Background and aims of the seminar:
SCI Madrid and the Trainers will host the seminar in Madrid, Spain, between 4th and 10th October 2018.
In total, we will be 25 participants from 12 partners: Armenia, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Macedonia, Russia, Spain and Ukraine.
The seminar will consist of five working days, in which methods, knowledge, experiences, approaches and ideas will be shared and the overall concepts of how to promote the visibility of homelessness in European society through local and international volunteering.
We wish to give the space to exchange how to do good preparation for volunteers and workers based on the human rights approach and focused on the autonomy and dignity of people, using volunteerism as a way to promote the visibility of homelessness in European society.

Profile of the participants:
Participants should be staff or volunteers responsible for preparation seminars and/or Homeless-related programs in your organisation, such as:
- Volunteers and workers involved in Homelessness issues in their organizations.
- Activists and workers involved in the selection and preparation of volunteers to work with Homeless People.
- Young participants with a strong interest in homeless people issues. And the implication of prejudices and stereotypes towards this group with the willingness to get involved with their sending organization to participate actively in getting a multiplier effect of what worked during the seminar in their locality of origin.
- Activists and workers involved in local volunteer projects.
- Trainers and experts in the field of training on Homeless People, Human Rights, prejudices and stereotypes or volunteering.
- Participants willing to act as photographers, journalists, etc. with the aim of increasing the visibility of the project.

In terms of selection, participants will be selected on the basis of their motivation and ability to act as multipliers.

The selected participants need to be activists and volunteers with a strong interest in Homeless People issues, plus they need to be ready to share with their sending organisations the outcomes of the seminar and promote these.

There will be no participation fee.
Activities costs, insurance, food and accommodation will be covered from the project budget, as well as travel costs in lines with rules and conditions of Erasmus+ programmе.

Contacts and deadlines:
Please download the application form, fill it in and send it to volunteers@cvs-bg.org latest the 5th of August.

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Fighting rumours and stereotypes

Call for EVS volunteers 

(Italian candidates)

“Building Bridges between Communities” project is an initiative launched in May 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria as a partnership between the organizations CVS-Bulgaria, SCI Italy, SCI Madrid and Rota Jovem which aims to create space for understanding, dialogue and cooperation between different groups of people in the local community.

The project supports the core initiative of the organization: The Refugee Project (www.refugeeproject.eu), which is implemented in partnership with Caritas Sofia since 2011 and  gathers local volunteers who organize variety of lessons and workshops for the asylum seekers and refugees in the main reception centers in Sofia – Ovcha Kupel, Voenna Rampa and Vrazhdebna, as well as excursions and different events. The Refugee project is a space where thousands of volunteers every year open their heart to asylum seekers in Bulgaria and give them a warm welcome through activities and quality spent time together. The project is managed by volunteer coordinators from CVS-Bulgaria and Caritas Sofia. Every year EVS volunteers join this team and make a difference by being part of this crazy, vibrant and hardworking crew.

The Refugee Project Brochure

About the EVS project 

Check out this dream EVS project below and if you are a volunteer from Italy ( We already selected candidates from Spain or Portugal), do not hesitate to apply! We promise it is worth it!


