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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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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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Experiencia: mi participación en el curso de formación «Youth for Enviromental Future»

Sebastián Rodriguez Merino, uno de los participantes seleccionados por Biodiversa para participar en el curso de formación «Youth for Enviromental Future, nos cuenta su experiencia en el mismo:

«Entre el 8 y el 15 de Julio de 2018 tuvo lugar un training course en Horka nad Moravou, muy cerca de Olomuc, en la República Checa. Nos dimos cita unos 30 participantes de más de 10 países europeos. El proyecto estuvo financiado por el programa Erasmus+.

Este training course, Youth for environmental future, tenía el antecedente de otro curso que también se celebró en la República Checa en el mes de marzo por parte de la asociación YEE-Youth and Environment Europe. El eje central de este curso fue la concienciación de los efectos del cambio climático, como afectan nuestras acciones al mismo y sobre todo cómo debemos ser participe en los procesos de tomas de decisiones. Es decir, animar y dotar a la juventud para que sea el motor de cambio en las acciones ambientales.

Sesión impartida en la sala de conferencias

Los métodos empleados en las sesiones fueron bastante variados. Desde ponencias, simulaciones, trabajos en grupos o parejas, con sus correspondientes presentaciones o debates. Sin embargo, en mi opinión se abusó de las ponencias y aún más teniendo en cuenta el formato de educación no-formal en el que se encuadran este tipo de proyectos. Las sesiones fueron impartidas tanto por los miembros de la asociación como por una ponente invitada, Zanna Vanrenterghem. Además tuvimos actividades como la presentación de todas las asociaciones que participaban o la noche intercultural, donde cada país representado en el proyecto ofreció degustaciones de comidas y bebidas populares en sus respectivos territorios.

Actividad «NGO Market», para la presentación de las diferentes asociaciones presentes en el proyecto

Mencionar además el espectacular emplazamiento donde se desarrolló el proyecto, el centro ecológico Slunakov. El edificio donde estaban tanto las habitaciones, comedor o sala de conferencia tenía un diseño enfocado en la eficiencia energética. Iba en la línea del tema tratado en el proyecto. El primer día desde el propio centro ecológico se organizó una visita por las instalaciones en la cual explicaron los objetivos y políticas que tienen.»

Visita organizada por el centro ecológico Slunakov para los participantes del proyecto

Desde Biodiversa nos alegramos de que Sebastián haya aprovechado este curso y le agradecemos la elaboración de este relato.

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de | 2 de agosto de 2018 · 18:42

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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Youth Exchange «Art for the Environment» – Call for participants

street-art-nature-girl-ivy-hairYouth Exchange «Art for the Environment»
When: 9-15 November 2015
Where: Kapraluv Mlyn, Ochoz u Brna, Czech Republic

The Youth Exchange:

This Youth Exchange is about using art and creative ideas for environmental projects. It will bring young people together to learn from each other by exchanging skills, knowledge and experiences in a non-formal setting. During the youth exchange the participants will be responsible for facilitating workshops and supporting each other. Although they will share enthusiasm for sustainable lifestyles and protecting the planet, their views may be challenged in an intercultural setting where they learn new things.

Aims and objectives:

The aim of the youth exchange is to provide a space for participants to share and develop their creative skills in order to create environmental projects to support their organisations and communities.

Objectives:

– Develop participants’ creative and communication skills to support their personal and professional development;
– Provide a space for intercultural exchange by sharing arts and music from different cultures;
– Explore creative ways to raise awareness and understanding of environmental issues in local communities around Europe;
Connect participants to their local communities and to each other.

Financial conditions and travel costs:

The Youth Exchange will be implemented in the frame of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission. The accommodation, food, visa fees and materials will be covered fully by the grant. Insurance is obligatory and should be arranged and covered by each participant (the European Heatlh Insurance Card from the Spanish Social Security is sufficient to this effect).

According to rules of the Erasmus+ Programme, the travel expenses will be covered up to 170 EUR per person. 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 be required to contribute to Biodiversa with 20 EUR towards the participant’s management costs.

How to apply:

Biodiversa is selecting 4 participants from Spain, who are expected to:

Live in Spain,
– Be between 18 and 30 years old,
– Be active in environmental protection (as volunteers or professionals),
– Have creative skills to share (as artists or amateurs),
– Be interested in intercultural exchanges,
– Would like to organise an activity connected with art and the environment.
– As the common language in the youth exchange will be English, participants should be able to communicate fluently in this language.

To apply for participation complete this form and send it by email to Teresa Llopis, the group leader (nenalkazar@hotmail.com), putting Biodiversa in copy (asociacionbiodiversa@gmail.com) before 1st October stating “(Your name and surname) – Application for Art for the Environment” in the subject line.

