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How to be a green entrepreneur

Biodiversa selecciona a 2 residentes en España para participar en el curso de formación “How to be a green entrepreneur”, que tendrá lugar en Praga del 12 al 20 de Octubre de 2015. El objetivo principal del curso es formar e inspirar a jóvenes con ideas de emprendimiento verde y ayudarles a iniciar y desarrollar su propio negocio verde. Sigue leyendo

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What’s in your plate?

Biodiversa selecciona a tres residentes en España para participar en el próximo curso de formación organizado por nuestros compañeros de Solafrika, que tendrá lugar en Bédeille, Francia, del 25 de Agosto al 1 de Septiembre de este año. Sigue leyendo

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Connecting with Nature: results

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Participants of Connecting with Nature. From left to right, standing: Iñigo, Hovhannes, Sarah, Noa, Agnese, Agita, Estefi, Flo, Sandra, Toni, Mikayel, Zara, Serbal, Kristina, Shhirin, Eni, Liene, David, Seb and Sole. From left to tight, squatting: Esther, Sorin, Masa, Isa, Álvaro, Catarina and Lydia. The countries represented were: Armenia, Albania, Austria, Germany, Latvia, Portugal, Moldova, Serbia and Spain.

We are happy to say that all the objectives of the project were met! We asked participants how far they thought that each objective was achieved and this is what they said Sigue leyendo

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Connecting with Nature in «3» words

We asked participants to describe our latest training course «Connecting with Nature» in 3 words. This is what we got: wordle C2N 3

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3,2,1… Connecting with Nature!

Our next greatest training course is starting 3 days from now! (Monday 18th May). 24 lucky participants from 9 different countries will gather in the valley of Gods (Asturias, Spain) to experience some serious nature connection.

This training course will be aimed at helping young people living in urban areas to re-connect with their natural environment. We believe that if young people learn to appreciate nature, they will live happier and become more responsible citizens. This has been verified by a recent study by the RSPB: “when young people are connected to nature, it has positive impacts on their education, physical health, emotional wellbeing, and personal and social skills, and helps them to become responsible citizens”. Sigue leyendo

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Embodied Leadership training course – call for participants

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Dates and place: 28th May – 7th June 2015, in Liepaja, Latvia

Embodied leadership is an intensive training course aiming to increase competences for responsible, empathic an effective leadership. During 9 days, participants from 10 countries will gain more self-awareness, develop their capacity to communicate in compassionate and non-violent manner, and learn to bring out the best in themselves and people they are working with. Through physical, mental and spiritual exercises and group practices, participants will experience the concept of leadership that connects body, mind and spirit.

Costs: Accomodation, food and training costs are covered by the Erasmus + programme of the European Commission. Travel costs will be reimbursed up to 360 EUR. Membership with Biodiversa (15 EUR).

Conditions for applying:

– Be a Spanish resident;

– Preferably youth workers, facilitators and/or educators, as well as people working in non-governmental, non-profit organisations and social entreprises who wish to increase cooperation and dialogue, engage and mobilise institutions and individuals for solving various challenges in their communities;

– Be 22 years old or older;

– Be fluent in English;

– Be a member of Biodiversa (if you already are a member, you will have more chances to be selected. If you are not a member and you still get selected, you will be requested to become a member before attending the training course). Membership costs 15 EUR per natural year.

More information and activity programme: http://bit.ly/1DogpnK

How to apply:

Write an email to asociacionbiodiversa@gmail.com with the subject line “NAME SURNAME Application for Embodied leadership TC” and stating, in less than 100 words per question:

– What is your experience with taking the leadership position in life and work?

– What are your motivations and reasons for applying for this course?

– What are your expectations towards the content and methodology of the course? You’re welcome to include here also suggestions for improving the proposed program.

– What is your experience in embodied learning, somatics and bodywork?

– How do you envision sharing your experience after this course with your community back home?

– What would you like to share (in terms or your talents, skills and knowledge) with the group during the course?

– What is your own definition of leadership?

