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«Save Our Seas» e-booklet

Cover of SoS booklet

This publication was created by Argonauta association as an outcome of the Training Course «Save Our Seas», which they organised and hosted with the support and expertise of Biodiversa and other 7 partners.

It contains 6 workshops created by participants in the training. The booklet is meant to serve as open-source material for youth trainers/youth workers and other educators to use when including current environmental topics into their projects and workshops.

The workshops are “ready-to-use” as they are or they can be generators of further ideas, they can be adapted, or some parts of them can be used isolated. We hope SOS e-booklet will be useful and will inspire you in your future work!

Click here to download the booklet.

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Countdown to «Save Our Seas»

The main activity of the «Save Our Seas” project, of which Biodiversa is one of the partner organisations, will take place on Murter Island, Croatia, from 1st till 9th of September 2017. It will bring together 30 youth trainers coming from 7 different countries – Spain, Greece, Turkey, Portugal, Latvia, Italy and Croatia.

Participants will be youth trainers with a passion for the environment, aiming to build their competencies in marine environmental education and the use of non-formal learning methods.

Project topics:

The protection of the marine environment is an interesting and important topic to European youth and partner organizations involved in the project. We will connect the knowledge that we got through formal education (real facts, scientific methods, research) and target it through non-formal learning activities, which aim at enhancing the soft skills and competencies of our participants in order for them to act as youth trainers.

The main topics included in this project: unsustainable fishing, pollution, climate change, ocean acidification… are closely related to the aim of the EU’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive adopted by all Member States.

Project objectives:

The main objective of the project is to build capacity of partner organisations for working with youth on marine environmental topics, which we plan to achieve through 3 phases: preparation (introduction to mentorship inside participant organisations), training course (connecting marine topics with non-formal methods and developing new workshops) and follow-up (participants will act as trainers in their communities).

Specific objectives of the project (derived from the needs of the partner organisations):

*30 youth trainers will better understand the relationships between pressures from human activities and climate influences and their effects on marine ecosystems worldwide;

*to encourage 30 youth trainers and 9 participant organisations to use the latest scientific facts in developing new non-formal environmental education methods and tools;

*to foster usage of non-formal learning methods in youth work by developing 8 new educational workshops which will later be disseminated worldwide in an e-booklet;

*to connect 9 partner organisations working with youth and environmental issues so they can exchange their know-how and create new quality international partnerships inside Erasmus+;

*to develop training skills of 30 youth trainers to act, after the project, as trainers for Erasmus+ projects and in their own communities;

*to ensure development of mentorship in 9 partner organisations between experienced trainers and junior trainers;

*to strengthen youth impact in climate change global issues having 30 youth trainers act as multipliers.

Expected results:

Some results of the project will be an e-book containing 8 new workshops developed by participants during the training course, a promotional video and a Facebook page that will be tools for future cooperation between participants. We will create a pool of environmental trainers and a net of partner organisations that will establish strong connections in the civil sector, linking marine environment issues with youth work.

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Call for participants: training course «Uniting Youth for Eco-tourism»

Biodiversa, in partnership with Youth and Environment Europe (YEE), is happy to invite all interested young people to apply for our new training course «Uniting Youth for Eco-tourism».

The training course will take place on 6-13 November 2017 in Kapraluv Mlyn, Ochoz u Brna, Czech Republic. With this training course we would like to explore how young people can exercise active citizenship while developing eco-tourism projects in their local communities. Please follow this link to read more about the project.

Apply for this project if you want to:

  • Widen your knowledge about the importance of youth participation;
  • Gain new knowledge on the development of ecotourism for local communities;
  • Gain knowledge on how to encourage young people to be active and promote active citizenship through eco-tourism;
  • Get ideas on how to increase an interest in eco-tourism among local community;
  • Share experience and best practices in creating eco-tourism related projects.

