideas was also particularly useful to get new perspectives and to improve our own. For example, we had an activity about the unemployment situation in our own country in order to better understand the labour market that we should enter, a phase of research and analysis of all regulatory systems that characterize social enterprises in our country of origin.

To sum up, this training course was a valuable chance to understand how we could create our own job and profession that is both economically sustainable and also needed in our community, to be creative in finding innovative solutions for social problems, and to experience ourselves and reflect on what our personal contribution could be.

Marta Minari

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The project “Challenge?! Accepted!” corresponds the overall objectives of the framework for European cooperation in the youth field (2010-2018) through promoting active citizenship, social inclusion and solidarity.Lack of healthy lifestyle and social exclusion are common problems that impact young people in our local communities. That’s why we decided to focus on these topics by raising awareness and improving the capacity of female and male youngsters from Netherlands, Georgia, Spain,Greece and Ukraine to develop new attitudes in favor of healthy lifestyle thereby addressing the issue. Life expectancy in Europe has increase

d during recent decades due to better living standards and good medical care. But, at the same time, physical inactivity, increasing tobacco use, excessive consumption of alcohol and poor diet and nutrition, are increasingly becoming part of today’s lifestyle leading to the rapid rise of diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, or obesity. Nowadays in Europe overweight affects about 50% and obesity 20% of the population. 
 
 
 
To promote healthy lifestyle, thus inclusion of excluded groups, we aim at raising awareness and building the capacity of female and male youngsters from Netherlands, Georgia, Spain, Greece and Ukraine, so that they are better able to utilize and promote it back to their communities. (a) To explore the concept of healthy lifestyle (b)To discuss current issues related to the nutrition and sports through sharing good practices and experiences related to prevention of diseases caused by lack of exercise and poor eating habits. (c)To provide participants with theoretical and practical opportunities to improve their physical and health competences; (d) To empower youngsters to multiply competencies gained during the Youth Exchange in their local communities by spreading outputs of the project (Calendar, project video, press releases, photos, future local and international projects); (e) To promote non-formal education and Erasmus+ Programme as a support tool for health education 

ON THE SPOT – YOUTH WORK IN GEORGIA

STUDY VISIT

GEORGIA

MARCH 30 – APRIL 06, 2013

The study visit was a great experience in the area of Georgian non-governmental organizations which are working with marginalized youth, particularly with

62816_4994471977704_1182876312_nInternally Displaced youth, and young people that are living in secondary cities and rural areas.

We have found out main issues of these categories of youth, and tried to plan some projects, which can improve connections between Georgian NGO sector and other countries, help young people to solve their problems in education, unemployment, etc.

Also, we were introduced to how these organizations include volunteering and international encounters into their work to empower their target group.

During the visits we have been in such cities: Tbilisi, Rustavi, Ozurgeti, Zugdidi, Kobuleti and Batumi.

We have reached the project’s objectives:
1. We got a better understanding of youth work and local and international volunteering in Georgia.
2. We discovered a part of the voluntary sector in Georgia.
3. We have exchanged experience and “best practice”.                                                                                               IMG_40584. Planed new volunteering projects between EU and EECA Partner Countries.

 
Of course such projects which connects people from many countries it’s a great intercultural experience where I met very nice persons from Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Ukraine, Latvia, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Germany, Italy, Portugal. I am very thankful to all of them, also to the sending organization (CEDES) and hosting organization (Academy for Peace and Development) for giving this great opportunity to take part in such projects.

Sergiu.padure@gmail.com – Sergiu Pădure

– 

                                             “Lead to Change” TC Lorca, Spain

The aim of the project was to train participants and empower them  with competencies in organizing, implementing, evaluating and planning an effective Youth Exchange in the framework of Youth in Action Program. Therefore, I had a strong incentive to be a participant and acquire essential knowledge in this field.

Being par

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t of the team of more than 18 young people, from different countries was a great opportunity to make new intercultural bounds and share experience at international level. Additionally, we as leaders, were provided with new ideas and prospective for managing long-rate issues related to the youth exchanges. For instance we have got an insight about intercultural learning, working with international groups, learning in the YE, inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities, group dynamics and more. Regarding to all these, we had a great opportunity to share impressions and points of view, since we worked and learned within a multicultural group. So, as for the training all my expectancies have been meet and fulfilled. The Youthpass Certificate we all have been given, certifies our competencies, abilities and knowledge acquired. Moreover, participants have thought of creating a project of their own and implement it. Consequently, we want to put forth into action all paramount information we have gained within this training course.

As for the spare time we had, the organizers of the training course had the initiative to break the ice and initiate the “getting to know each other” process in a very efficient way. We had the traditional “visit of the city” however it was unique in its own way. It was a great opportunity to communicate

DSC_0229and have fun with all the participants. We felt social compatibility , we acted flexibl
e and the sense of humor was uniting our personalities. Hence, our free time activities were enjoyable and creative. Apart from strong analytic and organizational skills, the participants had specific talents either painting, singing or playing the guitar therefore we have organized a lot of creative, fun games  and activities. The outcome of the evening activities we held had visible results. Especially for me, I have made new friends from all corners of Europe, we felt that the multiculturalism is not an issue in communicating and share opinions on different matters. Actually, we all

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consciously applied the principle “Unit

y through Diversity”.

