Founded in 1993 in Berlin, Eurocircle has been operating as a European NGO since 2006. We develop and carry out transnational projects, specializing in the international mobility of young people. These projects are designed to foster the emergence of a European citizenship based on the values of inter-cultural tolerance, equality, peace, ecology and solidarity

Welcome

Welcome to the new site of the non-profit organisation, Eurocircle, based in Marseille. This portal was set up to provide information about community programmes and to establish transnational partnerships, and in particular to initiate the possibilities of promoting Europe in order to allow a greater participation in European programmes in development and exchange projects and transnational activities of all types.

I wish you every success with and in Europe, Ralf Makrutzki.
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20.07.2016

28th of June – 4th of July 2016
IntegrArtMus
Molin De Rei, Barcelona

Between the 28th of June and the 4th of July, in Molin de Rei, a town situated few minutes near from Barcelona in Spain; a really interesting European meeting took place. This meeting brought 30 youth workers from 30 different countries together.

In this way, Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belorussia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria,  Croatia, Cheque Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Italia, Jordan, Libanon, Moldavia,  Montenegro, Morocco, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine et Spain was unite in the same place, in a same project. This project, called “IntegrArtmus”, was initiated and carried by the Spanish association “Radikal Records”, from Valencia.

The aim of this European project (PBA: Partner Building Activities) financed by the European Union as part of Erasmus +, was to create a network of partners able to work together and to produce European project with an artistic and musical thematic.  That’s why the Culture Department of Eurocircle took part in IntegrArtMus.

They are common values like human dignity, liberty, democracy, equality, respect, human rights which are motivated the participants to take part of this project so rich in cultural diversity.

The welcoming atmosphere of Spain enable participants to get on with each other. Furthermore, conflict and problematics actually suffered by Europe and the rest of the world, were supplementary motor element to create spaces and projects in favour of peace and living together.

As we go along that links were spined, projects were flourishing. Work time in small groups permit to finalize the writing of some projects (projects enable here: https://integrartmus.wordpress.com/). Some partnership have already started and Eurocircle will do everything to keep these links prosperous and to come to successful conclusion with other projects.

Exchanges of competencies and experiences were abundant, everyone bringing his skills to the group and sharing his knowledge. Like this, at the end of the seminary, each professional go back more competent, but also with a list of tasks to do in a way to follow creation and organisation of European projects (Key Action 1 especially). Participants were going back also with a new regard, enriched, and a real interest for each country participating. The network borned with IntegrArtmus will stay alive and will continue to sow some note of optimism and European values to the four corners of the earth !

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17.05.2016

Learning/teaching activity # 2 – “We have the same beat!”

From April 12th to 16th, Eurocircle was pleased to host in Marseille the third stage of the project "We have the same beat." 28 youngsters, Italian, French and Romanian, have participated in this second youth exchange activity. Objective of the meeting: the preparation of the final show to be held in Romania from 17 to 24 August 2016.

Participatory and collaborative activities were proposed to young people, such as drawing, dance and mime workshops. All these tools of non-formal education, have allowed us to introduce the theme of this learning activity, the discrimination. The day before last, the participants presented the four short "anti-discrimination" scenes as part of a flash mob, produced in the Old Port.

In July, Eurocircle will organize in Marseille the work meeting of managers and psychologists of the project, the purpose: the exchange of good practice in working with young people with mental disabilities and the realization of a methodological guide.

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17.05.2016

“Ambassadors of Solidarity” help out when the political elite fails. Young Volunteers from France are committed to strengthening solidarity within the European Union. 

On Monday, 4th April, Eurocircle will start its pilot project Young Ambassadors of Solidarity and in this way contribute to one of the biggest challenges at the moment. The worldwide raising number of refugees since 2015 has not spared Europe. The response at the political level is rather disappointing. As a matter of fact, the diverging interests and needs from the part of the EU memberstates make a common European refugee policy impossible. Instead of developing together sustainable approaches, the majority of the states has unilaterally decided to close its internal frontiers and opted for a general reinforcement of their security apparatus.
Exemplary states like Germany or Sweden which have accepted a comparatively large number of refugees are now struggling with significant administrative and logistical efforts. However, Europe does not only consist of its political elite but as well of its vast civil society that possess the capacity to compensate the political failures by its voluntary actions.

Aware of the current situation’s urgency, Eurocircle has decided to launch a new French-German exchange project with the main goal to foster the trans-European sense of community and solidarity towards the refugees. As NGO encouraging the inner-European mobility of in particular socially disadvantaged adolescents since 2004, Eurocircle disposes of the necessary experience and know-how in order to implement successfully projects alike.

Within the framework of the project Young Ambassadors of Solidarity, twelve French 20 to 25 aged participants are absolving their twelve month voluntary service in Germany in the area of immigration and refugee aid. In total, an undertaking that not only pursues the goal to support Germany in the welcoming and integration of refugees but aims as well at facilitating the volunteers’ professional integration into the labor market. Eurocircle has selected the most motivated and suitable candidates among the 80 applications.

In order to prepare their departure they will start with a training course in the beginning of April. During this three-month-period, an intensive German language course is provided. Furthermore, the volunteers will benefit from intercultural trainings and an introduction to German history, society and culture. They will equally improve their capacities in conflict mediation and their knowledge in the field of European civil society. Last but no least, they will get the opportunity to be actively engaged in a humanitarian organization in Marseille.

In July 2016, the voluntaries will finally depart for nine month to Germany into one of the six reception facilities. Thanks to this project, the Young Ambassadors of Solidarity will get the opportunity to contribute to the well-functioning of a humanitarian organization and to gain professional competences in the refugee hosting and integration realm. The final goal would be that once returned to France, the young volunteers will get involved in the raising of awareness of refugee related issues and by doing this, they will submit a sustainable contribution to the civil society.

 

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17.05.2016

Spirit youth !

Eurocircle participated to the kickoff meeting of Spirit Youth witch took place in Girona (Spain) the 20th and 21st of April 2016. This project was organized within the frame of the European program COSME, which is dedicated to small and medium entreprises (SMEs).
The aim of this project is to get to know the mobility habits of the youngsters, in order to propose them spiritual touristic activities during the off-seasons. The partners of the project are Italy (Region of Prato and Equotube), Spain (LARSA), Belgium (NECSTOUR), Netherlands (Zuid Limburg Tourist Board) and France, represented by Eurocircle as youth mobilty expert.
The first part of the project consists in making a report of the existing activities in the field of spiritual tourism. This stage includes the dissimination of a questionnaire intended for youngsters between 18 and 29 years old.



In the second part of the project, touristic activities based on the results of the completed study will be implented in the Italian region of Prato, the Spanish region of Girona and the Dutch region of Limburg. From October to February 2016, 90 European youngsters will be invited to test alternative activities, these experiences will enable them to outdo themeselves and to better understand their environment. The feedback of these stays and of of the interest aroused among the participants, will help the project partners and their network to renew their touristic offer by making it more attractive to youngsters during off-seasons.

Spirit Youth is a project that is attempting to understand the growing trend amongst young people to move away from the triple ‘S’ holidays (Sun, Sand and Sex), and instead experience something different: spiritual tourism.

Established by 7 partner organisations from across Europe, and backed by the European Union, Spirit Youth will be testing the spiritual tourism youth market in two different ways. Firstly, through a survey aimed at Europeans aged 18-29. Secondly, through a pilot test study where selected European youth travel to three destinations in Europe, and participate in spiritual tourism activities.
We have a short questionnaire, that is part of a new European project called ‘Spirit Youth’. We would be extremely grateful if you could take the short amount time to fill in the questionnaire.

Through completing the short questionnaire below, you will be included in short list for the pilot test, and, if selected, you will travel to Tuscany, Cataluña and South Limberg, with all costs covered, and participate in spiritual tourism activities in the above regions, as part of the research of the project.

