Call for participants – Solidarity Architects

 

Apply now and join us! 

We are inviting you to apply for our upcoming project

“Solidarity Architects; Youth deconstructing walls of exclusion!”

A project made in cooperation between CULTURE GOES EUROPE – Soziokulturelle InitiativeErfurt e.V. (Germany), Volonterski centar Vojvodine (Serbia), Peace Action (Macedonia) and Utilapu Halozat (Hungary).
The project is realized with the support of the ERASMUS+ and Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport – Thüringen.

This project will be realized through two activities:

Youth Exchange I which will take place between 19.11 – 27.11.2017 in Hütten, Germany

Youth Exchange II which will take place in April, 2018 in Serbia

This call is open for participants who are residents of Germany, Hungary, Macedonia and Serbia.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

During the last few years we have been facing a serious humanitarian crisis which is taking away lives, homes, human dignity and questioning democratic values we believe in. Out of the fear from other people new fences and walls are built, people are dying of cold in front of door steps and human lives are not valued.
Under the pressure of media, negative stories, fear and other demotivating influences we often find ourselves in a very passive position and without a clear picture where and how to start influencing and changing things we disagree with. In the surge of such a vast and overwhelming crisis we are unable to see the value and significance of small scale actions.
This project will tackle the topic of solidarity and deal with the actions of solidarity by addressing the current refugee crisis in Europe. We believe that it is very important to find our motivation to start small scale actions within our local communities.
Since the main topic addressed through this project will be solidarity and actions of solidarity as a resistance to indifference, apathy and insufficient policy responses to humanitarian crisis of our time, we will put emphasis on the importance of taking responsibility over shaping and creating own surroundings, societies.
Thematic concepts of YE 1 and YE 2:

During the first YE (in Germany) in particular, we will dig into the reality of WWII through lenses of displacement, exclusion and solidarity actions. In particular, by using the storytelling, video testimonies and experiential learning, we’ll try to understand how common people responded to the prosecution and captivity of those who were seen as the outcast of society. How the two realities, reality of concentration camps and life outside of the walls could co-exist.

By using the methods of social positioning in the context of refugee crisis (on local, national and European level) and examining the characteristics of active citizenship we will try to provoke critical thinking and engage in experiential learning activities. We will examine the obstacles towards altruistic action and at the same time explore the dimensions of solidarity and personal responsibility.

The second YE (in Serbia) will focus on the practical aspects of solidarity. The participants will be introduced with various activist approaches to the crisis, their pros and cons and impact on the refugees and host societies. We will exchange the insights into significant movements within own countries and Europe, and solidarity practices initiated by civil society. By the end of YE, we will be equip ourselves with a set of tools which will be applicable on a local level and enable us to act upon the return to home countries/places. During this YE we will develop idea for follow up solidarity actions which will be implemented by participants once they are back in their local communities.

WHO CAN APPLY?

Anyone who is between 18 and 30 years old and who is resident of Germany, Hungary, Macedonia or Serbia. All workshops will be condusted in the English, therefore participants should have solid language skills. Ideally, participants should be able to attend both youth exchanges.

IMPORTANT: Participants should be highly interested in the topic and willing to implement follow-up actions in their local communities.

We are looking for 6 participants from each partner country.

VENUE

The first youth exchange will take place in Hütten, Germany. Hütten is a small city located in a German state of Thuringia.
The youth centre where we will be accommodated is surrounded by nature and offers all necessary facilities for work & fun. You can find out more about it here: http://www.bildungswerk-blitz.de/projekte/jugendbildungsstaette-huetten/willkommen/das-haus/
The food served will be vegetarian.

COSTS

Accommodation and food will be provided by the organisers for the whole duration of the exchange.
Travel costs will be covered based on the country you are coming from;
Germany – 20,00 EUR
Hungary – 275,00 EUR
Macedonia – 275,00 EUR
Serbia – 275,00 EUR

HOW TO APPLY

In order to apply please fill in this application form: https://goo.gl/forms/eRwMLWPMSVYdHHx62

Deadline: 28.10.2017

CONTACT
If you have any additional questions contact us!

CULTURE GOES EUROPE (CGE) -Soziokulturelle Initiative Erfurt e.V.
Iderhoffstraße 12
99085 Erfurt
Germany
www.cge-erfurt.org
phone: +49 – 361 60 21 515 (Büro / Office)
Bojana Matuzović
phone:+49 -1573 323 66 54
e-mail: bojana.m2211@gmail.com
or
Jovana Škrijel
e-mail: j.skrijel@gmail.com

Monday meeting in late September – Plans, new projects and welcoming newcomers!

Monday meeting in late September – Plans, new projects and welcoming newcomers!

 

Wake up before September ends 🍁
#MondayMeeting@CGEErfurt

On the last Monday of September CGE team as usual gathered to have a talk about upcoming projects, recent trips, application writing, administrative issues and many other organisationally important decisions. This time our meeting joined newly EVS volunteer Frederico and an intern from the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt Nodir. More people – more fun, CGE believes. Especially, with looming deadlines 😲… Have a nice week, Erfurt!

EVS Biking Tour to Drei Gleichen

EVS Biking Tour to Drei Gleichen

On one of the last weekends of August CGE crew (Ondra Holan & Mikaela Petrakieva – the , Marina Bykova) together with friend EVSer from the EJBW, Sonya Pyshneva, and couple of other nice fellows, Haytham Atef & Tornike KaTchiuri, made a biking trip to one of the most fantastic places around Erfurt – Drei Gleichen 🏰.

The name for the area “Drei Gleichen” is said to come from an old tale: in the middle of a May night of the year 1231 a lightning ⚡️ kindled all three castles at once and they were seen like blazing torches from far away in the whole country. However, some historians have another, quite dull explanation: they believe that one of the three castles, the “Burg Gleichen”, gave the area its name.

