Kathy

 

The training will take place from 19th (afternoon) till 26th August 2021 (7 working days and one travelling – 19th arrival and first working day and 26th August – departure day) in Bulgaria, in Imenieto hotel, Emen, in Veliko Tarnovo region. The participants need to arrive in the afternoon on 19th August and depart on 26th August 2021.

34 participants ***15 partner organisations***13 countries:Greece, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Turkey, Czech Republic and Bulgaria. Residents of other EU countries are also welcome to apply!

Objectives

  • to improve the understanding of youth workers about the specifics of working with people with cultural differences;
  • to increase knowledge on how to reach and involve young people with cultural differences (immigrants, refugees or descendants of immigrant or refugee families; members of national or ethnic minorities; people who have difficulties with their linguistic adaptation or cultural integration) in everyday life activities of partner organizations;
  • to provide youth workers with concrete ideas and tools for the inclusion of disadvantaged young people;
  • to provide a set of specific methods for training and supporting young people with special needs in their involvement in various activities at local and international level;
  • to encourage a positive attitude towards the implementation of projects with the participation of disadvantaged young people;
  • to develop skills for empathy, acceptance and non-discrimination;
  • to increase the attitude towards acceptance, solidarity and the promotion of diversity.

Profile of the participants

  • Age 18+
  • youth workers, social workers, mentors, coaches of youth initiatives and solidarity projects, volunteer coordinators, trainers, facilitators, activists
  • participants may have experience working with young people with fewer opportunities who wish to share with other participants and increase their knowledge and develop their competencies, or
  • so far have no experience and wish to start promoting and supporting the inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities
  • youth leaders who can turn into multiplayer and peer-to-peer trainers
  • willing to share knowledge, ideas, useful tips
  • willing to participate in the creation of the Toolbox for Social Inclusion
  • able to understand and express themselves in English
  • are committed to attend for the full duration of the event
  • are committed to do a follow-up/dissemination activity to be implemented in their country after the training.

More about the place

Apart from the learning experience envisaged in the program, the location of the training offers an opportunity for enriching free time, tailored to the participants’ different tastes and interests: eco paths, waterfall, nature, mediaval castle, picturesque streets and local craftsmanship. The nearby town of Veliko Tarnovo is offering a great diversity of free time places to visit.

More information about the project and the training, the participation conditions, practicalities, eligible travel costs and reimbursment procedure, COVID19 protocol and appication procedure can be found in the detailed CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS.

More information about training activities and schedule can be found in the preliminary training PROGRAM.

If you are interested in participating, apply by 31.07.2021 filling in the Online application form

The final selection will be done by CVS-Bulgaria, giving priority to candidates proposed by the Partner Organisations as long as their application is submitted within the deadline and the candidate’s profile fits with the participant’s profile envisaged in this call.

Selected participants will be informed by 1.08.2021. All applicants will be informed about the final decision.

For any further questions, please contact us at trainings@cvs-bg.org or at
+ 359 888 751684.

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“Strengthening the youth response against LGBTIQphobia” in Barcelona from the 16th to the 23rd of July!

“Strengthening the youth response against LGBTIQphobia” in Barcelona from the 16th to the 23rd of July!

Introduction:
PeaceWeek “Strengthening the youth response against LGBTIQphobia” arrives this summer. This is a space for international exchange where people from different countries have the opportunity to learn about this subject and share their own experiences.

Objectives:
The aim of the activity proposed is to strengthen the capacities of SCI and youth LGBTIQ+ organizations in order to contribute to more inclusive societies through the struggle for the rights of LGBTIQ+ people and the promotion of volunteering as a tool to erase hate speech towards LGBTIQ+ people. Goals:

  • Get to know the realities of the different countries (institutional discriminations, violations of rights, LGBTIQ+ movement, resistance, alliances, asylum procedures).
  • Create a safe space for the participants to strengthen their capacities.
  • Exchange good practices.
  • Get to know local projects.
  • Promote volunteerism and active citizenship as tools of social transformation.
  • Explore topics such as the connection between LGBTIQ+ communities and different groups/movements (feminists, sex workers, refugees/migrants).
  • Explore the topics from a decolonial, anti racist perspective bringing to light different levels of discrimination and privileges.The proposed activity will be in the format of “Peaceweek”, a kind of work camp, where young people from all over the world will take part, but with a good part of the time dedicated to study and debate sessions.

