Community, cooperation, communication, co-existance – you will be able to discover your own meaning

 

VOLUNTEERING PROJECT IN LITHUANIA

WHERE – The project is volunteering in integrated school in the capital of Lithuania – Vilnius.

The school „Versmė“ („stream“ in english) has 544 schoolchildre   n from 6 to 18 years of age. It is primary and secondary school and is specified as an integrated school. They welcome children with mental and physical disabilities, as well as emigrants in their school and do a lot for integration in society. It is based on human and christian values. All teachers and administration tries to develop habits of tolerance, respect and solidarity. Non formal education takes place in their village house in country side near Vilnius – camping, day actvities, etc. There are different national and international projects going on at school and local community, so everyone is more or less used to work internationally, to welcome volunteers.

WHAT – the help of volunteers is needed during lessons of foreign language; during art, geograpghy lessons for children with special needs; in organising activities for children during breaks and while waiting for transport to go home; help in value education programm in the village house twice a year – create and organize the camp; and other possible activities such as helping students in Parliament acitivities, prepeare school feasts, developing school‘s website together with students, help prepearing different excursions, trips, activities, rallies, different help for students with disability in crafts, art and other lessons, etc. Maximum 36hours in a week, sometimes during the weekends, but then, having a day off on working day.

WHEN – 2017 September till 2018 July (10 months)

CONTACTnellypaytyan@apy.am , lobiudirbtuves@gmail.com

 

Conflict vs Connection: A Training for Young Peace Builders in Armenia

Armenian Progressive Youth NGO (Armenia) in partnership with TeachSurfing (Germany) hosted 45 youth workers from 12 different countries; Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Latvia, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and Turkey. The country representatives were hosted in Yerevan from 10th to 17th of April in the frames of the international training course “Conflict vs Connection” funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union.

The objective of the training for Young Peace Builders was due to the existing conflicts in the region, which in their turn negatively impact both Armenia’s and the neighbouring countries’ development. The ambition to build peace has been among the political and diplomatic circles of the participating countries. However, many of the conflicts are still unresolved, influencing young people living in those countries. More often, young people are the ones who become victims of violent conflicts and wars.

The course focused mainly on the topics of conflict prevention, conflict resolution, peace building and conflict management, which are very relevant in the participating countries. The training has been conducted by 3 professional trainers by using lots of interactive exercises and non-formal educational activities, identifying the reasons of conflicts, possible solutions and the role that young people can play in conflict resolution processes. Apart from discussing the cross-border and international conflicts, they discussed also interpersonal conflicts and learnt about effective strategies to overcome them.

Except the academic part of the project, the participants had a chance to get acquainted with the Armenian culture and national cuisine during the Intercultural evening, excursion to Garni and Geghard, City Rallies initiatives. Moreover, the participants were able to present their national cuisine and culture as well, by creating a real multicultural atmosphere.

Within the project a public “Human Library”event has been organized, where many local and international participants, including 12 country representatives, had a chance to meet and talk to Muslims, Buddhists, people of different nationalities and groups, ask them about their daily life, ambitions, aspirations and concerns. Human Library worked as an ordinary library: readers came to the library, choose a book and read it. The only difference is that books are humans, and the reading is a real conversation.

The participants were willing to share their impressions and the outcome of the project with the readers below.

Maria Argyride from Cyprus talked about the importance of the project, “Through this training I learned a lot of practices and techniques that I can transfer to other people especially to children because I’m a teacher. I think, that now I understand how conflicts begin and can find the right way to solve it. And I feel so cool with knowledge, good feelings, positive energy thanks to your project.”

Viktor Petrov from Ukraine highlighted “I’m a youth worker and trainer, so this topic and this environment are pretty good for me, for my profession and personal development and also I’d love to contribute to peace-building and this topic is very important for me. The most important thing for me is that we gathered people from 13 countries here, different cultures with the same goal and this is the most important.
In our society there are many conflicts and I truly believe, that if we spread the information as much as possible, we can get closer to peace, so I’d love to continue the trainings and spreading information and knowledge I gained.”

