Call for Youth Exchange Participants: Rediscover hidden cultural heritage sites of Kosovo

Konaku_i_Manastirit_të_DeçanitPhoto: Kroni Krasniqi

GAIA Kosovo and the Orthodox Monastery of Draganac, with the support of World Vision, are organizing a youth exchange about cultural heritage, peace and religion in Velika Hoča/ Hoçë e Madhe, from 24th until 29th of September 2018. Come discover the way of living of a centuries-old winemaking community of Kosovo!

During this youth exchange, participants will have an opportunity to:

  • Learn about cultural and religious heritage of Velika Hoča/ Hoçë e Madhe
  • Get a taste of local foods and home made products 
  • Visit Prizren, a beautiful city where histories, cultures, religions and peoples merge
  • Visit several orthodox monasteries from medieval times among which some are on the UNESCO’s World Heritage list
  • Learn from and experience the everyday life of the Serbian minority in this small community, ‘hidden‘ behind vineyards
  • Engage in discussions about the interrelations of peace and religion

We are looking for 15 participants from Kosovo who are interested in spending 4 days in the small village, to exchange and learn about the intersection of cultural and religious heritage in a region which comprises lesser known cultural elements of the country. The youth exchange is about tolerance and understanding, and seeks to reach open-minded people who are genuinely interested in meeting different cultures.

General conditions:

  • To arrive on 24th at the afternoon and depart on 29th in the morning
  • To be present during the whole duration of the youth exchange
  • To be ready to actively participate in the program
  • To be over 18
  • Coming from Kosovo 
  • To agree to eating vegetarian food
  • To share small space with fellow participants

If you are one of them, you can apply by filling in the online application form by 20th of September.
Food and accommodation will be provided and travel costs will be reimbursed upon GAIA receives the tickets.
For any questions, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us:

About the community
Velika Hoča (local dialect: Golema Oča, Albanian: Hoçë e Madhe) is a village located near the town of Rahovec/Orahovac. It is one of the Serbian enclaves in Kosovo, and houses some 13 Orthodox church buildings, most of which date back to the Middle Ages. It was first mentioned in history in 1198, but the region itself was populated even during antiquity. The village is famous for its viticulture, a tradition that also dates back to the antiquity. Therefore Velika Hoča is often called the “village museum”.
Last year, GAIA organized another youth exchange, entitled “Balkan Myth Busters” with participants from Bulgaria, Germany, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia. If you’re interested in their program check out their short film and read about participant’s experience: The first days, Getting active, It goes on and on.

About GAIA

GAIA is a non-governmental organization dedicated to the culture of peace, social and environmental justice and sustainable living. GAIA also promotes cultural diversity and works on education and integration of marginalized and minority groups in society. The main activities of GAIA are international volunteering programs (workcamps, long-term volunteering), non-formal education (trainings, seminars, workshops, youth exchanges) and permanent community building programs.
GAIA is a full member of SCI (Service Civil International), a volunteer organisation dedicated to promoting a culture of peace by organising international voluntary projects for people of all ages and backgrounds. Throughout the years, SCI has made a major contribution to the development of the main forms of volunteering. Year after year, the organisation enables thousands of volunteers to participate in community projects.

About Draganac Monastery

Draganac Monastery is located in the beautiful mountainous area of the eastern part of Kosovo. Currently, the brotherhood consists of 10 monks and novices, which take care of the monastery, orchards, animals etc.
Since 2016, GAIA and Draganac Monastery have been cooperating through organization of international voluntary camps which gathered young people from different ethnicities and cultures coming from many countries such as Croatia, Serbia, Kosovo, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, and others.



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.


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

New long-term volunteering opportunities in Germany

Announcement for an international long-term voluntary service with Friedenskreis Halle e.V. in the period: mid September 2018 until mid September 2018 (12 months) within the program: weltwärts

Home of weltwärts website

Become an international long-term volunteer in Halle (Germany)

Friedenskreis Halle e.V., is coordinating organisation for international long-term voluntary services in Germany within the German program “weltwärts”, a program connected to the issue of “developement cooperation”.

Currently, we are looking for volunteers for the period mid September 2018 until mid September 2019 (12 months)!

Within “weltwärts”-program, there are 4 main actors: the volunteer, the sending organisation, the coordinating organisation (us) and the place of assignment (poa), where practical work takes place.

