Thinking about a short description for my previous year in Germany, looking back at my journey that started due to APY and continued in LandKunstLeben e.V., I often come to this title — EVS ruined my life.  Most of the time, people get confused, was it that bad? The answer is in my short story.

My story is not about crazy travelling through Europe (visiting more than 15 cities, 6 countries), making amazing, lifelong friends, nor it is about foreign languages that I learnt from basics or improved or got the interest to start learning nor it is about new cultures, new skills, new experiences that I gained, participating in the coolest workshops, competitions, trainings, getting better in my hobbies ( cooking, baking, SMM and many more).  My gratitude to EVS project is not even for the opportunity to experience for the first time in my life things like ecological gardening, planting, working in an office, even biking, eating Bretzel, meeting Finnish people and breaking the stereotype, that they are not funny ( they can really be) and many other things.

My story and my gratitude is not about all this wonderful, life-changing experiences, it is all about getting lost in the stations, breaking my leg ( while learning to bike), facing hardships, it is about destroying ideas and beliefs that I never questioned, destroying dreams that were fake to be brave enough to realize the real ones, my gratitude is about finding myself,  learning to learn, it is about ruining the life that once was full of fears, stereotypes, complexes to fill it with self-understanding, love, respect, friendship, honesty, strength, ability to fail, empathy, support, solidarity and happiness…

Was it that good, you might ask…

No, of course not. ( Because of constant happiness and delicious food, there is a high possibility of gaining weight).

My EVS story

I am Ani from Yerevan, Armenia and I did EVS/ESC in the heart of Vienna, Austria. Yes, I was a lucky person.

I applied for the EVS because I wanted to change my life for better, making it more interesting and diverse, to become more independent, do career and make new friends from all over the world. Now, when my ten months of EVS are over, I can say that I have accomplished that mission.

It has only been ten months but I learned and accomplished a lot of things during that period: I learned a totally new language from basics, German, I met new awesome people from different countries and with different background and became good friends with them, I was exposed to the culture of the country that hosted me, and the more I learned about that country and its people, the more I loved them. I miss Austria sometimes, as it became my second homeland or a country that I am quite familiar with and if being dropped there one day again I will not be lost there, for sure.I worked on my language skills, developed my social skills and career.  And I definitely became more independent. I was a volunteer at Kindergruppe Butterbrot. I was working with 2-6 years old kids. My work at the kindergruppe was very beneficial for me as it gave me an opportunity to grow, I gave as much as I could and I learned new methods of working with kids from my co-workers and I hope I can apply that knowledge one day here, in my country. And what is most important- I once again realized that I love kids and will be working with them in the future. And I really miss my kids there.

I had to work there for five days per week, for six hours a day. My tasks would include taking care of kids, reading books to them, playing different games with them, preparing food, putting the plates in the dishwashing machine, sometimes telling kids interesting things, doing crafts with them. My kindergruppe would also organize some excursions to museums, theaters, celebrations of some kind of festivals together so I would join the kids during the excursions as well and enjoy the theatre performances with them.

While being abroad, traveling becomes easier and one of my tips for the next volunteers is to travel as much as possible. I managed to visit two new countries while volunteering, but I know that I could allocate more time for traveling. It broadens one’s mind, and I had a feeling that I was a small piece of a whole; it gave me a feeling of integrity.

Volunteering is a responsibility, but at the same time it is fun. Now, already back to my country, I feel that I have left a piece from my heart in Austria which was just another European country for me before I did my EVS there. I wish it was possible to do another EVS/ESC again:) Of course, I don’t want to say that everything was smooth, without any problems. I have encountered some challenges but I was able to overcome them because I never felt lonely there, I was always surrounded with kind people, people from my hosting, receiving, sending organizations and NA, who were always next to me, ready to support. I would like to express my special gratitude to all these organizations and people involved in them who made my life so beautiful during these ten long months.

Although being in a pre-designed project which is supposed to go smoothly, it is a part of real life, where you have certain roles and you have to make decisions for yourself, perhaps for the first time in your life. And that is challenging and at the same time so wonderful.

I want other volunteers to put their doubts aside and apply for EVS without fears, being open to changes. You can do that! Don’t be afraid to do EVS, EVS is for everybody, EVS is for you!

 

Circular economy and the employability of disadvantaged youth

On 2-10 July, Lilit Kharatyan, Kristine Hovhannisyan and Knarik Husikyan, volunteers of Armenian Progressive Youth NGO took part in a seminar organized by our partner AMSED NGO in Strasbourg, France. The topic of the seminar was «Circular economy and the employability of disadvantaged youth». The program of the seminar included many interactive methods of non-formal education such as conferences and round tables, simulation activities, open space workshops and visits to local associations.