Volunteering circles: Human Library on Migration

Volunteering circles: Human Library on Migration

The project will bring together the efforts of three EVS volunteers from Italy, Spain and Portugal, who will work within one year to 1) Raise awareness among young people and fight rumors in the local community that affect marginalized / vulnerable groups, including refugees and migrants; 2) increase the media literacy of young people and combat hate speech; 3) enhance the integration of refugees through different kinds of interaction with the local community / organized volunteering in temporary accommodation centers; organized outdoor activities and excursions; events /; 4) promote of volunteering and its opportunities for integrating marginalized / vulnerable groups. CVS-Bulgaria has been working in these fields for many years, both nationally and internationally, in cooperation with a number of international partner organizations. The volunteers will be involved in the different stages of the project, namely Identification of rumors, creation of a Network and Campaign to fight rumors and Evaluation and dissemination of results. As part of the project, each volunteer will have specific tasks that will be directed both to the main goal of the EVS project and to the other objectives – to build up the activities of the previous EVS projects on the subject; actively involving target groups in the rest of the activities of the organization, including informing and encouraging their participation in Erasmus + activities; supporting the bilateral integration process and informing the local community on the topic of forced migration. The results of the project will be: an online platform and a campaign to fight rumors; a strategy for identifying rumors in the local community and their logical refutation; multiplier training on the subject, an online handbook for multipliers; different materials for organizing and conducting activities with refugees; articles in the newsletter on project achievements and related topics; educational workshops within the CVS UNI format; an international volunteer camp at a reception center for refugees outside Sofia. The volunteer service activities are particularly connected and predetermined by the idea of fighting racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia and working towards social inclusion and respect for human rights. The project activities will be complimented by two national trainings for multipliers, an expert workshop for creation of handbook for multipliers and five national events for its presentation and promotion. In their activities, EVS volunteers will work first to familiarize young people with the problems and their nature, caused by the lack of tolerance and perception of foreign culture. These are issues of paramount importance in the European Union and worldwide, because our shared existence would not have been possible without the initial building of a bridge between communities and connecting with each other.


Working in The Refugee project

Dates: 1.07.2018– 1.07.2019
Venue: Sofia, Bulgaria (some of the activities may require travelling within Bulgaria)
Working language of the activities: English, Bulgarian
Contact person: Katerina Stoyanova
Contact email: cvs.katerina@gmail.com
Project theme: Building bridges campaign, Antiracism, Antifascism, refugees, ethnic minorities, refugees/asylum seekers
Number of vacancies: 1 (Italy)

During the year of this exciting voluntary service the volunteers will be supported by CVS-Bulgaria, its staff and volunteers. They  will be part of a dynamic and amicable team of co-workers in the office of CVS-Bulgaria and will have the opportunity to be included in the ongoing events and tasks, concerning the overall work of the organization, will join the other EVS volunteers in their project activities and will participate in the process of planning the activities in CVS-Bulgaria.


Personal project

Each volunteer will have the opportunity to develop its own personal project, while the volunteers will be introduced to already existing partnerships the organization has – Vlahi Nature School, Concordia Foundation, Sofia International Film Festival, Caritas Sofia, UNHCR, Bulgarian Red Cross, The Council for Refugee women, Multi Kulti Collective, Sate Agency for Refugees. They will have the chance to involve them in the development of their personal project which will definitely enrich their experiences and help them develop key competences.

Profile of the participants

An interest and some experience (or strong motivation to work) with asylum seekers is essential. Strong motivation to learn Bulgarian or basic knowledge of the Bulgarian language is an advantage. Volunteers are required to be flexible, independent and responsible, with good social and organizational skills. Most welcome will be candidates with strong self driven and self initiative personalities, creative spirit and open mindedness, ready to develop a great project within the framework of the suggested EVS program.

adults class

Working in The Refugee Project

Food: Provided money allocations for food every month 250 lv (128 EUR)
Accommodation: Provided – a room in a shared apartment; all utilities and Internet are covered
Pocket money: 4 EUR (per day)
Insurance: Provided (standard EVS CIGNA health insurance)
Phone: Phone and monthly plan covered in order to fulfill the project tasks
Transport - international: reimbursed up to 275 EUR
Transport – local: Monthly public transport card
Bulgarian language course: OLS
Support: Personal support will be provided by individual mentor; task related support will be provided by the coordinator/supervisor and other staff members of the organisation.

If you think this is your dream EVS project, please send at cvs.katerina@gmail.com:

- your CV

- motivation letter

Deadline for applications: 10th June 2018.  All shortlisted candidates will be invited for a skype interview. 

For any further questions, please contact us at cvs.kterina@gmail.com

Information about CVS-Bulgaria

CVS-Bulgaria is a non-governmental organisation that has been working in the field of international volunteer exchange since 1998 and was officially registered in 2002 as an organisation working in public benefit. CVS-Bulgaria is a branch of the international peace and volunteer-exchange network of Service Civil International (SCI – www.sci.ngo) and a full member of South Eastern European Youth Network (SEEYN – www.seeyn.org).

