My EVS experience in Mersin, Turkey- Bojana


I`m Bojana and I was volunteering for 2 months in Mersin, Turkey for the first time in my life and I loved it. Although it was a short term project (September-October) but it was full of different experiences that it`s hardly possible to compress everything in one page.

Most of all this EVS gave me the opportunity to meet new cultures and traditions and the pleasure to work in a international group of young people. And of course, a chance to spend two months on the beach.


We have been hosted by the organization “The Third Eye Association of Mediterranean”, whose main motto is: Be aware, and create awareness. We lived in 2 apartments located on the beach in a small village of about 10,000 people called Kazanl`. Our mentor Yusuf was living just next-door so most of the time he was easy to access for anything that we needed.

The main purpose of this project was protecting the sea turtles. So most of the time our activities were related with the turtles. In the afternoon we were cleaning the beach where the turtles were coming to lay their eggs. In the night on the beach we were searching for baby-turtles that were going in the wrong direction (because of the artificial lights) and then release them in the sea where they belong. That was our main occupation in the first month because of the hatching period.


After the hatching season was finished, in the second month our daily activities were workshops  when we were preparing theatre and after present it to  the schools, mostly kindergartens but also elementary school. Our goal was to raise the awareness of the smallest about the endangered sea turtles but also about the pollution that is the biggest threat to all living species. Except for the theatre we were doing lots more things like painting shells, making wallets out of cartoon juice bottles and gave them as presents to the kids in order for them to get in touch with Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

We were 13 volunteers altogether, coming from all around the Europe. They were from Poland, 2 from Litany, 2 from Italy, 4 from Spain, Slovakia, Check, and Portugal. It was a good group of volunteers, mix of different cultures and traditions and I enjoyed spending time with them. I also improved my cooking skills and learned some traditional dishes from the others in the group. Also the local people were very polite and treated us with respect.

During our free time mostly on weekends we were travelling and discovering amazing places in Turkey such as Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Nemrut mountains, Asthma cave, Heaven and Hell caves, Aladaglar mountains and even more places near Mersin…

This EVS project was an experience of my life. I’ll always have nice memories about it and if I have a chance for another similar EVS project I will definitely go for it.

Повик за изразување на интерес на млади кои сакаат да бидат дел од Гаранцијата за млади

Министерството за труд и социјална политика заедно со Агенцијата за вработување на Македонија и Националниот младински совет на Македонија спроведува активности од проектот Гаранција за млади.

Гаранција за млади е активна мерка за вработување на млади лица која  се спроведува во државите од Европската Унија од 2012 година. Македонија ја имплементира оваа програма во пилот фаза која започнува во 2018 година.

Гаранцијата за млади им гарантира на младите лица дека во период од 4 месеци како тие ќе се пријават во Агенцијата за вработување кариерните советници ќе ги упатат во некоја од мерките што ги нуди Гаранција за млади.

Во оваа пилот фаза за имплементација на програмата се вклучени општините од г. Скопје, општина Струмица и општина Гостивар. Оваа мерка е отворена за сите млади лица на возраст до 29 години кои се невработени и веќе го завршиле своето образование (средно училиште или факултет).

Во секоја од општините (Град Скопје, Струмица и Гостивар) кои се вклучени во имплементацијата се ангажирани по двајца теренски работници кои имаат основна задача да им ја претстават Гаранцијата за млади на младите лица и да им го помогнат процесот да пристапат до Агенцијата за вработување.

Кариерните советници од Агенцијата за вработување, врз основа на искуството на младите лица кои ќе се пријават, заедно со нив ќе ја изберат онаа мерка која е најсоодветна за нив.

Кариерните советници од Агенцијата за вработување и теренските работници поминаа низ процес на учење составен од обуки за кариерен развој на млади како и учење за добрите практиките со кои Европските држави се служеле во текот на имплементацијата на програмата. Поради оваа причина, младите лица кои се заинтересирани за вклучување во оваа програма може да се обратат директно до теренските работници кои понатаму ќе ги упатат до соодветниот центар за вработување. Доколку сте заинтересирани за вклучување во Гаранцијата за млади пополнете ја оваа форма и теренските работници од вашата општина ќе ве контактираат.

За дополнителни информации обратете се на за да пристапите до теренските работници.

