So FAR, So CLOSE – Training Course



25th of August – 2nd of September 2015



“So Far, So Close” is a training course which will reunite 24 young leaders from 10 countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Turkey in northern Romania, near Baia Mare, in Statiunea Izvoare, between 25th of August 2015 and 2nd of September 2015. Together they will experience various methods on intercultural learning and outdoor which they can bring back in their organizations to use in order to motivate and empower the young people they are working with into becoming the young leaders of tomorrow.

The main OBJECTIVES of the project are:

  • promoting and exploring the “outdoor”, “healthy lifestyle” and “intercultural learning” concepts in relation with youth work;10636198_719677674768457_5613164803852928135_n
  • raising the intercultural and outdoor competences of the participants;
  • promoting respect for cultural and European diversity;
  • sharing methods, experiences and tools among youth workers as best practices for encouraging the use of outdoor activities in an intercultural and international context;
  • promoting non-formal education methods and introducing Erasmus+Programme as an opportunity for European youth mobilities.

The working METHODS used during the training course will be non-formal, with a strong intercultural and outdoor approach: role plays, energisers, ice-breakers, movie watching, world-cafe, circle practice, storytelling, open space, learning to play and playing to learn, debriefs, teamwork, rope techniques, hiking and many more.


Participants age 18 + , which are youth workers, young leaders, active volunteers in their organizations, volunteer coordinators, staff, and willing to improve their skills and competences regarding intercultural learning and outdoor, sharing and learning new tools which can be used in working with youth.


FOR APPLICATIONS: Application-Form_So Far, So Close

DEADLINE extended for submitting the applications: 3rd of AUGUST 2015

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My EVS volunteering experience in Estonia

How about an EVS?

“You are young, you finished school but you don’t know what’s the next step, or you didn’t figure out what’s the best for you at the moment, you feel you’re stuck or you simply want to know more about the world. How about an EVS?

IMG_20140917_142543At least that’s what happened to me. I knew I wanted to have a bigger volunteering experience but the moments were just not right. Of course EVS wasn’t going to wait for me, I was heading to my 30s and I wanted to take advantage of it, since it’s once in a lifetime opportunity. So out of the blue, just like that, I decided to apply.

It was fast, the application deadline was in a couple of hours since I decided I wanted to go, I had to prepare a pre-overview of my volunteering activities and I did it. Soon I found out I was accepted as the next volunteer in Lille Maja Youth Center in TaIMG_20141016_201505rtu, Estonia.

It wasn’t my first time living abroad, nor my first working experience abroad but it was the first time to get acquainted with the “youth center” term. And in the beginning it was hard, because I was imagining it differently and the reality somehow struck me but I started to get used to the people, the way of life in Estonia, the way things work out in Lille Maja, to my project…

I lived in a new coIMG_20141015_160048untry, by new rules, eating new food and doing new things. I met new people, Estonians and other nationalities, other volunteers like me, new places, new experiences. I was working with children very different from what I have met before, with people with different behaviors, different ways of life, different views over life. I was soon becoming more like them, without even knowing. And I liked it. Mostly.

I used to think I didn’t learn much from this experience, since I did similar things before and I already had lots of years of work experience but I discovered things I didn’t know about myself and now I know I can do much more. My experience in Estonia was not always happy or fulfilling but I did my best and wonderful things that I can be proud of were born. In the end I was loved by the children, acknowledged by my coworkers, appreciated by my own self.IMG_20141021_205104_2

As a message for all youngsters: go beyond your condition! Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and be curious! Wonderful things will happen and you will be amazed of how a small thing can change you for the best and how getting to know people from all around the world makes you a better version of yourself. And never stop dreaming! Just remember to choose your project carefully so it fully defines you and your expectations and do it while you’re still young!”

Catalina Ciubar

Catalina did a lot of interesting activities and here we can mention only a few of them: fashion show, cooking club, travelers club, flash-mob,  disco party and the list can go on.IMG_20141105_180105

Hosting Organization: Lille Maja (Tartu, Estonia)

Sending Organization: Asociatia YMCA Baia Marelogo_erasmus_plus

Activity Dates: 13/09/2015 – 31/08/2015

EVS project name: “Avasta, hooli, tegutse!”


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My EVS volunteering experience in Lithuania

Lithuania – seen through the eyes of foreigners – turning on the Lithuanian style 🙂

“I am Madalina a 23 year old Romanian girl who used to live in Bucharest. The reason for “used to” is because now I live in Vilnius. Why? It is so simple. Have you ever felt like locked into the “rat-race” of life with no possibility to escape from every day routine?bt partyFor a while I just looked at myself and all that I saw was a young girl working from Monday till Friday and nothing else more. And one thought crossed my mind: this is not the kind of life that I want for me; I can do better than this.

