Category: Новини
The Laws of Adjustment

It can be hard adjusting to a new way of life. Leaving everything you know to jump into the unknown, only hoping things will go as well as you want them to. But sometimes they don’t. Sometimes, you lose your credit card right after going out of the plane and you find yourself not knowing how you’re going to survive without money in a new country, just like it happened to me when I landed in Ukraine. Sometimes, you realize than you miss your loved ones a lot more than you thought you would and start wondering why you even left them in the first place. Sometimes, you get scared of doing things by yourself because you realize how alone you are right now, away from everything you know. But the truth is, those problems are only temporary and if taken one at a time, they are manageable.

There is no rule to adjust to a new environment. Some people feel at home everywhere, comfortable in every situation and are made to live on the road. Those people make it seem so easy to travel because they appear to have no strings attached, to be as free as the wind and able to find happiness everywhere. Some others have more difficulties to adapt, to find their way in a new way of life. I am one of these people. This dynamic is complicated because the will to travel is there, but the fear of the unknown, of failure, of loneliness, is still omnipresent. So how can one enjoy traveling, having new experiences out of their comfort zone when fear doesn’t leave them? How can one adjust to a new life when finding their way is so difficult?

I sadly don’t have the answers to those questions yet. It’s been only two weeks since I arrived in Ukraine and I am still looking for my routine, a comfort zone in such a different environment. But I have many paths to explore in order to find the happiness I long for.

Understanding and reminding ourselves of why we left is necessary to adjust to a new place. It can be easy to forget the reasons that led us to leave when loneliness takes over. We can start feeling a need to go home, even start regretting leaving. But if we decided to leave it is for a reason and remembering those reasons is a good way to keep our objective insight even in moments of doubt.

Don’t forget loneliness is an illusion. I am lucky to be flat sharing with the other volunteers and to have such an involved and benevolent team around me. Besides, I have regular contacts with my loved ones in France and, against all odds, being separated from my close ones allows me to feel even closer to them, by realizing how much I miss them and how much they mean to me. Go out often, agree to do group activities sometimes, don’t hesitate to ask for help when you don’t feel well…All those reflexes can help you feel safe and realize how loved and needed you are, even far from home. You are never as alone as you think you are.

Enjoy the moments of happiness you find along the way. I had the chance to participate in an activity in an orphanage last Sunday. With some members from a university, we want to the Sasov Zolochiv District to spend the day with the children. We brought them games, coloring books, drinks, and sweets. Spending a few hours with those children, knowing our presence brought them some joy, that I was able to make children smile by teaching then English or just playing with then despite the language barrier made the whole trip worth it in a second. Those moments of joy are everywhere around us. Walking in Lviv’s streets by nightfall and enjoying the lights sparkling in the dark, admiring the Halloween costumes and decorations, discovering new restaurants and having a drink while talking about anything, spending the day in bed with Netflix and a hot chocolate…Take the time to enjoy those moments when you live them.

Everyone has their own method to bear difficult moments during an experience as intense as a long trip abroad. If social media make it seem like all these experiences are exclusively positive, without any problem or moment of doubt, we can’t believe them. It is normal to doubt, to feel alone sometimes, but we must look forward and be honest with ourselves. Happiness takes many forms, and the future holds so many beautiful things, it just takes time to adjust, to find our own way, but it always happens.

 

Getting involved in a human rights promotion project was only a logical step for me

It had been quite a while since I was preparing my arrival in Lviv, as I already applied in February. In the meantime, a lot of things had changed, but not my desire to come forward and spend a year in Ukraine.

At first, I was only interested in the project offered by SII, since I had never had the chance to discover Lviv before. Getting involved in a human rights promotion project was only a logical step for me, as I had graduated recently in this field. I was looking for a new perspective that would expand the scope of my lacunary and mostly academical understanding of human rights, especially since I only had explored it through the lens of law. Starting only a few months later was nothing less than convenient for me, as I was already involved in a project of information sharing to refugees in Greece, with Mobile Info Team.

I am very eager to discover how a human rights promotion project is implemented and how to create a space for discussion and sharing of perception of human rights narratives. Even though I had asked a few Ukrainians friends if they liked Lviv, and they all answered it was an amazing city, the choice of Ukraine was initially not my main concern, but it came out to be a lucky pick!

However, when the funding of the project was finally confirmed, I went to have a deeper look at the city and about Ukrainian folklore, and ended up spending hours watching videos of Lviv and events taking place here, being absolutely amazed about how beautiful the city is. Fortunately, one of the former volunteers that was involved in the organization I was then working with had forgotten a book about Ukrainian culture. I started browsing it, got absolutely caught.

