Erasmus+ Projects

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2017 Erasmus+ Projects

Our Project is a kind of youth Project which brings closer youth people who are citizens of European Union countries and candidate countries for the European Union. If we make a general explanation regarding the matter of our Project, participants will be informed by common methods of learning related European Union’s structure and functioning which also includes cultural richness that has been provided by Union’s multicultural societies structure’s.

The project aims at mobilizing European youth in exploring a new culture and interacting with a community where they play a key role and become a part of the local social life. Main focus will be to design a cycling path and eventually creating a cycling event around the village inviting people to visit and participate. Emphasis will be given to the cultural aspects of the experience as participants will implement activities such as a photo exhibition and interact with local youth

Our Project is a kind of youth Project which brings closer youth people who are citizens of European Union countries and candidate countries for the European Union. If we make a general explanation regarding the matter of our Project, participants will be informed by common methods of learning related European Union’s structure and functioning which also includes cultural richness that has been provided by Union’s multicultural societies structure’s.

This is an introductory course to graphical facilitation and is addressed to beginners and no prior knowledge in drawing and animation is required. We will guide participants through every step.Objectives of the project are to develop practical skill and competence on how to apply digital graphical facilitation techniques and methods in youth work activities, increasing the capacity of organizing training, events and other youth activities using digital graphical facilitation methods and techniques.

The aim of the project is to improve competencies and knowledge of youth workers about the labour market in order to help young NEET to better develop their employability skills. The objectives are to
improve the level of knowledge, skills and attitudes of youth workers in the area of employability, soft skills and еntrepreneurship, to strengthen the links between youth workers and the labour market through deepening of knowledge concerning the recruitment requirements of employers, to develop a sense of initiative and entrepreneurship of youth workers and to improve employability and career perspectives of the youth people and youth workers.

The main objective of our project is to offer rural youth the opportunity to become active citizens in the community and able to cope with a job interview at any level. Some of the main objectives of our project are to develop communication skills in English, to increase confidence and self-esteem, and to teach the 42 young people to use the theater as a method of activating the other young people in their local communities

The “Sustainability Quest” is a short term EVS project oriented to mobilizing and motivating young people of Zagreb to actively engage in the concept of sustainable development and give their personal contribution. The main focus of the voluntary service will be the organization of two events:  “Sustainability Challenge” is a 1-month long challenge aimed at actively encouraging sustainability among local youth.  “Days of Sustainable Development for Youth” (DORM) is a 3-day event organised in the local community target at young people, teachers, decision makers and NGO workers.

Our project, which contains unique beauties created by multicultural environments, consists of fighting against obesity and instilling the importance of sport and healthy nutrition. With this project, people living in this region will consider obesity as a problem which needs international cooperation and they will recognize how much it is important to take precautions about obesity.

In a nonformal environment, we plan to directly influence participants with experiencing and reflecting on stress management activities. During 10 days participants will develop habits based on the concept of mindfulness. We will especially emphasize their experience among applied drama, theatre of oppressed, yoga activities and morning meditation sessions.

With the project “Catch the Spark” we aim to motivate volunteers, local youth and community members to catch the spark of enthusiasm to get involved and participate no matter the circumstances, and become encouraged to develop new skills and habits that could help to be better prepared for joining labour market and transform one’s life, community and, eventually, the World.

YOUth can HELP is a project where 25 participants from 5 countries (GE, PL, IT, ES, MC) would meet in Berlin to learn from each other how to help to another person in emergency situations. Participants would increase their knowledge about other culture and they would create international bonds which would help them to break the stereotypes and learn more about the other’s countries.

The aim of our project is to provide an intercultural dialogue in Szeged, Hungary, between twenty artists, youth workers and the ones who work on the frontiers of art.We observe the task of contemporary art and its role in social responsibility, the possibilities of art tools in youth work and how an artist or an art group can profit from a youth exchange.

Youth would like to get closer to the daily experience of pre-medical first aid, based on the creation of social activity (taking the initiative “into their hands”). Project will be also a great opportunity to develop cooperation with their peers from abroad, exchange their ideas, thoughts, strengthen the relationship between the personal and intercultural understanding, learning process and create / enhance their daily habits, as well as develop interpersonal skills, especially in the field of exchange of international experiences with their peers.

The activity will involve 75 young people from 15 European countries on age between 18-30 who are working and are active in the areas of journalism, new media, blogging, video blogging, photography, art criticism, and cultural studies. The project activities refer to two-week long educational program for the participants in the Large Scale EVS project, led by established professionals in media coverage of the international cultural event in the field of audiovisual art.

Youth would like to get closer to the daily experience of pre-medical first aid, based on the creation of social activity (taking the initiative “into their hands”). Project will be also a great opportunity to develop cooperation with their peers from abroad, exchange their ideas, thoughts, strengthen the relationship between the personal and intercultural understanding, learning process and create / enhance their daily habits, as well as develop interpersonal skills, especially in the field of exchange of international experiences with their peers.

