EuroYouthVoice Erasmus+ Project Testimonials

The participants representing Bulgaria and Zarika Association returned from the EuroYouthVoice youth exchange in Latvia, which took place between April 2 and April 10, 2024. The EuroYouthVoice project aims to resume young people's interest in civil and democratic processes in Europe, which leads to an awareness of the importance of participating in the European elections in 2024 and its promotion in their communities. As a result of their participation, young people have created the Instagram page @evrofen, where they explain European political processes in an accessible language. Follow them! We asked the participants for reviews of their project experience, here are their answers. How would you describe your 3 -word experience? Nikola: fun, instructive, adventure Gabriela: growth, fun, unforgettable Valentin: unforgettable, fun, memorable Svetoslav: interesting, exciting, memorable…

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RiseUpEU Erasmus+ Project Testimonials

Our team representing Bulgaria is back from an exciting project in Cuevas Bajas, Malaga, Spain! RiseUpEU: Empowering Youth Voices in EU Elections. The youth exchange took place between March 21 and 29, 2024. This project focused on the topics of European elections, voting, active citizenship, which brought together young people from Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Slovakia and Spain! Let's read the feedback and impressions of our participants: Emil: My experience at the Erasmus+ project was enriching and educational. I got more familiar with voting, campaigns, and elections. I met new people and got to know them better. Last but not least, I put my English in use, which was my main point of the project. Hristiyan: My experience at this project was also great. I stroke up…

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Training Course: Naturalistic Intelligence in Youth Work

What? Zarika Association is excited to share with you this wonderful training course on the topic of naturalistic intelligence in youth work, which is hosted by our partner organization Zavod Aspira. Naturalistic intelligence, as recognized by Gardner’s theory, encompasses the ability to understand and appreciate nature deeply, allowing individuals to fully immerse themselves in natural environments. The primary objective of this training is to empower youth workers and leaders to foster naturalistic intelligence within their respective youth communities. By honing the skills necessary to engage with and appreciate nature, participants will gain valuable insights into creating enriching experiences for young people. Where? Trbovlje, Slovenia When? 20/05/2024 to 26/05/2024 (incl. travel) Who? 2 participants 18+ from Bulgaria Why? Participants in this TC will: Connect with nature and get…

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ACT Training Course – Adaptability and Creativity through Theater

Here we are, sharing a recap of an incredible week in Bansko, Bulgaria, where we had the privilege of hosting ACT - Adaptability and Creativity through Theater training course! 🎭 ACT was a 7-day training course for youth workers to use theater as a tool to cultivate adapting-to-change skills. Life is a constant adaptation. From changing jobs to starting university or ending a relationship, we are constantly having to say goodbye to things as they were and welcome the new and unexpected. In the training, we focused on cultivating the skills we need to navigate these moments of transition; and on gaining awareness of our own relationship with change and uncertainty, and on creating a playful and supportive environment to practice embracing the unknown. Participants explored how…

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Be the Change – Social Entrepreneurship Education for Youth | Project Results

The "Be the Change" project, a KA2 small-scale partnership initiative co-funded by the European Union and executed by Zarika Association, Zavod Aspira, and ICAD Foundation, has successfully concluded with remarkable outcomes. The project aimed to promote and support social entrepreneurship in small towns and rural areas in Bulgaria, Slovenia, and Poland, fostering a positive impact on local communities. This article highlights the key results achieved through the collaborative efforts of the partner organizations. Mapping of Social Businesses One of the primary objectives of the Be the Change project was to conduct a comprehensive mapping of social businesses in Bulgaria, Slovenia, and Poland. The mapping exercise aimed to identify and understand the landscape of social enterprises, providing valuable insights into their activities, impact areas, and the challenges they…

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Training Courses: EmpACT 4 – Project and NGO Management | Training of Facilitators

Zarika Association is excited to share with you EmpACT 4 - not one but two wonderful training courses on the topics of project and NGO management and facilitation, which are hosted by our partner organization Coconutwork. ? The aim of these training courses is to enhance the organizational management of youth projects through innovative standards, to facilitate efficient utilization of results and improve the facilitation skills of youth workers.

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Be the Change Youth Exchange in Kavarna, Bulgaria

We're very excited to share that the mobility for young people as part of Be the Change project is now a fact and here we share some moments from this experience. ? ? Be the Change youth exchange in Kavarna! We're thrilled to share the success of the "Be the Change" youth exchange program, hosted by Zarika Association, which took place from October 12th to 18th, 2023, in Kavarna, Bulgaria. This transformative event brought together 20 passionate young minds from Bulgaria, Slovenia, and Poland. ? What's Be the Change all about? The "Be the Change" mobility program in Kavarna was tailored for young individuals aged 15 to 18, offering an immersive experience in the world of social entrepreneurship. Our goal was simple: empower these young talents to…

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Training Course: Musical Intelligence in Youth Work

Zarika Association is excited to share with you this wonderful training course on the topic of musical intelligence in youth work, which is hosted by our partner organization Zavod Aspira. ? The aim of this training is to equip youth workers and youth leaders in encouraging musical intelligence in youth work. Musical intelligence is the ability to produce and appreciate rhythm, pitch and timbre or appreciation of the forms of musical expressiveness. During the training, we will break down musical intelligence and its application in youth work specifically. ? Music is most definitely a part of our everyday life, and it doesn't only come through our ears from the environment but in the first place from within our body. Listen to your heartbeat, your breathing, your walk,…

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