Speaking about the training sessions, our volunteer Lilit Kharatyan mentioned, «I went to Strasbourg with a basic knowledge about circular economy, however, nine days of active working paid itself off. Experts from all over the world shared their knowledge on the subject and gave comprehensive information which I can utilize later on. Additionally, we were introduced to good practices from different countries, success stories and paths leading towards them. Non-formal education methods on their turn made the sessions more interesting and entertaining. Upon completion of the seminar, our efforts, performances and achievements were evaluated and recorded in the Youthpass.

The participants were delighted with the road they passed during the seminar. Reflecting on her individual growth, Knarik Husikyan says the following: «The project itself was a great experience. Overall, the project assisted my personal and professional development and my active participation in the society. It gave me such a good opportunity to encounter with people from different backgrounds. Also, I have gained knowledge about concepts and ideas regarding democracy, citizenship and civil rights. Thanks to the project, I learnt to appreciate the importance of creative expression of ideas, experiences and emotions, as well as, how to deal with ambiguity and how to get involved in new cultural experiences.»

Since the seminar hosted participants from 14 different countries, along with giving the participants an exceptional opportunity to get acquainted with the modern tendencies in circular economy, it ensured the intercultural exchange between representative of different countries. Sharing her experience regarding intercultural communication, Kristine Hovhannisyan tells: » I am very sociable person by nature and for me, it was such a great opportunity to get acquainted with different people. It gave me a chance to have a better intercultural competence which involves understanding different cultures, languages, customs, religions, as well as, social, ethnic and educational backgrounds. Also, thanks to the project, I have made many lifelong friends and I am really excited for that.»

“Everyone Matters” Fellowship Program in Berlin, Germany


1 year and 4 months ago, Armenian Progressive Youth NGO launched the long-term project “Everyone Matters! Development of Inclusive and Participatory Youth Work Practices in Eastern Partnership countries”. As a part of the project, four of APY staff members, Henrik Sahakyan, Anna Tovmasyan, Nelly Paytyan and Artashes Papyan took part in a Fellowship Program in Berlin, Germany. This phase of the project was designed to provide a chance for civic organizations operating in Eastern Partnership countries including Armenia, Georgia, Belarus and Ukraine to have a week-long Fellowship in EU-based Civil Society Organizations operating in Germany, Belgium and Sweden for knowledge and cultural exchange. Prior to the fellowship program, APY organized training courses for youth workers in Armenia, as well as, a huge conference which took place in Tbilisi, Georgia.

As a part of Fellowship Program, few members of APY spent a week in social impact startup named TeachSurfing. Henrik presents the organization with the following words, “Basically, the organization itself is a platform which connects Trainers (the TeachSurfers) willing to transfer their knowledge and skills and Organizations such as schools and NGOs who are in need of trainers. The whole activities of the organization including the workshops and training courses are organized on a voluntary basis”.

Henrik also said, “Surprisingly, there are currently 57 host organizations in Armenia registered to TeachSurfing. Although I was familiar with TeachSurfing before due to our partnership, I got a chance to take a closer look at the organization, participate in its daily activities and make a better connection with its members. In general, I felt quite impressed with the idea, mission and the activities of the organization.”

He further elaborates his experience that he had in this one week, “During the program, I worked on the analysis of their social media channels of TeachSurfing in parallel with my role in APY. I have reached out their social media platforms, made a SWOT analysis and presented my findings. Since common and frequent usage of social media channels, social media management is one of the key components that is essential for the success of any kind of business today, whether for profit or non-profit. Promoting the organization and reaching a broader audience is more achievable through social media and resultantly, strong social media presence is quite significant for international organizations such as APY and TeachSurfing.”


 
Since APY is on the edge of strategic and missionary changes, Henrik believes he can make significant contributions to the organization with the assistance of his recent experience: “In the upcoming weeks, we will have teamwork rate meeting to evaluate our past and current activities. Additionally, in October, 2019, we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of our organization and we are planning to develop a new organizational strategy and widen our target audience. I believe I can transfer the knowledge that I gained during this fellowship programme in our meetings and initiate to adapt work practices that I have encountered to enhance our organization.”

Anna Tovmasyan, the Project Manager of APY, also participated in a week-long Fellowship Program. She describes her experience within the program as following, “During the project, I tried to provide a link between organizations in Armenia, which could establish partnership with TeachSurfing by sending official emails. During the research, I found out that there are 57 organizations operating in Armenia, and my main goal was to spread the info on the platform among Armenian partners.”

