The first step to turn your dreams into reality – International exchange of young people in Balikesir, Turkey

balikesir 2DESENAM VIITORUL TAU Association sent 4 young people, one with fewer opportunities coming from an orphanage, to take part in the international youth exchange project entitled “The first step to turn your dreams into reality”.

We selected four young people aged 18-28 years, based on applications submitted after the call’s released through social networks and the web page of the organization. The four young people, accompanied by a team leader, took part in the project of international youth exchange “The first step to turn your dreams into reality”, held on 5-14 November in Balikesir, Turkey.

Young people from Ukraine, Spain and Turkey also took part in the project. Through a youth exchange you can meet and get to know people with a different cultural background to better understand other cultures and at the same time to better reflect your own culture. A Youth Exchange enables you to place yourself in a non-formal context with people who you may otherwise would have thought that you have nothing in common, to tear down walls, build lines of communication instead and then make new friends.

Volunteering is one of the best ways to acquire and develop soft skills – helps you gain confidence in those around you, better understand the world around you, diversity, positive valuing of difference and multiculturalism joy.balikesir 3

This was the first youth exchange program organized by DESENAM VIITORUL TAU Association. Soon we will have a special section on the site dedicated to the international volunteering opportunities provided by our association. To be always aware we encourage you to subscribe to the newsletter of the association, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, or regularly check the website of the association to learn more about further opportunities. The following program which we will carry, “Planting the Future” will take place in Eceabat, Turkey, from 8 to 16 February 2015, whoever wants to apply is encouraged to do so!

The “First Step To Make Your Dreams Real” was funded by the European Commission through Erasmus + and implemented by GESOGED Balikesir, Turkey.

Contact – making event for mobility of youth workers projects – Poland

prezentare-DVT-300x199We have the pleasure to inform you that in the period 20-24 October 2014 The association “We Draw Your Future” was present at the “Contact-making event for mobility of youth workers projects” organized by The National Agency for Erasmus+ from Poland. The purpose of this event was the establishment of new partnerships. More exactly the goal was the improvement of the necessary skills for initiation, preparation, administration and evaluation of youth workers’ mobility projects (from The Action-first key in the Erasmus+ project in the youth field).
The event took place in Konstancin (nearby the city Warsaw) and 16 teens from 10 countries joined in and also 2 trainers: Marcus Vrecer (Austria) and Anna-Sophia Pappai (The National Agency from Poland). Joanna Stompel (junior trainer) was present too in this project. In the first day and in the day before the last one, Karolina Suchecka(the supervisor of projects suggestions KA1-youth) participated in some activities. One of the two Romanian participants was Mariann Kinga ÁrkosI, the programmes and projescts manager from the association”We Draw Your Future”.
The event was an outstanding and a productive one, encouraging the active attending during the entire project. We Draw Your Future was involved in the development and drafting of two project ideas:
1.)one youth workers’ mobility, in partnership with Lamek NGO (Armenia), based on the volunteers’ skills development who work with children and teenagers that are disadvantaged from a social, economic or geographic point of view;
2.)a bilateral project which involves as main activity two exchanges of teens, in partnership with Yozgat Lifelong Learning Association(Turkey). It is based on the theme of artisanal activities and on the traditional symbols that are specific for each country (more precisely based on the social entrepreneurship); the target group are the disadvantaged teenagers (orphans and the ones from countryside).

There are two initiatives which partially advanced through this event from Poland:

-a trilateral youth exchange with Privatissima Educațional Foundation (Armenia) and Society Initiatives Institute (Ukraine). The theme of this exchange is the puppet show;
a multilateral exchange of teens based on the topics of a healthy life style(nutrition,cosmetics,sports) and environmental protection.

The project ideas that are described above were developed taking into consideration the profile of the organizations that were present at this event, the needs of the target group and the ones of DVT volunteers. The advancement of the ideas will continue, further following the recruitment of new partners and the effective writing of the project (meaning filling in the form of projects’ proposals of Action-key 1 of Erasmus+ in youth field). These steps would be achieved with the support of DVT volunteers. It depends on their interest and on how they are separated in different departments.