CVS-Bulgaria is a partner of the project “Magic in the Projects” (2018-3-LV02-KA105-002343). The main project activity was a training course that took place from 7 till 14 July 2019 in Latvia. We are happy to share the impressions of Nina Grueva and Boyan Michev that participated in the training for youth workers “Magic in the Projects”. The training is co-financed by Erasmus+ Program: Youth in Action.

Soon we will share more news about an event to be organized in the autumn on the topic of the training as well as a booklet “Project HOWs BOOK”, with the secrets of the magic in the projects.

Nina’s impressions

I was born and raised with the love for books and literature, and fairytales. And as fairytales are usually about magic, here is a fairytale I want to tell. 

Magic, we are told, comes out of nowhere; out of places you hardly expect it to – rabbits out of a hat, a Christmas tree with a few moves with a wizard’s wand, a cup of tea with just a click of your fingers. In my case, I made a few clicks with the mousepad of my laptop, and not long after I was on my way to the Erasmus + Training course called “Magic in the Projects” in Latvia. This was my first Erasmus+ experience ever, so you could imagine what I felt: a pinch of anxiety, a dip of uncertainty, a sparkle of curiosity whatsoever.

So this plane (or may be two) took me from Sofia, Bulgaria to Puduri, Kegums region in Latvia, where Ginta, Natalie and Liga were expecting 30 people from 10 different European countries, different cultures, different backgrounds, different well, everthing, except our mission – to see what is the secret behind a good project. And so, it began. Day by day, we were pointed to the direction of magic, but we were provoked to find it by ourselves and experience it in our own way, but at the same time all together. By Learning to learn, Learning by doing, Learning to be with others, we found where magic is, felt it and were encouraged to implement it immediately in our small projects during the course. 

So after a hardly summer-ish week in Latvia, rediscovering people and their abilities to create, to inspire and make you believe that you actually can (hug it out), I came back in Bulgaria ready to share what I have learned and discovered, ready to show that magic lies even in the things that you already know how to do, ready to contaminate with the Erasmus+ free spirit, open mind and heart, and meet you with the amazing and full-of-stories to tell people I met there.

I could keep on talking “Latvia and magic” and not finish this text any time soon, but if I have to actually sum it up in a few words, they would most probably be: 

A big THANK YOU to each and every one of you for the amazing time we spent and the unforgettable memories we created together. Thank you Ginta, Natalie and Liga, for giving us a new insight into what a magical project is! Thank you for guiding us through the way of planning, organizing, and making a project as memorable as this one. 

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Boyan’s story about the project

In the period between 7th and 14th July 2019 the Training course “Magic in the Projects” took place in Latvia. The project was realized due to the financial support of „Erasusm+ Programme“. The organizers from  Baltic Regional Fund  hosted their partners from nine other EU countries in the village of Puduri and the finale was put in the capital – Riga. The participants in the project were an ideal mix of youngsters without any  Erasmus+  experience and youth workers with many successful projects under their belts. The TC aimed the participants, guided by the well-prepared trainers from Latvia and Bulgaria, to exchange their previous experience with the Program, to share good practices and draw conclusions from previous mistakes as well in order to workout a formula of what makes a project true success and… really magical. The trainers had scheduled an intense pool of various activities and NFL methods, including discussions, games, team work, simulations etc., encouraging creativity and inventiveness in solving different cases. The team spirit of the participants was strengthened not without challenges that put them out of the comfort zone in order to test their own firmness, flexibility and potential to work under stress. The hard work throughout the days quickened the communication, sharing and partner networking for future magical projects. The camp fire and drum circle were just an alternative place and tool for team-building. Another demonstration of the balanced and detail-driven program was the special surprise by the organizers for all the participants: the incredible festivity for the senses at the multimedia exhibition  „The Great Modernists – from Monet to Kandinsky“  in Riga’s Old Town.

After a week in Latvia’s countryside, clear air and on Daugava’s banks – an ideal atmosphere for harmony and truly devotion to activities, I can conclude that the recipe for the Magic in the Projects lays within the perfect preparation and dedication, persevering hard work and positive attitude toward all team members, because only then our common efforts make sense and produce good results.