CVS-Bulgaria aims to promote the values of volunteer work through organizing variety of voluntary activities; to motivate young people to be active and participate in volunteer actions – thus taking part in the development of the civil society; to promote and support intercultural understanding and solidarity, social justice and environment preservation.

Main activities of CVS-Bulgaria are: organizing short- and long term volunteer projects, youth exchanges, trainings, hosting and sending volunteers for projects in public benefit in Bulgaria, Europe and the world, as well as working in partnership with other NGOs on local and international level to promote volunteering as a tool for active citizenship.

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A national study on the information and training needs of beneficiaries of international protection in Bulgaria conducted in 2017 identified the need of development of coherent and comprehensive program for information and orientation to facilitate the adaptation and inclusion of members of this group in the host society. Aiming to respond to this need Center for the Study for Democracy organized a national workshop “Training Module for Cultural and Civic Orientation of Beneficiaries of International Protection” that took place in Sofia on 25 April 2018.

The workshop gathered professionals from public and NGO institutions mandated to provide services to refugees in Bulgaria as well as members of the refugee community. They discussed a draft Module for cultural and civic orientation of refugees, developed by the Center for the Study of Democracy and provided input for its fine tuning and finalization. By way of group discussions participants formulated guidance regarding the chosen topics, the relevance and comprehensiveness of the provided information and the proposed training techniques. The pack of recommendations formulated at the workshop will serve to finalise a Module for Cultural and Civic Orientation for beneficiaries of international protection in Bulgaria.

Learn more about the project here




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This Spring, in Mitrovica, GAIA and friends will organize a youth exchange about urban permaculture, with the focus on gardening and food production. The Youth Exchange will gather 25 young people from Croatia, Albania, Serbia, Bulgaria and Kosovo, what means that this call is open only for young people who are residents of those countries (we are sorry for those who are not) and applying through organizations which are partners for this exchange: PVN Albania, VCV Serbia, VUK Croatia, CVS Bulgaria and GAIA Kosovo. It will take place from 25th of May until 2nd of June and will be organized in partnership with Down Syndrome Kosova in Mitrovica and the City Museum. communitygarden Why permaculture? Permaculture is a design system that uses ecological principles, which can be applied to organisations, communities and economies to create a more harmonious and sustainable system of relationships. Based on the ethical foundation of care for the earth, care for the people and fair share, permaculture shows us a way, inspired by ecological understanding and principles, to create beneficial relationships and work with nature to regenerate and restore land, communities and our relationship to both. With learning about permaculture and gaining practical and theoretical knowledge about its principles and designing, which are inspired by natural systems, we can learn about social connections and ways of creating sustainable, resilient societies. forster_community_garden   Urban permaculture? Half humanity now live in cities and they have large ecological and human effects on the planet. So how can permaculture food production be applied to our towns and cities? There are, in fact many techniques that allow urban dwellers to grow food the permaculture way.  Using permaculture design principles, we can transform our garden, roof top or balcony into a sustainable food-producing garden. We can also share land and create community gardens or initiate community supported agriculture (CSA). What will be happening? During this youth exchange we will explore possibilities for Mitrovica to develop urban garden and to include young people interested in environmental and social topics. We will do different workshops, games, discussions, movie projections, practical work in garden, visits to cultural and natural sites and so forth. Of course, we will learn and discuss about permaculture as well as local heritage, issues and exiting initiatives. We will also organize activities with the host organization and other partners in Mitrovica. Mitrovica_banner Mitrovica is located in the North of Kosovo, with a population of around 100.000. The city is geographically divided by the Ibar River, into a Northern and Southern part, then also with a strong ethnic division as well. What are the conditions for participation? Each partner organization will choose 4 participants and 1 group leader who already took part in similar activities. Previous experience in international youth gatherings (exchanges, seminars, workcamps…) is not required nor advantage, but we expect that participants are: ·         interested in urban gardening, permaculture and social inclusion ·         willing to get prepared before the youth exchange ·         willing to live sustainably and in an international community ·         willing to be actively included and contribute ·         young between 18 and 30, while group leaders can be older than 30. Practicalities Accommodation and food will be covered through the project. We will be accommodated in Mitrovica South, in the house of Down Syndrome Kosova, which offers different educational and creative activities for people with Down Syndrome. Some of the activities will be organized with the friends from the host organization. Food will be traditional, seasonal and vegetarian. Travel costs (only environmentally friendly means of transport) will be reimbursed after ALL ORIGINAL tickets are received by GAIA. permaculture-herb-spiral-e1398701750642 If you are interested to take part in this youth exchange, you should apply before 5th of April 2018. by sending you application form to communication@cvs-bg.org!

