Ioana and Domenico: meet our IVY volunteers!

 

 

 

WHAT’S IVY?

IVY stands for “Interreg Volunteer Youth” and is a pilot action to offer the possibility to young Europeans aged 18-30 to serve as volunteers in cross-border, transnational or interregional programmes and related projects for 2-6 months. Being solidarity and volunteering at the heart of IVY, this initiative is part of the European Solidarity Corps. Every participant is financially supported with a daily allowance.

 

Hey! My name is Onisor Ioana and I am coming from Romania. Eternal volunteer and student, sometimes both at the same time, I simply cannot say ‘no’ to new challenges. Studying International relations and European Studies in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, I have managed to put in practice my knowledge by studying in three different countries and adding two more for volunteering purposes. I love to help and work for different social issues, especially for the youth of today and tomorrow.

I have managed to live in these countries not only thanks to my motivation but also with the help of the European Union programs targeted to youth mobilities. Two Erasmus scholarships, one in Groningen, Netherlands and the second one in Rabat, Morocco, one European Voluntary Service completed a year in Bordeaux, France made me more aware of the challenges we face today in the Union. This is why I believe that all my international past has served me as a stepping stone for what was going to happen next – being recruited to volunteer in the CaSYPoT Project in Kalmar, Sweden for the next five months.

When borders are significantly less important, the differences between regions stand out and this is where we step in. Following the surveys focused on youth issues around the South Baltic Region, I will be dealing with social media related activities, the results of the surveys and the follow-up discussions and meetings. Daily, I am getting accustomed to the vast and diverse CaSYPoT project, acquiring new information at the Regional Council in Kalmar. Life is for learning and for fully experiencing all that it gives. Have I mentioned that I have been given the opportunity to live on an island in Sweden? Öland is an amazing place to visit and explore.

 

Hi, folks! My name is Domenico Misurelli from Italy.

But…what does a Mediterranean guy do in Poland?

It’s safe to say that I’m here because of an amazing experience called European Voluntary Service. Indeed, in 2015 I spent 6 months in Limassol (Cyprus) serving as a volunteer for an NGO named Key – Innovation in Culture, Education and Youth. Over there I worked to promote volunteering among locals and to raise awareness on the importance of active citizenship organizing intercultural events, seminars and exchanges. In the morning I used to help in the charity centre managed by the local Orthodox Church. Among French and Cypriots, Spanish and Romanians, Greeks and Poles I learned that if your native culture determines who you are, it’s only through the exchange of knowledge and feelings that you come to realize that there’s a vast world beyond every single border.

And what does this have to do with the fact that I’m in Poland now?

Well, I couldn’t be here if it hadn’t been for such an enlightening experience: I can talk in public without feeling my heart is going to blow up; I am aware of my limits but I do know that they can be overcome; I can handle my workload without panicking if something goes wrong. As simple as that. This personal development boosted by the experience in Cyprus – combined with my studies in International Relations and General Management – made me able to apply successfully for this position.

So, why am I here?

I am here to work in the CaSYPoT Project at the Euroregion Baltic – International Permanent Secretariat in Elblag where I’ll be dealing with communication and dissemination related activities as well as the capitalization of the results of the surveys carried out in the South Baltic Region. Obviously, only if the glacial Polish winter will not tear this Mediterranean guy down!

 

Open call for Host Organisations: Traineeship for higher education students

If you’re interested in expanding your team with skilful and motivated trainees, do not miss this opportunity to engage international students able to add value to your organisation.

“European Universities for EU projects” awards students from several European Universities with scholarships for internships focusing on EU projects’ development. Trainees with different academic backgrounds – i.e. International Relations, Economics and Business, Human Rights, Translation – will receive a scholarship and an insurance from the Erasmus+ programme over a period ranging from 2 to 4 months throughout 2018. Eligible receiving organisations such as public bodies, NGO, private enterprises, educational centres must be based in one of the Erasmus + Programme Countries.

Applications for hosting organisations are open from 9th October to the 3rd November. If you need more information, please check EUGen – European Generation website.

 

 

 

Young Leaders International Meeting 2017- Ready of life, ready for the society

The transnational meeting between young people and decision-makers in the youth field will be held in Rome, in October 2017. It is organized by SOS EUROPA, a non-profit independent association of social promotion based in Italy (Rome), that was established to spread out the European cultural values and with the scope to improve the integration processes inside and outside Europe, favouring youths’ mobility, cultural and knowledge exchange, active citizenship, participation and networking. » Read more

Italian Student joining the ERB at the International Secretariat

Taking part in a highly qualifying international experience in the cross-border cooperation has become a real opportunity for me. I am Valentina Scandola, I come from Italy and on 1st April I started my experience as an intern at Euroregion Baltic.

I found the opportunity to join this organization thanks to Erasmus + & Universities for EU projects culture, managed by SEND Sicilia, an Italian non-profit organization whose aim is to create new job opportunities for the local territory, through vocational training and mobility. A consortium between SEND Sicilia, Eugen, and 9 Italian universities give the possibilities to young students to have a high professional experience abroad. A well-structured database and the detailed description of the hosting organizations facilitate students in the choice that best fit their interests.

Furthermore, the grants provides the students with an On line Linguistic Support, a practical guide to the 2014-2020 European Funds for a technical and professional preparation, and finally the possibility to follow some courses on Project Design, organized by European Academy.

Universities for EU projects culture focuses on European Project Design, and what made me decide to apply is that I find it essential for the completion of my current studies in Local Development at the University of Padova. Local development is a quite new interdepartmental course that has been activated in the academic year 2011/2012 by the university of Padova and aims at tackling specific knowledge about what concerns social, economic, territorial, and institutional dynamics in the processes of local sustainable development. The courses provided by this Master’s degree deal with political economy, governance, social dynamics, social and environmental responsibility, project planning and evaluation, and geography and focuses on development cooperation in different social and territorial contexts. Finding a qualified internship in this field is fundamental for a professional career and Universities for EU projects culture has simplified my research, since it can count on reliable organizations.

I sent my application to Euroregion Baltic because it is a non-governmental organization and I was searching a professional experience that could provide me with a knowledge that could be spendable also in my country, once come back. I am really interested in the INTERREG programs and I think that the cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region can be used as a good example to understand which are the dynamics in the INTERREG as Cohesion Policy. I think that doing an internship in this field will be a good opportunity for me.

Meanwhile, since I am going to spend six months in Elblag, being involved in different Interreg projects, both concerning the South Baltic programme, and the Baltic Sea region programme, I will have the possibility to choose some case studies as starting point to write my Master’s thesis on Multilevel governance and the EU Cohesion Policy.