A due passi da Faenza…

Ciao a tutti,

I am here almost two weeks now, let’s start talking a little bit in italian, too! The ESC life goes on with more and more activities every week, new things to learn, new adventures to live and new people – especially Italians- to meet.

The office hours passing fast while dealing with European Exchange Projects – at least I am trying- and social media work. The italian language is becoming a friend of mine step by step and regarding my social life, we made a pretty good start with the other volunteers here. But, as good as it can be the everyday life, you always waiting and counting the days – the hours, the minutes- for the weekend!

I made a pretty good deal with myself for this year when they anounced me that I am accepted for this European Union opportunity. I decided to travel a lot this year. Don’t get me wroght, I also want to live in an italian lifestyle and get to know this small city that I am currently living, Faenza, but it is also a pretty good opportunity to travel around the courty every weekend. So, this weekend I made my first, small step and I visited Bologna!

Private moments with my friend in Bologna

I got into the traveler mind from Friday when my friend from Florence visited me in Faenza. After two – ok, maybe three- Spritzs as an aperitivo – I really like this italian habit- we decided to visit Bologna for one day. The next day, Saturday, me, my friend and other two volunteers as travel buddies, we woke up and took the train to Bologna. Ok, I knew it was really close to Faenza, but seriously it is just 30 minutes away and with the train you have to pay only 5 euros to go – that’s perfect because I don’t have money-. Almost at 11.00 we arrived in Bologna and start moving around these beautiful streets, visiting the local market and of course having breakfast as real Italians in the most lovely coffee shop in town. It was a weekend, so Bologna was full of people in the streets, shopping, drinking their coffees fast, having fun and enjoying their free time.

We moved as fast as we could to visit all the right places in only a day. We went to the center of the city, where the market is – of course I did a little bit of shopping and it’s one of the reasons that now I don’t have money for food-, but except the market you can see there the Two Towers, the Piazza Maggiore, the Cathedral and a lot of bars, restaurants and coffeeshops. The time passed as fast as the water flows and we got hungry, but who could expect that the weekend in Bologna it’s pretty hard to eat for lunch! All the places that we went at almost 1.00 o’ clock was full or had no more food and after 2.30 o’ clock they started telling us that they were close until the afternoon. We ended up eating at 5.00 o’clock but at least we tried the official spaghetti alla bolognese.

Of course, I couldn’t leave this full of people, full of life and amazing city without having an aperitivo first -yes, officially it’s my habit, too-. For another time, Bologna left me speakless and I am seriously in love with this city… So, after a little walking around the small streets of the center, we found a very, very small place, like a hole but full of people, in which bar you can drink a Spritz or a Campari with inly 2,5 euros. Take my money and give me clothes and Spritzs, SERIOUSLY! I was in heaven until we reallized that we have to go back to Faenza and of course we were late. As an authentic Greek one this time, I showed to my travel buddies how you can catch a train that leaves in 10 minutes and you are 15 minutes away and you don’t have a ticket, too. It’s pretty easy, you run, you run like hell, maybe the cars will hit you but seriously now, you have to run people!

That’s all folks! Just me, trying to leave me greek mark in Italy!

Ci vediamo…

Danai, Greece

VOYAGE VOYAGE

Elif Şafak has said: “I love commuting between languages just like I love commuting between cultures and cities.”

I’ve been in Faenza for a bit more than a month by now. The lingua franca is still English; sometimes I can use French, but not very often (and speaking French one of the things I miss a lot). Lately I went to the laundry. I was quite afraid to do that because I knew that probably they don’t speak English there (which was the case by the way). I wasn’t able to understand what they said in Italian, but as a little surprise, one if the ladies said that she spoke French! So, thank god, we were able to communicate!

Faenza

From time to time, I try to use some words or expressions also in Italian. Here are some examples of my attempts to use Italian:

– One day, I was ordering a coffee in a bar. I was alone, so I didn’t have a wiser and braver friend to help me out with the language. I have to say that I was quite proud of myself that I used no English, although I said only one short sentence in Italian. Nevertheless, it’s extremely hard for me to speak in a foreign language if I don’t speak it well, and especially with native speakers.

– The other day, I was trying to say something in Italian to the kids in after school, but it’s still too hard for me, because my level is not good enough for that. Sometimes I do feel myself like Mr. Bean on his holiday in France: “Oui. Non. Gracias.” (Mr. Bean’s Holiday, 2007).