So one day I started to search on internet for some projects like EVS.I found one, in Vilnius and from description I understood that I will work at one social center with disable people, do some activities. At a first sight looks like something new and I decided to apply. The next day I receive an e-mail with title “EVS project “Happy Shinny People”. I open it immediately and I started to read: “Writing to you with good news. We want to have you in our project…. “. I was accepted.

mThe next 2 weeks after this were crazy: I had to quit my job, to buy the tickets, to move back to my childhood city, to visit all my friends… It was exhausting… And then I was in Bucharest, in the airport waiting for my adventure to begin. Today, here I am… in Vilnius, living a new life, having as flatmates three nice girls from different countries, working at Matulacio social center, going outside with other volunteers – people like me but somehow different.

I am here since February and I work with disable people – adults; every
day we make different activities. It is easy to work with people who are happy having only one reason: you are here to help them. But behind all this good things that happened to me, I also had some difficult moments: my first week here was not so simple. I was feeling like a stranger in a strange country, I was missing my friends, my country and even my routine… but now I am not a stranger anymore – now I belong to this place.


I end up thinking that being an EVS is not so hard – you just have to be yourself and learn how to enjoy all the things that comes into your life. I enjoy every free day with my flat mates or with other volunteers going in the city center or just travelling, so my personal life is quite active.In the end I think that coming here was the best decision that I could take and as far as I saw it was the best experience in my life.
Here I have a new life and also new friend and all of this because Lithuania. Sometimes I even have the feeling that I didn`t choose Lithuania, Lithuania chooses me. So thank you Lithuania for choosing me!”

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Hosting Organization: The Blessed J. Matulaitis Social Center (Vilnius, Lithuania)

Sending Organization: Asociatia YMCA Baia Marelogo_erasmus_plus

Activity Dates: 01/02/2015 – 31/08/2015

EVS project name: Happy Shiny People



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12 months EVS vacancies in Vilnius-Lithuania


Take a 12 months volunteering experience abroad, in Lithuania, Vilnius, starting this September!



Project dates: 01/09/2015 – 01/09/ 2016 11203575_10155505540540366_1325453353971860783_o

Profile of the volunteer:

Age: 18-30

– basic knowledge of English language

– responsible, with a sense of initiative, motivated, creative, hard-working, committed 


You can choose one from the available EVS projects below:

  • Vacancy  in Toys Museum.
  • Vacancy in Valakupiai Rehabilitation Centre. 
  • Vacancy  in non-governmental kindergarten „Nendre“. 
  • Vacancy  in Day care Centre „Šviesa“. 
  • Vacancy  in Open Youth Centre. 

!!!! Click here for more details about each vacancy: vacancies_LITHUANIA

11337012_10155565354305366_1413188368622839530_oThe project supports  maximum 275 EUR of the travel costs for the volunteer and European health insurance for the whole period of the volunteer`s stay in the hosting country. The volunteer will receive a monthly allowance and pocket money and free accommodation.

!!!! FOR APPLICATIONS: send your CV with photo and a motivation letter to until 10th of July 2015!!! Please write in the subject line: EVS LITHUANIA and the project you are applying for (see the list above)

Project is funded by the European Commission through the Erasmus + Programme.


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3 voluntare EVS in Baia Mare pentru 10 luni

În perioada mai 2015 – martie 2016, Asociația YMCA Baia Mare găzduiește 3 voluntare, pentru 10 luni, prin Serviciul European de Voluntariat al Programului Erasmus+.


Proiectul intitulat ”Above and Beyond” găzduiește 3 tinere din Lituania (Jurgita Kozeniauskaite-24 ani), Spania (Irene Serrano Gamarra-24 ani) și Ucraina (Alina Husar-24 ani).

Dintre obiectivele proiectului ”Above and Beyond” amintim:DSCN2176

  • promovarea metodelor de educație non-formală
  • promovarea cetățeniei active și a voluntariatului în rândul tinerilor
  • promovarea importanței învățării interculturale, a dialogului intercultural și a multilingvismului în rândul tinerilor
  • promovarea Programului Erasmus+ și a oportunităților pe care acesta le aduce în rândul tinerilor
  • promovarea respectului față de diversitatea culturală europeană

Activitățile pe care voluntarele le vor desfășura vor cuprinde tematica proiectului și anume: comunități rrome, creativitate și cultură, participarea activă a tinerilor. Cele 3 voluntare vor desfășura diverse activități în comunitatea gazdă, printre care: activități de incluziune socială cu copii și tineri de etnie rromă și/sau proveniți din medii defavorizate, cu copii și tineri din case de tip familial, activități tip ”afterschool” cu elevi din ciclul primar, ateliere de lucru de artă și cultură  deschise tinerilor din comunitatea băimăreană. Metodele folosite în desfășurarea activităților vor fi de factură non-formală, prielnice dezvoltării de aptitudini și competențe în rândul voluntarelor și beneficiarilor.

the team



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