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Author - Emir Shevkiev

ESC stories. Anna Kuzmuk

Hi everyone 🙌
My name is Anna and I started my volunteer adventure on the 1st of July this year (2020) 🌍
Two weeks ago, I became a part of a European Solidarity Corps project in Riga, Latvia! And my life changed forever🤘 A new country, a new city, a new language, new friends and a new me 😃
I'm just getting started on my volunteer journey, but I really like it and I'm happy that I made up my mind 😉

During the project, I am working as a volunteer with the youngsters from the Riga Municipal Children's and Youth Center. The main tasks include individual activities, non-formal education and creative workshops, sport activities workshops and etc. 🌅🧘🏻‍♀️📚🌿

Volunteering is not only helping others but also you can upgrade yourself. Volunteering can help you make friends, learn new skills and advance your career 🔝

Now we have a football tournament between Riga Municipal Children's and Youth Centers. I'm rooting for youngsters with all my heart 💚 Healthy lifestyle, respect and fair play these are the basic concepts that we want to convey to the youngsters through the sport activities - football games 

Become a Volunteer and Change your Life and the World ✌️

ESC stories. Nuray Yaşar

As Logos EVS volunteer I spent beautiful 6 months in Poland and I want to mention my EVS journey. Everything started with an open call on a Facebook group. Logos was looking for volunteers from Turkey and I applied for it. Back then I had no idea about Logos NGO. After a successful selection process, I came to Poznan and started to support my organization at the office and the local activities. I organized workshops, made presentations at schools, attended a fair to represent Logos and etc. I met amazing people and built new friendships. I gained new skills and experiences during my voluntary service. I am glad to join to EVS program and be part of the Logos family."

Thank you Nuray and Logos wish you full of successes🤩

ESC stories. Selin Üstüner

My 6 month Evs journey has come to an end. It was difficult for me in the beginning to adapt to a new country, new people, but thanks to LOGOS family it didnt last long 🙂 I gained new perspectives, ideas and it helped me to better understand who I am, what I like, what I enjoy.
I have experienced a lot of stuff that I wouldnt experience in my own country. I am glad that I left my comfort zone and decided to do that. Leaving my comfort zone helped me to become aware of my responsibilities more and more.
I participated to a lot of activities, events, trainings and met many wonderful people that influenced me.
I feel myself very lucky to have such and amazing experince and memories that I wouldn't forget for the rest of my life! 🙂
Thank you all for making this journey amazing, I highly recommend you to be a part of this family!

This is the future: ideas in mind! Poznan, Poland, 2020

"This is the future: ideas in mind!" was a training course that took place in Poznan, Poland on 4-12 of January, 2020. This project was developed by Centrum financni gramotnosti and Logos and hosted by Logos Polska. The training course was made within Erasmus+ programme and funded by the Polish national agency.

Project aim:

Aim of the project was to empower people to expand job opportunities in their communities through transforming skills they improve during the TC.

Objectives:

  • To explain the sustainability and independence of social enterprises on real examples.
  • Implement creating a social enterprise as an alternative to NGO.
  • Transfer entrepreneurial skills such as budgeting, digital tools for promotion, business plan creation.
  • Make sure participants are able to transfer the skills to young people through various interactive methods.

Issues addressed:

  • Lack of professionalism /competencies in Social Entrepreneurship.
  • Unemployment
  • Slow (or non-existent) inclusion of people with fewer opportunities.
  • Social exclusion
  • Lack of youthworkers' skills like budgeting, fundraising and promoting via digital tools

Project results

During the project a ToolBox with business ideas for social entrepreneurship was developed and it is available below

Feeling factory. Kolin, Czechia, 2019

What was it about?

Training course “Feeling factory” was implemented in Kolin, Czechia on 30 November - 8 December 2019. The project was hosted by CEFIG with trainers' team coming from Logos and AFR and funded by Czech National Agency.

We had 24 youth workers from 8 countries on 7 days long training course. Our aim was to raise awareness about such human rights issues as domestic violence, xenophobia and discrimination through making escape rooms, as well as understanding how to use escape rooms as a learning tool in order to create various activities at local communities.

Following objectives were set for the project:

  • Develop higher awareness of human rights topic in Europe
  • Provide participants with a specific educational tool - Escape Rooms
  • To tackle specific issues in our communities
  • To share the results of the project in local communities
  • Foster an idea of innovative methods in education to attract youth

How did it go?

This was the first time the project on escape rooms was implemented by Logos team in Czechia. The training course was delivered by trainers Emir Shevkiiev and Marko Boyko and junior trainer Anaïs Belliard and it was organised by the team of CEFIG.

At the project, we had a chance to build rooms in the hotel in the centre of Kolin. Our participants built 3 escape rooms connected to the topics of the training course and we invited locals to come and play. At the open event, we had around 30 guests, who had a chance to learn and play at the same time.

The rooms that participants built:

Story of Marie

The educational goal of the room is to raise awareness about sexual orientation discrimination.

