What are the first associations when you hear something about Turkey? Only honest :)! Yeah, 99% of the first things you thought about are the hot sun and beautiful beaches. Perhaps the remaining percentage will think about Istanbul, Bosporus, Blue Mosque and other historical raisins. But like any other country, Turkey is different. I was fortunate to see a cardinal other side of the medal. Not tourist and much more mysterious.Read more
I had been a volunteer in a day-care/youth center in Telfs/Austria from October 2016 until October 2017. Telfs is a large village (Marktgemeinde Telfs) in the Austrian state of Tyrol. In the beginning of the voluntary work, I didn’t know what to expect from the year that lay ahead of me. One thing I knew, it would be an unforgettable time.
During this one year I met many interesting people from different countries, I improved my German, picked up some Tirolean dialect but I also studied English and a little bit of Turkish. And the most important - I met my best friend!Read more
Two months ago I started a new adventure in my life. There are two important things that you should know about it. First, it is European Volunteer Service (EVS) Programme. Second, it is going in the Netherlands. During this time I have already got a plenty of wonderful working and lifetime experience.
I work at Humanitas DMH. It is a social care organization which helps to people with mental and light physical disabilities. This is a really important work I enjoy myself with.Read more
What do you think firstly when you hear "graffiti"? "Well, drawings, writing on the walls .." - said my friends. We at the project U.R.Banksy in Georgia draw graffiti about human rights!
So, U.R.Banksy is a youth exchange about human rights and street art that took place in the city Rustavi, near Tbilisi. During the project, 6-18.10, we had a lot of discussions, workshops, forum theaters, energizers. All day, participants from Finland, Norway, Estonia, Romania, Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine worked hard, all for the final project – graffiti of human rights in the center of Rustavi.Read more
Labas! I would like to send you my warm greetings from rainy Lithuania, where I have been doing my EVS for 2 months already. My project relates to social work with young people (12 to 18 years old) from difficult social background. We are cooking together, playing various board games, doing homework. The main aim of the project is to make youth more social, to develop their talents.Read more
So here is the month of my time in Spain that passed so fast, I have 9 more ahead. Keywords now are: excitement, comfort, amazing people.
My EVS is held in Murcia - adorable city in Spain and is all about support of the projects that are launched by my host organization - EUROACCION. It's my main aim, but as far as I have some more skills, I'm also responsible for the creation of the logotypes, drafts of promotions. Apart from the office work I work with children in schools once per week, participate in the linguistic exchange with local students, help with presentations of the EVS in universities.Read more
I work in a small village of De Glind that is located in the middle of the Netherlands. I work in a house of family type where there are children with certain psychological problems or other problems in the family. My duties include helping the parents at home, playing different kinds of games with kids, helping in the kitchen etc. Also, I am a coach assistant at the local gym for various activities and sports training. During the week I play football with children, we practice judo, dodgeball (trefbal - Netherlands ball game), board games and we organise creative lessons.Read more
I was a short-term volunteer in Gaziantep, Turkey. I spent two months in this unusual country. It was a grate time. During the project I improved my knowledge of English and swimming. Also I grew up as a person. Because there I worked with kids and it was really nice to spend time with them. We swam together, learnt English and discovered some interesting facts about each other's countriesRead more
Hello! My name is Kateryna and I'm an EVS volunteer in a city of L'Aigle in France, in Normandy. My first impressions of the country, project and people are very good. My project will last one year until the end of August 2018, and it is linked with culture, media and the promotion of international mobility among young people. There are two of us on the project: me and a girl from Portugal. Our main tasks here are assistance in various events of our organization, city and region and active cooperation with the team of web radio Kolectiv.fr.Read more
Hello everyone from super nice town of PoreČ, Croatia. 6 months of my EVS project have already passed here. Time flied very fast. Sometimes I just want to stop it because I realize another 5 months will pass very fast also. And I have planned so many interesting things, 11 months won`t be enough to accept and digest everything what happened to me on this adventure – impressions from the country and its culture, new interesting people, trips, concerts and festivals. All these happened to me in 6 months. That`s the life I wanted.Read more
I am in the middle of my EVS project. I can't say, that something changed completely for me in this period, I can't say that u experienced something absolutely new for myself. The only thing that I know for sure -- if I would get this opportunity 4 years ago, when I just started to search for it, It would change my way of thinking much more. Because everything that I experience now -- I didn't in past 4 years.
