Article about my EVS – Peter Ernst

Short info about my project and me:

I am long term EVS volunteer from Germany. My project is “We all have different abilities” with duration 01.09.2016 – 01.09.2017. I am delivering creative workshops for youth with and without disabilities (visual, hearing impairment and Down syndrome). The activities that I delivers are promotion of KRIK in the schools, Dance Club workshop, Wall painting workshop and more. Furthermore I am also helping in the daily work in the office, attending events and trainings about youth work and social inclusion.


“I got the chance to figure out I don´t have to find myself, I have to create myself.”

– Peter Ernst











My EVS experience was amazing. I grow fast to an adult person, because I learned a lot in my project and in my EVS. One year living abroad means getting a lot of experience. I can tell that experience teaches you. It teaches you how to become responsible and how to manage and deal with life. Good and bad experience exist in EVS, too, but both of them were very important for me. I´m not a totally different person now, but this year – full of experience – gave me the opportunity to see the world with different view. I´m smarter, calmer and happier. The most beautiful experience I had in my EVS was the moment at Ohrid, the wonderful lake which I was visiting while I got a training about Project management and youth work at the Scouts camp in February 2017. The worse experience was based on a misunderstanding, because I didn´t deal well my own money budge at one of the first month and I thought I got cheated. But on the end I was very emotional and I just overreacted. If I would get this situation again, now at this time, I would know how to deal with it and I would act different because of my experience.

 Hosting organization:

Centre for youth activism KRIK in Skopje/ Macedonia – My hosting organisation is like a family to me. We got close and have an emotional relationship. The members invited me for typical Macedonian holidays and cultural traditions. My mentor Irena gave me the best opportunities in this year and she supported me very well, also we shared a big hobby dancing ballet which connected us strong. The executive director Mila showed me how to manage and to deal with youth work, furthermore she helped me faster to adopt to the Macedonian culture as she invited me for Christmas dinner with her family. The coordinator Sanja saved my money budget and me very well, also she invited me to a lot of social events, like theatre plays, museums events, poetry slams etc. I could write more and more about the people in my hosting organisation which hosted me well. I will be thankful my whole live and I will never forget KRIK and my EVS in Macedonian. I remember as it was yesterday. It was the first of September 2017, at the morning I arrived with a big sunshine of motivation and my big suitcase to the railway of Skopje – which my strong mentor took the whole way to my new apartment! – and my future mentor and my roommate where waiting for me. They picked me up and showed me the wonderful city, hosting organization and surprised me with a nice welcome party at the working place on the end of my first EVS day. Furthermore I finally choose the hosting organization KRIK because of their flexible project offer and good cooperation.  I could switch and change workshops as I wished in consultation with my mentor and with great preparation/ ideas of different youth work activities. The working times where nearly perfect and so flexible. If I got a problem my mentor had an open ear. The bad thing at my hosting organization was the information part. At the beginning on my EVS I didn´t get enough information about workshops, trainings outdoor activities which I visited. But the EVS volunteers – me and my roommates – mentioned our problems at EVS- Meetings and it got soon handled. Which means, if I had a problem, I had to tell it and my hosting organization changed it soon and well as possible. I can´t mention it more often. I´m really glad  that I had the opportunity to work for KRIK as EVS volunteer which gave me big opportunities, also in private life!


The activities that I have delivered:

  • German basic lessons
  • Dance workshop
  • Enlightenment about disabilities, youth work and EVS
  • Wall painting workshop
  • Promotion of KRIK in the schools and public open places
  • Crash course painting
  • Multicultural movie nights
  • Summer camp for inclusion
  • Ballet


…. were amazing! 🙂

Call for 5 participants for Youth Exchange “The future is equal” 12th – 19th September 2017, Ohrid, Macedonia

CYA KRIK issues: Call for 5 participants
What: KA1 Youth Exchange
When: 12th – 19th September 2017
Where: Ohrid, Macedonia
Host organization: Center for Youth Activism CYA KRIK, Macedonia
Center for youth activism KRIK is non-governmental, non-profit organization established by young people, led by young people and it works for and with young people. KRIK strives to encourage greater youth participation, youth activism, encourage young people to be more included in the policy making process on local and national level. The target group that KRIK works with are all people (but mainly youth) who want to contribute and make changes in the field of ecology, critical thinking and communicative skills, as well as working for the well-being of the socially excluded groups from the society.


