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Seminārs par Eiropas Brīvprātīgo darbu Baltijas valstīs „BALTIC E.V.S CHECKPOINT SEMINAR: EXPERIENCE. VISIBILITY. STRATEGY”

Posted on 03 November 2016 by Mundis

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Seminārs par Eiropas Brīvprātīgo darbu Baltijas valstīs „BALTIC E.V.S CHECKPOINT SEMINAR: EXPERIENCE. VISIBILITY. STRATEGY”

 

Oktobra beigās (19.10 -22.10) cilvēki, kuri iesaistīti Eiropas Brīvprātīgā darba norisēs tikās Viļņā, Lietuvā, lai piedalītos pieredzes apmaiņas seminārā. Semināra galvenā tēma bija Eiropas Brīvprātīgais darbs, kā arī turpmākā Baltijas valstu sadarbība. Tā kā Eiropas Brīvprātīgais darbs šogad svin jau 20 gadu jubileju, seminārā valdīja īpaša gaisotne.

Semināra pirmā diena bija vairāk veltīta atskatam uz 16 gadu laikā paveikto Baltijas valstīs, tika pārbaudītas dalībnieku zināšanas, kā arī šī bija lieliska iespēja jaunākajiem semināra dalībniekiem paklausīties to, kā bija iepriekš. Vakarā dalībniekiem bija sagatavota trasīte pilsētā, lai atraktīvā veidā apskatītu ievērojamākās vietas.

Otrā diena bija veltīta nākotnei, izstrādājām priekšlikumus, rekomendācijas turpmākai EBD attīstībai Baltijas valstīts. Ļoti ražīga diena, kuras laikā radās lieliskas idejas EBD projektu kvalitātes uzlabošanā, popularizēšanā, sadarbības veidošanā. Abu semināra dienu laikā tika īstenoti dažādi digitāli risinājumi, kas ļāva tam būt mūsdienīgam.

Kopumā seminārs bija vērtīgs, prieks, ka bija pārstāvētas visu 3 valstu Nacionālās aģentūras, kas palīdzēja izveidotajām rekomendācijām būt reālām un sasniedzamām.

Semināra dalībniece: Ilze Fišmeistere

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Ar foto izstādi noslēdzas EBD projekts ‘’From Youth to Youth’’

Posted on 07 July 2016 by Mundis

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Noslēdzas EBD projekts ‘’From Youth to Youth’’

            Ar foto izstādi ‘’Saldus un Latvija Eiropas Brīvprātīgo jauniešu acīm’’ Saldus TIKS noslēdzas 10 mēnešu (15.09.2015. – 15.07.2016.) ilgs Saldus jauniešu domes ‘’Es un mēs’’ EBD projekts – ”From Youth to Youth’’.  Partnerorganizācijas ir  Centrul de Voluntariat Cluj – Napoca no Rumānijas un Social Youth Development no Grieķijas. Projektā tika iesaistīti divi brīvprātīgie – 25 gadus veca grieķiete Minushe Kallashi (Ina) un 24 gadus vecs rumānis Stefans Tudors.

Piesaistot starptautiskus brīvprātīgos, iespējams arī vietējo jauniešu ikdienu padarīt citādu, rosināt viņus būt aktīvākiem, attīstīt komunikācijas prasmes, apzināties un izmantot savas iespējas Latvijā, Eiropā un pasaulē. Projekta aktivitāšu īstenošanai brīvprātīgie sadarbojās ar skolām, biedrībām, jauniešu centriem Saldus novadā un Latvijā. Caur neformālās izglītības metožu pielietošanu, īstenotās projekta aktivitātes (dažāda veida darbnīcas, kultūras vakari, brīvprātīgā darba popularizēšanas pasākumi utt.) veicināja starpkultūru saskarsmi, dialoga veidošanos, stereotipu mazināšanos.

Brīvprātīgie jaunieši nenoliedzmi atstās savas pēdas Saldus bērnu un jauniešu dzīvēs. Ikdienā JIC ‘’Šķūnis’’ tika izspēlētas neskaitāmas galda spēles, vadītas dažādas aktivitātes. Ik nedēļu Stefans rīkoja foto darbnīcas, abi kopā ar Inu gatavoja ēst, kā arī mācīja angļu valodu. Papildus brīvprātīgie apmeklēja dažādas Saldus novada skolas, lai runātu gan par brīvprātīgo darbu, gan savām valstīm, kā arī novadītu ģeogrāfijas stundas vidusskolēniem.

10 mēnešu laikā padarīts ir tik daudz, ka tas dod papildus motivāciju turpināt. Tomēr galvenais ieguvums ir barjeru mazināšanās, citu kultūru iezīmju pieņemšana un izprašana. Brīvprātīgā Ina atzīst, ka sākums Latvijā bijis ļoti grūts, jo šķitis, ka neviens ar viņu nerunā un latvieši ir vēsi, tomēr, laikam ejot, brīvprātīgā spējusi izprast Latvijas kultūru un tās cilvēkus. Tāpat arī Saldus jaunieši bija ‘’spiesti’’ runāt angliski un uzzināt ko vairāk par brīvprātīgo valstīm.

Foto izstādē Saldus TIKS apskatāmi brīvprātīgo jauniešu foto stāsti gan par piedzīvoto Latvijā, gan pieredzēm, gan emocijām. Izstāde apskatāma no 08.07. līdz 15.08.

