Erasmus + … A different way to travel!

Where are the places on your travel list?

What if you could see them for free, meet people from all over the world and learn a little at the same time?

Run by Erasmus+; there is more than just the chance to travel, make friends and learn (or share!). The trips and the experiences that you can have can be completely life changing and defining. It might be stepping out of a comfort zone, doing something you never dreamed you could or even just finding a new perspective and view on life. These Erasmus+ projects are about more just travelling in distance, they are about travelling to a brand-new experience and maybe even a state of mind.

There are hundreds of these opportunities happening across the world, just waiting for you to apply. This is where we come in, The Bauhaus Café CIC. We are an accredited organisation with the connections to send volunteers to these projects and adventures! The placements are fully funded; which means your travel, food and accommodation are covered. As an organisation we are very excited to be able to share these amazing opportunities with amazing people like you. Even better, for that you will earn a Youth Pass. A Youth Pass is a EU qualification recognised by employers and Universities.

A little more about Erasmus+. Find more at their website https://ec.europa.eu/:

“Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain experience, and volunteer abroad.”

Tempted? Go on, you know you want to. Here are just two projects:

  • Sustainable Organization for Sustainable Community. Visit Latinovac, Croatia between 1st May – 31st October 2018. This is a long term EVS project covering areas such as permaculture theory and work, the planning and organisation of international projects and much more. Find more information and apply here.
  • Social Hackers Academy. Visit Athens, Greece for the project running between 1st September 2018 – 31st August 2019. Become part of the Social Hackers Academy and help empower refugees and vulnerable groups through learning web coding. Find more information here.

There are many more and you can find out about them HERE.

If you are on a gap year, or would like to take some time out to volunteer abroad for 2 months to 12 months, and learn new skills, get to know other cultures, visit places you’d never imagined you can go to, then you need to talk to us.  This is not a holiday though but a learning experience and you must be fully committed to working with the host organisation and contribute to their daily work.  All your expenses will be paid, and you will get some pocket money too.

Dave Horn went to Cyprus on a Youth Exchange with Bauhaus Cafe CIC.  The trip changed his life in ways he can’t describe. He will be volunteering again soon and he is currently looking for opportunities.   Meanwhile, he’s busy writing poetry, organising and running open mic nights and inspiring others to write.  You can read his blog HERE.

The Team at Bauhaus Cafe CIC.

 

 

 

 

Youth Exchange in Sweden

From 22nd March to 25th March, the Bauhaus Cafe CIC participated in a planning meeting for a Youth Exchange in Sweden from 20th May to 29th May.

The journey to Sweden was adventurous and interesting.  We landed in Copenhagen airport and took a train to Helsingborg and then a bus journey to Orkelljunga.  We found both the Danes and the Swedes extremely polite and pleasant, they made every effort to speak English and help us buy our tickets and find our transport.  On the journey there, we came accross the French team who will be joining us in May and travelled with them the remainder of the way.  It was great to get to know them.

Our accommodation was extremely comfortable and luxurious, located among lakes and nature and surrounded by typical Swedish homes.  The lakes were still frozen but the scenery was awesome and an inspiration for creating.  Our host Thomas was a really charming man, the food was home made and nice, we even tasted Swedish pancakes.  It’s amazing how environmentally conscious Swedes are, there were even recycling bins in stations and all around each town we visited.

We visited one of the most stunning shopping centres we have ever seen and guess what other Store was next to the centre?  Ikea of course.

However, both Sweden and Denmark are very expensive even to British standards.  A salad, coffee and water set me back £15.  A visit to Copenhagen on our way back home allowed us to see some of the stunning sites of the city.  Again, buying a souvenir or shopping come at a very high cost.  Copenhagen city centre only houses designer shops and we certainly couldn’t afford shopping but made the most of the colourful architecture of the seaside town.

The Youth Exchange is organised by Hello Youth Sweden and is for 13 to 17 year olds.  The project will be taking place from the 20th to the 29th May and the topic is Sports.  If you know any young people interested in sports or already participating in sports, please encourage them to apply for this once in a lifetime adventure as soon as possible.  There is participation fee of 25 Euros but all else is paid for, including flights, accommodation and food.  All they may need is a little bit of pocket money.  For more information, and details of activities and programme please contact us HERE.