The questionnaire can be found in the links below:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1mvdAfN0b7w_fV_rKEPUha_YqBqN3ipuBhCAAIJhOctk/viewform?edit_requested=true

You can follow the project via our Social Media feeds, which are listed below:
https://www.facebook.com/spirityouthproject/
https://twitter.com/_SPIRIT_Youth

If you have any questions regarding this, please do not hesitate to get in contact: spirit-
youth@nectour.eu

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17.05.2016

CLOSER – Rethinking Social Inclusion

Solidarity, tolerance and social inclusion are the fundamental values of the European Union and the guiding principles integrated in all its policies at cross-cutting issues. Social inclusion is a pre-requisite of development and sustainability, “a process which enables marginalized and vulnerable groups to participate fully in the economic, social and cultural life of the society, to access their fundamental rights and to enjoy a standard of living that is considered normal in the society in which they live”.  Social inclusion of young people with vulnerable backgrounds is a challenging topic in Europe and its neighbouring regions.
The project CLOSER – Re-thinking Social Inclusion, supported by the ERASMUS+ Programme and implemented by a partnership composed of non-governmental organisations from France, Georgia, Italy, Slovakia and Spain aims to raise the quality of youth work and strengthen the capacities of youth workers in social inclusion, as well as to contribute to building a more inclusive society and raising awareness of social inclusion in young people and the broader public.
The first step of the project has just ended, it was a survey that was conducted in each partner country with the aim to find out the skills and competences of youth workers working on social inclusion in each nation. The results of the five national surveys will serve as a basis for the conception of an international training activity directed at youth workers from each partner country which will take place in Marseille in September 2016. The partners are also gathering best practices and examples of projects of social inclusion that will be displayed by the information tools created by the partnership (web-platform (http://socialinclusion.info/) , compendium).  
The second partners meeting of CLOSER will be hosted in Georgia on June 8th and 9th, partners will meet to evaluate the first activities of the project and plan the next steps. The main objectives of the meeting will be to draft the training course program and to finalize the compendium of best practices and the dissemination strategy.
Project partners:

    • Centre for Intercultural Dialogue (SK)
    • EUROCIRCLE (F)
    • Giosef Italy (IT)
    • CEPS Projectes Socials (S)
    • Shida Kartli Regional Development Centre (GE)

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    17.05.2016

    Euro-iVET


    Euro IVET is an Erasmus+ funded project that aims to examine the impact of the 'culture clash' between young people from disadvantaged communities, the education and learning environment, and the world of work, while also look at implementing practical and quality-driven solutions. The project is implemented by 6 European organisations from 5 different Countries: 15billion ebp (London), Rinova Limited (London), MetropolisNet (Berlin), Folkuniversitetet (Stockholm), Ballymun Job Centre (Dublin) and Eurocircle (Marseille) that examine the impact of the “culture clash” in their respective cities.
    The current situation of young people in Europe who are not in employment, education or training, is a key concern as there are both social and economic consequences due to their disengagement from the labour market and education realm. In order to improve opportunities and overcome challenges across the EU, partners are collaborating to capture, develop and transfer effective practices. So as to enhance the quality of initial vocational and educational provisions (I-VET), to enable VET professionals across all areas of learning and employers to deliver I-VET that is inclusive and easily accessible. As well as to implement a partnership framework for peer learning and the exchange of good practice in order to develop and accredit a European IVET qualification framework
    On May 26th and 27th Eurocircle will host the second partners meeting in Marseille, during which the partners will discuss the first results of the first intellectual output foreseen of the project:  comparative analysis and studies by partner organizations to establish the situational analysis, case studies, gaps in current provision and the way forward in terms of how the programme will be targeted and add value in their country. This analysis involves detailed primary and secondary research as well as consultations and dissemination of a report by each partner.
    There will be also the occasion to plan the next steps of the project that aim to create a core Occupational Profile and Competency Framework to be placed within wider and generic VET practitioner roles and to participate to an interactive workshop on the “Culture Clash” run by Iliass El Hadioui of Erasmus University of Netherlands.

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    04.05.2016

    Kick-off meeting MOOC 4 EU project


    From April 27th to 29th, Eurocircle was in Dresden , Germany, at the first meeting of the European project MOOC 4 EU (minorities, guidance , tools, cooperation for European dialogue) co-ordinated by the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. The project is funded by the European Commission through the Europe for Citizens program. The two-year-long project brings together nine partners from eight countries: Albania, Belgium, Denmark, France, Romania and Slovakia. The general objective of the MOOC 4 EU project is to develop intercultural dialogue, promote European citizenship and improve opportunities for civic and democratic participation, in particular of minorities, in the European Union.



    To achieve this, each partner is required to identify two ethnic and/or religious minorities and to make short, street video interviews at the local level. This is to collect citizens' voices and organize "debate cafés" (casual discussion groups) around European issues with local and regional politicians and European and international institutions.
    In Dresden, the partners were welcomed by the association Jugend & Kulturprojekt e.V. The first half- day was devoted to the meeting of partners and the general presentation of the project. In the afternoon we had a guided tour of the exhibition ' WIR - WE - Nahnu ', in the "Städtische Galerie Dresden" museum. The artworks are made by people with an immigrant or refugee background currently living in Dresden. After the exhibition we were able to talk with the artists and the people present.


    The second and third days were devoted to a detailed presentation of the MOOC 4 EU project and the exchange of best practices. To enrich the exchanges and create a structured dialogue on the future of Europe, the partners will meet 7 times in 7 different locations in 7 different countries during the 2 years long project. In each country a meeting with the general public will also be organized. For the second meeting to be held in Slovakia in July, the «Intercultural Dialog Center ' Association (CID) will host the partners for training in Bratislava. This is appropriate giving that Slovakia will be the country that will chair the Council of Europe from 1 July to 31 December 2016.
    Find all the artists of the exhibition and the different stages of the MOOC 4 EU project on the Facebook page of the same name!

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    02.05.2016

    Entrepeurnship, Education for Youth Employment

    Education for Youth Employment) Project Simone Giannelli organization Net In Action (Italy) and Selom Agbavito NGO AVES (Togo) do their "job shadowing" in Eurocircle organization (Marseille -France). In fact the "Job shadowing" is an international form of mobility of the Erasmus+ Program, which consists of exposing themselves to a professional environment inspiring to observe and learn from colleagues around them.
    The experiences that both "Job shadowers" are living, give them the opportunity to improve social entrepreneurship knowledge in France, particular in Marseille. It is the opportunity for them to share the situation of this sector in their country by going back with tons of ideas. By doing, the two observers are involved in social entrepreneurs in field by visiting activities, case studies and then organizing periodic exchanges meetings with social actors (platforms, organizations, cooperatives and others ...)

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    28.04.2016

    Guide + Good Guidance Stories : one more step in Brighton!

    The consortium of Partners from Germany, Ireland, France, Italy, England and Austria  met in Brighton on April 26th and 27th to discuss the results of the pilot testing training that took place in each country and to work on the next and final steps of this project due on June 30th.

    Each country tested the pilot training with guidance practioners who attended the training. In Marseille, it was tested on April 18th, 21st and 22nd with approximately 20 guidance practioners a day (youth workers, teachers, youth advisors, researchers, psychologist, social workers, medical workers…)
    The training is based on eight case studies and each one highlights one of the eight skills* necessary to be a good guidance practioner.
    (* Update own skills and knowledge / Enable access to information / Recognize and respond to clients’ diverse needs / Ethical Practices / Develop one’s own capabilities and understand any limitations / Communication and facilitation skills / Improving Information, Advice and Guidance practice through effective partnership working and operating within networks / Facilitate entry into learning and work.)

    In each country, trainers have adapted the training in different modules according to the each local priority and logic and taking into account the 8 skills and the evolution of the job of the guidance practioner.
    According to the partners, the results have proven
    • A variety of training modules provided by trainers
    • A wide variety of methods depending on the specificities of the public met.
    • The training can suit either a group of 4 or a group of 20
    • The modules can be mixed and matched to meet specific needs

    The case studies method:
    • Is a real and relevant basis to exchange and debate on the realities and evolution of the profession.
    • Has a real mid/long term impact of the profession
    • Allows leaners to be actively participant and engaged
    • Promotes reflection and reflective practices
    • Allows a peer to peer exchange
    • Enables the creation and recognition of a guidance practitioners community

    Next steps:
    A guide of recommendations intended for institutions, policy makers and guidance practioners will be edited by June 30th as well as a methodology guide for the trainers along with the curriculum tested in each country

    For more information:
    http://www.guide.metropolisnet.eu/further-materials-from-good-guidance-stories
    This project is a strategic partnership funded by the European Union under the Erasmus + program and was first thought by CEDEFOP:
    http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/fr

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    31.03.2016

    Arts’R’Public : the European Street art project is put to the test with the “Boarding” and “Immersion” stages

    Does the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas ? When the American scientist Edward Lorenz came up with this strange question he also came to explain that a tiny change in a charming little insect can trigger massive disturbances, with extreme impacts on the daily lives of whole sections of the world. Here in Marseille the Arts'R'Public project can count on 15 dazzling butterflies. Their wings carry the colours of France, Italy, Morocco and Germany. They speak four different languages but share their passion for the arts. That’s why these musicians, dancers, visual artists and directors, actors and puppeteers, costume designers and performers, decorators and authors, writers and photographers have come together in this corner of the Mediterranean

    They are prepared to flap their 30 wings in every corner of the public space, to reflect on it, fill it with new ideas and performances: in short, to disrupt it.
    They will achieve this aim by reminding citizens that the space belongs to them: and that it’s up to them to occupy it, nurture it, share it, transform it and above all to claim it for themselves.
    They began this process of reflection at the Cité des Arts de la Rue, a magical place where creation, training, experimentation and artistic development are mixed together in the context of a territory which is complicated, but nonetheless full of resources : that is the suburbs of Marseille, the northern part of the city, terrain of conception and cultural diffusion which is unique in the European context.
    It was in this place, in the studios of the street theatre company Generik Vapeur and Lezarap’art, that the NGO Eurocircle organised “Boarding” and the “Immersion”, two landmark stages in the Euro-mediterranean project Arts'R'Public. During the “Boarding” week, the 15 professional artists finally met each other, shared their artistic identities, reflected on limits, and endeavoured to find a common language, overcoming different nationalities and cultures of origin. They worked in multidisciplinary and transnational teams, attempting to concretise the values of Creative Europe, the European Commission’s programme (which aims to increase Europe’s cultural and artistic diversity with a global budget of 1,46 billion euros) by sustaining the innovation and development of the cultural and creative sectors.