More about GAIA: www.gaiakosovo.wordpress.com More about SCI: www.sci.ngo

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The overall objective of the project “Inside Outside” is to rise the quality of youth work and promote the professionalism of youth work as well as to develop participants’ professional and personal competences for further work in the youth field.
Project objectives:
• To develop youth workers knowledge in the field of Emotional and Social intelligence.
• To provide participants the opportunity to evaluate themselves as youth workers by Salto Resource Centre developed  “The garden of learning competences” and provide support for setting personal goals.
• To develop participants personal and professional competences using non-formal educational activities.
• Share personal experiences about working with young people in the context of Emotional and Social intelligence and to share best practices about how they supporte youngsters.
• Ensure the opportunity to share and learn new methods to work with young people on Emotional and Social intelligence, critical thinking, promoting active participation, social inclusion, etc. and to discuss how to better support, both individually and as a group, and especially young people with fewer opportunities, minorities, migrants and other socially excluded groups in order to prevent the radicalization of young people.
• General contributions to improve the quality of youth work and cooperation among organizations in a European level.

Which countries take part: Latvia, Greece, Malta, Spain, Estonia, Italy, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Romania, Austria

Profile of participants: youth workers and/or trainers and/or facilitators and/or leaders and/or mentors. There is no age limit but the participants should be 18+

Transport costs: They will be reimbursed after the training upon giving providing all the documents and tickets. The maximum amount which will be reimbursed for Bulgarian participants is 275 EUR.

Where: The training course will take part in two places – the first 5 days will be implemented in a guest house „Puduri”, Kemugs, which is 50 km away from Riga. The last day the activities will be in the youth centre ‘Bambuss‘ and the accommodation – in hotel „ Rixwell Irina”.

More details about the profile of participants, a detailed program of the TC as well as information about the project team, you can find HERE!

In order to apply, please fill in the application form till 30/05/2018!

Good luck!

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1518601159_20121518_1759038220803667_5699826763024403366_oCVS – Bulgaria and Caritas Sofia are looking for  VOLUNTEERS to work with kids, teenagers and adults as part of the Refugee Project in the reception centres in Ovcha Kupel, Voenna Rampa and Vrazhdebna at the State Agency for Refugees.

Every four months the Refugee Project recruits new volunteers and the time has come to start our activities again. Volunteers engage in the preparation and implementation of educational activities for children and adults seeking international protection in Bulgaria in the following topics: Bulgarian and cultural orientation, English, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Art, Music, Sport, extracurricular activities and visiting natural and historical landmarks.

As a volunteer in the project you have an active role in the adaptation of the children, teenagers and adults who are in the reception centres for asylum seekers on the territory of Sofia, to the Bulgarian environment as a whole and in particular to the educational system in the country. You will actively support the project by participating in thematic interest groups, including fundraising and excursions committees.


• Leading activities in: Bulgarian language and orientation, English language*, Mathematics, Art, Sports, etc.

• Engaging and maintaining the interest of children, young people and adults who attend the classes;

• Planning and organising training sessions/ activities as part of a small team

• Participation in organising and conducting extra-curricular activities: excursions, participation in events and tournaments, visits to museums, theatres, cinemas, etc.

• Organising and managing fundraising and awareness-raising events


• Morning or afternoon on weekdays

• At least one session per week on a set day convenient for you (or more if you are willing);

• 2+ hours per week, depending on your availability.

