8 days in Ljubojno with “No H8 Speech”

It was June, early summer in Macedonia, when over 30 participants from Croatia, Denmark, Portugal, Slovenia, and a hosting country, came together to combat one of the most recent and present in our daily lives problem – hate speech. Between 11.06 and 20.06, picturesque village of Ljubojno at Prespa lake was a main stage for…

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The beauty of LIFE

This is a “brief” story of the experience of a grown-up kid, finally embarking on a long-desired adventure that significantly improved his perception of the importance of how working with youth and raising the ECO awareness leads to the eventual LOVE and sustainability of all life. Within this story there are also, 3 more personal…

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The second part of the unforgettable experience. Youth exchange “No Hate Speech: Step 2” in Ljubojno.

After 10 years Volunteers Centre Skopje is back with its project in the region of Prespa. From 11th to 20th of June in Ljubojno, Macedonia VCS is organizing the Erasmus+ project, youth exchange “NO Hate Speech: Step 2” with over 30 participants coming from Macedonia, Croatia, Slovenia, Portugal, Denmark and Latvia. The aim of the…

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Experience is the teacher of all things

One of the most renowned quotes by Julius Caser could perfectly sum up the core purpose of the Erasmus+ organisation and its members who ceaselessly and diligently work to share their knowledge in a certain area while effectively promoting the values that define their characters and the programme as a whole. As the youngest represent…

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Bringing Europe Closer Together in Germany

Volunteers Centre Skopje took part in the PBA “Bringing Europe Closer Together” which was happening in the period from 16th to 24th of may in a town close to the city of Bremen, Osterholz-Scharmbeck Germany. The main aim of the topic is learning how to write a project, and also making new partnerships for further…

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Youth Centers – Now and Immediately

With the third and last activity in Skopje (the first two were in Antwerp and Bremen), we completed the project "Neighborhood of youth centers in Europe" within the "Erasmus+" program of the European Commission through the Belgian National Agency. Thirty youth workers and representatives of municipalities from eight countries and partners in the project last…

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Seminar in Sarajevo: “Volunteering connecting communities 2.0”

Volunteers Centre Skopje participated in the final dissemination of the project "VCC - Volunteering connecting communities 2.0" with 4 representatives, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The seminar was organized by the organization "Mladi Volonteri" in the period from 18.02 to 23.02 in which our participants had an opportunity to participate in the ultimate goal of…

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Young Geeks – Get Empowered with Entrepreneurial spirit, Knowledge and Strategies

These young people traveled through 5 countries: Albania, Macedonia, Sicily, Greece, Turkey for the project “Get Empowered with Entrepreneurial spirit, Knowledge and Strategies” where more than 100 young people exchanged experiences, traditions, gained entrepreneurial spirit, knowledge and strategies, learned lessons, gained many friendships. 1 First Capacity Building Training, Korça, Albania (28.06-2.07.2021) About 40 participants from…

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Imagine, Improvise, Integrate!

Creative writing and storytelling are powerful tools to address issues of stereotyping, discrimination, and hate speech. It helps people express anger, helplessness, exclusion and similar feelings in a constructive way. These creative methods are focused on speaking up, raising your voice about injustice, racism, sexism, etc., and hate speech that is usually used against marginalized…

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The greatest threat to youth – radicalization

“Preventing the conflicts of tomorrow means changing the mindset of youth today.”- Graça Machel While most of us are familiar with the concept of radicalization, it is often difficult to define it. We also narrow down its meaning to a specific group, e.g., terrorist or religious groups, which does not reflect the phenomenon’s complexity. What…

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Under the purple sky

Gender equality, inclusion, and the fight against stereotypes are not slogans from TV commercials but processes implemented here and now. TWOST: Training without stereotypes is a project that raises awareness about the importance of gender balance in youth organizations, sports clubs, and informal groups. But how much longer will we build equality? The European Institute…

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The day that should last all year

Do you remember the moment when you fulfilled what you wished? Well, even more? The feeling that gives you peace and joy, so you say to yourself this must be constant? We experienced that on December 5, 2021. We turned the International Volunteer Day and our 15th birthday into a successful working party. When you…

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All Aboard the MentorShip

Volunteers Centre Skopje is part of the project "All Aboard the MentorShip". The project is funded by the National Agency for European Educational Programs and Mobility, and is implemented by the organization "Info Front - Prilep" Main goal of the project is to train youth workers in the field of mentorship by sharing good practices…

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Another step in the development of future facilitators!

Diversity & anti-discrimination was the main topic of the “PeerAct” training course in Struga. Youth in the partnership countries still discriminate and show intolerance towards their peers (based on religion, gender, ethnicity, race, disability, or sexual orientation or simply not fitting the social norms). This situation is not compatible with EU values, and a solution…

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“Living library: where the books becoming alive” – An experience that everyone must experience

Volunteers Centrе Skopje participated in youth exchange "Living library: where the books becoming alive" in Marmaris, Turkey that happened from 25.09 to 03.10 with 5 participants and 1 team leader. Through variety of workshops they had the chance to learn about the main topic of the project “What is Living Library method?” and “How the…

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