“I learned many things in this project and the most basic one is that there is no such a thing “the big shark eats the small one”, we all can collaborate and become the winner in any kind of subject. Peace is an abstract term, for me at least, and in order to make it more substantial you need to work for it.  I think, if many positive people gather together they can do great, amazing things, but people being apart and fighting against each other is something terrible and we can see the results… because it happens centuries.” mentioned Giorgos Gkaraklidis, a participant from Cyprus.

Call for One Armenian EVS Volunteer in Bulgaria

Association Alternativi International is looking for young people aged 18 to 30 to join our team in Bulgaria for European Voluntary Service /EVS/.

We are currently having a placement for one Armenian volunteer in a 8-month EVS starting from 1-st of June 2017.

The project “EVS Academy” is already APPROVED and will take place in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria.

Project Objectives:

  • providing local youth access to quality youth information and counseling on career development, mobility programs, volunteering, personal development;
  • providing alternative to local youth for organizing activities for their leisure time by organizing thematic clubs, summer camps, cultural workshops, youth festivals;
  • promoting volunteering and EVS and inclusion of local young people to the values of volunteering.
  • organizing the free time of youth; there will be thematic workshops organized according to the interests of the volunteers such as music, cooking, culture, traditions, sports to be an alternative for local youth on their free time spending.

Activities:

Part of these activities will be conducted in small town and rural areas and include youth who do not have much access to information and opportunities. The project will offer young people an alternative for leisure time activities to ensure access to quality youth information, activities to promote EVS and Erasmus +, trainings and workshops for career development, Academy of success -3-month activity with various modules such as personal development, acquisition of soft skills, entrepreneurship, information about mobility programs, etc. which will improve the chances of young people to enter the labor market. As part of the project we will organize a youth festival associated with the arts, culture and expression of the talents of local youth. Each month the team will issue online youth magazine with a variety of development opportunities and valuable information for young people. Using the tools of non-formal education, we believe that this project will give new opportunities and will have a positive impact on personal and professional development of many young people by providing access to quality youth information, including young people from small towns, encouraging participation in mobility programs, promote their activity and social responsibility, will inform and motivate them to become volunteers will introduce them to new cultures, will raise the level of their knowledge, skills and competencies.

Accommodation:

The volunteers will be accommodated in a flat in Blagoevgrad sharing a room with another volunteer from other country but same sex.

Costs:

The project is financed by Erasmus+ program thus it covers the volunteer`s accommodation and utility costs, pocket money/70euro/ and food money /110 euro per month/, travel costs/2 way ticket based on the most budget way of travel/;  medical insurance; support from the organization by providing mentor and coordinators; Bulgarian language course.

3rd International Youth To Youth Summit in Dubai

International Youth to Youth Initiative and GADHA Initiatives Group for Youth are very glad to present the 3rd International Youth To Youth Summit.

The Summit will be held in Dubai on 23rd – 27th April 2017 and it will have the following theme: Youth Creating Social Innovations and Building Sustainable Future by Means of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).

Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) have a profound effect on society and the world. The aim of the event is to bring together the brightest students, youth activists, leaders in the society, entrepreneurs, professors and businessman to start a dialogue on how people can access to these means of information, given the fact that that we only advance as a society, as businesses and as governments when all people can gain access to the full advantages of technologies.

The benefits of access to ICTs  can be found across all major sectors. For young people, access to information means better access to education, labour markets opportunities, political participation and  collaboration processes, needed in order try to response to social concerns and emerging issues.

However, all these benefits offered by ICTs are directly impacted by our ability to create the necessary capabilities for their successful adoption and utilization. Thus, it is necessary to customize and adapt working models of ICT adoption to local environment in order to harmonize such efforts with all necessary relevant factors, such as ICT readiness levels, ICT strategies, ICT master plans, ICT usage and ICT impact, to achieve sustainable and sufficient development.