DEADLINE: 31st March at 12AM CET (Spanish time).

cofunded by E+

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Training Course Green Urban Cycles – Call for Spanish participants

GUCDates: May 10–18, 2015

Place: Liepāja, Latvia

ABOUT THE IDEA of the training course

This course is aimed at 24 youth leaders, workers, community volunteers and activists, free thinkers and social entrepreneurs who are inspired to make their own communities back home more liveable, green and enjoyable place for everyone.

During the training course, participants will discover practical tools on creating sustainable cycles of daily activities on personal and organisational level,thus fostering implementation of sustainability principles in their personal and professional reality.

Participants will come from the following countries: Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Latvia, Portugal, Romania and Spain.

Young people across the globe are creating urban spaces where creativity, environmental and social action join together to inspire the local habitants, encourage municipalities and empower businesses to adapt greener practices. There are so many inspiring project ideas to tackle the environmental issues urban areas face, such as: creating urban gardens for growing food, leaving wilderness areas and creating spaces for interaction between humans and nature.

During 7 days we will discover possibilities to reduce urban footprint and bring new initiatives to our own communities. We will explore effective ways to make a change in the city using various activism tools, ranging from urban gardening to armchair activism using social media. The training will provide also opportunity to network for further activities and actively experience the preparation and running of cycling-cultural festival BoltikBaik.

The activity will be based on non-formal education principles and enable participants to share knowledge, acquire competences and hands-on skills on active urban green living, tackling not only overall knowledge of green living, but also democratic competences of reclaiming spaces in cities and engaging in legal forms of activism in order to promote green values and initiatives in the cities.

Short info about Boltik Baik 2015

This will be the third year when NGO Radi Vidi Pats in cooperation with Latvian NGOs, artists and activists will organize the freak-bike workshop/festival Boltik Baik.

In previous years it had a great visibility and impact on participants and local community processes, and after two years pause we decided to do it one more time.

This time Boltik Baik will focus more on educational aspects of sustainable mobility, promoting social inclusion and active participation under Do-It-Yourself and Learning-by-Doing principles.

The main activity of the project will take place in May, 11-17 in the harbour of Liepāja where, with the help of one of the most experienced freak-bike constructor in Europe – Gatis Kreicbergs-, and volunteers from Radi Vidi Pats, a freak-bike workshop for 20 young local people will be organised.

TRAVEL MEANS

It would be great if you can come to the training course venue by choosing the most environmentally friendly means of transport posssible. If you choose to come by plane, please consider offseting your CO2 travel emmissions. You can do so, for example, in the following website: https://www.atmosfair.de/en/home/

COSTS and REIMBURSEMENT

Shared accomodation in a hotel will be provided, as well as food based on a vegetarian diet (local, seasonal products), including eggs, and milk products; meat is optional (2 times per TC upon request).

You will be reimbursed up to a maximum of 360 EUR for conveniently justified travel costs. 65% of the eligible travel costs will be reimbursed by bank transfer 1 month after the TC the latest. The other 35% will be transferred after the sucessful submission of the final report to the National Agency by the project organisers (approximately in July 2015).

ON-SITE TRANSPORTATION

It is very possible that every participant will have a bike, so knowing how to ride a bicycle is required and we might ask you to bring a lock for the bike you will be using.

WEATHER
It could be rainy, windy and quite cold in May in Liepāja, so consider to bring water-and-windproof clothes with you.

CONDITIONS TO APPLY FOR PARTICIPATION 

– Be over 18 years old at the time of the training course;

– Be a Spanish resident;

– Be fluent in English;

– Know how to ride a bicycle;

– Have interest in the topic of the TC and willingness to apply what you’ve learned once you get back to your community;

– Be a member of Biodiversa (if you already are a member, you will have more chances to be selected. If you are not a member and you still get selected, you will be requested to become a member before attending the training course). Membership costs 15 EUR per natural year.

HOW TO APPLY

Write an email to asociacionbiodiversa@gmail.com with the subject line «NAME SURNAME Application for Green Urban Cycles TC» and stating, in less than 300 words:

– Why you are interested in participating in the training course;

– What are your expectations;

– How you can contribute to the success of the course;

– How you are planning to apply the skills and knowledge gained.

DEADLINE: 13th March at 11 AM Spanish time.   

