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2017թ. հոկտեմբերին մասնակիցների մի խումբ հավաքվեց մի դասընթացի համար։

Ծրագիրը նպատակ ուներ զինել երիտասարդներին գենդերային հավասարությունը մեդիայում տարածելու համար անհրաժեշտ հմտություններով։ Դասընթացը տեղի էր ունենում Վիեննայում։ Ավստրիայի մայրաքաղաքը հյուրընկալել էր Հայաստանից, Ավստրիայից, Վրաստանից, Ուկրաինայից, Լեհաստանից և Նիդեռլանդներից ժամանած երիտասարդության ոլորտի ակտիվիստներին։
Օրակարգով նախատեսվում էին տարբեր գործողություններ. սիմուլյացիոն խաղեր, դերախաղեր, խմբային աշխատանքներ, քննարկումներ, ներկայացումներ… Այս ամենը 6 երկրից ժամանած 24 մասնակիցներին հնարավորություն տվեց վերաբացահայտել գենդերի և սեռի հայեցակարգերը, ԵՄ և հարևան համագործակցող երկրների մեդիայում գենդերային կարծրատիպերը…
Խումբը հեռահար կապի միջոցով հանդիպում ունեցավ նաև Հայաստանից գենդերային հետազոտությունների ոլորտի մասնագետի հետ։
Ընդգծվեց մեդիայում գենդերային հավասարության կարևորությունը։ Դասընթացի ժամանակ հնարավորություններ էին ստեղծվել համագործացկության հաստատման համար։ Որպես արդյունք, մասնակիցները նախագծեցին մի քանի ծրագրեր՝ ուղղված գենդերային հավասարության զարգացմանը։
Մասնակիցներն իրենց ներդրումն ունեցան նախագծում՝ մեդիայի տարբեր տեսակների օգտագործման վերաբերյալ իրենց խորհուրդներով։ Միջմշակութային երեկոյի ընթացքում մասնակիցները կիսվեցին իրենց ազգային ավանդույթներով, խոհանոցով և երգուպարով։
Օրակարգով նախատեսվում էր նաև միջազգային ծրագրի նախագծում… Մասնակցիները միասին զարգացրին մի քանի նախագծային առաջարկներ։ Դրանք ներկայացվելու են Erasmus+ ծրագրի օգնությամբ։

Ծրագրի մասին ավելին իմանալու համար կարող եք դիտել հետևյալ տեսահոլովակը՝


Դասընթացը ֆինանսավորվել էր Erasmus + ծրագրի և Ավստրիական Ազգային գործակալության կողմից (Jugend in Aktion 2014-2020)։

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.

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected] or [email protected]

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.»

Urgent Call for an Armenian Volunteer for an EVS Project in Poland

If you live in Armenia and would like to become a European Service volunteer at the Cultural Association «Postcard» in Poland, then this open call is for YOU!

(Please, read all the details before you apply)

When?! — The end of January 2017 until the end of September 2017.
Where?! — In Poland, in a small town called Hajnówka, in the region of Bialowieza National Forest.

Association’s activities are carried out by a group of independent artists associated mainly with the theater but also with photography, music, dance. Main activity of our association is organization of WERTEP International Theatre Festival.
accommodation, food and transport arrangements

We guarantee:
— financially: we reimburse the costs of visa, transportation to Poland and local transport
— logistically: accommodation, food and pocket money (85 euro per month)
— artistically: participation in small and large projects implemented by the Association and A3Theatre

 

Training during the project

The volunteer will participate in mid-term training in Toruń.
Also volunteer will learn Polish language and improve their English.
Volunteer profile

We are looking for
— A girl or boy
— between 20-29 years old
— who is curious of everything – new experiences, e.g. organizing theatrical festival, creating theatrical show and scenography, and at the same time – living in a small town, getting to know with local communities and local traditions
— who is eager for cooperation and working in a group
— who is interested in theatre, scenography, design, photography, design of advertising materials
BUT if you have any other interests, tell us about them, maybe we will find something in common.

For us it is important:
— willingness of being in a group with other volunteers
— openness to new challenges
— willingness of learning new things
— willingness of sharing your experience
How to apply

Please send us an email titled «Urgent call for EVS» with your CV (in English) with photo and covering letter. Please explain why do you want to participate in this project and mention Armenian Progressive Youth NGO as your sending organisation from Armenia.
All documents send to: [email protected]

Deadline: 15.01.2017.

After being positively considered in first step of recruitment process we are going to carry out a Skype interview.
We will let you know by e-mail about the results.

Once you are selected, Armenian Progressive Youth NGO will support you with pre-training before your voluntary service and visa procedure.