– Sometimes when I’m in a shop, I don’t ask the salesperson to use another language when I’ve understood the price for example. However, if they decide to say anything else besides the price, I need to ask them to say this in English or to answer in English that I didn’t understand this or just smile, nod my head and to pretend that I’ve perfectly understood them (although this wouldn’t be very smart thing to do).

All these small things make me feel good, but they also make me overcome fear and break out of my comfort zone.

Piazza del Popolo, Faenza

I’ve been talking quite a lot about languages now. Last but not least I need to say that I’ve finally started my Italian classes. I decided to try B1 level which is pretty crazy, because normal people don’t usually skip all the basics when they start to learn a new language. I mean, after a bit more than one month in Italy, I can already understand a little bit more than when I arrived here (which is quite logic, I think). Still, I know nothing about Italian grammar and it’s too hard to create a normal and understandable sentence. In general, I quite like the challenge and I do feel that A2 level is a little bit too easy and the progress might be a bit too slow. Hopefully I will be able to survive in B1 level classes…

Concerning the activities, there are not many changes. Things are going to be more calm and stable now. Twice a week I go to after school classes and once a week I work with international projects. I also write blog posts and follow some courses related to art therapy and teaching in Udemy. Hopefully I will soon start to develop my personal project as well.

In my free time, I finally have stable yoga classes and I really really hope to go soon to rock climbing too! Mostly when I come home, I’m quite tired; I like to spend time alone in my room, to relax, to listen to music and sometimes practice ukulele.

Ukulele

So much for my everyday life and for “commuting between languages”. Just like Elif Şafak, I also like “commuting between cultures and cities.” During the last weekends, I’ve been travelling to the towns and cities near to Faenza. I started with the town closer to Faenza and every time I went farther. As a picture is worth a thousand words, I will add more photos than text in the following part.

So my first destination was Brisighella which is undoubtedly my favourite place so far! This lovely small town just about 10 minutes from Faenza by train is a real paradise! I really love nature and the hills. It’s so green and lively everywhere. I felt very calm and very grateful among all this beauty and I’m very happy that I had the chance to visit such a wonderful place. Besides the nature, I also saw some towers: I visited La Rocca and La Torre dell’Orologio wchich were very beautiful as well.

My next destination was Ravenna which is a very nice place too. I visited some museums and mausoleums. It’s weird that they don’t sell any single tickets, you have to pay about 10€ and then you can visit all of the places there. But in general, the city was nice.

Lastly, my third destination was Florence (Firenze). It’s a very beautiful city and very popular among tourists, so it was too crowded. Still, I really liked the Ponte Vecchio (the Old Bridge) and the river. While walking around the city, I saw statues, street art, the panorama of the city, etc. I also went to a bar for lunch. I really like Italian cuisine, it’s definitely one of the world’s best. However, it is not very pleasant for Italians to see how I try to eat long pasta (if possible, I try to avoid that). As I haven’t acquired (yet) the right technique, it’s very painful for me to eat this kind of food when I try to twirl a kilometre long spaghetti to the damn fork… But well, maybe I will learn how to do that one day. Anyway, I try to give my very best.

Definitely I’d like to get to know more about this culture, to continue learning Italian, to travel more and to discover other closer and farther cities. It’s so easy to fall in love with Italy with all its beauty, weirdnesses, vivacity, architecture and impressive nature!

From Estonia with Love,

Triinu

Il mio primo mese greco

Ciao a tutti!

Sono Federica e sto vivendo un’esperienza di volontariato in Grecia tramite l’ESC (European Solidarity Corps) presso l’organizzazione You in Europe, con sede a Nea Moudania, una cittadina situata 60 km a sud di Salonicco, nella penisola Calcidica.
Quando ho saputo di essere stata scelta come volontaria italiana per il progetto, mille dubbi si sono affacciati alla mia mente: come farò se non conosco il greco? Questo progetto è davvero quello giusto per me? Sarò felice vivendo per un anno in un paese dove finora ho solamente trascorso delle settimane di vacanza? E così via. Alla fine, sostenuta e incoraggiata da SE.MI, organizzazione d’invio, e da You in Europe, organizzazione ospite, ho deciso di accettare questa sfida e fare un salto nel vuoto.
Il progetto per il quale ero stata selezionata avrebbe lavorato soprattutto sul tema dell’educazione non formale, vale a dire tutte quelle attività formative non legate alla scuola o all’accademia, ma attività che coinvolgono attivamente il bambino o l’adulto creando un’interazione e uno scambio di conoscenza, oltre che un abbassamento dei livelli d’ansia da prestazione, poiché in questo tipo di educazione non esistono voti o esami, ma si tratta invece di un’auto analisi fatta da parte dello studente. Interessante, no?