Sīkāka informācija par Brīvprātīgajiem un viņu aktivitātēm mājas lapā – http://www.saldusjauniesiem.lv/category/brivpratigais_darbs/ebd/ebd-brivpratiga-ina-kallashi/

 

 

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Šis projekts tiek finansēts ar Eiropas Komisijas atbalstu. Šī publikācija [paziņojums] atspoguļo vienīgi autora uzskatus, un Komisijai nevar uzlikt atbildību par tajā ietvertās informācijas jebkuru iespējamo izlietojumu.

Informāciju sagatavoja: Ilze Fišmeistere, projekta koordinatore

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EVS and travelling

Posted on 11 April 2016 by Mundis

So EVS in of itself is an experience that involves teaching, travelling, meeting people, volunteer work, learning how to deal with problems and finding solutions. Months have passed and I am starting to feel sad because it will soon be over but life goes on and we need to learn that the experiences we have are more important than the experiences we think we should have. I am grateful for this experience and let’s start talking about travelling as an EVS experience.

 

In my stay in Latvia I was able to see quite a bit: Liepaja, Riga, Kuldiga, Sigulda and small cities around Saldus area and Goulbene area.  Outside Latvia I have travelled to Berlin in January and to Vilnius (+Trakai) on Easter break.

What makes travelling fun for me is seeing new places and getting to know what makes a region or a country work the way it does. I like observing people doing things they enjoy and then doing it myself. In Latvia I have done a sauna for the first time during winter, it was an interesting experience being naked in a steamy place, sweating, receiving lashes from branches stuck together  and then going outside in the cold river and laying on a bench feeling snowflakes falling on you. It was a very relaxing experience and being in the forest at night made it almost like a fairy-tale experience.

Riga is the city I visit the most between travels as it connects most of the other cities. I always have a good time in Riga meeting up with people, other volunteers and enjoying the local pubs. Also Riga has many good art museums and cultural events happening across. While being sorounded by the different styles of architecture ranging from sad soviet architecture to brutalist soviet style, art nouveaux, modernist all mashed up together makes it a very nice visual experience for anyone travelling around.DSC_0136DSC_0240p

In Berlin I met with my friends from university and had a good time walking around doing a tour of the city and finding out what makes Berlin a vibrant cultural city. We went to a geography festival (sounds boring but it combined visual arts and culture from across the world, really fascinating stuff), also fulfilled my falafel obsession in the Turkish neighborhood in Berlin and went to a place where a food festival was going on. Besides the food and walking we went to a nice jazz night and some craft breweries.

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In Vilnius I had the opportunity to meet a lot of people, my host and her flatmates, Ina and her friends, Ina’s host and her friends, other volunteers from Latvia. The city was nice and had a interesting mellow vibe especially because the weather was finally warm after a cold winter. There were a lot of foodie places (I know… I have a weakness for food) so that made me very happy.

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Travelling allows me to feel like an explorer and discover something new to every place I visit, it doesn’t have to be something famous like the pyramids but what I want is to get to know the place. My travels abroad have not allowed me to do that but this is why I am in Latvia to get to know the place.

EVS is a travelling experience, you know you are going to leave at one point but you live long enough to know the place, it’s people and what makes it beautiful in the eyes of the locals and in your own eyes as the person visiting. I see the beauty that I am used to observing and then learn the beauty that Latvians see, a sort of me giving a hug to appreciate the place and the place giving a hug back.

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Greek tranditional day of grilling

Posted on 31 March 2016 by Mundis

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DSC_0018  Stefan and me decided to celebrate the “Grilling Thursday” as we call it in Greece , so this day is the las day before Easter time that people can eat meat and it is not allowed for 50 days to eat at all meat .Many youngsters took place in the preparation of food ,Stefan and some other guys were responsible for the grill. Music , smilies a lot of food and music made us to come closer to each other .

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The meaning of a warm hug

Posted on 21 January 2016 by Mundis

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The meaning of a warm hug to everybody’s life

The natural touch and the hugs are the most beautiful things that can happen in somebody’s life, at any given age and can influence the mood, the mental health and the physical health.

But what happens when somebody does not receive enough hugs in his/her life?

Scientific researches on the importance of cuddling have shown that the animals which had not been enough hugged or touched by the animals from the same species are showing signs of aggressive behavior.

It is exactly the same with children who have deprived from their mothers cuddling are under risk to have many more behavior problems than other children who haven’t faced these kind of issues. Children who have grown up in orphanages in good conditions (food, clear environment and all their basic needs been covered) can have mental retardation due to the lack of hugs and emotional bonding form people who are taking care of them.

The reasons that we need warm hugs in our life 

First of all cuddling shows emotional bonding, caring and warmth. But tell me who does not need this positive note in his/her daily life? The scientific researches have shown to us that hugs are really good for our mental and physical health.

Hugging makes us feel beautiful

The positive feeling associated with hugging comes from deep inside us , due to hugging humans secrete oxytocin which is a natural hormone associated with emotional bonding, confidence and security in a relationship.

Babies who receive more hugs in their lives grow up less stressed as adults

“Stop cuddling a baby who is crying, you will pamper it” it is the phrase that new parents are heart by others. WRONG! Babies need their parents’ hug to calm, to feel safety and to grow up as mentally healthy adults. Recent research from Emory University in USA has shown that a warm hug can reduce cortisol, a stress hormone produced in the body when the person is depressed and stressed. Hugging causes relaxation to the body and sends a message of calm to the brain, and in the same time brain sends a message to the rest of the body and the person becomes calmer and the stress is less.

Hugging reduces the feeling of loneliness

Hugging or touching other people is really important for youngsters and old people. Research from Ohio State University has shown that as a human grows the more he/she needs physical touch or hug because in this way the feeling of loneliness is reduced, increases the feeling of emotional warmth and psychological benefits contribute to the well-being and the better health of the elderly person.