* Knowledge of English is not mandatory for all candidates but only for those who would like to join the English teaching group.


• Over 18 years of age;

• Willingness and skills to work with children, young people and adults in a multicultural environment;

• Adherence to the ethical principles for working with vulnerable groups set out in the agreement between the volunteer and the “Refugee Project”

• Responsibility and ability to work independently after initial training and mentoring from the project coordinators;

• Interest in different cultures;26731615_1983935161647304_1754296049210258542_n

• Ability to carry out the tasks within the specified deadlines;

• Ability to work with other volunteers to plan and implement training sessions/ activities;

• Experience in working with children is an asset, as well as education in the field of social work and/or pedagogy;

• Knowledge of Arabic and /or Farsi would be useful; Other languages are a plus.

Duration:  12 March, 2018 - June 30, 2018, with interest and satisfaction on both sides, the duration of work may be extended.


  • Short online training
  • on 11th and 24th March holding training sessions – two-day training
  • 12th  March – scheduled start of the activities.


• Ovcha Kupel: Integration Center at SAR (21A, Montevideo Street)

• Voenna Rampa: (11, Lokomotiv Street)

• Vrazhdebna: (270, Botevgradsko shose Blvd.)


• General information on countries of origin, EU and national legal practices and procedures;

• Detailed overview of the project and its activities;

• Information on other organisations operating in reception centers;

• Instruction on the specifics of working with children, young people and adults seeking or having received international protection by specialists from SAR / BRC / UNHCR /IOM/ Professors, etc;

• Introducing non-formal education and offering examples of working with children, young people and adults;

• Empathy, professional boundaries and prevention of the burnout syndrome;

• Training for the rights and obligations of volunteers;


• Intercultural communication, acquaintance with different cultures;

• Acquiring experience in working with children, young people and adults seeking international protection;

• Experience in planning and conducting educational, creative and sports activities;

• Acquiring skills for raising funds and organizing information events;

• Certificate from CVS-Bulgaria and Caritas Sofia in Bulgarian and English;

• Personal satisfaction.

 Mentoring and assessment:

• You will be mentored and assisted in your work by project coordinators and experienced volunteers who continue in the project;

• The contact persons will be the project coordinators; you will have a mentor who is a professional teacher;

• Periodic trainings; interim and final evaluation of the project.

Apply by:

-filling in the online form and if are new to the project sending us your CV (in Bulgarian or English) and photo  at therefugeeproject@gmail.com  

Deadline for applications: 28 February 2018. 

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Become a part of our School Gardens team! Learn about sustainable gardening, working with children, photography & video production!

About the project:

The “Green Fingers – Oasis for children” is an EVS project that will bring together 1 long term and 12 short term volunteers in Zagreb and engage them in maintaining urban school gardens together with around 2000 children and teachers in 3 Primary schools in Zagreb, Croatia.


The main objectives of the project are:

  • to work on reconnecting children and youth to nature in an urban environment
  • to put into practice principles of non-formal education with children and young people about environment protection and sustainability, by practical means that will give them the knowledge and skills to apply it the future on their own and share with others.


Match-December 2018 - 1 long-term volunteer

April-June 2018 - 12 short-term volunteers

Why to apply for our EVS?


  • Become a part of our happy international team! Enjoy working with people who love their job in a relaxed, supporting and professional atmosphere.
  • Learn how to work with children with creative, innovative and non-formal tools in a classroom kids like the most: the school garden!
  • Learn the basics of organic urban gardening and how to inspire children (and yourself!) for sustainable actions and healthier lifestyle that respects our planet.
  • Live for 10 months in the city with a heart! Zagreb is one of the top destinations in Europe, a large and dynamic city which managed to stay romantic and safe.
  • Show and improve your photography and video making skills with the help of our PR & marketing team.
  • Learn how a good functioning NGO works in our green oasis office in the very centre of Zagreb with the most beautiful terrace garden!

