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Grow. Improve. Volunteer. Poznan, Poland, 2022

“Grow. Improve. Volunteer.” is an international training course that was implemented in Poznan from 13th of November till 20th of November.

📚At this training course NGO members, activists and volunteers learned more about humanitarian principles and volunteering work.

🔍During 6 days of collective work, the participants learned about the better ways to respond to challenges and problems, collected useful tools, methods and practices for working with refugees and shared their volunteer experiences.

✍️One of the main goals of the training was to create a space for discussion and finding solutions on how to better and more professionally prepare for possible future waves of Ukrainian refugees that may come in the winter.

🧳During the training course participants had study visits to local organizations in Poznan that are also working with refugees and minority groups (Centrum Integracji Cudzoziemców w Poznaniu, BARKA, Migrant Info Point). Group also visited the reception point for refugees in Poznan, where the participants were able to get acquainted with the specifics of volunteer work from the inside and adopt some ideas of how the help and activities for refugees are organized.

📝By the end of the training course participants created a volunteering tool kit. This material is the quintessence of the knowledge gained at the training and the ideas that came during the exchange of volunteering experience between participants. You can check this material here.

This project was organized by Logos NGO in partnership with ActionAid.

 

Our Carpathian Stories. Lviv-Dzembronya-Babyn, Ukraine, 2021

Our Carpathian stories was an almost 2 weeks long Youth exchange, where we used outdoor education and hiking in mountains to develop and share stories. We started from our favourite Білий Слон camping and went to beautiful (and very cold at that moment) Carpathians. We hiked for 4 days and met local people, animals and of course nature.

We visited Shyptsi and Rebra mountains, cooked on the fire and told each other different stories.
It was a challenging but unique experience for all participants - those who were on their first hike and those who are experienced.
When we came down we learned more about storytelling, got to know locals and especially babushkas and did rafting!

This youth exchange was implemented by Logos, Kompetenta Unga, Lernlabor, European Integration Group, Karas, Amazing Educaiton and was financed by Erasmus+ programme

Below we want to share results of the projects made by participants

Photo story about Khata Maysternya, one of the locations that we stayed at

Drawing made by participants to represent our hike

Photo editing made in style of famous artists

Video shot by participant of the project

Video shot by participant of the project

Video shot by participant of the project

A tale written and performed by participants

Drawing by participant

Hiking can be exhausting

Video made by project participant

Escape to diversity. Poltava, Ukraine, 2021

Escape to diversity is a project about escape rooms for educational purposes. At this training course, we gathered 20 youth workers, NGO activists and youth leaders to teach them how to use escape rooms for education.

This training course was funded by the International Visegrad Fund in 2020 and it took a long year for us to implement it. We had to deal with the coronavirus epidemic, travel restrictions and one of the trainers getting COVID on the last day before the activity. But we managed it!

Though our original intention was to do it in Kyiv, in the end, we implemented it in Poltava. This is a beautiful city with amazing people. Thanks to the professionalism of our organizers - Veronika Kurkina and Dmitriy Markov, the training course was implemented flawlessly.

The idea of the training course was similar to other training courses we made on this topic. Participants learned about escape rooms, went to play several of those to practice and then built 3 amazing rooms of their own.

On 23rd of May, we made an open event to invite locals to play the rooms that were made by participants and to promote ideas of inclusion, diversity and human rights. Event was attended by 25 people and together with training course participants, they played escape rooms over 15 times.

Toolboxes

Below you can find a short description of the rooms that participants built and links to toolboxes, that contain all needed information if you want to build one yourself. In case if you need help with constructing your own room contact us at [email protected] or find contacts of escape rooms designers in the toolboxes

Sürgünlik

This is an escape room that tells about the deportation of Crimean Tatars in 1944. Though being quite difficult emotionally this room was extremely interesting to visit and play. Players learned about facts and stories about the genocide of the Crimean Tatar nation.