 

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My EVS experience

Posted on 20 January 2016 by Mundis

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          It’s been a long time since I came to Latvia for first time, it is more than 4 months, it is so different for me the every perspective .People, country and the culture it is something between magic and fairytale. In Latvia I understood that one year has 4 seasons. I arrived at the beginning of September and I managed to see some of the summer things, colorful flowers, green trees and the sun. After autumn came, oh god !these amazing colors that even the best painter in the world cannot create a paint with this outstanding gold and yellow and something like red and orange , this is the image that it comes on my mind every time that I close my eyes.

 

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            That was my first two months experience in Latvia, especially in Saldus the place that I am living untill the end of my project. New friends are coming to my life and that is pretty awesome, the thing that I have realized Latvian people is, that in the beginning they are cold and closed but when they know you better and trust you, they can become really good friends! Travelling around with friends it is the beautiful part of EVS  , just some clothes, little money and a good company are the only that you need!!!

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            Leon (German), Johanna (Austrian) and me decided to go to Estonia for some days to explore Tallinn.  We had an amazing time and we had been hosted by an Puerto Rican guy really friendly and generous.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           Winter time!!!!! I made my first snowman ever in my life and I was so happy about that, Stefan gave me instructions  how to make it and yeah, I did it and I am proud of myself . And then Christmas came and my lovely friends from Greece the visited me in Riga for one week, it was a week full of adventure and feeling like being back at home.

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               During New Year, I had a trip in Paris in a city of love and light. I went to visit my friends and to have a good time all together. I can say that I enjoyed it a lot this trip, because I had so many things to discover to see and to touch. I really don’t know what to say about this place even if I could use all the words from all the languages I couldn’t do it , everybody has to go at least once in their lives and to visit Paris , don’t be afraid, just go! it is going to be one of the best experience of your life.

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On – arrival training course

Posted on 30 October 2015 by Mundis

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Form the 2nd till 6th of October Stefan and me had the opportunity to visit the Latvia’s capital Riga for our on arrival training course. We were around 11 EVS volunteers and 11 mentors. Of course we had also the trainers Valters and Stas (two amazing people with amazing personalities).So people from different countries for 4 days together sharing their experiences and taking part in different activities   that was the most enjoyable thing. We stayed near by Riga in a big hosting house and in the same place our training took part. In seminars we participated in many activities. For example talking about our expectations and fears about the project and could ask our questions regarding anything we needed help with. Furthermore, we played many games and role-play, which was the funniest part of the work. Besides everybody was presenting her/his EVS project to the group so for me that was quite interesting through that you could see what different projects are offered in the EVS program .  12197332_10208564783215798_2078664947_o

 

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The third day we supposed to split in three groups and to prepare one project which could involve local people into it. So the project of me team were some questionnaires  what is EVS about and we went to Riga’s center and  we started to ask people if they know what is EVS and to be honest in one way was really sad because from 100 people that we asked only 2 of them knew about it but in the other way was funny because one question was : what does the first letters of evs mean they gave us an answer that means Europe Visit Sweden or what you gain doing our evs, they answered you can earn a lot of money or you can win a trip in Maurice. We spent 2 hours around the city and we interacted with many people and we shared our experiences doing our evs and suggested them to take part in this amazing opportunity.

 

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Activities with youngsters in Youth Center

Posted on 30 October 2015 by Mundis

After a month of living in Saldus Ina and me have met really nice, friendly kind hearted people different from our own cultures but bringing something new to our lives. So for these kind gestures we are here to give back. Ina and me both have a lot of life experience and activities that we want to share. Stefan enjoys photography, geography and English while Ina is talented in organizing games and interactive activities for English language development.

Our first activity together we have met a group of youngsters and improvised an activity on the spot. Ina started off with 2 introductory games: Pistolero and Horse riders, some fung game that were meant to get people active and play games (games focused on reflexes and how well one pays attention to what is happening around). While I focused on a game where you had to describe words, it was interesting because the focus was one speaking quickly rather that correctly and this gave people the opportunity to not be shy and just express themselves so even people that couldn’t speak that well were skillful in using what they knew.

 

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Stefan Tudor

Posted on 30 October 2015 by Mundis

My name is Stefan Tudor and for 10 months I will be living in Saldus doing volunteer work for JIC Skunis. I lived most of my life in a small town in Romania called Gura Humorului a place where I have a lot of friends and could do interesting stuff. A town with a sky slope, lots of forest and a touristic hotspot to visiting monasteries in my region. I have went to university in Scotland at University of Edinburgh and there I discovered Scottish culture and my need to travel and meet people. I had the opportunity to see the Highlands, historic cities and in the process hear other people’s life stories. In my travels I always take my camera with me and try to capture what I find interesting. So the reason why I chose to do an EVS (European Voluntary Service) is to travel, meet people, take photos and share what I know with others.12194068_10208564778095670_73013442_o

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My EVS in Saldus

Posted on 30 October 2015 by Mundis

So …. My name is Ina and I am 25 years old. I lived in Greece for most of my life. I studied economics at the University of Peloponnese an important university in Greece where I have met wonderful people and had a really good time. I enjoy travelling around the world and meeting new people from different cultures. One of the best experiences I have had was in Portugal a place that I simply fell in love with from the first  time that I went there, oh my god all these beautiful smiley people, full of energy made me feel like at home and like we were longtime friends. This type of experience I want to bring to Saldus and share the same treatment with people. I love dancing and expressing myself through dance even though I am not the best (Stefan can confirm this). I love to listen to people and to explore different perspectives. I usually learn through having different experiences, the project in Latvia it is the next step in my “education” and hope that people want to contribute to it.12193104_10207432717797917_473356931_o

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EVS volunteer in Saldus

Posted on 28 October 2015 by Mundis

  • Name   :Ina Kallashi
  • Age       :25
  • Counrty: Greece
  • Contact :inoula_kal@yahoo.gr
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Jaunieši attīstīja savas līderības prasmes

Posted on 27 June 2015 by Mundis

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Saldus JIC ‘’Šķūnis’’ Eiropas Brīvprātīgie Almothana un Teodora ar Šķūņa jaunatnes darbinieku atbalstu no 1. līdz 4. jūnijam organizēja līderības un sadarbības prasmju uzlabošanas apmācības jauniešiem.