We can offer a service at the following places of assignments (poas):

  • Kinder und Jugendhaus e.V., working with kids and youth (open youth work)
  • Clare Zetkin e.V., 2places, working with kids and youth (childrens home)
  • Humanistischer Regionalverband, working with kids and youth (open youth work and events for groups/classes) (in cooperation with a another poa)
  • Friedenskreis Halle e.V., educational and office work (in cooperation with a another poa)
  • Kita St. Ulrich, working with kids
  • Kita Marktspatzen, working with kids
  • Hort of the protestant school Heide-Nord, work with kids (after school care)
  • Lebenstraum Halle e.V., 2places, working with disabled adults in a living group

Please be aware: That list still is subject to changes. Listed above are the poas of the cycle 2017-18. We are in the process of finalizing the list for the cycle 2018-19.

Application period: 10.12.2017 – 31.12.2017

You want to know more?
For information about “weltwärts” check the weltwärts- homepage:

Who may apply?
Next to some general criteria, to be find below, there are specific criteria for each poa, to be find in the profiles.

General profile volunteers

  • 18 to 28 years (exceptions can be made, when reasonable)
  • (high) school graduation or comparable personal suitability
  • basic knowledge of English and willingness to learn German starting in home country
  • motivation: voluntary service as an opportunity to learn in different fields and to get involved with (civil) society (voluntary service as learning and peace service)
  • openness to the special structure of a voluntary service with Friedenskreis Halle, that is: willingness (a) to participate in the accompanying educational program, (b) to develop and implement one or more small project(s), (c) to get occupied with and engaged in topics and activities of (local) civil society and (d) to learn German in depth. (we call these activities „service related activities“ and we expect them next to the work in the poa)
  • interest in global relationships and peace politics as well as education on these topics
  • preferable already dedication in civil society in the home country, willingness to get involved in civil society in the home country after returning

How to apply?
Please get in contact with GAIA: and check the document available here: announcement weltwärts with FK in Halle 2018-2019

Call for pax: TC People beyond Borders

Training Course |17-26 February 2018 | Belgrade, Serbia



„people beyONd borders“ is a 10 days TC with the the objective of providing participants with theoretical and practical knowledge about current migrant and refugee situation in Europe, and providing them with tools for understanding this problem, for fighting discrimination and building their community into more nderstanding and inclusive one.


From April 2015 until today over two million refugees and migrants have had their desperate journey to Europe, coming mostly from war-torn Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. These people came running away from unbearable life conditions in their countries, searching for safety and future for themselves and their families. Their way to Europe is full of obstacles and difficulties and what they encounter once they finally reach Europe is devastating. They become subjects to discrimination, stereotypes, exclusion, and  unfortunately even violence. At the same time, media are either not reporting about it or they’re sending incorrect, exaggerated and even dangerous information. All this creates atmosphere of not understanding, discrimination and prejudice towards refugees. In order to make first steps towards change of this atmosphere, we would like to provide young people with knowledge and tools they can use to make the change.

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People queue for food at an abandoned warehouse used for shelter by refugees in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 Photo:


Through workshops, lectures, interactive presentations and discussions hosted by experts on the subject, participants will learn and practice different approaches to this situation which will hopefully inspire them to act and to share their knowledge in their own community.


19 participants (age 18+) from 6 countries – Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Italy, Slovenia and Portugal.


By filling out the application form available HERE. Application deadline is November 27, 2017. Candidates will be informed about selection results on December 4, 2017.

Call for pax: Training for trainers for inclusion and acceptance of diversity in our communities

Project “Youth work and youth trainings for inclusion and acceptance of diversity” puts accent on organising quality non-formal education activities for intercultural acceptance and inclusion of excluded/marginalised groups, and especially of immigrants and asylum seekers.

The project consists of several activities, and one of those is this training course “Training for trainers for inclusion and acceptance of diversity in our communities”. The training course will be organised in Mali Iđoš, Serbia in December 2017.

We are hereby recruiting participants that will be able to participate at the training course, give back (to their sending organisations) their knowledge and skills in the topics of the training course and contribute to the follow-up activities within the overall project.

The training course will take place in Serbia (Mali Iđoš) from 1st December (arrival in the afternoon) to 10th December (departure in the morning after the breakfast) 2017. The deadline for applications is 18th of October!

More information about the training course, application process and program are available here: NFEref2_CSZK_call4pax