Profile of the participants:

  • For participants who are residents of following countries: Armenia, Kosovo, Albania, Georgia, Russia, Serbia, Hungary, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Spain, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Czech Republic, Azerbaijan.
  • 18-30 years old (with few participants who can be over 30).
  • Good knowledge of English.
  • Actively involved in environmental youth organisations (as employees or volunteers), the preference will be given to representatives of YEE Member organisations and partners of the project.
  • Concerned about biodiversity, environmentalism and interested in a responsible way of travelling and sustainable development of local environment.
  • Actively involved in local and regional community.
  • You do not necessarily have experience in ecotourism, but should be experienced in working with youth and able to contribute as agents, by sharing knowledge gained during the training course with other young people.
  • The participants will arrange local actions as part of the follow-up of the training course, and therefore you should have experience in organising local activities and be strongly connected to your sending organisations.

Practical information:

Travel and visa costs will be reimbursed according to the travel band allocated per country. Free accommodation and vegetarian food will be provided to all participants for whole duration of the training course.

How to apply:

Fill in the online application form until 27 August 23:59 CET. Before applying, please read the call for participants carefully.

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Call for participants: Practical ecology III

Biodiversa is selecting 3 enthusiastic Spanish participants for its next training course in the French Pyrenees, in partnership with SOLAFRIKA.

When?: 3rd to 15th October 2017, travel days included.

What?: After having run a training course in 2015 named “Ecological work camp technical leading”, SOLAFRIKA would like to go deeper into three specific topics that participants and their team consider the most relevant: ecological construction, permaculture way of living and gardening, and outdoor activities.

Aim: The main objective of this seminar is to promote ecological practices in 3 fields: permaculture, ecological construction and outdoor activities, and by having a healthy life style respecting the nature.

Methods: Participatory methods. Participants will be active and engaged in all daily life chores. Non-formal education tools wil be used during the workshops. All participants should be ready to develop a critical mind, their analytical sense and to share their opinions with the others.

Venue: The training will take place in a rustic old farm belonging to our partner organisation SOLAFRIKA in the countryside, in a village called Bédeille (Ariège, France). The place is comfortable enough for everyone, but don’t expect a 5 stars hotel!

There will be:
– Bio construction: wooden terrace, coating method, Chilien wooden oven.
– Permaculture: discovering several specific tools and methods. Understanding this way of living.
– Outdoor activities shown in a walking workshop during a hike, orientation, cooperative games, wild plants identification…

Information Pack (activity programme, how to get there…)

Participants requirements:
Spanish resident;
Over 20 years of age by 3rd October 2017;
Able to communicate fluently in the English language (the whole course will be in English);
Available to participate in the whole duration of the training course (3rd – 15th October 2017)).

There will be 3 Spanish participants, and a total of 26 participants coming from Spain, Slovenia, Austria, Netherlands, Hungary, Germany, Greece and England.

Costs: Your travel costs will be reimbursed up to 275 EUR, roughly 1 month after the end of the training course. All other costs (food, accommodation, training, materials…) will be covered by the organisers through funds from the “Erasmus +: Youth” programme of the European Commission.

How to apply: Send a short (no more than 300 words) motivation email to with the subject line «NAME SURNAME Application to Practical Ecology III», introducing yourself (who you are, what you do…), explaining why you are interested in participating in this training course, what you expect to gain from taking part in it and why you should be selected. Include also your personal data: name, age, city or village of residence and contact telephone number.

Deadline to apply: Open until completion of the selection process.

Some more info: This project is organised by the French non-profit organisation SOLAFRIKA, in partnership with Biodiversa, Metta (Slovenia), Neront (Austria), Buitendoor (The Netherlands), Pandore (Hungary), IBG (Germany), Alter ego (Greece), Moulsecomb forest (England), thanks to the support of the European “Erasmus +: Youth” programme.

This is the third edition of “Practical Ecology”. You can check some results of the previous edition in the following booklet that was published by SOLAFRIKA:

and some former participant’s comments here:

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Call for participants for «Save Our Seas» training course in Croatia

Biodiversa is selecting 4 spanish participants for this fantastic international training course in Murter, Croatia, from 1st to 9th September 2017.

