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Erasmus +

This month thanks to Eramus+ Program we got the opportunity to send severals young bulgarians abroad so they can participate in training courses.

Aware Thinker | Youth Exchange:
The first learning program called "Aware Thinker" took place in England. Thirty five young people from seven countries across Europe came. During 10 days the participants have realized a lot of activities to build a community,

respond to important issues today and to learn and share their knowledge.

Feedback from bulgarians: That was nice for us to meet people from different countries and the training was emotionally intense.

Design Your Future | Training Course:
The second learning program called "Design Your Future" took place in Serbia. This project aims at developing the skills of youth workers and youth leaders with a training course on how to use 

the Design Thinking methodology for personal development and designing the path that leads to fulfilling personal and professional dreams.

You wanna be the next bulgarian going abroad? Take a look about Smokinya opportunities! 

Smokinya Club


Smokinya Club is back ! We are happy to have back 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 January, and what's coming up in February!



Volunteering Job


UnlockeD 7-day training course on Design Thinking
(11/03/23 – 18/03/23)

UnlockeD is a 7-day training course that aims to introduce and practice an innovative problem-solving methodology and mindset (Design Thinking), which starts and ends with community needs.

This project is for you if:
> You are youth worker, social worker, person involved in an organisation

> Have min. 3 years of experience
> You are able to communicate in English fluently
> 18+

Participating countriesopen for all EU member states + Serbia, the Republic of North-Macedonia and Georgia.

Deadline for applications: 10 February 2023


Youth Rises Skills, Youth Exchange, 5 places for Bulgarian
(13/04/23 – 23/04/23) 

This project is for you if
> You are 16-25 years old (group leader 18+ years old)
> You are facing “fewer opportunities”
> You want bring positive change wherever you go
> You want to develop soft skills, such as willingness, communication, leadership, self reflection, teamwork, accountability
> You want to increase self-empowerment, self-esteem and sense of initiative
> You are looking for the opportunity to test, try and discover something new

5 places open for Bulgarians (4 participants + 1 group leader)

Participating countries: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Spain
Deadline for applications: 5 March 2023

Kids in Action 10 – United in Solidarity – Volunteer project in Slovenia
(20/08/23 – 20/08/24)

Six volunteers (between the age of 18 and 30) are needed to take part in the year-long volunteering project in Škofja Loka, Slovenia. They will be involved in 8 local organizations active in the field of youth, social care, prevention and education.There is no requirement of any pre-determined skill sets or aptitudes to carry out the activity, only an inquisitive demeanor, and an openness to learn new things is a must.
Participating countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovakia, Ukraine and Slovenia

Deadline for applications: 14 February 2023


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!


Smokinya get bigger with the arrivals of new volunteers!

Our volunteering project called "Future 3.0" had already started! We welcomed three of the five volunteers, Elysa, Gosia and Denise. Soon the whole international team will be here. During one year the volunteers and Smokinya will grow together!


February 2023

We have a lot of creative activities and exciting opportunities ready to make your February cooler than ever. Keep an eye on our social networks, we promise you great surprises. Come and see, join in and grow!

You looking for good times or good company ? Smokynia is here, take a look !

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

Thank you for reading our Newsletter!

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