    The idea to create an intersection between multiple complementary artistic visions proved popular, uniting a new generation of artists keen to move out of their comfort zone, elaborate new ideas and open up their work to new audiences in France and elsewhere.
    The artists, working in international art collectives, will present their artistic creations at several street arts festivals, -notably the Awaln'art festival in Marrakech (running April 22nd to May 7th 2016), the Stamp Festival in Hamburg (July 1st to 3rd 2016), Circumnavigando in Genoa (in December 2016) and in France at Cratères surfaces in Alès, which this year will take place between June 27th and July 2nd.
    Another important event on the Arts’R’Public calendar, was the “Immersion” stage.

    With the aim of promoting the intercultural and artistic learning of young amateurs, the project’s 15 artists offered a multidisciplinary workshop in each partner country in March. In Marseille it was held at the Cité des Arts de la Rue, where 10 promising artists aged18 to 25 worked together over three days, with the guidance of the professionals.

    And so, can the flapping of the wings of 15 dazzling butterflies in Marseille set off an artistic tornado reaching from the South of France Genoa, Marrakech and Hamburg? We will have to await the next stage of Arts’R’Public to find out!

    Follow us!:
    Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/artsrpublic/?ref=hl
    Twitter : https://twitter.com/Arts_R_Public
    Website: http://www.arts-r-public.eu/

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    15.02.2016

     

    Learning/teaching activity # 1 – “We have the same beat!”

    From January 24th to 31th, 4 youngsters from Marseille participated in the first youth exchange of the project "We have the same beat!” that was held in Sassari, Italy. The project, co-financed by the European Commission through the Erasmus + program aims to support the social inclusion of youth with disabilities and to fight against discriminatory attitudes. Therefore, the second phase of this project has been welcomed by the association ENGO MV International, 24 young people from Italy, Romania and France attended, including 10 people with mild mental disabilities.



    "The first day we got to know us through games and drawing workshops. Artistic workshops allowed us to integrate into the daily life of people with disabilities. During the week we shared with other participants meals, cultural visits and intercultural evenings. The tools of non-formal education have helped a lot to the cohesion of the group. "



    Rahal confessed that "from an adventure like that has enabled him to acquire new skills and to discover new cultures"
    Zineb told us of "The shots I had on people with disabilities had no lei to be, since I have fabric good relations with all participants."
    A second youth exchange will take place in April in Marseille.

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    04.01.2016

    Final conference "Roma Genocide- Part of European History"

    From 7 to 10 of December 2015, was held in Skopje, Macedonia the final conference of the European project "Roma Genocide share of European history", funded by the European Commission through the "Europe for Citizens" program.
    Around thirty participants, two representatives of each of the seven project partners and twenty international guests have attended for 2 days this international conference.
    The first day, the two experts Prof. Gerhard Baumgartner and Teresa Wontor-Cichy - historian at “Research Centre of State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau” introduced the history of Roma genocide during World War II, the methods to inform on this subject and the concept of forced labor and the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

    The second day was dedicated to the projection of the documentary film "Broken Silence" directed by Mr. Orhan Galjus, a Rom filmmaker who conducted a survey of Roma populations throughout Europe, in order to unravel the mysteries of history of the Roma population.

    In the afternoon, a visit to the "Holocaust Memorial Center for the Jews of Macedonia" was proposed. The day ended with the presentation of the activities implemented by the different partners at local level, in the framework of this European project, to sensitize communities to Roma genocide. The Romanian partner presented an artistic work dedicated to the memory of those who perished during the Second World War. This work was created especially by 10 students of plastic art High School "Sabin Pauta" from Resita, Romania.

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    04.01.2016

    Kick off meeting - European Project “We have the same beat ! “

    From 13 to 16 November, 2015, Eurocircle was present in Targu-Jiu, Romania, with the occasion of the kick off meeting of the European project “We have the same beat!”
    The project is a strategic partnership, funded by the European program Erasmus+ and implemented by three partners (CECIS, ENGO MV International, Eurocircle) from Romania, Italy and France.

    The project aims to support the integration of young people with disabilities in the society. For this, will be organized 3 youth exchanges revolving around the theme of art. In order to combat prejudice and discriminatory attitudes, the project aims to combine the publics during the art workshops.

    The project has a transnational dimension, the 3 youth groups (5 young people with disabilities and 5 non-disabled youngsters from each country) will have the opportunity to participate in activities organized in each partner country. The activities will be divided in art workshops, including body language expression, to develop their creative sensitivity, and community awareness of the difficulties faced by people with disabilities.

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    16.12.2015

    V as Volunteer,

               

    V as Virginie,

    V as Volunteer,

    V as Voyageur,

    I’m all about V !

    That’s why I went to serve as volunteer in Leszno, between Poznan and Wroclaw, 300km from Berlin. I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite town, but the organization where I serve is great, smiles, good mood, colors, sharing, and a lot of different pretty things that make me forgot how grey is this town. I don’t mind the coldness, I like winter, so that’s easier for me to get used to it. Anyway, Poland is not that far from France, it’s still Europe. I often compare Leszno to Montpellier, because it’s more or less the same size. I need about 1h15 to cross the city from one side to the other. And they dare calling it a “village” …
    Anyway, I can find anything and everything here. The main square is really colorful, but the rest is so grey that it reminds me the dark French suburbs. I don’t always feel safe here at night, and that’s why I always go out with someone else. Leszno is some kind of gastronomic heaven, and even if you don’t like local food, you can find pretty much everything. There’s supermarket at every corner.

               I really enjoy sightseeing in the city. For exemple, the square where there’s the oldest tree in town. It’s a very beautiful place in autumn, and I’m looking forward to see it in spring. There’s a vine roof covering a walk with benches, and also an playing area for the youngests. It’s peaceful and relaxing.
    I was surprised by how the roads are in a poor condition here. Some lady explained me that the city has no budget to fix it. I can’t think about those poor polish people that have to use it everyday ! And those roads are full of tractors that block the traffic because you can’t pass them easily.

    Since I’ve arrived here, I didn’t really feel like I missed anything, except maybe the bread that is definitely not the same, so I’d say that’s what I miss the most : the French bread. But life continues … Also, the lack of sun here affects me somehow. I come from a sunny place, and generally I can bring it with me anywhere, but this time it didn’t work. So I find heat in the smile of my friends. That’s a good way to get warmer. Fortunately, we are 13 volunteers here. We all get along well, and we managed to create deep connections with each other. I like it so much here that I’m kind of anxious to go back in 2 weeks. When life is good, it’s hard when it stops !

               I discovered so much through my EVS : learning, visiting, meeting … Before coming to Poland, I met a polish that became my “mentor” and took me under his wing. He helped me a lot and introduced me to traditional polish culture, food. I wisited Bydgocscz, Ozciena, Poznan, Wroclaw, Auschwitz, Gdansk, and I plan to visit Torun and Krakow before I go back. I spend most of my free time travelling, or going out with my colleagues.

    Sharing the flat with my roommate was also a great moment. Since I don’t really like cooking, I found an arrangement with Giulia, my great roommate, she cooks and I wash the dishes. Once, while I was washing, the tap felt in my hands. I didn’t know what to say so I went to the girls with the tap and said “ I think I have a problem …” Everyone bursted out laughing, including myself. We spent over half an hour trying to fix the damn tap, and the kitchen was so wet ! It’s one of my best memories here !

              

    This EVS was my best experience. I didn’t know Erasmus, EVS or Eurocircle before this project, but I’ve always gave my best for it. I would really like to do it again, and I’m looking forward to go for a long term EVS, now I have some experience and network. I’m really thankful for this experience, the people I met, the activities I took part in … I only wish it was longer that 2 monthes !

