Europeans: into a new Europe
By European Solidarity Network
Listen to seasons 1 and 2 - stories from a union of volunteers - to join Europeans as they share their adventures about volunteering abroad and how you can do it too! Don't forget to check our Spotify playlist Europeans: songs from a union of volunteers.
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Europeans: into a new EuropeJun 18, 2023
Special Episode: The European Youth Event
We were at the European Youth Event (EYE) in Strasbourg! In this episode together with David Hutzler from the Young European Federalists, Emma Grabow from the EuroPeers, Fabian Wiek from the International Youth Think Tank and Nikica Torbica from Mladaforma we learned about their youth projects and why they are committed to Europe. What are their wishes for Europe? Find it out in this special episode hosted by Paula.
Don't forget to check out the initiatives and associations David, Emma, Fabian and Nikita are involved: Young European Federalists, EuroPeers, International Youth Think Tank and Mladaforma from Croatia
I love dyslexia
Europeans: into a new Europe Season 3 Episode 15
Which challenges are faced by pupils and students with dyslexia in the learning process and educational system?
Today we talk with Aggeliki Pappa, CEO of ''I love dyslexia" and devoted teacher about #dyslexia, #education and #changingforbetter and #globalcitizenship.
Our quest tells us about a special program ''I love dyslexia" about learning foreign languages for students with dyslexia.
Check the social media of Aggeliki Pappa and ''I love dyslexia''.
Youth Engaged in Wetlands
Europeans: into a new Europe Season 3 Episode 14
Why should we protect wetlands? What is Ramsar CoP14?
Today our guest is Hugo, who talks about Youth Engaged in Wetlands and gives insight into biologists' work in the field. Youth Engaged in Wetlands is a youth group that focuses conservation, protection, and wise use of wetlands.
Photo credit: Fabrice Pavanello
European Youth Parliament (EYP)
Europeans: into a new Europe Season 3 Episode 13 - European Youth Parliament (EYP) offers young people an opportunity to become actively engaged in citizenship and empower intercultural understanding. We interview Lira Mikayelyan, a recently elected member of the EYP's Governing Body to know more about her experience, how you can join a session near you and why you should do it!
Check their website here and find out more!
Europeans: into a new Europe Season 3 Episode 12 - ECYP Alumni brings together former Charlemagne Youth Prize winners in 3 different European cities to discuss future projects and collaborations. José joined the Level Up! Accelerating change in Brussels, an event organized as part of the European Year of Youth. Paula traveled to Aachen for the Karlspreis Europa Summit. And Roksana went to Prague to represent EUSN in the Kickoff Event for the Charlemagne Youth Prize Alumni Network. Listen to their experiences meeting inspiring project leaders and political figures as they build together a new Europe.
Check the European Youth Portal for new initiatives and events for you to join.
Do you have a project that brings Europe closer together? You can apply for the Charlemagne Youth Prize from 12 January to 2 February 2023. Find out more here!
Europeans: into a new Europe Season 3 Episode 11
In the episode, our guest is Tana Foarfă from Europuls. The NGO was set up by a group of Romanian experts in European affairs in 2010 and focuses on European issues and integration.
You get to know how Europuls promote and spread knowledge about European policies in Romanian society.
Let's be inspired by Europuls's project.
Feeling of Beauty ®
Europeans: into a new Europe Season 3 Episode 10 - Feeling of Beauty ® is a project developed by the Polish psychologist Dorota Anna Milke to boost self-confidence through photography, art and culture. In this episode, she shares her work at RAiDO Foundation to integrate people with special needs in society. Listen to her inspiring story and have a look at the photos and read the stories of those involved in the project here.
Looking for Inspiration
Europeans: Into a new Europe Season 3 Episode 9
In today's solo episode, Roksana talks about some projects from Poland in three fields: #cultureheritage #thehumanlibrary and #seniorvolunteering. We hope you get some inspiration from the end of summer and the beginning of autumn.
If you engage in similar projects, please share with us
Europeans: Into a new Europe Season 3 Episode 8 - Taking the train is a very attractive and also sustainable way to travel around Europe. Especially the Alpine region offers beautiful nature as well as breathtaking train routes to discover. For everyone who wants to experience this adventure themselves, the project ‘Yoalin’ is offering help. Young people living in the Alpine region can apply for a special Youth Alpine Interrail-Pass to discover the region they live in. Something that today’s guest Valeria has already done. She tells us more about her travellings and what Yoalin is all about. Check this out and don’t forget to visit their website https://www.yoalin.org/ or Instagram and Facebook page.