Apmācības norisinājās viesu namā ‘’Zvejnieki’’, un tajās piedalījās jaunieši vecimā no 17 līdz 25 gadiem. Apmācību dalībnieki bija gan no Saldus, gan Tukuma, gan Jelgavas, kā arī Rēzeknes. Kopā ar latviešu jauniešiem apmācībās kā attbalsta personas piedalījās Eiropas Brīvprātīgie no Jordānijas, Itālijas, Vācijas, Gruzijas, Armēnijas un Rumānijas.

Apmācību pirmajās divas dienās dalībnieki mācījās sadarboties, kritiski domāt, plānot savu laiku. Ikvienam bija iespēja attīstīt savas līderības prasmes, jo katrā no izmantotajām neformālās izglītības mācīšanās metodēm līdera loma bija jāuzņemas citam dalībniekam.  Trešajā apmācību dienā dalībnieki devas apskatīt Saldus novadu, kā arī viņiem bija iespēja pielietot praksē to, ko iepriekšējās dienās apguvuši , jo šoreiz aktivitātes dalībnieki vadīja priekš Pampāļu jauniešiem. Apmācību noslēguma dienā notika izvērtējums, kā arī turpinājuma pasākumu plānošana.

Almothana(Almi) viens no apmācību rīkotājiem saka: ‘’Ar šīm četrām dienām viennozīmīgi nepietiek, lai pilnībā nosegtu līderības konceptu, tomēr skaistā lieta neformālajā izglītībā ir tā, ka kopā ar dalībniekiem šo dienu laikā tika izveidoti pamati viņu zināšanām, bet tālāk mācīties var viņi paši. Šīs apmācības priekš manis bija neatkārtojama pieredze, kuras laikā paplšinājās mans redzes loks.’’

Tigran Antonyan Eiropas brīvprātīgais no Armēnijas par apmācībām saka: “Būt šajās apmācībās visas 4 dienas kopā ar jauniešiem no dažādām Latvijas pilsētām un Eiropas brīvprātīgajiem, bija lieliski. Dalībnieki no Jelgavas vēljoprojām runā par dienām, ko pavadīja Saldū. Organizatoru komanda izdarīja labu darbu un tieši tas bija lielisks piemērs visiem dalībniekiem. Katrs dalībnieks varēja atrast cilvēku, kurš palīdzēja un atbalstīja mācīšanās procesā. Manuprāt, apmācību mērķis tika sasniegts. Vēlētos pateikt lielu paldies no sevis un Jelgavas dalībniekiem par neaizmirstamajām kopā pavadītajām dienām.’’

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Screening: “Live and Let live”

Posted on 08 June 2015 by Mundis

Everything started when I was a little human, so little and skinny, like a match stick, my uncle was all the time joking about this and he was telling me: “Take a brick with you if you go outside, the wind will blow you away”. I never wanted to eat, consume any kind of animals, but you all know… parents, and what they knew?! That you can’t survive without meat. So I grow up loving animals as much as I love nature, humans or any other creatures in this life (more than humans, ha-ha).  For some years of my life I was a vegetarian, and then I found out that it wasn’t enough for animals, to end up this abusive, cruel form of animal exploitation, so I turned vegan. As far as I know people are not informed and they don’t know about veganism or about the ways that animals are being exploited, so I decided to create this event and spread all of this, to put an end to it together 🙂

On 23rd of May- the vegan event happened where we screened <<“Live and Let Live”, a featured documentary examining our relationship with animals, the history of veganism and the ethical, environmental and health reasons that move people to go vegan… – Written by Marc Pierschel.>>

You could serve a warm vegan meal, discussed about different topics, share your opinion about it, discover new things such as veganism/ vegetarianism, healthy style of living, food/recipes, animal rights, etc.  And that’s not all, we also had two guests, Anita and Elina, representing one NGO from Riga, “Dzivnieku Briviba” (Animal Freedom),  presenting the NGO, taking part in the discussions and interview some participants in the end.

Everything went really good, I wasn’t expecting that people will stay for discussions (almost 2 hours). We had a great time together, practicing “learning to learn”, where everyone could learn something from others and give something back. A lot of new information, useful one, nice people, vegan food, happy friendly faces and new ones as well!  

This is how I spent my beautiful afternoon, thanks to all for everything! ♥

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Last year memories… (Part II)

Posted on 29 April 2015 by Mundis

October wasn’t finished with my on-arrival-training, the last week of the month was dedicated to Halloween, so we celebrated for an entire week by making decorations, masks and none the last, the famous Halloween pumpkins.

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And finally November arrived. In the 1st of November I went to a huge forum in Pampali, where of course I had a lot of fun, met new people. The day was long but full of interesting activities, walking around town, leading a discussion group about EVS (European Voluntary Service) along with my co-worker Ilze (she did her EVS in Romania for 1 year) and my trainer Valters (who also did his EVS in Romania), so we were a team connected to Romania, haha. After all those activities we ended up dancing and having fun at the ball, and when everything was near the end, we managed to get in the bus to Saldus and fall asleep immediately.

