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ERASMUS+ / European solidarity corps

ERASMUS+ 

 

Erasmus+ programme is providing opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad. It is supporting transnational partnerships among Education, Training, and Youth institutions and organizations to foster cooperation and bridge the worlds of Education and work in order to tackle the skills gaps we are facing in Europe.

 

As an association, Amazonas is active in Erasmus+ program, as host and sending organisation. We have organised one training course, two youth exchange and did four European voluntary service projects. Moreover, we have sent more then 60 youngsters to various training courses, youth exchanges etc.

 

If you are interested in participation in Erasmus+ activities contact us on e-mail: blaz@amazonas.hr or iva@amazonas.hr

Erasmus+ leaflet download link

Erasmus+ official webpage 

 

EUROPEAN SOLIDARITY CORPS  

 

The European Solidarity Corps is the new European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe. The young people who participate in the European Solidarity Corps will all agree with and uphold its Mission and Principles.

 

You can register for the European Solidarity Corps when you are 17 years old, but you cannot start a project until you are over 18. European Solidarity Corps projects will be available to people up to the age of 30 years old.

 

More about the program you can find here

 

Description of our projects:

 

At the moment, we are hosting European solidarity corps project ‘Connecting youth via Capoeira’ in which we are hosting four volunteers, Pilar Aranguren from Spain, Chiara Iacca from Italy, Telmo Silva from Portugal and Vesna Cesar from Slovenia. They will be on service from September 2019. till August 2020.

 

‘Creation of culture’ was Youth exchange held from September 23rd to September 30th, 2019. in Vinkovci, Croatia. It consisted of various activities such as: introduction games (introduction of participants and place of exchange – Vinkovci), group dynamics games, energizers and icebreakers,
presentations of the ‘cultural diversity’ of the participating countries and discussions, reflection groups, open-space workshops (there was space for workshops that young people wanted to make related to the topic of exchange), workshops that were arranged before the exchange (cultural simulation, event organization, etc.), organization and implementation of a cultural quiz in the local community, working on ideas for dissemination in participant communities, information on the Erasmus + program and Youthpass and an evening program (intercultural evenings, movie nights, etc.). The exchange was attended by 30 young people from five countries: Armenia, Germany, Kosovo, Portugal and Croatia. Through participation in the exchange, participants have improved: language competences, personal and social competences, civic competences, a sense of initiative and entrepreneurship, cultural awareness, digital competences, they learned how to deal with conflict and how to resolve it and literacy.

 

‘Capoeira communities: International became local’ was European solidarity corps project held in Zagreb from September 2018. till August 2019. In this project we have hosted four volunteers, Pablo Sanz Barcena from Spain, Cecilia Pagliari from Italy, Oceane Lambois from France and Jana Kammentons from Germany. Duing the period of stay volunteers assisted in capoeira trainings for kids in risk who are part of our Tribo moderna – capoeira for tolerance and non-violence project, prepare native language lessons, they were part of the media team where they took a photos of our social project, they created a few workshops during Brazilactica – Festival of brazilian cuture and they had workshops like boxing, origami etc.  

 

‘Going international in local capoeira communities’ is a project which was held in Zagreb from September 2017. till August 2018. In this project we have hosted four volunteers, Irene Mora Valle from Spain, Roberto Milani from Italy, Maria Peeva from Bulgaria and Marysia Jonik from Poland. During the period of stay volunteers assisted in capoeira trainings for kids in risk who are part of our Tribo moderna – capoeira for tolerance and non-violence project, prepare native language lessons, they were part of the media team where they took a photos of our social project and they created a few short movies. Also, all four volunteers have created events during the Festival of Brazilian culture Brazilactica: Roberto created ‘Capoeira is art’ live performance and exhibition of the works connected with Capoeira of artists from Slovenia, Croatia and Italy, Irene prepared pub quiz in Pločnik for local youngsters, Maria prepared interactive lectures about Brazilian food, cities and position of woman in Brazil, called Brazilorum and Marysia prepare Brazilian poetry evening in Booksa. As a result of volunteers service our users (kids and youngsters with fewer opportunities, parents) have a new role models, they improved their English, they meet new cultures and become open minded. Youngsters learned to collaborate in international teams, they learned new skills and become more motivated to join Erasmus+ programme and discover mobility options available to them. Volunteers experienced life in new country, met new people, some of them discovered what they want to do in they life and they have improved many skills.