Hopefully, I will have so much more opportunities to being part of such training courses since they turn out to be valuable lessons for the future with paramount outcome for evolving as a cultivated personality.

 
marianacazacu@yahoo.com – Mariana Cazacu
Partnership-building activity (PBA)
 
                                              Gathering potentials – Developing sustainable partnerships:
Struggling Youth Unemployment in Europe  mutually
 
02.03. – 08.03.2013. Ključ, Bosnia-Herzegovina

The last nine days were marked by a very precious experience due to the international training course within the Youth in Action Program. Besides gaining knowledge about volunteering and inclusion, I also had the opportunity to partake in the Employment training course, which was a novel approach towards non-formal education. It has been helping students and youngsters all across the European Union and its border nations. Many of whom need support and encouragement either to develop or improve their skills and connections. Furthermore, regarding the “Powder Keg” of Europe, which lately has experienced a series of political and financial irregularities, yet it still possesses great growth potential especially through the young minds. These projects represent a new perspective for many that wish to pursue their willingness to improve themselves and share their experiences with others. The non-formal education approach allows flexibility to participants’ needs that arise from different constraints created by the socio-economic factors branching from the emerging economies. Sustainability of such activities can be achieved either via increasing the quality of the information analyzed or the models employed in the process or through a ramification that will reach all the strata of the societies.

 
My capabilities broadened as I was taught different techniques regarding how one can improve one’s learning and working skills. They ranged from simple advices to more sophisticated analytical theories. The possibility to interact with peers from different countries and various backgrounds is a valuable asset of the project. Teamwork was one of the most important pillars of our training; however it wasn’t the only one. There were continuous discussions regarding volunteering as a powerful tool for inclusion, development of skills for matching needs of young people and job markets and also empowerment and personal development of young people, to name a few.
Here are the objectives that we reached:
to understand volunteering as a powerful tool for inclusion, empowerment and personal development of young people;
to increase ability to asses competencies of young people and develop programs that would build up on their existing ones and develop ones missing for future employment;
to develop skills for matching needs of young people and job markets;
to develop a base of competencies for implementation and facilitation of inclusive programs;
to publishing online “Manual for employable volunteering programs” to be available for wider youth worker community.
 
 
 
Socializing and sharing experience with people from other countries gave me knowledge about their culture and way of thinking, which I find rather enchanting. The overall impression was impressive, and even if it didn’t have a major impact on me, I’ve managed to look at volunteering from another angle. That is the pleasure in doing the right thing.
 

Muntean Ștefan

Muntean2stefan@yahoo.com

 

,,Include me in Employment’’

January 11th – 20th 2013, Sremski Karlovci, Serbia

 

The last nine days were marked by a very precious experience due to the international training course within the Youth in Action Program. Besides gaining knowledge about volunteering and inclusion, I also had the opportunity to partake in the Employment training course, which was a novel approach towards non-formal education.
My capabilities broadened as I was taught different techniques regarding how one can improve one’s learning and working skills. Teamwork was one of the most important pillars of our training; however it wasn’t the only one. 408403_10151365611131288_1832083761_nThere were continuous discussions regarding volunteering as a powerful tool for inclusion, development of skills for matching needs of young people and job markets and also empowerment and personal development of young people, to name a few.

Here are the objectives that we reached:
to understand volunteering as a powerful tool for inclusion, empowerment and personal development ofyoung people;
to increase ability to asses competencies of young people and develop programs that would build up on their existing ones and develop ones missing for future employment;
to develop skills for matching needs of young people and job markets;
to develop a base of competencies for implementation and facilitation of inclusive programs;
to publishing online “Manual for employable volunteering programs” to be available for wider youth worker community.

Socializing and sharing experience with people from other countries gave me knowledge about their culture and way of thinking, which I find rather enchanting. The overall impression was impressive, and even if it didn’t have a major impact on me, I’ve managed to look at volunteering from another angle. That is the pleasure in doing the right thing. Lastly, the non-formal education approach allowed flexibility to participant’s needs and stages of group development.

Muntean Ștefan

Muntean2stefan@yahoo.com

           

ITC  “Young European Entrepreneurs on Go” ,

Serbia  22-29 November 2012

Being involved during one week in an international training course within the Youth in Action Programme turned out to be an appreciable experience. Additionally, thanks to this project, I had the unique opportunity to discover part of the Balkans region by familiarizing myself with the culture of Serbia.DSC_0161

Mainly, this training focused on developing youth entrepreneurship and volunteerism as a tool for fighting against youth unemployment and its aim was to contribute to the fostering of social inclusion and cohesion. Therefore, it goes without saying that the effectiveness of such a project is of paramount importance for each of the participant. Apart from the benefits of multicultural exchange of information and experience I have also enlarged my cultural background about Albania, Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Latvia, Slovenia. I strongly believe that this kind of activities give the participants the incentive to establish new partnerships and cooperation in the field of youth work and exchange.   As for me, I assert that this training has provided thorough knowledge and outstanding ideas that design the concept of Entrepreneurship. For instance, I have gained awareness  of the potentials of youth entrepreneurship as a tool for self-employment since nowadays each country has to deal with youth unemployment. Our team as a whole was so creative, innovative and committed to the daily activity programme that each day was full of valuable non-formal lessons, providing lifelong ideas and combining the learning process with constructive fun. Moreover, we all tried to turn our ideas into action by making business plans and create potential business ideas that DSC_0206would probably become someday a reality and not only a paper-written business dream. Actually, we were highly motivated to share real life experiences and practices with our international peers. I felt that throughout the training course all of us gained many skills which in turn will enhance our employability potential as a graduate/youth. Also, memorable for me is the second day of the project, when we where split into teams and given tasks to accomplish in the city we lived in. We had to find places on the pictures given, boil an egg and make a cube from natural material. We where so enthusiastic and creative, our potential was tested to the maximum and we discovered in the most original way the city of Bela Crkva in Serbia. So, apart from doing something worthwhile with my seven day time thorough non-formal learning about entrepreneurship I had the chance to meet people and make lifelong friends.