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And now we can jump to December. Because was cold outside most of our activities took place inside, but we were brave enough some time to go outside and look for an adventure! We cooked ginger bread, we made X-Mas decorations and we celebrate with an Anti X-Mas event!

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Now the holiday time came, so I decided to go in a trip to Poland.

I just took a bus from Riga- Vilnius- Warsaw and then… what is next? For the first time I tried “Couchsurfing” and it was an interesting/ friendly experience. The next day I hitchhiked to Krakow, but I wasn’t so motivated because it was X-Mas Eve, so what are the chances I sad?!

I was alone, I didn’t know if I am in the right place or not and of course, people who were passing by were smiling and looking at me and giving me the impression that they are thinking “that girl is crazy or she lost her mind!”, but luckily, a person stop and took me. In our way to Krakow we share our stories, I discovered that the driver visited Romania, we had some things in common, and the time past really fast. As we arrived in the night time and almost everything was closed, he was really nice so he showed me the surroundings. After some ours walking alone in a circle, waiting for my friend from Germany to arrive, I had that weird feeling, you know? It is X-Mas time and everyone is with their loved ones, and me? I am alone walking in a circle in Krakow!

But my friend appeared after some hours and my adventure started as it should, so I spent an amazing time in Poland! We visited Krakow were we stayed at some EVS volunteers (they hosted us, really cool people!).

 

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Then we went to Auschwitz and Birkenau (terrifying place).   

           We ended up in Wroclaw (to a friend of mine, Agate, a Latvian girl who                      went to EVS in Poland).

            So this is how I finished my lovely year. 🙂  

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My Amazing EVS Story in Latvia…

Posted on 15 April 2015 by Mundis

My story began on 15th September when I arrived in Saldus, I can say that I just felt in love with this tiny, amazing place.

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And by the way, my name is Teo (Teodora Tudor) and I am from Romania. Why and what am I doing in Saldus, Latvia? Good question!

I am an EVS (European Voluntary Service) volunteer by the program Erasmus+ and since September I am working in Jic “Skunis”, and why Latvia?! Because it’s an amazing place to visit and to live. I will be here till 15th of July so come by and say hello!

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Now the story began… (Summary of my experience till now)

My favorite activity was to go in a bicycle trip with beautiful youngsters from Jaunlutrini. I had a great time and a lot of fun!

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We played outdoor games such as basketball, energizers, swinging, juggling, etc., and in the end some of them took a bath in the (mini) lake.

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In October I had some activities with the Youth Council and I had also my On-arrival Training where I met other EVS volunteers and made

new friends!

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On-arrival Training took place in Kegums, so we had the chance to travel a little bit and to spend 5 days in the forest with a magical landscape waiting for us every morning. We had a lot of useful activities to understand better what is and how it works to be in an EVS, but a lot of fun also and we discovered more things about Latvia and Europe ( we had one intercultural night and one Latvian).

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Lovely March

Posted on 01 April 2015 by Mundis

Hi again,

This month was very good, at least for me.

Weather starts to get better; snow starts to melt and sun showed up declaring that the spring is at the door.

As the weather got better I decided in the first week to visit Kuldīga and the widest waterfall in Europe. I have to say it was amazing to do that. The weather was warm and the sky was sunny with scattered clouds. I reach Kuldīga bus station around 10 am and start to walk in the direction of the waterfall using the help of TripAdvisor. As I was moving towards to the waterfall I was feeling light breeze blowing and covering my body. When I reached waterfall the breeze was mixed with the voice of the falling water carrying with it some of the scattered water drops. This calls for relaxation and enjoying the beauty of nature.

As nothing is perfect in this life, my journey didn’t end that well. As I told you, I was using Tripadvisor app, and according to this app there are three places to visit in Kuldiga: Venta waterfall, Museum of the Kuldiga region and the Riezupe sand cave. Well I’m not that fan of museums but I went to visit that museum anyway, there was one thing that I didn’t understand, why museum in Kuldiga speak about the war in Belgium and not about the history of Kuldiga??? To be honest I was a little bit disappointed.

So I completed my way to visit the Riezupe sand cave, which was according to Tripadvisor 5 Km away from me. With that nice weather I decided to walk. Actually this is what ruined my day, because I walked 5 km to unknown place and there was absolutely nothing. I met a guy around that place and he told me you are in a the wrong place and you have to walk 11 Km in the opposite direction, for sure I didn’t do it. With that my journey to Kuldiga comes to an end.

 

 

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In the second week I decided to do something that I was hoping to do someday – fishing. Well we have a sea in Jordan but it is quite far from my living place, so I never had the chance to fish before. Valters a very good friend, trustworthy person, intelligent, can be relied upon and he loves books and food. He took me that day to his house to lend me his fishing hooks, and then we went to the forest and saw the trees which you can extract juice from. After that we went fishing, but we didn’t have fish food. So I took a pic with a dead fish we found near the lake.

 

 

 

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In the third week of the month I was invited to karaoke party in Rujiena. So it was nice opportunity to visit Rujiena, meet my friends and party. Unfortunately weather changed that week and it started to snow again, but that didn’t ruined anything. I arrived in Rujiena one day before the party, because I was so excited. Not for singing for sure, because I don’t have a good voice but I was ready for partying and that’s it. We played a game to find some places in Rujiena and do some tasks there. It was a good idea to make us visit all places there. Then the karaoke party started and it was as good as I expected. After karaoke party there was waltz party, so ya fun and fun and fun.