And the training in pictures

Arrival day
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6

The project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

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Viktoria Petrova

Between 24th May and 4th June three participants represented Bulgaria in the ‘Non- formal tools for immigration youth workers’ seminar facilitated by the D.G.T Association. The project took place in Romania and included people from Romania, Greece, Italy, Hungary, Germany, Turkey and Bulgaria.

The overall aim of the seminar was to help participants to develop their ability to use non- formal methods within their work with migrants. Therefore, after the teambuilding activities, the group benefited from receiving a training on the topic. They had the chance to observe how their new theoretical knowledge applies to real situations in Romania. This was ensured through two main steps. Firstly, the program included guest speakers from UNHCR Romania. The sessions with them were extremely interesting and useful for understanding some of the challenges that occur along the way of the big organizations that work with migrants. Secondly, the facilitators of the seminar organized two field visits of local non-governmental organizations in Bucharest were participants attended presentations and had the chance to ask questions. This was once again useful for seeing the current situation from different angles.

As the seminar was advancing, participants were divided into groups and were expected to develop their own ideas of non- formal workshop. This process included brainstorming, planning and eventually presenting those workshops within the whole group. The delivered workshops included activities such as Human Book, Photo Library and different educational activities. This process consisted of a lot of fun, teamwork and constructive feedback.

Least but not last, alongside the serious work, the participants enjoyed a lot of group activities. The most memorable ones include the daytrip to Brasov, as well as, the cultural nights which allowed everyone to familiarize themselves with the cultures and… the food of all the participating countries. Other very interesting activities were preparing a barbeque for the whole group and a wine-tasting session, which everyone found very impressive. Overall, the seminar that took place in Romania resulted in learning a lot, developing workshop ideas and creating some amazing memories and friendships.

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Kei Morikawa

Добър ден! I am Kei Morikawa from Japan. I would like to share a great experience in Romania.

 I joined a training named “Non-Formal Tools for Immigration Youth Workers” at Casa Seciu in Prahova in Romania, from 24th of May to 4th of June. I was one of three participants from Bulgaria, sent by CVS – Bulgaria. There were also participants from Turkey, Germany, Hungary, Greece, Italy and Romania.

 The aim of this training organized by Romanian Youth organization D.G.T. (Do Great Things) was to provide participants with professional competences regarding the topics of migrants/refugees, social inclusion and cultural dialog. This is also a reason why I participated the training. I wanted to get more knowledge and skills to work with immigrants and refugee because I used to a member of a volunteer program “The refugee Project” organized by two NGOs including CVS – Bulgaria and had worked with refugees, especially children. 

 In the 10 days, we were always together and have worked on many topics hard. I introduce some activities.

 First, before each activity, we started with a game as energizer, distributing potatoes, imitating dancing, just admiring someone… they might not have nothing to do with this topic but I think we were able to focus on following main activities more thanks to these energizers. They are also useful to get people to get closer, especially for those who are from different cultures. 

 Secondly, we discussed controversial issues which Rodica Novac, one of our trainers, gave us. The one was “how should we manage a Mosque which has been built by immigrants and caused some problems”. The other was about an amendment of the law regarding wearing a helmet during ride on a bicycle, taking account of people who wear Turban because of their religion. We worked on these discussions by being given each role such as citizen, immigrants, politician and chairman. They were lively and we conducted each role. On the other hand, I realized again how difficult dealing with integration is. While we have to protect rights of minorities, we also need to respect local rules and cultures. Because there are different perspectives on one thing, if we took one, we would have problems on the others. Anyway, it is important to think things from different views.

 Next, we were able to hear from experts. We visited two NGOs: ARCA, helping refugees with the integration to their societies and AIDRom, offering refugees accommodations.

We also invited representatives from UNHCR Romania. We learned there are abuse against human rights, discriminations and violents. I still remember words from a representative. What she said is “We have no obligation to help refugees but we have moral, humanity, responsibility, value..” Yes, exactly we can’t force anyone to help them but we all came in Romania to learn the way to help them. I felt something like human nature and what mean to be a person from her words.