Trying to understand the media and its role in society is a bit like trying to capture fog in a box. The project is covering the actual topic of media literacy in today’s “post-truth” era. The era of disinformation, uncertainty in the sources of information, the era of hoaxes. The era in which the loudest voice of shocking information without source, the voice of emotion using our deepest fears often matters more than the quiet, calm voice of facts, statistics, fact checked quotes and logic. Are you “media literate”? What does it even mean? Can We believe everything in the news?

The activity will involve 75 young people from 15 European countries on age between 18-30 who are working and are active in the areas of journalism, new media, blogging, video blogging, photography, art criticism, and cultural studies. The project activities refer to two-week long educational program for the participants in the Large Scale EVS project, led by established professionals in media coverage of the international cultural event in the field of audiovisual art.

In the view of current European migration crisis, intolerance and racial discrimination in Europe has drastically increased. In Europe that is becoming overwhelmed with refugee crisis, in the world beaten and tired of wars, where it seems we don’t have strength to be tolerant and embracing, young people from all parts of Europe need to be reminded of a different perspective, and they will spread this perspective, that humanity in us will triumph, that by our positive input we will fight discrimination, we will fight stereotypes and we will fight violence.

The objectives of the project are creating inclusion, tolerance and intercultural understanding, promotion, recognition and development of non-formal education and ERASMUS+ opportunities, promotion of volunteering as a valuable learning experience, requalification of public spaces in the neighborhood.

The “Green Fingers – Little School Gardeners” is a short term EVS project oriented to mobilizing and motivating young people, by proposing to bring to the city of Zagreb 12 volunteers and engage them in maintaining 3 urban school gardens together with around 1200 children and teachers.

IN THE PALACE is a festival that presents contemporary film art from Bulgaria, Europe and the whole world and provides an exceptionally favorable environment and platform of expression for both young film artists and established professionals. The volunteers will be engaged in a wide range of activities related to the promotion of the events, preparation of the venues, communication via different social media platforms, welcoming and assisting the guests and participants, preparation of press releases, and creation of audiovisual materials about the events and the volunteering experience.

The objectives of the project are creating inclusion, tolerance and intercultural understanding, promotion, recognition and development of non-formal education and ERASMUS+ opportunities, promotion of volunteering as a valuable learning experience, requalification of public spaces in the neighborhood.

The main goal of the project is to identify and promote the importance of tradition and mythology at a national and regional level among participating countries. The motivation behind the project concept was inspired by the role mythology and cultural traditions played along the centuries in inspiring the social, political and artistic scene, influencing people and cultures around the world.

This exchange aims to identify the common causes of intolerance and analyze persisting cases of non-tolerance on the basis of culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation and race against various minorities, formulate good practices in order to reduce it, as well as strategies, which could help increase tolerance towards minorities in the participating countries and beyond

The aims of the project are to increase awareness about Healthy Lifestyle in the frame of Global Responsibility among youth workers, empower youth workers with tools, methods and ways to understand Healthy Lifestyle and Global Responsibility and act as multipliers on these issues, create a shift in youth minds from personal to Global Responsibility, create a platform for youth workers who work in the field of health and Healthy Lifestyle, to exchange ideas and share teaching methods, develop a guidebook for youth workers about Healthy Lifestyle in the frame of Global Responsibility, which will contain knowledge, tools, resources and material.

The aim of the CME “EVS POWER” is to enhance the cooperation between organizations from Programme countries within Key Action 1 of the Erasmus + Programme Mobility projects for young people and youth workers for more active and successful work in EVS programme.

Based on Erasmus+ priorities, goals of the EU 2020 framework and community needs, the objectives of the project are raising awareness and knowledge among young people about their options on the labour market, teaching them how to highlight their skills in different types of CV’s and how to write a motivational letter, supporting young people in developing their skills, and strengthening young people’s resilience.

The need for the project surged after immense fires on the island of Madeira in August 2016 where vast territories were burned down and more than 1 000 people relocated. The volunteers from Macedonia will help with reforestation of the island, and Portuguese EVSers will learn from the experience of SFERA in firefighters training and preparation. The volunteers in both countries will organized informational campaigns for the general community on prevention of natural disasters.

Nowadays Europe is facing xenophobic, nationalistic, radical, populist movements, which are challenging the idea of liberal democracy itself. Our main goal is, to provide, instead of the radicalism mentioned above, the alternative of the democratically conscious civil involvement, which is coming from the mutual respect and understanding of each other, based on our shared responsibility as European citizens.

The aim of the project is to improve knowledge and skills of participants about culture, youth leisure time, healthy lifestyle, to give them opportunity to get the actual information about these competences and get to know winter activities through non formal activities and creating 5 stories about “Wonders of Winter”.

During the 9 days of the project using variety of non-formal education methods, participants will increase knowledge and understanding about International Labor Standards on employment promotion, discrimination while applying to an open position or during the work. Labor, health and social rights among young people and how to react in case of abusing their rights.