 

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Well, last week was the best. In the beginning of the week we took part in youth NGO festival in Riga. The idea of the festival is to promote  NGO’s and their works, so every NGO had to introduce something to the youth who are walking around asking and collecting stamps from these NGO’s by doing some tasks. Me and Teo as volunteers in Saldus – JIC Šķūnis had an easy task – to introduce and explain EVS for the youth who are visiting our place. The task for the youth is to try to guess from which country we are from. Hahah it was really funny, because I was think it will be easy but it seems it was herculean task for them to guess from which country I am. I know that my country is a small one, but we have a lot of famous things. For example you can find Petra in Jordan which is one of the 7’ThWorld Wonders, you can find the weirdest sea ever ((Dead Sea)) it is the sea where there are nothing alive in it because it is very salty and its counted as the lowest point on the earth. I think these two things at least have to be known. So to help them I started to give them some information starting that my country is not situated in Europe , you can find it in Asia. Their guess was “you are Spanish”. No No,   my country is in Asia continent and the name of it start with J, Their guess was “Jamaica”. Haha, I think there is some problems with geographic information. Ya it was very disappointing for me, because just one person was able to guess my country, but it was kind of funny.

 


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Spending the night in the school, that is what me and Teo did the last Friday night. We spent a night with students from 5’Th to 7’Th grade in Jaunlutriņu primary school. Well it was a nice night and the students were very good and full with energy. We introduced our selfs to them, watched a movie, played hide and seek and a lot of sport games ((basketball, football, dodge ball)). We thought if we play with them a lot of sport games, they will feel tired and fall asleep, but what happened was the opposite. Who felt exhausted were us, we stay awake till 5 am and we couldn’t stay awake anymore, so we asked them to go to sleep, but for sure they didn’t. We tried to sleep, but they were playing with basketball around us so we couldn’t. We went back to Saldus as zombies, we were in a need for sleep but we didn’t. In Saturdy morning 28 of March there was exhibition – Made in Saldus, we will never miss that. I was surprised from the amount of things that are made in Saldus. The best thing for me in that exhibition was that lovely lady who made soup and gave it to everybody for free.

Thank you very much for reading.

Uz redzēšanos, Almi

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Time in Latvia

Posted on 23 March 2015 by Mundis

Hi everybody, here is Almothana((Almi))

 

I’m a volunteer from Jordan, I have been here since 8 of January and I want to tell you a little bit about my experience in Latvia so far.

 

The first thing that I noticed about Latvia was the grey color, a lot of forests which I like and a lot of snow – I can’t say that I like snow too – it was very cold weather for me. It was funny when I was told “you are not lucky, the winter has to be much more cold”, the only thing what was going on in my mind-” thank god I don’t want to be lucky”.

 

My life in Latvia started and a great adventure started with it, exploring a new culture, meeting new people and the most important thing – discovering new things about myself.

 

First place I visited in Saldus was Oscar Kalpaka Museum with youngsters from Šķūnis. It’s a really nice place, it give me the chance to learn about the history of Latvia and hear the story of that brave soldier- who’s lead his people to gain freedom.

 

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After two weeks from arriving it was the time for on arrival training. It was really great and necessary, I learned a lot about my tasks, responsibilities and rights, also it was the place where I had fun and meet a lot of new friends.

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January wasn’t full with events, in opposite of February which was full with events and new experiences. We start the month with sport competition which included (ping pong, novuss, air hokey and xbox).

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This month contain a very special day “valentine”, so we prepared a special event – we prepared around 85 gifts and distribute it on street to random people. It was great to see the smile on people’s faces when they get the gift from strange person.

 

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Also I started to teach my own language “Arabic Language”. By doing so I discovered that teaching a language is much harder then learning it.

 

“Around The World” that was the title for last week in February, when 18 people from 9 different countries “Jordan, Romania, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Lithuania, Georgia & Latvia” gathered in JIC ‘’Šķūnis’’ to share their experience with the youth from Saldus, and to present their own country. We had a lot of fun and gain new knowledge about other countries.

you can see the video on this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7Wf4hzQG9R5WGhPT202SWZRM0E/view?usp=sharing

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Ciauuu everybudy, see you soon.

 

 

 

 

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Eiropas Brīvprātīgais darbs Saldū – ”From Youth to Youth”

Posted on 26 January 2015 by Mundis

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”From Youth to Youth”

”From Youth to Youth” ir Saldus jauniešu domes ”Es un mēs” īstenots 10 mēnešu ilgs Eiropas brīvprātīgā darba projekts, kura partneri ir Centrul de Voluntariat Cluj-Napoca no Rumānijas un I-Dare for Sustainable Development no Jordānijas. Projektā iesaistīti 2 brīvprātīgie – 23 gadus vecs jordānis un 18 gadus veca rumāniete. Iesaistītie brīvprātīgie ir motivēti, atvērti jauniem izaicinājumiem un ar iepriekšēju pieredzi brīvprātīgajā darbā lokālā līmenī.

Šis projekts tiek īstenots Saldus jaunatnes atpūtas in iniciatīvu centrā ”Sķūnis”, kuru ikdienā vidēji apmeklē 40 bērni un jaunieši vecumā no 8 līdz 25 gadiem. Šie ir dažādu sociālo grupu jaunieši, bieži vien ar zemu motivācijas un aktivitātes līmeni. Piesaistot starptautiskus brīvprātīgos, iespējams šo jauniešu ikdienu padarīt citādu, rosināt viņus būt aktīvākiem, attīstīt prasmes, apzināties un izmantot savas iespējas Latvijā, Eiroāpā un pasaulē.