In the end, I was eager to start discovering varenikis, bortsch, and other amazing Ukrainian dishes, but also to learn more about history, Tatars… The more I looked into it, the more I was enthusiastic by the slight glance to Ukrainian culture I had from afar.

Finally, I managed to book my flights, after interesting administrative adventures, as we all enjoy it.

Having just arrived, I can only say a few things about coming here; but even though the language barrier has been challenging, I discovered warm and welcoming people, that can be reluctant with English but enlighten themselves as soon as you pronounce even a few words in a messy Ukrainian  (and they can be proud of their language, because it is a beautiful one).

I am now looking forward to getting involved in projects to participate in the life of Lviv, trying our best to make it a better place for everyone to live in!

 

Life is mainly made up of questions, not just answers – Francesca Rossi

My name is Francesca Rossi, I come from Italy and I have just finished high school. I have always had a passion for volunteering and I took this opportunity when a friend of the family shared his experience of volunteering abroad. In this way a world opened up before my eyes that I could not wait to enter. So it was, and now here I am in Ukraine for a year.

By registering with the volunteer site (European Solidarity Corps), I was contacted by the Italian agency Nous, who followed me on the journey before departure, until a direct meeting here in the city with the coordinator. They assisted me with visa procedures, the necessary documents for access to the country and general questions about everything that could help me, despite some bureaucratic implications that were finally resolved.

Being aware of the fact that I was born in a certain part of the world that allows me to have the freedom that is denied without reason in other parts of the planet, I have always had the privilege of being able to choose. Choose whether to attend a particular school instead of another, choose which sports course to attend, choose which social group to belong to. At this point in my life, I had to decide a place to reflect on my future and Ukraine turned out to be the desired destination.

This  project is for a year; my cultural baggage will definitely be enriched at the end of it. It  is what I believe it would each person should do at least once in their life.

Having opportunities and catching them on the fly: this is the way in which I think we have to face the only life that is currently available to us. Experiences happen even when a person is implementing that particular project, as it is in my case.

These are my experiences:

  • I had the opportunity to take a plane alone, to have to adapt very quickly to an environment unknown to me and surrounded by people I could not verbally understand. There was a chance to enjoy a spectacular view, watching the sea of ​​clouds below me.
  • I had the opportunity to learn to communicate in a language I rarely used and with which now, after only a little over a month, I find myself even thinking.
  • I had the chance to overcome the embarrassment of entering a store and communicating only with gestures with those who worked, to make them understand what I intended to take.
  • I had the opportunity to gain experience in teaching, designing projects for some children.

Having the ability to take certain actions is the best way to learn. And learning means opening the mind to novelty. And opening the mind to novelty means being ready for anything, eventuality.

Fortunately, since I was a child I was introduced to the world of volunteering, so my mind is already open to new things and I think I am lucky because I have a great capacity for adaptation.

Living in a certain reality, it only takes a few days to understand how the environment in which you find yourself is structured, and the most important thing to remember is always a saying from Confucius that I read years ago, but which I still remember today: “He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.” Life is mainly made up of questions, not just answers, you always have to remember it.

The experience I am going through now, has already led me to learn new things and to live new experiences, which before I could only imagine but which I now really understand.

In my young age, I must say that it has already been a challenge for me to experience what it means to live alone and manage a certain amount of money. I call it a “challenge” because I had to put myself on the line first, without support from the family, which I used to let me manage my life, even simply referring to the part linked to the basic needs.

I think I did very well to catapult myself into this experience, which would have been very difficult to accomplish maybe at another time in my life and I do not regret not having chosen to continue, after high school, in the university environment: I have all life to make choices that I may have ignored.

I have heard many people here congratulate me on my courage. Courage to go to such a distant place, having such a young age. But I believe I had more courage to choose the path of volunteering than an average person could, because I find it right in life to live also for others and not just for ourselves.

I also found people who totally disagreed with this decision of mine and I respected their ideas. Unfortunately, I discovered that many people put themselves in the first place, without considering those around them. And this, too, was, therefore, further teaching to me, which I could not have received from life if I had not done this project.

For me, every excuse is good for learning something new. And I feel fortunate to have some people around me who directly, or even indirectly, involve me in the news.

Every day we are projected into a negative reality, if we inquire about problems concerning the world around us and that we cannot fix with a snap of our fingers. The only thing we can do is to live in a small way, so that, perhaps, we act as an example to others.

Standing here, I cannot help but be amazed by the diversity that surrounds me and to which I was not at all accustomed. I am often surprised by everything, since I was a child I have the vision projected towards positivity, so I am surprised by the smallest news and I can see everything that surrounds me in its full splendor, even if at first sight, not everyone is inclined to see this in this particular way.

Ukraine is definitely full of places to visit and old buildings to observe, both in the district where I live and in the center. From the street artists that accompany my steps when I walk in the most central part of the city to the buildings that offer free guided tours, to make a world known to me.

