Volunteers build resilient communities. For almost 100 years in the world and 70 years in Yugoslavia and Serbia international volunteers build the resilience of the global community through workcamps – resilience against omnipresent intolerance among peoples, growth of nationalistic ideas that place people either on black or white side. We celebrate the International Volunteers Day […]
Busy summer is over as well as a very successful exchange of workcamp leaders in 9 countries
20 workcamps in local communities in 9 countries, 20 international leaders, 400+ international volunteers – a recipe for long lasting impact of voluntary service to to personal stories in terms of intercultural learning, active participation, promotion of gender equality, sustainable development and above all – peace and understanding.
Workcamps are usually organised in small villages, in places where an international group of volunteers may bring a long-term change in the attitudes of locals towards intercultural understanding and, with that, a change in the attitudes towards values and principles of volunteering for their mutual benefit and sustainable development of their community.
The types of projects are for example the construction or renovation of a community building, such as a school or medical block, cultural monument or community centre, or environmental work; for example, improving public gardens, building public paths, removing invasive species, or ecological research. There is also work with disadvantaged people, such as refugees, physically and mentally disabled, children, elderly, minority ethnic populations. There are sometimes cultural and study projects, agricultural projects and others depending on the identified need of the local population.
Although the work of the projects is important, the workcamp is also a learning educational process for everyone involved. The collective living and working experience brings about an awareness of people of various backgrounds, a contact with the local population, and a feeling of living solidarity. Workcamps educate not only the participants but also the local population, with whom the project is organised and who will continue the work started by the volunteers.
Of course, the effect of a project on a person’s life also depends on the experience and personality of the volunteer before they engage in it. It is however important to realise that a workcamp or any other youth exchange project represents a real chance to influence a young person’s outlook on life and changes some of their perceptions from then on.
This is what the XCHANGE project is about. All thanks to KA2 of Erasmus+ Programme and the support from the European Commission, as well as strategic partnership of the Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations and the consortium of 13 partners from 9 countries.
Obedska bara as an example of sustainable agriculture, an article published in Info – Europa (Die Presse)
Following the invitation of the editor of Info – Europa (published as a supplement of the daily newspaper Die Presse) Milka Gvozdenovic from YRS has written an article about sustainable agriculture in SEE. The need for stronger dialogue and cooperation between stakeholders on sustainable agriculture development in SEE region is illustrated with an example from […]