Furthermore, I am very thankful to the sending organization and hosting organization for giving the opportunity to me and all of the rest to take part in such trainings which turn out to be valuable experiences for the future and for our development as personalities as a whole and might even inspire  to change the potential career path.

Mariana Cazacu

marianacazacu@yahoo.com

Action 3.1 Youth Exchange, Gaziantep, Turkey 19-26 November 2012

                                       “Explore cultural diversity through the voluntarism”

This Youth Exchange turned this week of my life into an unforgettable one. Thanks to the hard work of the organizers and the information provided by the sending 403109_250775608383170_10189786_norganization, CEDES Moldova, we had the chance to learn not only about voluntarism and its importance, but also about a total different culture and world. This experience has deeply marked me and made the Turkish society as comprehensible as fascinating for me and the rest of the participants!

The possibility of communicating with people from five different countries on the same topic highlighted the particularities of each individual, but also the similarities between concerns about modern society, regardless of source environment and age. Having direct contact with former and present EVS volunteers awakened the wish of creating a more cordial mankind through voluntarism and underlined once again the efficiency of non-formal education. The Gaziantep Youth Exchange enriched the “learning rivers” of everyone who attended it, enhancing their key competences of interpersonal, intercultural, social and civic skills; cultural expression; communication, and most important, learning to learn techniques.

A very special part of this experience consists in the intercultural sharing, which provides the opportunity to present Moldova and discover the other participant countries (Ukraine, Bulgaria, Lithuania and Turkey) from their inhabitants, free of stereotypes, rumors or subjective discriminations. This is undoubtedly a perfect position to find out the best of the volunteering in each of the present countries and enlarge your range of view on the possibilities it provides. New ideas were born, new initiatives were taken and new friends were made during the seven days spent in one of the most diverse country in the world.

382047_420283891377863_1534742258_nI would like to mention that I am very thankful to the Turkish organizers for providing us a friendly environment, a comfy accommodation and for responding positive and speedy to all our requests and needs. I strongly believe that this was a great challenge for them, as each of the participants showed a strong leadership potential and a well-determined wish of self-affirmation. However, they managed not only to deliver new knowledge to us, but also to contribute to our personal development through the used methods and future voluntarism actions we were motivated to take.

To conclude, I would like to strongly advise everyone who is interested in personal growth, self-development, and simply in having great experiences and visiting amazing places to surely apply to a similar project. This, not only will become one of the most unforgettable times of your lives, but also will count as a pleasant and effective enlargement of your horizon of knowledge.

Frankly,

Ecaterina Codreanu

ecaterinacodreanu@yahoo.com

Action 3.1 Training Course,  Nova Gradiska,  Croatia 3-11 November, 2012

‘Best practices for inclusive society’

A wonderful week spent in a small Croatian town named Nova Gradiska has marked my personality in a very special way. On the evening of 3rd November 18 paYiA NG_29_resizerticipants from 8 countries met to share their culture and to embrace a different one.  Together with 3 other Croatian participants we gained the opportunity to change our views upon discrimination and racism through non-formal education, which included long daily workshops, open-air theatre, group-work, presentations and our video recording.

I very much enjoyed the project, as our trainer tried to cover all the theoretical part regarding issues like poverty, marginalization, young people with fewer opportunities and prejudices and at the same time the participants were able to share their ideas on how to deal with this problems through practical activities. The open-air theatre allowed us to wear the shoes of those people that cope everyday with discrimination as we had to play different roles, such as homeless, gay or disabled people.

YiA NG_174_resizeAdditionally, we all enjoyed the intercultural evenings where participants presented their traditional food and drinks, performed their traditional dances and songs and shared with others their historical and cultural heritage of their countries. These activities allow the participants to develop their intercultural communication competence, as we start to understand how people from different countries view world and themselves.

A part of the project was to visit Slavonia, a region where the Yugoslavian War took place. It was very interesting for all of us to walk through Osijek, Vukovar and Karanac. Although this part of the project was the most relaxing one, visiting Vukovar and MDC Memorial House ‘Ovcara’ has left a deep mark in our hearts, as this reminded us what consequences intolerance and xenophobia can have.

I would like to mention that all participants were passionately committed and haven’t hesitated to help each other during the workshop on creating our own projects. During this workshop our trainer not only showed us how we can start our own project but also shared with us his secrets and gave us useful tips for our further action.

YiA NG_243_resizeI am very thankful for attending this training course because I had the opportunity to meet new people and to discover Croatian culture within a few days. I would further recommend to anyone interested to take part in activities of this kind, because it allows people to develop their personality through a non-formal way, to grow and to start acting.