Y2Y’s goal is to bring together the next generation of digital innovators to reflect, discuss and share the global challenges of today and tomorrow and debate how ICTs can play a role in addressing those challenges.

To explore as many angles of the topic as possible the International Youth to Youth Summit’s Team has secured a number of prominent speakers and workshop facilitators coming from different industries and countries. Furthermore, approximately 70 countries will be present at the event, with applicants, personalities and guests from all around the globe, ready to be inspired and to cooperate on production of joint projects and shared strategy.

About International Youth To Youth Initiative:
Y2Y is an umbrella non-profit, started in 2015, which aims to foster change and to construct an effective environment for youth participation in the decision making process and community development. Through dialogue and immediate action plans it strives to solve the most critical issues in different spheres such as education, social entrepreneurship, human rights, civil society participation, gender equality, informal diplomacy, migration, sustainable development of communities, anticorruption and peacebuilding.  Y2Y Initiative strives to support and empower youth in their efforts to build an equitable and sustainable society aiming to provide an access to efficient means of participation in decision making process and community development.

Contacts:
Website: http://summit2017.y2yinitiative.org/
Email: Karolina@y2yinitiative.org (Karolina Mazetyte, Co-Founder and President of Y2Y)

Useful Links:
Summit schedule: http://summit2017.y2yinitiative.org/summit-programme
Speakers and workshop facilitators: http://summit2017.y2yinitiative.org/keynote-speakers

Volunteer Orientation Meeting

On March 13, Armenian Progressive Youth NGO has welcomed its new 40 volunteers, coming from different backgrounds, cultures and creeds, during the Volunteer Orientation Meeting at Article 3 club.

The purpose of the event was firstly getting to know each other, presenting the organization with its goals and the wide range of activities, where the volunteers will be actively involved giving their priceless time and contribution. The volunteers are allocated in 4 different groups: Local Events, Youth and Environment, Youth and Media, PR and Communications, where they will support the organization to attain its main goals by putting their personal approach and ideas into action during February-August period.
The event has started and proceeded by two ex-volunteers, Tamara and Varsik, who prepared name-game, interesting teambuilding activities and energizers for all, meanwhile they shared their volunteering stories and experiences in APY with the newcomers.

After getting to know each other, Grigor Yeritsyan, the Executive Director of APY, had its welcoming and motivating speech. He explained the opportunites Erasmus+ programme gives as well as he talked on youth mobility.

Nelly Paytyan, the Programs Director, presented volunteers the overall structure of the organization, its vision, history and the core activities, as well as introduced the PR and Youth & Media working groups, where the volunteers should actively learn, demonstrate their capacities and put their bold aspirations in a motion.

The project coordinator, Adrine Aghabekyan, after presenting herself, her experience and role in the organization, she, as the coordinator of the Local Events and Youth & Environment groups also, explained all previous activities organized with the support of the ex-volunteers, and the expected efforts  from newcomers.

Our newcomers wanted to share with the readers about their vision, expectations and impressions in APY by presenting themselves.
Nana, “When doing something, the main questions that come to our minds are what can we get from it or what’s our benefit. When I first got acquainted with the concept of volunteering, I came up with a new role model. I started appreciating any experience, the opportunity to work and cooperate with different people. What is more, I acknowledged the advantages of teamwork. In general, it is a great pleasure to know that you have the tools to make important social changes.
I have heard a lot about APY and its warm atmosphere; furthermore, it is very motivating and encouraging when youth is in the role of undertaking new things.
During the orientation, I learned about lots of programs in detail that had only heard about. Moreover, I had a concrete apprehension of the organization and its activities, in the end. However, the best part of this orientation day was that I met lots of new people and managed to discuss some professional and other ideas.”

