Deadline: 2 March 2014
Open to: youth aged 18-27, from: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Greece and Slovenia.
Venue: first summer school: 22 – 30 April 2014; second summer school: 3-11 May 2014. Each seminar will be conducted in one of the programme countries.
To strengthen civic activism in the Balkan region, the organization Balkans, Let’s Get Up! provides possibilities for your very own social and civic commitment. In one of the two one-week International Spring Schools you can discuss societal relevant topics, learn aspects of project management, meet with experts, and develop your own project ideas. This year the focus is set on “Ecological Activism: Society on the move” (April 22nd – 30th) and on “Values of Peace” (May 3rd – 11th). After the Spring Schools, there is a possibility for project grants and the participation in further trainings.
In two different International Spring Schools the participants will discuss innovative approaches to democratization, what democracy means on different levels of society, and which forms of active engagement are possible to single individuals and groups. You will meet like-minded people from all over the Balkans and discuss what is important for you and your civic involvement. The Spring Schools can be the starting point for realizing your project.
Project Management Seminar: 10 – 15 June 2014
The best project drafts will be selected and you will be invited to a Project Management Seminar. During this week the organization will support you in further developing your idea. Various aspects will be planned according to the particular needs of your individual projects. Topics such as time management, conflict management, communication, public relations, and fundraising will be a part of it. Between the Project Management Seminar and the Evaluation and Perspective Seminar you will have time to implement your project. You will be accompanied by experienced Mentors.
Evaluation Seminar: 28 September – 02 October 2014
The Seminar brings you together one more time in order to reflect upon the results and the process of your projects. It addresses future chances that open up due to the new experiences and networking opportunities acquired within the programme year, which allow for sustainable engagement and support. You will get acquainted with local and regional NGOs and other young people taking action in the region.
- Age from 18 to 27;
- Willing to contribute to your society with civil activism;
- Ability to discuss in English;
- Citizenship of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and as of this year Greece or Slovenia;
- Motivation and time to take part in each step of the programme.
For applying, your educational and occupational background and experience in international exchange or project management are of no importance. The organization asks for them in order to be able to compose a diverse participants group for the seminar and therefore they also encourage persons with e.g. no abroad experience or no previous scholarships to apply. Furthermore, Balkans, Let’s Get Up! supports and encourages people regardless of their ethnicity, religion or belief, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. The working language is English.
Balkans, Let’s Get Up! pays for all seminar related costs (e.g. participants’ travel costs, accommodation, food, trainers, materials) except € 20, participation fee per seminar. The organization will pay for participants’ travel costs after they have confirmed the participants’ suggested modes of transport and costs.
The deadline for applying is 2 March 2014.
Note that as a participant in Balkans, let’s get up! 2014 programme you agree to:
- Take part in the Spring School you apply for, and to attend the seminar from the beginning to the end;
- Take part in the Project Management Seminar, and to attend the seminar from the beginning to the end;
- Take part in the Evaluation Seminar, and to attend the seminar from the beginning to the end;
- To pay € 20,¬ participation fee per seminar.
By applying for Balkans, let’s get up! you agree to the organization’s Programme Agreement 2014.