Lastly, we finished the training with testing workshops. First, we suggested as many workshops as possible by brainstorming. Afterwards, we narrowed them down to 6. We made groups, tested each workshop and evaluated. “Photo Voice workshop” was very interesting for me. We took photos which express what integration means.

I especially learned two things through this seminar.

 One is about merits of non-formal tool and education. I wouldn’t say which is the better between formal and non-formal but make sure non-formal method gives people positiveness and subjectivity to think more. I think this is an important attitude on integration. As I said, it also makes it easier to get along with people. When you introduce yourself, you would probably say your name, nationality, age, profession and so on. However, what we did was that we introduced each name and one funny movement and tried to memorize them first. This activity generated a very good atmosphere, even though we didn’t know each other much at that time. I felt like we already build good relationships.  I think that’s how we can get rid of some barriers when you meet anyone you don’t know and make a good mood when we talk more afterwards.

 The other thing is that I was impressed how EU is trying to tackle big issues about refugee and immigration as a group. As you know EU has a huge economical power. This seminar was funded by the Erasmus+ Program of the European Union so I didn’t pay anything for joining this training. You can find more programs in different fields all over Europa from Erasmus+. That’s why Experts can provide more chances with people and we can join them even for free. Furthermore, as I experienced, we are able to meet many nationalities and exchange new knowledge through projects of Erasmus+. I think this is quite important, especially for this issues, because we accept people from different cultures. It would make it easier to find solutions. EU is doing in the way. On the other hand, the situation in Japan looks far from that so I think we have many things to learn from EU.

 Other than these activities, we did many activities: role play of what happen at border, cultural night, NGO fair, exploring a nice town Brasov, dairy evaluation …

 Thank CVS – Bulgaria and D.G.T for giving me a great opportunity and thank all participants for many memories. I could not ask for more!!!

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Elitsa Bozhkova

The seminar I took part in “Non-Formal Tools for Immigration Youth Workers” was held in Romania, at Casa Seciu in Prahova county, near Ploiesti from May 24 till June 4, 2019. We were three participants from Bulgaria, representing CVS-Bulgaria. There were also participants representing Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Turkey and the host country – Romania.

The seminar was very well-organized with role-plays, debates and different tools of non-formal education so that to get a better idea of the migrants’ situation and try to walk in their shoes. Gradually we got introduced to specific terms and we made presentations about the migrant situation in our own countries in order to get a better understanding of our realities as well. Apart from the organizers from the Romanian Youth organization D.G.T. (Do Great Things), there was an invited expert in immigration, Rodica Novac, who led us most of the time introducing us to the topic and taking part with us in the activities, including the energizers we enjoyed a lot.  There was also a day session with invited experts from UNHCR Romania who gave practical input to the seminar with concrete examples from their work.

Among the most useful activities, from my point of view, was the study trip to two NGOs in Bucharest where we saw into practice what has been talked about and could compare it to our own countries.  I admired the initiative at ARCA where they are trying to provide refugees with job opportunities. There was a database that, by using google translator, was giving access to job offers in various languages so that to make the offers easy to reach by foreigners. By getting work chances refugees can integrate to society and feel useful and better accepted. The AIDRom supports families by providing them with accommodation facilities and helps the better integration of children to school. The environment was extremely hospitable so that to make them feel at home.  

Apart from the study visits we had a secret trip to Brasov, a town in Transylvania where we had the chance to see a place, inhabited initially by Germans from Saxony and how it developed throughout time which was very useful for our purpose and the topic of immigration. The organizers had prepared a list of places of interest to discover so that to get to know the place better. We also tried some traditional food. Coming to this point, I would like to underline there were three cultural nights during the seminar as there were seven participating countries so that to get better idea of the typical food, customs, information and traditional dances of each country. Concerning the location of the event, Casa Seciu is in the countryside on the Wine Route and the landscape was very beautiful with vineyards and a nice view from the hills towards Ploiesti. The accommodation was in double or triple en-suite rooms and an apartment with two single and two double rooms with shared bathroom. The place is used for weddings and different celebrations and we had a very quiet and relaxing atmosphere for our activities with outdoor spaces where we sometimes had lunch or dinner, apart from the coffee breaks and a barbecue and wine testing we enjoyed a lot.

