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Call for participants: «Act now», Senegal

[Deadline to apply: Monday 4th July at midday]

Biodiversa is offering 2 places in a EU-funded youth exchange that will take place in Senegal, Africa, from 3rd to 17th September 2022. This is the first activity of many within the long-term project «Greening International Youth Work».

PROJECT DETAILS:

3rd and 17th are travel days. We will first spend a few days in Dakar, receiving information about the project and the reality in Senegal. We will then travel together to St.Louis, 280 km north of Dakar, where we will be conducting the mangrove regeneration project.

There will be 2 online meetings with the selected participants well prior departure, to clarify all the information regarding conditions at the destination, vaccinations needed, etc, and solve all possible doubts.

CONDITIONS FOR PARTICIPATION:

You are:

  • Spanish resident or Spanish national;
  • Between 18 and 30 years of age at the time of travel (you can be 30, but not 31);
  • Have good command of either English or French language;
  • Motivated to spend 12 days in Senegal helping regenerate mangrove forests;
  • Physically fit to accomplish the project’s tasks (collect tree saplings, plant trees in muddy waters…).

Preference will be given to Biodiversa members and former course participants, as well as to those of you living in or close to Asturias.

COSTS:

You will be provided with basic but comfortable accommodation in Senegal during the project dates, as well as food and local transportation, at no cost for you. The local activities will also be organised at no cost for you.

Travel insurance will also be covered fully with the project grant, so at no cost for you.

In adition, 100% of your international travel costs will be refunded, up to 530 EUR. For this you will have to keep all your travel documents and boarding passes and send them to us after your return. For coherence with the project topic, only one return flight is allowed (there are direct flights from Madrid to Dakar).

The only cost for you will be a participation fee of between 50 and 120€, depending on what you can afford and what you consider that this experience is worth. We will use part of this fee to compensate your flight’s carbon emissions (1.154 kg CO2) through the Naturefriends Climate Fund, and the rest to contribute to the project administration costs. If this fee is an obstacle to your participation, please let us know.

HOW TO APPLY:

Write an email in English to asociacionbiodiversa@gmail.com explaining how you meet all the selection criteria and why you want to participate in this project. Please include your mobile phone number and prefered times/dates for us to contact you. We will be calling the pre-selected participants during the first week of July.

Deadline to apply: Monday 4th July at midday.

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My experience at the Youth Environmental Education Congress

By Carmelo Zamora.

«From the 13th to 17th March 2022 I was delighted and honoured to take part in the Youth Environmental Education Congress (YEEC) in Prague as a youth delegate from Spain.

YEEC is a side event from the World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC). Biodiversa supported us all the way and sent me and Nahia as Spanish participants at the congress. 

Carmelo and other participants in the congress during one of the outdoor activities.
Carmelo and other participants in the congress during one of the outdoor activities.

During the congress, we delivered a message on the role of Youth in environmental sustainability education. The message was presented in the WEEC in the form of speeches, theatre, recycled poems, visual arts, comics and open space.

«Leading world educators and key actors in environmental education heard our message and now we will work on how to integrate it into their work.»

We also had the pleasure to discuss our message face to face with members of the European Commission, UNEP and the Ministry of Education and the Environment of the Czech Republic.

Throughout the week, we could also attend different workshops and interesting activities. There was a wide range of options, but I went to an activity organised by Hnutí Brontosaurus where we hung about 10 birdhouses around a local park.

Carmelo places a birdhouse in a local park during one of the congress activities.
Carmelo places a birdhouse in a local park during one of the activities included in the congress.

Another workshop I enjoyed a lot was an excursion to the Montessori school Na Beránku, there, the different teachers of the school showed us what they are doing about environmental education.

Another of the activities we enjoyed was a fair in which different organisations, projects and educators shared their work. Personally, I was proud to be representing and sharing how the University where I study (Linköpings Universitet) contributes to the field with the master’s programme I’m currently enrolled in (master’s programme of Outdoor and Sustainability Education).»