The aim of the training course is to connect marine topics with non-formal methods and develop new workshops. The specific objectives of this training are for participants to:

  • Understand the relationships between pressures from human activities and climate influences and their effects on marine ecosystems worldwide;

  • Be encouraged to use the latest scientific facts in developing new non-formal environmental education methods and tools;

  • Develop 8 new educational workshops, which will be disseminated worldwide in an e-booklet. 


You are welcome to apply if:

  • You are Spanish or currently having official residence in Spain,

  • You are a youth trainer with a passion for environment, aiming to build your competencies in marine environmental education and usage of non-formal learning methods; or you have the potential and need to develop training competencies and act after the course as a trainer for Erasmus+ projects;

  • You show initiative and willingness to self-direct your own learning process;

  • You are prepared to reflect on and question your own beliefs and approaches;

  • As a youth trainer you are motivated to learn about and make use of the Erasmus+ Programme for creating or strengthening international partnerships.

Fill in the application form before Wednesday May 24th. DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL 7th JUNE.

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Experiencia: curso de formación Happy Tree Friends, en República Checa

[Artículo escrito por Helena Macías, Jorge Gracia y Sandra Pérez, representantes de Biodiversa en el curso de formación Happy Tree Friends, que tuvo lugar en República Checa en Noviembre del año pasado.]

Jorge, Sandra y Helena con el póster de presentación de Biodiversa

Jorge, Sandra y Helena con el póster de presentación de Biodiversa

Soy Helena, soy trabajadora social, vivo en Sevilla y trabajo con menores en riesgo de exclusión social. Con esta presentación muchos pensaréis que qué pintaba yo en República Checa plantando árboles. Bueno, no erais los únicos.

Para ser sinceros este viaje empezó un poco con un –¿Y por qué no? Aunque no sea del todo tu tema seguro que algo prendes y si no, pues una semana en un país extranjero que nunca está de más.

Cuando el curso comenzó y empezamos con las actividades me di cuenta de que este training, aunque no directamente relacionado con mis estudios, podía aportarme muchos conocimientos y herramientas en el trabajo con menores. No solo por las dinámicas y actividades que nos han enseñado y que seguro voy a llevar a cabo sino también por la importancia de fomentar el respeto por el medio ambiente y promover un modo de vida sostenible en niños y adolescentes, que serán la nueva generación encargada de actuar contra el deterioro del planeta y trabajar en la conservación del mismo.

Helena, Jorge y Sandra

Helena, Jorge y Sandra manos a la obra plantando un árbol

Otro detalle importante a tener en cuenta a la hora de hacer una evaluación de mi experiencia en el curso es que nunca antes había plantado un árbol, era la primera vez que lo hacía y la experiencia ha sido absolutamente genial, no solo por el buen rato que pasamos sino por todo lo que significa y nos acerca este acto a la naturaleza.

Sin duda he aprendido muchísimo esta semana, no tanto sobre teoría pero mucho sobre valores, respeto, responsabilidad, del entusiasmo de muchos compañeros en sus proyectos, de trabajar y motivarnos en los nuestros propios para volver con mil ideas nuevas que llevar a cabo cada uno en nuestro entorno.

Helena y Sandra presentando su idea de proyecto futuro: El Happy Tree Camp de Biodiversa

Helena y Sandra presentando su idea de proyecto futuro: El Happy Tree Camp de Biodiversa

Por último contaros que no pude tener más suerte con mis compañeros, Sandra y Jorge, con los que me lo he pasado mejor que bien, me he reído y he disfrutado muchísimo y que además me han ayudado mucho en todo lo que yo no entendía o sabía hacer y en lo que ellos iban sobrados de experiencia. Muchas gracias chicos, fue un placer perderme con vosotros

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Jorge Gracia escribe:

Nunca hubiese imaginado que aprender a plantar un árbol daría para un curso de 7 días de formación. Pero tampoco me habría cuestionado hasta este momento si los árboles son felices. Así que participar en una experiencia internacional con otros 30 jóvenes de 9 países europeos y diferentes organizaciones medioambientales parecía una buena oportunidad para redescubrir, explorar… y saciar mi curiosidad.