Доколку ве интересира процесот на имплементација на Гаранција за млади во земјите членки на Европската Унија можете да најдете повеќе информации на следниот линк

Call for an EVS volunteer for a long term project for 12 months in Croatia

Call for an EVS volunteer for a long term project for 12 months in Croatia

What: European Voluntary Service

When: as soon as possible

Where: Petrinja, Croatia


Association IKS was established in 2003 and has as its mission empowerment of
citizens by developing a sense of responsibility and taking the initiative for the progress of
the entire community. Our vision is a more humane, democratic environment in which
Association IKS acts as a generator of changes and a stronghold of positive ideas.
Our regular activities include: Civil society organisation capacity development; Democratic
citizenship development and promotion of volunteering; Youth ‘leisure time’ activity
organisation; Empowerment of socially vulnerable community members; Encouraging
employment of women and youth, Non formal education and information for youth.

Accomodation, costs:

Your accommodation will be near the city centre (short walking distance) and you will share
the apartment with other volunteers. The apartment will have bedrooms, a shared kitchen and
dining room, bathrooms and everything else that is needed. Your living and food expenses
will be paid for by the European Union project funding and you will also receive pocket
money each month. With that, you can cook, share your delicious food with other volunteers,
enjoy a cup of coffee in our local coffee shops and buy everything you need for your
everyday life.

During the EVS project:

-volunteers will work approximately 6-7 hours per day
– Saturdays and Sunday’s are free unless there are specific project events or important
international days on the weekend in which case they will get weekdays off
– Volunteers will have a mentor, who will provide peer support and assist the volunteer
in adjusting to their new environment and help the volunteer with the Youthpass
– Mentors are usually local youth volunteers at Association IKS
– Volunteers have a coordinator and supervisor who will be looking after the project and
supporting the volunteers’ development


Petrinja is a small town (24,858 inhabitants) in central Croatia, just under 60 km from the
Croatian capital Zagreb. It is a microregional centre with good transport connection by bus,
near the main railway which connects Zagreb with other parts of Croatia and the borders.

Application procedure: If you think that this is an opportunity for you and would like to get more active in the activities of Association IKS for the next 12 months, send us your motivational letter and CV at

Participation fee for CYA Krik: 300 MKD

For any additional questions, contact us at

Online Platform for Exchange of Special Needs Youth Work Methods (OPEN)

Our project combines the efforts of 5 youth NGOs and 1 umbrella organisation from 5 countries (BG, IT, MK, RO and SI) on crossectoral level (youth and school education) in developing the first online platform (OPEN platform) for validating good practices in youth work that can be applied to 5 groups of youth learners with special needs: Autism, Visual and Hearing Impairments, Dyslexia, Physical Difficulties. These are the most common types of learning difficulties, acknowledged on national and European level. More and more youth work needs to address these challenges young people face. However, youth workers across EU do not have always the necessary instruments and know-how. Our project will explore a possible solution to this challenge by linking special needs education specialists and youth workers in our partner countries and across Europe through the innovative OPEN platform.

Our cross-country review of current situation in partner countries (BG, RO, SI, MK and IT) confirmed that to a large extent young people in the age group of 13-18, suffering from any of the above forms of learning difficulties study with the support of education professionals (e.g., resource teachers), usually stationed either within mainstream school education institutions and/or separate special needs centres. Along with majority of public supported education services, some youth prefer to use the services of private training providers.

Objectives of our project

Our main aim is to increase youth worker’s effectiveness in facilitating training and other activities, involving youth with learning difficulties.

The main objectives to reach this goal are:

  • To develop an online platform (OPEN platform) in 6 languages (BG, RO, SI, MK, IT and EN) for exchange of good practices in the field of youth work with young people, facing learning difficulties and conducting 2 thematic webinars;
  • To develop an evaluation methodology for validating the good practices as applicable in one or more of the 5 areas of learning difficulties (Autism, Visual and Hearing Impairments, Dyslexia, Physical Difficulties);
  • To conduct piloting of the platform, involving validation of 10 good practices and implementation of 2 thematic seminars;
  • To provide ongoing dissemination of project’s results among youth workers communities in partner countries and across Europe.

There were two trainings organised as activities of the project. One was organised in Sofia, Bulgaria and the second one in Ohrid, Macedonia.

  • The training in Sofia was implemented between 6-10 June 2018. 

During the training there were 2 participants from each partner. The sessions were tackling the topic of inclusive classrooms and how to use technology to enable the young people with disparities to improve the access to quality education.

This video  is a visual presentation of the activities done during the training.

  • The training in Ohrid was implemented between 17-23 August.

The training was focusing on the inclusion of the people in the regular schools and reviewing national policies about inclusive education. Guests from special and inclusive schools from Skopje and representatives from the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy of The Republic of Macedonia were present during the training and explaining the policies and current situation in the country.

This video  is a visual presentation of the activities done during the training.

The project continues and we are preparing exciting activities soon!