Arvin, “During the Volunteer Orientation meeting, I noticed that I was the youngest volunteer among all, but it did not make me feel uncomfortable, I got acquainted with many creative people. Everyone had its own way of thinking and special skills. What was more; I had the chance to speak freely with the foreign volunteers as well.
The staff was consisted of very energetic and humorous people. We did not get bored even a minute, because the atmosphere was absolutely friendly and warm. We got informed about APY and its main activities. Also, I was introduced about Erasmus+ projects and the opportunity to take part in.
To sum up, I am really happy to get involved in this big APY family. I am sure, in APY I will have many opportunities to grow and develop myself.”

 

Janna, “Hi, I’m Janna. I am a future linguist and currently, I’m in the second year of my studies. I am included in the PR and Media Group. Frankly speaking, I’m very impressed, as I appreciate the creative thinking and informal method of doing things (especially energized by the games organized by Tamara).
The atmosphere in the Orientation meeting, which APY provided us with, was really a friendly, bright and unusual one. Besides telling the newcomers about the company, the volunteers were given the opportunity to get acquainted with each other from different aspects.
I am sure with APY we’ll have a productive volunteering period full of fun, unforgettable moments and joy, as well as we will see the results that we need to achieve together!”

 

Vahram, “ Hey, I am Vahram. I am 20 years old and I study at the Yerevan State University as a future sociologist. Despite the high-quality education that universities or other educational institutions provide, I think that in today’s reality the formal education is not only enough to have a serious success. Besides the professional skills, it is necessary to develop some qualities, which will ensure our competitiveness in nowadays labor market, which is not an easy thing.
Hence, I have decided to pass this interesting, promising and responsible path with APY by being a volunteer in PR and Communications group.
I will share my impression of the first meeting in one sentence: I think APY will be the key ticket to my lucky future.”

 

“Technology for Creative Thinking” in Malta

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.

The organizers were focused on the individual creative development of each participant and sharing such inter-cultural competences as appreciative inquiry, open minded personality, respect and trust, mutual understanding and team work. Through cultural relationships they generated opportunities for individuals to fulfill their potential and foster the co-operation that contributes to a stable world.

Using theatrical arts within the Erasmus+ Program, was a  very valuable tool for developing inter-cultural learning, cooperation, and quality projects in the youth field among all the regions concerned. After the project, we created inter-cultural youth projects and networks with the various participant organizations within Europe, Eastern Europe and Caucasus.

We also included unemployed young people and youth from socially disadvantaged backgrounds.

Youth get to know further the awareness and the knowledge of topics concerning theatrical art, improve competencies, acquaintanceships and abilities, which are necessary to work on long-term projects.

With open space, technology participants shared knowledge and experience, and learned new skills in and surrounding the dramatic arts and inter-cultural youth work.
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. Participants that participated in our training course ” Technology for creative thinking” from Russia, Moldova and Estonia organized national events with youth on the topic of the training course. They reached different target groups, especially young people with fewer opportunities as well minorities, the ones who are not the most active and to whom it’s hard to reach (as there are so many active young people). Participants also used the techniques required at our training course ” Technology for creative thinking” at other international training activities from different European corners – they exchanged experiences between them (for example how to reach young people with less opportunities, how to involve everyone etc).

Partnership Building Activity – Need Education to Work “NetWORK” in Armenia

7 days and 7 objectives to reach – these were the main tasks of the international group of 30 participants, youth workers, representing 14 countries, have a topic of common concern which  is youth unemployment.

Need education to work or Network was a Partnership building activity, that launched in Yerevan, Armenia on October 2, 2016. The main aim of the activity was to empower youth workers overcoming youth unemployment issues in their own countries. The idea to implement the project was developed by the applicant and host organizations – APY and MOJU.