It is also full of parks that appeal to people of all ages and enjoy moments of rest.

In short: it is really a beautiful place to stay and it has many places to visit, experiences to go through, which also leads to full days. As I am trying to do everything for the  people I know to understand that life is one and we can do what we like best.

So why not take the opportunity to look at the past, reach old age, and smile?

“Road to the gender equality”. Як міжкультурний обмін сприяє подоланню гендерних бар’єрів та спонукає до рівності.

“Рівність” – це не твердження; а напрям, який вимагає часу та зусиль, і саме тому у нас є “дорога”, щоб дістатися великої “Р”. 

На початку травня, 22 молодих людей розпочали будівництво довгої магістралі гендерної рівності, яка з’єднує два пункти: Україну та Німеччину. 

“Road to gender equality” No.1

з 6.05 по 12.05 тривала перша фаза проекту  “Road to gender equality” у рамках зустрічей німецько-української молоді “MEETUP!”. Головною причиною, яка зібрала навколо себе молодь з двох країн у маленькому містечку Славське, Львівської області, була інколи спекулятивна, наболіла або для когось досить інтимна тема гендерної рівності. 

Починаючи з формування власної ідентичності, кожен учасник поступово ставав більш свідомим до проблеми. Таким трансформаціям слідувала довга робота: вивчення різниці між гендером та статтю; дослідження того, як “працюють” гендерні ролі, якими стереотипами можна заразитися від медіа та що спільного й відмінного між двома країнами у сфері гендеру. 

“Я був радий більше дізнатися про гендерну рівність у Німеччині та Україні. Це щось справді нове для мене, особливо беручи до уваги, що я турок за походженням.” – Умут Сасмаз, учасник молодіжного обміну. 

“Найцікавішою частиною для мене була презентація існуючих гендерних стереотипів в цілому, та окремо в Україні та Німеччині.” –  Дарія Гаскова, учасниця молодіжного обміну.

 

 

“Сьогодні я дізналася досить багато про гендер, гендерну рівність та стереотипи, з перспективи України. Це виявилось дійсно пізнавально, адже мені на думку прийшли нові ідеї, яких не було раніше.” – Антоніа Шафер, учасниця молодіжного обміну.

 

 

 

Сенсорний лабіринт-театр 

Учасники на 2 дні стали творцями великого театру-лабіринту, за допомогою якого їм вдалося відтворити кілька сюжетів із життя іммігранта. “Глядач”, позбавлений одного з чуттів – зору, мав змогу пройти крізь театр та пережити кожну ситуацію глибинно.  

“Сенсорний лабіринт-театр – це дуже вражаюча і водночас корисна річ для формування розуміння в молоді. Тож я буду використовувати цей метод у своїй практиці, адже він справді креативний та інтерактивний.” – Умут Сасмаз, учасник обміну.

“Найцікавішим виявилася постановка сенсорного лабіринт-театру для школярів. Їхні усміхненні обличчя надали мені чудових емоцій.” – Олег Попович, учасник обмін. 

“Для мене абсолютно новим було те, що люди переживали світ набагато інакше, якщо забрати у них одне з чуттів.” – Антоніа Пілз, учасниця обміну. 

“Найсильнішим для мене був досвід роботи з сенсорним лабіринт-театром, тому що я мала шанс бути автором одного з, і водночас – учасником іншого.” – Евеліна Росюк, учасниця обміну.

Сторітелінг

Уміння розповісти історію – один з додаткових методів, які учасники практикували як підхід влучного донесення інформації про дискримінацію, стереотипи й гендерну нерівність до аудиторій.

“Я отримав багато позитивних емоцій після знайомства з людьми з інших країн та регіонів. Ми, як сучасна молодь, повинні розуміти і поважати вибір та культуру інших людей. За допомогою методів неформальної освіти, таких як: SLT, storytelling та колаж, ми дізналися більше про стереотипи та дискримінацію серед меншин.” – Артур Хорунжий, учасник обміну.

“Перший етап проекту завершився приємними почуттями після знайомства з новими людьми та розуміння ситуації в Україні та Німеччині. Нам доведеться провести нелегку роботу в обох країнах. Подібні зустрічі дають чудову можливість швидше та ефективніше змінити свій світогляд та світогляд навколишнього середовища.” – Олег Колесніков, учасник обміну. 

“Road to gender equality” No.2

23-28 червня. Магдебург, Німеччина. Нова фаза, новий досвід, нові відкриття. 

Медіа – це вже окремо сформований світ, перепустку до якого шукали учасники зустрічі. На щастя, у цьому світі знайшлося місце для активізму та рівності. 