 

‘International spirit in local capoeira communities’ is a project which was held in Zagreb from September 2016. till August 2017. In this project we have hosted two volunteers, Elif Valeriya Sanli from Turkey and Martyna Pyl from Poland. During the period of stay volunteers assisted in capoeira trainings for kids with behavioral problems who are part of our Tribo moderna – capoeira for tolerance and non-violence project, prepare native language lessons, participate in workshops in rural areas and workshops for disabled people. They created and edited a few short movies and they have created event during the Festival of Brazilian culture Brazilactica: Portuguese lecture, movie night and they assisted in pub quiz. As a result of volunteers service our users (kids and youngsters with fewer opportunities, parents) meet new cultures, become open minded, become more motivated to discover new culture and they learned more about Erasmus+ and mobility options. Volunteers experienced life in new country, met new people and improve many skills. Moreover, this project is, also, part of Erasmus+ good practice examples.


‘Capoeira for Solidary Society’
is our first really long EVS project. From October 2015 till August 2016., we have hosted two volunteers, Else Collins from Spain and Tania Cabral from Portugal. During the period of stay volunteers were preparing and implementing native language classes and English playground workshops in schools. They created and edited five short movies and they create a few events during the Festival of Brazilian culture Brazilactica: flashmob, portuguese poetry night in Booksa, samba workshop and dinner in Rodizio. As a result of dedicated work of volunteers in local community, our users meet new cultures, become more tolerant and open minded and they learned more about Erasmus+ and mobility options. Volunteers experienced life in new country, met new people and improve many skills. Moreover, this project is part of Erasmus+ good practice examples.

 

‘Capoeira EVS’ was our first European voluntary project. From May 2015. we to August 2015, Amazonas hosted two volunteers: Ana Caetano from Portugal and Edita Titan from Slovenia. In this three mounts, volunteers were writing blog and articles about capoeira, working on promotional activities, creating workshops for children in OŠ Ljudevit Gaj in Zaprešić, leading Portuguese lessons and learning how to shoot and edit a short movie. As a result of their engagement in local community volunteers met lot of new friends, establish partnerships with other capoeira associations and develop their personal skills.

 

Play different, play Capoeira!’ was created as an extension of previously conducted project for youth workers that was based on developing tools and methods in work with youth with fewer opportunities (Capoeira as a tool in working with youth with fewer opportunities). This project was focusing on youth and development of their own skills and potentials. Specifically, focusing on development of collaboration and understanding among youth in order to raise their awareness of abilities they have in creating more collaborating environment in their own communities. Since lack of understanding and collaboration leads to conflicts trainers were using different methods to show participants the importance of understanding and collaboration in everyday life. The main idea was to develop understanding and collaboration among young people from different countries, cultures and with different backgrounds by using non-formal educational methods such as discussions, group work, dance etc. In this way trainers were bringing attention on participants and used their experiences and knowledge as a resource for further learning. Basic tools that were used in this project were capoeira and outdoor activities such as initiative or cooperative group games.

 

‘Capoeira as a tool in working with youth with fewer opportunities’ training course was held in Zadar, Croatia 2013. Participants were 17 young enthusiasts – capoeira trainers and youth workers from capoeira organizations that include youth with fewer opportunities through their activities. Participating countries were from Croatia, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Czech Republic. Training course was financed by Youth in Action. Training was conducted by two trainers with experience in non-formal education of young people with fewer opportunities and with experience in using capoeira as a tool in work with people with fewer opportunities. Through training participants learned more about the methodology and principles of non-formal education and learning by experience. As an outcome of training course participants created workshops for youth using capoeira as a tool in learning process.