Faithfully yours,

Tropotel Andriana

atropotel@gmail.com

Ankara Youth in Action Exchange Program

Training course in Ankara, Turkey Aug 26 – Sept 2

The Youth in Action project in Ankara was one of the greatest events of my life.  It gave me an extraordinary chance to widen my horizons and embrace a whole new level of volunteering.  Beside meeting a lot of new people from different countries and sharing my experience with them, I had the opportunity to learn many new things about youth employment, youth entrepreneurship and youth volunteering.

Communication with other young people from all over the world and working with them on a particular subject offered me a chance to notice that youth’s problems and their frustrations in most countries have common roots and they are mostly the same which gave us the possibility to share our own problems in Moldova, especially in the field of unemployment and migration of youth.

Preparing a presentation about youth employment was a unique experience for me, as I meet this kind of problems everyday in Moldova.  I and my friends from all over Europe tried to define the main problems of this issue and find answers to them.  One of our bright ideas was to create an NGO that would help young people increase their qualifications, provide guidance, assistance and tutoring for youth that are confused, undetermined about their career, which will lead undoubtedly to the increase of youth employment and growth of economy in any country.

I would have to pay my respects to the organizers of this project which provided us with all the necessities and we spent a wonderful time in Turkey for which I want to thank them very much.  I am convinced that all the experience and knowledge that I gained from this project will help me in my future career and personally.  Moreover, as a representative of the new generation I will try to apply all this knowledge in my country and hopefully will change something in the life of our youth in Moldova.  That is why I recommend all young people that have a chance to be a volunteer and participate in this kind of projects to undoubtedly take action and involve in all the activities that will enrich their experience and qualifications.

Sincerely,

Samoila Vadim

samoil_vadim@yahoo.com

Ankara Youth in Action Exchange Program

Training course in Ankara, Turkey Aug 26 – Sept 2

I want to share my experience about Ankara Youth in Action Exchange Program that I was part of.  First of all I want to mention that Ankara is a beautiful city which met us with colorful landscapes and warm people and I’ve seen magnificent places that I shall never forget.  The project was very well organized and I want to thank all the people at GaziUniversity that hosted us during the project.

It was a great intercultural experience for me to be a part of such a big project with so many participants from all over the world.  We shared our own experiences about youth problems, why there are so many unemployed young people, how they can start their own business and about volunteering, in which I have a lot of experience, so I could express my own ideas and experience about it.

I and my friend from Azerbaijan made a presentation about youth volunteering and about their motivation, which was a great experience for me, since I was involved in a lot of projects in my country and could share my experience with young people from different countries.  I gained a lot of new friends and knowledge from this project and want to thank CEDES for giving me the chance to be a part of such a great experience.

This experience will help me a lot in my future career and this project, as many as others, provides great motivation to seek and take part in many other activities and social projects for young people that enrich your personality, your qualification and your horizons.

I want to say that even though, volunteering is not a paid job, the knowledge, the experience, the friends and all the values that you acquire it is priceless.  That is why this kind of projects must be a great motivation for all the young people and to become volunteers because what they will gain will exceed their expectations.

Sincerely,

Irina Liulica

irinelL.90@mail.ru

The “Ankara youth exchange” was a wonderful experience. It completely exceeded my expectations and I can confidently affirm that it was a combination of productive and fun time. I perceive that the major goal of the project was attained. There were overall 150 participants and we all managed to get to know each other, work on projects, discuss ideas and share about the places we are from.

The first days we worked, split up in groups, for different projects. We had to think of a project plan based on current issues as: youth employment, youth entrepreneurship and leadership. This was a great opportunity to learn about different country’s perspective on these issues. We had to summarize our views and come up with a consistent plan that will reflect a best solution for our project. To me, it was a great experience to work and in a culturally diverse team with a lot of amazing people. At the end of our stay we had to present the project in front of the local authorities and university leaders.

We have visited KIMSE YOK MU,which is a local community organization in Ankara. It was very interesting to learn how they offer help to people in need and just do their best to contribute to children’s education and progress. They showed us their facilities and volunteers. We have also experienced the volunteer work loading carefully some goods.

On Friday we had an intercultural night, which I would rank as a blast. So many countries presented their national food, costumes and traditions. We shared our identity and learned so much from each other. It was the best interaction of values and perceptions filled with emotions.

The top cherry of the cake was our trip to a historical places- Cappadocia. We experienced traditional shopping, pottery art and breathtaking views of the rocky mountains. The city itself represent a vast touristic spot, moreover it is considered almost one of the wonders of the world because. The rocky formations are just immeasurably big lying on the pants of ex-volcanoes in a gorgeous variety of forms and gatherings. Honestly, I experienced a true moment of admiration and beauty contemplation.

To sum up, I would like to express my personal gratitude for the organizers, volunteers and all the people that contributed to the implementation of the project. Me, as a participant or “final consumer” I feel immensely pleased and happy that I took part in it.

                               “YOUTH ACTION WAYS TO PREVENT IMMIGRATION

training course in Dalaman, Turkey  27 May-02 June

Taking part in this training course was an absolutely great experience, owing to the fact that it gave me the opportunity to discover a new topic, and to increase my knowledge about immigration, on a global and regional level. In addition I’d like to say that I found it extremely fascinating that this project wasn’t based only on studying and working on a particular subject, but, also, was well structured and organized as a youth exchange program, in which communication had had the major role.