Europeans: Into a new Europe Season 3 Episode 7 - The bicycle is definitely the best way of transport in a city! But what to do when you don’t have one? The project BikeSurf helps you out on that. Ten years ago, Graham Pope, the director of BikeSurf Berlin started an initiative which then spread to 10 different European cities. Wanna know what BikeSurf is and how you can participate? Check this out and don’t forget to visit the website https://www.bikesurf.org/ .
3 amazing projects for you to join this summer
Europeans: Into a new Europe Season 3 Episode 6 - Need some inspiration for your summer vacation? Here we go! In this episode Jana and Paula present to you three projects that contribute to environmental protection and sustainability. And the best thing: you can join them too! Check out the websites of GreenKayak, Recup and Yoalin. Or maybe you are inspired and want to start your own initiative? The summer is yours!
Language Café by Språkstudion
Europeans: Into a new Europe Season 3 Episode 5 - Let’s learn a new language and meet new people. Amanda from Språkstudion (Stockholm University) talks about running a Language Café and how you can partake in one. These are special sessions where students can learn from one another. What language do you want to learn and practice? Get inspired from the episode!
Check out Language Cafe:
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Vegan Kochen Wien
Europeans: Into a new Europe Season 3 Episode 4: Today we are speaking with Sophie from the Austrian project “Vegan Kochen Wien '' which translates to English as “Vegan Cooking Vienna”. For this project, five university students came together with the beautiful idea of offering free vegan cooking classes once a month for everyone interested in vegan cuisine. With delicious meals, they want to inspire the participants and show them how easy it is to cook with vegan ingredients. Another interesting fact about the project is that it is funded by the European Solidarity Corps.
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The Trash Traveler
Europeans: into a new Europe Season 3 Episode 3 - “Just do it!” This describes very well the project we’ve had the chance to unpack in this episode. Andreas Noe, alias The Trash Traveler tells us the story from how he started to occasionally pick up trash at the Portuguese coast to the development of a great project with countless volunteers participating. In his current project, “The Trash Cycle”, The Trash Traveler cycles 3000 km around Portugal in order to raise awareness about plastic pollution.
Europeans: into a new Europe Season 3 Episode 2 - Today, we are speaking with Maria, part of Lern-Fair, a German project offering free and digital tutoring for pupils of all ages. It was founded at the beginning of the pandemic and tries to reduce educational injustice, which intensified when schools had to close in March 2020. Since then the project had a phenomenal journey, with more than 23.000 pupils registering on the platform and winning multiple prizes, like the National German Commitment Award.
Europeans: into a new Europe Season 3 Episode 1 - We are back! Welcome to our third season which we kick off with the EuroVelo project. Marta Orihuel works on this project and explains to us what EuroVelo is about, where you can find cross-bordering bicycle routes and how to get moving. Check out all the different bicycle routes on your own at https://en.eurovelo.com/
The European Charlemagne Youth Prize
As previously announced we are back with our next special episode about the European Charlemagne Youth Prize and it's ceremony in Aachen, Germany. Paula talks about the event which happened in late September and shares her impression from this week. You get also the change to listen to other participants of the Award Ceremony. Don't forget to check out their wonderful projects! Find all winners here and click here for more information about the Charlemagne Prize.
Here you can go directely to the projects featured in our episode:
Odense, European Youth Parliament, Denmark https://eypdk.org/
Conference of the European Youth Parliament, Slovenia https://eypslovenia.org
Treatment without Borders, Bulgaria http://lekuvam.se/
13th EFPSA European Summer School, Greece https://efpsa.org/
Don’t avoid what is easy, Estonia https://lemberglvova.com/dawie
My Europe My Say, Slovakia www.skauting.sk
We are winners!
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers - SPECIAL episode: We are thrilled to announce that our podcast was selected as the Swedish National Winner for the Charlemagne Youth Prize! Find out what the prize is about and when the Award ceremony takes place. Thanks a lot for listening.
What does solidarity mean?
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 26 - Tune in for a dose of solidarity from our past guests and answer the question yourself on our social media!
We'll be back after summer with a new season! For now, stay safe and enjoy the sun (with sunscreen)!
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 25 - Happy birthday to this podcast! One year ago we recorded our first episode with the hosts José and Paula and today we are closing the circle and interviewing each other. Find out about our first impressions, funny stories and, of course, our favourite volunteering songs. Check them out here!
Also, if you want to dive into good European teen drama, go watch Skam! There are plenty of versions to choose from but José mostly recommends the original Norwegian version and Skam Italia.
We would like to thank every listener and guest for being part of this cross-border European podcast through which we spread solidarity. Stay tuned for a new season coming after summer!