[This event was co-funded by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union].

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Congreso Juvenil de Educación Ambiental

Praga, 13-17 de Marzo de 2022

La semana del 13 al 17 de marzo de 2022, Carmelo Zamora y yo, Nahia Fernandez, tuvimos la ocasión de participar activamente en el Youth Environmental Education Congress, en Praga.

Fue un encuentro en el que compartimos diferentes ideas y ejemplos de educación ambiental que se están llevando a cabo en el ámbito de la educación formal, no formal e informal.

Unos días de encuentro con jóvenes activistas, empoderados y comprometidos para cuidar el medio ambiente y promover prácticas en diferentes colectivos del mundo.

Nos llevamos mucho entusiasmo, inspiración y ganas de mejorar, de poner en práctica nuevas ideas en nuestro entorno para protegerlo y protegernos.

Realizamos grupalmente un análisis acerca de los motivos que nos llevan a los jóvenes a comprometernos activamente con el medio ambiente, así como una reflexión sobre cómo contagiar ese compromiso entre los más jóvenes y romper con los obstáculos que nos podemos encontrar.

Una bonita y recomendable experiencia en la que compartimos y aprendimos un montón. El próximo encuentro será en 2023 en Abu Dabi, ¿te animas?

[Evento co-financiado por el programa Erasmus+ de la Unión Europea].

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Youth Environmental Education Congress

The Youth Environmental Education Congress (YEEC) is organized as a side event of THE 11th WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CONGRESS (WEEC), from 13th to 17th March 2022, in Prague, Czech Republic.

The YEEC brings together active youth from across the world to inspire and support one another alongside experiencing an engaging 5-day programme. Working together, young people will deliver a message on youth needs and environmental education at the WEEC; they will discuss it with leading world educators and key actors in environmental education.

The YEEC focuses on the support and development of youth with active participation in public affairs, education, environmental, climate and sustainability issues. The program consists of interactive workshops, seminars, educational excursions and trips, round table discussions, team-building, group activities, presentations delivered by famous speakers participating at the WEEC and the final gala evening.

Biodiversa is offering 4 young people (18-26 years old at the time of the Congress) the opportunity to participate in the Congress almost free of charge. Biodiversa will cover for each selected participant:

– the participation fee (140 EUR);
– 100% of travel and accommodation costs (up to 300 EUR), if the participant avoids flying;
– 90% of travel and accommodation costs (also up to 300 EUR), if the participant travels by plane.

Reimbursement of travel and accommodation costs will be made after participation in the Congress, within the 10 days following the reception of all original receipts. Participants travelling by plane will need to compensate their CO2 emissions through Atmosfair to be eligible for reimbursement.  

If you are 18-26 years old, based in Spain, active in the fields of public affairs, education, environment, climate and sustainability and are interested in participating actively in the congress, apply for your place here now

Contact for questions: asociacionbiodiversa@gmail.com (att. Esther Vallado)

Deadline to apply: 27th September 2021

[This event is co-funded by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union].

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Live Sustainably TC – results and impact

Judging for the incredible number and quality of results and impact that our latest training course «Live Sustainably: How to live the present without compromising the future» had and is still having, I think we can safely say that it was our most sucessful training to date.

This was largely due to the work and commitment of us involved in the design and preparation of the experience, and in the skillfull conceptualisation and delivery of the educational programme, but also largely due to the fantastic participants that we had, which took the «Live Sustainably» experience to the next level, both professionally and personally.

Here’s a quick review of what happened after the training:

– Lovro, from Croatia, submitted his first Erasmus + project, which was approved in the 3rd round of this year: a youth exchange on plastic awareness for 36 young people, called «Say No to plastic». 3 of the partners on this project were also our partners in «Live Sustainably».

– Lilla, from Hungary organised and lead one educational hike per month since the end of the training (September, October, November). Where: in Budapest and surroundings. Target group: Erasmus students. During the walks they collected rubbish and Lilla conducted several activities that she learned during our training.