               
    - Vir

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    16.12.2015

    YOUTH WATCH

    YOUTH WATCH is a Key Action 3* project, coordinated by croat organization POZITIVA SAMOBOR that aims to gather youngsters, experts and youth policy makers.
    #ERASMUS PLUS #STRUCTURED DIALOGUE

    A delegation from POZITIVA SAMOBOR attended the dissemination event held in Marseille.
    We decided to pick this project to empower active participation among a group of youngsters** that life has carried away from democratic and political stakes and tried to make them think on active citizenship and engagement in civil society through their volunteering program in local structures.
    To prepare them to the meeting, we organized workshops on topics like non violent communication, environmental issues awareness (on the framework of the COP21), but they also worked on their own revendication : access to labor market, sports, education, training, discrimination ...
    This event was held in a special context : during the regional elections in France in december, almost 2/3 of the 18-34 y/o didn't go to vote, and a great part of those who did gave their voices to the extreme right party.
    Les Tetes de l'Art, a local cultural organization, organized a participatory TV Show so that the youngsters would be placed in the ideal condition to speak to the youth policy makers and present their civil commitment and reflexions on their participation in society : enhance partnerships between private sector and civil community, encourage youth empowerment through better access to jobs and housing ...
    *KA3 are Erasmus Plus program tools to help youngsters feel part of the society by making propositions to youth policy makers
    **Access is a program funded since 2004 by the US State Department in 85 countries to provide english apprenticeship to youngsters from modest sociocultural background

    In Marseille, this project gathers the US Consulate, the french Civic Service Agency, the City Youth and Sports french Department and the Regional Prefecture. This program gives the chance to youngsters who dropped school to commit themselves in a local non-profit organization for 16 hours weekly where they feel useful to society through their volunteering work while developping a professional project with their mentor. They also receive 10 hours weekly of english classes.
    The last session started on november the 2nd 2015 with 18 participants for 9 monthes

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    09.12.2015

    Youth for Global Responsibility Contact Making Event
    A week in Slettestrand Oasis

    Do you know Pierre Rabhi ?
    For many years now he’s actively involved, as a farmer and a trainer, in agro ecology and leads his life with happiness and sobriety. In 2007 he created the Colibris Movement based on a Native American legend: One day there was a huge fire in the forest. All the animals were terrified, aghast, powerlessly observing the disaster. Only the little Colibris was busy, fetching a few drops with its beak to throw on the fire. After a while, the Armadillo, annoyed by this ridiculous agitation, said: "Colibris! Are you insane? It is not with these drops of water are you going to put out the fire!” And the hummingbird replied, “I know, but I 'm doing my part.”
    In 2011 he has participated to RESALIS , a network at Department level, to provide food solution that would be local, innovative and foster solidarity.
    Pierre Rabhi ideas are linked to the “Think global, Act local” movement, he encourages people to create small “Oasis” were they are, in a city, in a town, in the countryside, in any place, and to actively take part in life. People are powerful and creative. They don’t need to wait for anyone to tell them what to do. They are the solution, as actors of their own life, responsible for their present and future.
    By many aspects Pierre Rabhi makes me think of John Bern Kronborg, who’s been hosting us in his Oasis in Slettestrand between the 25th and 31st of October 2015 for the Contact making event coordinated by InterCollege .
    In the context of an ever globalized world, where regional challenges tend to affect us all, we were 17 partners to agree that global responsibility concept has to be mainstreamed in non-formal education. With strategic policies such as Europe 2020, Millennium Development Goals, Rio +20, we see it as our role to seed among our organisation and the youth workers and young people a sense of global citizenship and responsibility.
    Living in Slettestrand during this gathering was enlightening as John and his family have built their project of leisure centre on values like welcoming and sharing, inclusion, environment friendly attitudes. They do their part at their own level and they do it well.
    Pierre Rabhi and John Bern Kronborg are exemplary. They don’t get overwhelmed by challenges, they accept that it will take time, they create solutions step by step and stay true to themselves. They are inspiring.
    After this Contact Making Event, all the partners went back home full of energy and willing to continue to work together on as many projects as possible. We are doing “our little part” by spreading awareness on global responsibility and working together to empower people at each level to take responsibility.


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Rabhi

    http://www.deux-sevres.com/deux-sevres/Articlesactualit%C3%A9s/Actualit%C3%A9s/tabid/493/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/3723/RESALIS-un-Reseau-pour-une-Alimentation-Locale-Innovante-et-Solidaire.aspx

    http://slettestrand.dk/

    http://intercollege.info/

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    09.12.2015

    Report from the german-french department

    “I highly recommend it to everybody”
    Program “Integration by Exchange” (IbE) from the 19th of october to the 18th of december

    Drifting, undecided or stuck? Sometimes just a change of air may help with that. Getting out of daily-life-routines with all their used tracks. That’s precisely what the program “Integration by Exchange” offers to young adult jobseekers. The participants do an internship in enterprises in Marseille for two months. The local NGO EUROCIRCLE has organized the internships and has taken care of all daily-life questions since 2009.
    That autumn, ten young adults had been selected to go to Marseille through the association “Bildungsmarkt” in Berlin. The youngest in the group was 18, the oldest 34 years old. Some of them already graduated from training or university, some have just a middle school qualification. They carried out their internships in a wide range of different fields, as social work and jewellery making, movie production, gardening and in a library. Or otherwise, like Dave, who helped in the “Societé protectrice des animeaux”, where he fed and walked the dogs of the animal shelter. Despite his difficulties with the French language in the beginning, communication on work had become easier in time. “It has always been my dream to work with animals”, claimed the 29-years-old. The experiences in Marseille have encouraged him to cling to his dream and to get a job or a training position as animal keeper back in Germany.
    In addition, attendee Esra has gained a whole new perspective on her professional future due to her internship in the kids’ theater “Badaboum Théâtre”. Before being selected for IbE-program, the 29-years-old had already looked around in many different fields, like acting, costume design and art therapy, and had lived in London and Indonesia. In Marseille she did theatre- and artistic classes with children from 3 to 12. “Now I think just: Yes, of course! I will do children theatre.” During her internship she gained more belief in her own skills, as well as experience with children animation and inspiration for her teaching.

    Before coming to Marseille, Esra, Dave and the others had been well prepared: Seven weeks of French classes, as well as conflict training and intercultural training. For life within another culture has its surprises: “In the beginning, I was totally uncomfortable with kissing each other for greeting”, told Koray. He does an internship at the local youth center ADDAP 13. Somedays he helps the kids with their homework, or they play soccer together or do some mending in the center. As he originates from Turkey, he made it his job to translate for the Kurdish refugees among the youngsters. “I did voluntary work with youths for the last years, so it’s the perfect job for me. Now I want to take my time to decide what I will study and to see something from the world”, says the 18-years-old. He highly recommended the IbE-program to everybody, regardless, if one wants to fulfill a long-lasted dream, to find a new job perspective or to reach a decision. Sometimes a change of air can help.
    The program “Integration by Exchange” or “Integration durch Austausch” is funded by funds from the European social fonds.

    Julia Solinski

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    02.12.2015

    Partner meeting in Palermo for the project VALLEY

    VALLEY is a Strategic Partnership (Key-Action 2 of the European programme Erasmus+) which deals with the evaluation and the recognition of learning outcomes in the context of youth volunteering. This project is led by 6 European organisations and was officially launched during the kick-off meeting in Göttingen, Germany, on May 11th and 12th 2015.
    Following a first phase dedicated to an “inventory” of volunteer work in the 6 partner countries (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Romania, United Kingdom) including a social research on volunteers’ profile and validation practices, an online survey for volunteers and organisations which work with volunteers, and interviews conducted within companies and youth volunteering organisations, projects coordinators met in Palermo on November 18th and 19th, to evaluate implemented actions and define the next steps.
    In spring 2016, 15 professionals from the volunteering sector will benefit from a 5-day training in Timisoara, Romania to learn how to master the evaluation tool Level 5. A second meeting in 2016 will be organised in Glasgow, United Kingdom, before the project’s final event which will take place in Marseille. For this event, some organisations will be rewarded for their innovating practices for the recognition and validation of volunteer work.
    Thanks to Pierre Revel from France Volontaire, Anne Fauchard from Unis-Cité, Jessica Marinho Lavaur from AFEV, Núria Mitjans from Itinéraire International, Clothilde Talleu from the National Institute for Youth and Popular Education (INJEP), to the Daimler company, and to Clarisse Falaise and Léa Sapolin, laureates from the Institut de l’Engagement, for their time and support during our research. Thanks as well to those who took part over the summer in our online survey on volunteer work.
    In the next days, we will give you more details on the « Youth Empowerment Participation » and on the outcomes of the quiz related to youth volunteer work conducted by employees from the Daimler company during their seminar on diversity organised in Marseille last October. We will also published soon the main data gathered through our online survey.



    For further information on this project; please visit the website: http://valley-eu.org, the Facebook page “EU-Valley” or contact Stéphanie: sf.eurocircle@gmail.com

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    13.10.2015

    European and local youth professional workers meeting
    « Next Step for youth mobility »

     

    From 6th to 9th October, Eurocircle in collaboration with the youth and social structures from Marseille city center, organized in Marseille a three days meeting, with partners coming from 10 European countries: Germany, Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia and Estonia

    The goal was to foster the encounters and exchanges between actors working in the same field, for strengthening the cooperation and the development of future partnerships and actions of international mobility for young people.

