EVS Hosting — Stories

Below you can get introduced with the stories of EVS-volunteers Youth Initiative Centre NGO has hosted through European Voluntary Service within the framework of the Youth in Action program.

Schuman Volunteers = Active Citizens

November 2013 – September 2014

The main theme of the project is promotion of non-formal education methods. The primary aim of the project is to create opportunities for volunteers to learn about non-formal education methods through organizing various leisure time activities and programmes.
Schuman Volunteers =Active Citizens - Krystyna Lewińska

Project Duration: 10 months 

Project Venue: Gyumri, Armenia 

Volunteer: Krystyna Lewińska 

Volunteer Tasks: Conducting and running Photography Club, on-line distance classes, discussion club and Chinese club, presenting Polish language and culture at Polish community. 

   

Active Citizens in Caucasus

October 2013 – October 2014

The general theme of the project is to promote active citizenship and inclusion of marginalized youth groups: unemployed young people, children and youth with special needs, young people from deprived and rural areas. The activities aim to strengthen the role and outreach of local youth organizations and support the development of youth work in the Southern Caucasus.

Project Duration: 12 months 

Project Venue: Gyumri, Armenia 

Volunteer: Alex Foss Drey, Judith Fürstenberg 

Volunteer Tasks: Conducting and running German cultural club for the youth of Gyumri at YIC office, at Gyumri Pedagogical University, presenting German language and culture to the schoolchildren of t Gyumri German School, assisting the organization in on-going activities. 

Active Citizens in Caucasus - Alex Foss Drey, Judith Fürstenberg
   

Open the Doors!

August 2013 – February 2014

The general theme of this activity is raising European awareness and fostering cultural exchange in the city of Gyumri. The project is a response to a strongly present interest in and a need to facilitate access to European culture in general, especially for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Open the Doors! - Thomy Sadatchy

Project Duration: 6 months 

Project Venue: Gyumri, Armenia 

Volunteer: Thomy Sadatchy 

Volunteer Tasks: Conducting and running French language club for the youth of Gyumri, maintaining the organization’s website, assisting PR department of Gyumri municipality, managing YIC youth radio. 

   

Active Citizens in Caucasus

November 2012 – September 2013

The general theme of the project is to promote active citizenship and inclusion of marginalized youth groups: unemployed young people, children and youth with special needs, young people from deprived and rural areas. The activities aim to strengthen the role and outreach of local youth organizations and support the development of youth work in the Southern Caucasus.

Project Duration: 11 months 

Project Venue: Gyumri, Armenia 

Volunteer: Anna Schott, Johanna Traubler 

Volunteer Tasks: Conducting and running German cultural club for the youth of Gyumri, presenting German language and culture to the schoolchildren of Gyumri German School. Organizing outdoor activities with the children of the local community. 

Active Citizens in Caucasus - Anna Schott, Johanna Traubler
   

Take Initiative – Gain Experience

December 2012 – July 2013

The general theme of this activity was raising European awareness and fostering cultural exchange in the city of Gyumri. The project was also directly aimed at expanding the scope of
knowledge of local Armenian youth about European citizenship.

Take Initiative – Gain Experience - Nele Tast

Project Duration: 8 months 

Project Venue: Gyumri, Armenia 

Volunteer: Nele Tast 

Volunteer Tasks: Organizing and implementing cultural projects for local youth of Gyumri, doing weekly activities for the children of Armenian Caritas “Little Prince” Social Centre, conducting “Friday Cafe”, implementing own initiatives, assisting the organization in PR activities. 

   

Next Step

October 2012 – June 2013

The general theme of this activity is raising European awareness and fostering cultural exchange in the city of Gyumri. The project is a response to a strongly present interest in and a need to facilitate access to European culture in general, especially for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Project Duration: 9 months 

Project Venue: Gyumri, Armenia 

Volunteer: Kristoffer Ørsnes 

Volunteer Tasks: Organizing and conducting “European” and “EyoU” clubs, assisting in the organization web-site finalization, editing and designing YIC monthly newsletter, assisting in on-going projects of the organization. 

Next Step - Kristoffer Ørsnes
   

Schuman volunteers learning by doing

October 2012 – May 2013

The main theme of the project is promotion of non-formal education methods. The primary aim of the project is to create opportunities for volunteers to learn about non-formal education methods through organizing various leisure time activities and programmes. 