The last part of the seminar was dedicated to the production of workshops according to our interests in order to come out with methods for migrants’ integration. We chose six topics which we developed and tested. Among those I enjoyed most were the topics related to art and education. The ones about finding a job – writing a motivation letter and tips for a successful interview were very useful too.

Last but not least I would like to thank the organizers: Raul Dragan, Andrei Daicer and Adrian Cocardan as well as all the participants who made this experience unforgettable!

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Background of the project

“From ME to WE” is a 7 days Youth Exchange, that will take place in Zebegeny, Budapest, Hungary from 18-25 August 2019!

The youth exchange will bring together 20 participants from 4 countries for 7 days, in which they will develop skills and gain competences to make their voice heard by the tools of art and design.

The participants will work in groups, sharing their ideas and views, learning methods of design thinking,  and creating a project together in the topic of Diversity. Would you like to learn about “design thinking” in a practical way? What kind of community would you create around yourself? Are you interested in creativity and design? Are you interested in the topic of migration or have a migrant background yourself? Join us to create a community in FROM ME TO WE – DESIGNING COMMUNITY.

You can find videos from the previous years here and here

The Exchange 

The main objective of the exchange is to provide a platform for young people, coming from very different background for learning through creativity and art, and gaining new skills to share their meaningful message by the tools of creativity and design.

The target group of this exchange is unique: the participants are partly young refugees or migrants living in Europe, and partly youth, who are citizens of a European or an Eastern Partnership country. The exchange is based mainly on practical methods – creating together artistic and design products while discussing cultural diversity of Europe, different realities in different countries providing a safe environment for intercultural exchange. 

The objectives:

  • using design thinking and creative approach
  • improving self-expression, self-representation, problem-solving
  • empowering young migrants and refugees to have better access to the European society
  • encouraging participants to take responsibilities, to make decisions, to unleash their talents and help them to gain self-confidence
  • developing a critical view of social issues in Europe, drawing their own conclusions based on personal encounters and experiences instead

Financial conditions

All essential costs of the program in Hungary (including food, travel costs, accommodation) will be covered through a project. MAximum travel costs for Bulgarian participants is 270 EUR.

The accommodation is at an old art campsite, with wooden bungalows – very simple accommodation in an amazing environment.

Application

If you are 18-25 years old and live in Bulgaria and you think this opportunity is for you, join us and fill in the application form! 

In addition to the application form, please send us a motivation letter (in English) to our email: trainings@cvs-bg.org

Deadline for submission: 10th of July 2019

Contact

If you have any questions regarding the project and your application, don’t hesitate to contact us at trainings@cvs-bg.org. Please write your e-mails in English, because our english speaking volunteer from Portugal – Hugo will read your questions and support you in the process.

We are looking forward to receive your application!

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Background of the project

Purple Glasses is a 8 days Youth Exchange that will take place in Illora, Granada, Spain from 11th to 19th of July.

The objective of this project is to reach a better understanding of the situation of women in the participating countries and the challenges that they face.

The Exchange 

Lead to dialogue, exchange of opinions, debate and possibly, changing people’s views.

Main objectives:

  • Increase the awareness of young people and make them reflect on the roles and status of women and men
  • Develop communication skills, cooperation and teamwork
  • Analyze and discuss the cases of gender inequality existing in different cultures within Europe
  • Creation of concrete tools to fight against gender inequality in our countries of origin Show the importance of language, terminology and the need to acquire critical thinking based on quality information

The exchange will use a non-formal education methodology, combined to group and individual work, practical exercises, debriefing sessions.

Please read the info pack to additional information.

Financial conditions

All essential costs of the program in Spain (including food, travel costs, accommodation) will be covered through a project.

Max travel cost for Bulgaria is 360€.

Application

If you think this opportunity is for you, please send us an e-mail with your CV and motivation letter answering the question “How are you involved in the topic? How are you active/plan to be active?”