    The local participants are : Contact Club, CS/MPT Tivoli, Point Sud, Social center Baussenque, MPT Panier-Joliette et Julien, the associations Langues et Compagnie and Planète Volontaire

    This meeting was the occasion to debate and exchange on the ideas and values, representing the core of the European and intercultural projects. The “Associations Fair” activity allowed every participant to present his/her structure and discover other structures. The participants also had the chance to explore Marseille’s local structures, during the half a day visit that was organized. Participants formed 4 mixed groups, including European and local partners, and several youngsters coming from the Contact Club social center. After the visit, each group presented the two structures they have discovered, the information they had gathered, the activities of the structure, their objectives, target audience.

    Eurocircle team used innovating methods to allow every and each participant to take part to the workshops, thanks to the mixed groups (experience, languages …), so as to approach European mobility through the prism of popular and non-formal education, which are relevant tools to reach audiences that left or got excluded from traditional social networks.

    The keyword of the last day was « networking ». Everyone was invited to share a meal served by CCO and Velten Contact Club, that gathered a lot of social structure and social workers from Marseille and its surroundings. After the networking lunch, we organized a simulation of Intercultural Youth Exchange project management (Erasmus+ program key action 1). A Youth Exchange is a program organized over 1 to 3 weeks to participate to several activities around a common theme : culture, citizenship, Europe, environment … The simulation is the perfect way to confront theoretical ideas to concrete problems, but also to present the evaluation grid and to help contextualizing the exchange : contact making, networking, exchange of good practices, project management …

    In the evening, we warmly invited all our partners and other structures from Marseille to spend a moment on the roof top of Tivoli social center that dominates the town of Marseille and offers a beautiful view over the sea at sunset. The objective was again to make contact between everyone so that they can develop their network and partnerships on a casual way.

    We would like to warmly thank our local and European partners for their participation and good energies, and everyone else that took part on this project, for their commitment and ideas!

    http://www.catalunyavoluntaria.cat/

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    23.11.2015

    GUIDE+: Transnational testing workshop

    November 3rd, 2015
    The GUIDE+ partners met in Rome on 15 and 16 October for the purpose of working together on the testing methodology for the training modules that have been developed by the partners in each country. Starting from the case studies developed as part of the GUIDE project, GUIDE+ wants to develop a training curriculum made up of independent modules that can strengthen the competences of the guidance practitioners who work with low-skilled people.

    During the workshop – that involved a representative from the department of training system of ISFOL (research body of the Italian Ministry of Work and Social Policy) – the partners presented the structure of the training curriculum developed in each country that will be tested between November 2015 and March 2016. Then, the partners agreed on the testing process for the training curricula.
    The next partner meeting is scheduled in April in London, where the partners will analyse the results of the testing in each country.

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    23.11.2015

     

    BI-ANNUAL CONFERENCE
    Learning Mobility in the Youth Field: Towards Opportunities for all Evidence, experience, discourse
    Istanbul, 7-9 October 2015

    Eurocircle was present at the second conference of the EPLM - Learning mobility in the youth field: towards opportunities for all. Evidence, experience, discourse - that took place in Istanbul on 7-9 October 2015 and focused on inclusion.The conference aimed at exploring and go a step further in looking at supporting opportunities that exist and that have proven to contribute to ‘inclusive learning mobility schemes’.
    By learning mobility we mean transnational mobility undertaken for a period of time, consciously organised for educational purposes or to acquire new competences1 or knowledge. It covers a wide variety of projects and activities and can be implemented in formal or non-formal settings. 
    The objectives of the conference are:

    • To gather about 100 policy makers, researchers, and practitioners to explore learning mobility in the youth field from an inclusion standpoint;
    • To address the topic of inclusion from two perspectives: is learning mobility in the youth field a tool for inclusion and what is the level of inclusiveness of learning mobility schemes in the youth field;
    • To heighten cross-sectoral cooperation around the topics of inclusion and learning mobility in the youth field;
    • To reinforce the links between policy, research and practice in the youth field with a particular focus on learning mobility;
    • To present and acknowledge the work of the European Platform for Learning Mobility in the Youth Field since its launching.

    All these themes were linked to learning mobility in the youth field and being discussed through keynotes, workshops and panels.

     

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    23.11.2015

    Séminaire sur la diversité de l’entreprise Daimler

    As part of the second Daimler company seminar dedicated to diversity, Eurocircle, an association based in Marseille, organized a meeting between 130 Daimler’s volunteers employees, from 23 countries (Europe, United States, Egypt, Singapore …) and about 50 young people that came from social centers and youth employment agencies from the region, and others that came to get information on volunteering opportunities.

    Marseille and its cultural diversity offer a perfect frame to create links and develop exchanges between two worlds and two generations: the world of a multinational company and the world of young people who are about to enter the labor market and looking for a job. To facilitate exchanges, we set a theme that allows creating deeper links between those two universes: personal commitment and volunteering.
    To make exchanges easier and fill gaps between those two universes, we prepared activities based around personal involvement, diversity, intercultural dialogue and the values conveyed. That’s why we called this afternoon YEP: Youth Empowerment Participation

    In a friendly atmosphere, through short games and “moving” debates, everyone had the chance to express   themselves and their vision of work, volunteering, and in a wider perspective, on the possibilities of interaction between private companies and civilians
    It was also the opportunity for those who are committed in volunteering mission to bring the attention to a large firm such as Daimler and promote what they gained through their activities, in matter of human, professional and intellectual development   It came out of those exchanges that companies can gain a lot by integrating volunteers, and benefit from their skills, their social abilities and know-how that they developed which seem to be ill-known/poorly known by the labor market.
    The meeting was organized around tours of the key places of the city, rooted in history and full of emotions. Daimler staff coming from all over the world was mixed with young people to discover Marseille and its inhabitants. Divided into 16 small groups, some of them sailed on rowboats freighted by “Bout de Mer” association around the harbor, some took a city train to drive up the hill and visit the emblematic church” Notre Dame de la Garde”. Other groups went through the city on rickshaws and tuk-tuk (chartered by Proxipouss organization). Let’s mention the brave ones who  simply walked to the” Corniche”, “Palais Longchamps”, “MUCEM”, “Fort St Jean” and other immigration heritage places  .


    The day ended in the Hard Rock Café where the local group Radio Babel Med was invited to perform on the stage, mixing vocal hip hop and world music symbolizing intercultural dialogue and diversity.
    Many thanks to Poulet Bicyclette‘s graphists for their support  in bringing the day together and for the funky visuals they designed for each tour !

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    23.11.2015

    3, 2, 1… Action! European partners launch Arts’R’Public in Marseille

     


    Street arts are taking new shapes with Arts’R’Public, a Euro-mediterranean laboratory which aims to pass savoir-faire and skills between professional artists from four different countries. Partners from Morocco, Italy, Germany and France met in Marseille to present their expectations, define objectives, organise the calendar and set the pedagocical frame of this European project that will last until 2017.

    The Cité des arts de la rue, among the most fertile territories of experimentation and development of street arts in Marseille, opened its doors to the Arts’R’Public team. The aim was to find a common vision and preselect the 16 artists which are going to provide material for the project.

    Mainly financed by the European Union programme Creative Europe, Arts’R’Public will bring the NGO Eurocircle closer to its local and international partners: Lézarap’art (Marseille), Sarabanda (Genoa), HausDrei (Hamburg) and the Collectif Éclats de Lune (Marrakesh).
    A week of intensive work prepared the ground for the next steps of Arts’R’Public. The programme will be in full flow at the beginning of 2016, when interdisciplinary and multicultural groups of artists will meet each other for the very first time in order to conceive collective artistic projects.

    The kick off agenda was a busy one. The partners took the time to discuss the four main phases of the project, which over a year and a half will alternate between meetings and exchanges about arts in public spaces, artistic workshops with 30 young people, our artists’ performances at international festivals, a writing workshop in Italy and, last but not least, the presentation of the individual or collective projects in Germany.  

    The different stages have been structured in order to encourage the artists to take new risks, open up and enrich each other. The idea is that by bringing the artists out of their comfort zones, the material of Arts’R’Public will take shape.
    The project will also involve immersion into the local environments with several multicultural workshops between Marseille, Marrakesh, Hamburg and Genoa with the mentors. Holding the role of facilitator and guide for both the artists and the young people involved in the project, they are all experienced in the arts, and in particular in the street arts domain: Karim Troussi (Morocco), Boris Vecchio (Italy), Fabienne Rouet (France) and Thomas Lanzki (Germany).
    During 2016 each artist involved will take part and perform in one of the street art festivals organised by Eurocircle partners. They will have the chance to play in Marrakesh at the Awaln'art festival, at the Cratères surfaces in Alès,  at the Stamp Festival in Hamburg or, to end the year on a high, at the Circumnavigando festival of Genoa. This stage of the project is not only about creation, but also a time to share experiences and skills with the young amateur artists aged between 18 and 25.
    Arts'R'Public aims to be a period for the artists to be open to experimentation with new artistic methods and pedagogical learning in order to engage and convey their work to new audiences.
    The ambition of the Euro-mediterranean team, led by Eurocircle’s cultural department, is also to establish lasting connections between artists, a figurehead between cultures and complementary artistic visions. The governing principle is to cross the physical borders between four such different countries,  as well as between disciplines – from theatre to digital arts, via visual arts, puppetry, circus and scenography – which will benefit from being brought closer together and being made accessible to new audiences.