Опановуючи базові знання зйомки відео, stop-motion роликів та цифрового сторітелінгу, молоді люди перенесли свої думки про роль медіа, дискримінацію, нерівність і роль активізму як протектора на власноруч створенні відео-полотна.

“Серед досвіду який я отримав: робота в команді, створення якісних медіа-продуктів та розуміння, як надалі розвивати себе. Найцікавішою частиною проекту була практика створення відеороликів. Ми створили stop-motion відео, і це був дійсно довгий процес, близько 5 годин, але наприкінці ми отримали чудовий продукт, яким я дуже пишаюся.” – Андрій Бойко, учасник обміну.

“Було захоплююче зустріти скількох людей з України та працювати разом з ними над кількома медіа-проектами. Починаючи від ідеї і фактично йдучи до її реалізації. Цей досвід видався й справді чудовим для мене, адже я вперше мав можливість працювати над такою крутою темою.” – Йоханнес, учасник обміну.

 

 

Проект реалізовано ГО “Інститут суспільних Ініціатив” в програмі підтримки “MEET UP! Німецько-українські зустрічі молоді” фонду “Пам’ять, відповідальність та майбутнє” (EVZ).

Набір учасників на міжнародний тренінг

Інститут Суспільних Ініціатив оголошує набір учасників на міжнародний тренінг Open Up:Improv for Social Inclusion, що відбудеться 3-10 квітня у Карпатському селищі Славське (Львівська область). Мова проекту – англійська. Проект здійснюється за підтримки Erasmus+.

This project is for you, if:

you are the citizen of Ukraine
you are 18+ years old;
you are a youth worker;
you are working/planning to work with disadvantaged young people or young people who are experiencing cultural difference.

About the project:

Social inclusion is one of the top priorities in the world’s social policy agenda in accordance with Sustainable Development Goals number 4 (Quality education), 10 (Reduced inequalities). Considering current social challenges, that exist in Europe, connected with a large number of refugees and migrants, who are coming to this region, the topic of social adaptation and inclusion has never been as relevant and actual to be learned and worked on.

For young people in any culture, during their period of development, their place in society, self-realization and acceptance by others can shape their future and play a significant role in determining whether they will be successful or not. We believe that one way to achieve equality and tolerance is to educate society by art and one of the most exciting art forms which is open to everyone is improvisation theatre. This innovative method of non-formal education serves a perfect example of an art form, that is suitable and open to every person, disregarding any possible obstacles, social position or profession.
The training Course was envisioned in order to properly educate youth workers on innovative tools of working with disadvantaged youth and in this way to contribute to building of inclusive society. It will gather 34 youth workers from 10 EU and Eastern Partnership countries, to develop their competences and to equip them with creative education tools, such as improvisational theater and storytelling to tackle the issue of social exclusion of youth.
Through participation in this training course, youth workers will receive multiple benefits ranging from learning new information, developing soft skills and building confidence and self-esteem.

Project goals:

  • to increase the capacity of youth workers by enriching their working methods with the
    innovative tools of improvisational theatre and storytelling;
  • to provide an opportunity for experience exchange between youth workers from different
    countries and backgrounds, on using of non-formal education methods and tools;
  • to deepen the knowledge on the background, needs and challenges, that young people with fewer opportunities are facing;
  • to promote intercultural learning and interpersonal dialogue between participants.

Participating countries: 

Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, UK, Ukraine

Costs

Organisers cover accomodation, food and travel expences. Participants’ contribution – 30 Eur to be paid upon arrival to the venue.

How to apply:

please fill in the application form Open Up:Improv for Social Inclusion by  10th of March 2019.

We will contact only selected candidates latest by 13th of Marh 2019.

In case of any questions please contact us via projects@sii.org.ua

Набір учасників на міжнародний молодіжний обмін

Інститут Суспільних Ініціатив оголошує набір учасників на міжнародний молодіжний обмін GEM – Promoting Gender Equality in and through Media, що відбудеться 1-10 квітня у Карпатському селищі Славське (Львівська область). Мова проекту – англійська. Проект здійснюється за підтримки Erasmus+.

This project is for you, if:

  • you are 18-30 years old;
  • you are citizen of Ukraine;
  • you have at least the intermediate level of English;
  • you are interested in the topic of gender equality;
  • you would like to improve your meida skills (photography and videomaking ), and discover more about the role of media in human rights’ advocacy.

About the project:

GEM (Gender Equality in and through Media) is a Youth Exchange that aims at giving opportunity to young people to increase awareness on gender equality issues and to support them in playing an active role in gender mainstreaming in social media. Throughout the exchange, young participants will embrace diverse  gender identities and investigate conditions that symbolize an equitable society. The project positively promotes an inclusive media culture and intends to inspire young people to think critically about gender roles as seen and portrayed in social and mass media. As the result of the project participants will create short videos for a social media campaign.