Hello everyone, my name is X and I'm Marie's sister. I got your message asking if you could come to Marie's room to try to understand the reason why she tried to kill herself. I can't imagine what drove her to do this because she was always smiling and now she is at the hospital.

Boat ride

The educational goal of the room: create an environment for players to experience the refugee, create awareness about xenophobia.

You are immigrants that paid a high price to cross the sea to get to a developed country. You just want to have a better life. I am going to hand you to the boat’s captain that will escort you to your hiding place.

Happily ever after

The educational goal of the room is to raise awareness of domestic violence situations. The main goal for players during the game is to help their friend - Emma Brown, by finding her passport and ticket and escape from the room before her boyfriend finds her.

Below you can directly access toolboxes on the rooms made by participants

In each "toolbox" you can find following information:

  • Explanation of what is the room about
  • Description of storyline and puzzles
  • Plan of the room
  • Pictures of the room

If you want to build a similar room, but have some questions, don't hesitate to write us [email protected]

Partners of the project

The project was implemented by teams of CEFIG from Czechia and Logos Poland, but we had great partners supporting us with their contributions and members:

  • Latvia: Biedriba "Logos Latvija"
  • Spain: Asociacion las ninas del tul
  • Italy: Euro Sud
  • France: Amitie franco russe languedoc "AFR"
  • The Netherlands: Logos the Netherlands
  • Romania: Asociatia GEYC

ESC stories. Dominika, Marcelina, Maria and Piotr in Cyprus

Kalimera!

Greetings from Polish team Volunteers on Tour. We have a pleasure to be participants of Eco project in Kannavia #PlanBePlanItBeIt

Our journey has started very actively. In the beginning, we had a lot of energizers and games which helped us in getting to know each other with people from other countries such as Portugal, Spain, Czechia, Germany, and Italy.

Apart from that, we have helped in the field of Mr Aleikos, who lives in the village. We could also get to know other inhabitants by walking around the village and asking what we could help them with. Some of them gave us some tasks that we will fulfil next week. All the people who live here are very hospitable, kind and humble. You simply cannot leave the house of a Kannavian without tasting some traditional dessert or cheese!

Thanks to the Host Organisation (Plan Be) we could visit Nicosia for Erasmus Festival and go hiking in the Troodos Mountains the next day.
We are sending some beautiful memories from this magical week.

To be continued.....

Critical thinking – healthy food for your mind. Beziers, France, 2019

Youth Exchange “Critical Thinking- Healthy Food For Your Mind” took place in France, Beziers on 14-22nd of October, 2019. We made  this youth exchange within the framework of the international Skepsis movement. Our dear partners from France -  Amitie Franco Russe Languedoc "AFR" hosted this project.

The project aimed to gather young people from 6 countries and let them work closely to increase the involvement of youth organisations in partnership projects in the youth field. Participants shared experiences, worked with non-formal tools to develop critical thinking and media literacy skills and ideas for future activities and projects in the youth field and within Skepsis movement.

A long term goal for the conference and for the movement is to raise participants awareness and understanding of other cultures and countries through reducing of the negative influence of disinformation and takes which produce hatred and can lead to the rise of intolerance and discrimination.

Project partners.

We implemented this project together with the group of partners from the EU and partner countries:

Logos Polska

Karas

AFRL

Logos Ukraine

Opora

Logos Latvia

Logos NGO

Project results.

At the project participants learned about critical thinking and media literacy. As it was youth exchange they created their own educational materials on the topic. When working in groups they made some videos, memes, collages. All of these materials were later presented on a web-site made by one of the project participants - Vadym Havrylenko

The web-site is available at this link - https://cthffym.logos.ngo/ and we welcome you to check it out.

Thinking habit. Riga, Latvia, 2019

About the project

"Thinking habit" was an international training course that took place in Latvia between 6th and 13th of October, 2019. At this training course, we worked with youth workers to develop their critical thinking skills. We also created workshops to develop critical thinking in local communities. This training course was developed by Logos and Baltic Regional Fund and implemented within Skepsis framework. The project was made under Erasmus+ programme and supported by the Latvian National agency.

Project aim

Our aim was to increase critical thinking skills among youth leaders, youth workers and NGO activists and their stakeholders through learning about tools and methods to improve critical thinking and by creating tools and workshops which later would be used in local communities.

Objectives

  • Increase critical thinking skill which is a relevant skill not only for civil society but for youngsters striving to be employed as well
  • Improve quality of youth work in partner organisations through cooperation between them and/or other stakeholders within the Skepsis
  • Promote active citizenship and and understanding of democratic processes through knowledge on critical thinking and media literacy
  • Create tools and workshops about critical thinking for youth workers which can later be applied at local communities
  • Fight fakes, propaganda, prejudice, misinformation,etc.
  • Develop new activities within the Skepsis to have better continuation and spreading of ideas about critical thinking

How did it go

At the training course, we started with learning about basics of critical thinking and media literacy, diving into the world of fakes, biases, logical fallacies and conspiracy theories. After that participants developed their own ideas for workshops about critical thinking and media literacy. At the end of the training course, we made an open event open for external guests. At this event, attended by almost 50 people, we introduced the idea of Skepsis movement and presented workshops made by participants.

