We started our trip in a drizzling, cold weather. From the passenger seat it’s easy to see what we had reached and left almost immediately: villages, hills, hills, villages, forests in orange color, gypsy palaces – then, old houses on winding streets looking at us from bunch of grapes. Finally, we’ve arrived at Siklód.
Yesterday we ended in Cehețel village, Romania an 8 day long Erasmus+ Youth Exchange "AddictEDucation" which aimed to support 42 youth and their leaders from Belgium, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Spain and Turkey with new knowledge related to drug, alcohol, cigarette, internet and relationship addiction and promoting the fight against it through digital storytelling. The first day was dedicated to getting to know each other, team building and the intercultural food night.
Since spring 2019 we embarked on a new adventure that hosts 24 European Solidarity Corps (ESC) volunteers in Cristuru Secuiesc. The candidates have the choice to be active in 8 different areas: support person for entities working with disabled youth (1), kindergarten (2), herbalist (3), www.keresztur.info news portal (4) and host organization (5) support person, up-cycling education (6) and puppet show group (7) manager and as promoter of rural traditions (8).
Candidates can apply from Portugal, Spain, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania for 6 months long activities starting October 1 2019 or April 1 2020.
Each volunteer will receive 150 € as food allowance and 90 € as pocket money each month. Everything else, including house rental costs, gas, electricity, water and internet costs, appliances and activity related costs will be managed by the hosting organization. International travel is also reimbursed. Volunteers will do their activities in a flexible way, for about 6-7 hours/day and 5 days every week. Two days are free every week and 2 other days are holidays every month. Beside these all regional and national free days and holidays are also considered free for the volunteers.
We are looking for any youth aged 17 to 30 who is serious and motivated to come to a small city and support us in the development of a community with a lot of potential. We do not require volunteers to have any pre-determined skill sets or aptitudes in order to carry out the activity, only an inquisitive demeanor and an openness to learn new things which may be needed for the activity. Also, we do not require participants to have advanced or intermediate English speaking skills, we only require them to have a basic skill in English and an openness to learn the local language in order to effectively communicate with the local community. Last but not least, we are looking for energetic, creative open minded and independent youth.
More details about the possibility can be read here, in the INFO PACK!
On May 26-27 the coordinators of the “Eco-Facilitators for the Sustainable Future” Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership met in Slovakia, in the small village of Karva, to evaluate the 2 year long project and to finalize the final outstanding tasks needed to finish it.
The “Eco-Facilitators for the Sustainable Future” Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership which includes NGOs from Hungary, Spain, Slovakia and Romania finalized all of its 4 intellectual outputs in English.
The aim of the two year project that started in the summer of 2017 was to train as many eco-facilitators as possible, who can work ecologically and promote sustainable development, awareness in life and nature protection. In order to achieve this goal, several outputs were implemented, a training course in the form of a blended mobility was done in Biofalu, Máriahalom, Hungary for 40 facilitators, a blog was made to promote the local activities done by these now, eco-facilitators, a guidebook was made with more than 100 non formal activity methodology descriptions and an online searchable and updateable web platform was also made with these activities.
For us this was the first time working all together. At the beginning trying to organize different activities and finding an agreement between everyone was not the simplest thing – we are all hotheads in our own way.