– Rocío, from Spain, made this cool video of the training: https://youtu.be/SbYnqZI1YoQ

– 4 participants published posts on their blogs with very positive reviews of the training: 

Filipa, from Portugal: https://www.vidaeconsciente.com/l/live-sustainably/

Lovro, from Croatia: https://bit.ly/2PyAPWt

Yolanta, from Poland/Spain: http://europaaqui.org/una-semana-para-empezar-a-cambiar-el-mundo/

Holly, from the UK: https://bit.ly/2tkgj2X

– We created the Youthworkers for Sustainability Network and, within it, to keep learning from each other, a series of webinars that everyone is contributing to and Filipa is managing:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tVHE_dSR7AIzsZ_JMXS0Cs2nQS2SNjzgNYro6RcKgCo/edit?usp=sharing

– Filipa, from Portugal, became a Circular Economy Club Organiser and, in this framework, organised 1 workshop and 3 lectures on sustainability: https://www.circulareconomyclub.com/members/filipa_gouveia/events/?ayi_paged=1

She also organised and run the project «Eco School». It happened on 20th November in a school in the city of Peso da régua, Portugal, for students from 14 to 16 years old. It comprised several activities: a bulk store owner shared an «eco talk» debate with the students. They discussed some documentaries (Earth, Baraka, Roten, Cowspiracy, Minimalism, The true cost) and then they (Filipa and the store owner) gave a workshop, to teach students and teachers to make their own natural cleaning products. Some teacher also run some activities.

Filipa running the workshop

Public attending the workshop

 

And on 2nd December she organised an “eco-talk” with Esther Vallado, the educational programme designer and lead trainer of «Live Sustainably»: https://youtu.be/jILSfcPj_dY, where they re-visit one of the most valued inputs during the training: the systems thinking iceberg.

– Jolanta, from Poland/Spain organised a weekend training for environmental mediators, from 30th November till 1st December, for participants between 16 and 24 years old.

 

– Estelle, from France, proposed to the cultural centre of the town where she lives the screening of one of the documentaries that we watched during the training.

– And the portuguese team is organising the 1st Gathering for Sustainability (1º Encontro pela Sustentabilidade). It will be an open space technology event (methodology that they learnt during the training) with the main objective of creating a Portuguese network of people and groups linked to sustainability through sharing and debate, creating collective intelligence, which will also include cleaning a forest plot and planting trees in an area devastated by Hurricane Leslie. The project has received the support of the city council of the city where Bruno, one of the participants, lives.

Very proud of our participants and of the success of this course!!

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de | 17 de diciembre de 2019 · 17:19

Live Sustainably in 3 words

Participants in our latest training course «Live Sustainably» were asked to describe the training in 3 words. This is the result:

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Live Sustainably: how to live the present without compromising the future

Group picture

Participants in Live Sustainably

Dear readers,

The residential part of «Live Sustainably» is over. From now, we go on with the «Youthworkers for Sustainability Network». (We will publish more information about that in the near future.)

It’s been intense and demanding, as well as extremely satisfactory and rewarding. There are many things we could say about the experience, but some of the participants have already summarised it quite well. We leave you with the links to their reviews, in Portuguese/English and Spanish:

https://www.vidaeconsciente.com/l/live-sustainably/

http://europaaqui.org/una-semana-para-empezar-a-cambiar-el-mundo/

Many thanks to the authors Filipa Gouveia and Jolanta Pieniak.

Enjoy!

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Live Sustainably – Call for participants

What: a training course to learn about practical sustainability

Where: In the beautiful valley of Valdediós (“valley of Gods”), in Asturias, Spain

When: 2nd-8th Sept 2019

Why: Every day we make decisions about how we live our present, which affect directly or indirectly the health of the planet, of other living beings and of ourselves, and which are compromising the capacity of future generations to satisfy their own basic needs.