Of course every experience is very important in life and I'm not regretting of anything that happen. Now I'm looking forward for my next 5 months and wondering what will be next?
New people? New places? New thoughts?Read more
Volunteering service experience till now has been one of the best years in my life! It is not only a matter of unpaid job in a certain organization but also a chance to meet hundreds of new amazing people, to travel, to learn (through non-formal/informal education), to face difficulties, to find the ways to solve them and much more. Despite the fact that it may seem challenging for some of us it should never be a reason to refuse such priceless opportunity.Read more
I always wanted to try myself in volunteering. "EVS ... Your Global Learning Journey" in Gaziantep has become my first experience in international projects of this type.Read more
“Purple” project consist of 7 volunteers from such countries as Ukraine, Russia, Georgia and Jordan. There are 2 stages, each of them is 5 months. During this time “ Purple” works with children and youngsters, lead and create sports activities, gain new knowledge and experience, take part in the social life of the community and try to do unusual things, generate new ideas.
This project funded by European Commission (European Union) through Erasmus+ program. Coordinating organization is ANTER (Asociatia Nationala de Sprijinire a Tineretului Ecologist din Romania) located in Craiova city, Romania.Read more
Berlin - center of different cultures. If I had to describe Berlin in one word, I’d choose ‘multiculturalism’. This definition accurately describes Berlin and its specific atmosphere. Here are people from everywhere. At the street, in the subway, in the coffeeshop, within ten square meters you can meet representatives of different countries and cultures. And it is worth mentioning that all foreigners (both tourists and migrants) coexist quite well, with such an interaction of different cultures being a great example of a multicultural society.Read more
Hi everyone! Not so long ago I came back to Ukraine from my EVS project in Gaziantep, Turkey and I want to share my experience. First of all, I want to say that Antep is a very beautiful city and local people are very nice. Despite the fact that it is not so far from Syria, we felt in safety and had colorful routine.Read more
Hello from the northernmost part of Ireland - Donegal County! 8 months of my EVS project in Letterkenny have passed so quickly that I didn't even have a chance to realise that! The work of the EVS volunteer and communication with foreigners helped me understand that it is important to take things easier in life. And that diversity and open-mindness contribute to the development of personality, and such individuals form a free society.Read more
Hi! Finally the time came to tell people about my EVS! At first I want to tell that this EVS is one of the most interesting happening in my life for the last year. And now I strongly recommend all my friends to be a volunteer, at least for the short time. This project was dedicated to help migrant Syrian kids, it is located in the south of Turkey in the city Gaziantep.Read more
Everyone has the time in their lives when they do not know where they are going; as if you have everything and nothing at the same time. It becomes clear that this is the right time to find yourself. For me this time began in one of my dreams when I received a note with a phrase «force yourself to be uncomfortable». So I did that: I went on my EVS, changing warm Kharkiv summer for cloudy sky of Gdansk; my broad flat for the house with 11 other volunteers from Spain, Turkey and Romania.Read more
To be honest, I want to continue my volunteering, and I want to continue to work in this direction. And if someone asks me if he/she should take part in this, my answer will be unequivocal "YES". I really recommend trying this and I'm sure you will not regret it. Honestly, it would be amazing if I have a chance to take a part in EVS again. So do not give up and speed up submitting your documents !!!!!Read more
Hey, there! My name is Anna, I’m Ukrainian journalist in a search for adventures. That’s why I came volunteering to Belgium. First of all, coming to adventure park called "The Outsider" wasn’t a spontaneous desicion. I already had a degree in journalism and had been working on TV, as a news reporter, screenwriter, actress and editor for more than 5 years. But I’m very challenging person as well, so I had an urge to try something completely new. Now it is what happening to me every day.Read more