She describes her most important intakes and her future plans for the organization: “The most impressive thing that I encountered during this program was the appreciation of volunteerism in European Union countries. In EU countries, volunteers are willingly devoting their time and efforts for self-fulfillment and for the sake of helping others. In comparison, the notion of volunteerism is not quite developed in Armenia yet for both organizations and volunteers, however, we would like to change that and bring a new attitude toward volunteerism. In addition, we are planning to strengthen our partnerships with organizations who would be willing to host TeachSurfers and organize a workshop related with project management in the future.”

 

ESC in Yerevan, Armenia

We are looking for volunteers who would like to come to the edge of Europe. Because we have an opportunity in the ancient country of Armenia, just under the beautiful Caucasus mountains.

The Volunteering Program at the Armenian Progressive Youth NGO is meant to engage youngsters in the management of the organization and in the community life of Yerevan. The Volunteers donate their professional skills and services as well as benefit from the resources of the organization for their professional and personal growth. The Volunteers might be engaged in the activities of the PR and Communications Department due to their skills and experiences. Below you may find a short description on the activities of the PR and Communications Department as well as its working groups. PR and Communications Department: PR is vital for the success of not-profit organizations. APY is not an exception. Doing good job is not enough if you are unable to present it properly. Likewise, this is what the PR and Communications Department is responsible for. The Volunteers in this department work for APY visibility, managing the social media channels of the organization, organizing public presentations, meetings with students, promotional campaigns and events. This group deals with APY visual identity, improves APY’s presence on the net and supports the organization with designing its materials, publications and logos. The Department presents APY to the outer world and makes sure that APY’s followers, target groups, beneficiaries and supporters are up to date about its activities.

The PR and Communications Department includes six working groups entitled as following:

  • Content Development
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Graphic Design
  • Information Technologies
  • Photography
  • Videography

The volunteers are free to choose one (or even more) of the above-mentioned working groups due to their interests, experiences, qualifications and skills. No volunteer needs to be master in any of the above-presented domains. The only and most important requirement is to be motivated and inspired to help, devote and support, by also aiming at growing as a person and as a professional.

Working hours and days off: 
The volunteers are expected to devote 30 hours of their time weekly (6 hours a day) in order to implement their tasks and responsibilities. Weekends are off days for the volunteers and no activities are planned for that days. Due to the projects’ particular schedules, the working hours for the volunteers might be changed. However, this will be communicated to the volunteers beforehand.

Local Transport
The volunteers will receive 10 euros (approximately 5000 AMD) for the transportation inside Yerevan. All means of the public transportation in Yerevan (except the taxis) cost a 100 AMD for a one-way transit.

Language Support
The volunteers will be provided with Armenian language lessons during their volunteering period. They will have 3 Armenian language lessons weekly for a one-hour duration. The lessons are organized by our local volunteers specialized in linguistics and social sciences. In addition, the volunteers might get English language support in case they need or ask for it.

 

The range of the possible tasks for the Volunteers may differ based on the volunteers’ choices of the Working Group. Below you may find a bunch of tasks specified for each working group.

“Content Development” Working Group:
— Writing content for website pages and social media as well as scripts for presentations and videos;
— Writing marketing communications materials and planning content and writing for publications such as product brochures, leaflets, annual reports, newsletters and e-magazines;
— Develop strategic content goals in order to reach and win the target group’s attention;
— Analyse key performance indicators to determine content effectiveness․

“Social Media Marketing” Working Group:
— 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;
— Commissioning surveys and contacting beneficiaries, volunteers and members of the organization to discuss their views and collect testimonies;
— Reviewing the online accounts and social media channels of the organization and preparing monthly reports to be submitted to the Head of PR and Communications Department.

“Graphic Design” Working Group:
— Gathering information, updating the website and designing the logos,visuals and promotional materials of the organization;
— Designing visual content for informational packages and presentations for infor meetings and public presentations.

“Information Technologies” Working Group:
— Maintenance e of the organization’s official website;
— Publishing articles on the website;
— Reviewing and developing the website’s accessibility and comfortableness for its users.

“Photography” Working Group:
— Photographing the daily events and activities of the organization and its members;
— Editing the pictures taken by the local volunteer photographers;
— Initiating and implementing different photo stories to promote the ideas that organization cares about (i.e. human rights, active citizenship, etc.).

“Videography” Working Group:
— Taking videos during the events and activities of the organization;
— Making short documentaries compressing the activities of the sessions, forums, trainings and other event organized by APY.

Young persons from from 18 to 30 years who are interested to work with people with different backgrounds.