Nowadays Europe is facing xenophobic, nationalistic, radical, populist movements, which are challenging the idea of liberal democracy itself. Our main goal is, to provide, instead of the radicalism mentioned above, the alternative of the democratically conscious civil involvement, which is coming from the mutual respect and understanding of each other, based on our shared responsibility as European citizens.

ART for START is the seminar on best practices of using artistic techniques and tools for inclusion of people from ethnical minorities, deprived categories and with disabilities.

The event will empower youth workers and youth leaders through sharing tools and practices of inclusion of people from different ethnical groups, people in need, deprived urban areas and with disabilities. The emphasis is made on the creative arts methods which the participants of the seminar will share with each other.

2016 Erasmus+ Projects

The need of such project is deeply incorporated in the recent situation in Europe, everyday more and more asylum seekers are seeking for refugee status, all this makes Europe place where solidarity needs to be show. The best way of showing solidarity and help is giving them the right tools and instrument in order to be able to find job in the labour market.  In order to meet some of the needs of this marginalized community, this project conducted a specialized Training Course to promote mobility within and beyond the EU’s borders, non-formal learning and inter-cultural dialogue and encourage the employability and inclusion of young refugees, regardless of their educational, social and cultural background. It aimed to stimulate young refugee people’s spirit, their initiative, creativity and entrepreneurship by giving them useful tools in sharing models of good practice and creating international partnerships; raising awareness on this issue; educating and acquiring skills that will help young workers in the NGOs to increase creativity and entrepreneurial spirit, developing entrepreneurial spirit and skills-set and educating them on how to use existing income generation possibilities.

Hence, there is a visible need to empower and create sustainable employment and economy for these group of marginalized young people. The project provided a way forward with regard to one of the promising strategies for the social emancipation, empowerment and inclusion of young people with economic and social challenges. The project exposed different groups to entrepreneurial and business opportunities; such as social entrepreneurship, internet based entrepreneurship, setting up self-employed businesses, buying and selling opportunities The project showcased the importance of developing ideas to business opportunities through the encouragement of entrepreneurial activities among youth workers, trainers etc… with fewer opportunities, making them independent, build their self-confidence and esteem, take them of welfare packages and invariably contribute to the economy of their respective countries on the long run

“Greening our Future” attempted to provide a platform and exposure to youth, whereby they could appreciate the environmental, socioeconomic and life-support values of the nature. The project aimed at bringing youth workers of diverse regions from Europe and beyond. Youth with diverse socio-economic and geographical backgrounds, in order to understand and interact on various environmental issues. As an outcome, the team was able to design, develop, and organize campaigns for raising the awareness of environmental, natural, and sustainable development issues. This project brought 32 participants from 11 countries: Netherlands, Bulgaria, FYROM, Albania, Azerbaijan, Italy, Latvia, Serbia, Jordan, Palestine, Romania, Spain.

This project was designed to raise awareness and promote different ways of protecting environment among 32 youngsters coming from bigger towns – in the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Macedonia – with the population more than 20 000 in interactive and modern way. How many youngsters are familiarized with the ecological problems? How many of them knows how to tackle them? Do still have youngsters from bigger towns connection with the nature? Everything begins from the nature. How we are behaving to the nature, it can reflect also behaving to each other. The tolerance, solidarity is missing in nowadays society. In nature, everybody has the same rights. Nature catastrophe does not choose if it will be targeted to the refugees, black, whites, or migrants.

There is a saying that “One picture is truly worth a 1000 word, pictures help to convey realms of data efficiently”. Our project´s main objectives were to develop for the participant’s practical knowledge, competences and abilities on how to apply visual facilitation techniques and methods in youth work activities. Participants understood why people have different learning needs and why graphic facilitation is an accessible tool for everybody. They were able to develop a visual vocabulary and gave meaning and formed their ideas. They used mind mapping to talk, brainstorm, analyze, dialogue, reach conclusion, find solutions.

Project was to connect social entrepreneurship with improvisation in the various of non-formal methodology where participants were able to improve their social entrepreneurship skills with use of theatre improvisation techniques. Participants learned about the entrepreneurship, improvisation, creative thinking, and solving problems techniques.

 

During 10 days of the project using variety of non­formal education methods, participants improved their skills and competencies in order to get employment they want. This project helped participants how to do job search, how to apply to jobs, how to prepare for an interview, receive professional advice, knowing better own skill. The objectives were to increase knowledge and awareness of young people on: what are their options on labour market, what are their skills and what is good employment that will put this skills into value what are the best ways to find and to apply to a job and how to prepare for a job interview; Support young people in developing their skills regarding how to advertise their skills in different types of CV, how to compose a motivational letter, how to adjust their CV to each specific job, how to use verbal, non­verbal and par verbal communication in an interview and to build their career

A team of young people from five different countries created public performance using different dancing styles. This amazing youth exchange took place from 10th to the 20th of October, 2016 in the best city in Turkey, Marmaris. They were able to create a musical show for active involvement of us in all stages. Divided through national groups we were preparing theoretical input with practical exercise, where they learned the skills for creating public events. They also studied and learned how to feel safe when people are not in their comfort zones.

