EVS story from Macedonia

Three months ago, when I arrived to Kumanovo, I did not know much about the country, let alone the city, I had just moved in. Having finished my Masters degree in International Migrations and Ethnic Relations and having worked in a transit-center in Sweden, I was keen on seeing how the refugee-situation looked like in…

#IStandWithRefugees

Greece, September- December 2016 My time in Greece began at City Plaza, a squat hotel in downtown Athens that was occupied by four hundred refugees, as well as Greek and International solidarity. This project was unique in how it functioned. It was more than just accommodation. Residents – both refugees and solidaritarians alike contributed to…

YUWG and Social Inclusion

Social Inclusion work continues to be a focus of the Youth and Unemployment Working Group this autumn in Bulgaria, where 14 experienced coordinators and activists from SCI Italy, SCI Catalunya, CVS – Bulgaria, VCV, CID, SCI Hellas, SVIT – Ukraine, Zavod Voluntariat – SCI Slovenia and Utilapu Halozat gathered to evaluate the social inclusion season…

Walk on the Polako side of life

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things” Henry Miller I can feel a balkan feeling spreading in my body. It’s the polako rythm of life, a new way of seeing life, a new way of loving life. I’m as much into clichés and the bubblegum pop side of wisdom…

“Usual Minority”: What Foreign Activists Saw during Kyiv Equality March

or What I Learnt about LGBTQ during Kyiv Pride 2016 The program of “KyivPride 2016” included round table on the rights of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender)people in Ukraine, discussions on the development of the LGBT movement, training on educational activities for students, films about Ukrainian Pride and LGBT movement, exhibitions by Ukrainian and…

SCI Workcamp “Bear the Peace”

In this short story of my first workcamp you will found something about bears, nature, peace and my experience in Kuterevo bear refuge. Velebit Association Kuterevo Velebit Association Kuterevo is a small local organization which was founded in 1995 and since then is active in fields of preservation of natural and cultural heritage. The main activities of…

Shared Home for Displaced Ukrainians

The project I come to coordinate, “Making Peace in Ukraine” (SCI branch SVIT-Ukraine), is designed to bring a group of 7 foreign volunteers to help refugees in Kharkov, a city two hundred kilometers from the Donbas warzone. Not a usual place for a youth exchange, and not the best time, cold and rainy April. Caution…

Winter peace in Kuterevo

For the SCI movement and its followers 2014 is the year of climate justice. One element of the Create a Climate for peace campaign was the youth exchange ‘Winter Peace’ in Kuterevo at the very beginning of the year (5 to 15 January). The project aimed to introduce and discuss different yet strongly related topics…