The training course “All About you” took place in Sauvo (Turku), Finland between 16 and 21 June 2017. It was a project about sexual education, which was aimed to provide new innovative non-formal methodology for the youth workers.The project was developed according to the needs of involved partners and target groups youth workers are working with.Read more
My EVS was a period of small downs but great ups, leaving my comfort zone, trying new and forgetting old because being a volunteer in a foreign country, working, meeting people, reaching successes and facing failures. I can describe it as growing up from your usual behavior and from day to day becoming someone new who doesn't want to eat sweets for breakfast and worry about future anymore. Instead, you look with widely open eyes and excitement (not fear) at challenges, difficulties, tasks, pleasant surprises that are coming into your life. This is how I feel now — strong, confident and cheerful young woman.Read more
Hello people! I am a volunteer in the Gruener Grashalm organisation - a non-governmental organisation that promotes intercultural cooperation through outdoor educational projects. I help organising outdoor activities such as climbing, sailing, kayaking, cycling and hiking. Also, using my background in fine arts I organise creative workshops and create flyers to advertise and promote the upcoming projects and events.Read more
What I like most about my project is that there are challenges every day because life here is not a Ponyhof (literally "a pony farm") as Germans say. I would say that their approach to children is not as authoritarian as ours. Everyone, including carers, educators and psychologists try to stay at the same level with children. In practice it means that children have as much freedom as possible which gives them an opportunity to feel that they are in control of their lives.Read more
Check in for flight Kiev-Bucharest, air gates no.4. That day at the 3rd of May everything begin from crossing Ukrainian-Romanian border, then was train Bucharest-Craiova, further meeting with agents from my hosting organization, then meeting with mentor, party organized by other volunteers.That's all in my first day of the project!Read more
It's been more than 2 months started my EVS project in marvelous Scotland or more precisely in the charming city Glasgow. First of all, I would like to say, that my EVS project is quite unusual, because there I had the opportunity to choose in which area and where can I volunteer. Finally, I chose for myself, as I wanted earlier, organizational activity. And now my EVS project is a volunteer work connected with organizational activity (assistance during the event, festivals, a little administrative work and etc.) in Ricefield Chineese Art and Culture centre.Read more
It has been already half of my EVS project “Creative Ambassadors of the Cultures” in Rezekne, Latvia. The first thing that I want to say is that I am not the same person who came here 7 months ago. I became much more confident and more social. I developed my communication skills and improved my English. I travel, meet new people and discover new cities.Read more
It has been 4 months as I came to Spain to be a volunteer in Caritas (it is a charitable organization set up by the Catholic Church, occupied by helping to homeless people and those who need actually help). A half of my project has already passed, so that I have enough to share.
My experience in EVS – is on the contrary.Read more
Do you know people who browsed the internet, saw some volunteer project, applied for it and then forgot and in a couple of months found an email saying: “Congratulations! You`re accepted for EVS project”? So this is NOT about me.
Long time ago I have realized that I don`t belong to this lucky category, that`s why I was prepared for a long way. Days and nights, I was looking for a project and bombarding organization with emails. In total amount, I sent about 300 letters. Everyone finds this number too surprising but I think the more - the better. Thus, as a result I had choice between 8 projects.Read more
When I was taking three flights to Gaziantep, I could have never imagined that I will be so lucky with this project. Starting from the welcoming and ready to help staff of the receiving organization and local volunteers, ending with the tasks we were faced as volunteers.
To tell you more about activities that we had: our main focus was teaching English to refugees from Syria – both children and adults, but we were also leading a conversation club for Turkish people, and in particular English lessons to the Turkish staff of the organizations and centers we were volunteering at. Also, we had English for orphans, Afghan children and handcraft classes for kids from Syria and in oncology hospital.