This project focused on human rights, immigration issues, tried to create awareness among young people. The project was designed in line with the interests and needs of young people by themselves, competencies, activities to develop and share their experiences on the application. İzmir, hosted historical development, dozens of civilizations, and dozens of different religions, ethnic groups and sects and different from each other these cultures, love and tolerance in a pot blends and differences, preserving hundreds of thousands of years together and solidarity life have succeeded in. Just as the people of İzmir did not remain silent to the human tragedy recently experienced brought on humanitarian attitudes.

The goal of this project was to gather young people from different countries and to promote commonality and similarities among them for deeper connections. The main aim of this project was to involve young people into process of inter cultural learning on different music, clothes, tradition, culture and food. With this project, we wanted to fill the void between participating countries and learned more about the similarities and the differences between our cultures. This project explored cultural diversity through material heritage such as folk music, songs, traditional clothes and foods.

The project was implemented with the cooperation of the community of the village of Klirou. Volunteers will be asked to support the village in preparing the spaces of activities (cleaning, setting up, organising houses to host visitors). The festival included dance, music and environmental oriented (this year they are promoting their fig production). During the implication of the project, volunteers had the chance to meet with the locals, young and older, get acquainted with their customs, ,Cyprus culture, food and everyday life. The remaining days after the festival the volunteers aimed support the village in closing the process and support villager in their everyday work (eg. fields, planting trees, building stone walls, collecting fruit, making local products).

The main aim was to help Europe deal with its migrant crisis through a joint effort of youth organizations across Western Balkans, EU and Turkey. The forecast outcome was to give a chance to experienced professionals to exchange opinions (seminar), equipping trainers in tools and competences (Tot), giving young people from 10 countries a first-hand opportunity to learn about migration and to act in their communities, producing relevant resources (Good practice guide and toolbox), and then to use all of the project outputs to disseminate results by local events (to multiply them) and to raise awareness of migration issues in whatever aspect relevant in the 10 consortium countries (for some of them it will be freedom of movement, for others learning about migrant/refugee distinction, for others fighting discrimination or preventing trafficking), thus mainstreaming migration issues in youth work and wider society.

Life Connection introduced a whole universe of active citizenship and democratic participation. we sought to develop basic and transversal skills, such as entrepreneurship, digital competences and multilingualism, through an innovative learner-centered pedological approach and certification method. Life Connection explored rural, social issues from a green economy standpoint and tried to come up with alternative and sustainable solutions and opportunities for employment and engagement in civil society. The long-term aim was to promote a new model of society, in which the environment is conceived and experienced as part of the community universe, and not as an external element that needs to be dominated. During the exchange, the participants were encouraged to explore, highlight and compare the best practices and alternative models existing within their realities, looking beyond purely economic values.

Many organisations in the third sector are failing when it comes the time to promote or disseminate their activities. Very low budgets, voluntary work and, specially, lack of technical skills make that the contents they produce very often doesn’t make the impact it was hoped. Launching a campaign is easy, but creating an efficient, effective and professional campaign with high quality contents requires knowledge, skills and hard work. In one hand, we have this amateur social campaign and in the other exists a lot of examples of viral contents that spread a hate message along the continent. Videos, articles, memes… teaching intolerance against everyone who’s different. Unfortunately, a lot of this contents reach successfully a youth public transmitting them homophobic, xenophobic or sexist ideas. That’s why we wanted to create a “guerrilla” of skilled and motivated youth leaders able to spread efficiently their positive messages and thus fight intolerance. We created “nohate.mp4” as a learning opportunity for 24 youth workers and leaders to improve their communication skills for the benefit of their social projects.

The youth exchange “Manaakitanga” took place from 4-12 September 2016 in Jakartovice, Czech Republic. Our team, Sfera Macedonia, like one of the partner organizations helped in facilitating and organizing the exchange. In this project, like participants understood why migrations exist and that is not a new situation that we can be afraid of. Throughout the workshops we shared, discussed and built different opinions on the transition and welcoming of migrants.

SFERA Macedonia team participated in Training Course “Think Globally, Act Locally” which focused on active participation of young people in democratic and social life. It also included terms such as the value of citizens’ participation in civil society organizations and social movements, student participation in the governance of schools and universities, as well as democratic participation in the family. Unfortunately, young people’s interest in taking responsibility in society has significantly decreased and this poses a lot of threats to democratic life not only in national level but also in the wider world and European level. Society across the world needs influential youth leaders equipped with skills and good knowledge who will raise awareness on the importance of active participation. Today’s young people volunteer more than old people; they are much better educated; and they are less likely to drink excessively or use drugs than previous generations of youth but that does not seem like a recipe for this political and social apathy around the world.

