Also, in this project we hosted in the same period two volunteers for 12 months, coordinated by a Turkish partner. The project was financed by the European Union through the Erasmus+ program.
We implemented this project according to a long-term plan established at the formation of the association aimed at developing our community at local level, but also at the level of Transylvania. This includes strengthening opportunities for youth mobility, improving educational opportunities by providing better access to different jobs' markets and broadening cultural knowledge and experience of our target groups, which are children, youth and young adults in the strict sense, and the whole community in a broader sense.
The objectives of the project were hosting 9 EVS volunteers who continue the activities of the 6 volunteers who made activities in the community in the first project implemented by ATA; that the project contributes to the fulfillment of our long-term plan, to support through the local and regional activities the youth and the development of our communities; and that the project achieves tangible impact, self measurable and quantifiable, more involvement of youth locally, more mass media actors, educational, environmental protection and leisure in the area and professional development for the volunteers.
What made this project different from many other EVS projects is that before we submit the application form we have gone through a thorough selection phase for the six activities realized within the project.
These were the activities and the volunteers who implemented the project:
Csilla Palla from Miskolc, Hungary spent 12 months with Mkrtich Shakhdinarian from Tbilisi, Georgia, 12 months also doing TV support activity. Here is Mkrtich talking about his experience:
Dobos Bela from Szekesfehervar, Hungary spent 12 months together with Ani Karapetyan from Abovyan, Armenia who was in Romania for 11 months doing radio support activity. Here are their testimonies:
Maya Isabel Victoria Helget from Essen, Germany spent 10 months and 15 days with Peter Daniel from Miskolc, Hungary who was here in 12 months being a guide in the amateur astronomers activity. Here is Maya's experience:
Annica Rödiger from Bonn, Germany was active for 7 months and 15 days together with Neslinur Turan from Edirne, Turkey (12 months) doing the recycling and up-cycling workshops activity. Here is Nesli's account of her experience:
Maria João Rodrigues Arrais de Castro from Braga, Portugal volunteerede for 12 months together with Melek Aydin from Izmir, Turkey in the NGO support activity. Here is their animation abouth their experiences:
The last volunteer was Anja Maslesa from Trbovlje, Slovenia who volunteered for 10 months in the kindergarten support activity. Here is what she says about her experience:
The impact of the project can be summarized as follows: More than 100 news articles and more than 40 videos were created, more than 500 radio shows were aired and since January 2015 the radio.ata-ro.eu online radio broadcasts music 24/7, more than 150 creative recycling workshops were done and six bazaars involving more than 400 children and 200 young people from 5 villages and 2 towns. Moreover more than 40 English conversational events were implemented in 2 schools with 150 children, 9 cinema evenings showed animated movies for more than 50 children, 7 local events were organized, more than 20 astronomy workshops enlightened nearly 100 young people and 12 events were done to observe the phenomena of astronomy for 30 young people. Moreover, more than 170 days were spent in a kindergarten where Anja had activities with more than 75 children and more than 100 days spent in a nursery where she had activities with more than 30 children. Besides these, the volunteers organized more than 14 visibility events in 4 schools, 8 events to promote volunteerism and other 4 different events. In total, more than 1,000 people attended these interactive activities.
To conclude, the project was a huge success with lots of experiences and positive results. We wish all the best to our volunteers in their future endeavors. Here is a video collage of the project: