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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1st-7th June 2019 in Vienna, Austria

Background of the project

“Peace on the Streets” is a 7-day training that will take place in Vienna from 1st to 7th of June 2019. The training will bring together 30 participants from 18 countries in Europe (Austria, Estonia, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Poland, UK, Hungary, Spain, Czech Republic, Macedonia, Belgium, Turkey, Serbia, France and Slovenia), three of them facilitating the training. The project will focus on giving youth workers, staff from volunteering organisations and peace activists the tools and knowledge to organise campaigns and street actions around peace and non-violence. “Peace on the Streets” is organized by the Austrian branch of the international peace organisation Service Civil International.

During the training, the participants will get to know best practices of campaigns and street actions around peace and non-violence, both from within their organisations and networks, from historic figures such as Bertha von Suttner and from more recent developments in areas such as guerilla communication and online campaigning. They will get the tools and knowledge to organize these themselves, to apply them to their own local contexts and to effectively reach and involve youth in these projects.

A big part of the project will be the exchange between different networks working towards a culture of peace and non-violence. The participating organisations are connected to networks such as SCI, War Resisters International, IFOR, Alliance, ICYE and CCIVS. Apart from the campaigns and street actions to be implemented after the training, the strongest outcome will be a toolkit targeted towards gathering tools, best practices and knowledge around campaigns and street actions for youth workers and peace activists. A street action around a current relevant topic concerning peace and non-violence is planned as part of the project in Vienna. The toolkit and the project as a whole try to strengthen the notion that peace activism is young, creative, professional, cool, relevant and interesting to look at.

Participant’s profile

The participants will be trainers, project and volunteering camp coordinators, educators, youth workers or peace activists.

All participants will be expected and stimulated to contribute to the activities and discussions. They are very welcome and invited to come up with their own ideas and present some methods or workshops they are experienced in and they want to share.

All participants selected for this project must meet the following criteria

  • be 18 years old or older
  • have a high interest in campaigning and peace activism
  • be active in their sending organization
  • be able to work in English
  • be interested in the training topics and have a strong motivation to act as a multiplier
  • commit to implement the learned knowledge and skills in practice back home
  • commit to actively participate from the beginning to the end of the training

We explicitly encourage participants of all genders, sexual orientations and ethnic backgrounds to apply.

Please note that there will be opportunities to visit the Vienna, but that this is not a “getting to know the city” project. On some days, the training also foresees evening sessions.

Financial conditions of participation

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

Application

Please download and fill in the application form and sent it to CVS-Bulgaria at trainings@cvs-bg.org .
Deadline for applying is 25.03.2019.
The accepted participants will later receive a detailed infosheet (incl. info on how to get to the venue, how to book your travels, more info about the agenda of the project).

Contact

If you have any questions regarding the project and your application, don’t hesitate to contact us at .

We are looking forward to your application 🙂

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Let’s explore together Volunteering from A to Z


In 2015 CVS-Bulgaria started a chain of projects following the philosophy of exploring a topic from A to Z. So far we have developed and successfully implemented the following projects: EVS from A to Z,  Mentoring from A to Z and Human Rights from A to Z and would like to continue the A to Z brand.

Based on the positive experience and the further need of learning, sharing best practices and developing our volunteering projects, we are planning to apply for a new project  – Volunteering from A to Z for the first Round of the Erasmus+ programme, the deadline 5th February 2019.The project will be a further step in organizing and implementing volunteering projects of high quality by developing and improving the competences of project managers, coordinators, supervisors and support staff. The projects will consist of two events:

  1. Project Management Seminar – aiming at building up competences of the participants on initiating, implementing, evaluating and enhancing follow-up phase of Volunteering projects – June/July 2019
  2. Volunteer Management Training – aiming at exploring the volunteer management cycle and improving competences for organizing successful and meaningful learning and service experiences of the volunteers, organizations and local communities – October/November 2019

We are looking for partner organizations, with interest in the topic of volunteering, from the programme countries, willing to be actively participating and involved during the whole project and send 2-3 participants to both events (the seminar and the training course). Please have a look at the description of the training course and if interested, get back to us as soon as possible (mentioning how many participants you can send for each activity) and send the mandate and PIF by latest 30th January to trainings@cvs-bg.org

More infromation you can find in the detailed Call for partners. Below are the documents we would like to recieve:

We will need the original mandate letter as well, to be sent to:

CVS-Bulgaira, P.O. Box 140, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria

For any further questions, please contact us at trainings@cvs-bg.org

Thank you in advance,

CVS-Bulgaria team

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A story from Stela Koycheva

‘’Share, Experience, Get Inspired!” is not only the name of the seminar I attended this October but also the most valuable lesson that I learned during my stay there. It is still in my heart almost a month later and I will cherish and keep it for long time. Mainly because during my stay there it proved to be true, it changed who I am and will help in the future.