Schuman volunteers learning by doing - Aleksandra Ziebra

Project Duration: 8 months 

Project Venue: Gyumri, Armenia 

Volunteer: Aleksandra Ziebra 

Volunteer Tasks: Conducting and running Polish culture club, stressing the culture, food and traditions, assisting in the preparation and implementation process of “European” and “EyoU” clubs, presenting Polish language and culture to the Polish community in Gyumri. 

   

Mixture of Cultures

October 2012 – May 2013

The general theme of the project is raising the level of knowledge of the local youth on European citizenship, get them to know other cultures, to understand that whatever is different is not necessarily wrong but rather a new field of knowledge one should acquire. 

Project Duration: 8 months 

Project Venue: Gyumri, Armenia 

Volunteer: Iustina Pascari, Luis Carvalo, Victoria Walter 

Volunteer Tasks: Conducting and running European club open for public, “Portugese Club”, “Animation workshops”, “EyoU” (EU) club, as well as they have managed to realize their own initiatives such as “Friday Café”, “Color the city”, “Women week”, “Polish days in Armenia”, “Warm winter” 

Mixture of Cultures - Iustina Pascari, Luis Carvalo, Victoria Walter
   

Discover the Other

March 2012 — September 2012

The general theme of this activity was raising European awareness and fostering cultural exchange in the city of Gyumri. The project was a response to a strongly present interest in French culture and language, and a need to facilitate access to European culture in general, especially for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. The project was a need to facilitate the “European Corner” held by YIC. 

Discover the Other - Flavie Laporte

Project Duration: 7 months 

Project Venue: Gyumri, Armenia 

Volunteer: Flavie Laporte&nbs
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Volunteer Tasks: Organizing French conversational and cultural clubs for YIC members. Flavie was also leading “EyoU” (EU) club with the other EVS volunteers of YIC. She was actively involved in ongoing activities of the organization. 

   

Supporting Youth Initiative

March 2012 — August 2012

The general theme of this activity was raising European awareness and fostering cultural exchange in the city of Gyumri. The project was a need to facilitate access to European culture in general, especially for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. The project was a need to facilitate the “European Corner” held by YIC.

Project Duration: 6 months 

Volunteer: Kert Kivaste 

Project Venue: Gyumri, Armenia 

Volunteer Tasks: Main task of the volunteer was presenting Estonian and European culture. Kert was organizing Estonian cultural club, as well as “Book reading” club for YIC members. He was conducting English classes for the kids at the “Little Prince” Social Centre. Kert was actively involved in on-going projects and activities of YIC. 

Supporting Youth Initiative - Kert Kivaste
   

Schuman Volunteers Changing Frontiers

October 2011 — June 2012

The purpose of this project was to encourage healthy lifestyles for the youth of the Huys Children House and the Armenian Caritas Little Prince Social Centre, and to make their free time more constructive through organizing different art, cultural, and linguistic activities. 

Schuman Volunteers Changing Frontiers - Adam Kowalczuk and Andrzej Podsiadlik

Project Duration: 9 months 

Project Venue: Gyumri, Armenia 

Volunteers: Adam Kowalczuk, Andrzej Podsiadlik 

Volunteer Tasks: Organizing leisure activities and programs to improve the out-of-school lives of Huys orphans, and organizing and assisting with various sport activities at Armenian Caritas Little Prince Social Centre. Both volunteers and the organizations gained huge experience. 

   

Danish Spirit in Gyumri

October 2011 — March 2012

The general theme of this activity was raising European awareness and fostering cultural exchange within the city of Gyumri. The project also directly seeks to enlarge the scope of knowledge of the local youth about European citizenship, expose them to other cultures, encourage them to appreciate cultural differences and to view differences as a potential new area of knowledge to acquire.

Project Duration: 6 months 

Project Venue: Gyumri, Armenia 

Volunteer: Kasper Badstue Jacobsen 

Volunteer Tasks: Organizing Danish language and cultural clubs for YIC members, and conducting regular linguistic and cultural activities at Armenian Caritas Little Prince Social Centre. The project aimed at raising European awareness and fostering cultural exchange in the city of Gyumri and we believe we completely achieved the goal. The project actively involved the local youth in creating their own future and building their personal life and the life of the community they live in. The presence of the Danish volunteer in Gyumri was a good chance both for the Armenian children and youth and the volunteers to experience and benefit from the cultural exchange. 