Who can participate? SCI youth workers from Germany, France, Italy, Bulgaria, Hungary, Belgium, Ukraine and Albania.

If you are interested in participating in this project READ THE CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS and fill out this form asap! If in doubt, send an email to incoming@scicat.org.

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The project aims to cast a light on propaganda before and during WWII, focusing on its role to enforce the concept of “enemy” – from national and ethnic groups to political opponents and social groups. Moreover a special attention will be given to the role of grassroots media and peace organizations in challenging propaganda through innovative communication methodologies and tools.

Whithin the project there will be 5 Remembrance weeks (short term mobilities) and currently we are looking for participants for the Remembrance week in Austria, from the 8th till the 17th of August 2021.

During the Remembrance Weeks participants, supported and guided by the Remembrance Messengers, will implement different activities aimed at going in depth into the following key words/topics:

  • Remembrance                                        
  • Propaganda and media
  • Nationalism
  • Hatred of the enemy
  • Grassroots media
  • Pacifism
  • Counter narratives

The Set of Infographics will be created on the basis of the researches participants will realize during the activity, focused on 10 specific topics:

  • Fear
  • Propaganda
  • Gender
  • Freedom of speech
  • Nationalism
  • History
  • Normalization
  • Youth
  • Social Frustration
  • Hate crimes

Participants will be asked to implement some previous research on the topics listed above with relation to their local contest, both in the past during the fascist/nazi regimes and in the present, in the policies or propaganda carried on by right-wings parties or movements.

It is important to bring to the Remembrance Week every material (soft and hard), pictures, fanzines, presentation, testimony that can give a contribution to the debate and to the research realization.

We are looking for participants who are:


?Age 16+
?Able to understand and express themselves in English
?Willing to be open-minded and eager to learn from the workshops in this activity and from their peers, as well as maintain a positive attitude and a critical approach to the problematics and topics that will be reviewed
?Interested in the topics of fascism, anti-fascism, propaganda, counter-propaganda, anti- racism, migration, etc.
? Willing to contribute to the research creation with material, ideas, participation
?Willing to share experiences and stories from their local environment/context and to collect material that will be useful for feeding the debate and realizing the research
?Are committed to assist or take the lead role in planning and implementing local initiatives during the Remembrance Week in order to disseminate the learning outcomes.

The project covers the costs for:

  • Travel (reimbursement up to 100 euro under reception of the Boarding Passes and all travelling documents)
  • Food and accommodation during the Remembrance week
  • Local transportation
  • Health insurance

The costs for the eventual Covid-19 test cannot be reimbursed.

More information and Application:
General information about the Remembrance weeks can be found below
http://cvs-bg.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/RW-in-Austria_Call-for-participants.docx.pdf
You can find more information about the Remembrance week in Austria (8 – 17 August) and apply by clicking here!


If you have some questions, please do not hesitate to write to cvs.katerina@gmail.com or to coordination.sciaustria@gmail.com

 Posted by Kathy at 11:40 Volunteer activities Comments Off on Remembrance week in Austria- call for participants
 

The project aims to cast a light on propaganda before and during WWII, focusing on its role to enforce the concept of “enemy” – from national and ethnic groups to political opponents and social groups. Moreover a special attention will be given to the role of grassroots media and peace organizations in challenging propaganda through innovative communication methodologies and tools.

Whithin the project there will be 5 Remembrance weeks (short term mobilities) and currently we are looking for participants for the Remembrance week in Poland, Poznan, from the 25th of June till the 4th of July 2021.

During the Remembrance Weeks participants, supported and guided by the Remembrance Messengers, will implement different activities aimed at going in depth into the following key words/topics:

  • Remembrance                                        
  • Propaganda and media
  • Nationalism
  • Hatred of the enemy
  • Grassroots media
  • Pacifism
  • Counter narratives

The Set of Infographics will be created on the basis of the researches participants will realize during the activity, focused on 10 specific topics:

  • Fear
  • Propaganda
  • Gender
  • Freedom of speech
  • Nationalism
  • History
  • Normalization
  • Youth
  • Social Frustration
  • Hate crimes

Participants will be asked to implement some previous research on the topics listed above with relation to their local contest, both in the past during the fascist/nazi regimes and in the present, in the policies or propaganda carried on by right-wings parties or movements.