WARNING: Applications will be reviewed as they come, and the selection process will end as soon as the suitable participants are found, which might be well before the deadline.

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Connecting with Nature – call for participants

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Update: application period closed. Applicants will be informed on the selecion process results by 27th February.

Biodiversa is offering 26 places for people coming from 10 different countries to participate in our next training course: “Connecting with Nature”, in the beautiful valley of Valdediós (“valley of Gods”), in the region of Asturias, north Cantabric coast of Spain, from 18th to 24th May 2015.

If you can travel to the training course from Albania, Armenia, Austria, Germany, Latvia, Moldova, Portugal, Romania, Serbia or Spain, it’s your lucky day! If not, pass this call on to some friends and keep an eye on Biodiversa’s blog and Facebook: there might soon be an opportunity for you.

This training course will be aimed at helping young people living in urban areas to re-connect with their natural environment. We believe that if young people learn to appreciate nature, they will live happier and become more responsible citizens. This has been verified by a recent study by the RSPB: “when young people are connected to nature, it has positive impacts on their education, physical health, emotional wellbeing, and personal and social skills, and helps them to become responsible citizens”.

The objectives of this training course are:

  • For participants to experience activities which develop connection with nature;
  • For participants to share activities which develop connection with nature;
  • To help young people connect with the nature around them,
  • To practice and encourage enjoyment of nature,
  • To develop empathy for creatures,
  • To develop a sense of oneness with nature,
  • To develop a sense of responsibility for the environment.

Conditions for participation:

  • Over 18 years old at the time of the training course,
  • Travelling from any of the 10 partner countries (see top paragraph),
  • Speak English fluently,
  • Ideally come from an urban area,
  • Willing to spend a week inmersed in nature.

Preference will be given to existing members of Biodiversa and the other partner organisations: Föj-Aktiv, Gaia y Sofia, Media Education Centre, Spin Association, Environmental Center for Development Education and Networking, Balta Daba, Viaje a la Sostenibilidad, Asociatia Ecouri Verzi, CRCT Gutta-Club, Neront, Khazer and Homo Ecos.

Costs:

  • Comfortable accommodation in a big traditional rural house and delicious organic meals will be provided during the training course by the organizers at no cost for you;
  • Your travel costs will be refunded after your participation in the training course (provided all the original tickets and receipts are presented) up to a maximum of 820 EUR for Armenia, 360 EUR for Albania, Latvia, Moldova, Romania and Serbia, 275 EUR for Austria, Germany and Portugal and 180 EUR for Spain (only if you travel from more than 100 km away);
  • Participation fee: Money shouldn’t be an obstacle against your participation – therefore we suggest a sliding scale from 25 to 100€. We want to give you the possibility to self-evaluate how much you can contribute financially, and how much you consider a fair fee for a 7 days training programme. Exceptions to this fee are also possible after evaluation from the organisers in a case by case basis;
  • CO2 offset fee: Please note that 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 trip (we have calculated the total emissions of your flights in 22 tons of CO2 and shared the compensation costs amongst everyone).

More information:

How to apply:

Fill in the application formDeadline: 16th February at 10AM CET.

This project is funded by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Commission.

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Training course «Follow-up and Impact of International Projects»

(This post has been written by Noa Philippon, youth spokesperson of Biodiversa and one of the participants in the above-mentioned training course).

Noa Philippon, author of this post.

Noa Philippon, author of this post.

In August (from 8th to 15th) I had the chance to participate in the Training course «Follow-up and impact in international projects» that took place in Valmiera, Latvia. It was organised by YEE (Youth and Environment Europe), and hosted by a partner association from Latvia, Balta Daba. Participants were young people coming from 15 different youth environmental organisations, all of them partners of YEE. Biodiversa was one of the partner organisations and contributed to the training course by sending a trainer and me as a participant.

We had a lot of interesting workshops and activities about how to assess the needs of a community to make a project according to them, tools for the evaluation of projects and especially of the follow-up. We shared examples of successful and failed follow-ups and also about what mistakes were made during the process and how to improve them. I realized how important is the follow-up, and how we have to think about it already in the planning phase of the project.