The intercultural context provided by the participants representing different European countries impressed me the most. Also, exchanging opinions and thoughts with young people, with different views was a very enriching experience that helped me to enlarge my knowledge in various fields. I have to pay tribute to all those wonderful days that I spent in Turkey, it was a good experience, because due to the program we had a lot of time to get to know each other. The organizers meet us very well for which I thank them.

From my viewpoint the idea of preparing the presentation about the regional migration in Republic of Moldova extremely useful and helpful, due to the fact that the number of people who leave Moldova every day is growing, and the statistics are alarming. As the representative of the younger generation of Moldova, who desperately tends to leave its birth country, legally or not, for the purpose to improve their financial position, to get a job or to study, we were looking for the facts that caused this 
problem, as the main key in solving this critical problem. Developing this particular topic of immigration, we came to the conclusion that immigration isn’t a superficial problem as people use to think, it affects not only the economy of a certain country, but also its education and culture.

To sum up I’d say that .I am absolutely sure that the knowledge that I obtained at this training course will help me in my future career and will empower me as a citizen of my country. Moreover I think that this project wasn’t just a perfect chance for me to try to discover immigration topic, but also to discover new cultures, to meet new people, and to share with them my experience and my knowledge. Overall the whole activity was fun and very interesting and I am very glad that I got the chance to participate in it.

Sincerely,

Mostovei Irina

irina_mostovei@yahoo.com

                                                 “United by difference

                         training course in Copenhagen, Denmark  22 July-28 July 2015

“United by differences – Denmark” organized by Erasmus+ Youth Exchange was a great experience. A group of 45 young people from nine countries gathered together to share their ideas and experience during a week project in Copenhagen.

The project’s purpose was to integrate people from different cultures in a united group. The host Foto Danemarca-1prepar
ed interesting games, sport activities, and intellectual tasks that helped us to have a very friendly approach towards each other. For instance, in the first day we were challenged to learn the other guest’s name through a game. The rule was that every participant chooses a sign to represent himself. You can imagine what an intense memory exercise is be to remember 45 names plus their related signs within few minutes. Of course, the game was the perfect icebreaker that brought good humor in our group.

The project’s subject of discussion was “Social Exclusion”. So, we were challenged to discuss on this topic by defining the concept, understanding the historical examples of social exclusion, highlighting the disadvantages, and proposing solutions to eradicate this type of behavior from our society. We formed about six teams and every team presented their work on this topic. The presentations had creative styles such as interactive questions, drawings, and even a spontaneous piece of theatre was presented. I loved that everyone was open to hear others ideas and in the meantime to express his own thoughts.

The intercultural exchange was also experienced through the country presentations. Every group exposed the history, traditions, life style, preferences, achievements, and other interesting aspects of their country.  We shared our views about our own people and found many things in common such as the passion for our identity, the love for our country, the will to avoid the Foto Danemarca-2 (1)mistakes from the history of our countries, the equal treatment of all people, and the list can go on.

The presentations were also accompanied by traditional food and beverage brought by the participants. We made high-class publicity to the products that we brought informing each other about the background and why we think that those products represent our countries. Further, the socialization was fulfilled through chatting, laughing, dancing, and happy faces. I would say that after seven days everyone felt like a member of a big family.

And, last but not least is that our host, Serhat Baran, took care of everything in order to give the best treatment to the participants. He gained our trust instantly, as he warmly welcomed everyone and also during our stay there he showed tremendous patience to find solutions for any problem.

Finally, the project was perfectly designed for young people that are looking to discover people from different countries and exchange their experience together. I would highly recommend to any of my friends to invest their time and to participate in Erasmus+ Youth Exchange projects.

By Irina Zatic

 

                                    “Tehnology for Creative Thinking

                         training course in Malta  22-28 October 2016

I had the opportunity to become participant at Technology of Creative Thinking in Malta. Why have I chosen this opportunity in becoming one of participants of Moldova at the training? Because, I believed that doing so I’m making good use of my academic professional background, coupled with the rare but treasured asset of further developing my knowledge in a field of work for which I have the highest interest and strongest admiration.  I have an MA in European Studies from College of Europe and a BA in political science. I pursued an internship with the European Commission, working in the communications department, drafting the foreign policy and human rights section of the yearly country profile so much I wanted to know more about artistic techniques as I work with young people and I need to use them a lot. We used a collection of games/exercises of theatre, dance, music and per formatives art. The main learning outcomes was the ability to express ideas creatively through a variety of media, including music, performing arts, literature and the visual arts; awareness of their non-verbal language.

What inspired me is that we start a discussion about what are stereotypes, how they are formed and why they exist. The presentation discusses these topics through the prism of art. 14937343_1243645432369389_243476540416423207_n.jpgArt is an interesting catalyst to start a discussion about stereotypes from since art and beauty are subjective, and the questions what is art and an artist are great initiators for discussion about what we think and expect things should be/look like and why. I believe in making a change. My focus is on making a difference. If I’m going to be on this earth there is a necessity to make a difference. If you are not making someone else’s life better then you are wasting your time. Your life will become better by making other lives better so I belie arts can make our life’s much better.. I believe that I can create whatever I want to create. And that is to make the world a better place. Morover I want to thank organizers and very professional trainers for this opportunity that I had in Malta between 18-27 October 2017.