Workshops made by participants

Below you can find results of participants' work - workshops that were created at the training course.

How to make a decision using critical thinking - "Are you well equipped to take decisions". This workshop was originally prepared for the people who are taking leadership roles in NGOs and are looking for a ways to make decisions within their organisations. But as we practiced the workshop we found out that it can be applied to anyone who is in the process of making a decisions, including personal
ones. At the project we tested the method on about 10 people, who managed to take decisions on issues they had.


How to recognise fake news using CRAAP method - "Cut the CRAAP".  This workshop was developed by the group of participants who wanted to have an easy tool to detect fakes in media. It was originally created to be used during the upcoming Youth Exchange that one of the participants was preparing. CRAAP method is about analysing the article with 5 different arguments: Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose.


How to spot fake news - "Do you news?". This workshop has its goal of introducing learners to basic concepts of critical thinking and media literacy. It can be used in the class by teachers with some practical examples and debates included.


Applying critical thinking when using social networks - "Mind in action". At this workshop, there were several learning objectives - to present the tool to recognise truth from false, to bring participants attention to the content they consume, to make learners think before they post something in media. Main specifics of this workshop is that it is about social media usage and this is one of the most important topics today.


Affect of media on young people's life - "Should we believe in media?". This workshop is mainly about the media and helps learners to understand that not all that seem true is true and also to identify pros and cons about social media framing. Also this workshops includes many visual examples of fakes and misinformation which would be interesting for young people.


How our background affects how we perceive information - "Tell your story". At this workshop, learners get to see how their background affects the way they see the information. What makes this workshop different is that it can be made for young people aged 7-14.

Carpathian stories. Lviv, Ukraine, 2019

Project description

The Youth exchange Carpathian Stories brought 30 participants from 6 different countries  - Ukraine, Germany, Spain, Belarus, Russia and Poland, together to explore the beauty, diversity and fragility of the Ukrainian Carpathian mountains over a period of 15 days. This project took place outdoors with participants hiking in the Carpathians, staying in tents and cooking food on the fire.

Project engaged participants with important themes of environmental awareness and sustainability equipped them with skills in digital media literacy and provided an intercultural exchange in an outdoor setting using nonformal learning and experiential education.

The aim of the project was to foster intercultural understanding by collecting stories based on our outdoor experience and exploring different ways of telling our own stories.

Project objectives:

  • To learn about the cultures of countries involved in the project
  • To explore the Carpathian region’s culture and traditions
  • To explore different forms of storytelling
  • To create stories during the project which could be later brought to other people and communities
  • To go for an outdoor expedition and learn about hiking

Project outputs:

At the project participants created various stories through different means of storytelling. Logos member Vadym Havrylenko created a web-site of the project, where it is possible to find all the stories made by participants and learn about the project. Check the web-site at https://carpatianstories.logos.ngo/

Below you can see some of the outputs of the project created by participants.

Project partners

"Carpathian stories" Youth exchange was hosted by Logos Ukraine and funded by the German national agency within the Erasmus+ programme. This project was implemented by a consortium of organisations:

  • Germany - Grüner Grashalm e.V.
  • Ukraine - Logos znannya
  • Spain - Arousa moza
  • Belarus - Karas
  • Poland - Logos Polska
  • Russia - INTERRA

Project chronicles

Get your horizons expanded. Potenza, Italy, 2019

About the project:

Training course “Get your horizons expanded!” – Life action planning role game: stereotypes & critical thinking (Human rights life action role playing) gathered 23 young leaders and youngsters from 8 countries: Italy, Bulgaria, Poland, Cyprus, Latvia, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany. This training course was supported by the Italian national agency and hosted in Potenza by Youth Europe Service organisation. The idea of the project was developed by Logos and hosting organisation. It was delivered by Logos trainers - Nataliia Zatokovenko and Kaspars Folkmanis.

Project aim:

The aim of the project was to raise awareness about Human rights in spheres of stereotypes and critical thinking through making Human rights life actions role-playing games.

Objectives:

  • Spreading ideas of human rights protection
  • Providing youth workers with tools and knowledge on how to organise LARP games, which will bring ideas of human rights protection to greater amount of people;
  • Showing that dealing with human rights can be done in various ways through providing participants with ideas and methods on nonstandard, creative approach to human rights education
  • Creating working tools which can be used in local communities
  • Starting a network of youth workers in Europe who are ready to do LARP games on human rights by giving them an opportunity to practice this approach and creating a good atmosphere for connection between participants
  • Bringing understanding of nowadays problems in the human rights area through giving examples, ideas and theoretical knowledge during the project
  • Raising awareness of such human rights topics as discriminations, integrations.

LARP handbook

During the project, participants created 4 educational LARP games, which were combined to one file by the trainer at the project - Nataliia Zatokovenko. This handbook is available for anyone who wants to make educational LARP games.