During this TC, participants learned that community events can help reduce individual and family isolation, can make the place where we are living more attractive and empower social connections. One of the productive contribution was supporting community via organizing local events or implementing permanent projects. The effort of organizing events built a stronger community, this local factor contributed to the increasing culture life, made a better neighbourly relationship, raised awareness and attractiveness of the countryside. We wanted to create the space where people can share their ideas of improving life in their rural areas by organizing the local events or permanent projects helping the rural development, the TC Happy Community.

The idea for the project came from the project leader, who faced a physical disorder and has since joined the Slovenian national sitting volleyball team. She thought that youth with special needs did not have the opportunity to be engaged in local sport activities. Therefore, aimed at addressing these issues that many may be facing in different communities. Main objectives of the project were to spread the awareness about EU topics, how to involve different young people, also disadvantaged, in activities. Moreover, the project supported healthy lifestyle and wellbeing for youth by using sport and how to adapt the activities for them.

The new 2015 has begun with profound political imbalances and radical socio-economic transformations in both EU and Mediterranean countries, as the result of difficult democratic transitions, humanitarian emergencies, dramatic increases in cross border migratory flows and the tensions which derive from complex processes of socio-cultural integration, current economic crisis oppressing mainly young people in all EU countries. The ongoing social transformation processes in both EU and Mediterranean partner countries, required an increased capacity of individuals and communities to cooperate and built more just and equitable social structures in a world where interdependence is growing.

This project aim was to tackle the question of immigration as one of the most growing problems within the EU in recent period. Namely, more than 700,000 refugees have risked their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe so far, this year, facing not only inhuman living conditions but also lack of understanding and help. Recent trends showed that thousands of people were attempting a perilous route through the Western Balkans with the ultimate destination in northern EU countries. Main aim of this project was to include young people with cultural obstacles, as well as young people who were interested in theatre and motivated to help refugees, into process of discussing, sharing experiences and using method of invisible theatre to tackle the problem of immigration. Participants took an active role in every phase of the youth exchange, and they were encouraged to take part in creating workshops and adapting methods that they can use in the future.

Project DEAL – Developing Entrepreneurial Abilities Laboratory aimed to gather youth workers, your leaders and youngsters with entrepreneurial spirit in order to empower young people and motivate them to find their passion in life and turn it into action. We aimed to create a safe learning environment where young people will be able to learn and experiment with ideas, methods, skills and tools bringing them closer to innovative entrepreneurship. The project aimed to ensure an entrepreneurial approach to solving social and environmental problems and to encourage and support the development of a new generation of social entrepreneurs; to boost entrepreneurial mindsets of young people; to equip youngsters out of the market with new competences and increase the quality of youth work; To raise awareness for the importance of innovation and creativity in the development of their skills; to empower participants to act as multipliers of good practices and disseminate relevant information and skills to involved stakeholders; to explore possibilities for future cooperation among participants and partner organizations; to become inspired social entrepreneur or change-make. The second part of the project continued in Florina Greece from 29.08.2016 until 04.09.2016.

Trying to understand the media and its role in society is a bit like trying to capture fog in a box. The media are everywhere and are completely intertwined with our society, our politics, and our lives. Separating out the media from our own belief systems, attitudes, and perceptions is very difficult. One enduring truth about media, though, is that the greatest power of media is its ability to be anywhere in the world and beyond. As we all have become part of truly global society, we rely on the media to provide us the most vital form of currency in the world today: information. Are you “media literate”? What does it even mean? Can We believe everything in the news? They wouldn’t lie in the news, right? What is Hoax? Don’t know? Maybe you shared one. And what about propaganda? There is no such thing anymore, right? Are you interested in the questions above? Do you want to find out more? Or do you want to share your opinion?

The Underdog Project” was based on street based work experience from our organization and foreign partners. It was implemented according to the needs of youth workers who involved excluded youngsters into local societies.
During the meeting, the participants gained a number of new skills and knowledge, but also learned all the specific details among working with quadrupeds, learned how to implement “in practice” (meetings with experts, visits to the animal shelter and section of “Polish Water Security Guards”).

SFERA Macedonia team participated and led some sessions during this project in Turkey. The main aim of the project was to know how to react in violent situations, knowing their rights and how to handle problems. Through flash mobs, meeting with the local citizens, deeply conversation, workshops, we increased awareness to get the meaning of the violent especially domestic violent.

During this seminar, participants met with parliamentary from EU Parliament, The Grand National Assembly of Turkey, NGO and Private Sector Representatives. The topics of meetings focused on European Citizenship, European Democracy and Participation, International Democracy, Youth Role in formalising Democracy, European Youth and Political Participation, Responsibilities of Media, NGOs and Private Sector, and Governance.

