Our experience from the Erasmus+ program in Bornheim, Germany.
group travelled from Greece.
young musicians departed in order to meet other groups and share an
amazing musical journey. Friendships where built very quickly between
people that where strangers beforehand. Musical and cultural
knowledge was shared.
group organised a cultural night about their countries and everyone
learned a lot about each nation’s customs, while also trying out
traditional foods and beverages. The coexistence of all those
different people, us included, made us realise we have absolutely
nothing to separate with the other nations. Learning about the rest
of the world is important and beautiful, even more so when you
experience each country and/or tradition first hand.
only downside is the distance that is now between us and the rest of
the participants, as we feel like we now have an everlasting bond
that we will always treasure.
-especially musical- journey is far from over, but it is certainly
enhanced after this outstanding week.
Greek participants: Ariadni Bimpisidi. Aris Mastrokalos, Aikaterini Karvountzi, Vasiliki Gerali
written by participant from Hungary.
My experience with the international seminar on music, hosted by Filoxenia organisation, supported by Erasmus+ program, in the beautiful, rustic village of Kryoneri in Greece, was beyond all my expectations. It was a week rich in making new international connections, both on professional and private level, and developing my own skills in singing and music theory, as well. The lectures were helpful and inspiring, the afternoon ensembles were real fun and triggered my ability to implement all that I had learnt about music in my life so far, as well as apply the new insights on music, that I had learned during the workshops. The board and accommodation was excellent, too. The kindness and care that the participants were honored to receive by the members of the hosting organization was outstanding. The program was thoroughly prepared and organized, including the community-building day off at the historical sights and beautiful nature of the region. I am grateful to have been part of this initiative and fully support the continuity of the programs like these in future.
Henrietta Szalay, Hungary, 37 y.o.
European Voluntary Service (EVS)
What is it?
The Erasmus+ programme offers young people the chance to make a difference through the European Voluntary Service.
The European Voluntary Service (EVS) gives young people the opportunity to express their personal commitment through full-time voluntary work in a foreign country within or outside the EU.
The EVS aims to develop solidarity, mutual understanding and tolerance among young people, while contributing to strengthening social cohesion and promoting active citizenship. Their learning experience is formally recognized through a Youthpass . Volunteers receive free board and lodging, insurance cover and a grant for the duration of the project (in some cases they may be asked for a contribution for travel costs).
EVS volunteers working for more than two months abroad can get additional support to learn, and test their progress in, the language used during their volunteering.
What does it support?
A successful EVS project requires close co-operation among at least three key players:
- The sending organisation;
- The receiving organisation;
- The volunteer.
One of the organisations involved plays the role of coordinator and applies for an EU grant on behalf of the partnership. Organisations perform a number of roles:
- They identify volunteering opportunities;
- Develop projects that benefit the local community;
- Recruit and prepare the volunteers, host them, and ensure follow-up.
The EVS core values and quality standards are laid down in the EVS Charter(294 kB) . To uphold these standards, organisations interested in sending or hosting EVS volunteers, or coordinating an EVS project, need first to be accredited. To do this organisations must first submit an application for accreditation (not the same as a funding application). If their application is approved, they can take part in applications for EVS projects. An accreditation can be withdrawn immediately in cases of non-compliance with the Charter. Organisations accredited to take part in EVS can be found in the EVS database .
Who can take part?
- Are you aged 17-30 and willing to spend from 2 weeks to 12 months abroad as an EVS Volunteer? Start by having a look at the European Youth Portal for information, volunteering opportunities, and the database of EVS organisations.
- Are you an organisation willing to develop an EVS project? The Erasmus+ Programme Guide provides detailed information about the conditions for participating. In most cases, the application for funding and accreditation is submitted via the Erasmus+ National Agencies in each country participating in the programme. The Agencies are the primary information sources for the users of the programme: organisations are invited to contact them for information and advice.
EU-Commission Erasmus+ Volunteering Activities
The semniar house ELISSON is situated in Kryoneri, a mountainous village (740m altitude) surrounded by vineyards, 150 km from Athens Airport. From Kryoneri it takes only 15 km to the next beach of the famous Gulf of Corinth. Kryoneri is the ideal place to go hiking in the beautiful mountains or to go for a swim in the Gulf of Corinth. Also it is a perfect starting point for further travels to Corinth, Athens, Olympia, Delphi or the world-famous antique theatre of Epidaurus.
The house offers two double-bed bedrooms (one of which is wheelchair-accessible),and three 4-bed-lofts in the upper floor. All rooms are en-suite and have their own balcony. Furthermore the house has a big living-room with a fireplace, a kitchen for self-catering as well as a spacious seminar room with full equipment.
Seminar Room: 69,30 m2 (L 8,99+0,25 x W 7,50 x H 2,80)
The seminar room is situated in the basement and it is combined with the seminar / meeting room. It contains 2 open spaces: the left space is the games room, containing 2 PC’s with free internet access, TV with terrestrial & satellite programmes & table games. The right space is the seminar room, with conference equipment (tables & chairs, white board, copier, small library, laptop & video projector).
Seminar House ELISSON
Exchanges facilitate an encounter of people from different countries and backgrounds, providing them the unique opportunity to get to know each other, discuss and confront various themes, building an atmosphere of understanding and respect for other cultures and national differences, through non-formal education methods.
In an inclusive society, all people can live and work on an equal footing. In our opinion differences represent a chance and not an obstacle. Our projects are open to people with different social backgrounds and educational experiences.
In the sense of an inclusive understanding, it is normal to be different. The challenge of our projects is to enable everyone to participate, regardless of their individual characteristics. The objectives are to overcome barriers between young people, to promote equal opportunities for each other and above all to create and share experiences and learning opportunities.