Smokinya Foundation contributes in creating a world that works for everyone.
In our core we act out of love, care and cooperation.

The foundation is a learning platform and our approach is heuristic.
We provide contexts and playground for exploration and discovery of the inner spirit of youth that individuals, groups and organizations posses.

We use many tools and methods like: coaching, mentoring, processes, games, exercises, theater, dance, simulations, different forms of arts, outdoors, debriefings, facilitation, synergy method.
We aim at building higher awareness in our trainees about personal accountability, spontaneity and creativity and how these shape their experience of live. Our intention is to create a beneficial playground and field where all involved learn, improve and develop long-lasting transferable life skills and useful attitudes.

Find out below the main areas in our work.

Heuristic Training and Coaching

Smokinya Foundation’s team invites you on a journey of excellence.

We have a rich variety of methods to explore, distinct and recognize existing resources and discover possible limitations in your environment. In the second case we see that as an opportunity to experiment, learn and grow.

Erasmus+ Training Courses

Training courses allow youth workers to improve or develop new competences and do networking.
This activity supports the professional development of youth workers in the form of a) participation of youth workers in seminars, training courses, contact-making events, study visits; b) a job shadowing/observation period abroad in an organization active in the youth field.

Erasmus+ Youth Exchanges

YE allow groups of young people from different countries to meet and live together for up to 21 days. During a Youth Exchange, participants jointly carry out a work program (a mix of workshops, exercises, debates, role-plays, simulations, outdoor activities, etc.) designed and prepared by them before the Exchange.

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. The learning process in Youth Exchanges is triggered by methods of non-formal education. Youth Exchanges are based on a transnational cooperation between two or more participating organizations from different countries within and outside the European Union.

European Solidarity Corps (a.k.a. ESC, or EVS)

This activity allows young people aged 17-30 to express their personal commitment through unpaid and full-time voluntary service for up to 12 months in another country within or outside the European Union. Young volunteers are given the opportunity to contribute to the daily work of organizations dealing with youth information and policies, young people’s personal and socio-educational development, civic engagement, social care, inclusion of disadvantaged, environment, non-formal education programmes, ICTs (Information and Communication Technology) and media literacy, culture and creativity, development cooperation, etc.

The following activities are NOT considered as a European Solidarity Corps volunteering within the framework of Erasmus+:
occasional, unstructured, part-time volunteering; a work placement in an enterprise; a paid job; a recreation or tourist activity; a language course; exploitation of a cheap workforce; a period of study or vocational training abroad.

Internships and volunteering

Smokinya Foundations serves as a learning platform for individuals who are ready to commit to their own learning and development needs. We create opportunities and provide space for people to learn, contribute and grow by participation, volunteering and project leadership. Some areas of learning in which you might be interested:

  • Project design and writing
  • Project management and coordination
  • PR and marketing
  • Local work
  • Personal support

We want to share our experience and expertise.
Join us or read what others say about our programs.

Фондация “Смокиня” е акредирирана със Знак за качество от ЦРЧР за осъществяването на проекти по програма Европейски корпус за солидарност.

Фондация “Смокиня” е акредирирана от ЦРЧР за осъществяването на проекти по програма Еразъм.