It is important to bring to the Remembrance Week every material (soft and hard), pictures, fanzines, presentation, testimony that can give a contribution to the debate and to the research realization.

We are looking for participants who are:


?Age 16+
?Able to understand and express themselves in English
?Willing to be open-minded and eager to learn from the workshops in this activity and from their peers, as well as maintain a positive attitude and a critical approach to the problematics and topics that will be reviewed
?Interested in the topics of fascism, anti-fascism, propaganda, counter-propaganda, anti- racism, migration, etc.
? Willing to contribute to the research creation with material, ideas, participation
?Willing to share experiences and stories from their local environment/context and to collect material that will be useful for feeding the debate and realizing the research
?Are committed to assist or take the lead role in planning and implementing local initiatives during the Remembrance Week in order to disseminate the learning outcomes.

The project covers the costs for:

  • Travel (reimbursement up to 100 euro under reception of the Boarding Passes and all travelling documents)
  • Food and accommodation during the Remembrance week
  • Local transportation
  • Health insurance

The costs for the eventual Covid-19 test cannot be reimbursed.

More information and Application:


General information about the Remembrance weeks can be found below
http://cvs-bg.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Call-for-participants-RW.pdf
You can find more information about the Remembrance week in Poland (25 June – 4 July) and apply by clicking here!


If you have some questions, please do not hesitate to write to cvs.katerina@gmail.com or to incoming@jedenswiat.org.pl

 Posted by Kathy at 10:57 Volunteer activities Comments Off on Remembrance week in Poland – call for participants
 

The project aims to cast a light on propaganda before and during WWII, focusing on its role to enforce the concept of “enemy” – from national and ethnic groups to political opponents and social groups. Moreover a special attention will be given to the role of grassroots media and peace organizations in challenging propaganda through innovative communication methodologies and tools.

Whithin the project there will be 5 Remembrance weeks (short term mobilities) and currently we are looking for participants for the Remembrance week in Rome, Italy, which will take place from 14th to 23th June 2021.

During the Remembrance Weeks participants, supported and guided by the Remembrance Messengers, will implement different activities aimed at going in depth into the following key words/topics:

  • Remembrance                                        
  • Propaganda and media
  • Nationalism
  • Hatred of the enemy
  • Grassroots media
  • Pacifism
  • Counter narratives

The Set of Infographics will be created on the basis of the researches participants will realize during the activity, focused on 10 specific topics:

  • Fear
  • Propaganda
  • Gender
  • Freedom of speech
  • Nationalism
  • History
  • Normalization
  • Youth
  • Social Frustration
  • Hate crimes

Participants will be asked to implement some previous research on the topics listed above with relation to their local contest, both in the past during the fascist/nazi regimes and in the present, in the policies or propaganda carried on by right-wings parties or movements.

It is important to bring to the Remembrance Week every material (soft and hard), pictures, fanzines, presentation, testimony that can give a contribution to the debate and to the research realization.

We are looking for participants who are:


?Age 16+
?Able to understand and express themselves in English
?Willing to be open-minded and eager to learn from the workshops in this activity and from their peers, as well as maintain a positive attitude and a critical approach to the problematics and topics that will be reviewed
?Interested in the topics of fascism, anti-fascism, propaganda, counter-propaganda, anti- racism, migration, etc.
? Willing to contribute to the research creation with material, ideas, participation
?Willing to share experiences and stories from their local environment/context and to collect material that will be useful for feeding the debate and realizing the research
?Are committed to assist or take the lead role in planning and implementing local initiatives during the Remembrance Week in order to disseminate the learning outcomes.

The project covers the costs for:

  • Travel (reimbursement up to 100 euro under reception of the Boarding Passes and all travelling documents)
  • Food and accommodation during the Remembrance week
  • Local transportation
  • Health insurance

The costs for the eventual Covid-19 test cannot be reimbursed.