Project goals:

  • to give a deeper understanding of the concept of gender equality;
  • to support and improve competences of young people, such as digital, social and civic competence, sense of initiative and entrepreneurship, cultural awareness and expression by providing them with practical skills in visual media approaches (videomaking and photography);
  • to enhance the awareness about the importance of gendered media and societies;
  • to foster young people media literacy and critical thinking skills;
  • to examine existing cases and analyze approaches on how to address gender mainstreaming and gender culture in the media;
  • encourage youth to play a key role as media advocates and cultivate a media world free of gender discrimination;
  • to increase awareness of Erasmus + and EU values and promote youth mobility in the framework of European programmes.

Participating countries: 

Armenia, Belarus, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Spain, UK, Ukraine

Costs

Organisers cover accomodation, food and travel expences. Participants’ contribution – 30 Eur to be paid upon arrival to the venue.

How to apply:

please fill in the application form Gender Equality in and through Media by  28 of February 2019.

We will contact only selected candidates latest by 4th of Marh 2019.

In case of any questions please contact project coordinator Anna via a.lepska@sii.org.ua

 

Мій EVS у найщасливішій країні світу

Ми часто переїжджаємо в пошуках чогось. Щоб знайти роботу. Знайти кохання. Знайти стабільність. Знайти себе. Мене звуть Уляна, мені 28, я українка, з Тернополя, вже понад півроку завдяки проекту EVS я живу та працюю в місті Орхус у Данії. На власному прикладі я переконалась, що переїзд, хоч і короткостроковий, із рідної країни може змінити вас на краще!

Про існування EVS волонтерства я дізналась випадково від своєї молодшої сестри Нати, яка минулої весни намагалась мене всіляко стимулювати до кардинальної зміни життя. З вибором проекту все склалось неочікувано просто. Прочитавши про історію і мету програми EVS та ознайомившись з тим як працює її платформа, мені одразу ж спало на думку шукати можливості у Скандинавії, клімат та стиль життя якої мені давно були до душі. І ось на початку списку проект у Данії із надзвичайно коротким дедлайном для подачі заявки. Один стресовий день для заповнення мотиваційної анкети, допомога Ані з Інституту Суспільних Ініціатив, в неділю ввечері видихнула з полегшенням коли прийшло сповіщення що мою заявку таки прийнято, а вже наступної середи моя співбесіда із командою проекту була позаду, та в четвер того ж тижня я знала, що мене обрано і на початку вересня мене чекатимуть в Орхусі.

Моє рішення залишити дім, роботу, друзів та доволі облаштоване життя було цілковитою несподіванкою для близьких. Як? Чому? Задарма? Так далеко? Говорити данською? Однак все закрутилось так швидко, що й часу на сумніви та хвилювання не було! На свій день народження, 14 серпня, в подарунок від посольства Королівства Данії я отримала візу, а вже через два тижні з моєю новою сусідкою із Австрії ми думали де б то знайти меблі щоб заповнити нашу пусту данську квартиру.

Мій EVS проект базується в муніципалітеті міста. Оскільки Орхус у 2018 році є Волонтерською столицею Європи, я разом із Франческою, ще однією EVS-волонтеркою та моєю тепер хорошою подругою, допомагаємо із міжнародною комунікацією, організацією подій та різноманітними інтернаціональними ініціативами – study trips, конференціями, відкритими лекціями. Також завдяки проекту, ми стали частиною фестивалю для дітей “Film in the Forest”, основна мета якого – зміна погляду на кіно та зближення дітей з різним культурним бекграундом; їм ми допомагаємо із пошуком партнерів та фандрейзингом, проведенням воркшопів і побудовою команди волонтерів, та власне й на самому майданчику фестивалю у лісі під час фестивального вікенду.

Зараз мій типовий день – це робота у офісі 5-6 годин, декілька зустрічей та дзвінків, з десяток email, написання статей чи спілкування із студентами та волонтерами, курси данської мови, заняття спортом (тут усі такі спортивні, соромно відставати 🙂 та вечеря з сусідкою, бойфрендом чи тутешніми друзями.

Попри те, що по натурі я інтроверт, в Данії я зрозуміла наскільки важливо бути соціально активною для облаштування життя на новому місці. І в Орхусі для цього є нескінченна кількість можливостей! Лекції, виставки, покази фільмів, концерти, фестивалі, волонтерські проекти на будь-який смак, це дозволяє дізнаватись нове, зустрічати цікавих людей та відкривати для себе ще більше цю маленьку та надзвичайно милу країну.

