Naturalistic Intelligence Training Course

The story, the tools, the reflection and laughter moments | By Mariana Ivanova If you would rather skip the story and go directly to the tools, here is the booklet pdf with tools I chose to share from my experience and from the training.  It all started Two months before I heard about the training, I thought, “Hmm, this sounds interesting, but is this really for me?” Then the universe began guiding my path in different ways. I met an interesting man named Adrian, a teacher from Holland, in Bansko, Bulgaria (where we both chose to live). A few days later, we watched a documentary called Fantastic Fungi together at the Altspace coworking space. This movie really brought me back to my strong connection with nature and…

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EmpACT4 Training Course Testimonial

EmpACT is a series of training courses aimed at increasing organizations' capacity at project management, digital skills, facilitation, etc. It's a program run by Coconutwork and today we share the testimonial of Simona - this year's participant at EmpACT4, representing Zarika and Bulgaria. EmpACT4 was a two-part Erasmus+ training course, coordinated by Coconutwork, with the goal of enhancing youth workers' facilitation skills and providing organizational management knowledge that can easily be applied and adapted to the needs of different target groups. Thanks to the Zarika Association, I had the privilege of being part of both parts - the first near Cabris, France, in March, and the second in Nea Makri, Greece, in May. Meeting like-minded people from more than ten different countries and working together to improve…

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Ruraland Youth Exchange Recap

In the heart of Tortorella, nestled in the scenic Cilento region, 30 young minds coming from 5 countries across Europe got together for the Ruraland Youth Exchange. Here, amidst cobblestone streets and rolling hills, a vibrant cultural exchange happened. Participants kicked off with ice-breaking activities, sharing expectations and fears while forging bonds through games like "human bingo" and rhythmic dances. They delved into the essence of rural life, painting vivid portraits of their hometowns and immersing in trust-building exercises. Explorations extended beyond the village as participants met with local artisans, marveling at Laura's sculptures and Giovanni's metalwork. They savored the flavors of artisanal beer and danced and singed to the rhythms of folk music. Each day brought new adventures, from scenic hikes through Cilento's mountains to cultural…

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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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Re-Think Training Course in Strasbourg, France

An interview with Vessy's and Emily's impressions of the training course for youth worker To begin, I am going to let you know some dry information, and I apologize for that. In the period of 17th to 22nd of April, a training course called Re-Think organized by Youth Express Network took place in Strasbourg to spread information about youth workers and how to help people from disadvantaged areas. The course was financed by Erasmus+ and European Youth Foundation programs. In this training course, two members of our organization participated there - Blagovesta Kotselova and Emili-Slava Petrova. Today I interviewing them, they are going to answer some of my questions, and to make it easier for both readers and the writer, I am going to use their nicknames…

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ImproWaves: From Seaweed through Living Picture to the Worst Performer

A recap by Petya on ImproWaves E+ training course in Gran Canaria, Spain The ImproWaves project in Gran Canaria inspired a lot of activities related to the sea. We started the first day and ended the last by the sea, but the difference in the group couldn't be bigger between those days. During the program, I was working on getting to know myself, my needs, and my body better. By putting the focus inside I could feel and get deeper into the person I am and see what I was happy about and what I wanted to improve. I decided on which characteristics related to a successful improvised I would like to focus on not just when being a creator, but also in every other aspect of…

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