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for young people from 18-30 from partner countries:  PORTUGAL, ITALY, BULGARIA, FYR MACEDONIA, GREECE, TURKEY, who are:

    • ARE WILLING TO TAKE PART IN A VEGETARIAN/VEGAN CHALLENGE DURING THE PROJECT (promoting vegetarianism is important to us from two aspects – sustainability and nonviolence. The excessive consumption of meat in the modern societies has a big negative ecological footprint. We think it is important to correct this negative trend and show by example how it is possible to consume little or no meat at all, be healthy and eat tasty happy food!)

For long term, in addition, it is an advantage if candidates:



During selection an advantage will be given to motivated participants facing fewer opportunities.

The project activities in which volunteers will take part are divided in 5 main groups:


  • • Gardening with children
    • Foreign language workshops for children (“Garden Dictionary”)
    • Craft, recycling and garden decorations workshops
    • Environment education with children


  • • Organising the “Urban Garden Festival”
    • Organising a public awareness activity for the International Environment Protection Day (June 5th)
    • “Love Your Greens” promotion of vegetarian cooking



  • • On-Arrival Training and additional Mid-term training for long term volunteers
    • Introduction to working with children
    • Introduction to sustainable gardening
    • Educational excursions

OFFICE ACTIVITIES – only for long term volunteers:

  • • Administration and organisation
    • Assisting with preparation for the short term mobilities
    • Visibility, promotion and marketing
    • Photographing and video shooting/production


  • • Personal project. All volunteers will have an opportunity to focus on development of a personal project, that will contribute to their satisfaction and support their learning goals.

Previous projects:

More information about the project, as well as more information about O.A.ZA you can find HERE!

How to apply:

Deadlines for application:

17th February 2018 (for long-term EVS)

28th February 2018 (for short-term EVS)

We are looking forward to your applications!

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We are looking for a Learning Facilitator!

SOS Children’s Villages is an independent, non-governmental international development organisation which has been working to meet the needs and protect the interests and rights of children since 1949. There are ca. 400 children and young people living in the care of SOS Children’s Villages Hungary, out of which 100 live in the Koszeg area with 10 foster families and in the Youth Facilities.

The position is part of a project funded by the European Union. The selected person will take the role as a volunteer for 12 months, however, all necessary expenses are covered, such as travel costs, local transportation costs, accommodation, meal allowance, insurance (including dental and ophthalmological treatments), training courses, language course and pocket money.


Location: K?szeg city, Hungary

Project duration: 2018. 09. 03 – 2019. 09. 02.

Advanced planning visit for the selected candidate:  2 days in August (all related costs are covered)

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • take part in the everyday life of children, youngsters and foster families, e.g. helping to accompany children to the nursery and school,
  • tutor children on school subjects and organise language classes,
  • organise different outdoor activities and excursions,
  • organise different workshops (arts, crafts, dance etc.) in the workshop of the village (which is well-equipped with materials),
  • investigate the structure of the labour market in the area of the Village (e.g. through getting in touch with the local EURES office) and provide opportunities for the children to familiarize themselves with different professions,
  • organise intercultural events (e.g. intercultural nights; European values presentation, international volunteer programme opportunities)
  • assist and lead summer camps,
  • support administrative work.


We are looking for you, if you:

  • are a dedicated person with experience in working with children and/or teenagers,
  • are proficient in English,
  • have a passion that you are eager to share: like a sport activity, music, theatre etc.,
  • have good organisational and facilitation skills,
  • are proactive and able to work independently,
  •  are younger than 30 years-old, and has a permanent residency permit in his/her sending country.

We offer:

  • all project related costs covered as stated above (equivalent to the net salary of programme coordinator in Hungary),
  • work experience in one of the biggest international NGOs in the world,
  • mentoring and professional support,
  • leadership and child-care related trainings,
  • good working environment and friendly co-workers,
  • possibility to learn Hungarian.

How to apply:

Please send your CV in an e-mail to boglarka.meggyesfalvi@sos.hu with the subject ’EVS in Koszeg_your name’, telling us how you match the requirements and what makes you the great learning facilitator we want to have around!

Deadline of application: 10th June 2018

Good luck!

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Another great news from the cinema world! From 19th till 25th February we will have the wonderful opportunity to enjoy the a colorful panorama оf the films honored with the Sofia City Award.

