The duration of the project is 9 months – from 1st of March until 1st of December 2016. Partners on the project are 5 countries – Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Romania. Eligible participants are any young people with EU citizenship at the age between 18-30.
Our objective is to empower the main pillars of the society – young people, adults, business and authorities – to cooperate with each other in order to build a better, sustainable and safe future for everybody.
Our 5 main goals are:
- Make people aware of – different cultures, religions, nations, ways of living, habits, traditions, disabilities, healthy lifestyle, values (family, national, European), environmental issues, global changes, globalization, fare trade and global market, sustainable development, renewable power sources.
- Motivate young people to – strive for self-improvement, travel more, make contacts, be tolerant, be initiative, be curious, be creative, take responsibilities, be active in their own lives.
- Improve their skills and competences in the following areas – social, problem solving, communicative, presentational, linguistic, managerial, entrepreneurial, technical, environmental, gardening, farming, digital, mathematical, financial, team working.
- Stimulate them to be more open-minded, adaptive, tolerant, respectful, responsible, adventurous, creative, innovative, trustworthy, trustful, positive, initiative, reliable, brave, curious, active, practical, methodological, logical, hard-working.
- Turn people with fewer opportunities into people with equal opportunities
WHY? Because we want:
- To bring together people with different backgrounds and show them in practice that we are all the same no matter our individual differences.
- To break down stereotypes, prejudices and teach both youngsters and adults to be more tolerant and respectful to all people and nature .
- To give opportunities to young people to learn more about the world through practical activities, games and lessons.
- To promote volunteering and active citizenship.
- To foster cooperation between individuals, institutions and business.
- To make people closer to nature and motivate them to live healthily, be active and grow their own food.
- To inform people and make them more concerned about the environment and the future on the Earth.
- To provide space for children to play and learn new things in a safe environment.
- To provide an attractive place for travelers to stay, learn and share experience and knowledge with other adventurous young people.
- To promote and show alternative ways of living and traveling related to a free and/or unconventional exchange, not based on paying by money but on giving and taking back favours in return.
- To provide free space to everybody who wants to express themselves (exhibitions, concerts, theater plays,).
- To promote mobility opportunities provided by different programs of the European Union, such as Erasmus +.
HOW? We are going to do it through:
- Non-formal education
- Learning by doing methodology
- Practical activities
- Intercultural communication
- Discussion groups
- Outdoor lessons
The main activities of the project can be divided into two groups – construction and working in the eco-center and participation in the activities of the association.
First group of activities planned:
1. First phase – preparatory work:
– Prepare an action plan: all participants will discuss the way they will act and prepare a plan “step by step” to frame the time set for construction of the center.
– Activities related to fundraising for the project: the task will be set to a few people who have more knowledge in this area and know how to use all possible ways to raise funds, such as Yatoo, crowdfunding, donors (companies and individuals) etc.
– Constant communication with those who are interested in the project – institutions, young people from the country and traveling nomads who wish to join the project and donate their labor.
2. The second phase – from words to actions:
– The construction and renovation of buildings: all participants will be involved in this activity. In the process, tasks will be divided accordingly – girls will be responsible for lighter activities such as painting, cleaning, organizing the permaculture garden and men – for heavy construction work.
3. Third phase – closing activities:
– After opening the eco-center, we will organize a meeting where all the “helpers” will receive letters of thanks from the Association. There will also be a press conference where we will tell the story of the whole project – information on Erasmus +, and in particular EVS, the steps we have taken during the work on the eco-center, etc. Everything will be accompanied by photos and videos, presentations and other funny stories that each of us would share.
– Organize meetings and trainings with youth from the city on various topics. Representatives from different countries will also have the chance to present their country, culture, history and traditions.
– Construction and maintenance of permaculture home garden.
– Preparation of plans of training and lessons to be conducted with young people from the city.
– Dissemination of information among schools in Bulgaria about the center and what it offers.