More information and Application:


General information about the Remembrance weeks can be found below
http://cvs-bg.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Call-for-participants-RW.pdf
You can find more information about the Remembrance week in Italy ( 14-23rd June) and apply by clicking here!


If you have some questions, please do not hesitate to write to Katerina at cvs.katerina@gmail.com or to Claudia at formazione@sci-italia.it.

 Posted by Kathy at 12:53 Volunteer activities Comments Off on Remembrance week in Italy – call for participants
 

We would like to invite you to participate in the Online Training Course “CHAPTER: Anti-fascism on the Spotlight” which will gather 25 representatives of organisations from 9 countries – Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Spain and Bulgaria. Participants from other EU program countries are also welcome to apply.  The training is designed for active volunteers who are eager to learn more on the topic of anti-fascism and later apply their knowledge in three types of project activities: Remembrance weeks, a Research and a Campaign.

About the Training Course “CHAPTER: Anti-fascism on the Spotlight”

The online training will gather 25 participants,  nominated by the partner organizations, who are interested in the topic, politically and/or socially active and available for (at least) one of the Remembrance weeks, described above. The training aims to build and train a group of experienced multipliers (remembrance messengers) and remembrance week coordinators, set up a research on the topic and define contents of the Remembrance weeks within the project.

The training is designed to prepare the future Remembrance messengers and Remembrance Weeks’ coordinators, providing them with practical and theoretical knowledge on the topic of anti-fascism. Apart from being introduced to research methodologies and communication/anti-propaganda tools, they will learn how to use non-formal education tools in order to reflect on the following main questions:

  • What do we understand by “fascism”? Where does it come from, why does it appear and why do people fall in its net?
  • What history tells us about fascism?
  • What are the current trends and why far right wing parties/movements are rising across Europe? What are the effects of globalisation on the new forms of fascism?
  • How to deconstruct the narrative of “them vs. us”?
  • Which psychosocial mechanisms are involved in fascism and populism? What do fascist speeches have in common?
  • What are the effects and consequences of fascism in our societies?
  • Why must we fight fascism? What’s the role of activism and peace organizations?
  • What new communication methodologies and tools are used to fight fascism?

The specific goals of this training are as follows:

  • To train a group of messengers and coordinators  who will lead the following Remembrance Weeks in each of the partner countries and organisations;
  • Gain and share knowledge on the basic concepts, history and theories around the topics of  fascism and anti-fascism, based on meeting with experts, peer learning and self-assessment techniques;
  • Develop critical thinking on the topic of fascism, to be able to recognize fallacies in speech and identify the signs of extremism;
  • Developing the competences of the participants to plan, organize and implement educational activities on anti-fascism;
  • Develop tools to work on prevention or to react in cases of fascism, hate speech, exclusions or violence (online and offline);
  • Learn new tools on how to develop and implement a campaign based on previous examples;
  • To conduct a research on all materials that can be useful and relevant to the specific tasks of the training and gather them ;
  • To create a toolkit with all useful information at the end of the training, which can be used in the following Remembrance Weeks;
  • Create a bond and ground for international cooperation and networking.

Dates, platform, methodology, experts’ team and draft program of the training course

The training will take place from 3rd to 12th of April 2021 and the team will use the ZOOM platform to interact between 2 and 4 hours daily in the mentioned period. 

Within 10 working days (the program envisages 2-4 working hours per day, using non-formal learning methodology) the group will be able to:

– gather a collection of coordination tools, which will be used for the activities during the Remembrance Weeks

– collect materials on the topic from the different national contexts

– define the scope and framework of a research on the topic, receive tips on research methodologies

– set the outlines of a media campaign on the topic

– contribute to the report of the activity.

The participants are required to be available for the whole duration of the training, taking part in all the plenary and small group sessions, as well as pair and individual tasks. The methods used during the training will follow the non-formal learning methodology: working in small groups, discussions in plenary, brainstorming, presenting, role play, simulations, etc. The team of trainers will consist of international experienced trainers, facilitators and experts.

The selected participants will receive the training program, trainers profile info and some individual small tasks to complete prior to the start of the activity.