— Willingness to learn Armenian
— Interested in working with youngsters.
— interested in culture/environment
— like to be creative
— Able to take own initiative
— Interested in Caucuses culture

The volunteers will be provided with a one bedroom apartment. The apartment is fully furnished and has all the modern amenities (electricity, gas, internet connection, air conditioning, etc.). The apartment situates in the centre of Yerevan which makes the displacement around the city much easier. The apartment is in a 10 minute walking distance from the office of the organization, and it takes a 5 minute walk to the subway and the bus station on the main street. The apartment is close to a bunch of small food markets, supermarkets and pharmacies.

The volunteers will receive 70 euros as food allowance that is approximately 37, 000 AMD converting to Armenian drams (the currency in Armenia). At the same time, the volunteers will receive another 70 euros as pocket money for their extra expenses. In addition, they will receive 10 euros for the internal transportation. In total each volunteer will receive 150 (approximately 80, 000 AMD) euros for food, transportation and other expenses.

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«STEP» Զբաղվածության դպրոց

Չնայած վերջին ժամանակահատվածում ողջ աշխարհում նկատելի տնտեսական աճին՝ Արևելյան գործընկերության երեք երկրներում` Հայաստանում, Վրաստանում և Մոլդովայում դեռևս շարունակում են արդիական լինել աղքատության և մեկուսացման խնդիրները, որոնք ազդում են բնակչության զգալի մասի՝ հատկապես խոցելի խմբերի վրա:
Հայաստանում երիտասարդների գործազրկության մակարդակը մնում է երկրի առջև ծառացած հիմնական մարտահրավերներից մեկը:

Ահա թե ինչու ուրախ ենք ձեզ ներկայացնել «STEP» զբաղվածության դպրոցը, որը խոցելի խմբերի աշխատանքային հմտությունների զարգացմանն ու աշխատաշուկայում վերջիններիս մրցունակության բարձրացմանը նպատակաուղղված հնգամսյա ծրագիր է: Դպրոցն իրականացվում է Արևելյան Գործընկերության Քաղաքացիական Հասարակության ֆորումի ֆինանսավորմամբ՝ «Խոցելի խմբերի ներգրավվածությունը Արևելյան գործընկերության երկրներում» (STEP) ծրագրի շրջանակներում:

«Խոցելի խմբերի ներգրավվածությունը Արևելյան գործընկերության երկրներում» ծրագիրն իրականացվում է «Հայ առաջադեմ երիտասարդություն» ՀԿ-ի կողմից, «National Youth Council of Moldova» և «Youth Alliance» (AISI) կազմակերպությունների հետ համագործակցությամբ։

Դպրոցին մասնակցության արդյունքում մասնակիցները կառնչվեն այնպիսի թեմաների հետ, ինչպիսիք են․
    1. Անձնային զարգացում․ էմոցիաների կառավարում, հաղորդակցության հմտություններ, ինքնաճանաչում, ինքնագնահատականի բարձրացում, որոշումների կայացում, ճկունություն, սթրեսի կառավարում և բանակցային հմտություններ։
    2. Մասնագիտական զարգացում․ Անձնական իմիջի ստեղծում, ինքնակենսագրականի (CV) և մոտիվացիոն նամակի կազմում, սոցիալական կայքեր և հարցազրույց անկացնելու հմտություններ։
    3. Ֆինանսական գրագիտություն․ սեփական միջոցների կառավարում, ինչպիսիք են ներդրումները, ապահովագրությունը, անշարժ գույքը, ուսման համար վճարները և հարկերի վճարումը։

Ծրագրին կարող եք դիմել, եթե՝
    • 18-ից 30 տարեկան եք,
    • ներկայումս փնտրում եք աշխատանք,
    • կարող եք 5 ամսվա ընթացքում շաբաթական 2 անգամ մասնակցել դասընթացներին,
    • հետաքրքրված եք անձնական և մասնագիտական հմտությունների զարգացմամբ: 

Դիմումների վերջնաժամկետ՝ 31.05.2019

Վայր՝ քաղաք Երևան
Ժամկետներ՝ հունիս — սեպտեմբեր 2019
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Call for author: “Everyone Matters! Youth Inclusion and Youth Participation in the Eastern Partnership countries”

Application deadline:
April 30, 2019 (23:59 CET)

Description

Armenian Progressive Youth NGO is looking for an author for its Handbook: “Everyone Matters! Youth Inclusion and Youth Participation in the Eastern Partnership countries. This publication is a part of a 2 year project “Everyone Matters! Development of Inclusive and Participatory Youth Work Practices in Eastern Partnership countries”.