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Call for group leader for the youth exchange «Art for the Environment»

street-art-nature-girl-ivy-hairYouth Exchange  ‘Art for the Environment’
When: 9-15 November 2015
Where: Kapraluv Mlyn, Ochoz u Brna, Czech Republic

Biodiversa is selecting a group leader for the forthcoming youth exchange «Art for the Environment».

Role of the group leader:
– Involved in all stages of the project – active member of the project team;
– Taking part in online preparatory meetings with other group leaders – the meetings will be organised every two weeks; Sigue leyendo

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Training Course «Supporting Youth Creating Green Start-Ups» – video

This video was created by Toms Treimanis, a Latvian artist who participated in our training course «Supporting Youth Creating Green Start-Ups», from 16th to 24th April 2015, with videos and images taken during the training course. Enjoy!

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de | 4 de mayo de 2015 · 10:53

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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Green Entrepreneurship: call for participants

Green Entrepreneurship 1st TC logo

UPDATE:  due to some last-minute cancellations we have some free places for lucky and flexible people travelling from Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic, Ireland, Croatia, Hungary or Italy to Asturias, Spain, for this fantastic training course on «Green Entrepreneurship» in our superb training venue in the Valley of Gods, Asturias, Spain, fully funded by the Erasmus + programme of the European Commission.

What: Training course “Supporting youth creating green start-ups”
When: 16-24 April 2015
Where: Valeri, Asturias, Spain
Who: Biodiversa (Spain) and Youth and Environment Europe

The TC “Supporting youth creating green start-ups” is the first stage of the long-term project “Green Entrepreneurship”. This TC aims to train youth workers and coordinators to support young people in their organisations and communities who want to become entrepreneurs.

The objectives of the TC are:

– To train youth workers’ and coordinators’ skills so they can support young people who have start-up ideas;
– To explore ways to develop creativity and innovative thinking in youth;
– To discuss the needs and future perspectives of environmentally friendly businesses;
– To explore and develop tools on how to create environmentally friendly start-ups;
– To share ideas on how to encourage and empower young people to develop their green start-up initiatives.

Participants should arrive to Oviedo (Asturias) bus station before 15.00 on 16th April in order to travel together to the venue (“La Rectoral de Valdedios”, Valeri) at 15.30. Participants will leave the venue together on 24th April at 11.30 in the morning.

We require participants to travel in the most environmental way possible. We will provide only vegetarian food.

Participants’ profile:

The ideal participant would meet these requirements:

–  Able to work and communicate in English,
– Work closely to Biodiversa as an active volunteer, youth worker, coordinator, etc,
– Know well the local web of volunteers of the organisation and the local young people in the community/region,
– Have experience in organising activities or events at local or international level,
– Experience in activities linked to social/green entrepreneurship will be very welcomed,
– Availability and willingness to be actively involved in the next stages of the project throughout 2015 (local workshop and video Campaign),
– Interested in environmental topics and sustainability.

If you think you fit in this profile, fill in the application form.

For any questions: asociacionbiodiversa (at) gmail.com.

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Intercambio Juvenil: «In Love With Energy Efficiency»

Logo in love with energy efficiencyBiodiversa busca a 5 jóvenes para participar en el intercambio juvenil «In Love With Energy Efficiency» (Enamorados de la eficiencia energética) que tendrá lugar en Albania del 7 al 15 de Octubre de 2014. Habrá 25 participantes de 5 países diferentes: Albania, Polonia, República Checa, Moldova y España.

Los elegidos tendrán todos los gastos pagados (alojamiento, manutención y formación), y se les reembolsará el coste del viaje hastan un máximo de 270 EUR.

¡Continuamos esta entrada en Inglés para que vayais practicando!:

We consider energy as a «raw material» in our daily life and we can obtain it from different renewable resources. However, these new technologies are still not very promoted and extended. On the other hand, there are many simple habits people can adopt to reduce energy consumption daily, protect the environment and save money. In a world full of opportunities we want to suggest to the new generations to live as sustainably as possible for a better and long lasting planet, and we consider this youth exchange among the first steps in sharing and adopting these positive practices.

Aims:

The aim of the youth exchange is to provide a space for participants to share their ideas and knowledge on the topic of energy efficiency and to raise the awareness of young people and their communities on the need of cleaner sources of energy and every day sustainable practices.

Objectives:

– To increase the knowledge of young people on renewable energy resources and energy efficiency.
– To explore and develop simple daily practices for the reduction of energy expenditure without sacrificing our comfort.
– To empower and modify participants’ attitudes towards energy sustainability and encourage them to spread this new approach in their communities.
– To exchange experiences and best practices from different countries in terms of environmentally friendly investments and initiatives for cleaner, fairer and safer energy production.
– To foster youth’s creativity, entrepreneurship, cooperation and networking.

For more details: Info pack YE In love with energy efficiency

To apply: http://ow.ly/BGa1T 

Deadline Wednesday 24th September, APPLY NOW!

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