GAIA is looking for coordinator of a group EVS in Sharr mountain

In summer GAIA is hosting a group of 12 EVS volunteers in Brezovica for a month within the Mountain spirit project and we are a looking for a person to coordinate the group, to work with GAIA’s team on program and content, to take care of logistics and administrative stuff. The group EVS will be focused on documenting biodiversity and nature of Sharr mountain.

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Mountain Spirit is a Strategic EVS project run by several partners from the Balkans and coordinated by Velebit Association Kuterevo from Croatia.

GAIA Kosovo (branch of Service Civil International /SCI/) is one of the organizations which will host short term and long term volunteers interested in nature conservation. From 21st of July until 19th of August, we will host 12 volunteers from different European countries in Brezovica in Sharr Mountains. Description of the volunteering project can be seen here.

Besides group EVS, GAIA is already hosting 4 volunteers and is planning to organize different events related to nature, art, youth and culture within Balkan LyNKS project. More than 40 young enthusiasts and a team of volunteers will be doing research, documentation, art, clean up actions and organization of BREfest 2.0.

At this moment, we are looking for a person who is willing to spend at least month and a half in Brezovica and to coordinate 12 volunteers through EVS project.

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It would be ideally that this person:

  • is involved and active in GAIA or at least took part in some of the activities
  • has basic experience in nature conservation / environmental protection
  • has experience in working with volunteers and international groups of youngsters
  • has good knowledge of English and at least basic knowledge of Albanian or Serbian
  • can work in international team, has good communication skills, sense of initiative and is flexible and open to work in dynamic and challenging situations
  • has solid knowledge about EVS and Erasmus+ program or is willing to learn

Tasks for the Mountain Spirit EVS coordinator in Sharr mountain will be the following:

  • preparation of the infosheet, program and activities
  • regular meetings with the program team, reporting and initiating activities
  • daily coordination of the volunteers
  • providing support to volunteers for realization of activities, organization of free time and travel
  • preparing report (narrative and financial) of the activity after it is realized

We would prefer to engage someone from GAIA, rather than from outside world :), but if you see yourself as someone who could support Sharr program and EVS group, please feel free to apply.

Those who are interested should send their Cover letter and CV to gaia.kosovo@gmail.com before 25th of May 2018. Cover letter should include information on motivation, experience, skills, expectations and similar.

EVS coordiantor will have accommodation covered through the project and honorarium of at least 300 EUR per month (brutto); maximum duration of engagement will be 2 months (July and August), but we are open for different agreements.

For any questions, do not hesitate to ask… (contact Mira Popova at gaia.kosovo@gmail.com)

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Call for participants for Young Friends of the Earth Europe (YFoEE) summer camp for young activists in September

Every year Young Friends of the Earth Europe (YFoEE) organizes a summer camp for the young people that have the strong urge to voice their concern for the environment and become activists for a fairer society respecting nature and people. This years camp will be hosted in Cyprus from September 3rd–9th.

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Young FoEE, together with groups from our European network, as well as different social and environmental justice groups, will gather together for seminars, workshops and presentations, dialogue, games and training.

If you’re under 30 and would like to know more about how to become an activist for the environment and society, then apply and join them!

The main topic of this years camp will be on putting intersectionality – recognising and working to dismantle linked forms of oppression such as racism, sexism, transphobia, and ableism – into practice in YFoEE campaigns for social and environmental justice.

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Applications from people who feel under- or un-represented in the environmental movement are extremely encouraged to apply – for example, on the basis of (dis)ability, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, ethnicity, or country of origin.

The summer camp will be in English, but linguistic support can be provided (please specify this in your application). Young FoEE will cover the costs of food and accommodation at the summer camp, and travel to and from it.

Depending on funding YFoEE will be happy to host at least one participant from Kosovo, so don’t hesitate to apply.

More details and the application form here!

Deadline: May 25th

Call for pax: Youth Exchange Mitrovica urban garden

Youth exchange: Mitrovica Urban Garden

Permaculture as a Path to Peace

25th of May – 2nd of June 2018, Mitrovica (Kosovo)

This Spring, in Mitrovica, GAIA and friends will organize a youth exchange about urban permaculture, with the focus on gardening and food production. The Youth Exchange will gather 25 young people from Croatia, Albania, Serbia, Bulgaria and Kosovo, what means that this call is open only for young people who are residents of those countries (we are sorry for those who are not) and applying through organizations which are partners for this exchange: PVN Albania, VCV Serbia, VUK Croatia, CVS Bulgaria and GAIA Kosovo. It will take place from 25th of May until 2nd of June 2018 and will be organized in partnership with Down Syndrome Kosova in Mitrovica and the City Museum.

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Call for pax: “Enriching and increasing fundraising for youth work on inclusion”

The training course “Enriching and increasing fundraising for youth work on inclusion” will be held in Mali Iđoš, Vojvodina, Serbia, 21-29. April 2018.

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The main themes of the project are focused on raising European awareness of the realities and possibilities for more inclusive society in the anti-discrimination youth projects with marginalised groups, against social exclusion.

This project is about fundraising from different sources, some of them being European level ones. We will be exploring different European level (Community) funding programmes available for social inclusion acceptance of diversity projects.

Through this project, we would like to raise awareness of youth workers about different European programmes related to EU social policies and how efficient networking with other similar organisations throughout Europe can increase quality, impact and sustainability of their work for more inclusive society.

Participants should be:

  • age above 18
  • active youth workers / coordinators in our organisations
  • active in work with marginalised groups in our communities
  • willing to take more active role in organisational management and development of fundraising strategy and procedures
  • able to participate the whole duration of the training course
  • able to communicate and follow discussions and presentations in English language

Please note that the deadline for applications is 28th of February 2018 at midnight. We will contact only those applicants who have been selected to participate. Selected participants will receive the detailed info-sheet by March 7th, 2018.

More information about the Training Course and  how to apply can be found here: CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS_FRplus

Sharr mountain is looking for an EVS volunteer from Croatia for 4 months

GAIA is looking for one EVS volunteer from Croatia to join activities who will join activities for documenting biodiversity of Sharr National Park and dedicate time, energy and inspiration for protecting this unique mountain. Volunteer service starts in June 2018 and will last for 4 months until the end of September.

Mountain spirit – Strategic EVS for Nature Conservation is a project involving several EVS short and long-term volunteer exchanges in Croatia, Kosovo, Serbia and Bulgaria. It aims at combining efforts of international volunteers and local people from mountainous/rural areas for nature conservation activities in protected areas or species. Moreover, we plan several complementary activities which will strengthen the capacity of organizations and volunteers for working on the topics and for cooperation with the respective organizations.

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More than 70 people between 18 and 30 years will volunteer from 2 weeks to 8 months in the mountains of Croatia, Kosovo, Serbia and Bulgaria in the upcoming 2 years. More information will be available on the project website.

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Detailed description of the EVS opportunity and some info about the project you can find in the attached call for volunteers.

If you are interested to apply, you have to fill in the online form choosing the option “4-month long EVS in Sharr Mountain (Kosovo)” and sending CV and specific motivation letter to gaia.kosovo [at] gmail.com with the subject Sharr_volunteers_long-term_[your name].

Looking forward to your applications!