The handbook should include a comprehensive assessment of the situation of youth work in Eastern Partnership countries with a focus on marginalized youth, specifically in rural and deprived urban areas of the region. It should include methods, recourses, information and ABC of participation and inclusion in order to support youth workers in their daily work.

The Handbook should also collect and capitalize the experiences and testimonies of project participant organizations and participating youth workers. It should include the working methodologies, new tools and recommendations that were developed during the project “Everyone Matters! Development of Inclusive and Participatory Youth Work Practices in Eastern Partnership countries”.

The publication is intended to:

  • Inform and provide insight on issues and approaches in relation to youth participation and youth inclusion in Eastern Partnership countries
  • Create a methodological source and guidelines for incorporation of inclusive, needs-based and participatory approaches into the activities for the community development;
  • Serve as a recourse for youth trainers and youth workers as well as authorities working with marginalized youth;
  • Highlight the importance of inclusion and youth participation for the development of rural communities in Eastern Partnership countries.
  • Challenge readers in their assumptions and inspire action
  • Contribute to policy by stimulating discussion and recommendations
  • Promote youth participation and inclusion in Eastern Partnership countries

Target Audience: The primary audience will be youth practitioners and other professionals with responsibility for young people’s non-formal learning. A broader audience will include: youth workers, educators, policy influencers and decision-makers, researchers, youth and community workers.

The publication “Everyone Matters! Youth Inclusion and Youth Participation in the Eastern Partnership countries” should have a particular reference to young people in Eastern Partnership countries and include the following main chapters:

1) An overview of Youth Inclusion and Youth Participation support approaches across Europe
2) An overview of the actual situation and main challenges of youth in Eastern Partnership countries: some relevant statistics, identification of main items to be explored
3) The state of Youth Inclusion and Youth Participation in the Eastern Partnership countries: Some examples of good practices developed from Institutions, NGOs for providing answer to those challenges
4) Glossary of Youth Inclusion and Youth Participation
5) Non Formal Education Methods supporting youth inclusion and youth participation
6) Outreach of Marginalized Youth in Eastern Partnership countries: Tips and Tricks
7) Resistance to inclusion in EaP: discrimination, marginalization, homophobia and inequality
8) Recommendations to Local and National Governments, Private Sector and International Organizations
9) Useful Recourses & Links
10) Bibliography

Format of the Publication: The text should include schemes. The format of this publication will be 100 — 120 pages in A4 format. The author will meet online with APY coordination team in order to define the editorial plan and confirm the timeline.
Language: A Handbook on Youth Inclusion and Youth Participation in the Eastern Partnership countries should be developed in English. The English version will be later translated and published also in Russian language.

Requested trainer profile

Requested Author Profile

We are looking for one author with:

  • Excellent knowledge of topics of Youth Inclusion and Participation
  • Ability to write educational materials in English
  • Fluency in spoken English and excellent command of written English
  • Prior experience in writing for publications is an asset

Working conditions

The Author will be paid 1000 EUR net. An Editor will manage final preparation of the publication. In cooperation with the editor, tasks and duties of the selected author include the following:

  • Collection and analysis of tools, testimonies from stakeholders, participants,
  • Drafting sections and chapters of the publication from the material collected
  • Submission of the publication draft for discussion in accordance with an established timetable
  • Editing of the final draft (e.g. making cross references within the publication and to external sources, making the text flow, coherent style and structure throughout the publication)
  • Delivery of final text for layout

Armenian Progressive Youth NGO reserves the right to amend the final text submitted by the author. The author agrees with the publication being freely available online.

Submission guidelines
The selected author should produce and include Practical Case Studies and Analytical think-pieces in the publication.

  • Practical case studies examples between 500-1500 words
  • Analytical think-pieces between 1500-4000 words

Practice examples represent a short contribution describing NGO’s, community or school/youth projects, and engagement of diverse groups in policy processes, advocacy initiative or any other occasion when different tools and approaches were used to engage and empower young people. These can refer to successful initiatives or ones which had limited success but lessons were learned for future development.

Think-pieces are expected to be an in-depth analysis or reflection on a situation, theory or policy. They may be in the form of an academic article, analysis of data or an interview. These contributions can be based on original research or previously published materials, in which case the source should be acknowledged and copyrights researched.

Topics can be addressed through analysis of data, case-studies, impact assessment or critical reflection. The Author will be expected to describe challenges in aspects of youth inclusion and participation in Eastern Partnership countries as well as approaches that have shown a positive impact on young people’s empowerment, inclusion, initiative and participation. The Author can draw upon experience in all forms of youth and young people’s non-formal learning.

TIMEFRAME

The publication is planned for December 2019; therefore the work should start from 10th of May 2019.