     

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    13.10.2015

    Arts’R’Public
    Euro-Mediterranean Laboratory for Arts in Public Spaces
    Call for Artists


    The call for artists of the Euro-Mediterranean project "Arts'R'Public" is officially launched ! 
    Arts’R’Public is an Euro-Mediterranean laboratory whose aim is the creation and transmission of the arts in public spaces with a particular focus on involving new audiences in the artistic process. 
    We are looking for 4 young professionals artists coming from various artistic fields (theater, circus, digital arts, dance, construction, stage design...) to join an international and intercultural project. To apply, you have to follow all the process described in the "Call for artists" that you can download on the link below :
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B937W7aCLOIwSFBQYXlpNHdLS1U/view?usp=drive_web

    The closing date for applications is Wednesday the 28th of october at 00h00

    Discover the project : Arts’R’Public is an Euro-Mediterranean laboratory whose aim is the creation and transmission of the arts in public spaces with a particular focus on involving new audiences in the artistic process.
    Co-ordinated by the organisation Eurocircle, the project is being run in partnership with arts organisations from four twinned cities (Marseille, Hamburg, Marrakech and Genoa) and is supported by the European Union’s “Creative Europe” programme.
    Led by professionals in artistic creation in public spaces, Arts’R’Public will involve four artists from each partner city, and will follow a varied programme including phases of training, cultural transmission, group creation and development of personal artistic projects.

    You are interested ? Don't miss the information meeting!
    An information meeting will soonly be organized to explain more about the project to all the aplicants. It will be the perfect moment to ask all your questions. Stay connected on the FB page (https://www.facebook.com/artsrpublic?fref=ts) to know the date and place.

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    29.07.2015

    Discover the tourism-training center “TICKET” (Tourism Integrated Campania Keys for Education and Training)

     

    Eurocircle will host five Erasmus interns in the framework of the tourism-training center “TICKET” (Tourism Integrated Campania Keys for Education and Training). This project was created in order to modernize and to reactivate tourism in the South of Italy, as well as to offer better employment profiles that will be more suitable for the requirements of activities of this sector. The establishment of this training centers have been facilitated by the Ministry of National Education of Italy and the Region Campania.
    The training course is open to 24 students interested in culture and digital technologies for art and tourism. An internship period of four weeks abroad is an integral part of student training financed by Erasmus + program.
    During their courses, students acquire the skills of developing digital guides (maps of territory, historical heritage, arts and culture) for smartphone applications. Students produce digital touristic guides which allow the users to choose their own routes according to their tastes and preferences.
    The application for which they were trained is “AppTripper”.
    The duration of this internship is 1 week at the end of August and 3 weeks at the beginning of September. Trainers will guide the interns and show them the places of interest. In addition, this application will also be available for the hosting structures for their own promotion.

    More info on:

         

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      22.07.2015

      Training for future youth leaders

      The 4th and 5th july,  was organized a training for future youth leaders in our beautiful town of Marseille.

      The training was held by Eurocircle and Piste Solidaire Méditerrannée, and gathered around 15 participants, from 20 to 30years old, a good group full of energy and dynamic, already engaged in local citizen life and organizations.
      The goal of this training was to prepare them to assume youth leader position among groups we send on exchange programs. Due to the specificity of those programs and its public, leaders are supposed to be able to face a wide range of situation and lead their groups through many kind of problems, while instauring a warm and safe atmosphere among participants and organizers.
      Since youth leaders are already quite familiar with interculturality and exchange programs, a good part of the training was dedicated to problem solving methods and conflict mediation and management. Indeed, we have accumulated through years a stack of anecdotes, that were painful at the moment, but now make perfect exemple for simulations : participants held in custody, hospitalization, passports and visas issues, flights missed …. Those kind of problems are unpredictable, that’s why we hope we succeeded to give leaders a few keys about how to react and manage situations like those. After all, we mainly prepare them for the worst, they don’t need us to enjoy the best ! A lot of them already got into such situation, so we are confident that they will get their groups safe. We noticed that role game is a powerful and dynamic tool to organize activities, so that leaders find themselves in situations where they must think and act different. It’s also a good way for each to express his concerns and expectations since it can be very stressful for the less experienced of them.

      The other part of the training was dedicated to interculturality, the role culture plays in our appreciation of reality and in our daily behaviors. We expect leaders to actively integrate participants to the group and stimulate them during exchanges. Since some participants have never traveled or found themselves in international environment, leaders must be careful about their group’s dynamic and attitude towards other groups. That’s why, with games and discussions, we tried to make them aware of their responsibilities to get their group physically and morally safe. We had instaured a little “energizer award” so they have a pool of activities to fill gaps in schedules and integrate participants.

      This weekend was a great moment of sharing about travels and culture, and I’m confident that our future leaders have good potential to ensure the success of their exchanges !

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      23.06.2015

      GOOD GUIDANCE STORIES+

      At the end of june, Eurocircle hosted a training for trainers, « Case Study Training Modules for Guiding the Low Skilled », from GOOD GUIDANCE STORIES+ project.

      First of all, this project has its reason to be : curriculums and trainings leading to vocational counselling activities are very diversified, or even divergent at the european scale, which sometimes leaves professionals in a true need for adequate trainings where good practices can be exchanged, since this area is getting more and more complex.
      GOOD GUIDANCE STORIES+ project picks up the work initiated by GUIDE project between 2011 and 2013. Its goal was to identify a panoply of skills required in vocational counselling field, extending the previous work done by the CEDEPOF. Then, 8 skills among the most revelant were identified by a group of professionals from the participating countries.
      Then, partners conducted investigations based on the specifical needs from each territories, so as to re constextualize those 8 skills under the form of concrete case studies.

      Each case study realized has been tested by other partners in their own territories to ensure a better exchange of good practice.

      The further objective of this project is to develop training sessions based on those case studies for vocational and job counsellors. The training for trainers took part in Marseille on june 25th and 26th.

      A group of professionals from different structures worked to put in common the different kind of situations they had faced and their needs and expectations to face those situations.

      The 8 identified skills are :

      • Update Own Skills & Knowledge
      •  Enable Access to Information
      •  Recognise and Respond to Clients' Diverse Needs
      •  Ethics
      •  Develop one’s own capabilities and understand any limitations
      •  Communication and Facilitation Skills
      •  Networking
      •  Facilitate entry into learning

      It has been explored through a precise evaluation grid to point out needs and expectations, mothods, approaches, as well as the objectives of supporting the low skilled audiences.

      The challenge was to develop tools and skills among counsellors and answer their needs for training, in order to improve the way they assist people who got pulled away for labour market.

      The next milestone is to build up a pilot training that Eurocircle will provide.

      For further informations : http://www.guide.metropolisnet.eu/

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      23.06.2015

      VALLEY – Validation and Personal Empowerment of Young People through Volunteering