Projekta aktivitāšu īstenošanai brīvprātīgie sadarbojas ar skolām, biedrībām, jauniešu centriem Saldus novadā un Latvijā. Caur neformālās izglītības metožu pielietošanu, īstenotās projekta aktivātes (dažāda veida darbnīcas, kultūras vakari, brīvprātīgā darba popularizēšanas pasākumi utt.) veicina starpkultūru saskarsmi, dialoga veidošanos, stereotipu mazināšanos.

Projekta lielākie ieguvēji ir Saldus novada jaunieši. Viņi kļūst zinošāki starpkultūru jautājumos, attīstīta viņu prasme sazināties ar citu kultūru pārstāvjiem, mazinājušās robežas, veidojusies izpratne par kopīgo un atšķirīgo Eiropas un Vidusjūras valstīs caur to cilvēkiem.
Īstenojot šo projektu, tiks nostiprināta sadarbība un plānoti turpmākie pasākumi, aktivitātes, projekti starp visām iesaistītajām valstīm.

Brīvprātīgie:

 

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Vārds: Teodora Tudor

Valsts:  Rumānija

Vecums: 19

E-pasts: teodora.tudor7@gmail.com

Par Teo pieredzi lasi

EBD brīvpratīgā Teodora

 

 

 

 

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Vārds: Almothana Hasan

Valsts: Jordānija

Vecums: 23

E-pasts: almothana.91.en@gmail.com

Par Almothanas pieredzi lasi

EBD brīvpratīgais Almothana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sazinies ar mums jic.skunis@gmail.com par iespēju uzaicināt brīvprātīgos uz skolām, semināriem, pasākumiem. Viņi ir gatavi piedalīties, vadīt un dalīties ar savu pieredzi 🙂

 

 

 

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Viss par un ap EBD

Posted on 09 January 2015 by Mundis

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Kas ir EBD?

 Eiropas Brīvprātīgais darbs = izaicinājums + personiskā izaugsme + dzīves pieredze + citas valsts kultūras iepazīšana + devums sabiedrībai!

EBD ir iespēja:

17-30 gadus veciem jauniešiem doties uz kādu no programmas “Erasmus+” dalībvalstīm vai citu pasaules valsti, kur 2 nedēļas līdz 12 mēnešus strādāt kā brīvprātīgajam, sniedzot atbalstu un dažādos veidos palīdzot uzņēmējorganizācijai realizēt tās mērķus ar savām idejām un darbu. Īpaši tiek atbalstīta jauniešu ar īpašām vajadzībām vai ierobežotām iespējām iesaistīšana.

Ko var darīt?

Eiropas Brīvprātīgā darba projektu tēmas ir ļoti dažādas – jaunatnes informācija un politika, pilsoniskā aktivitāte, sociālā aprūpe un iekļaušana, vide, neformālās izglītības programmas, informācijas un komunikācijas tehnoloģijas, mediji, kultūra un radošums, attīstības sadarbība un citas.

Gan brīvprātīgajiem, gan organizācijām ir svarīgi apzināties – projektam jānodrošina pilna laika brīvprātīgais darbs, neformālas un ikdienas mācīšanās iespējas jauniešiem, tam ir jābūt saistītam ar programmas “Erasmus+” mērķiem un brīvprātīgo uzdevumiem, cik iespējams, jāatspoguļo brīvprātīgo personīgās spējas, vēlmes un mācīšanās vajadzības. Brīvprātīgie nedrīkst veikt algotu darbinieku pienākumus, pārlieku augstas atbildības darbus. Rutīnas darbi jāmazina līdz minimumam un brīvprātīgo uzdevumos jāiekļauj saskarsme ar vietējo sabiedrību.

Akreditēto organizāciju projektu aprakstus var apskatīt kopējā Eiropas Brīvprātīgā darba organizāciju datubāzē, kurā, organizācijas un to vīzijas par iespējamajiem projektiem, iespējams meklēt gan pēc valstīm, gan pēc interesējošām tēmām.

Kas noteikti jāzina?

Pieteikšanās Eiropas Brīvprātīgajam darbam un dalība tajā ir BEZ MAKSAS (izņemot iespējamu ieguldījumu ceļa izmaksu segšanā)! Eiropas Brīvprātīgajā darbā var piedalīties 17-30 gadus veci jaunieši uz laiku no 2 līdz 12 mēnešiem. Grupu brīvprātīgajā darbā kopējais brīvprātīgo skaits var būt no 10 līdz 30 cilvēkiem, un minimālais šāda EBD ilgums ir 2 nedēļas.
Īpaši tiek atbalstīta jauniešu ar īpašām vajadzībām vai ierobežotām iespējām iesaistīšana. Šiem jauniešiem brīvprātīgā darba projekts var ilgt no 2 nedēļām līdz 12 mēnešiem.
Programma “Erasmus+” sedz brīvprātīgā uzturēšanās izdevumus, apdrošināšanu, valodas kursus, vīzas izmaksas un citas, kā arī noteiktā apmērā tiek apmaksāti brīvprātīgā ceļa izdevumi uz projekta vietu un atpakaļ (organizācijas var lūgt brīvprātīgajam iespējamu ieguldījumu ceļa izmaksu segšanā). Papildus tam brīvprātīgais saņem nelielu kabatas naudu, kuras apjoms ir atkarīgs no valsts, kurā Eiropas Brīvprātīgais darbs notiek.

Kas jādara, lai piedzīvotu dienu, kad sēdies lidmašīnā, lai dotos savā brīvprātīgā darba piedzīvojumā? Lūk, neliela „instrukcija” soli pa solim:

1. Jāiepazīstas ar programmas noteikumiem un brīvprātīgā darba projektu datu bāzi. Tie dos tev apjausmu par „spēles noteikumiem”, kā arī sarakstu ar organizācijām, kuras piedāvā brīvprātīgā darba iespējas.

