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Call for participants: “Connecting Roots” partnership building seminar


Biodiversa is offering 1 place for a Spanish resident to participate in the fully funded partnership building seminar “Connecting Roots”, organised by our partners Art Kruh. The event is taking place from 19th to 26th of September in the charming village of Prenčov, in the Slovak countryside.

The aim of this seminar is to deepen existing partnerships or to develop new ones, with the aim to create future projects and cooperation (youth exchanges, training courses or other educational projects) somehow connected to youth and rural areas.

If you are looking for people to develop an international educational project with,
under the topics of youth and rural areas,
this is your chance! 

Objectives of the seminar:

 to share ideas, tips and good practices concerning youth work in rural areas;
 supporting entrepreneurship and creative industry among young people, specifically focused on the connection between urban and rural areas;
 to develop future projects and cooperation (youth exchanges, trainings, KA2 or other projects);
 to strengthen the network of organizations.

Working method:

Dragon Dreaming: a specific participatory project development methodology, which is non-hierarchical and non-centred. We do our best to create an inspirational, trustworthy and productive social environment.

Participants requirements:

– Spanish resident;
– Over 18 years of age by 19th September 2018;
– Able to communicate fluently in the English language (the whole seminar will be in English);
– Available to participate in the whole duration of the seminar;
– Belonging to an organisation which organises projects within the Erasmus + programme of the European Commission (ask your organisation to find out);
– Willing to co-organize an educational project.

There will be 3 Spanish participants, and a total of 32 participants coming from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Norway, Romania, Slovakia, Croatia, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, Portugal and Slovenia.

Financial conditions and travel costs:

This seminar will be implemented in the frame of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission. The accommodation, food, tuition and materials will be covered fully by the grant, so they will be free for you. Insurance is mandatory and should be arranged and covered by each participant (just make sure you have a valid European Health Insurance card: Tarjeta Sanitaria Europea).

Your travel expenses will be covered up to 360€. 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 receive precise instructions about this after your return).

If you are selected, you will be required to contribute to Biodiversa with 20 EUR towards the management costs of your participation. This will be your only real cost.

How to apply:

Send a short (no more than 300 words) motivation email to asociacionbiodiversa@gmail.com with the subject line “NAME SURNAME Application to Connecting Roots”, introducing yourself (who you are, what you do…), explaining why you are interested in participating in this seminar, what you expect to gain from taking part in it, if you have any vision of a project you would like to develop (please give some details) and why you should be selected. Include also your personal data: name, age, city or village of residence, Autonomous Community and contact telephone number.

Deadline to apply: Open until we find a suitable candidate. Hurry up!

We look forward to receiving your expressions of interest.

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Experiencia: IYNF Networking Conference

Noa Philippon, la vocal de juventud de Biodiversa, nos cuenta su experiencia en la Networking Conference de IYNF (International Young Nature Friends).

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Hola a todos,

Quería contaros mi experiencia en la Networking Conference de IYNF, a la que tuve la oportunidad de asistir representando a Biodiversa. Este año tuvo lugar en una casa de Nivon (Amigos de la Naturaleza de Holanda) en Lage Vuursche, a 15 km de Utrecht entre el 13 y el 17 de mayo. Los facilitadores fueron Natasha Luzhkova y Thomas Gits y el tema era “Connections between past and future”, por lo que aprendimos bastante de la historia de la asociación. Participaron Wilfried Meulenbergs de Bélgica, activo en “la organización de los adultos”, NatureFriends International y el presidente de Nivon, Friso Teerink, quienes, a pesar de sus apretados horarios, hicieron un hueco para compartir con nosotros tanto sus apasionantes anécdotas como un resumen de la historia desde su fundación. Descubrimos cosas tan interesantes como que algunos miembros de NF participaron activamente en la salvación de judíos durante la II Guerra Mundial, así como que existían luchas contra el régimen desde los inicios de la organización, o la implicación de varios naturefriends en el movimiento antibélico de los “Broken rifles”. Sigue leyendo

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Biodiversa accepted as IYNF partner organisation

Our  partnership application was accepted by the International Young Naturefriends Presidium last week,  and Biodiversa is now enjoying the status of partner organisation of IYNF.iynfIYNF is an international organisation bringing together Young Naturefriends and their organisations accross Europe. It was established in 1975 and currently has 19 member organisations. With more than 120.000 young members organised in over a thousand local groups, it is one of the major European youth organisations.

IYNF welcomed us to their network with a very nice post in the latest issue of their newsletter:

Biodiversa bienvenida a IYNFThank you for this sweet feature in your newsletter! We are delighted to be part of the IYNF network and we also hope for future fruitful cooperation.

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Biodiversa’s workshop: the most beneficial

The final results of the evaluation of International Young Nature Friends Networking Conference, which took place in Tuscany, Italy, in May this year (2014) and in which Biodiversa participated with a workshop on “Transformative Learning” are finally out.

And guess what?!:

Biodiversa’s workshop on “Transformative Learning for Sustainable Living”, delivered by Esther Vallado, was considered to be one of the two most beneficial parts of the programme, together with the “dynamic space” in which participants shared ideas and plans. Here you can see the infographic that they prepared with the results of the evaluation:

IYNF Networking Conference evaluation

We are so happy to hear that our workshop
was so useful for the participants!!