A key objective of this project and of Erasmus + programme was to motivate and involve Roma young people in entrepreneurship. Education determines future life chances, and is crucial for finding stable and decently paid employment. Non-formal learning played a very important role in equipping Roma young people with the necessary skills for the competitive labour market. It enabled them to become entrepreneurial thinkers by immersing them in real-life learning ventures where they could take risks, managed the results, and learned from the outcomes. Entrepreneurial skills helped Roma youth adapt well to other non-entrepreneurial careers and improve their lives and communities.

We strongly believe that young people through their capacity to initiative, exploration, creativity and innovation can develop something better, suitable for previous and future generation in cities they live, in order to safe and create new modern heritage for future generations. We had chance to work with each other, during several international projects, where we realized, that we had same vision, passions and desires toward improving life of young people and their involvement in developing our cities.

This exchange taught participants how to actively improve their health and general lifestyle by teaching them the lore of using wild plants i.e. various herbs along with being physically active in the outdoors. During the course, they explored local flora and visited people who produced herbal products in continuation with long family tradition. All activities were leaded by OBC instructors and partners with lots of experience in outdoor activities.

Two-day hiking trip, along in cycling with nature helped participants to feel more connected with nature and saw advantages physical activity in everyday life.

This TC was to promote environmental activities in the vicinity of the nature and the preservation of our environment. Youth involved in the issue and political representatives from countries as diverse as Mediterranean or southern European countries (Spain, Portugal, Croatia, Italy and Macedonia) Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) and Eastern European countries (Bulgaria and Romania) shared thoughts, viewpoints, ideas, ways of doing things and definitely a great opportunity to learn all of all and everyone.

Between 11th and 19th of April in Berlin 30. youth workers and youth leaders from Germany, Poland, Macedonia, Slovenia, Italy, Greece, Slovakia, Croatia, Romania, Turkey met in Abenteuerzentrum in Grunewald to take part in IMPROaction project. Project was to connect entrepreneurship with improvisation, in the various of non-formal methodology participants will improve their entrepreneurship skills with use of improvisation techniques. Participants learned about the entrepreneurship, improvisation, creative thinking, and solving problems techniques.

Not Just Numbers is an international youth capacity-building project aimed at strengthening co-operation and developing capacity of youth organisations in dealing with migration and asylum issues in the EU and Western Balkans. The project was built on a broad needs analysis conducted by members of the project consortium in their communities and responds directly to needs and problems of their target groups – young people, notably those with fewer opportunities. The project was a way to deepen and extend local activities in the fields of migration and asylum awareness conducted by consortium members in their countries. The main problems the project responded to were: low awareness of migration regulations in the EU and South-East Europe, prejudice and discrimination against migrants and asylum seekers and negative portrayal of migrants in the EU and Western Balkan countries. The project created synergies between the fields of youth work, formal education and training, through co-operation with formal educational institutions in campaigning on migration and asylum matters. Specific objectives of the project were: to facilitate exchange of expertise on approaches to migration and asylum education in youth work, to train youth workers in using education tools developed by IOM and UNHCR (starting with the ‘Not Just Numbers’ Toolkit), to develop a youth campaign raising awareness of migration and asylum issues, to promote further trans-national learning mobility and networking between youth organisations in the EU and Western Balkans. The project programme included mobility activities (training of trainers and youth exchange) and capacity-building activities (large-scale youth event and an awareness-raising campaign). The project’s main impact was the development of capacity of partner organisations in addressing migration and asylum issues in youth work, increased skills of youth workers, raising awareness of migration and asylum rights, causes, consequences and impact among 8 young people in the EU and Western Balkans, and increased co-operation of youth organisations in the EU and WB on migration and asylum matters. The project’s outputs included a good practice guide and awareness campaign and disseminated at two levels: locally by consortium members and Europe-wide by the project communications team. Dissemination measures were local events involving young people, youth workers and other relevant stakeholders, in co-operation with local traditional media, as well as online dissemination tools including social media and websites, and offline dissemination of printed materials.

“From Green to Greener” was a youth exchange under the frame of Erasmus+, Key Action 1 – youth mobility. The project was a wake-up alarm for the unhealthy lifestyles (junk food, sedentary, consumerism) and unsustainable tendency, meant to provide green tools for dealing with environmental issues, such as pollution, garbage, waste. 25 participants from 5 European countries gathered in Bitola (Dihovo, Macedonia), focused on non-formal education in the context of environmental education with a combination of different activities and methods. Young persons with the age between 16 and 30 were involved in group activities, opening discussions and creative workshops, including outdoor activities and visits, in order to gain knowledge and abilities in sharing or expressing their views, experiences and opinions related to the project’s theme, and also to connect with nature and its resources for a greener future. Activities were done in a pleasant and interactive atmosphere, where at some points hammers or garbage were working materials. Debates, role games and teamwork were combined through practical sessions like gardening, Recycling, bird house building and others.