·1st draft should be submitted by 1st of August, 2019.
·2nd draft should be submitted by 1st of October, 2019.
·The final draft should be submitted by 1st of November, 2019.
·The final publication should be ready to be published by 10th of December, 2019.

Team composition

The team will be composed of the Author, the Editor and the designers. The content of the Publication should be developed by the autor.

Application & selection procedure

Apply no later than: April 30, 2019 (23:59 CET)
How to apply:

In oreder to apply for this position, interested Authors should send a CV and a short sample of previous written material in English to [email protected] no later than 30th of April 2019. 

The selection will be based on the CV and previous experience of writing similar publications.

The selection will be carried out by Armenian Progressive Youth NGO on 1st of May 2019 and selected Author will be notified within a week after the selection, by 8th of May, 2019.

An online meeting between the author and the editor is foreseen in the beginning of May 2019.

You will be informed about the selection by: May 1, 2019

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For more information

David Amiryan, Executive Assistant
Phone: +37491596235
Email: [email protected]

Tools for promoting youth entrepreneurship

AISI Youth Alliance has successfully implemented the Training Course “Tools for promoting youth entrepreneurship”. The training reunited 30 youth workers coming from Armenia, Georgia, Italy, Moldova, Spain and Ukraine. The event took place between 18 of February and 3 of March in Telavi, Georgia.

The main objectives of the training were to develop participants competences for facilitating individual and group learning processes and skills needed to design training programs based on the principles of non-formal education and to create methodologies for workshops that provide youngsters with entrepreneurial competences.

The training was an intense and transformational experience for everyone involved: participants, trainers, organisers.

The training was facilitated by experienced trainers in youth work and experts in the field of entrepreneurship. The main themes approached during the sessions of the training are:  Designing educational programs for youth; Creative problem solving; Business simulation games; Developing non-formal educational methods in the field of youth entrepreneurship; Development of skills for successful interaction and teamwork; Development of skills for effective communication in learning environments; Development of skills to use non-formal learning and interactive teaching methods as tools for training.

During the first part of the training, participants have developed their skills as trainers in the field of non-formal education. The training started by building a common ground on what is non-formal education and the features under which this type of education takes place. Next, participants have discovered group dynamics principles and how the learning experience takes place. Participants had the chance to explore the different learning theories and learning styles.

Furthermore, participants have discovered a variety of non-formal educational methods that can be used when organising learning activities for youth. Each participant practiced their ability to deliver a speech trough a creative session where they had to prepare speeches on a given topic. It was a nice surprise to see the amazing public speaking skills that participants have and the emotions they were able to transmit to the audience. The participants discovered as well how to improve their creative thinking skills and different techniques meant to unleash ideas, as well as techniques used to generate new ideas for businesses.

In the next part, participants have developed their competences in the field of entrepreneurship. They have acquired new knowledge on what it means to be entrepreneur, basic knowledge of finances, business models and other specific knowledge in the area of business and entrepreneurship.

The third part of the training challenged participants to put in practice their new acquired competences and to create non-formal education methods that aim to provide entrepreneurial competences to youngsters. In the next months, participants will be trainers at local level in their countries and they will deliver workshops for young people based on the methods they created.

During the training, participants also met with the representatives of Telavi and Kvareli municipalities from Kakheti region of Georgia. During the official meeting, participants asked questions to the officials to find out what are the plans of the local authorities to support entrepreneurship at local level.  Participants shared the situation concerning youth entrepreneurship in their communities and shared the common challenge present in their communities: the brain drain. The current project aims to brings solutions to this problem on a long term by enhancing young people entrepreneurial potential and enabling them with the skills needed to develop a business that uses the local potential.

Apart from the educational part of the training related to the topic, the participants discovered Georgia and its culture. Participants learned how to cook “Khincali” and “Churchkhela” two of the most known Georgian traditional foods and sweets. They also attended a “Supra” – Georgian traditional dinner where they tasted amazing foods and felt the local spirit and hospitality. Participants created new friendships among them and enjoyed a good atmosphere.

Day by day participants have changed and improved themselves as trainers and as persons. At the end of the two weeks everyone there was a better person, with new ideas and inspiration to continue improving at personal and professional level. The power of non-formal education and on this type of trainings lays in the holistic transformational experience offered.

The training course “Tools for promoting youth entrepreneurship” is one of the main activities of the KA2 project “Young Entrepreneurs for Community growth” coordinated by AISI Youth Alliance and implemented in partnership with youth organisations from five other countries: Poruch from Ukraine, Cilento Youth Union from Italy, Creatorii from Moldova, ADEFIS Juventud International from Spain and Armenian Progressive Youth from Armenia.