У Данії усі, починаючи з трирічних діток і закінчуючи пенсіонерами, чудово спілкуються англійською. Все ж для кращого розуміння культури та навколишнього життя, я вже близько пів року ходжу на безкоштовні курси данської – так це складно, у них дивні букви і вимова наче в тебе гаряча картоплина в роті…однак, є перші результати – я можу підтримати розмову з касиром в супермаркеті, вже прочитала дві книжки для малят та на 30% розумію про що говорять мої колеги 😀

Якщо ви почуєте, що Данія – країна із найщасливішими у світі людьми, знайте, – це правда! Тут все наче створене для комфортного і розміреного життя:  усміхнені люди, які завжди готові допомогти, гарні вулички, красиві будинки, зручний громадський транспорт і мережа велодоріжок, що покриває все місто, смачнюща випічка і культурні заходи кожного вікенду, безліч курсів і майстер класів на будь-який смак, зрештою море і ліси навколо міста, – і ти ніколи не відчуваєш, що Орхус це друге за розміром місто у Данії, настільки воно затишне!

Ще й досі невідомо яка доля чекає на програму EVS, швидше за все її повністю замінить European Solidarity Corps, нова ініціатива ЄС. Однак поряд із цими ініціативами, існує й величезна кількість інших безкоштовних або ж цілком доступних кожному можливостей подорожувати, навчатись та працювати закордоном, варто лиш бути допитливим і не боятись ризикнути. Справді, життя за кордоном – це одна з найбільш приємних та водночас складних пригод у вашому житті. Проте гарантую, цей досвід кандинально змінить ваше бачення себе та світу навколо!

P.S. Доволі складно розповісти про враження від життя, роботи і подорожей у новій країні у короткому пості, тому якщо у вас є питання чи коментарі, буду рада продовжити спілкування у facebook.

Уляна Башняк, EVS волонтерка в Данії

Гарячі EVS вакансії

Починаємо новий рік із новими можливостями! Ми підготували для вас добірку гарячих EVS вакансій в Бельгії, Данії, Іспанії та Словенії. Теми проектів дуже цікаві – розвиток креативності, робота з молоддю, культурні ініціативи, міжкультурне навчання, промоція волонтертва, медіа освіта та виробництво відео. Дедлайни вже зовсім скоро, тому не баріться із заявками 🙂

БЕЛЬГІЯ

WANTED: creativity for youth

“WANTED: creativity for youth” focuses on cultural participation in all aspects. The project aspires to stimulate art and cultural habits with children and young people. We want to involve new ideas and a widen scope of experience in the association. There are many learning opportunities for the volunteers like discovering many kinds of arts, new skills, a new language, involving children and youngsters in creative sessions and take responsibility to realise an own project. They will learn how projects are set up, how sessions and workshops are concepted, what methodology we use for art education, how they can organise and take responsibilities themselves in projects, courses or sessions. The volunteer will mostly work with young people and will be participating in workshops with them, but also get the opportunity to work together with them on projects.

More info: WANTED:creativity for youth

Application deadline: 10.01.2018

ДАНІЯ

Young Cultural Diversity in Kolding

The EVS project ’Young Cultural Diversity in Kolding’ is hosted by Kolding Youthschool, and the project is based in the center of Kolding. We offer the international participant the experience to work together with local culture entrepreneur’s, musicians, staff and many other creative people at the new established cultural house. All ideas, cultural events, workshops and activities in general are set up and organized by the users. Therefor the job can and will change from time to time. User involvement is of our highest priority and it is our finest job is to support and help them succeed with their different projects and ideas.

More info: Young Cultural Diversity in Kolding

Application deadline: 8.01.2018

Educational Youth Clubs

The EVS project ’Educational Youth Clubs’ is hosted by Kolding Youthschool, and The Kolding Youthschool organizes different kinds of activities for children and young people. Kolding Youthschool have 7 Educational Youth Clubs targeting children in the age of 10-13 years and 8 Educational Youth Clubs targeting youngsters in the age of 13-17 years. The Educational Youth Clubs for the children at 10-13 years are open in the afternoon, while the Educational Youth Clubs for the youngsters are open in the evening. The participant will work with both target groups, which includes various ethnicities, social groups and interests.
At the youth club, we have different kind of activities such as pool, ping-pong, board games and activities in the nature. Furthermore, we sometimes do arts, crafts and bake. Still the most important thing is the conversations with the children and youngsters.