Partner countries and organisations

  • Service Civil International Osterreich – Austria
  • CVS-Bulgaria – Bulgaria
  • Service Civil International Hellas – Greece
  • Servizio Civile Internazionale Italia – Italy
  • Centro Studi Sereno Regis – Italy
  • Stowarzyszenie Jeden Swiat Poland
  • Servei Civil Internacional de Catalunya Asociacion – Spain
  • Le Service Civil International – France
  • Service Civil International – Deutscher Zweig E.V. – Germany
  • Utilapu Nemzetkozi Epitotabor Halozat Egyesulet Hungary
  • DINAMOpressItaly
  • UNITED for Intercultural Action – Hungary

Participants from other EU program countries are also welcome to apply however priority will be given to candidates from the project partner countries.

Schedule

The schedule of the training will follow the proposed below agenda:

3rd  April (Saturday) – 4h – 10:00-13:30 CET
4th  April (Sunday) – OFF
5th  April (Monday) – OFF
6th  April (Tuesday) – 4h – 10:00-13:30 CET
7th  April (Wednesday) – 4h – 10:00-13:30 CET
8th  April (Thursday) – 4h – 10:00-13:30 CET
9th  April (Friday) – 4h – 10:00-13:30 CET
10th April (Saturday) – 4h – 10:00-13:30 CET
11th April (Sunday) – 4h – 10:00-13:30 CET
12th April (Monday) – 4h – 10:00-13:30 CET

*There will be 30 min break in between sessions of 4h.

The selected participants will receive the training program, trainers profile info and some individual small tasks to complete prior to the start of the activity.

Profile of the participants

The profile of the candidate should be the following:

  • Age 18+
  • Able to understand and express themselves in English;
  • Politically or/and socially active;
  • Have and/or willing to gain experience in coordinating international activities (such as Workcamps, Peace weeks or Remembrance Weeks) and ready to organize the Remembrance week in their country on the topic of the project;
  • Committed to attend for the full duration of the online training
  • Volunteers, activists and youth workers/coordinators who want to learn more about innovative communication methodologies and effective tools to protect refugees and national minorities from organised violence;
  • Willing to learn more about the evolution of fascism, effects and consequences of the ideology in the current situation;
  • Willing to share experiences and stories from their local environment, family, friends and school (university) regarding to unfair attitude to refugees, national minorities and other;
  • Willing to be open-minded and eager to learn from the workshops in this activity and from their peers, as well as maintain a positive attitude and a critical approach to the problematics and topics that will be reviewed;
  • Are committed to assist or take the lead role in planning and implementing local initiatives in order to disseminate the learning outcomes.

Certificates

All participants will receive a certificateupon successful completion of the training course.

Application procedureThe detailed call for participants can be found here.

If you are interested in participating, apply filling in the online application form.

The final selection will be done by CVS-Bulgaria, giving priority to candidates proposed by the Partner Organisations as long as their application is submitted within the deadline and the candidates profile fits with the participants profile envisaged in this call.

Selected participants will be informed. All applicants will be informed about the final decision.

You can reach us on the following e-mail: trainings@cvs-bg.org if you have further questions.

Looking forward to meeting you soon in the virtual space of or training!

Chapter project team

 Posted by Kathy at 20:55 Volunteer activities Comments Off on CHAPTER: Anti-fascism on the Spotlight – online training course is looking for participants
 

After the successful implementation of the Volunteers Managеment training earlier this year, it is time to invite interested participants for the Volunteering Projects Management seminar.  It will take place in Dryanovo, near Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria between 15th and 21th July 2021 and will gather 32 representatives of organizations from 13 countries – Austria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey and Bulgaria. The seminar is also open for applicants from all EU countries and Serbia as well.

The specific objectives of the Volunteering Projects Management seminar are as follows:

  • raising awareness on the philosophy of volunteering and the opportunity to realize quality and successful volunteer projects
  • providing principal information on volunteer projects, basic documents defining rights, responsibilities and roles of the main stakeholders involved
  • deepening knowledge of the overall process of managing volunteering projects, and acquiring the skills to effectively structure activities throughout the project cycle – needs assessment, preparation, application, implementation, evaluation, follow-up activities, dissemination of results
  • encouraging the use of non-formal learning methods and creativity in the implementation of volunteering projectssharing practical and useful advice from experience in volunteering projectsdeveloping practical skills for managing and implementing quality volunteering projects in view of the risks and changing realities and the challenges we face
  • sharing good and not-so-good volunteering projects practices and stories aimed at improving the quality of future volunteering projects
  • creating a supportive and shared group of organizations for the purpose of future collaboration and assistance in the volunteering projects management 
  • increasing understanding of Erasmus +: Youth and European Solidarity Corps programs and the volunteering opportunities they offer.