«Where Does Hate Come From?» International Training Course in Yerevan

From 15th to 23rd of July Armenian Progressive Youth NGO together in cooperation with Active Ukrainians in Europe from Sweden hosted an international training course on the topic of combating hate speech among young people in Europe.
32 youth workers and youth leaders from 11 different countries such as Sweden, Romania, France, Georgia, Ukraine, Turkey and Armenia gathered in Yerevan to participate in the training and to learn more about Armenia and the reality in it. With the background of migration crisis in Europe and extremism spreading in the world- the objectives of the training were to explore the notion of hate speech and its main roots. Furthermore, it aimed at inspiring youth workers to find innovative solutions to fight hate speech in their societies.

13710570_1224005424285468_8273794439592331678_oSharing the growing sense of concern towards the rise of hate speech in Europe, the two organizations also came up with an initiative of organizing a panel discussion to bring together policy-makers, experts, civil society activists, youth workers and youth leaders from Armenia and Europe to get engaged in interactive dialogue, debate and discuss the possible solutions for tackling hate speech and its repercussions on young people. A Panel Discussion  entitled as Freedom of Speech VS Hate Speech.

In the end of the project participants have also planned and organized a flashmob to reach out to public with a number of different activities they have prepared about raising public awareness on hate speech targeting different vulnerable groups to join the European Action Day for victims of hate crime.

Some of the participants agreed to share with us their personal experiences within the training course and to reflect on the content and learning achievements they have had.
13782065_1228848567134487_8139831020236367909_nOne of the participants, Radu Dalidis, a 23 year-old NGO worker from Denmark, says that the training course has helped him to understand the roots of hate speech and how to tackle it in daily life. Also, he adds, that he now acknowledges how to avoid stereotypes and prejudices when meeting new people and when facing different situations. Radu points out that in Denmark, there is a need of greater tolerance for the Roma people. To conduct education on the hate speech topic to youngsters and youth workers would be preferable, since they are more likely to be receptive. There are various methods to do this, such as social media campaigns, flyers distribution or social events implemented in relevant locations.

 In general, Radu emphasises that he was very satisfied with the overall quality of th13680390_1224007730951904_5069318212312835807_oe training course as well as with the accommodation and food. According to him, the trainers were very professional and did their best to ensure the highest quality of the training course

 Arpen Sargsyan, a 24 year-old youth worker from Sweden, says that for her the training has been about digging deeper into why and when we experience feeling of hate, in order to understand how to prevent it. Radu continued that before the training he was unaware of the consequences of hate speech and how it affects our nowadays society. However, now after the training he feels that he has the knowledge on combating hate speech and dealing with it. “Furthermore, the training course enabled meetings with amazing people from different countries, with different cultural background. This improved my interpersonal skills and expanded my network”, he adds.13730829_1228849113801099_8819751485246743864_o

Arpen recognizes that specifically right now in Sweden there is a need to build a greater tolerance towards refugees. And that tolerance can be build
only with interactions with tolerance. On how to combat these issues she responds ”I think everyone in my society would benefit from this kind of education. Children are certainly a group to address with such an education. They are the future so we do have to think a lot in educating them in order to prevent future hate speech acts. But I do believe that everyone in my society do need to develop a greater understanding.”
Robertas Sunokas, 34 years old from Lithuania, also highlights that it was very interesting to have participants from different countries involved in discussions and sharing their own cultural beliefs.

Breaking the walls between different nationalities

Being EVS volunteers at the Armenian Progressive Youth NGO, Özge Bozkaya and Ramazan Aygat form Turkey have decided to produce an anti-racism movie tackling the issue of racism and discrimination. Anti-racism includes beliefs, actions, movements, and policies adopted or developed to oppose racism. Therefore, digital and social media are very important tool to share actions, movements and policies.

In this short movie representatives of 14 nationalities promote and spread the idea of anti-racism. These 14 young people represent their national backgrounds and countries of their origin. They believe that there is no difference between human beings and the racism should be eliminated from our life to live in a much more peaceful world.

Özge Bozkaya from Turley is the director of this movie. She is a volunteer in Armenia and this project is very important for her. She shared with us why this topic is so important for her:

“I am from Turkey and problems between Turkey and Armenia create thoughts in two societies which can be a hedge to communication. However, during my EVS in Armenia I have seen that those beliefs that Armenians and Turks have developed through books, articles and TV programs about each other are just prejudices. I can truly say that knowing and communicating to Armenians and the Armenian society is quite different from reading books about the culture of these beautiful people. That’s why breaking the walls between nationalities is the most important thing in order to become a part of peaceful world. Communicating with everybody, touching souls and experiences, sharing your life with everybody opposes racism and is the point of tranquility. So, our movie aims at promoting anti-discrimination and anti-racism movements and actions. We believe that this our world and we should speak out against racial discrimination! I would like to thank all our friends who took part in this project”.

Özge Bozkaya, EVS Volunteer