Todos los participantes en el curso

Los 30 participantes en el curso

Con la cremallera de la chaqueta marcada en mi cara, llegaba adormilado al aeropuerto de Madrid, donde debía encontrarme con mis dos nuevas amigas y compañeras de aventuras, Helena y Sandra, para poner rumbo a Velké Pavlovice, un pueblecito de la región de Moravia, en la República Checa.

¡Atención, viajeros! Sabemos que amáis viajar, pero si queréis llegar a tiempo a vuestro destino, aplacad ese ímpetu de aventura y no subáis al primer tren que pase… o preparaos para ser protagonistas del chiste del día: un mañico, una vasca y una extremeña, dando vueltas por un país desconocido buscando un pueblo de nombre impronunciable…

Sanos y salvos en nuestro nido, sólo quedaba ponerse manos a la obra: aprender, compartir, disfrutar… ¡y plantar árboles!

Jorge, Helena y Sandra preparando el póster de su proyecto futuro

Jorge, Helena y Sandra preparando el póster de su proyecto futuro

Para los interesados en el mundo arborícola, os diré que aprendí a reconocer especies forestales, recordé conocimientos en sanidad forestal, investigué sobre legislación en materia de protección de árboles en Europa, estudié variedades de frutales y puse en práctica mis habilidades plantando árboles.

Pincheo intercultural

Pincheo intercultural

Para quien el currículum educativo tradicional no sea lo más importante, buenos tiempos para la lírica, porque Erasmus+ es mucho más que eso: hice nuevos amigos, compartimos experiencias, desarrollamos proyectos futuros conjuntos, profundizamos en el significado de ser ciudadano europeo, descubrimos los sabores y tradiciones de otros países, aprendimos haciendo, y por fin, plantamos un árbol… y surgió el amor.

Por más cotidianas y simples que parezcan, las plantaciones de árboles suponen una magnífica actividad de educación ambiental no formal que permiten acercar a individuos y colectivos al medio desde la propia experiencia y vivencias sentidas, potenciando la percepción del entorno, fortaleciendo los vínculos entre las personas y la naturaleza, inspirando, cautivando, facilitando el interés y el deseo de descubrir. Porque no se puede proteger y conservar la naturaleza si no se conoce.

Necesitamos otra forma de relacionarnos con el medio ambiente, una nueva cultura de respeto y responsabilidad, con toda la humanidad y con las generaciones futuras. Reconectar con la naturaleza es fundamental para aprender a amarla y cuidarla. Y plantar un árbol es la forma más efectiva de alcanzar una comunidad global sostenible. Si me preguntáis… este es el resumen de mi experiencia.

Jorge, Sandra y Helena

Jorge, Sandra y Helena

Así que no puede ser de otra manera. Tras 7 días de intensas vivencias, 30 nuevas amigas y amigos y ¡3200 kilómetros viajados!, un pedacito de mi corazón se queda en otro rincón de Europa, deseando que otra persona quiera sembrarlo, plantarlo, regarlo y cuidarlo.

Y cómo no, entre tantos trenes, buses y tranvías… volvimos a contar el chiste de la vasca, la extremeña y el mañico. ¡Sandra y Helena, os echo de menos, con quien voy a perderme cuando ya conozca el camino!

PD: He aquí una decisión reflexionada al candor de una auténtica cerveza checa: de vuelta como formador juvenil, o de nuevo como participante, no importa el país, el contexto o la temática del curso, y porque no puedo imaginar acción más épica y romántica, ni acto más rebelde para cuidar de nuestra gente y nuestro entorno… por cada nuevo proyecto Erasmus+, yo plantaré un árbol

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Y Sandra nos regala uno de sus poemas favoritos: 

«Planting trees early in spring,
we make a place for birds to sing
in time to come. How do we know?
They are singing here now.
There is no other guarantee
that singing will ever be».