Hata na tata

In this escape room, players will have a chance to think about equal distribution of family responsibilities, appreciate a woman's work as a mother, a wife and a working person. Understand difficulties and their effect on mental health.

Broadcast studio

Creators of this escape room worked on the important topic of religious understanding. Players will step into the shoes of journalists who need to stop the publishing of the discriminative article.

Teams that created escape rooms

Educational escape rooms creation guide

An additional output of the training course is a short guide on how to build educational escape rooms. Check it below to understand how you start making an educational escape room, how you choose a room, make puzzles and design interesting story. This guide also contains links to video tutorials that we made to help youth workers build their educational escape rooms.

Web-site

More information about the project is also available at the project's web-site https://escapeproject.logos.ngo/ 

Project partners

The project was developed and hosted by Logos Ukraine, but it wouldn't be possible without the help and cooperation of our amazing partners:

a:pART project

Project a:pART will create collaborative audiovisual Art-Tandems between Ukrainian and German artists in the fields of music, performing and visual arts, spoken word, installation, video, dance. Each Ukrainian participant will get a pair of a German one (and other way around), so they could synergistically work in Tandem online for a month (15.10-15.11.2020). (more…)

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

Carpathian explore. Lviv, Ukraine, 2019

About the project

Youth Exchange “Carpathian Explore” brought 35 participants from 7 different countries together to share each country’s culture, cuisine and nature while exploring the nature and culture of the Ukrainian Carpathian mountains over a period of 8 days. It took place on 16-23 of July 2019 in Lviv and nearby Carpathian mountains. The project was hosted by Logos Ukraine.

 

Organizations shared the same need of involving participants more in their work for a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly society and saw that many young people lacked the understanding of the importance of taking care of nature. Through experience with being in nature, meeting people living close to nature every day and having a better understanding about tradition life, we as organizations believe it could help to meet these needs among the young people.

Aim and objectives

Aim of the project was for participants to learn more about each others cultures, traditions, cuisine and nature through outdoor experience. We set following objectives for the project :
- to promote intercultural exchange and awareness, and connect young people from differing national, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
-To learn about different European cultures, cuisine and nature
-To promote sustainable and ecological lifestyle
-To encourage active citizenship through learning about problems and challenges in different countries
-To fight negative stereotypes about various cultures
-To discuss the needs, problems and interests of young people from different cultures

We achieved these objectives by using non-formal learning methods, involving participants in planning, implementing and evaluation stages of the project.

Project partners

This youth exchange was initiated by Logos and Shokkin Group Norge and was funded by the Norwegian national agency within Erasmus+ programme. It was implemented by 7 partner organisations

Logos NGO
droni

Supported by:

EXIT for human right! Kyiv, Ukraine, 2018

What was it about?

We made training course “EXIT for human right” in Kyiv, Ukraine, on 09-18 of November, 2018. Logos and Soeholm 4H (Denmark) implemented this project, which was funded by Danish National Agency.

At this training course we had 24 young leaders and NGO activists working with youth, on 8 days long training course. Our aim was to raise awareness about Human rights in such topics as children rights, migration and life of people with limited abilities through making Human rights escape room, as well as understanding how to use escape rooms as a learning tool in order to create similar projects on Human rights back at local communities.

At this training course we made human rights escape room in spheres of discrimination of people based on children rights, migration and life of people with limited abilities.

Following objectives were set for the project:

  • To spread ideas of human rights protection among participants, partner organisations and guests of the training course
  • Provide youth workers and NGO workers with tools and knowledge on how to organise escape rooms, which will bring ideas of human rights protection to greater amount of people
  • To create working tools which can be used in local communities
  • To show that dealing with human rights can be done in various ways through providing participants with ideas and methods on non-standard approach to human rights education
  • To develop a network of youth workers and NGO workers in Europe who are ready to do quest rooms on human rights by giving them an opportunity to practice this approach and creating a good atmosphere for connection between participants
  • To raise awareness of such human rights topics as children right, migration and life of people with limited abilities.