What has happened since I wrote my latest report in November 2016? I greatly improved my level of French, took part in a dozen of forums (which basically helped me to break the language barrier), held lots of informational group and individual meetings devoted to EVS, acted as one of organizers and animators of the youth exchange, assembled my own bike, started to feel comfortable on the roads of Lyon, fabricated a shoe shelf, learnt to play ukulele, visited Bordeaux, sand dune de Pilat, Grenoble, Geneva, Annecy, Barcelona and Rome, fell in love with Lyon, made plans for summer… But everything in its time.Read more
My EVS project in Poland, Lodz is coming to its final stage. I am a volunteer at a work therapy center for people with disabilities ‘Listen to your heart’. The project idea is to share the stories of people with disabilities who attend this center as well as provide photo, video workshops for them. For instance, I conducted workshops with a fantasy photoshoot, taught participants to create scenarios and small films in Movie Maker, painted Petrykivla with our fingers and much more. With other volunteers we prepared a cultural evening, poetry evening and were searching our inner clown.Read more
From May 4th to May 10th, 2017, the small town of Odemish, in northern Turkey, became a true easel for the creativity of 23 participants from Albania, Greece, Italy, Turkey and Ukraine.
The international project "Draw Your Future!" was organized to promote the development of project management skills and to create a strong network of young leaders and civic organizations that will cooperate in the long term period and will assist other organizations across Europe who wish to develop their skills in this area.Read more
I have so many impressions after a two-month short-term EVS that it is impossible for me to describe it in a short article. These two months were for me as the one "short life", full of emotions, great people, interesting challenges and travel dreams. Therefore I will try to describe it in two interesting lists.Read more
Hi, guys! I would like to share with you what I've learned during my EVS in Poland. I work at school with teenagers and I enjoy this a lot! It`s only 2 months left and I'm ready to make some conclusions right now. Here I have three main points. So, let`s get started!Read more
Let me tell you about the first half of my one-year EVS project in the Netherlands. “Siza” organization invited me and 3 other volunteers. The working place is located in a big park. I work at one building of the complex, where there are 12 clients with mental and physical handicaps, 15 workers and 3 interns from educational institutions.Read more
More than two months ago I was happy to know that I became an EVS volunteer in GEGED (Gaziantep Eğitim ve Gençlik Derneği), in the city called Gaziantep, Turkey. It were 2 the most impressive, full of adventures and eye-opening experience months for me.
My name is Dima. I am an EVS volunteer. My project is running at Donegal Youth Service (DYS), in Letterkenny town, County Donegal, Ireland. DYS has a wide scope of interests - social issues, cultural exchange, equality, discrimination, mental health, sexual health, music and art events, employment issues, helping disadvantaged young people etc.Read more
First of all, I want to say that I couldn’t even expect so many positive things from this EVS project. I thought to get to Gaziantep from Istanbul will be hard, but even there people, who didn’t know English tried to help me. And I was literally the first one near the gates.Read more
In March 2-9 in the British city of Newcastle, within the framework of Erasmus +, the training Euroimpact was held, organized by the NGO Opportunity International. Three members of the NGO "Stella", namely Alla Shakhova, Alena Tryfonova and Andrii Bystrov presented Ukraine at the international meeting of active youth.Read more
The training " Technology for creative thinking" was organized by CROSS CULTURE INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION CCIF with the support of Malta National Agency (NA) between 18-27 October 2017. The training was designed as a process of informal learning and peer education using participants who work with young people, have experience in the fields of youth work, youth arts and international cooperation. Participants from Malta, Russian Federation, Moldova (Republic of), Estonia, Armenia, Ukraine, Italy and Germany had an active input in sharing knowledge and experience, and learned new skills in and surrounding the dramatic arts and inter-cultural youth work, from the trainers and each other. This active participation encouraged ownership of the learning, motivation and commitment to working together, building effective international working relationships, making the training an exercise in best practice.Read more
Have you ever realised that our national Ukrainian dishes have a long history and that many ingredients came to our country from hundreds of kilometers or even continents away? Have you ever thought that every conflict can also be considered like a "dish"? Just, as every dish has its ingredients and cooking phases, every conflict has certain components and stages. By gaining an active understanding of the process, we start to see how negative outcomes can be prevented beforehand.