Joao Dias, president of MOJU

The project is focused on supporting, inspiring and engaging young people from Europe in developing their social leadership skills, take up a civic responsibility and act as a change-maker in their own communities. During the project participants share the best practices and success stories on combating youth unemployment in their own countries and communities as well as research and discover job opportunities accessible for all participant countries, receive the respective input from trainers and experts, make field visits and group discussions. The Portuguese

National Agency and Erasmus+ Programme made the project possible in Armenia. Erik Ghazaryan is one of the trainers of the Partnership building activity. He is sure that the PBA will contribute to creating more international projects.

Erik Ghazaryan -The PBA trainer
To reach the objectives, the trainers used non-formal education and informal learning methods; including t

eam-building activities, group discussions, team presentations, exchange of best practices, role plays, input from trainers, field visits, world cafe, reflection groups, informal activities and other methods. All the participants will use the gained skills to overcome the youth unemployment issues in their countries

Joakim -Participant
Among the participating countries are Portugal, Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Georgia, Italy, Moldova, Spain , the Netherlands, Turkey, and Ukraine. It is our belief that youth workers from different EU and neighboring partner countries can change the situation locally and internationally. Thanks to mobility projects, youngsters can meet, discuss the problems of the youth unemployment, sha

re the best practices, raise the issues of unemployment, create

networks and implement projects tackling the issue in their local communities and at the international level.

 

Vacancy Announcement – PR and Communication Manager

Job Title: PR and Communication Manager
Location: Yerevan
Reporting To: Executive Director
Opening Date: 28 February, 2017
Application Deadline: 10 March 2017
Starts from: 01 April 2017
Workload per week: 20 hours (50%)

Contract: Fixed Term for 6 months (The contract could be extended for another 6 months and up to 1 year)

Purpose of the Job:
APY, a non-governmental organization based in Yerevan, Armenia, is looking for an enthusiastic, young, progressive and proactive individual to become a member of its growing team. We are looking for a PR and Communication Manager who will coordinate and facilitate internal and external PR and communication activities of the organization. The position aims to strengthen the outreach of the organization, the visibility of its projects, to measure the impact of the organization on the target groups as well to sustain the online and offline presence of the organisation through planned publicity campaigns and PR activity.

Job Overview
The PR and Communication Manager will be responsible for the public relations aspect within the organization. S/he will sustain the organizations’ reputation for quality and reliability through writing and delivering press releases, designing visual identities and handling all communication sent to the public and the beneficiaries.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities:

Press Relations and Communication
– Providing the media with information about the organization and its project, preparing news releases, researching, writing and distributing press releases to targeted media;
– Organizing news conferences, communicating important announcements to the target group of the organization;
– Dealing with inquiries from the media, liaising with, and answering inquiries from media, individuals and other organisations, often via telephone and email;
– Writing and editing e-magazines, case studies, speeches, articles and annual reports;
– Organizing events including press conferences, exhibitions, open days and press tours;
– Maintaining and updating information on the organisation’s website;
– Managing and updating information and engaging with users on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn;
– Fostering community relations through events such as open days and through involvement in community initiatives;
– Getting the organization featured on radio, TV and the Internet;
– Translating articles and press releases in 2 languages (Armenian and English).
– Preparing informational packages and presentations for field visits and meeting;

Publications
– Writing marketing communications materials and planning content and writing for publications such as product brochures, leaflets, annual reports, newsletters and e-magazines;
– Writing content for website pages and social media as well as scripts for presentations and videos;
– Gathering information, updating the website and designing the logos, visuals and promotional materials of the organization working closely with the publishing house;
– Preparing and supervising the production of publicity brochures, handouts, direct mail leaflets, promotional videos, photographs, films and multimedia programmes;
– Writing, reviewing and editing articles for the web-page of about the project;

Research
– Planning communication programs and carry out research into the attitudes and perceptions of the target group and the beneficiaries;
– Planning, developing and implementing PR strategies;
– Commissioning surveys and contacting beneficiaries, volunteers and members of the organization to discuss their views and collect testimonies;