Thanks.  The Team at Bauhaus Cafe CIC.

Back to Cyprus

This March, we were happy to be invited once again for a Youth Exchange in Cyprus by Stressball CY. Based in Larnaca, we attended Employability for all between the 7th March to the 17th March. We were also lucky enough to have it all funded by Erasmus+.This time around we were joined by new friends from Egypt, Morocco, Georgia, Turkey and Cyprus of course. The aim of the project was to learn employability skills and to explore the concept of Social Enterprise. How and why to set one up, the considerations when setting up social businesses and the differences and similarities in the participating countries. It was very interesting sharing these different experiences across the countries and learning about other cultures at a whole new level.

Participants were encouraged to work in groups made up of people from each all the different teams present. We developed ideas which will transform society by working with marginalised groups of young people, creating opportunities and transforming lives.  We came up with some great ideas, worked together to tackle some very real issues and found we had so much in common! The ideas we all created could easily have such a beautiful impact on our societies! Everyone was so passionate about change and keen to work together to implement some of the ideas.

At a personal level it was also such a transformative experience. We arrived as six people from the UK and left with friends spread across the world. Day by day we pushed our skills, our knowledge and confidence. No one likes presentations, but after nine days of presentations everyone had become so confident. And then there was Cyprus itself. The place was beautiful, and there were so many cats! We were lucky enough to take in a few cities and make it up into the mountains. The views were to die for.

Our host Stessball CY is actively involved in empowering youth locally and internationally. Although a fairly new NGO, they are experienced trainers and youth workers and we really enjoyed working with them. The workshops they put on encompassed every aspect of starting a social enterprise, from the analysis to the funding and the business plans. Even the social media was taken in.

At the end of nine days we left, sad to be leaving such a welcoming and inspirational environment but with a whole host of new friends and experiences. All of this was made possible by Erasmus + and we are even happier that until we leave the EU the funding will continue to be available for more and more of these incredible trips! New places, new friends, new growth and new knowledge – what else could you ask for?

Dave James Horn, Volunteer – Bauhaus Cafe CIC

To find out more about Erasmus + and Youth Exchanges please email us info@bauhauscafe.co.uk or send us a message on Facebook www.facebook.com/bauhauscafeuk.

More information about Erasmus + HERE.

Youth in Action Ashford

The Bauhaus Cafe CIC is now working on a number of youth exchage projects, working to encourage transnational volunteering by young people whilst helping to build confidence, motivation, knowledge of how to actively get involved in organising and funding travel abroad by UK youth and travel to the UK by European youth.

Georgina Cooper has been actively involved in setting up projects, fundraising and developing Youth in Action Ashford and has set up a workshop so that you can learn more about the project and how you can contribute.  This is what she has to say:

So what is it about?

Youth in Action Ashford aims to inspire youngsters, focusing on their skills and interest so that they can pursue projects under Erasmus. These projects will encourage young people to boost the local development of Ashford, as well as travel abroad and gain cultural awareness of other places. It is aimed at 18-30 year olds who wish participant in Erasmus activities and also provide knowledge about the youth exchange bid application process.

Youth Exchanges allow young people to: develop competences; become aware of socially relevant topics/thematic areas; discover new cultures, habits and life-styles, mainly through peer-learning; strengthen values like solidarity, democracy, friendship, etc.
Youth Exchanges are based on a transnational cooperation between two or more participating organisations from different countries within and outside the European Union.

Every day, youth in action projects are being set up all over Europe and further afield, for participants to get involved in. These projects can be a stand for preserving a certain style of dance, or it could be health and food safety; testing out many different styles of cooking. There are projects out there worth getting involved in, if they haven’t been made yet, then it should be.

If you’ve ever fancied running non-formal education workshops, exercises, debates, role-plays, simulations, outdoor activities that relate to your field of interest or you had an idea that could have a quantifiable result, then getting involved in an Erasmus project could be your next step.

For more information and to start your steps to setting up a youth exchange, please come to our next workshop on the 7th of November and Berwick road conference room.
We will be exploring:

-How to participate in a youth exchange
-Good examples of youth exchanges.
-How to create a youth exchange

We would be delighted if you could join us then and find out more about the projects, and see how you may be able to contribute.