Project “Conundrum of Exclusion – Training Course on preventing radicalization of young people”, organised by Serbian NGO Centar za razvojnu politiku i saradnju, were implemented in two stages (Training Courses)

First TC will be from 30/03/2016 – 06/04/2016 and

Second one from 05/06/2016 – 12/06/2016

The main aim of this project was to address one of the most pressing concerns of European societies – the problem of youth radicalization. Young people, often affected by unemployment and other negative consequences of the economic crisis, were becoming increasingly susceptible to radicalization (both online and as a result of peer pressure). On the other hand, the rise of radical terrorists and religious extremists leads to increased social tensions between different groups within societies, with representatives of minorities often wrongly blamed and stygmatised by the representatives of majorities. These problems are visible not only in Western Europe (Belgium, France, the UK) but also in the Balkans (Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia). All of this is taking place within the context of increased introversion among public. People seem to be interested only in their own affairs, separating themselves from others with “walls of indifference”. In our project, we wanted to address these challenges by deconstructing the existing problems, promoting educational solutions and fostering strategic cooperation between youth organizations and public authorities. Through two eight-day training courses hosted in Serbia, we planned to train 64 participants (32 per course) in how to tackle the problem of youth radicalization

After the shocking terroristic attack of religious origin at the “Charlie Hebdo”‘s newspaper and the ongoing immigration flows, Europe got involved in a reflection about its inclusion and integration policies and about its relationship with a community are based on a religious belief and that legitimate with religion its violent actions. The project “God with us? Religious Identities and Youth Participation” wanted to forward an analysis and a reflection about the role of religion in the contemporary society. The young participants discussed the original motivation of their social engagement and their active participation in the society, reflected on the founding values of the European Community today. The project focused on these themes: religious identity, interreligious and intercultural dialogue, relationship between religion and laically reason, responsible participation, active citizenship, conflict management, social inclusion. The partnership for this project included 8 social organizations from Italy, France, Hungary, Macedonia, Ukraine, Romania and Georgia.

The idea of this conference was to help strengthen the role of civil society in combating and preventing crime, to promote cooperation between public institutions and civil society organizations, as well as to stimulate the processes of active democratic participation. The conferences part of the “Waves of legality, waves of citizenship”, was funded by the program “Europe for Citizens” part from the European Commission. The project aimed to help and strengthen the role of civil society in combating and preventing crime, to promote cooperation between public institutions and civil society organizations as well as to stimulate the processes of active democratic participation.

The aim of the “Words Shape Identity” project (KA1, Mobility of Youth Workers) was to raise awareness about an inclusive LGBT terminology and its wider implementation in practical youth work. The aim was achieved using diverse methods of non-formal education, primarily creative writing. 22 youth workers from 11 different countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey) met for a 7-day training course in Ljubljana, Slovenia. They discussed different situations in LGBT communities and inclusive LGBT terminology in a safe and creative environment, where everyone was motivated to express themselves, their role in local, regional, national and European context in creating safe spaces for LGBT youth with inclusive language. The added value of the project was a web page with blogs from the participants in which they shared their knowledge and experience gained during the training course and share it with other youth workers. The latter encouraged others to contribute their own blogs for the mentioned web page, therefore spreading the knowledge and experience even after the project’s completion.

SFERA Macedonia hosted EVS Volunteer from Sumy, Ukraine for 3 months in Bitola. Ukraine was part of Soviet Union and its double language country so the volunteer showed interest to make Russian Course lessons two times in week per 1 Hour. The interest was big especially from the students in high schools because learning more languages is a cultural treasure. The students were satisfied because they learned something new outside English because in Macedonia Russian courses can only be learned in University. Afterwards the volunteer has made a photography exhibition in the Home of Culture in Bitola with photograph’s taken in specific places in Bitola.

  • Training course “Beyond the form” to success” addressed the present need throughout whole Europe for competent young leaders and facilitators in civil society who are able to run educational activities for youth based on the values of the European Union and the Council of Europe, through usage of non-formal approach that has proven utmost flexibility beyond the borders of social classes, gender, nationalities and mentalities. TC sought to enable participants to explore and actually understand the concept and factors behind non-formal learning, and thus to competently design, facilitate and debrief existing and novel non-formal learning sessions and opportunities. Furthermore, in order to ensure sustainability, this TC wanted to provide the participants with a coached and structured opportunity to elaborate a professional and personal development plan based on competencies and values

The Project was about Addiction. One of the worst problems for the youth is Addiction. There are different types of addictions in the world and each of them is growing day by day with worse results. For example, drug addiction, alcohol addiction, internet addiction etc. We can find out more and more addiction types. In our project, we wanted to raise awareness in society towards addiction and prove that the youth will play an important role to solve that problem. First of all, we wanted to find out the reasons of addiction and to find the ways to get rid of addiction. Besides, we were working on the roles of the society members to solve the problem.  We organized workshops, lectures, group-works, pair-works and social activities to find solutions to stop and prevent addiction.