Monitoring and Reporting
– Reviewing the online accounts and social media channels of the organization and preparing monthly reports to be submitted to the Executive Director;
– Monitoring social media sites, assessing the attitudes about the organization and analyzing the statistics of the web-site, offline and online/social media;
– Monitoring the publicity and conducting research to find out the concerns and expectations of the target group and beneficiaries as well as reporting and explaining the findings;

Required Qualifications:

• Higher education in the fields of journalism, marketing, communications, European Studies, Foreign Languages, Translation and Social Sciences;
• A minimum of 1 year of professional experience in the field of Public Relations, Marketing or Communication as well as solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multitasking;
• Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office;
• Strong oral and written skills in Armenian and English languages;
• Being detail-oriented with strong communication skills;
• Having the ability to solve problems and manage time effectively,
• Being able to work in a multicultural team and work as a part of a team, meeting the deadlines;
• High computer literacy, with good knowledge of social media tools;
• Willingness to work sometimes irregular hours, week-ends, travel to the regions, with overnight paid and fully covered stay-over;
• Excellent interpersonal skills;
• Good IT skills and knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator are an asset;
• Presentation skills;
• Initiative;
• Ability to priorities and plan effectively;
• Awareness of different media agendas;
• Creativity;

Salary and Workload
The PR and Communications Manager will work 20 fixed hours weekly + there might regional trips and overnight stays on week-ends and during the week. Regional trips as well as overnight and weekend work will be paid separately as a daily allowance in the end of the month. The salary envisaged for this position is 80.000 AMD monthly (taxes and social security expenses are not included in the mentioned salary and are covered by the organization separately). The health insurance is not covered by the organization.

Interested applicants should submit their CV and PR and Communication strategy to hr@apy.am

Note! Applications without PR and Communication Strategy will not be considered. The Strategy should include concrete actions that you will undertake in case you are selected for this position. Please also indicate which changes or improvements will you offer in relation to APY’s web-site, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter accounts . Please be as specific and realistic as possible!
In the subject line of your e-mail message please indicate your name and the position you are applying for, e.g. PR and Communication Officer: Petros Petrosyan

Application deadline is March 10, 2017.

For more information on APY, please refer to the our website at www.apy.am or contact our HR Manager at hr@apy.am

Please note that only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.

The Young Initiative on Foreign Affairs and International Relations (Germany) and Armenian Progressive Youth NGO (Armenia) invite representatives from NGOs and Civil Society Organizations based in Armenia, France, Germany, Israel and Turkey to submit their applications and join our project “Common Remembrance, Future Relations: Experiences from Armenia, France, Germany, Israel and Turkey”. The project is supported by the Federal Foreign Office.

What is the project about?
The burden of the past and blind spots in the construction of national historical truths often manifest in obstacles to intergovernmental cooperation. However, the mutual exchange of societies’ experiences and their understanding of past events can facilitate processes of remembrance, reappraisal and reconciliation. By connecting NGOs and guiding a structured exchange of the culture of remembrance as well as memorial practices in Armenia, France, Germany, Israel and Turkey, the project is designed to reduce images of the other, to initiate reciprocal learning processes in remembrance, commemoration and reconciliation work, and to foster intercultural cooperation by planning and launching collaborative projects.

The project is divided into three phases:

1. First meeting in Yerevan, Armenia:
This first session aims to provide a platform for NGOs to connect with each other. It further enables the dissemination of knowledge as well as the exchange of the countries’ specific cultures of remembrance. (03.05. – 07.05.17)

2. Second meeting in the respective country:
The second phase provides a work shadowing opportunity. Each NGO representative teams up with a partner NGO in order to gain deeper insights into their understanding of past events, to understand their approaches of reconciling with the past and to learn about different ways of communicating knowledge. (5 -7 days)

3. Evaluation meeting in Berlin, Germany:
The last session provides a forum to exchange ideas about the work shadowing, to discuss challenges for the work of NGOs regarding remembrance, reappraisal and reconciliation and to plan future projects to create lasting bonds. (3 days)

What do we want to achieve with this project?
The project offers a platform for exchange and networking. Our focus is to support activists in:
– sharing their knowledge and ideas in the field of culture of remembrance;
– reappraising the past, breaking stereotypes and deconstructing images of the other;
– bringing NGOs together and creating lasting bonds of exchange and cooperation between them.