Young Entrepreneurs for Community Growth represents a Capacity Building in the Field of Youth project, Eastern Partnership Youth Window projects co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission.

Զբաղվածության դպրոց | Ընդունվում են մասնակցության հայտեր

Զբաղվածության դպրոցի նպատակն է Երևանում և հարակից քաղաքային ու գյուղական համայնքներում բնակվող Սիրիահայերին և տեղաբնակ անձանց տրամադրել հմտությունների և կարողությունների զարգացման հնարավորություններ:
Դպրոցը խմբային դասընթացների, քննարկումների, գործնական վարժությունների, ինչպես նաև դասընթացավարի կողմից անհատական խորհրդատվության միջոցով խթանում է մասնակիցների անձնային և մասնագիտական զարգացումը՝ խրախուսելով նրանց ակտիվ ներգրավվածությունը աշխատաշուկայում:

Դպրոցն իրականացվելու է Երևանում: Մարզերից եկող մասնակիցների ճանապարհածախսը կփոխհատուցվի:

Ծրագրի նպատակներն են՝
    • Նպաստել ծրագրի մասնակիցների կարողությունների զարգացմանը ոչ-ֆորմալ կրթական դասընթացների միջոցով։
    • Ծանոթացնել մասնակիցներին Հայաստանի աշխատաշուկայի առանձնահատկություններին, գործատուների հիմնական պահանջներին` դրանով իսկ նպաստելով նրանց մրցունակության բարձրացմանն աշխատաշուկայում:

Ծրագրին կարող եք դիմել, եթե՝
    • 18 տարեկանից բարձր եք (տարիքային առավելագույն շեմ չկա),
    • ներկայումս փնտրում եք աշխատանք
    • կարող եք 5 ամսվա ընթացքում շաբաթական 3 անգամ մասնակցել դասընթացներին,
    • հետաքրքրված եք անձնական և մասնագիտական հմտությունների զարգացմամբ:

Դիմումների վերջնաժամկետ՝ 30.04.2019

Վայր՝ քաղաք Երևան
Ժամկետներ՝ մայիս — սեպտեմբեր 2019
Հաճախականություն՝ շաբաթական 3 հանդիպում
Հանդիպման տևողությունը՝ 3 ժամ

     

    Թեմաներ՝
      • թիմային աշխատանք,
      • ինքնակենսագրականի (CV) կազմում,
      • աշխատանքի հարցազրույց,
      • աշխատանքային օրենսգիրք,
      • ժամանակի կառավարում,
      • կազմակերպչական և կառավարչական հմտություններ:

    Դպրոցին մասնակցելով՝ դուք կզարգացնեք աշխատանք գտնելու ձեր հմտություններն ու հնարավորությունները:
    Դպրոցն ավարտելով՝ կստանաք մասնակցության վկայական:
    Դպրոցին կարող եք դիմել` լրացնելով հայտադիմումը հետևյալ հղմամբ՝ https://bit.ly/2uPJuIX։

    Ծրագրի նկարագիր

    «Փնտրի՛ր գործ, գտի՛ր գործ» զբաղվածության դպրոցը տեղահանված և տեղաբնակ խոցելի խմբերի աշխատանքային հմտությունների զարգացմանն ու աշխատաշուկայում վերջիններիս մրցունակության բարձրացմանը նպատակաուղղված հնգամսյա ծրագիր է: Ծրագիրն իրականացվում է Հայ առաջադեմ երիտասարդություն ՀԿ -ի կողմից, Action Against Hunger միջազգային մարդասիրական կազմակերպության հետ համագործակցությամբ, ԳՄՀԸ (GIZ) -ի աջակցությամբ իրականացվող «Տեղահանված և տեղաբնակ խոցելի խմբերի տնտեսական և սոցիալական ներգրավվածությունը Հարավային Կովկասում» (EPIC) ծրագրի շրջանակներում:

    Ֆինանսավորում

    «Տեղահանված և տեղաբնակ խոցելի խմբերի տնտեսական և սոցիալական ներգրավվածությունը Հարավային Կովկասում» (EPIC) ծրագիրն իրականացվում է Գերմանիայի միջազգային համագործակցության ընկերության (GIZ) կողմից՝ Գերմանիայի Դաշնային Հանրապետության տնտեսական համագործակցության և զարգացման նախարարության (BMZ) պատվիրակմամբ:

     