– Welcome and assist nomads and groups of students that have come to visit and use the center.
Second group of activities planned:
1. Information meetings: will be organized in schools, participation in them will be open to all students from first to twelfth grade.
2. Detour eco and cycling paths: weekly detour routes with volunteers from the association and members of “Velo Club” Association – Tryavna. These patrols will also include young people from schools for educational purposes. The tours would be open, so any volunteer, tourist or guest of the town would be able to join. The EVS volunteers will be trained by climbers and mountain guides and informed and well aware they could expect along the way (flora and fauna). The volunteers will also undergo first aid training by the Red Cross in order to ensure the safety of all.
3. Workshops organized jointly with Tryavna Center for Social Rehabilitation and Integration.: participants will be aged 6 -16, the activities will be carried out in a multi-sensory room in the center.
4. Workshop, organized jointly with “Kalina” Kindergarten and “Svetlina” Kindergarten – the participants will be children aged 4-7. Activities will be carried out in the appropriate places in the kindergarten or outdoor.
5. Extracurricular activities organized by the association for school children – age of the participants will be 7-18. Depending on the activities, the places will be different. In case we are out of school, the group will include teachers and/or parents to help with the younger students. Some of the planned activities are:
– Sports day for families. Its purpose is to show parents how important and funny it is to spend more time with their children and get closer to their life.
– “Treasure hunt” in the city to get to know the history and secrets of the city. The initiative is linked to institutions such as museums, galleries, Municipality.
– Monthly club “I breathe,” in which through games children’s knowledge on different topics would be tested and they would have the opportunity to learn a lot of curious facts about: the universe, cinema and music, Indians, mystery, etc. The topics will be very diverse and, if necessary, children will be masked appropriately. The games will be held outdoors.
IMPORTANT – ALL THE ACTIVITIES WILL BE ORGANIZED DEPENDING ON THE WEATHER. IF ACTIVITIES FROM GROUP ONE CANNOT BE DONE BECAUSE OF THE WEATHER, ACTIVITIES FROM GROUP 2 WILL FULFILL THE DAY OR THE VOLUNTEER WILL HAVE A FREE DAY!
Eligible participants: Young people with EU citizenship at the age between 18-30.
Duration: 9 months, starting on 1st of March 2016.
Working hours: 30 to 35 h/week with 2 days off/week and 2 working days for holidays/month.
Working language: English (Bulgarian will be considered as an advantage, but is not obligatory)
Accommodation: Fully equipped and covered by the organization (electricity, water & Internet).
Travel costs: Reimbursement for a return ticket depending on the rules of Erasmus+. To check the distance, click at the link.
Monthly allowance: 200 Euro (130 Euro monthly allowances and 70 Euro pocket money)
Linguistic support: 100 study hours with a professional teacher.
Insurance & Health assistance: Full insurance with Cigna will be provided to each volunteer. The cost for issuing it will be fully covered by the hosting and sending organizations. Before you come to Bulgaria, we highly recommend that you ask for a European Health Insurance Card.
Others: Before arrival, we advise you to get an ISIC (International Student Identity Card) and/or EYC (European Youth Card).
Partners of the project are:
- Hungary – Lélektér Foundation, with coordinator Reka Kelemen – firstname.lastname@example.org; 0036304242269; information about the project in Hungarian.
- Spain– Escola de Tempo Libre e Animación Sociocultural Don Bosco, with coordinator Francisco Xabier Blanco Vilar ; 0034 981582243;
- Poland – „Fundacja dla Wolności”, with coordinator Krzysztof Jarymowicz – email@example.com; 0048 502070701;
- Romania – Asociatia de Tineri din Ardeal, with coordinator Attila Nagy – firstname.lastname@example.org; 0040752932141; information about the project in Romanian.
If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us via our contact form, or contacting directly the sending organisation/country you are interested in by sending e-mail or calling the project coordinator.