Production company Adela Media, with the financial support from Sofia municipality and the media partnership of BNT, is organizing Panorama of the films honored with the Sofia City Award.

The screenings of all the 15 movies which were awarded from 2002 till today will make these incredible films accessible to a wide audience and the society. In this way an extremely important event will be promoted as the annual award of the Sofia City Award for brilliant achievements in the field of cinema art.

Except the high artistic qualities and cultural message, the honored movies are also bringing to the attention of the audience the social problems and processes, which urged the authors to create them. At the same time, these movies are a kind of reflection of the dynamic and complicated period of our latest history, between 2000 and 2017. The panorama is an attempt for a different view on the things happening in Bulgaria – not through the facts, statistics or news emissions, but through the eyes of the artists.

A detailed program you can find here:











After the screenings, in a discussion with famous cinema critics, the public will have the opportunity to share their impressions and to meet the authors of the films.

The movies will be screened from 19th till 25th February at The Red House Centre for Culture and Debate. Free entrance.

We will be waiting for you!

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The training course is the main activity of the Small Steps project aiming at increasing the capacity of 10 European organisations in becoming actors of change in their local environment and working more effectively and actively for a more inclusive and prejudice-free Europe.

With this TC, we intend to provide you – youth workers, leaders, and educators – with knowledge and skills essential to inform and run educational activities in your local communities and societies on the topics of stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination, and to react to discriminatory practices – both as an individual and as an organisation. One of the methods we will focus on is the Human Library.


The training programme includes elements of both theory (what is discrimination, how to react to it), direct encounter with minorities (Human Library event), practice (practising intervention in situations of discrimination both as an individual and an organisation), and action planning (small-scale activities that you can do in order to prevent the growth of xenophobia and discrimination).

For whom?

The event will gather 28 participants from 9 European countries – activists and educators from Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden. We believe that the TC will increase your self-confidence, make your work more efficient, and help you have a greater impact on the surrounding society and reality!

As the ideal participant you should:
- be interested in antidiscrimination issue and have some knowledge on this topic;
- be willing to take part in the project follow-up: organisation of a Human Library in your home country;
- come from one of the 9 above-mentioned project countries;
- be able to communicate well and work in English;
- with minimum age 18 (no maximum age);
- attend the whole course duration (there is no possibility to make exceptions).

We especially warmly welcome representatives of minority groups.


The training will last 7 days. Arrival is foreseen on Thursday, 12th April 2018 before 3 p.m. Departure is on Wednesday, 18th April 2018 after 1 p.m.


The training will be held in Antwerp, Belgium – a charming city with a rich history. Participants will be accommodated in a comfortable and modern Hopper hostel close to the centre of Antwerp. Please note that the living conditions will be quite simple, and the rooms will be shared by 4-8 people.


The working methods used will base on the principles of adult learning, creating a stress-free and motivating environment where the human brain has a full capacity to learn. You will often work in smaller groups in order to achieve best results. All the methods will encourage active participation, creativity, initiative, and responsibility for one’s own learning process.


You will be awarded with a training completion certificate, issued by Service Civil International, as well as with Youthpass certificate.

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Financial conditions:

The food and accommodation of the participants will be fully covered. Reimbursement of the travel tickets will be 100% up to the maximum amounts indicated in the rules of the Erasmus+ programme after the receipt of original documents. Maximum travel reimbursement amounts: 100-499 km = 180 euro, 500-1999 km = 275 euro. We encourage you to use environmentally friendly transport (bus, train, car sharing) when possible.
There will be a participation fee of 30 euro per person, to be paid to SCI upon arrival, and that will be used for organisational costs of the Human Library in Antwerp. Some exceptions may be made for participants in a difficult financial situation – in this case, please notify us before the training.

How to apply:

The applicants are asked to complete an online registration form. The deadline is 25th February 2018, 23:59 CET. All applicants will be notified on the results by 2nd March 2018.

More information as well as the full program, you can find HERE.

In case of any questions, please contact Natalie at longterm@cvs-bg.org!

Good luck!

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