The Project was about Addiction. One of the worst problems for the youth is Addiction. There are different types of addictions in the world and each of them is growing day by day with worse results. For example, drug addiction, alcohol addiction, internet addiction etc. We can find out more and more addiction types. In our project, we wanted to raise awareness in society towards addiction and prove that the youth will play an important role to solve that problem. First of all, we wanted to find out the reasons of addiction and to find the ways to get rid of addiction. Besides, we were working on the roles of the society members to solve the problem.  We organized workshops, lectures, group-works, pair-works and social activities to find solutions to stop and prevent addiction.

The overall aim of the project was to enhance the development of new non-formal teaching methods in different field of studies. Objectives of the project were: to increase the competencies of youth workers, trainers, youth leaders from 7 countries in designing and delivering new activities based on the experiential learning model; to enforce the synergies between formal and non-formal education by creating a toolkit with tested experiential tools, available for free for youth workers; to capitalize on the power of experiential learning for the organizational development of the partner organizations.

2015 Erasmus+ projects

 

  • EVS Sumy, Ukraine 01 February – 01 May 2015
  • TC Plovdiv, Bulgaria 23 – 29 March 2015
  • TC Lodz, Poland 08 – 15 April 2015
  • APV Struga, Macedonia 13 – 16 April 2015
  • YE Campania, Italy 27 April – 05 May 2015
  • EVS Limassol, Cyprus 28 April – 14 May 2015
  • YE Aksaray, Turkey 07 – 13 May 2015
  • TC Agape Centro Ecumenico – Prali, Turin, Italy 10 – 16 May 2015
  • EC Palermo, Italy 18 – 24 May 2015
  • APV Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina 21 – 22 May 2015
  • TC Kayseri, Turkey 22 – 29 May 2015
  • TC Struga, Macedonia 01 – 09 June 2015
  • AVP Krasensko, Czech Republic 12 – 15 June 2015
  • TC Novi Becej, Serbia 19 – 27 June 2015
  • YE Karlovci, Croatia 27 June – 05 July 2015
  • EVS Lievin, France 01 – 28 July 2015
  • TC Newcastle, UK 05 – 11 July 2015
  • TC Napoli, Italy 12 – 20 July 2015
  • TC Castle Brewery Litomyšl, Czech Republic 12 – 21 July 2015
  • YE Villa Olanda – Luserna S.Giovanni, Turin, Italy 13 – 22 July 2015
  • TC Fruska Gora Novi Sad, Serbia 18 – 26 July 2015
  • YE Soure, Portugal 21 – 29 July 2015
  • YE Kunbabony, Hungary 20 July – 02 August 2015
  • YE Krasensko, Czech Republic 20 – 29 July 2015
  • APV Slovenia 29 – 31 July 2015
  • YE Djakovo, Croatia 31 July – 07 August 2015
  • TC Bolu, Turkey 01 – 07August 2015
  • YE Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina 03 – 11 August 2015
  • APV Krsko, Slovenia 05 – 06 August 2015
  • TC Rezekne, Latvia 09 – 15 August 2015
  • YE Djakovo, Croatia 10 – 18 August 2015
  • TC Samobor, Croatia 12 – 18 August 2015
  • YE Palermo, Italy 12 – 20 August 2015
  • TC Craiova, Romania 17 – 25 August 2015
  • APV Bitola, Macedonia 20 – 22 August 2015
  • YE Krsko, Slovenia 21 – 28 August 2015
  • YE Slovenia 01 – 07 September 2015
  • TC Catania, Italy 09 – 16 September 2015
  • TC Pilsen, Czech Republic 16 – 24 September 2015
  • YE Bitola, Macedonia 20 – 28 September 2015
  • EC Brussels, Belgium 15 – 17 September 2015
  • YE Samobor, Croatia 28 September – 06 October 2015
  • EVS Sumy, Ukraine 1 October 2015
  • APV Samobor, Croatia 01 – 02 October 2015
  • YE Marabu Camp, Milcoveni, Romania 01 – 10 October 2015
  • YE Timisoara, Romania 10 – 19 October 2015
  • TC Bitola, Macedonia 08 – 15 October 2015
  • YE Samobor, Croatia 20 – 28 October 2015
  • YE Aksaray, Turkey 28 October – 03 November 2015
  • TC Slovakia 30 October – 08 November 2015
  • APV Prague, Czech Republic 01 – 03 November 2015
  • Conference Bitola, Macedonia 7 November 2015
  • TC Turin, Italy 15 – 23 November 2015
  • YE Kaunas, Lithuania 18 – 27 November 2015
  • YE Aksaray, Turkey 22 – 28 November 2015
  • Conference Tallinn, Estonia 26 – 27 November 2015
  • YE Prague, Czech Republic 01 – 08 December 2015
  • TC Vrnjacka Banja 16 – 23 December 2015

Key:

TC – Training Course

YE – Youth Exchange

APV – Advance Planning Visit

EVS – European Voluntary Service

EC – Europe for Citizens