Use inspirational places in the nature

Use inspirational places in the nature

These simple words convey deeper meaning that depicts the essence of being a trainer, educator, youth worker or generally a good positive person. Through opening yourself to share, experience you get inspired and this leads to changes- both internal in yourself and external. Aren’t we all as educators and people working in the social sector striving for change?

Roads and intersections

Roads and intersections

I met the most wonderful group of individuals- each of them had exciting stories and is doing impressive and meaningful work . We came in as strangers and left as friends as each of us helped one other to answer some questions, gain confidence, find insight or just have a productive time in an encouraging safe space. We learned a lot in terms of methods and practical skills. However, the most precious gift we got was the gift of sharing of experience, getting inspired and spread the positive energy all around.

Stay SEGI forever!

 
 

LogosBeneficairesErasmusLEFT_BG-1 The project “Share, Experience, Get Inspired! – Enjoy the diversity of non-formal learning tools” is a Youth workers’ mobility project (Nr. 2018-2-BE05-KA105-002479) and is co-funded by Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

 
 
 

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Bulgaria is one of the 26 Member States of the EU (without Ireland and the United Kingdom), which are bound by the Directive 2008/115/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on common standards and procedures in Member States for returning illegally staying third-country nationals. Article 8 (6) of the Directive introduces an obligation for all member states to create an effective system for forced return monitoring.

Closing event

As a contribution to the fulfilment of this obligation for Bulgaria, on 19th December 2018 the Center for the Study of Democracy and CVS-Bulgaria organized a final expert meeting, part of a national initiative for developing and implementing unified standards for forced return monitoring, realized with the financial support of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, co-financed by the European Union.

During the meeting, the Center for the Study of Democracy presented a guidebook with standards for forced return monitoring in Bulgaria. The guidebook was developed based on an exhaustive desk research on European and national regulations in the field, expert interviews and a visit for exchange of experience and good practices in Vienna, Austria. The standards were then put to practice by experts from CVS-Bulgaria and the Center for the Study of Democracy, who took part as monitors in forced return operations, executed by the Migration Directorate of the Ministry of Interior in Bulgaria. Following their practical testing and using the experience gathered from the field work, the standards were finalized and presented for discussion in front of specialists in the field of migration and forced return. Mr. Hristo Atanasov, Chief Expert in the National Preventive Mechanism and Fundamental Rights and Freedoms Directorate within the Ombudsman of the Republic of Bulgaria joined the first part of the event by presenting the experience of the Ombudsman institution in the field.

Mila Mancheva, Katerina Stoyanova and Hristo Atanasov

In the second part of the meeting recommendations were made and discussed on how to develop the regulatory framework as well as how to set up a national mechanism for forced return monitoring in Bulgaria. The event was attended by participants from 3 Directorates within the Ministry of Interior – Migration, International Projects and European Union and international cooperation, the National Preventive Mechanism and basic human rights and freedoms Directorate within the Ombudsman of the Republic of Bulgaria, UNHCR, Foundation for access to rights – FAR, Center for legal aid “Voice in Bulgaria”, who participated actively in the discussion.

Presentation of Mila Mancheva, Director, Sociological program, Centre for the Study of Democracy (only in Bulgarian, Adobe PDF, 661 KB)

Presentation of Liliya Dragoeva, Analyst, Sociological program, Centre for the Study of Democracy (only in Bulgarian, Adobe PDF, 493 KB)

Information brochure about the framework of forced return monitoring (only in Bulgarian, Adobe PDF, 542 KB)

Information brochure for escorts in Bulgaria (only in Bulgarian, Adobe PDF, 508 KB)

Information brochure for returnees (only in Bulgarian, Adobe PDF, 546 KB)

This initiative is implemented with the financial support of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, co-financed by the European Union

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