The biking tour 🚲 started from the Erfurt Main Railway Station (Hbf), went through Steigerwald forest 🌳, several towns 🏠 (Bischleben, Ingersleben, Neudietendorf, Apfelstädt) and then directly to Drei Gleichen area. We hiked with our bikes to the top of the hill to enter an almost thousand years old fortress Burg Gleichen. Ramshackle walls welcomed us inside and let enjoy a snack over the bird-view of Schloßleite. Overall we estimated to cover 45 km distance.

We came home that day, tired but happy, with more than five hundred pictures 📸 made on the way. It’s possible to can check them here by clinking on the link (bit.ly/EVSbikingtour).

If you are interested in joining us on such lovely bizarre trip or you have your own idea of how to spend time with international folks in Erfurt, write us an e-mail ✉️ on: evs@cge-erfurt.org. We look forward to your responses! 😉

Photos: Marina BykovaTornike KaTchiuri

 

Stadt im Dialog 2

Stadt im Dialog 2

Stadt im Dialog 2

After the successful study visits in Berlin and Hamburg, Germany last July, Stadt im Dialog 2 is now on its final phase.

Participants and experts from Russia and Germany flew in to Russia’s second biggest city and cultural center, St. Petersburg, to present their own projects, which will be realised in Russia.

On day 1, Oleg Pachenkov, one of the project coordinators from the Center for Independent Social Research , gave an overview of what to expect and what to accomplish in this 5-day event. Furthermore, the participants have shared their reflections on the study visit in Germany particularly on P2P learning. Aside from their reflections, they have also presented their initial project ideas that they want to work on. After the presentations, the group was divided into two and visited two different sites in St. Petersburg separately. The two places aforementioned were pre-selected to be the site where their projects will be materialised.

Stadt im Dialog 2 is a project organised by Culture Goes Europe Erfurt e.V. and CISR. And it’s funded by the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Quo Vadis, Europe? German-Ukrainian-Russian Youth Exchange

Quo Vadis, Europe? German-Ukrainian-Russian Youth Exchange

In the globalised world we live in now getting back to national states and choosing populist leaders are mistakes we can not afford. That is why we need to ask the question: «Quo vadis, Europe?». This project addresses the need to prepare youth leaders of tomorrow by providing platform for getting comprehensive understanding of European and world affairs, learning tools and acquiring competences that could be used to deal with local challenges.

The second part of «Quo vadis, Europe?» will take place in Dnipro, Ukraine. This time the topics will include:
🙌🏼 Leadership in Civil Society & Youth Initiatives
💼 Social Entrepreneurship
📊 Business Planning & Public Performance

🗓 Dates: 19th-26th October, 2017
🌍 Place: Dnipro, Ukraine
🤝 Partners: Youth NGO MIKS Ukraine (Ukraine), Academy of innovation (Russia)
💰 Funding & Support: Stiftung EVZ (Meet up: Deutsch-Ukrainische Jugendbegegnungen Німецько-Українські зустрічі), Robert Bosch Stiftung, Auswärtiges Amt, Thüringer Ministerium für Bildung, Jugend und Sport.

The Ultimate Robot Battle

The Ultimate Robot Battle

Summer Coding School: The Ultimate Robot Battle took place on the 26th of July, 2017 in the office quarters of the CGE. One room was completely reserved for our young computer geniuses. There were two rounds: one for individual work, where you would need compete inside the circles, and one for cooperation, a truly team activity because you are paired up with someone else. The basic requirements were to use Detect Obstacles and Line Bouncing features, but some of your participants went further and let their creativity drive their constructions. In the end, some of the robots responded to the infrared signals from the TV remote controllers and inflicted a fatal blow. We spent another day together and after all the battles there was an Awards ceremony.

Study visit to the Digital Bauhaus Lab

Study visit to the Digital Bauhaus Lab

What can be more interesting then to find out that you passion can become your field of study and later on your job? Probably, very few things. That is why we had the study visit to the Digital Bauhaus Lab, where our dear participants could check out the place where research and practice meet.

The Digital Bauhaus Lab of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar is an interdisciplinary research center, where scientists from the field of Computer Science and Civil Engineering, as well as artists, meet the challenges of the information society.

We had the opportunity to try on the 3D glasses and see the three-dimensional model of a castle somewhere in Luxembourg, to emerge in the VR using the HTC VIVE set and to learn how with the usage of thousands and thousands of picture it is possible to restore a historical object for the further research. All these prototypes aren’t just for fun, students actually develop them as part of their thesis or PhD work. So it’s both entertaining and contributing to the science.

We’re grateful to the Digital Bauhaus Lab for having us over and kindly showing all the tools!

Summer Coding School: Robotics Week

Summer Coding School: Robotics Week

And so the second week of our Summer Coding School started, this time about robotics! 🤖 Don’t get scared, we don’t have any AI around us, just small cute orange friends from Meet Edison. The purpose of this week is to teach the participants how to program a robot on the base of the knowledge they received with the Microsoft Visual Studio classes last week. The software for Edisons (EdWare) has drag-and-drop feature, but even with easily put blocks you still need to know the functions that are dragged.

The first sessions were a combination of theory about robotics and the discussion about the type of robots that already exist in the world (e.g. LEGO MINDSTORMS or the ones developed by the Boston Dynamics). Then we moved on to the fields of application and the occupations which are connected to the construction or service for robots. Later in the day we also opened the magic boxes and started exploring the functional arsenal of the Edisons for the first time. Thanks to the Code and Youth Strategic Partnership and Erasmus+ Program the participants got couple of educational robots to work on.

👥 Trainers: Georg Müller & Marina Bykova.