Deadline: 20th of June

Contact

If you have any questions regarding the project and your application, don’t hesitate to contact us at trainings@cvs-bg.org.

We are looking forward to receive your application!

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The Project

“Volunteering Circles” is a long-term initiative of the organization CVS-Bulgaria, which includes 6 motilities in 3 circles (Cinema, Refugees and Volunteering) as well as a number of complementary activities to improve the quality of the project results achieved in Bulgaria with international participation.
The envisaged activities will lead to strategic changes in the field of volunteering, the inclusion of young people from marginalized/ vulnerable groups as well as small settlements, encouraging active participation by young people and capacity building for critical thinking.

More about the project and the context you can find here:

Volunteering positions

Dates: July 2019– July 2020
Duration:
12 months
Venue: Sofia, Bulgaria (some of the activities may require travelling within Bulgaria)
Working language of the activities: English, Bulgarian

Placement themes: 
VOLUNTEERING CIRCLE: Number of vacancies: 2

CINEMA CIRCLE: Number of vacancies: 2

REFUGEE CIRCLE: Number of vacancies: 2


Activities

Each circle will have its main focus but the volunteers will work as a team and will be included in all the tasks and events provisioned within the project. Along with the regular activities the volunteers will be included in several complimentary activities envisaged in the project. Detailed description of the regular and complimentary activities you can find here:

Practicalities

The practicalities of the project are arranged according to the Erasmus + guidelines, allowing the volunteers to enjoy a free participation. All necessary costs for the implementation of the project are covered, including accommodationa and utilities, food and pocket money, international, local transport and insurance. Detailed information can be found here:

How to apply

If you think this is your dream volunteering project and you are ready to join The Volunteering Circles, please send us an e-mail with title the circle you wish to join and your name (example: Refugee Circle_Marina Costa) at cvs.katerina@gmail.com:

– your CV

– motivation letter

Deadline for applications: 25th June 2019.  All shortlisted candidates will be invited for a skype interview. 

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

Testimonials

We asked our volunteers to share their experience and help you choose CVS-Bulgaria as your future hosting organisation:


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.

Volunteering Circles project / 2018-2-BG01-KA125-048262/ is co-financed by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union.

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We are pleased to announce a series of 4 workshops for anyone interested in understanding and applying the Montessori principles in their classroom!

13th of April

The first workshop will focus on Maths. You will be introduced to some of the Montessori practical life and sensorial activities which give indirect preparations for math. Then, we will continue with some math materials that you can easily make and use in your classroom. Montessori uses concrete materials to introduce abstract concepts and give a sequential understanding of mathematical concepts.

11th of May

The second workshop will be on Science. In this workshop, you will be able to select themes for your lessons from these different disciplines : astronomy, botany, chemistry, physics, and zoology and build a plan around them with some Montessori inspired activities that you can find online. 

15th of June

The third workshop will be on Geography. During this workshop, you will be introduced to some Montessori inspired activities. The Montessori Geography curriculum is two-fold: physical and cultural geography. Physical geography discusses the formation of the universe, the creation of the earth, and all its physical properties. Cultural geography is the study of human society and culture.

13th of July

The forth workshop will be on Language. During this workshop, we will see that literacy and language should be incorporated in all aspects of the classroom. Teaching language as a separate subject could make it harder for the children to retain. We will see how vocabulary development and spelling practice is built into the whole curriculum.

Each session will last 4 hours , from 1pm to 5 pm, and will be carried out in English.

Each group will be of maximum 15 attendees.

The trainings will be held at the CVS-Bulgaria office in ul. “Tsaribrodska” 59. 

The workshops will be presented by Stephanie. She has a Master in Education from The Open University and is Montessori trained. She is especially interested in teaching children with learning difficulties. She worked as a Montessori teacher and later as a directress in England, China, Laos and Portugal. She volunteered with refugees for one year teaching Maths and Science to children, she also worked for Caritas in Ready for School with Roma kids. She is now volunteering in a puppy shelter in Sofia.

Enroll for the workshops here.