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 24 - Welcome to Eskişehir and Chiara Lai from Italy who brings Europe closer to Turkish youngsters, learns about the Turkish culture and makes a lot of new friends! In nine months she managed to reach a conversational level in Turkish, work in a truly intercultural team a much more. Don't forget to check out her favorite song in our playlist!
"Stay positive, people can adapt"
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 23 - Dilyana Dimókova from Bulgaria is now volunteering in Stuttgart at the association Jugendwerk der AWO Württemberg in a project about multiculturalism. She talks about adapting to a new country as a volunteer, facing lockdown in Germany and planning cultural events. Listen to her volunteering song on our playlist!
"Impact of your actions"
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 22 - Once more, we are in France, this time with Marlene Walter from Germany who is doing her European Solidarity Corps in the Normandie. Let's listen to her various work with young children, roadtrips to hidden places in the Normandie and her expectations for the next months. Don't forget to check ouot her favorite volunteering songs in our playlist!
"Taking steps into the unknown"
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 21 - Immerse yourself in camping opportunities in nature through the eyes of our host, José, as he unravels some tips on what not to forget when camping.
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Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 20 - Volunteering during pandemic times? No problem for Natàlia Turzová who left her home country Slovakia to promote European values in Bordeaux, France. Her tasks are very diverse, from schools to senior citizen's home is everything included and since Natàlia is at the half of her project, it's time for some reflection. Don't forget to check out our playlist!
“Kind and good people are everywhere”
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 19 - Curious about what youth work really means? Wondering what it takes to be a volunteer? Listen to Dajana Dimitrieska’s experience as a former volunteer and current ESC coordinator in the association Mladiinfo Slovensko. Don’t forget to check out her song on our playlist!
"Show support to the community"
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 18 - Welcome to Bremen, a city in North Germany! Alexandar Anastasovski from North-Macedonia is currently working on the Social Media management for a NGO, supporting the local community, exploring the city and learning German all the same in his ESC project. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, he took the brave step to work an live abroad in order to get inspiration between high school and university. Can you guess his favorite volunteering song? Check it out here.
"I’m here for a good reason"
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 17 - Coming from a small village in Turkey and feeling the impact of volunteering when growing up was what led Feyza Gül to Muhu Island Youth Center, Estonia. Listen to her experience as she is still adapting to nordic weather and of how she almost became a nomad living in the woods of Muhu. Find out her song in our playlist.
"I can do that!"
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 16 - Radio show meets podcast! Listen to Riccardo Rossi's ESC experiences from working in a Hungarian radio station. He didn't just learn a lot of useful skills which will help him in his future career plans but also project management, team organisation and to keep cool in chaotic travel situations. You can check out his show on ESC-MustárFM and listen to his warnings in our playlist. :)
“Understand my own privilege, my own close-mindedness”
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 15 - The passion for volunteering with migrants and refugees took Silvia Valdrè to Cairo, Egypt where she coordinated young Egyptian volunteers in a school for refugee children. There she faced many challenges - from high temperatures to strong cultural shocks - but also lived through some life-changing experiences among which she happened to meet her husband! Don’t forget to check out her song on our playlist.
"Europe is my home"
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 14 - Volunteering helps you to find a job that you're passionated about and Jana Konkel from Germany is the best example for that. She volunteered in a school for disabled children in Vilnius, Lithuania and when she came back she knew where her carrier path would go. Don’t forget to check out her song on our playlist.
“Make their voices be heard”
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 13 - Timothy Kingsman has lived and traveled abroad for most of his life but, when the pandemic halted all travels and he lost his job, he found the opportunity to help asylum seekers through an ESC volunteering project in Genova. Listen to his experience of cultural diversity, emotional stories and humanitarian awareness. Check out his song on our playlist!
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 12 - How you can keep engaged after you have done your European Solidarity Corps experience? That's the topic today with Marie Heimburg from Germany. After she finisehd her ESC she carried her great motivation, became a seminar trainer and finally ended up in Sweden. Besides, she's doing a radio show which you want to check out here. And don't forget to listen to Marie's favorite songs in our playlist.
“I learned to live with others”
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 11 - How would you Mariam Nersisyan practice the Italian she learned in school in Armenia if not by living in Italy? She travelled abroad for the first time to volunteer for one year in the Tuscan city of Prato, with 5 other volunteers from different countries, on an environmental project. Listen to her story and her song on our playlist, which reflects her desire to move back to Italy.
"Every year you can make the circle bigger"
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 10 - Between highschool, university and work, Gianluca Rossino from Italy managed to promote the European Youth Capital of 2018 Cascais in Portugal within his ESC project. Five months full of intercultural exchange, adventures, challenges, learning experiences and the Atlantic breeze. Do you already hear the seagulls call?