Dates and venue of the seminar

The seminar will take place from 15th (afternoon) till 21th July 2021 (5 full working days and two days – 1 arrival – 15th July and 1 departure day – 21th July) in Bulgaria, in the cozy boutique family hotel “VSK KENTAVAR”, surrounded by amazing nature and rich historical and cultural sites, in Dryanovo, Veliko Tarnovo region. Dryanovo is located 20 km away from the medieval capital of Bulgaria – Veliko Tarnovo and we will dedicate some time to explore its sightseeing spots together.

The participants need to arrive in the afternoon on 15th July and depart on 21th July 2021.

More about the place

Apart from the learning experience envisaged in the program, the location of the seminar offers an opportunity for enriching free time, tailored to the participants’ different tastes and interests: local monastery, cave, nature, medieval castle, picturesque streets and local craftsmanship. The nearby towns of Gabrovo and Veliko Tarnovo are offering a great diversity of free time places to visit.

The participants we are looking for are:

  • project managers, coordinators, supervisors and support staff of volunteering projects (short and longterm projects)
  • Age 18+
  • Willing to share knowledge, ideas, useful tips
  • Willing to practise and multiply learning after the seminar
  • Able to understand and express themselves in English
  • Are committed to attend for the full duration of the event

Travel costs will be reimbursed after the seminar acording to the reimbursement procedure explained in the detailed call for participants. Food and accommodation are covered by the project and additional insurance will be also provided.

All participants will receive Youthpass upon successful completion of the seminar.

Please refer to the detailed Call for participants, which includes the draft program, if you are interested and meet the set in the call criteria, please apply using the online Application form. The deadline for applications is 30.06.2021.

If you have any questions, you can reach us at trainings@cvs-bg.org. 

All applicants will be informed about the final decision. 

Looking forwatrd to recieve your applications!
CVS-Bulgaria team

The project “Volunteering from A to Z”, 2019-2-BG01-KA105-062812 is supported by Erasmus+ Programme, under KA1, Youth workers mobility.


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The Human Library “Community, Communication, Common Space” 14 September, Tsar Simeonova Gradina, Plovdiv

During our life we often face stereotypes, injustice and prejudices.We are asking ourselves: “Why some live in abudance while others count the coins in their pockets? Why some enjoy freedom while others even don’t have a passport?” But as volunteers we do not only ask questions, we want to do something about it: act and make people aware. This is why we decided to make migration a main topic of the Human Library ” Community, Communication, Common Space” , that our organisation CVS-Bulgaria and UNHCR Bulgaria held on 14 September in Plovdiv during the Night of the Museums. The Human Library was complimented by UNHCR’s interactive exhibition “Identity” , featuring some of the books’ stories.


“Human Library” methodology was not chosen by chance. In our case every refugee became a “book” telling their story to a reader from the local community for 15-20 minutes. Any person passing by in the park could be a “reader” if they were instrested and could spare some time.
We had a total of 10 books, which were10 stories filled with life hardships during war and civil outbreks one one hand. On the other, each book was talking about new beginnings and possitive experiences finding a new home in Bulgaria.
The power of the method is to be in the moment, diving into a story which could not be repeated again with the same sencereness and passion.
There is a belief in the local society that refugees are an asocial group of people, who do not want to be integrated and do not contribute to the host country. Thanks to Human Library “Community, Communication, Common Space” the citizens and guests of Plovdiv(the Capital of Culture 2019) could face the challenges that refugees encounter and understand better their emotions and break different stereotypes. They met people who want to belong, to love and be loved, to work, study and thus be a valuable member of the society.