Kind regards,

Ion Axenti 

The training “
Technology for creative thinking” was organized
by CROSS CULTURE INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION CCIF with the
support of Malta
National Agency (NA) between 18-27 October 2017.
The training was designed as a process of informal learning
and peer education
using participants who work with young people, have
experience in the fields of

youth work, youth arts and international cooperation.
Participants from Malta, Russian
Federation, Moldova (Republic of), Estonia, Armenia,
Ukraine, Italy and Germany
had an active input in sharing knowledge and experience, and
learned new skills
in and surrounding the dramatic arts and inter-cultural
youth work, from the
trainers and each other. This active participation
encouraged ownership of the
learning, motivation and commitment to working together,
building effective
international working relationships, making the training an
exercise in best
practice.

14639819_10210996821147097_4462759017828514013_n.jpgThe organizers were
focused on the individual creative development of
each participant and sharing such inter-cultural competences
as appreciative
inquiry, open minded personality, respect and trust, mutual
understanding and
team work. Through cultural relationships they generated
opportunities for
individuals to fulfill their potential and foster the
co-operation that contributes
to a stable world.

Using theatrical
arts within the Erasmus+ Program, was a  very valuable tool
for developing
inter-cultural learning, cooperation, and quality projects
in the youth field
among all the regions concerned. After the project, we
created inter-cultural
youth projects and networks with the various participant
organizations within
Europe, Eastern Europe and Caucasus.

We also included
unemployed young people and youth from socially
disadvantaged backgrounds.

Youth get to know
further the awareness and the knowledge of topics
concerning theatrical art, improve competencies,
acquaintanceships and abilities,
which are necessary to work on long-term
projects.

With open space,
technology participants shared knowledge and
experience, and learned new skills in and surrounding the
dramatic arts and
inter-cultural youth work. This active participation
encouraged ownership of
the learning, motivation and commitment to working together,
building effective!!!!!! 14639889_1243645415702724_563777905607738165_n.jpg
international working relationships, making the training an
exercise in best
practice. Participants that participated in our training
course ” Technology
for creative thinking” from Russia, Moldova and Estonia
organized national
events with youth on the topic of the training course. They
reached different
target groups, especially young people with fewer
opportunities as well
minorities, the ones who are not the most active and to whom
it’s hard to reach
(as there are so many active young people). Participants
also used the techniques
required at our training course ” Technology for
creative thinking” at
other international training activities from different
European corners – they
exchanged experiences between them (for example how to reach
young people with
less opportunities, how to involve everyone
etc).

         “All together – in all inclusive sports”

                       Poland, Trzcianka 12-17 July 2017

      During 12-17 July 2017, I had the opportunity to go to Poland, Trzcianka and to attend an extraordinary training course called “All together – in all inclusive sports.” It was an extremely interesting project, the participants were friendly and we spent together a beautiful week. The whole team from Moldova have been united and active so we have highlighted ourselves in comparison with others and represented the country at a high level. The trainer was an inexhaustible source of interesting, useful information and the workshops were very interactive and challenging. We acquired knowledge on the inclusion of socially disadvantaged people through sport. As participant from Moldova, I was selected by the CEDES NGO, which also wrote the project to the European Commission. I want to thank all those involved in making this extraordinary event.20157657_315169772263000_1710026297452934656_o.jpg

 În perioada 12-19 iulie 2017 am avut oportunitatea de a merge în Polonia, localitatea Trzcianka și a participa la un training extraordinar cu genericul: “All together – in all inclusive sports”. A fost un proiect extrem de interesant, participanții au fost prietenoși și am petrecut împreună o săptămînă frumoasă. Toată echipa din Moldova a fost unită și activă astfel că ne-am evidențiat în comparație cu alții și am reprezentat țara la un nivel destoinic. Trainerul a fost o sursă nesecabilă de informații interesante, utile, iar workshop-urile au fost foarte interactive și provocative. Am acumulat cunoștințe în domeniul incluziunii persoanelor social dezavantajate prin intermediul sportului. Drept participant din partea Moldovei am fost selectat de către ONGul CEDES care a și scris respectivul proiect la Comisia Europeană. Un mare mulțumesc tutor celor implicați în realizarea acestui eveniment extraordinar.20106280_1289056364544825_2590116369382197361_n.jpg

                        “ToT Let’ Play a Game”

                   Favara, Italy 11-20/09/2017

 

Lets Play a game!

On the 11th of August, representatives from Armenia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Georgia,

Germany, Moldova, Romania, Russia, as well as Italians, gathered at Tre Torri Hotel, not far from Favara, Italy to find out what is a simulation game, share their experience, and improve their leadership skills.

21751439_865791926907325_263305895974779517_n (1).jpgThe training course “ToT Let’ Play a Game” was held as part of Erasmus+ projects. The program was led by Daniela Alexeiciuc and consisted of various activities. Young activists and local leaders from all over Europe participated in diverse exercises focused on simulation games.

Enacting fictitious scenarios, such as discussing a development plan of a city, or composing a survival strategy in a galaxy falling apart, the participants broadened their vision of contemporary society in its complexity, got to know the difficulties of creating a social balance and maintaining control of a situation, and developed their social communication skills. They practiced in managing public discussions, resolvingconflicts, and finding compromises. Such skills are of critical importance in the challenging situation that Europe and the whole world are facing now. As a final contribution, the participants exercised in developing their own simulation games.