With “Live Sustainably: how to live the present without compromising the future” we aim at raising awareness of the importance of caring for our environment and most of all to develop the competences needed to live a sustainable life and to inspire and motivate others.

How: Apply here now

 

The objectives of  this training are as follows:

– To provide you with competences to live a life which is more respectful with the planetary boundaries (more sustainable) and to promote and facilitate effectively a change of habits towards sustainability among the young people you work with;

– To encourage you to think critically, so you can unmask frequent phenomena such as “greenwashing” (or fake sustainability), fake perceptions of certain commodities as “cheap”, etc;

– To share resources and tools to inform and raise awareness about the importance of caring for the environment, inspire and motivate to live a more sustainable lifestyle;

– To create an international network for promoting sustainability among young people.

With this project we want to contribute to more young people knowing, practising and promoting environmental sustainability, and this way improve the capacity of our planet to satisfy the needs of the future generations.

Conditions for participation:

Please only apply if you fulfil the following conditions:

  • You work with/for young people and you are interested in promoting and facilitating environmental sustainability practices among them,
  • You are over 18 years old at the time of the training course,
  • You are currently living (and will travel from) any of the 11 partner countries: Armenia, Croatia, Portugal, Italy, Hungary, Greece, UK, Germany, Czech Republic, The Netherlands or Spain,
  • You speak English fluently,
  • You are willing to be fully present and participative during the whole duration of the training course (2-8 September);
  • You are happy to spend a week in all comfort but rather isolated and surrounded by nature.

Costs:

  • Your travel costs to Spain will be refunded after your participation in the training course¹;
  • Comfortable accommodation in a big traditional rural house and tasty sustainable meals will be provided during the training course by the organizers at no extra cost for you;
  • Participation fee²: We have set a participation fee on a sliding scale from 50 to 150€.  You will be free to choose your contribution according to your own personal financial possibilities and the value you see in this 6 days training programme;
  • CO2 offset fee: You will be required to offset the CO2 emissions produced by your air travel through the following site: http://www.atmosfair.de/en/. This amounts to 15 EUR per person for the round trip³.

¹ Provided all the original tickets and receipts are presented. Maximum reimbursement: 820 EUR for Armenia, 360 EUR for Greece, 275 EUR for Croatia, Portugal, Italy, Hungary, UK, Germany, Czech Republic and The Netherlands, and 180 EUR for Spain (only if you travel from more than 100 km away)

² In order to make this training possible to the quality standard that we usually deliver, we need some extra income aside from the European grant that we got.

³ We have calculated the total emissions of your flights in 22 tons of CO2 and shared the compensation costs among all of you.

More information:

You can have a look at the preliminary programme of the course:

How to apply:

Fill in the application form here.

Applications will be reviewed frequently, and places allocated immediately if the application is considered good enough. For this reason, we recommend that you send your application as soon as possible. All applicants will be informed of the results of the selection process in due time.

This training opportunity is open to everyone, but we will give preference to existing members of Biodiversa and the other partner organisations, provided that they fulfil the above-mentioned «conditions for participation».

Our partner organisations in this project are: Associação Animam Viventem and Associação Spin (Portugal), Argonauta (Croatia), Amici della Natura (Italy), Naturfreundejugend Deutschlands (Germany), Youth Exchange Service (The Netherlands), Gyermek (Hungary), Cia Cekija (Czech Republic), Natura Humana (Greece), Viaje a la Sostenibilidad (Spain), Coyote Initiatives (UK), Colors of Green (Armenia).

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de | 1 de julio de 2019 · 18:51

Do you believe in your dreams?

Do you want to know the secrets behind successful and sustainable projects?

Biodiversa will be sending 3 lucky participants to Slovakia to take part in this life-changing experience with John Croft himself, the founder of the Dragon Dreaming project management methodology.

This methodology comes from the aboriginals in Australia and is currently used by Airbus and other leading international companies as the most effective project management methodology known to date.

 

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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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