Nel concreto You in Europe collabora con dei centri ricreativi chiamati con l’acronimo KDAP (in greco: Kentro Dimiourgikis Apascholissis Pedion) ovvero centro di lavoro creativo per bambini (ma anche per persone con disabilità), e la maggior parte del lavoro dei volontari sarebbe stata dunque concentrata in queste strutture, accompagnati sempre dagli insegnanti ed educatori che lavorano permanentemente nei centri.
Il progetto dunque mi sembrava molto interessante, e il fatto di poter imparare una nuova lingua una bella opportunità, senza dimenticare la posizione di Nea Moudania: una città con spiagge da cartolina sull’Egeo, e l’inizio delle attività avrebbe coinciso esattamente con l’inizio dell’estate… Come si poteva rifiutare? undefined

Il 3 giugno 2019 ho quindi preso l’aereo e sono atterrata a Salonicco, e sin dal primo momento sono stata circondata da moltissime persone: durante la settimana del mio arrivo, infatti, You in Europe avrebbe ospitato uno Youth Exchange, uno dei progetti di mobilità giovanile facenti parte del programma Erasmus+, con giovani provenienti da 6 diversi paesi europei.
La prima settimana ho quindi ricevuto la migliore accoglienza possibile, trovandomi a contatto con persone molto aperte, disponibili e gentili, con cui trascorrere il tempo ma anche con cui confrontarmi su progetti europei e sull’importanza della mobilità giovanile. Una delle cose che mi hanno colpita da subito è stato il calore dei greci, i quali sono sempre pronti ad aiutare chi hanno accanto anche se straniero.
All’inizio ho quindi avuto modo di ambientarmi in questa nuova città, scoprire le spiagge bellissime e divertirmi insieme ai ragazzi partecipando alle attività del loro scambio. Cosa avrei potuto chiedere di più?

Conclusi i saluti a tutto il gruppo dello YE, durante le settimane successive io e gli altri due volontari del progetto, Sofia, una ragazza portoghese e Bartek, un ragazzo polacco, abbiamo avuto modo di visitare i centri dove avremmo iniziato a lavorare poco dopo, conoscere le educatrici e insegnanti e proporre le prime attività che avremmo messo in atto entro la fine del mese. Da metà giugno infatti è stato stabilito l’orario estivo, che prevedeva la nostra presenza nei centri tutte le mattine, mentre il pomeriggio sarebbe stato dedicato ad attività personali e riunioni.
Tra le attività proposte c’è stata la mia idea di iniziare un corso di italiano per i bambini greci, che sono stati entusiasti dell’idea e con cui ho lavorato molto bene per tutto il corso dell’estate.

Le cose sembravano scorrere tranquille a Nea Moudania, ma non abbiamo avuto il tempo di annoiarci perché il 22 giugno è arrivato un nuovo gruppo di ragazzi per uno Short Term EVS, che sarebbero rimasti in Grecia per un mese con lo scopo di aiutare ad organizzare un festival locale.
Per tutti noi è stato quindi un piacere essere di nuovo circondati da nuove persone con differenti nazionalità e personalità, e oltre al lavoro nelle organizzazioni, i pomeriggi erano dedicati all’aiuto nelle attività di questo gruppo e alla socializzazione (ahimé, in spiaggia!).

A grandi linee questo è stato il mio primo mese in Grecia, pieno di cose da scoprire, persone nuove da conoscere e nuove attività, senza dimenticare una lingua ancora incomprensibile ma anche tanta gentilezza e voglia di comunicare.
Vi racconterò i mesi successivi nel prossimo articolo, per adesso non voglio dilungarmi più del dovuto. Grazie per aver dedicato del tempo alla lettura di queste righe, a prestissimo!