IMG_0505.jpgFree Minds in Action,

the Italian

hosting NGO that organized the project, and its head Issam Regragui Soussi, warmly welcomed all the participants in Italy, and secured an impressive cultural program of the event that

included a visit to the Valle dei Templi, Scala dei Turchi, and sights in Favara, as well the famous Farm Cultural Park.

It was a creative and a challenge week and thanks to the Cypriot NGO PlanBe, Plan it, be it we got the opportunity to broaden  our horizons  for new experiences.

       Make a difference through Social Entrepreneurship

                               A tool to fight unemployment and tackle social problems

Unemployment has been continuously rising in Europe and has affected dramatically the younger population. At the same time the world has many problems to face like hunger, lack of clean water and many deceases.

Entrepreneurship can be a powerful tool to fight against unemployment but social problems remain unsolved. Social Entrepreneurship is the new way of doing business! The main difference between the two is that social entrepreneurs prioritize social problems over profit.

More than 30 youngsters from France, Russian Federation, Moldova, Italy, Ukraine, Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Spain, Poland and Romania received training though non – formal education regarding social entrepreneurship as part of an Erasmus+ training course in Paris, France.

Through the various activities, the participants learnt how to: spot potential problems and solutions, put their business ideas on paper, design a business plan and work in a diversified team.

 During the one week training course participants had

 also the opportunity to get to know each others’ culture and taste some traditional delicacies and drinks while having ‘non – formal’ fun.

Eventually, the course provided fundamental knowledge on how to create a social business and consequently create new jobs and diminish unemployment.

 Cyprus participated in the program with a team of 3 persons via the CEDES NGO Moldova

    ““Social Entrepreneurship As A Tool For Innovation””

                                London  – Country: United Kingdom

                                              from 01-11-2017 until 09-11-2017

Our Association CEDES Moldova had the opportunity to be partner in ““Social Entrepreneurship As A Tool For Innovation”” from 01-11-2017 until 09-11-2017. Venue of the Training was London  – Country: United Kingdom. We had a23031672_1737984309546057_6805779965888274619_n.jpgn exciting opportunity to participate at Observing the European region, two major problems are regularly encountered among youth’s society.  On one hand, there is a disproportionate level of educated but unemployed youth, and on the other hand, a growing problem with social exclusion, discrimination and lack of access to human rights that threaten society and especially vulnerable groups. We had explored the current situation regarding unemployment and social exclusion and the link between them as well we worked with the social entrepreneurship principles. We had learned how the Erasmus+ Programme can support youth activities, actually we are very lucky we can benefit from Erasmus+ opportunities as it gives life 23031333_10214067756907669_1718057227465745290_n.jpgchanges experiences. We had increased entrepreneurial skills especially social entrepreneurial skills. We had learned different things and we are happy with the training course. As well we had a chance to meet each other, acquire new skills, learn a lot about social entrepreneurship, create our own projects on this subject and share our experiences that we have undertaken in our countries.After that we were learning in non-formal way about the situation of unemployment in each of the participants’ countries, also in reference to people with fewer opportunities in every country and how the countries protect groups by laws. This was the best experience in my fine. Ion Axenti

                                   “Let’s Enjoy the Game” 14th – 20th December 2017, Spain

                                        international training course

Spain – San Sebastian

Our training was based at the professional trainers, good places which we visited and nice persons who was very active and help each other to make our training much more interesting and gain faster information from lesson. For me this project was very interesting because I find new friends from different countries which shared they experience in “Expertise and Simulation games”, when you have only theory its one but when you have practicing in simulation it’s totally different, you can understand better 20171218_154421.jpgand easier. Spain have a lot of historical places where you can visited one of it is “La Sagrada Familia” one of the world’s most famous churches, designed by the renowned architect Antoni Gaudi. Basque is special place where I visited mountain 768m above the sea and near is very beautiful blue sea with one island. That why I can say it was unique experience I lived and I want say big thanks for this Erasmus+ and organizers for they work, I hope to see them again and implemented all knowledge which I gain in our NGO CEDES!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 


            “Body and Minds in Action”

20-29.11.2017, Macedonia, Struga

Am călătorit pentru a doua oară cu Erasmus plus. Macedonia m-a impresionat încă din zborul avionului. De-a lungul acestui proiect am reușit nu doar să explorez însăși peisajele frumoase din țară, dar și să mă adâncesc într-un amalgam de cunoștințe cu privire la drepturile omului, teatrul opresaților, care mai e numit și teatrul lui Augusto Boal. Tehnicile utilizate pentru oferirea informației m-au impresionat și au făcut asimilarea acesteia mult mai rapidă. Am apelat la artă pentru a descifra fiecare mesaj și fiecare imagine artistică, precum și pentru a rezolva situații conflictuale într-un mod pașnic și artistic. În timpul liber am explorat Struga și Ohridul, am meditat lângă lac și am admirat frumusețea munților, care se înălțau chiar în fața hotelului.

Proiectul mi-a oferit oportunitatea să  explorez noi orizonturi informaționale și să adaug pe harta călătoriilor mele Macedonia, precum și să îmi fac noi prieteni din diferite țări, pentru aceasta aș vrea să mulțumesc organizației din Moldova CEDES, precum și organizației Progress din Macedonia, de asemena încurajez pe toți cei ce au ocazia de a participa în proiecte organizate de Erasmus să nu ezite, să se înscrie și să aștepte cu valiza gata data plecării!