“Solidarity is an action that’s always evolving”
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 9 - Harry Trinder had always intended to volunteer after finishing his Bachelor’s degree in History and the current pandemic situation did not stop him. Despite some initial hurdles that he had to face, he is now volunteering in Genova, Italy at an education centre. Discover his favourite Italian word and listen to his song on our playlist!
"To have a cousin in every European country"
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 8 - As she was just about to enter university, Eva Poll from Estonia changed her mind and took off to a 12-months ESC project located in a small village in Hungary. In her daily work as a kindergarden teacher she experiences non-verbal communication, singing, dancing and of course lots of love from the children! Let's listen to her experience and don't forget to check out her favorite Hungarian song in our playlist.
“You help change someone else’s life but you change yours at the same time”
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 7 - Dario Korolija from North Macedonia volunteered in a two-part project in Iceland, for 6 months. First, he worked with children in the fishing village of Þórshöfn and then he moved to Reykjavík to work in a very different setting. Listen to his experience of dealing with bureaucracy, seeing the Northern lights and facing death in the remote country of Iceland. Listen to our playlist here!
"Focus more on the aspects we have in common"
Did you know that you can also do your European Solidarity Corps outside of the EU? Ania Przygodow from Poland worked in a local youth centre in Azerbaijan and got the possibility to explore a very different culture and the great hospitality of its people. Let's listen do her experiences of cultural events, a flat without water and a small detour on her way home.
Don't forget to check Ania's favorite volunteer song in our playlist.
Here you can listen to Ania's own podcast (in Polish) https://open.spotify.com/show/33F8Of30wFcFYH95Dyg0vd?si=uen7ybJJTv-PoYHR6rxGGg
“You have a say, no matter who you are”
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 5 - Vilija Nemanytė left Lithuania to change her life around and start her ESC experience in Borås, Sweden. In her project, she worked with the local municipality and young people which helped her to grow as a person. Listen to our playlist here!
"I learned to get over some prejudices that I had"
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 4 - Working for one year in Romania? At first, Liene Ekša from Latvia needed to convince her friends an family that prejudices are just imaginary perceptions which are mostly not true. Her ESC experience, working in a hospital in Cluj-Napoca and living together with other international volunteers were not only a great fun but also a process of growing. Listen to our playlist "Europeans: songs from a union of volunteers" here.
"It was an opportunity to play, to explore"
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 3 - At 28 years old, Heather Egen leaves her stable adult life in search of a unique experience abroad. It is in Reykjavik, Iceland that she volunteers at a homeless shelter and her life completely changes, discovering a sense of community and that a dark and cold winter doesn’t last forever.
Listen to our playlist "Europeans: songs from a union of volunteers" click here.
"Solidarity kept me motivated"
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 2 - When Emily Keal talks about youth work, her passion about it is unmistakable. Starting to work with youngsters as a student in the UK, she is now the EuroPeers International Network Coordinator. Let's listen to her experiences!
Don't forget to check out our playlist by clicking here!
"People are the same, we are humans"
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Season 2 Episode 1 - Anisa Zeqja has felt a part of the Italian culture from a very young age but it was only at 29 years old that she abdicated her life as a psychologist in Albania and moved to Italy to begin her volunteering project in Belluno.
Listen to our playlist "Europeans: songs from a union of volunteers"!
#13 From volunteers to Europeans
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Episode 13 - José Azevedo and Alexandra Vinczi debate on how volunteering changed their identity and what it means to be European.
#12 Is hitchhiking safe?
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Episode 12 - Ilze Rozenberga and José Azevedo share some of their travelling experiences during their ESC project, the convenience and difficulties of hitchhiking and how vacations during the project helped them to grow and live a better experience.
#11 Living in cultural diversity
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Episode 11 - Paula Gehrs and Ilze Rozenberga talk about living together with people from different nationalities, what you can learn from cultural diversity and how they dealt with cultural shocks while living abroad.
#10 Does age matter?
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Episode 10 - Weronika Suchodolska and Paula Gehrs talk about why they volunteered at a specific age, how their experiences differed because of the age difference and what they learnt in order to answer to whether there is the best age for volunteering abroad.
#9 What is volunteer work, really?
Europeans: stories from a union of volunteers Episode 9 - José Azevedo and Hugo Ferreira talk about what they worked with as volunteers, how it aligned with expectations (or not) and how different it was from a "normal job".
#8 Small cities, big communities
Europeans: stories form a union of volunteers Episode 8 - Christina Klisari and José Azevedo talk about living in a small city, connecting with unexpected people and staying active during their projects.