Federica

Autumn Celebrations From All around the World

What a beautiful time of the year! I was always a little bit in love with the fall… the leaves are changing, the weather is becoming colder and an atmosphere of new beggings is in the air. But another thing that I really adore about Autumn is the different traditions and celebrations that anyone can find around the world.

Now my lucky readers, I will move a bit northern, but in general close to our beautiful Italy. We are going to visit the known to all Germany and talk about the Oktoberfest celebration, which is really something worth writting for… So, inside the European borders, in Germany they host a big festival with the duration of 16-18 days and which starts at mid- late September until the first week of October. People from all around the world arriving in Munich to the biggest European Beer Festival. The event originated in 1810, when the citizens of Munich were invited to celebrate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. As anyone can understand in a weeding celebration there is a need for food, music, dancing and of course a lot of beer! This is the way that they keep celebrating the OktoberFest so many years after the actual marriage and it seems like it became a worldwide tradition that everyone has to try it at least one time in its life.

After Germany I will move around Europe again and we will visit England. I really enjoy the Victorian England and the stories around it, so I am pretty happy that we are going to talk a little bit about this island. Let’s say ”Remember, remember the 5th of November” because we are going to talk about the 5th of November in 1605. This was the day that a groups of catholics, Guy Fawkes and 12 other people, made a failed attempt to blow up King James I of England during the opening of Parliament in 1605, which came to be known as “The Gunpowder Plot.” But in early November Guy Fawkes got caught and the plan felt apart. On that night, bonfires were set alight to celebrate the safety of the King. Since then, every 5th of November the British people are celebrating with bonfires and fireworks. It’s also a nice opportunity to try some traditional bonfire foods like baked potatoes, toffee apples and marsmallows that they serve in this fest every year.

Now, let’s travel further away to the colorful and full of life India. Every autumn in India they celebrate the ”Festival of lights” or ”Diwali”, which is a celebration of abundance and light over darkness. They offer 5 days in October or November and they are lighting oil lamps and candles around their houses, setting off colorful fireworks, designing vibrant patterns of sand, and shoping for gifts. Another thing that they do is to pray for good luck to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.

Are you ready for some dead people celebration? Yes, you may guess it right, we are in Mexico now and we are celebrating ”Dia de los Muertos” or ”The Day of the Deads”. The two first days of November in Mexico they believe that the dead are coming back to life just for a night and they are organising a big celebration about them. This festival might seem to you a little dark and macabre, but in reality is the opposite of it. It seems like a celebration of life. Mexicans are putting on colorful costumes, they are drinkins and dancing in parades and decorating their homes with painted skulls. Also regarding their dead friends and family members, they use to visiting their graves, leave them flowers and food and praying for them.

I hope that you will find the chance to visit all these beautiful and special in their own way festivals. Either of them you will choose, I am pretty sure that you will have the time of your life and the only things that you will need is all your positive energy and your biggest smile!

M.E.I Music Festival in Faenza

Hello my lucky readers,

I can’t believe that I am already a week in Faenza, the time passes by really quick here…

I am currently working in the S.E.MI organization as a volunteer and every day I feel really lucky for this opportunity that the European Union has given to me. We have different activities, creative office hours and italian lessons so we will can interact with the local community really soon. In this way, the days of the week are full of new things to do and learn untill the weekend comes and it’s the proper time for… party!

I am from Greece -as you already know my little readers- and one of the things that we know to do best, is party! I finished work at Friday afternoon and I was ready to go home, eat and then going out to discover the nightlife of Faenza. The thing that I didn’t expected was the music that was played in all the city center.

What was that?

After a quick walk in the center of the town I realized that there was a music festival for independet and alternative artists, M.E.I Music Festival. The setting was perfect! There was like 4 or 5 different stages with all kinds of music and for all the ages. At the main square, Piazza del popolo, anyone could find a book market that also had second hand books – perfect things for me given that I am trying to learn italian so I could use an old book for practice- and they had a market with handmade clothes and accessories, too. The demons of consumerism inside me went like crazy and I think I lost a little bit in this small makret, I TOOK A LOT OF THINGS!

The next day, Saturday, the setting was the same but the musicians kept changing and offered all kinds of music to listen, dance and forget the stress from the week that passed. The streets of Faenza was full of people and the city was beautiful in every part of her, like she was wearing her best costume!

As it comes for me and my attitude this weekend, I tried to enjoy every little part of this festival. I am still pretty new in this town and I want to try all kinds of new staff, like tradition foods -PIZZA, PIZZA, PIZZA- and drinks. So, I did it, I ate a pizza, I drunk a spritz and I was happily dancing in the sounds of every band that we were meeting in the little streets of Faenza.

Untill the next time, Ciao…

A Greek is in Town

Hello to my lucky readers,

I am the last expected from this year’s voluntering programs (ESC) and I am finally in town. So many things to say, some many things to do and still don’t know how to start.

Funny, right?

I suppose that I can talk a little bit about the crazy and awesome opportunity that I have to come for a year and work as a volunteer in Italy. The European Union founds every year a lot of organizations to take volunteers and give them the best experience of their lives. This year I was one of the lucky, lucky ones and this organization in Italy, known as S.E.MI, saw something in me -I really don’t know what, I have to ask them at some point- and they chose me as a volunteer for a year in this little and beautiful Italian city, Faenza.

I arrived in this beautiful town of Faenza in a sunny Monday morning – I really hate Mondays, but that was a good one- and from the first moment I had the feeling that I was home. There are many differences between Italians and Greeks, for sure, but with the first impression, the energy that Italy and Italians give you feels a lot like the greek hospitality and kindness.

The first thing that everyone notices in Faenza is the medieval architecture with all these beautiful tall building, the huge wooden front doors, the vintage windows with the tiny balkonies and the small, traditional avenues. I think you can find it logical that I got lost from the first walk in this town. I mean, why people keep trusting me alone, right? Just kidding, I am pretty indipendent and I can find my way back in any case. But my first day here I really wanted to get lost in these small streets so I did it.

I also was really, really happy when I found Parco Bucci, a park full of animals like ducks, rabbits, swans and unfortunatelly pigeons -my greatest fear of all-. So, I desided to start healthy this year -as a resolution from the mainstream quote ”new town, new me”- and start running at this park everyday, even though I haven’t done it yet – it was raining,ok? I wasn’t bored-.

Parco Bucci, 02/10/2019

From the second day I started socializing with the other volunteers here and had a great time. We had a tour in the city of Faenza, we took all the necesities -because let’s face it, we are going to live here for a year, I need a lot, like A LOT- and then we tried some traditional things, foods and activities here.

So far so good, I don’t think that I can share anything else because we must have something to talk about the next time. For now…

Arrivederci!

WHAT A WONDERFUL TOWN

Time passes so fast! I’ve been in Italy for almost three weeks by now. It has been pretty fun and full of activities. I’m quite excited that there are still many amazing things for me to discover in Faenza and about Italy in general.

Piazza del Popolo

During the last weeks, I’ve been preparing the room for after-school activities, thinking after school activities for kids and also done after-school helping children with their homework. I had no experience in working with children before, so I was a little bit worried, but the kids are actually very nice and cute and I quite like the task related to after-school activities.

The great thing about after-school is the fact that there’s time for playing and time for studying. We tried to find some games which are fun and which also help Italian schoolchildren to improve their foreign language skills. To get to know each other, we had an activity in pairs – each person asked questions we had prepared to another person and then they introduced each other to the rest of us. During this activity I also had the chance to practice my horrible Italian.

I really love those courtyards that I’ve seen quite often here. One of those courtyards belongs to this office where we have after-school activities. It’s so lovely – quite small and cute yard with a lot of plants and palm trees which looks like a tiny magic world. Very exotic to a Nordic person!

I have other duties such as promoting Erasmus+ projects on different Facebook pages and finding partners for different projects. Such tasks are not very easy for me, because I’m very bad with all this social media and technology stuff. But the positive thing is that at least there are many new things for me to learn and to develop. Another new skill that I learned was how to use Canva to create graphics. At first I thought it will drive me crazy, but it was really cool actually. As my first task, I created a sheet for students in the after school activities, which came off surprisingly nice in consideration of my computer skills.