2. Izvēlies vairākus projektus, kas tev ir interesanti! Projektus vari meklēt pēc valsts, ilguma vai temata, bet noteikti izvēlies vairākas iespējas, kuras tevi interesē. Kad tas izdarīts, tad sūti katra projekta organizācijai CV un motivācijas vēstuli angļu valodā, paskaidrojot, kādēļ organizācijai vajadzētu izvēlēties tieši tevi. Līdzīgi kā darba meklējumos, arī projektiem piesakās daudz kandidātu, un tavās interesēs ir parādīt sevi no labākās puses! Pirms sūti CV un motivācijas vēstuli vari droši interesējošajai organizācijai aizrakstīt e-pastu, lai noskaidrotu, vai viņi vispār šobrīd meklē brīvprātīgos!

3. Kad kāda no organizācijām saka „Jā, mēs gribam tevi savā projektā! Brauc šurp!”, sazinies ar mums- Saldus JIC ”Šķūni”. Mēs sakontaktēsimies ar šo organizāciju un kopā sagatavosim un iesniegsim projektu, kā arī palīdzēsim nokārtot citas ar brīvprātīgo darbu saistītās formalitātes un sagatavošanās darbus.

4. Kad saņemsim ziņu no uzņēmējorganizācijas, ka projekts ir apstiprināts, tad palīdzēsim tev veikt visus praktiskos sagatavošanās darbus, lai tu varētu doties ceļā!


Atceries, ka:

– CV un motivācijas vēstulei ir jābūt sagatavotai angļu valodā, un jāpaskaidro, kāpēc tieši tu būtu piemērots šim projektam! Pirms sūti, palūdz, lai kāds to pārlasa  – viedoklis no malas nekad nenāk par ļaunu.

– Iespējams, ka dažas organizācijas uz tavu e-pastu neatbildēs vai atbildēs ar lielu novēlošanos – lai tas tevi neizbiedē! Sūti pieteikumus vairākām!

– Parasti no projekta atrašanas līdz reālai aizbraukšanai prom paiet 3-4 mēneši – tas noteikti nenotiek ātri un jābruņojas ar pacietību!


Izlasi arī biedrības RED sagatavoto rokasgrāmatu “ABC par EBD” un noskaties video!

 

Nāc uz JIC ”Šķūnis” vai arī raksti – jic.skunis@gmail.com

 

 

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Brīvprātīgais darbs jauniešiem Saldus novadā!

Posted on 14 October 2014 by Mundis

Brīvprātīgais darbs jauniešiem Saldus novadā!

Sveiks! Mēs ļoti priecājamies, ka esi ielūkojies šajā sadaļā, tas vien jau nozīmē, ka Tev nav vienalga. Tu vari palīdzēt bērniem, jauniešiem, veciem cilvēkiem. Varbūt Tev tuvāka ir daba?  Tad vari iesaistīties kādā vides projektā. Vai varbūt vēlies palīdzēt dzīvniekiem?  Izvēle – Tavā ziņā. Noteikti ir kāds, kurš Tev nav vienaldzīgs un kam Tu gribētu palīdzēt, noteikti ir jomas, kuras Tu gribētu pozitīvi ietekmēt, realizēt sevi un attīstīt savas spējas un talantus. Atliek tikai izvēlēties!

Ar prieku paziņojam, ka JIC „Šķūnis” ir pilnvarots organizēt, koordinēt, uzskaitīt un izsniegt apliecinājumus jauniešu brīvprātīgajam darbam Saldus novadā. Tev tikai ir jābūt Saldus novada janietim vecumā no 13 – 25 gadiem un jāatrod nedaudz laika, lai atnāktu uz JIC „Šķūnis” pieteikties un saņemt savu Brīvprātīgā darba grāmatiņu, kurā tiks uzskaitītas un aprakstītas Tavas brīvprātīgā darba stundas. Nostrādājot 50 BD stundas, Tu iegūsi Apliecienājumu, kas Tev ,iespējams, labi noderēs vēlāk, meklējot darbu.

Atceries – brīvprātīgais darbs ir bez atlīdzības un, darot brīvprātīgo darbu,Tu vienmēr vari izvēlēties, ko darīt un cik ilgi. Tu varēsi sameklēt brīvprātīgā darba iespējas www.saldus jauniešiem.lv mājas lapā, vai arī pats atrast vietu, kur vēlies darboties kā brīvprātīgais.

Par brīvprātīgajiem cilvēki kļūst dažādu iemeslu dēļ. Citus motivē spēja dot tiem, kam dzīvē klājas grūti, citi vēlas panākt sociālu taisnīgumu, vēl citi vēlas attīstīt savas spējas un paplašināt savu redzes loku. Tā ir iespēja ne tikai palīdzēt, bet arī sevi realizēt un iegūt jaunas iemaņas, pieredzi un draugus ar līdzīgām interesēm. Ikviens, neatkarīgi no savām zināšanām, var kļūt par brīvprātīgo. Galvenais – Tev ir jābūt motivētam un gatavam mācīties. Iesaisties!

Jauniešiem – ja vēlies veikt brīvprātīgo darbu, dodies uz –

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1LEHUr7EaFVtbb70yUs1vAOH-XLf8lY-kicjDzyQxRYU/viewform?usp=send_form

Iestādēm/organizācijām/uzņēmumiem -ja vēlies piedāvāt citiem veikt brīvprātīgo darbu, dodies uz –

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1N2KYr1MJWO0RdqTe2ZanPqS_8ih87EYLc-kUSZXRMZc/viewform?usp=send_form

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