More info: Educational Youth Clubs

Application deadline: 8.01.2018

ІСПАНІЯ

EVS in Asociación Juvenil Intercambia

Volunteers will participate in different activities during their project, here summarised:

  • Promotion of intercultural participation and learning. We manage an information desk in Malaga (Europa Más Cerca), in which local youth are informed about European mobility programmes. Volunteers may help giving information and counseling.
  • We also help and advise other organisations to develop European programmes. Volunteers also participate.
  • We also organise seminars and information sessions related with Europe, European Citizenship, as well as other more informal activities (cinema forum, multicultural meetings) in which we diffuse information about the EU, intercultural values and participation. In this campaigns, volunteers may present their European citizenship experience.
  • Campaigns of promotion of volunteering. We organise workshops and training seminars together with the Andalusian volunteering agency and citizen participation area, at a local and regional scale. Volunteers may collaborate with these activities with the training team in the whole process: contact with organisations, planning training sessions, development and evaluation of sessions and they may also form active part of them if they want to talk about their experience as a volunteer. Some of these campaigns may include promotion to youngsters at Elementary schools and High schools.
  • Youth Information. Volunteers will search, select and diffuse local, regional and national youth information with the mentor through the organisation’s web site and electronic bulletins.
  • Information and raising-awareness campaigns about Europe. We participate in several projects to make known the EU and the possibilities it gives to the youth , so volunteers may participate in these projects.
  • Sport events.

More info: EVS in Asociación Juvenil Intercambia

Application deadline: 8.01.2018

СЛОВЕНІЯ

The Youth in Media

The Youth in Media project is good for beginners and professionals in the field of media production. You will have an opportunity to produce several videos per month of different genres, connected with local youth and actual socio-cultural processes. Monthly productions results in Youth TV Magazine which is presented online. Some of them also on different film festivals.
If you are interested in media education, you could improve your practical skills while co-mentoring in series of workshops and trainings for local youngsters. DZMP office is well-equipped with computers, as well as all needed for fieldwork and shooting process. Here you can learn the basics of directing, camerawork, lighting and post-production. You will get the chance to take part in the organization of DZMP’s Luksuz film Festival. Volunteers are provided with the accommodation, money for food & local transportation, pocket money. Travel costs are partly refunded according to the rules of EU Erasmus+.

More info: Youth in Media

Application deadline: 10.01.2018

 

При подачі заявки на EVS проекти радимо зазначати, що у вас вже є Sending Organisation, та вказувати наступні дані:

Sending organisation: NGO “SOCIETY INITIATIVES INSTITUTE” (Lviv, Ukraine)
Email: office@sii.org.ua, evs@sii.org.ua
Address: Apt. 8, 56 Hnata Khotkevycha St., Lviv, Ukraine, 79070
Phone: +380 93 347 30 79
Contact Person: Anna Lepska, EVS coordinator, a.lepska@sii.org.ua
EVS accreditation: Sending and hosting organisation.
PIC: 946996936.
Accreditation number (EI-Number): 2015-1-PL01-KA110-023294.
Web-site: http://sii.org.ua/en/
NGO at database of EVS-accredited organisations: europa.eu/youth/volunteering/organisation/946996936_en

У разі виникнення будь-яких запитань, пишіть на скриньку evs@sii.org.ua

Успіхів! 

Common Vibes EVS blog (part 4)

Catalina and Matei are currently spending their time at the international voluntary camps, where they have opportunity to meet people from different countries and learn new things about Ukraine while working together to preserve unique culture heritage. Catalina helps to renovate the territory around the Pidkamin monastery, which situted in the Lviv region. Matei, along with other volunteers, cleans up the Jewish cemetery in Chernivtsi. Here are some impressions from our volunteers:

On the train to Chernivtsi I met this nice Ukranian couple(around 50 years old) inside my compartment who were also heading there for one night and after that they were going to Romania for a small trip. She didn’t really speak English, but they were both learning Romanian so we got to mix all 3 languages during our conversation which was interesting because we all had something new to learn. Because their hotel was on the same street as the college dormitory where I was supposed to go to, they were kind enough to take me with their taxi(and they didn’t accept my money). Once arrived at the dormitory, the lady on duty who was probably in her 60s, I was pleasantly surprised to hear her speak Romanian so we had a small chat. During the next day I got to meet the other volunteers and in the afternoon we went to the Jewish Cemetery where we are supposed to work for 2 weeks and met this really friendly German named Christian who showed us around. During the next few days we joined the other German people(which are all over 50 years old) for embellishing the graveyard by cutting some of the small trees, vines, grass etc. in order to reveal the graves. The city has a rich and interesting history and it makes me even more curious because it was part of Romania between the 2 World Wars. Looking forward to finding out more about this charming place.

Matei

In the description of the project it said that it entails hard and often monotonous work and I found this to be true once I arrived here. At the same time it is rewarding and very fun thanks to the amazing team here, the support and encouragement we give to each other makes things so much easier. But not everything is work, we took this weekend off and visited monasteries and castles in Олеська, Почаїв and Золочів, thus getting a better chance to visit the country side of Ukraine

Catalina

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ШУКАЄМО УЧАСНИКІВ ДЛЯ ПРОЕКТУ В ЛИТВІ ТА ВІРМЕНІЇ

Шукаємо учасників для проекту ” Inclusive Europe” – що складається з тренінгу в рамках програми Erasmus+, що відбудеться 4-10 вересня в Литві та навчального візіту до Вірменії 16-21 жовтня. 