On Sunday, September 22, there was an event of organisations in Piazza del Popolo. Raquel and I had a task to do – we had to exchange one sticker for any other thing. For that, we were forced to use our “wonderful” Italian language skills. Of course it was much easier for Raquel, who is Spanish, to speak to Italians, but I personally was in a big trouble! As my Italian is still limited – all I’m able to do is to introduce myself shortly using about five or six very basic and easy sentences. But this time I didn’t need to introduce myself, I needed to explain what I want and as I didn’t even know any words I needed for that, I just typed the sentence on google translate (one thing I usually never do) and showed this to the people I had chosen for he exchange challenge. The sentence was surely not correct, but somehow they understood what I needed and I did accomplish my task. Well, thank you, google translate!

Last but not least, I cannot omit to mention that I’ve been attending to yoga and mediation open days during the last week, which has been absolutely amazing! As in the other place, the courses are totally in Italian here too. Fortunately I’ll attend to official Italian classes since next month, so hopefully my language skills will be better soon and I really hope that after some months, I will be able to try writing a post also in Italian!

FAENZA – ITALIAN WAY OF LIFE

What happens when a reserved Estonian arrives to a country where people speak loudly, talk with their hands and don’t respect rules of the road? My name is Triinu and I arrived to Italy a week ago for a volunteering project called “Equal in Creativity”.

Piazza del Popolo

I’m from Estonia, a small northern European country next to Finland, Russia and Latvia. After graduating my Master’s degree in University of Tartu, where I studied French language and literature, I didn’t know what to do with my life. Should I find a job? Should I go and travel around the world like many people do nowadays? At the beginning I didn’t think about becoming a volunteer, but the right things come to you at the right time. I found a sending organisation in my country and they had many possibilities in different countries. I was hesitating between some projects, but when I found the one in Faenza, I knew that that’s what I want to do.

Piazza del Popolo

After I’d arrived, people from my hosting organisation came to pick me up from the airport. During my first week in Faenza, they showed me the town, I’ve eaten Italian ice cream and I’ve tasted Italian coffee which is really good!

During my university studies, I spent a year in France as Erasmus student. So as I’ve lived abroad before, I can’t say that this experience is too stressful for me. There are quite many similarities between French and Italian culture, but for sure I still need a bit time to get used to certain things here.

Maybe it’s a bit irrelevant to mention it, but for me, the weather is so warm currently and it’s only September! I can’t even imagine how I’ll survive during summer…

One of the important events here is the flag-waving contest that I had the chance to see during the last days. I really liked their costumes which gave the impression that I’m in Hogwarts School. It was really amazing event as I enjoy drumming a lot and the performance was just great.

Piazza del Popolo and the flag-wavers

I’ve also visited some parks like Parco Bucci. That was interesting for me that the animals there were put in a cage.

Parco Bucci

A huge difficulty for me is definitely the language. As I’ve studied French, I’m able to understand some words, but I’m not able to speak myself. As Faenza is quite small town and it’s almost impossible to find anyone who can speak at least a little bit of English, I need to learn Italian pretty fast. To be honest, I quite like the fact that people don’t speak any English, so I’m forced to make an effort to learn a new language, which is something that I’m very happy to do. That’s also why I wanted to choose to a country whose language I haven’t learned yet. One of the most interesting experiences was an open day in a yoga centre. It was quite a challenge to follow all the instructions in Italian, but on the other hand, it’s the best way to learn a language.

So, my experience in Italy has been absolutely amazing so far and I try to give my best to learn some Italian. Henceforward, I’ll write more about my projects and things I do here.

My first days in Faenza

Hello everyone,

This is my first contact with a volunteer program and I am very happy to be able to do it. Its name is Galeuropa and belongs to the Xunta de Galicia, located in Spain. This has a duration of two and a half months in which the shipping association in Spain contacts S.E.M.I in Italy to find the activities that best suit your professional training and your studies.
For now I have only been in Faenza for three days, the city where the volunteer program is located and what I have been able to observe is that it is a small but very cozy town, with all the comforts, with a very beautiful architecture and with many green areas where You can walk, relax, play sports, among other things.

Soon I will continue to inform you about the activities you do so that more people are encouraged to live this experience.

Regards.