From 23 to 31 October 2016, 7 representatives of NGO "Stella" took part in a youth exchange “Drive your life” which was held in a beautiful picturesque mountain village Spileo in Greece. The project was organized by Greek organization "Hellas for Us" in the framework of ERASMUS+ Programme. It brought together 4 countries which have high rates of traffic collision: Ukraine, Greece, Georgia and Hungary. The aim of the youth exchange was to identify the main reasons of high road fatality rates and to find the ways in order to prevent them.Read more
Between 2 -10 October 2016 at Grzybowo, Poland the representatives of Kharkiv NGO "Stella" took part in an international contact making seminar "Networks wanted" organized by Polish Fundacja Pociecha. Contact making seminar brought together 22 participants from 11 countries: Poland, Ukraine, Romania, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Bulgaria, Greece, Slovakia, Spain, Italy and Jordan.Read more
The main topics of the Youth Exchange that took place in Pescara, Italy between 30 September and 9 October 2016, were supporting development of world cultures, promoting the culture of peace, anti-discrimination, better understanding of cultural diversity and multiculturalism. We had lot of interesting activities such as lectures, workshops and excursions. Every day of the project was perfectly planned in such a way that we did not only work enough in groups developing our projects but we also had a lot of free time to explore Pescara and Chieti cities, to swim in the sea and simply to enjoy and relax.Read more
From 25 September until 1 October 2016,NGO "Stella" together with its Russian and Georgian partners, AEGEE Moskva and youth association DRONI, successfully implemented the second phase of the bigger common project. The peace building meeting took place in Kharkiv and gathered 30 participants from Russia, Georgia and Ukraine.Read more
Intercultural and interreligious understanding - what is it? A distant dream, utopia or an urgent necessity? Anyway, despite any answer it is impossible to deny that nowadays it is one of the most important topics all over the world. From 16 to 24 July 2016, 25 young people (including us, three representatives of NGO “Stella”) got together in sunny Yerevan in order to participate in a wonderful training “The Power of Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue” and to discuss how we can turn the dream about peaceful and tolerant world into reality.Read more
On 15 July 2016, Kharkiv non-governmental association for active youth "Stella" in cooperation with educational platform Campus Kharkiv made a presentation “Travel, Learn, Share”. The main aim of the event was to promote international programmes and non-formal education among youth in order to get valuable experience and to foster their self-development. During the presentation young people learnt more about international mobility projects, particularly about Erasmus+ Programme.Read more
Between 6 and 14 May 2016, the representatives of NGO Stella took part in an international training course “European Quality in Youth Projects” (EQYP) which was hosted by GEYC organization (Romania) and was held in Bucharest within ERASMUS+ framework. The TC brought together 35 active youth workers and leaders who see the need in raising quality of international projects.Read more
Today the attitude towards people having various disabilities is an important topic throughout the world. Ukraine is one of the most "unfriendly" countries, as it makes it impossible for disabled people to lead an active life. In order to discuss this and a number of other issues, between 26 April and 3 May 2016, Ukrainian group participated in a project “Non Formal Education of The Physically Handicapped in Sport” in the framework of Erasmus+ Programme. The project lasted 7 days and was organized in Çanakkale, Turkey in a partnership with 8 other organizations from different countries.Read more
The increasing rate of unemployment among youth is one of the main problems of contemporary societies which can be observed in many countries. The problem may have various roots and it is obvious that before fighting unemployment, youngsters should be aware of its practical reasons and should analyze their own skills, knowledge, potential, strengths and weaknesses.Read more
From 20 to 25 February 2016, London became a real home to the participants of Contact Making Seminar from Azerbaijan, Hungary, Greece, Georgia, Jordan, Cyprus, Kosovo, Poland, Turkey, Estonia, Great Britain and of course Ukraine. Our country was successfully represented by 2 participants on behalf of Kharkiv association for active youth "Stella".Read more
This was my first experience of an international youth project and it was great! 42 participants from 7 different countries Armenia, Georgia, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Turkey and Ukraine gathered in one place in Pescara, Italy in order to break stereotypes, to share their cultures and to promote such values as respect, empathy, diversity and peace.Read more