Other feedback on this workshop:

“Transformative learning for sustainable living” was one of the sessions with more engagement and discussion amongst the participants, as they were confronted with unfamiliar situations and dilemmas, which questioned the way we perceive reality and interact with one another. (Extracted from http://www.iynf.org/quick-news/iynf-networking-conference-2014-resilient-cities-resilient-youth)

The programme was really instructive and informative and well-organized (I have to highlight here Esther’s presentation on Transformative Learning, and all activities we had about sharing opinions and ideas). (Extracted from http://www.iynf.org/quick-news/networking-conference”resilient-cities-resilient-youth”)

You can check our post about this workshop in the following link:

https://asociacionbiodiversa.wordpress.com/2014/06/06/biodiversa-participates-iynf-networking-conference/

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Ruralise Yourself: testimonies

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Nika's transformation

Thank you all for your feedback and cooperation! And remember: be hippy and “Ruralise Yourself!”.


This project has been possible thanks to the financial support of the  Youth in Action Programme of the European Commission.

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Biodiversa participates in IYNF Networking Conference

Biodiversa‘s head and projects coordinator, Esther Vallado, contributed to the conference by leading a session on “transformative learning for sustainable living” during the second day of the gathering.

Esther leads a session on "Transformative Learning for Sustainable Living"

Esther leads a session on “Transformative Learning for Sustainable Living”

IYNF (International Young Naturefriends), is an international organisation bringing together Young Naturefriends and their organisations accross Europe. It was established in 1975 and currently has 19 member organisations. With more than 120.000 young members organised in over a thousand local groups, it is one of the major European youth organisations. Every year they celebrate a Networking Conference. This year’s theme was “Urban Outdoors – Resilient Cities, Resilient Youth!”, and the conference took place in the Italian Naturefriends house “Il Vile”, in the heart of the beautiful rolling hills of Tuscany.

Biodiversa was there sharing expertise, through a whole morning session on “transformative learning for sustainable living” lead by Esther Vallado, the head and projects coordinator. Through a role-game, she made participants experience an encounter between two civilizations, activity which she then used to explain the basic concepts leading to transformative learning, to then link it to sustainable living in a very logical way.

Esther triggered participants senses, feelings and thoughts using different means and methodologies, and we were only sorry there was not enough time for discussion at the end. Many fruitful conversations around this theme came up spontaneously after this session, though, making good use of the available free time together until the end of the conference and hopefully even further.

Half of the session was outdoors.

Half of the session was outdoors.

The rest of the conference was all about getting to know each other, knowledge and skills sharing, planning, discovering, and food tasting! The Annual Meeting of IYNF took place right after the Conference, in the nearby historical town of Volterra, starring a newly elected presidium, the acceptation of one new member organisation from Latvia “Homo Ecos”, also partner of Biodiversa in some projects, the ratification of Sarka Bambasova as the new Secretary General since the beginning of this year and the re-election of Vanessa Hofeditz  as president.

Group picture taken in the medieval city of Volterra

Group picture taken in the medieval city of Volterra

Biodiversa has requested membership to IYNF and its application is currently being reviewed. We will keep you informed about that!

Updates:

Click here to read about the result of Biodiversa’s application for membership with IYNF:
https://asociacionbiodiversa.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/biodiversa-accepted-as-iynf-partner-organisation/

Click here to read the feedback about the “transformative learning” workshop:
https://asociacionbiodiversa.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/biodiversas-workshop-the-most-beneficial/

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¡El curso de formación “Ruralízate” nos hace famosos!

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Acabamos de decir adiós a los más de 30 participantes en el curso internacional de formación “Ruralízate” que tuvo lugar durante esta semana en Valeri, Asturias, y todavía no nos podemos creer lo fantástico que ha sido el curso y la atención mediática que despertamos durante estos 7 días:

– El informativo de la TPA el Miércoles día 7 de Mayo de 2014: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgmDlY0u9ck

– El programa Conexión Asturias de la TPA, con tres conexiones en directo el Viernes día 9 de Mayo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdzesrLIZ5s

La Nueva España Gijón, el Miércoles día 7 de Mayo: http://bit.ly/1qteA2R

La Nueva España, Comarca de la Sidra, el Jueves día 8 de Mayo: http://bit.ly/RDobEt

Onda Cero Gijón, el Miércoles día 7 de Mayo: http://bit.ly/1jgAdtg

Radio Nacional de España, el Viernes día 9 de Mayo: http://bit.ly/QwEKRq

Cadena Ser, el Domingo día 11 de Mayo: http://bit.ly/QwEemr

RTPA, programa La Buena Tarde: en directo desde el estudio el Martes 13 de Mayo a las 16:20: http://www.ivoox.com/curso-formacion-ruralizate-biodiversa-audios-mp3_rf_3117341_1.html

Asturias Verde: http://asturiasverde.blogspot.com.es/2014/05/asturias-es-sede-del-curso.html

La evaluación final que los participantes han hecho del curso ha sido excelente, ¡así que estamos encantados!

Agradecemos al programa Juventud en Acción de la Comisión Europea el haber hecho posible este encuentro, a la OIJ de Gijón por los materiales prestados, a los vecinos de Valeri y Puelles por la fantástica acogida y a todas las personas que contribuyeron al éxito de este curso, que han sido muchas. ¡Muchas gracias a todos!

Ahora nos tomaremos un merecido descanso hasta Junio. A la vuelta os contaremos más cosas sobre este curso y os enseñaremos más fotos. ¡Hasta entonces!

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