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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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Experience: training course «Embodied Leadership», in Latvia

«I am Noa Philippon, one of the participants from Biodiversa in the training course Embodied Leadership, that was held in Bernati, Latvia, from 28th June till 7th July 2015.

This training started with the craziest travel adventure ever 😛 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:

How to apply:

Write an email to 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.


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:


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).


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.

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


– 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.


Write an email to 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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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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