Care for Change Training Course Testimonials

Care for Change was an Erasmus+ training course about the topic of conflict transformation through NVC and embodiment. Here's what one of the participants we sent, Anabelle Moghadam, shares about her experience. I am thrilled to share my experience with this one-week project, which exceeded my expectations in terms of depth and engagement with the topic.  The title "Care for Change" truly resonated with me from the beginning, reading the infopack, and when actually there I was deeply moved by how the trainers embodied the principles of nonviolence with such authenticity. Their genuine commitment set the tone and created an atmosphere that allowed our group to make remarkable progress in understanding and making the first steps in applying NVC skills in such a short time. What stood…

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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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Youth Exchange – EuroYouthVoice

What? Zarika Association is excited to share with you this wonderful youth exchange on the topic of the upcoming European elections, which is hosted by our partner organization MIHI Latvia. EuroYouthVoice project aims to re-engage young people's interest in civic and democratic processes in Europe, leading to awareness of the importance of participation in European elections 2024 and its promotion within their communities. Young people, often considered the leaders of tomorrow, do not constitute just one segment of the electorate; they are the very pulse of emerging trends, ideas, and the dynamics behind societal change. In recent years, we've witnessed the growing influence of young activists and their ability to galvanize international attention on critical issues, from climate change to social justice. Their energy and idealistic nature…

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Youth Exchange – Ruraland

What? Zarika Association is excited to share with you this wonderful youth exchange on the topic of living in rural areas, which is hosted by our partner organization Cilento Youth Union. Ruraland's main objective is to create a path of professional and personal growth for young people living in disadvantaged areas through non-formal learning actions, exchange of good practices in the field of youth entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurship, involving young entrepreneurs from the host area. Ruraland aims to give young people new visions for the creation of new jobs, for example in the emerging bio-economy, circular economy, and ecology. Bio-economy, circular economy, and eco-tourism require special attention in social and economic policies and can bring growth and prosperity to rural areas. Where? Tortorella, Italy When? 19/04/2024 to 28/04/2024…

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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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