 For the future (Wendell Berry)

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Training course «Connecting Cultures» – Call for participants

Connecting Cultures logoBiodiversa offers two places for Spanish residents to participate in the training course «Connecting Cultures», which will take place in Kandersteg, Switzerland from 23rd to 29th November 2015. 

A non-formal, creative and interactive 6-day residential training approach to explore and develop new community-based intercultural activities.

Participants will explore intercultural practice, define their needs, share experiences and inspire each other to develop intercultural strategies and actions for their work in the youth field.

More information and instructions on how to apply can be found in the following document:

Deadline to apply: 5th October 2015. Hurry up!

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Youth Exchange «Art for the Environment» – Call for participants

street-art-nature-girl-ivy-hairYouth Exchange «Art for the Environment»
When: 9-15 November 2015
Where: Kapraluv Mlyn, Ochoz u Brna, Czech Republic

The Youth Exchange:

This Youth Exchange is about using art and creative ideas for environmental projects. It will bring young people together to learn from each other by exchanging skills, knowledge and experiences in a non-formal setting. During the youth exchange the participants will be responsible for facilitating workshops and supporting each other. Although they will share enthusiasm for sustainable lifestyles and protecting the planet, their views may be challenged in an intercultural setting where they learn new things.

Aims and objectives:

The aim of the youth exchange is to provide a space for participants to share and develop their creative skills in order to create environmental projects to support their organisations and communities.


– Develop participants’ creative and communication skills to support their personal and professional development;
– Provide a space for intercultural exchange by sharing arts and music from different cultures;
– Explore creative ways to raise awareness and understanding of environmental issues in local communities around Europe;
Connect participants to their local communities and to each other.

Financial conditions and travel costs:

The Youth Exchange will be implemented in the frame of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission. The accommodation, food, visa fees and materials will be covered fully by the grant. Insurance is obligatory and should be arranged and covered by each participant (the European Heatlh Insurance Card from the Spanish Social Security is sufficient to this effect).

According to rules of the Erasmus+ Programme, the travel expenses will be covered up to 170 EUR per person. Travel costs will be reimbursed to all participants after submitting necessary travel documents (original tickets/invoices + boarding passes) and after filling in the form in the Mobility tool.

You will be required to contribute to Biodiversa with 20 EUR towards the participant’s management costs.

How to apply:

Biodiversa is selecting 4 participants from Spain, who are expected to:

Live in Spain,
– Be between 18 and 30 years old,
– Be active in environmental protection (as volunteers or professionals),
– Have creative skills to share (as artists or amateurs),
– Be interested in intercultural exchanges,
– Would like to organise an activity connected with art and the environment.
– As the common language in the youth exchange will be English, participants should be able to communicate fluently in this language.

To apply for participation complete this form and send it by email to Teresa Llopis, the group leader (, putting Biodiversa in copy ( before 1st October stating “(Your name and surname) – Application for Art for the Environment” in the subject line.

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EVS in an environmental NGO in Latvia

he logoOur friends from «Homo Ecos» are looking for 2 volunteers to work with them for a long-term project (12 months) in their office in Rīga, Latvia.

If you are:
– ready to spend a year (from March 2016) in Rīga, Latvia;
– 18-30 years old;
– able to work as part of a team;
– passionate about the environment;
– ready to organize creative events and social/PR campaigns;
– and willing to inform and educate kids, youth and adults about environmental issues…

… then «Homo Ecos» would love to welcome you as their new EVS volunteer!

How to apply:
Please send your CV and application form to no later than Sunday 30 August 2015.

For more information, check the full call for volunteers.

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How to be a green entrepreneur – second chance to join this great project!


Our colleagues from Youth and Environment Europe are extending the deadline to apply for the training course «How to be a green entrepreneur», which will take place in Prague from 12th to 20th October this year. So if you haven’t sent your application yet, you are still on time to join this fantastic project! The new deadline is 6th September 2015.

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