How did it go?

This was our second project in Ukraine about escape rooms. The training course was delivered by trainers Emir Shevkiiev, Julia Zaitseva-Kirk and Marko Boyko.

Our project was supported by the museum of Ukrainian diaspora, which provided us with the space to create our rooms. Our participants built 3 great escape rooms and we invited local people to come and play. At the open even we had around 30 guests, who had a chance to learn and play at the same time.

After the project was over we kept one of the rooms built for participants in order to let other people come and play. It worked for 3 months and attracted players who could feel "in the skin" of a person with limited abilities. During its work, the room was administered by Logos members and volunteers. This is the web-site of the room - http://escaperoom.logos.tilda.ws/

The rooms that participants built:

"Habibi migration"

Experience is the core of learning, escape room is the best experience and thus a great learning opportunity. In this case the topic is rights of migrants. Being in the room participants face a number of issues that are very likely to happen to migrants. They are often being treated like "less important" or "unimportant" beings and the goal of the game is to make people feel it and understand the whole seriousness of the situation by wearing the shoes of those, who have to leave their homelands in the search of better life. People may be sorry for others, who go through difficulties, but they never realize the essence of the issue unless they go through the same.

"Shit happens"

We want to teach people about the daily abuse and breaking of children's human rights. We want the player to go through the room with the feeling of being a child. The feeling of not being as human as the parents. This is done with the chaining at first, and then puzzle after puzzle that symbolizes the problems that children might face as they are growing older. A belt that symbolizes physical abuse and a computer that symbolizes the limitation of information.

"Superheroes wanted"

Hello everyone! Have you ever imagined yourself being a superhero? Today we will give you the possibility to become one and now you can choose your own superpower!

This room's goal is to raise awareness of people about people with disabilities.
We want players to better understand feelings of people with disabilities. To do that players will havwe to find a job, but they will have to do it with some obstacles they didn't think of before entering the room.

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 Logos and Søholm 4H, but we had great partners supporting us with their contributions and members:

  • Armenia  - Youth For Change Civil Society Development
  • Azerbaijan - Azerbaycan Tefekkur Gencler Assosiasiyasi
  • Italy - EURO SUD
  • Poland - Logos Polska
  • Ukraine - Logos Ukraine
  • Latvia - Logos Latvija
  • Russia - “OPORA“

Carpathia Lab. Lviv, Ukraine, 2018

The Youth exchange Carpathia.lab brought 32 participants from 6 different countries together to explore the beauty, diversity and fragility of the Ukrainian Carpathian mountains over a period of 14 days. The stunning scenery and the cultural diversity of the Ukrainian Carpathians is one of Europe’s best-kept secrets.

During the project, participants
• Explored the Ukrainian Carpathian mountain wilderness and engage with the human impact on this environment.
• Participated in a range of workshops on up-cycling and sustainable practices.
• Were part of an international team from Ukraine, Germany, Greece Georgia, Russia and Poland
• Developed initiatives for participant-led follow-up projects in their communities

Project was hosted by Logos Ukraine in Carpathia mountains and city of Lviv. At the same time it was developed by a consortium of organisations:

  • Germany - Grüner Grashalm e.V.
  • Ukraine - Logos znannya
  • Georgia - Citrus
  • Greece - Votsis Youth in Action Club
  • Poland - Logos Polska
  • Russia - INTERRA

Critical thinking – clean mind. Lviv, Ukraine, 2018

The main aim of the youth exchange Critical Thinking Clean Mind was to gather young people from 6 countries who worked together to improve the international movement devoted to developing critical thinking and media literacy skills among young people and to create ideas for future activities and projects in terms of this movement.

At this YE, we shared the initial idea of the Skepsis movement and allowed participants to be part of creating this movement.

For seven days (24th of May - 3rd of June, 2018), we worked on the movement’s concept, vision, possible activities at local and international levels, project plans, etc. We also created simple tools which could help to develop critical thinking, media literacy and help with dealing with fakes and disinformation.

