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«Happy tree friends» training course: call for participants

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Happy tree friends training course

When: 19th25thNovember 2015

Where: Ecological centre TrkmankaVelké Pavlovice, Czech Republic

The training course «Happy tree friends» will last for 7 days (excluding travel) and host 29 participants that are motivated to explore cultural diversity, attitude, equality and cultural issues. This training course is hosted by Hnutí Brontosaurus (Czech Republic) and is organised in partnership with other 8 organisations: Asociación Biodiversa (Spain), Ecodom (Belarus), Green evolution (Romania), Gutta-club (Moldova), Raplection (Croatia), Center for education and development (Macedonia), Vedogiovane (Italy) and FYCA (Armenia). 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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Connecting with Nature: testimonies

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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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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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Connecting with Nature: ¡aprobado!

Connect-with-NatureBiodiversa ha recibido anticipadamente su regalo de Navidad: tenemos la confirmación oficial de que ¡¡¡nuestro próximo curso de formación, «Connecting to Nature», ha sido aprobado!!!

«Connecting with Nature» reunirá en Asturias, del 18 al 24 de Mayo de 2015, a 30 jóvenes «urbanitas» de 10 países diferentes (Albania, Alemania, Armenia, Austria, Letonia, Moldavia, Portugal, Rumanía, Serbia y España ).

Más del 70% de Europeos vive en las ciudades

En las ciudades modernas, la gente en general, y los jóvenes en particular, han perdido toda conexión con el medio natural. Cada vez más gente vive en las ciudades (más del 70% de Europeos, según el Departamento de Asuntos Económicos y Sociales de la ONU) y cada vez las ciudades tienen menos zonas verdes (menos del 15% según la Agencia Europea de Medio Ambiente).

Consecuencias de la desconexión

De acuerdo con un estudio publicado en 2013 por la RSPB (Sociedad Real para la Protección de las Aves, por sus siglas en Inglés), los niños y jóvenes que no tienen conexión con la naturaleza demuestran peores resultados académicos, una salud mental y física mediocre, y habilidades sociales subdesarrolladas, lo cual desemboca, entre otras cosas, en una dismunución de su papel como ciudadanos activos y de sus aptitutes generales para la empleabilidad.

Beneficios de recuperar la conexión

Nuestro objetivo general es ayudar a los jóvenes a recuperar esa conexión perdida con la naturaleza.

Pretendemos conseguir beneficios en tres campos:

1. En los jóvenes participantes y su círculo de influencia. Pues está demostrado que la conexión con la naturaleza tiene impactos positivos en su educación, su salud física, su bienestar emocional, sus habilidades sociales y personales, y les ayuda a convertirse en ciudadanos responsables (fuente: Connecting with Nature, RSPB, 2013) y más aptos para incorporarse al mundo laboral;

2. En la sociedad. Ya que una sociedad formada por individuos activos, sanos y responsables es más exitosa que una en la que las personas que la conforman han perdido esas habilidades y aptitudes;

3. En el medioambiente. Pues despertando el sentimiento de responsabilidad sobre nuestro entorno estaremos creando individuos que respetan y cuidan el medio ambiente que sustenta la vida en La Tierra.

Objetivos de nuestro proyecto

Los objetivos específicos son:

– Facilitar que los jóvenes conecten con la naturaleza que les rodea,

– Practicar y fomentar el disfrute de la naturaleza,

– Desarrollar empatía por otros seres vivos,

– Desarrollar un sentido de pertenencia y unidad con la naturaleza,

– Desarrollar un sentido de responsabilidad por el medio ambiente.

Estad atentos a la apertura del plazo de solicitudes. ¡No os lo querréis perder!

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Call for participants: training course «BE natural, BE inspiration, BE a leader», in Switzerland

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This post has been UPDATED since its publication. See at the bottom.

What?: International training course on personal development. A nature-based and experiential training course to develop competences in nature rituals and personal development and to use them to empower young people.
When?: 11th- 17th October 2014
Where?: Solothurn Region, Switzerland

For participants from Switzerland, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Poland, Italy, Spain, Jordan or Egypt.

Biodiversa members have priority. If you are a member and you apply, please let us know so that we can notify the organisers (write us an email to asociacionbiodiversa@gmail.com).
Deadline 25th August! Apply here now!: http://goo.gl/H2pWIL
More information:
UPDATE:
Note from organizers: «There will be a lot of outdoor activities, including sleeping outside and in tents, and hiking and a day of fasting. This will be part of the personal leadership process work. We will be either outside, and at the beginning and the end of the course in a training house in Switzerland. Food and preparing will be to some extent integrated into the program. Therefore pelase be notified, that each day a small number of participants will be supporting the kitchen team. We think that this information is relevant for the participants’ decision of applying. You will find here attached a program overview over the whole course: http://ow.ly/AwHpV«.

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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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Call for partner organisations – training course «Connecting with Nature»

Biodiversa is currently looking for partners for our first Erasmus + training course (Key Action 1 – mobility for young people and youth workers) titledConnecting with Nature”, which will hopefully take place in Valeri, Asturias (Spain) from 1st to 7th September 2014. We will apply for the 17th March deadline.

The 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 the TC are:

  • 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.

If your organisation counts with members interested in taking part in this training course, please fill in the partnership application form by Sunday 9th of March at 12:00 (midday) GMT +2.

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