From the 3rd till the 8th of September in frames of the project “Creation of а coordination center for international volunteer services in Donetsk” project’s partners had an opportunity to meet in Berlin. This meeting was possible thanks to the German Fund “Memory, Responsibility and Future”. The Fund supports international projects which strengthen the cooperation between Germany and other countries which suffered during the national-socialism period.
During the meeting Alek Misevski – leader of Macedonian organization “Youth Forum”, Olena Smagliy – coordinator of Volunteer Agency on the basis of EURC “Social Partnership” and Dominik Ringler – director of German organization “Institute for Social Research, Informatics and Social Work” (ISIS Berlin) shared their experience of work with and for volunteers and worked out а detailed cooperation plan for the future. Together with ISIS Berlin and Youth Forum, EURC “Social Partnership” will design а project to the International Youth Football Championship 2009 which will be held in Donetsk, youth seminar “Youth for healthy lifestyle and sports”, youth exchange in Ukraine, training for trainers in EVS and partnership building activity in EE and SEE. All these projects can be financed by the EU in frames of Youth in Action Program.
Director of ISIS Berlin organized meetings with German-russian Exchange and Association of International and Cultural Exchanges. There were agreed to develop common work directed to strengthen volunteerism in Europe. Christiane Schulte, expert on youth work, gave information about German big organizations and funds which host and send volunteers.
During the visit the project’s experts had an opportunity to have а talk with а coordinator of the projects Friederike Niemann. Mrs. Niemann presented the activities of the Fund, answered all the questions concerning the projects’ activities and gave information about calls available for Ukrainian Ngos.
Visit came to the end but the project is continuing in three European countries. There are а lot of plans and ideas which need further work.