Partner organizations: PROYECTO KIEU ONGD (Spain), Bel Quel (Italy), JOETZ vzw (Belgium) and Asociatia idei si proiecte pentru tineri active IPTA (Romania).
More about the project: The youth exchange is based on four pillars: theory, inclusion, the body as a battlefield and the current status, challenges and perspectives. The aim of the youth exchange is to build and spread a common and shared sense of gender balanced future. Based on solidarity, tolerance and respect, the project will foster social inclusion and honest approach to the gender question. The participants will taste the cultural co-operation and dialogue and will engage themselves for further spread of gender equality visions.
Objectives of the project:
• To engage participants in a debate on the future active development of the gender balanced future;
• To raise awareness of the role of youth in the process of creating gender equality and inclusive society;
• To strengthen knowledge of young people on the equality of the sexes and the mechanisms to enable them;
• To motivate and inspire youth to act at local, national and international level by using their own potential, openness and ideas;
• Raising awareness and promoting social inclusion of young people.
The program of the YE is constructed in a way the accent to be put on interactive and participative approach throughout presentations, group discussions, thematic workshops, role plays and performances. Centre for Youth Activism –KRIK expects the youth exchange „The Future is equal“ to have a long-term impact in terms of raising awareness among young people about the importance and necessity of gender equality, but also to encourage civil activism among young people.
Participant’s profile:
• at least Intermediate level of English Language;
• 4 participants aged 18-30
• 1 group leader without limitation in age
• The group leaders during their work at the YE will share experiences with the other group leaders about different methods of working and approaches they use in providing youth work.


The call is open until 28th of August.
If interested to apply fill this Application form.
The costs for food, accommodation, training materials and travel are covered by the hosting organization.
Participation fee: 600 MKD
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Call for participants for a transnational meeting of the project ”EMVISION” ,29th October – 5th November, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

CYA KRIK issues: Call for 7 participants

What: Erasmus+, KA- 3, project, developed by Asociatia Babilon Travel (ABT).

When: 29th  October – 5th  November, 2017

Where: Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Host organization: Asociația Babilon Travel

More about the project:  EMVISION is an Erasmus+, KA-3, project, developed by Asociatia Babilon Travel (ABT).
EMVISION is raising the voices of young people concerned about the situation of young blind or visually impaired (YBVI) and empowers them to strive to improve inclusive youth policy, dedicated YBVI through a structured dialogue between young people and decision makers/experts in this field. EMVISION is encouraging the involvement of civil society in creating and implementing policies, promoting transnational co-operation, better knowledge of European policies, equipping participants with soft skills such as working in an international environment, designing of actions with impact on decision making agents power and increasing acceptability of participants to other cultures.

Through the project, young people will have the opportunity to interact with policy makers and experts. This activity will create/develop, in a non-formal learning context, among the participants, diplomatic and negotiation skills and it will equip them with knowledge necessary for proper participation in the democratic life of the community. In this
respect, participants will research in regard of European youth policies and priorities, will practice leadership, communication, teamwork, decision making and will meet other decision makers/experts in youth policies, disabilities, and inclusion.

Participant’s profile:

  • 6 Young people, age 18-30 (1 visually impaired or blind youngster );
  • Are committed to change something in their community/society;
  • Want to participate to public debates;
  • Have empathy and understanding for their disabled peers;
  • Are interested in how the democratic and legislative mechanisms are working and how these can be used to produce a better world;
  • Are ready to get in touch with people representing other cultures, to learn and to share;
  •  Intend to develop their language skills in a foreign language, i.e. English, which is the official language of the project.

One policy maker/expert, involved in the project, age 21+, should be:

  • Directly involved in the youth field, youth policies or inclusion (local councilors, experts or decision makers in city halls, local or regional public bodies, youth councils, etc.);
  • Open to the needs and desires of YBVI and ready to implement future projects and programmes, regarding them;
  • Ready to share their professional experience;
  • Able to present at least one policy proposal, or amendment, that could lead to beneficial local, national or European policy reforms, regarding YBVI;


The call is open until 20 of August.

If interested to apply fill in this  Application form for participants.

If interested to apply as a policy maker/expert fill in this Application form.

The costs for food, accommodation, training materials are covered by the hosting organization. The travel costs to the venue are being reimbursed maximum till 180 euro.

Participation fee: 600 MKD


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