Who is our target group?
We are looking for 20 representatives from NGOs:
– who organise and carry out projects in the field of remembrance culture or international political dialogue;
– who live and work in Armenia, France, Germany, Israel and Turkey;
– who have experience in project management.

How can I participate?
If the above criteria apply to you and you are interested in learning about other countries’ processes of remembering, in sharing your own expertise and knowledge of the field and in contributing to a better understanding between societies, then please send your application (CV, letter of motivation, certificates) by 15th of March 2017 to joana.westphal@ifair.eu

Your motivation letter should include the following information:
– Your present occupation (project, challenges, plans)
– Your motivation to participate at the project; how the project will benefit yourself and your organization.

The working language is English.

Deadline: 15th of March 2017

Travel expenses and accommodation
Travel expenses and accommodation during the time of the project will be covered by the organizers. Participants are required to pay a participation fee of 60 Euros only for the entire participation in the whole program.

For questions on the project or the application procedure, please contact varsenik.minasyan@ifair.eu or joana.westphal@ifair.eu

We are looking forward to your application!

“Learn, Do, Stay Inspired” – Armenian Young People go to Sweden

On November 5-12 three Armenians, representing APY, joined “Learn, Do, Stay Inspired” program in Gothenburg, Sweden.

One of the participants of the training course from APY is the winner of our video contest in frames of Europe Day in Armenia, Europe 4 Youth Arpine Kirakosyan who was awarded an educational trip and participation in one of the countries of the European Union. Thus, the selection fell on Sweden.

You may check her video here.

But, let’s get back to where we started.

32 participants from 10 countries discussed volunteering, social change and human rights topics revealing new perspectives on the subject and learning new tools to motivate people contribute to their communities through volunteering. Our participants shared their experience in this + project:

Aripine Kirakosyan

” I especially loved our discussions on Human rights which was presented us through interactive ways such as a still image method, where we should change the situation which is presented us in a scene where the actors remain still in the same position. During the project we shared our experience, learned about others, and learned techniques to motivate and inspire others to do volunteering work to benefit their communities. Our trainers and all the participants were the definition of cool. My first Erasmus + project was a success because of the people involved in and the knowledge I gained from them during the program. To this awesomeness add hot chocolate, cinnamon bun, Swedish delicious cuisine and the unforgettable experience is ready.”

Aghavni Yesayan

“This training for me was the 2nd Erasmus+ program. It was full of emotions and inspiring moments, different kinds of people, a little bit crazy but positive and ready to help and support in difficult situations. It was good chance to enjoy the beauty of Gothenburg and what is the most important to understand that good team can listen, understand and respect each other, share the knowledge, experience. This TC gave me a chance to challenge myself, learn more about group dynamics .We spent wonderful time, reflections, happy moments, great people and cold Sweden weather! For me “Learn , do ,stay inspired “project was a place for meeting new people, making friends, inspiring , challenging and revealing myself. This was the project I really liked and enjoyed.”

 

Karen Kaplakchyan

“My first experience of such international projects was really a great one and left me very inspired. #Learn – a lot of good materials about non formal education, energizers, project management etc. #Do – mission impossible and open space projects came to be a great tool to express yourself, work in a team and to do what you have known or just learnt. #Inspired – Every time is a right time and every person is a right person who is ready to join the team and has his input. This project left me very inspired and gave me a great dose of motivation to go on with this kind of international projects, to join more local projects and share what I got in Sweden, as Sharing is Caring.”