Danish Spirit in Gyumri - Kasper Badstue Jacobsen
   

German Culture in Gyumri

June 2011 — November 2011

The general theme of this activity was raising European awareness and fostering cultural exchange in the city of Gyumri. The project was also directly aimed at expanding the scope of knowledge of local Armenian youth about European citizenship. 

German Culture in Gyumri - Granit Berisha

Project Duration: 6 months 

Project Venue: Gyumri, Armenia 

Volunteer: Granit Berisha 

Volunteer Tasks: Organizing German conversational and cultural clubs for YIC members, and conducting regular linguistic and cultural activities for the pupils of Gyumri German School. Granit also led regular Juggling Workshops for the young people of Gyumri and was actively involved in ongoing activities of the organization. The presence of the German volunteer in Gyumri was a good chance both for the Armenian children and youth and the volunteer to experienc
e and benefit from the cultural exchange. 

   

We Can Do More!!!

October 2010 — June 2011

The overall aim of the project was to provide rehabilitation and life skills development to the under-privileged youth at the Daily Care Centre in Gyumri, and to make their free time more constructive by organizing different art therapy activities, as well as cultural and linguistic activities, with them. 

Project Duration: 9 months 

Project Venue: Gyumri, Armenia 

Volunteers: Piotr Dudanowicz, Łukasz Skoczylas 

Volunteer Tasks: Coordinating leisure activities and various programs for disabled children at the centre. Although the main focus of the volunteers’ work was on organizing activities at the centre, the volunteers were also actively involved in the local and international projects of YIC. 

We Can Do More!!! - Piotr Dudanowicz and Łukasz Skoczylas
   

We are Living with HUYS

June 2010 — March 2011

The overall aim of this project was to promote healthy lifestyles for the youth of the Huys Children House and make their free time more productive by organizing different art, cultural, and linguistic activities with the children.

We are Living with HUYS - Krzysztof Karczewski and Monika Sujewicz

Project Duration: 9 months 

Project Venue: Gyumri, Armenia 

Volunteers: Krzysztof Karczewski, Monika Sujewicz 

Volunteer Tasks: Organizing leisure activities and programs to improve the lives of Huys orphans, assisting YIC in organizing, conducting, and initiating various youth clubs. The project aimed to better the life of the kids of the Children House, and during their voluntary service the volunteers did their best to ring colors to the lives of the kids. The children were given opportunity to learn new things, to experience new culture, as the volunteers were sharing their culture with them. 

   

Italian Spirit in Gyumri

November 2009 — March 2010

The general theme of the activity was raising European awareness and fostering cultural exchange in the city of Gyumri. The project was a response to a strongly present interest in Italian culture and language, and a need to facilitate access to European culture in general, especially for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Project Duration: 3 months 

Partner: AFSAI 

Project Venue: Gyumri, Armenia 

Volunteer: Andrea Filippi 

Volunteer tasks: Preparing and conducting “Italian Club” for YIC members, which included organizing a language club. Assisting Armenian Caritas in Gyumri taking photos and then writing reports for the particular projects (Old Aged Care centers, Orphanages, Social Centers, etc.) he visited. The result of this activity was that youth of the northern regions of Armenia have learnt much more about European culture, and the activities and goals of the Youth in Action Programme. This was accomplished by the exchange of not only language but also may other activities like movie festivals, cultural events and trainings. 

   

New HUYS for Children

October 2009 — July 2010

The overall aim of the project was to provide assistance and help of children of Gyumri “HUYS” Children’s. The project also directly aimed at enlarging the scope of knowledge of the local youth on European citizenship; get them to know other cultures.

New Huys for Children - Lukasz Maciejczuk and Anna Paradowska

Project Duration: 8 months 

Partner: Fundacja dla Wolności 

Project Venue: Gyumri, Armenia 

Volunteers: Lukasz Maciejczuk, Anna Paradowska 

Volunteer tasks: Organizing the leisure time of the kids of “HUYS” Children House, conducting Polish club for the young members of YIC , assisting YIC in on-going projects and daily activities. The project helped to promote young people’s active citizenship in general and their European citizenship in particular and promoted European cooperation in the youth field.”HUYS” Children House, Conducting Polish club for the young members of YIC, assisting YIC in on-going projects and daily activities.