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Background of the project

“Non-formal tools for immigration youth workers” is a 10 days seminar that will take place in Bolde?ti-Sc?eni, Romania, from 24th of May to 4th of June.

The seminar will bring together participants from Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Turkey.

The project will focus in providing to the participants knowledge and skills to supporting better the integration of the immigrants and refugees in their own countries.

“Non-formal tools for immigration youth workers” is organised by D.G.T. association and here you can read the detailed information.

Participant’s profile

All the participants for this project must meet the following criteria.

– Be 18 years old or older

– Have a high interest in social integration of immigrants/refugees

– Be able to work and communicate easily in English

We have preference for youth workers who are involved with social educational and cultural voluntary activities and some experience with deal with immigrants/refugees.

Financial conditions

All essential costs of the program in Romania (including food, travel costs, accommodation and training) will be covered through a project grant by Erasmus+.

Max travel cost for Bulgaria is 180€ and we recommend teh Bulgarian participants to use eco friendly transport, e.g. a bus.

Application

If you think this opportunity is for you, please click the link below, fill in the application form and press submit.

Deadline for applying is 04.04.2019A

Contact

If you have any questions regarding the project and your application, don’t hesitate to contact us at trainings@cvs-bg.org.

We are looking forward to receive your application!

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In the last 10 years some more wonderful people are included in the International Sofia Film Festival. These are the volunteers from CVS – Bulgaria! and at this anniversary year they are 120 people 🙂

What does it mean to be in the Volunteer Circle? For all – the team of the festival and CVS – Bulgaria (www.cvs-bg.org), it is a pleasure, continuity and eagerness to learn in an informal and creative environment. Learning by watching quality movies. Learning among like minded people. Learning from people with different backgrounds. Learning how a big and important event is organised and what is needed to accomplish it with style, good vibes and respectfully with thought to others. Volunteering is very responsible and satisfying task.

Similar are the activities and the values ??of CVS – Bulgaria and beyond the festival. They spread the idea of ??peace, understanding and solidarity among people. They share a desire for equal human rights and work on achieving it by organizing trainings, sending volunteers abroad, welcoming volunteers from other countries in Bulgaria, both long-term and short-term. The palette of the topics is full of variety and everyone can get involved!

This year there is another great connection between the values ??of CVS – Bulgaria and the International Sofia Film Festival, namely the screenings included in the specific categories for “Human Rights” and “Cinema and Sex”. These are the focus topics in recent years, on which the Association is working tirelessly on local and international level.

The Migration topic is represented in “The Refugee Project” where weekly volunteers hold workshops with children and adults at the reception centers in Ovcha Kupel, Voenna Rampa and Vrazhdebna. Organize and accompany groups for excursions in the city center of Sofia and in the country. They make voluntary efforts to respect the dignity of people in need and at the same time to learn from each other about useful and practical things. The project team is currently working on developing a platform to deconstruct hate speech and unreliable rumors about refugees and migrants.

The issue of equal rights, no matter of gender, and in particular working on empowering women in rural areas, is the other big topic that CVS – Bulgaria is paying attention in the last two years. The idea of ??a international volunteer camp in a small village in the municipality of Lukovit, where young women and girls live in a highly patriarchal society, comes from one volunteer. So with a small budget and a great heart, together they manage to develop something awesome and to discover the potential of women in the village; show young girls how to seek lifelong learning opportunities and develop and change the environment in which they live in.

In addition this year the volunteers are not only the face of the festival, but they have the chance to recommend a movie they liked. We share it with you in order to help you choose amongst the rich program of quality films.

Volunteering is a teamwork and as mentioned above, everyone can get involved. For this, the volunteers with intellectual challenges from the Maria’s World Foundation have been enthusiastically applying for the 4th consecutive year and are greeting you with a smile in front of the cinemas. Together with them we close the circle of volunteer diversity in this year’s International Sofia Film Festival!

With CVS – Bulgaria, every idea from ??a spark can become a big and important project! This is how we started 10 years ago and swirled an incredibly colourful hurricane between volunteering and cinema, new friendships, common values, positive mood and happiness!

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