      The kick-off meeting for the project VALLEY – Validation System in Lifelong Learning Experiences of Youth Volunteering was held on 11th and 12th May 2015 in Göttingen, Germany.
      VALLEY is an exciting new two year project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme, Key Action 2 – Strategic Partnerships in the field of Youth. VALLEY aims to enhance the learning dimension of volunteering work through the development of a new approach to promote volunteering among young people as a resource of personal empowerment and to validate skills and competences developed during their volunteering experience. The project will maximize the transferability of this learning to other dimensions of people’s life to help understand the global benefits of volunteering in terms of social integration and (re)engagement, civic participation, mobility opportunities, etc.
      The partnership is made up of 6 partners from 6 different European countries which include Bupnet Bildung Und Projekt Netzwerk Gmbh (Germany- Coordinator), The Association for the Promotion of Women in Romania (Romania), BEMIS (UK), CESIE (Italy), Die Berater Unternehmensberatungs GmbH (Austria) and EUROCIRCLE (France).
      VALLEY will target youngsters already involved in volunteer activities, who want to recognize, validate and certificate the competences and skills gained during volunteering and there will be a special focus on young migrants and NEET young people (not in employment, education or training) who have never experienced volunteering. During the project lifetime, 30 young people from the 6 partner countries will take part in volunteering activities applying the LEVEL5 validation methodology and validation system for competences. LEVEL5 is a flexible validation system developed specifically for validating learning outcomes in an informal learning setting and has been tested previously with senior volunteers in the project RIVER.
      The project will also target staff in volunteering and youth organisations. At least 15 staff/trainers working for volunteering organisations across the 6 partner countries will receive training on the methodology and the topic of validation of learning outcomes in volunteering services.
      The project results will create a VALLEY community and e-platform to share good practices and information on volunteering opportunities for young people and a validation methodology and system for competences. The results will complement existing EU validation systems currently used in the youth field e.g. Youthpass.
      The main project outcomes will be compiled in a unique “VALLEY toolbox” consisting of the validation methodology, mentoring guidelines for volunteers, good practices from the piloting phase and information on how to join the VALLEY community. A VALLEY quality label will also be designed that will award volunteering organisations that work along the lines of the VALLEY validation methodology and will ensure sustainability of the project.
      The partners believe the VALLEY approach can become a comprehensive European concept to promote the validation of learning outcomes in volunteering, especially for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
      The first phase of the project is dedicated to a social research on youth volunteering and explore the practices and opinions concerning validation and recognition of the competences gained through volunteering.
      You can already participle to our one line survey :
      http://survey.bupnet.de/index.php/survey/index/sid/454824/newtest/Y/lang/en
      Thanks a lot for supporting us !
      For further information about the VALLEY project, please visit our website www.valley-eu.org  or    contact Stéphanie: sf.eurocircle@gmail.com

       

       

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      23.06.2015

      « Roma Genocide – Part of European History »

      Kick off meeting and training course

       



      From 22 to 28 May 2015, two associations from the Provence -Alpes -Côte d’Azur region, Eurocircle and the Conseil de développement du Pays Dignois had the opportunity to participate at the kick of meeting of the “Roma Genocide - Part of European History" project and the training course on the method of “human library”, which was held in Struga, Macedonia.



      Financed through the “Europe for Citizens” program the project brings together seven partners from: Macedonia, Croatia, France, Romania, Portugal, Slovenia and Germany.
      The project aims to raise awareness on the genocide of the Roma community that took place during the Second World War. To accomplish our objective, each partner is required to organize several events at the local level, including a “Human Library”.
      During the 5 days of activity, the 4 participants had the opportunity meet and exchange with the Roma community in Struga, deepen their knowledge on the Roma genocide and implement a human library.

      For more information on the project and the subject please visit the Facebook page: Roma-Genocide-Part-of-European-History

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      23.06.2015

      Job Skills in Poland! Episode 6

      From 10th to 13th June 2015 took place in Bialystok, Poland the last work meeting of the European project Job Skills. The nine project partners, accompanied by a dozen of learners were welcomed by the Polish partner, "Stanisław Staszic Vocational and General Secondary Education School Complex with Integrated Classes".

      The first day, the partners discovered the final version of the guide book that lists two specific handicrafts per region/country of the 9 European partners. The learners had the opportunity to check out the art of making craft objects from newspaper.


      As part of this project, the Polish partner has chosen to highlight two professions related to crafting, clothing and graphic design. Thereby, during the afternoon, we explored the school and the classes specifically designed for each branch: graphic design, tourism, massage, hotel reception and fashion design.

      The second day, we were led to discover the history and creations of the sculptor Alfonsa Karnego at the museum dedicated to his life. The visit ended with a pottery workshop.


      The main objectives of the European project Job Skills are: to promote regional/national crafts, identify the most effective pedagogical approaches for teaching crafts and offer professionals and craft learners the opportunity to share their experiences.

      2 years later, after intense research work, 24 mobility realised, the discovery and exchange of good practices on craft trades, Job Skills project comes to an end.

      You can find the results of the project, the guide book and the video report on the 2 chosen handicraft per partner on the project website - www.ldvjobskills.com, Eurocircle’s web-site -www.eurocircle.info and on our Facebook

       

       

       

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      13/04/2015

      30 young women for Euro -Mediterranean citizenship

      FAM FIP -“Foster youth women mobility in the Mediterranean area to promote employability”, is an intercultural youth exchanges that will take place from 7 to 16 of May 2015 in Marseille, France.
      Financed by the European Union through the Erasmus+ program, 30 young women from 6 counties Italy, Greece, Palestine, Jordan, Egypt and France will identify and analyze the positive impact of mobility in terms of employability and the barriers that prevent young women from accessing mobility.
      The 9 of May for the Europe’s Day, to raise awareness on the Euro-Mediterranean citizenship, the participants will realize a flash mob surprise.
      In collaboration with the “Théâtre de la Cité”, through theatre playmaking and playwriting workshops, the participants will promote the youth mobility and professional inclusion. Non formal, experiential and creative methods are going to be used in order to foster intercultural dialogues and self-expression. The final creation will be presented the 15th of May in front of local representatives of public bodies’, professionals and people
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      13/04/2015

      “Arts'R'Public"

      Eurocircle is glad to announce that the project: “Arts'R'Public - Euro-Mediterranean laboratory for arts in public spaces” has been selected for the call “European cooperation projects 2014” from the Europe Creative program. This project will run from September 2015 to Spring 2017 and gather 4 partners: Eurocircle (France), HausDrei (Germany), Associazione Culturale Sarabanda (Italy) and Eclats de lune (Morocco).
      The project Arts'R'Public is an Euro-Mediterranean laboratory for arts in public spaces, designed in a dual approach, crossing networks and strengthening international careers of emerging artists with central dimension for the development and integration of new audiences in their artistic projects.
      Around a partnership consisting of professionals of arts in public spaces from four twinned cities (Marseille, Hamburg, Marrakech and Genoa), 16 international artists will participate in a path punctuated by training, mediation, design and development of personal artistic projects.
      Over the steps, they will have the opportunity to acquire specific skills to create in public spaces and experiment new approaches to engage young NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) in their projects.
      During artistic workshops conducted in priority areas of each cities, they artists will explore together with the youngsters specificities of arts in public spaces and get prepared for the next steps: the crossed residencies. Each partner will host an intercultural collective composed of 4 artists and 8 young Moroccan, German, French and Italian for the production of a creation that will be presented in an international of street arts festival, in an urban area and a rural area where the cultural offer is rare.
      From these experiences, the artists will draft a personal project that takes into account the interaction with the public far from the cultural offer. For the final event of Arts'R'Public, their projects will be presented to a panel of professionals from the artistic and creative sectors.
      A seminar and conference will capitalize the results and the topics of Arts'R'Public for the emergence of new contributions and ideas to develop and engage new audiences, train new generations of creators in public spaces and to develop artistic exchanges in the Euro-Mediterranean zone.

       

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      13/04/2015

      Almost 80 young Frenchmen and Frenchwomen took the LEO CHANCE to experience a life abroad

       

      At this moment the last participants of the LEO CHANCE programme, which ends this May, are on their way to the airport to start their internships in England and Cyprus. Within the last two years Eurocircle had the CHANCE, with the financial support of the European Commission, to send 78 young people abroad to do an 8-week professional internship and experience a new culture, an alternative way of living and encounter a different working world compared to France.

      Every participant is glad and also a little bit proud to have taken part in this adventure. The interns, most of them left school without a high school diploma, learned new skills, opened their minds and of course improved their language abilities. As life is not always guns and roses they also had to face some challenges like homesickness or maybe just a bad stomach after eating the unknown local food. At the same time Eurocircle, as the association responsible for the young men and women, was always working hard to make the stay away from home as pleasant as possible although that also meant organizing last minute passports, repatriate participants when they got sick and taking care of other minor or major issues.



      We, the Leo team at Eurocircle, are glad to be part of this unique mobility programme and we are looking forward to the next round “LEO BOOST” where we hopefully can send another 100 French youngsters from the PACA region to their adventure of a lifetime.  

       

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      08/04/2015

       

      Project “Roma Genocide- Part of European History”

       

      “Roma Genocide- Part of European History” is a European project financed through “Europe for citizens” program. The goal of the project is to raise awareness on European citizenship and to encourage young people to reflect and discuss about the Roma genocide during the Second World War.

      The aim of the project is to stimulate the critical thinking and debate of young people, their reflection and understanding of history and antigipsysm.

      Project coordinator
      Roma Youth Centre - Macedonia

      Project partners:
      RAPLECTION - Croatia
      Associazione Culturale Thèm Romano ONLUS – Italy
      Asociatia Nevo Parudimos – Romania
      EUROCIRCLE - France
      Desincoop – Portugal
      EPEKA– Slovenia

      Planned activities:
      The following activities are to be confirmed and modifiable. Collaboration proposals are welcome aiming to create synergies with other ongoing projects that have the same goals!

      • International activities

      - Participate in the kick-off meeting and to the international training course on the "Human Library" method – for more information about the training course please click here.