 

A Volunteer’s Perspective – Part II

So Georgina is back talking a little more about the work she has been able to do whilst volunteering at The Creative Collective, and the experience she’s gained.  She’s now involved in writing bids to make her dream of helping young people volunteer abroad and here in the UK become a reality.  Georgina’s a totally different person now, confident, happy and ready to tackle anything …

1. Bid writing

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“We have to be there at the birth of ideas, the bursting outward of their force: not in books expressing them, but in events manifesting this force, in struggles carried on around ideas, for or against them.” Michel Foucault

There was always this assumption that bid writing was a long and tedious proccess, with no creativity. The person would be typing away, without any reward and there was not any colour to it; its all boring and structured. From the moment when The Creative Collective introduced me to Bid writing, it allowed me to understand the potential of bids. After being sent to a bid writing workshop at Social Enterprise Kent it made me realise: If you have passion towards the aim of the bid, it will allow you to construct a dream in writing. You aren’t creating a fantasy novel, you’re creating potential prospects built on facts that intrigue you.

2. Erasmus

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“Confined on the ship, from which there is no escape, the madman is delivered to the river with its thousand arms, the sea with it’s thousand roads, to that great uncertainty external to everything.” Michel Foucault

Finland is always going to the place that I refrence to, as an example of how Erasmus builds on possibilites. Coming back from an experience filled with culture, where better to fuel this passion than The Cceative Collective. My mind was set on one thing, that EVS is the only thing possible under Erasmus; and its a common assumption amongst many people that it only supports education. Being within the Collective, allowed me to explore new corners for Erasmus, making me realise that my dreams were limiting me. There are Training programmes, Exchanges, Research projects, Political discussions. If there is a need for a project, with a strong impact, then there is potential. It’s expanding reaches further afield, to places like Romania, Germany, Spain, Greece, Finland, France and more.

3. Entrepreneur

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“There are times in life when the question of knowing if one can think differently than one thinks, and perceive differently than one sees, is absolutely necessary if one is to go on looking and reflecting at all.” Michel Foucault

By definition a gallery is ‘a room or building for the display or sale of works of art.’ The gallery is booming with entrepreneurial work, it a place to showcase skills, business cards and become inspired by people with innovative ideas. It has allowed me to network with people, provided me with a place to display greeting cards www.littlebig-cards.xyz – (Watch this space-June 2016) and even practice social media marketing skills, gained from WEKent. A very helpful volunteer, who specialises in architecture came up with a creative poster to be used on twitter to advertise cards. It is a hub of skills, that can share experience and knowledge. And the best thing about it is the flexibility of hours and the commitent- you work to help others; which I believe to be a dying asset in the modern day society.

4. Creative Writing- Blog writing

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“Do not ask who I am and do not ask me to remain the same. More than one person, doubtless like me, writes in order to have no face.” Michel Foucault

At the end of 2015, I attended a creative writing class at the Collective by andsoshethinks.co.uk to bring out my confidence in writing. And guess what this is: Its a blog post and you’re reading it. Wow, thank you for getting this far and I’m in shock that a post of mine has reached you. Usually, I write, I post; but I post in hope that it remains hidden. How you write is a protayal of your own character, the useage of your words, syntax, grammar and punctuation is unique to you. At the workshop, we listened to each others’ stories and styles, realising our strengths and weaknesses. I began to understand that telling your story can be enjoyable, even if its structure isn’t up to scratch.

Quotes by – 5. Michel Foucault

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“Prefer what is positive and multiple, difference over uniformity, flows over unities, mobile arrangements over systems. Believe that what is productive is not sedentary but nomadic.” Michel Foucault

This name appeared in a discussion one day, at the gallery. Inputting the name incorrectly into my ‘tasks’ list, I went home and typed ‘Michelle Focus’ into google and to my surprise a bald guy appeared- you gotta love accents. Having studied philosophy, at SKC, it was quite enjoyable reading through his beliefs and understandings created from his life experiences. He is most interesting to me, for his challenges towards power and discourse, having been quite influential to critical theorists in the struggle against inequality. Up for further discussion in areas of history, politics, psychology and philosophy?  Come find us at The Creative Collective. Or you can find me on here: futurelearn.com/courses/inequalities-in-personal-finance