A “book” about Kurdistan, told by Keihan and Farasat
A Pocketful of Dreams, told by Peter

The readers were firstly intrugued by the exhibition and then timidly approached the librarian desk to subscribe for “reading” a book. Each person has a limit of four books to read so in this way we could reach more people. We also managed to read some books. It was really useful experience since we are starting now to dig deeper into the topic of forced migration. There was no unhappy reader, from what we saw in their eyes, or from the conversations and evaluation forms we had later, we got the feeling that everyone was very happy with the event. We especially remember the comment of one girl “You are doing very valuable work. Thank you”.
This event was very significant for the books as well. They were able to share their worries, get support and empathy, as well as a feeling of belonging, which is very important for the refugees. Our books were very glad to meet interested people in their stories and spend some time with locals. We, as a team of organisers also contributed to their positive experiences, travelling and spending some free time together. We, the volunteers believe we have found some new friends among the books we have recruitred for this event.

Am Djad is a Syrian musician who found his new home in Bulgaria


“Reading” such kind of books helps us recognize the value of positive attitude in our life. We only need to support each other in our community and communicate learning more about each other. We understood, that there are no issues that can’t be solved, and we remembered that the main rule of happy life is to meet all that is ment to come with a smile, believing in the good outcome.

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

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TC “Volunteers management”
11-17 November 2019
Youth Centre, Plovdiv /Bulgaria/

After the successful completion of the training courses “Human Rights from A to Z”, “EVS from A to Z” and “Mentoring from A to Z”, we are pleased to publish the call for participants for another training course from the A to Z series. Volunteers Management training course is the first activity within the Volunteering from A to Z project and will take place in Plovdiv, Bulgaria in the period 11th till 17th November 2019. The training will gather 32 representatives of organizationsfrom 13 countries – Austria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey and Bulgaria.

The specific objectives of the Volunteers Management training course are as follows:

  • raising awareness on the philosophy of volunteering and the opportunity for quality volunteer management
  • providing principal information on volunteer projects, basic documents defining rights, responsibilities and roles of the main stakeholders involved
  • deepening knowledge of the volunteer management and implementation cycle
    and the main tasks during each of the 8 stages
  • sharing practical and useful advices from experience in volunteer management
  • developing practical volunteer management skills, including competencies for
    communication, support, conflict transformation, intercultural communication and learning, motivation, focusing on online volunteer and knowledge management tools
  • sharing good and not so good volunteer management practices and stories, in order to learn ideas for improvement and development of future volunteering projects
  • share good practices and emphasize the importance of learning, its tracking, evaluation, recognition and linking it to future better employment of young people in the labour market
  • establishing a support and sharing group of organizations to assist with management volunteers in future volunteer projects
  • increasing understanding of Erasmus +: Youth and European Solidarity Corps programs and the volunteering opportunities they offer.

Dates and venue of the training course

The training will take place from 11th (afternoon) till 17th November 2019 (5 full working days and two days – 1 arrival – 11th November and 1 departure day – 17th November) in Bulgaria, in the Youth Centre in Plovdiv. The participants need to arrive in the afternoon on 11th November and depart in the afternoon on 17th November 2019.

The participants we are looking for are:

  • project managers, coordinators, supervisors and support staff of volunteering projects (short and longterm projects)
  • Age 18+
  • Willing to learn, develop and share
  • Willing to practise and multiply learning after the training course
  • Able to understand and express themselves in English
  • Are committed to attend for the full duration of the event
  • Are committed to do a follow-up/dissemination activity to be implemented in their country after the training course

Travel costs will be reimbursed after the training acording to the reimbursement procedure explained in the detailed call for participants. Food and accommodation are covered by the project and additional insurance will be also provided.

All participants will receive Youthpass upon successful completion of the training.

Please refer to the detailed  Call for participants Volunteers Management from A to Z and Draft Program if you are interested and meet the set in the call criteria, please apply using the online Application form. If you have any questions, you can reach us at trainings@cvs-bg.org. 

The final selection will be done by CVS-Bulgaria, giving priority to candidates proposed by the Partner Organisations as long as their application is submitted within the deadline and the candidates profile fits with the participants profile envisaged in this call. All applicants will be informed about the final decision. 

Looking forward to recieve your applications!
CVS-Bulgaria team

The project “Volunteering from A to Z”, 2019-2-BG01-KA105-062812 is supported by Erasmus+ Programme, under KA1, Youth workers mobility

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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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