At the end of the Youth exchange, we ran an open event in Lviv, where we invited locals to learn about the project and critical thinking. We had over 40 guests at this event.

Have a look at the video below which was made during the open event in Lviv.

And here are some simple tips on improving your critical thinking and media literacy

As a result of this project, participants created various tools for developing critical thinking and media literacy. Theses tools include workshop, videos, infographics, quest, etc. You can find them as well as other materials on critical thinking in the Skepsis movement open folder:

 

This youth exchange was initiated by Logos and Shokkin Group Norge and was funded by the Norwegian national agency within Erasmus+ programme. It was implemented by 6 organisations:

Shokkin Group Norge
Norway

Logos Ukraine
Ukraine

Logos Polska
Poland

Asociatia pentru Dezvoltare Creativa
Moldova

Karas
Belarus

Shokkin' Group Danmark
Denmark

Supported by:

Escape for human rights. Ukraine, Kyiv, 2017

What was it about?

Training course “Escape for human rights” happened in Kyiv, Ukraine, on 19-27 of October, 2017. This project was implemented by Logos (Ukraine) and Hea Hombre (Estonia) and funded by Estonian National Agency.

At this training course we gathered 24 young leaders and NGO activists working with youth, on 7 days long training course with the aim to provide them with knowledge and skills needed for creation of escape rooms which could be used as learning tools when working with young people.

At this training course we made human rights escape room in spheres of domestic violence, migration and life of people with limited abilities.

Following objectives were set for the project:

* To raise the level of key competences and skills needed to work with young people;

* To equip youth workers with tools and knowledge on how to organise escape rooms, which might be used in work with young people for various range of topics;

* To increase quality of youth workers and NGOs' approach when working with young people

* To create working tools which can be used in local communities;

* To improve education systems through the exchange of good practices and results;

* To show that working with youngsters can be done in various ways through providing participants with ideas and methods on non-standard approach to education and involvement of youngsters;

* To start a network of youth workers in Europe who are ready to do quest rooms on human rights by giving them an opportunity to practice this approach and creating a good atmosphere for connection between participants;

* To improve and strengthen relations between participating partners;

* To raise awareness of such human rights topics as domestic violence, migration and life of people with limited abilities.

How did it go?

At this training course we used escape room as an educational method for the first time. The training course was delivered by trainers Emir Shevkiiev and Marko Boyko. Our participants built 3 great escape rooms and we invited local people to come and play. At the open even (https://www.facebook.com/events/857055541121054/) we had around 30 guests, who had a chance to learn and play at the same time.

The rooms that participants built:

"On the run to safety"

On the run to safety is an escape room about human rights and the topic of migration, refugees and asylum seekers. The room is an educational room that aims at giving a fun and interactive experience to the players, and at the same time raise awareness of the situation of migration and refugees worldwide. On the run to safety gives the players a sense of understanding and feeling of how it is to be a refugee and asylum seeker, that has to flee their home in order to reach safety. The room is designed in a way that the players are asylum seekers, who are on the run to safety during the game. Exiting the room means they have reached safety.

If you would like to build similar room, you can find all the information about it here.

"Domestic violence: speak up"

This room is about the domestic violence and about the situations that people are facing in almost every country in the world. In this room you will have to understand what has happened to the family, which looked very happy at pictures.

If you would like to build similar room, you can find all the information about it here.

"Trust me"

Once you enter the room, you get to know that you are a police investigation team which was called by a mother of the girl who has been missing for 2 days, she didn’t come back home. Mother is very much worried about missing daughter. The only thing that mother has found is daughter’s phone, which is locked. Task of the team (players) is to find out what happened to the girl.

If you would like to build similar room, you can find all the information about it here.

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

Partners of the project

The project was implemented by Logos Ukraine (https://www.facebook.com/logosngo/) and Hea Hombre (https://www.facebook.com/heaaahombre/), but we had great partners supporting us with their contributions and members: