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Smokinya Club


Since July the Smokinya Club is progressing and we are happy to have weekly meetings during the evening to share and invite the young people of the community to have a good time around fun activities.

Here's a quick plan of what happened in April, and what's coming up in May!

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Trainings, exchanges and opportunities


As you know, in Smokinya Foundation we work with international volunteers in order to help youth to find European opportunity and now, we are looking for young people who want to get new working experience as an intern in an interesting environment by making their first step to a career of their dream! If you join us, you will be introduced to the organisation and will be trained how we work. You will be supervised and mentored in a way to set your own goals and learn, practice, develop and master some important life skills and competencies; team work, cooperation, learning to learn, time management, communication and coaching skills, project initiation from A to Z and much more! It sounds great, right? Then click in the following link and become part of the team!

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Eurodesk opportunities

In Smokinya Foundation we know if you are here reading these words, it is because you are interested in the European Union and what is happening there. For these reasons, and taking advantage the European Year of Youth, we are more than convinced that you will find the following tips provided by the Eurodesk platform about how to find and apply to opportunities abroad particularly interesting. So do not wait any longer and take a look now! And if you have not heard about Eurodesk, do not worry, click on the button and discover a new horizon of possibilities!

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Back to the Roots – Youth Exchange
Are you tired of your current lifestyle? Do you think you need a change? You are lucky, because "Back to the Roots" is a project focused on re-examining our relationship with technology to develop healthier habits. It is known that digital devices and social media have become an integral part of our everyday lives, a new situation that brings us many opportunities, but it also comes with some dangers like digital addiction, insecurity and overwhelmedness. For this reason, this project offers the participants the chance to be involved in activities which aim to support the development of healthier habits in digital life thanks to workshops, reflections, evaluations and activities that they will have to prepare by themselves. Besides, it will be a great opportunity to meet new people in an international environment! Do not wait more, apply now!
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Outventure – Youth Exchange
Do you like to take risks? Are you brave enough to deal with challenges? If so, we are absolutely convinced that the “Outventure” Youth Exchange has been made for you. During this project located in Greece, you will be able to learn how to organize and build a community within an intercultural environment, and learn how to co-create a safe and brave space that encourages dialogue, accountability and active participation. Besides that, this project give you the opportunity to share your experiences and explore mental health and wellbeing topics within the LGBTQIA+ community, exchange on other LGBT+ issues of your choice, experience first-hand non-formal learning and become inspired by yourselves and your peers. All this carefully driven by a learning method based on exploring and connecting outdoor, which stimulates connection, empathy, understanding, and cooperation. Do not allow that nothing stops you, join us!
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Skills for life via entrepreneurship – Youth Exchange

What about spending five days in Austria surrounded by people from more than eight different countries? Are you interested in improving and developing your entrepreneurship skills? Then this is for you! Apply now to this Youth Exchange and start to learn about self-awareness and resolution strategies for personal and professional challenges, intrinsic motivation, teamwork and decision-making techniques. Hurry up, vacancies are flying!

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Zero Waste Challenge – Youth Exchange
Global worming is a problem who affects everyone in this world, and in Smokinya we are deeply compromised struggling with the climate change. In this way, we could not be more happy to announce you the incredible opportunity opened by Hopeland to take part in the “Zero Waste Challenge” Youth Exchange. A unique 9 days experience in Greece where you will exchange your ideas and practices with people from all over Europe about recycling, reusing, the Sustainable Development Goals and much more. Apply now!
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We Grow – Training Course
In Smokinya Foundation we are proud of helping people to find their own way by providing them with the tools they need to achieve a personal and professional development. But now, we are also glad to announce that we will be the main organisers and hosts of a very intense and deep course about capacity building of youth NGO. So if you are a leader, a main representative of another organization this is your chance to find out how to increase the integration of good practices and new methods into daily activities, to create cooperation with organisations active in different social, educational and employment fields, to plan strategically the professional development of the staff in relation to individual needs and organisational objectives or to build networks of international contacts, actively participate in society and develop a sense of European citizenship and identity among many other aspects. Our doors are open, we wait for you. Apply now!
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Bye Bye Bias – Training Course
We know that the daily routine can be stressful sometimes, and your task at work, at the university or at the High School can be really demanding. For these reasons, we firmly believe that if you love theatrical arts and you feel that you need a break to get some inspiration and motivation besides discover a personal side that you didn’t know about you, the Bye Bye Bias project can be for you. Located in Italy, this training course is particularly focused on the experience of improv and theatre as a tool to achieve intercultural integration and communication and the exploration of the concept of stereotypes, their risks as well as their understanding and management through non formal practises. In this way if you decide to join the experience, you will be trained on how to learn acting techniques, improvisation techniques, dramaturgy, to be applied in the youth work to achieve social inclusion and intercultural involvement. Does it sound interesting, right? Take part in it and leave you fears behind.
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Leadership and Personal Development - Training Course

Writing and project management, organisational skills, conflict resolution, team building... These are all highly valued skills in today's job market. However, there is another characteristic extremely demanded by employers in most sectors that is difficult to have, and even more complicated to acquire; Leadership. Now, thanks to the Erasmus+ Programme you have the opportunity to participate in a 9-day Training Course abroad specially focused on personal development through self-reflection, ingenuity, responsibility and self-knowledge, as key points that will show you the way to improve your leadership skills and become a true leader in your professional and personal life. In addition, it is also available in April, June and July in the Czech Republic, France and Hungary, respectively. It is time to make a change, apply now!

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The art of facilitation – Training Course
Are you a Youth Worker or facilitator? Are you motivated to train yourself in an international atmosphere with young people? We have good news for you; your desires have been listened. Now you have the amazing opportunity to go to “The art of facilitation”, an intense but interesting training course located in Poland where you will learn how to improve your facilitation skills such as communication, interpersonal teamwork, conflict management or group formation structuring thanks to new working tools. All this while you experience a dynamic personal development training in a playful learning environment. Are you willing to let pass this chance?
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From urban to rural – ESC Volunteering

What about living in Spain for almost one year? And what about contribute to make the world from a local level a better place? Thanks to the European Solidarity Corps programme, now you have the chance to join to a long term project in Spain, where you will have the occasion to increase key competencies that are necessary for youth to become active citizens and to improve their educational and employment prospects, and everything thanks to activities based on non-formal education, involving people on a voluntary basis, providing youngsters with opportunities to acquire a wide range of skills (personal, professional, and intercultural). Thus, volunteer will work in the tourist office preparing rural routes and helping visitors, assisting in the local library, teaching English in the reading club, running social media pages or supporting in the organization of festival, workshops and events. Moreover, they will take part in Summer Camps, so tell us… What else do you need to confirm your participation? Hurry up and apply now!

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Greenovation – ESC Volunteering

What if we tell you that you can spend one month living in Greece learning how to develop an alternative lifestyle by learning about environmental sustainability? Now, thanks to our friends of Hopeland, it is possible. Use your hands, your mind, your creativity and any other skills you might have to support into hosting group trainings and residencies, into the enhancement of the place and into outreaching the local community. This Short-Term project needs you! Eco-building, farming, supporting visitor groups, develop local initiatives in the surrounding area… All this and much more is waiting for you. In addition, they are looking for people with media and photography skills, and we are sure you are one of them. So if you are between 18-30 years old and you belong to one of the Erasmus+ programme countries, do not be shy and leave your own mark in others life.

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Seeds of Solidarity – ESC Volunteering
Have you finished your studies and you want to gain professional experience abroad? Are you interested in working for the EU? Or maybe you just need to take a break to discover yourself while you help the others? If so, this could be your chance; nine months as an European Solidarity Corps volunteer in Hungary working on designing and delivering creative workshops for children, organizing events with the local community and putting your personal project ideas into practice with professional support. Does it not sound bad, right? Take the step now!
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LEAP – Summit in Croatia

Maybe you have not heard about the amazing experience of big part of LEAP Summit, so if that is the case pay attention! The LEAP Summit is an event with a mission to educate and inspire a future generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, leaders and trailblazing changemakers; a multidisciplinary conference that influenced more than 10.000 people from 40+ countries over the years. According to the plans for this year, LEAP Summit 2022 will take place in Zagreb on the 12 and 13 of May and it will gather more than 2,000 participants and over 60 speakers. Specialized workshops, discussion panels, interactive lectures, entrepreneurial bootcamps or green stage are just some clues that we give you to offer you a general idea about what will happen during this unique event.

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News, events and activities

Smokinya Podcast

Do you like to travel? Maybe you think your future lies abroad? Or do you just like to have fun in good company? Then you are in luck, because our international team has recently created "Smokinya Poadcast", a digital and online radio show that will touch on many different youth-related topics such as employment, entrepreneurship, studying and working abroad, life experiences and much more. During this first season, we will talk about volunteering and the European Solidarity Corps with Valentina, David, Vicky, Svitlana and Loïs as representatives of this programme in Plovdiv. Are you going to miss the opportunity? Click on the button below and enjoy, learn and laugh.

EU Fun Facts

Every day we hear about European institutions, bodies and agencies, EU legislation, economics and policy that have a great influence on national development in all Member States. But what do we really know about the European Union and how it works? In order to provide our followers with the right information to answer their questions and satisfy their curiosity, we at the Smokinya Foundation have organised a programme of fun facts about the EU that we will publish on our social networks twice a week. Keep an eye on our stories and learn while having fun!

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Smokinya in the streets

Spring is here, but our motivated team never gives up. It does not matter if it is a sunny, rainy, windy or cold day; our volunteers are firmly compromised with the aim of spreading our values of a word which works for everyone, out of love, care and cooperation. Thus, Smokinya Foundation has been visiting different public and private institutions to share what we are, what we do and what we offer to young people to make a change and improve their lives. Posters and flyers are our weapons, and our good mood and desires our strength, so if you see us working in the streets of Plovdiv do not be surprised! Smokinya and its people are everywhere. Join us for the next time, you will not regret it!

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Masha's project: Living in a Parallel World

As you all know Masha, our determined volunteer from Saint Petersburg, has been collaborating whit Parallel World, an organization for people with mental and physical disabilities, in order to help them to overcome daily obstacles through music, dance and all kind of team activities. During all this time, many people has asked us about his job there, so what could be better than a post written by herself explaining his role with those smiling people? Click in the link below and discover how sometimes a bit of attention, time and love can change the course of others lives.

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Welcome home Elena

Despite the effort made by our current Smokinya Team, sometimes it is not enough to cover all the tasks and workload that we receive. According to this, we are more than glad to say welcome to Elena, our new intern in Smokinya, who will be in charge of supporting our staff in all kinds of duties, from translation and events coordination to help them to redesign the office. Elena has recently finished her studies in the High School and she feels especially motivated to do something useful, out of formal education rules, to acquire relevant experience for the future while doing something good for the local people; that is why she has chosen Smokinya Foundation as a host family. Do you want to know more about here? Click on the link below!

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Conflicts resolution

Sooner or later, we all have problems in our lives. Sometimes they appeared in a group of friends, in a couple relationship or even among relatives; but for sure, one of the most common situations is at work. Considering this and knowing the personal and professional relevance that it has for everyone, Smokinya Foundation decided to organise an event specially focused on “Conflicts resolution”. In this way, our followers had to share and debate different uncomfortable situations from their recent past in different groups, choose one of them and reproduce it performing like true theatre actors and actresses in front of the rest, who was in charge of identifying mistakes, good attitudes and aspects which could have been done differently to avoid such problematic experience. Can you imagine a better way to learn by having fun in a cosy environment?

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Sharing drawings
Do you believe in tarot? And what about zodiac signs? In Smokinya Foundation we do not know how to read your future, but for sure we have an extremely motivated crew who is always trying to find the best way to make your Thursday better. Thus, some weeks ago our followers found out that it is possible to learn more about themselves thanks to drawing activities than they could believe! In this way, our team asked them to choose different colours depending on their personal preferences, and after some minutes of free drawing to clean their minds and release their worries on the paper, they shared their drawings trying to understand the feelings and thoughts that the others had drawn as well. Who could have said that they would learn as much about their friends in a single evening? As it is said, a picture is worth a thousand words.
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Communication Styles

We all know that we are different, with our good and bad sides; human beings are like that. However, it is possible to improve our skills, to refine our tools when we need to communicate with other people with the aim not only to achieve the desired result of our message, but also to avoid possible problems and misunderstandings; something that, unfortunately, happens at work very often. According to this, some days ago in Smokinya Foundation we wanted to give to our loyal followers some tips to deal with different groups of people, from those shy ones to the most energetic ones, in order to create spaces which everyone feels useful and comfortable. If you are wondering which kind or person you are and which is the group you belong to (excitement, togetherness, goals, structure), do not miss our next event!

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Cultural evening

Life is not always a piece of cake, that is out of doubt; the world in which we have to live is full of problems, challenges and unfair situations that we try to solve everyday. Regarding this, in Smokinya Foundation we thought “Would we be able to create, to design a new world?”. So with the aim of finding the answer to that question, we organised a new event where our participants had the tricky task to build a new country from zero, one where they would feel complete, happy, fearless. And really, believe us if we say that is much more complicated than it seems, because despite their different international backgrounds, our followers had to agree from the national anthem lyrics and the past history of the imaginary country to their current policies! But something was guaranteed; an amazing time in the best possible company. We cannot be sure that it will change the course of events, but every journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

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May 2022

According to the popular Bulgarian saying, we should have good weather next month as there is no letter R in its name, but who knows! What is for sure is that May will be full of surprises, activities and events; interactive simulations of the European Parliament taking advantage of the Europe Day celebration, outdoor exercises, emotion painting and digital skills workshops and most importantly.... Smokinya Foundation's birthday party! Stay tuned to our social networks and don't miss the opportunity to have fun with us!

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What are the experiences and successes of previous participants in our Erasmus + courses?
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