    ԴԻՄԵԼ

    Ձեռնարկատիրության դպրոց | Ընդունվում են մասնակցության հայտեր

    Ձեռնարկատիրության դպրոցի նպատակն է Երևանում և հարակից քաղաքային ու գյուղական համայնքներում բնակվող Սիրիահայերին և տեղաբնակ անձանց տրամադրել հմտությունների և կարողությունների զարգացման հնարավորություններ:
    Դպրոցը խմբային դասընթացների, քննարկումների, գործնական վարժությունների, ինչպես նաև դասընթացավարի կողմից անհատական խորհրդատվության միջոցով խթանում է մասնակիցների անձնային և մասնագիտական զարգացումը՝ խրախուսելով նրանց ակտիվ ներգրավվածությունը ձեռնարկատիրական ոլորտում:

    Դպրոցն իրականացվելու է Երևանում: Մարզերից եկող մասնակիցների ճանապարհածախսը կփոխհատուցվի:

    Ծրագրի նպատակներն են՝
    • Նպաստել ծրագրի մասնակիցների կարողությունների զարգացմանը ոչ-ֆորմալ կրթական դասընթացների միջոցով։
    • Ծանոթացնել մասնակիցներին Հայաստանի ձեռնարկատիրական ոլորտի և դրան վերաբերող օրենսդրության առանձնահատկություններին՝ դրանով իսկ նպաստելով նրանց ձեռնարկատիրական ներուժի զարգացմանը, նրանց կողմից ձեռնարկությունների ստեղծմանն ու աճին:

    Ծրագրին կարող եք դիմել, եթե՝
    • 18 տարեկանից բարձր եք (տարիքային առավելագույն շեմ չկա),
    • ներկայումս փնտրում եք աշխատանք
    • կարող եք 5 ամսվա ընթացքում շաբաթական 3 անգամ մասնակցել դասընթացներին,
    • հետաքրքրված եք անձնական և մասնագիտական հմտությունների զարգացմամբ:
    • ցանկանում եք աշխատել սեփական բիզնես գաղափարի զարգացման շուրջ:

    Դիմումների վերջնաժամկետ՝ 30.04.2019
      Վայր՝ քաղաք Երևան
      Ժամկետներ՝ մայիս — սեպտեմբեր 2019
      Հաճախականություն՝ շաբաթական 3 հանդիպում
      Հանդիպման տևողությունը՝ 3 ժամ

    Թեմաներ՝
    • թիմային աշխատանք,
    • ինքնակենսագրականի (CV) կազմում,
    • շուկայի վերլուծություն,
    • ժամանակի կառավարում,
    • նորարարական գաղափարների հղացում,
    • բիզնես պլանի մշակում,
    • մարքեթինգ ձեռնարկությունների համար,
    • ֆինանսական պլանի կազմում:

    Ծրագրին լիարժեք մասնակցություն ցուցաբերած և լավագույն բիզնես գաղափարներ ներկայացրած մասնակիցները կստանան մինչև 550.000 ՀՀ դրամի սահմաններում դրամաշնորհ սեփական բիզնես գաղափարն իրականացնելու համար:

    Դպրոցին մասնակցելով՝ դուք կզարգացնեք ձեր ձեռնարկատիրական հմտություններն ու հնարավորությունները:
    Դպրոցն ավարտելով՝ կստանաք մասնակցության վկայական:
    Դպրոցին կարող եք դիմել` լրացնելով հայտադիմումը հետևյալ հղմամբ՝ https://bit.ly/2TWn1Ut։

    Ծրագրի նկարագիր

    «Փնտրի՛ր գործ, ստեղծի՛ր գործ» ձեռնարկատիրական դպրոցը տեղահանված և տեղաբնակ խոցելի խմբերի աշխատանքային ձեռնարկատիրական ներուժի զարգացմանը նպատակաուղղված հնգամսյա ծրագիր է: Ծրագիրն իրականացվում է «Հայ առաջադեմ երիտասարդություն» ՀԿ -ի կողմից, «Action Against Hunger» միջազգային մարդասիրական կազմակերպության հետ համագործակցությամբ, ԳՄՀԸ (GIZ) -ի աջակցությամբ իրականացվող «Տեղահանված և տեղաբնակ խոցելի խմբերի տնտեսական և սոցիալական ներգրավվածությունը Հարավային Կովկասում» (EPIC) ծրագրի շրջանակներում:

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    «Տեղահանված և տեղաբնակ խոցելի խմբերի տնտեսական և սոցիալական ներգրավվածությունը Հարավային Կովկասում» (EPIC) ծրագիրն իրականացվում է Գերմանիայի միջազգային համագործակցության ընկերության (GIZ) կողմից՝ Գերմանիայի Դաշնային Հանրապետության տնտեսական համագործակցության և զարգացման նախարարության (BMZ) պատվիրակմամբ:

     

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