Nasce Europeers Italia: diventa anche tu “ambasciatore” della mobilità europea

La mobilità europea per le nuove generazioni genera meccanismi virtuosi sul territorio, oltre che favorire partecipazione attiva, inclusione sociale; e ancora rafforza la formazione e l’acquisizione di conoscenze e competenze. E fra tutti, promuove e sviluppa integrazione e cittadinanza europea.
Il nostro obiettivo è infatti quello di sensibilizzare quanti più giovani possibili a vivere questa esperienza unica.
Siamo convinti che il ruolo dei giovani, in questa attività di sensibilizzazione, sia fondamentale e ancora più efficace se portato avanti insieme.

Per questo abbiamo deciso di lanciare in Italia il network nazionale degli Europeers, una rete presente in diversi Paesi d’Europa e che finalmente arriva anche in Italia, con l’obiettivo di coinvolgere il maggior numero di ragazze e ragazzi che hanno partecipato a scambi giovanili, esperienze di volontariato europeo, progetti di solidarietà europei, dialogo strutturato a livello europeo e/o ad altre opportunità previste nell’ambito dei Programmi europei per i Giovani, da ultimo Erasmus+ e Corpo Europeo di Solidarietà; iniziativa rivolta quindi ai giovani che tornando in Italia, sono disponibili a diventare promotori delle opportunità che loro stessi hanno vissuto in prima persona e che, proprio per tale ragione, saranno di stimolo e di esempio per altri ragazzi che non sempre hanno accesso alle informazioni relative alle politiche europee in favore dei giovani, e non sempre conoscono ciò che l’UE mette a disposizione di tutti i giovani.

Se hai quindi tra i 16 ed i 30 anni e hai vissuto un’esperienza di mobilità europea, potresti essere proprio tu uno dei membri della Rete Italiana, e giocherai quindi un ruolo da protagonista nei prossimi mesi, incidendo quindi anche sul percorso delle politiche giovanili in Italia.

  • I giovani che entreranno a far parte della rete italiana degli EuroPeers, grazie alla azione di supporto che l’Agenzia metterà in campo, avranno l’occasione di:
    far parte di una community;partecipare attivamente a specifiche iniziative formative/informative promosse dall’ANG;
  • essere protagonisti a livello locale delle opportunità di interesse per i giovani;
  • essere punto di contatto delle radio locali di Ang Inradio per veicolare notizie ed informazioni, ed essere quindi protagonisti della digital radio istituzionale di Ang con la possibilità di realizzare uno specifico Format dedicato agli Europeers;
  • partecipare a conferenze stampa/interviste o eventi di grande visibilità mediatica;
  • aggiornarsi facilmente sui programmi dell’UE e costruire reti nazionali e internazionali;
  • partecipare ad occasioni pianificate di informazione/formazione ad hoc per sviluppare la propria iniziativa locale/incontro/attività e diventare Europeers attivi;
    ottenere visibilità delle attività realizzate all’interno di uno spazio web dedicato presente sul sito dell’Agenzia Nazionale per i Giovani;
  • acquisire nuove abilità e competenze;
  • partecipare, in qualità di testimoni privilegiati, ad iniziative proposte e/o coordinate dall’Agenzia in favore dei giovani;
  • a livello europeo, per gli Europeers più attivi, partecipare ad eventi di incontro e condivisione;
  • essere protagonisti di un video/spot sulla mobilità europea;
  • essere interlocutori privilegiati di istituzioni nazionale ed europee avendo la possibilità di contribuire, attraverso confronti e dibattiti, ad implementare le politiche giovanili in Italia.

Come fare per partecipare?

E’ semplicissimo!Basta compilare la manifestazione di interesse che trovi in calce alla news e avere le giuste motivazioni per diventare anche tu “ambasciatore” della mobilità in Europa.

La manifestazione sarà aperta fino alla fine dei Programmi Europei e già nei prossimi mesi, previa valutazione dei requisiti, identificheremo i primi 20 giovani che entreranno a far parte della rete italiana!

L’ANG si propone l’obiettivo di creare, entro il primo semestre del 2020 una rete di almeno 100 EuroPeers, il più possibile rappresentativa di tutte le Regioni e di tutte le Province italiane (auspicabilmente almeno un giovane per ciascuna provincia);
Un’opportunità unica per dare continuità al percorso di partecipazione attiva che hai iniziato con i programmi europei.

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Fonte: http://www.agenziagiovani.it/news/21-opportunita/3305-nasce-europeers-italia-diventa-anche-tu-ambasciatore-della-mobilita-europea