Зверніть увагу, що учасник повинен відвідати 2 фази проекту – як тренінг, так і навчальний візит!

Опис проекту:
Conflicts, wars, persecution and poverty have driven more than one million people to seek safety in Europe only in 2015. The current refugee crisis that has unfolded in Europe created division between European citizens as well as questioned the basics of the European idea.
Reaching Europe rarely meant the end of suffering for those who survived the dangerous routes and smuggling. Public authorities at the national and regional levels often failed to provide adequate response to the arrival of large amounts of migrants. Poor reception conditions, incidents of corruption, closed borders and passport controls were coupled with increasingly hostile attitudes by the European citizens. This attitudes have been rapidly growing into radicalization fueling nationalist and extremist movements and political parties. Yet, these are only few of the difficulties encountered by the men, women and children seeking home in Europe.
Civil society organizations can play an important role as a response to the crisis and radicalization that has become its consequence. There are examples when NGO’s and active citizens have gone beyond their capacities in order to fill the gap left by national and regional authorities and have proven they have the will and the need to be heard. This positive cases must be multiplied and the role of civil society has to be expanded. Thus, creating network of organizations working or willing to work in the field of migration and deradicalization is essential. It is also very important to build the capacities of staff members, social workers, youth workers and human right activists in the field so they can provide adequate support to young people with refugee and migrant background as well as to young people affected by “migrantaphobia” and violent extremism. There is a clear need of empowering civil society organizations which are working with refugees and migrants so they become stronger actors in the current refugee crisis. They need to be better prepared to contribute to the resolution of the refugee crisis and to policies for the integration of refugees. This may result in providing both high quality support to the refugees and migrants as well as in supporting the EU and national policy making with valuable input. This is why we came up with an idea of a 2 Stage Project – Training Course in Lithuania and a Study Visit to Armenia that will be gathering 36 youth workers and staff members of Civil Society organizations both from the EU (Lithuania, Czech Republic Estonia, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden) and the Neighboring partner countries (Armenia, Belarus, FYR Macedonia, Georgia, Moldova, Serbia, Ukraine). To ensure a long term impact we will involve same 36 youth workers in both activities of the project.

Цілі проекту: The Training Course (Lithuania) and the Study Visit (Armenia) have the following main objectives:
A. To provide conceptual framework on the notions of emigration, immigration, integration and multiculturalism to 36 youth workers from different European countries;
B. To analyze the emigration and immigration situation in participating countries and to find out the causes of migration, namely push and pull factors;
C. To discuss and analyze the current migration challenges in Europe and try to offer solutions from the perspective of youth work;
D. To foster tolerance, respect and open-mindedness towards migrants while working with young people as a target group;
E. To share experiences and best practices of integrating young migrants in youth organizations;
F. To equip youth workers with capacity to combat hate speech towards migrants, misinformation about refugees and xenophobic discourse;
G. To create a network of NGO’s willing to be involved in the migration management process and contribute to the refugee integration process in participating countries.

Профіль учасника:
● Fluent in English;
● Youth workers who are working to combat radicalization, discrimination and
intolerance against refugees and migrants in their countries;
● Working, have experience or are interested in working with refugee or migrant
integration issues;
● Ready to commit to the project for at least 3 months after the end of the project by
organizing follow-up activities in their home countries;
● Experienced in non-formal education field and interested in implementing educational
activities by themselves or want to gain new skills and knowledge on the topic;
● Able to attend both project Activities: A1 in Lithuania and A2 in Armenia;
● Age: from 18 years – there is no age limit

Відбір учасників буде відбуватись на основі аплікаційної форми доступна тут (натисніть щоб перейти за лінком). Дедлайн заповнення форми – 10.08. 2017. 

Відібрані учасники можуть бути запрошені на коротке інтерв’ю (по телефону чи Skype). Лише відібраним та тим хто потрапив до списку очікування, буде повідомлено про статус їх заявки.

Фінансові умови

Проект профінансований програмою «Ерасмус+». Витрати на дорогу від вашого місця проживання на проект та назад будуть відшкодовані по квоті для України (максимально 275 євро) за умови пред’явлення всіх оригінальних квитків. Вартість білетів понад 275 євро відшкодовується за рахунок учасника! 

У разі виникнення питань, пишіть на projects@sii.org.ua

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Команда ГО “Інститут Суспільних Ініціатив”