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

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BREfest – Sharr is more than snow…

11th until 13th of August, Brezovica

Welcome to the BREfest – a small-scale, sustainable, educational and creative festivity in Brezovica ski resort (map here) organized for the first time. It is about celebrating and appreciating the richness of Sharr mountain, building connections among people and reconnecting to nature.

The gathering will provide space and inspiration for exchange, discussions, music, challenges and joy. The program includes diverse activities for children, youngsters, elders and families. Gathered around the topics of sustainable living, transitive migration and wilderness:

  • Workshops on Capoeira Angola, cooking vegan, recycleArt, photography, Do It Yourself etc;
  • Guided educational tours about medical herbs, wildlife and reconnection;
  • Theoretical discussions on sustainable living, sustainable communities, nature preservation and human migrations;
  • Space for Exchange for sharing of home made products, skills and stuff you do not need anymore;
  • Presentations of local traditions, from dances and food to crafts and arts;
  • Evening program will be filled in with screenings of documentary movies and nature friendly music program.

GENERAL TIMETABLE

8:00 – 10:00 – Greetings to the mornings – sports & spiritual activities

10:00 – 17:00 – Workshops, guided tours, children activities,

17:00 – 19:00 – Exhibition & discussions

20:00 – 21:30 – Movies about environment & nature

21:30 – 00:00 – Music

MUSIC PROGRAM

Friday evening >>> Jimmy Mustafa band – Young Roma band from Plemetina

Saturday evening >>> Trio Bibera Jazz from Prishtina

Sunday evening >>> World volunteers music session – surprise!

MORE INFORMATION about the daily program here 😀

MORE INFORMATION about accommodation, food & transport here

Volunteers force for BREfest co-funded by ERASMUS+ program


Call for pax: Future myths from the past YE, Trstenik (Serbia) 1st – 10th of September

Future Myths From The Past – Youth Exchange in Trstenik, Serbia

Balkan Myth Busters

1st – 10th of September 2017

This youth exchange will gather 30 young people from Greece, Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia, Bulgaria and Germany. After the YE in Kosovo in March, where the participants deconstructed of some of the national myths that influence our present, in Trstenik, we are moving towards the future! The participant will be creating future myths from present stories and will be encouraged to use music, drawing, comics, video, photography and storytelling, so their creations can be spread among our networks and future youth activities.

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During this youth exchange the participants will:

  • Reflect on their personal identities and the outcomes of the previous exchange
  • Go deeper into the role and influence of the myths onto their identities- through culture, art, media
  • Participants will use backcasting as a method
  • Creating future myths from the past (stories, comics, photography, videos)
  • Uploading the created contents to the blog of the project- Mything point https://mythingpoint.wordpress.com/
  • Visiting religious monuments and medieval sites near Trstenik and exploring the tradition of the place
  • Visiting natural and cultural heritage near Trstenik
  • Taking part in adventures organized in the local adrenalin park
  • Enjoy local food, products, customs and tradition

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Call for pax: Youth Encyclopedia of (Anti)discrimination!

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Youth Encyclopedia of (Anti)discrimination with focus on discrimination of LBGTI persons and movements which resisted such discriminatory practices.

GAIA is looking for 2 more participants who are:

  • aged between 16 and 22
  • interested in addressing the topic of discrimination of LGBTI persons
  • have solid knowledge of English language, so they can activelly take part in program
  • residents of Kosovo

The project is composed of 2 trilateral youth exchange:

  1. Youth Exchange between 30.07 – 06.08. 2017 in Weimar, Germany
  2. Youth Exchange between 04.10 – 11.10.2017 in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina

More information about the project can be found here: Call for participants_CGE

Application form can be found here: Form

Please send your application before 1st of September 2017 to gaia.kosovo@gmail.com

Balkan Myth Busters – getting active

The second part of the Youth Exchange started by a trip to Prizren. We followed the evolving and everchanging traces of stories through the old city. Stories of another city, manifested in architecture and people’s memories. We visited the Mosque, Orthodox Church, Catholic church and the fortress, searching for different narratives about the same places, as well as the “League of Prizren”, a museum dedicated to this historical league of united Albanians during ottoman empire.


An inspiration-awakening conversation with Veton Nurkollari, project manager and artistic director of  DokuFest -an anually dokumantary film festival in Prizren, taking place this year for the 15th time- taught us how he and some friends created the festival in order to preserve the only cinema in Prizren. Eventhough they were left with basically no resources, through the years and their voluntary engagement and dedication for the idea, DokuFest grew so big that it is now the biggest cultural event in Kosovo. It was a great inspiration to talk to Veton, hear the story of DokuFest created from scratch and get a slight insight in the mechanisms behind the festival.

Back in Velika Hoca, we got deeper into confronting with our very identity and its relatedness to a collective identity. Be it the nation or ethnicity.  We talked about how far is being part of a group a dictated attribute of an individual and how far it is autonomously chosen. About which mechanisms we do recognize in our own behaviour that are dictated from outside. How we can overcome the totalitarism of single narratives.
Therefor we engaged in the part of storytelling in the last two days of the project, developing a narrative about the Youth Exchange. An apricot tree has been planted by our group, Martenicas -Bulgarian bracelets that announce the beginning of Spring- have been spread on wrists and trees all around the village, we left a plate to thank the village for their welcoming hospitality.

Besides, we had conversations with locals and project participants, collecting their stories from past and the very present. Those stories will be published on Mything Point, the project’s blog.

An introduction in the Easter tradition of decorating eggs by local women. Every year, eggs are being decorated with wax in every family. The first three eggs painted are considered to have special powers and are given as protectors to friends and family. The other eggs are shared,  sold -even reaching Belgrade.

On the evening of the last day our group invited people from the village to Saraj Garden, to tell them about what we’ve been doing during the past 10 days through a collection of photos and a video that has been created by some of the participants. You can find it here and get your own impression about how life in Velika Hoca looked like for us.

After going through 10 on all level intensive days, it was hard to leave the village. Our group brought a different dynamic to the place, and the connections we made with our hosts, cooks and the owners of Kafanas (small pubs) and Sveti Stefan Vinica as well as with the people we met during our interaction with the village, could not just end after those 10 days.

This Youth Exchange was a time of connection, reflection and creation beyond borders.