      - Participate in an international conference and develop an international network of partners

      • National activities:

      As part of this project Eurocircle plans to organize in Marseille and in the region in collaboration with other French partners the following activities:

      - A day of meetings and exchanges with the "books" about the extermination of the Roma during the Second World War (date to be determined between June and December 2015).

      - Organize a day of discussion and awareness rising on forced labour and genocide of Roma during the Second World War

      - Organizing a cultural event related to Roma culture

      - Create a regional network of partners

      “The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.”

       

       

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      20/02/2015

       

      Job Skills in France! Episode 5

      From 12 to 14 February 2015, Eurocircle Association was pleased to host in Marseille, the eight European partners of the Leonardo educational partnership, Job Skills project.
      For the work reunion we were welcomed by the international relations office of the “General Council of the Bouches du Rhone department”, our partners have had the opportunity to explore and exchange over the regional handicrafts and different learning and training methods with our guest Giordanengo Laurent, the head of "Development of Learning and Employment" office of the Chamber of Trades and Crafts of Bouches-du-Rhône. In the same time, the learners from different countries could participate in a creative crafting workshop.

      As part of this project, Eurocircle Association, decided to highlight two traditional crafts of our region, santons (little figures) and soap maker.
      So, we have visited the "Museum of Santon Marcel Carbonel" where our partners were able to examine the different types of figurines.
      The second day, our local partner the soap factory "La Licorne" opened its doors and entrusted us with the secret of traditional Marseille soap making process. We concluded the meeting with a guided tour of the city of Marseille.

      We would like to sincerely thank Linda Casta from the “General Council of Bouches du Rhône” department for the provision of the room, Laurent Giordanengo for the presentation of regional handicrafts and employees of the "La Licorne" soap factory for interesting visit.

      The fifth and the last working reunion will be organized by the "School complex of general secondary and vocational education - Stanislaw Staszic", in Białystok, Poland from 10 to 13 June 2015.

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      10/02/2015

      Coordinating transnational mobility for disadvantaged youth in Europe under the ESF 2014-2020

       


      The ESF Learning Network TLN Mobility is organising an expert conference on “Coordinating transnational mobility for disadvantaged youth in Europe under the ESF 2014-2020: the results of TLN Mobility” on February 10, 2015 in Marseille.

      The conference is targeted at ESF Managing Authorities and ESF Implementing Bodies, as well as representatives from EU, national and regional political administrations.

      The one-day conference will focus on:

      • demonstrating the impact of transnational mobility measures for participants as well as for regional labour markets by presenting practical case studies, and
      • showcasing the advantages of joining a coordinated approach on the ESF programming level.

      TLN Mobility is a network of 15 ESF Managing Authorities and lmplementing Bodies in Europe. In line with the key intentions of the EU flagship initiative "Youth on the Move" and the Youth Guarantee scheme, over the course of the last 24 months, the partners have defined a voluntary joint framework for supporting transnational mobility measures under the ESF. This framework, the Coordinated Call on ESF Transnational Mobility Measures for Disadvantaged Youth and Young Adults, sets mandatory common minimum standards for transnational youth mobility and serves as a guideline for Member States and regions who plan to design and launch youth mobility measures as part of their respective national and regional ESF Operational programmes.

      For further information about the conference and the registration procedure please contact tln-mobility@bmas.bund.de.

      Place: Marseille (France)
      Conference website

       

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      PROJECT KICK-OFF : JOBSKILLS !

      The kick off meeting of « Job Skills » was held in november 2013, in the city of Kirsehir, Turkey. Job skills, a Leonardo Da Vinci project, gathered 9 different partners from six different countries; Turkey (project’s coordinator) Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Poland and France. The main goal of the project is to exchange good practices, at european level, on vocational training offers in the field of local and traditional crafts.  Each partner is in charge of identifying two handskills based professions. For each profession, an in-deep analysis of the training offer will be given;  we will compare the skills and competences that handicrafts workers should have to practice their professions.
      For the project to be fruitful,  the partners will meet 5 times. Our next meeting is to be hold in April in Bulgaria where the private organization Personal Consult and its founder M. G. Popov, will host the partners and several of their learners.

      Do not hesitate to give a look at the website of the project:  http://ldvjobskills.com/

       

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      JobSkills en Bulgarie! Episode 2

      The European association, Eurocircle, responded present at the second partners work meeting of the Job Skills project. The meeting took place in Sofia, Bulgaria, between 01 and 04 April, reuniting the nine partners of the project and around twenty learners and persons interested by the craft work.



      Durind the first day, all the participants have had the opportunity to discover the two handicrafts chosen by each partner and the necessary formations needed to practice them. We discovered a large diversity of handicrafts inscribed on the local heritage of each country, from the more traditional to more modern. The second part of the day was dedicated to the election of a logo for the project, to discussion concerning the e-book and future activities.



      The second day was dedicated to the visit of the local handicrafts. In the Oreshak village, the Museum of Applied Arts opened its gates to a world full of wood sculptures, copperware, ceramic, weaving, hand-knitting and embroidery etc. The visitors can see also the handworkers working on the site.
      After the museum, the participants had the occasion to explore a small town very old, Troyan where we perceived the covered bridge where the handworkers propose their products.

      In July the “iFool” and “Istituo di Ricerca Internazionale per lo Sviluppo” associations will host the third partners meeting in Lecce, Italy.

      More information on http://ldvjobskills.com/

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      Job Skills in Spain! Episode 4

      As a part of the Job Skills project, the Spanish association “Agora - Asociacion de Mujeres Progresistas” welcomed the nine project partners, including Eurocircle in the town of Zafra, Spain. During 3 days, from 12 to 16 November 2014, 10 eurocircliens, 9 "learners" and their coordinator, had the opportunity to discover the Spanish traditional crafts.

      The key words of the first two days was “handicrafts learning process ". The first day was dedicated to the exploration of the "Superior School of Art and Design" of Merida and its different branches of specializations, mosaics, sculptures, drawings and design etc. and the visit of the "Special Employment Center for the terracotta work" of Mérida.


      Presentation of the mosaic studio


      Demonstration of terracotta work

      The second day the participants visited the "Popular University of Zafra" where young and less young (24-84 years) are practicing, under the supervision of professionals, bobbin lace, embroidery, etc. The same day, we had the occasion to visit Zafra’s screen-printing center.



      The third day, during the coordination meeting, which was devoted to the examination of the videos connected to regional crafts, the "learners" took part at a bracelets making workshop, watch video here: Bracelets workshop - Callzadia de los Baros

      Eurocircle team is waiting forward to welcome in Marseille from 12 to 15 February 2014, the participants of the fifth working meeting. The program includes the discovery of the artisanal Marseille soap making process with Mr. Bruna from "La Licorne" soap factory and the production of “santons”.

      "I have never done this kind of seminar; it gave me the opportunity to exchange with the local people. Recently I started to be interested in the study of art and design so this seminar really helped me to discover and learn more. Naiza - "learner"


      The "eurocircliens " in Zafra’s screen printing center

       

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      Integration through exchange: IdA and Fit for Europe

       


      To support the professional integration of groups of people with difficult access to the labor market through the acquisition of practical professional experience in another EU country, since 2009, Eurocircle has been a host organization for participants of the ESF program IdA (Integration durch Austausch - integration through exchange).
      Since then, Eurocircle has received about 100 mostly young people within the projects "Job Destination Airport" and "Aida" and the regional ESF funded project "Fit for Europe" and offered them the basic conditions for a successful internship.


      In particular, disadvantaged young people, unemployed young adults, young single-parent women and people with disabilities are groups of people with difficult access to education or labor market whom IdA and Fit for Europe provides a chance to.
      The internship allows the target group to expand their professional and linguistic expertise. The professional skills and abilities can be applied, deepened and strengthened, new working methods and techniques learned in the internship assignments.


      Moreover, an internship abroad also promotes different skills from domestic placements and achieves an important added value. The personal development of the participants is encouraged by the foreign culture and cross-cultural learning environment. It may also develop basic competencies, as getting used to a regular daily routine, living and working in a group, compliance with rules, dealing with finances, and promote healthy eating habits and alternative leisure opportunities.


      In addition, a foreign experience helps in the
      breakdown of stereotypes and prejudices as well as the development of soft skills such as teamwork, flexibility and adaptability: the participants adapt during the internship to unfamiliar working methods and foreign corporate cultures.
      In Germany, the participants receive an intercultural and professional training as well as a language course as their preparation for the internship.
      Eurocircle acquires internship placements, organizes the accommodation and local transportation in Marseille and creates conditions for the self-catering for the participants and their coordinators.


      The people appointed as coordinators are the contact persons for all questions regarding the internship; they attend the participants regularly at their placements and are available for participants generally in case of any difficulties. Moreover, Eurocircle organizes a program of leisure activities, such as trips to the region and joint events with young people from France, provides, if required, linguistic support and helps with all incurring administrative and managerial tasks and problems.

      +++: http://aida-schwerin.blogspot.fr/