After some workshops, we had to put in practice what we learned and we had to come up with ideas to make the training course more visible. We created some visibility tools as a video of the performance of the «Follow up» song (that we invented) in town, some creative and funny internet memes about the event to share on social networks (see picture below), a video with interviews to participants, trainers and organizers and an interactive video message online. We talked as well about the importance of the partners’ selection and also the profile of the participants.

Giant YEE logo created with natural materials by participants during the visibility workshop.

Giant YEE art-work created with natural materials by participants during the visibility workshop.

One of the "memes" created by participants during the training course.

One of the «memes» created by participants during the training course.

I think all of us learned on how to make a positive and bigger impact after the project, both at a local and international level.

There was an NGO market where we all presented our organizations and talked about common ideas for projects. Last days of the TC we had time as well to prepare and write new projects, some of which have already been submitted for funding.

We also learned about funding opportunities for all kind of projects and initiatives related to the fields of action of our organisations.

In general, it was a very productive and useful project, where we ate vegetarian and local and tried to be as eco-friendly as possible (for example using cups with our names all the time, recycling or drinking tap water to avoid plastic bottles).

After the TC, from 15th to 17th August, the Annual Meeting of YEE was held. Short term strategies and quite some future projects were approved and the elections for the new YEE Board took place. 2015 Draft budget and Working plan were approved as well. It was a fruitful meeting and a lot of new international partnerships, collaborations and friendships were born.

In the new Board of YEE we have Anja Wilken as Chairperson, Zaruhi Stepanyan as External Relations Officer and Vice-Chairperson, Vasily Bashutkin as Treasurer, Ana Bianca Badea as Project Officer, Christiane Klemm as Publications and Promotions Officer and Lira Hakani as Member Organisation Officer.

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Practical Ecology II, Bédeille, France

(This post has been written by Bea, Noa and Javier, participants from Biodiversa in the training course Practical Ecology II, which took place in Bédeille, France, from 22nd July to 1st August 2014.)

From left to right: Bea, Javier and Noa

From left to right: Bea, Javier and Noa

We have to admit that this training course has changed the way we see the life.

We spent ten great days in a small village in the middle of nowhere, disconnected from the rest of the world. No wi-fi, no many neighbours… we only had ourselves and a little farm which would become our own paradise.

984189_777654295619460_1355863326663674620_nFrom the beginning of our experience we adapted well to the life there, even the dry toilets weren’t a problem for us! We fell in love quickly with the place, surrounded by green mountains and with a really clear sky to see the stars at night.

10376741_777857155599174_7683789790479834355_nBut the best was our partners: 20 guys from Lithuania, France, Italy, Slovenia, Poland and Czech Republic. We really enjoyed the time together and made a great team of friends; the cultural differences weren’t a wall between us but a way to enrich and learn from each other. We miss them a lot…

20140730_085221Our daily routine in the farm was very nice: in the morning and in the afternoon we spent our time in interesting workshops and before lunch we split up in work teams for the everyday life tasks (cleaning, preparing lunch…). Furthermore, each evening we had an intercultural dinner in which one country team prepared typical dishes and told us some curiosities and traditions about their nation.

10368263_777649472286609_839460147074609043_n 10590674_777649368953286_786479587310285941_nThe workshops were amazing, we learned to do a lot of things, from ecological cleaning products and earrings with second hand objects to solar cookers, clay ovens or wood water heaters. Moreover, we visited an insect clearing in which we could see many different insects and touch them, and also we had the opportunity to go for a walk in the village to discover wild plants and pick them up to cook especial dishes; the nettle omelette was great!

10430413_777654615619428_5855207297885851128_n 10530678_777652015619688_9050314814754847037_n 10568858_777658408952382_9216895243009207352_n 10570563_777658758952347_3325039155625070909_n 10579969_777658555619034_450017098968773682_nIn addition, we could enjoy a free day in Saint Girons and another one in Toulouse. There, we visited some organizations related to ecology and in the evening we had dinner in an especial restaurant which works with bio products; it was really tasty!

10329050_777653972286159_4251128050010862606_nIn short, this training course taught us a lot of things about ecology and how to develop a more ecofriendly lifestyle easily. Moreover, thanks to this project we also know ourselves a bit more than before, it changed our way to see the life.

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