Cristina Carmanu, studentă anul II, Relații Internaționale, FRIȘPA

From 15th of October 2018 till the 22nd of October 2018, ERASMUS+ in Spain, in the Basque Region

Project “Take an Active Role – EMPOWER”

To participate in this exchange Erasmus, it was an opportunity to meet people that I would not have met otherwise.  Furthermore, I had a yen to throw me into a common project which aims increase understanding and toleran

ce toward minorities carried out per young people from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

I learned about all these countries by them visual and cultural presentation, them mutual aid, them friendship and them own vision about their own countries as well as them worth. It’s why, I don’t understand why the stereotypes persevere in France about Moldavia, Russia, Romania people.

Most importantly, for me, it was an opportunity to dream together a new Europe, a new world by way constructive and concrete. This Erasmus project we allowed us to make a dent in the different solutions or practices in order to reduce discrimination of all types, racism in our countries and to understand persisting cases of non-tolerance on the basis of culture,

religion, gender, sexual orientation and race against various minorities. That has happened because the workshops were the nearby reality, our future reality too and we had to ask us, what are we wanted? What will we want? What can we do now for the future?

That has happened because we had competent, invest and attentive trainers.

I understood I can do this with some other people to different nationalities who had a yen for change things.

In my opinion, new meeting, discovering a new culture, exchange university Erasmus, not only (touristic) travel but spending time another country, volunteering, exchange Erasmus+, etc are the first step foot the openness of mind and tolerance. We need to see the world for meeting and understanding him.

Secondly, we have to invest in our values and rights. This could be through discovery and sharing, popularization, increased awareness of different ideas or cultures, within local, national or European communities. Or even better to create an association or a political group.

There are a lot of ways to play an active role around ourselves we must find which one.

I thing ABARKA it’s a good way.

From Eduarda Teodora

Project “Take an Active Role – EMPOWER”

From the 15th of October 2018 till the 22nd of October 2018, I participated in a project provided by ERASMUS+ in Spain, in the Basque Region. The project: Take an Active Role Empower was related with the minority groups within a society and how to integrate them.

In an era of globalization where different ethnic groups a forced to move from their country to another country this subject becomes crucial. The importance of the theme grows in the context of an increase of populism in the European countries, as Germany, Netherlands and ever Switzerland. The rise of populism and the intolerance towards minority groups can lead to the polarization of the society and to conflict that might hinder the political and economic stability of the society. Hence we, the young generation should be above all of these, we should learn how to manage such situation and how to react in such cases. In this sense this project offered by ERASMUS+ was a fruitful background as to discover ourselves and to delve deeper into some certain cases through simulation game and non-formal education.

During one week in this project I discovered not just a lot of information and new non-formal techniques which I am aiming to use in my university but I also made a lot of friends and managed to explore closely the Spanish, Russian especially the Bashkyrian region, Italian and the Romanian culture. 

All in all this experience which I lived with due to the ERASMUS+ program opened my horizons and filled me with a lot of new ideas which I am aiming to apply within my university.

Best Regards,

Carmanu Cristina

Project “Take an Active Role – EMPOWER”

From 15th of October 2018 till the 22nd of October 2018, ERASMUS+ in Spain, in the Basque Region

What does Empower mean?

 

  1. Give (someone) the authority or power to do something.
  2. Make (someone) stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life and claiming their rights.

What does Empower means to me after spending 5 days in Spain, along with other 36 participants from all over the world?

To me Empower means to make you voice heard in a crowd full of voices. To me Empower means to aid yourself by helping others.

You see we now live in a world full of complex processes, and day by day our world becomes much more complex. You see that it goes geometrical, the change in our societies, at our workplace and more or less in our families. You see that Globalization is going so fast that most of the people won’t handle those massive changes, or at least they won’t want to handle them. And all in all you see that along with those changes a lot of problems are born: poverty in some countries, war-zones, racism, terrorism etc.-please notice that those problems are as old as humankind though.

That’s why people should come together and discuss, debate and hug each other, cause at the end of it all we are all human beings, and a project like that helps people from different backgrounds and cultures to come together and get to a point of understanding that they can build a better world starting a change from the inside.

It was amazing to get to know so much stories in such a little timeline, to play tactical games and start hating each other for the moment, and then smile and hug each other afterwards. I’d like to thank everybody for this projects and let you guys know that I think we made a great, big, team or even a fresh, small, but international family.

Thanks Abarka, Erasmus+. Thanks Daniela, Mister K. and Mr. Motivation. Thanks for helping young people to open-up and make their visions wider.

Best of wishes for Y’all, Yes Right,

Constantin Dascal

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2 Responses to Events

  1. Victoria says:

    If you like new Experience, if you like discovering new culture meet very interesting people with the same vision as you this is where you should be, taking part in the training programs offered by CEDES.

    I took part in Kobuleti Georgia on AVP meeting and was fascinated by how we been meet as vip-s and been looked after for entirely program,

    The training is amazing the experience is unique and coming back home you are feeling different more experienced and more confident.

    I would like to thank the organizations and co-ordinators of this project , and I am only sorry that I was not able to go there second time,

    My advise:

    Join, apply and enjoy it as the life is too short- One life-One shot

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