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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 September, and what's coming up in October!

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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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Share the Authentic – Training Course
Have you ever taken a second to reflect on the importance of your voice? Would you like to learn how to use it properly to achieve better results in your daily life? If so, you cannot miss this opportunity to spend ten days in the heart of Italy, where you will be trained to explore and experience new voice techniques and tools that will help you discover new functions of the voice and how they affect the image you give to others. If you currently work with the public or your dream is to do so, the time has come to start using your voice professionally; discover how the storytelling method works by involving your body in an intense experiential process and make a change for the better in your life. You will not regret it, sign up today!
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Lead On – Training Course
How do I become more confident in a leader role? What are my strengths I can build upon? How can I be more accountable for the impact I have in my life? Where do I find inspiration for myself and how can I become inspiring for others? If you have questions such as these ones flying around your mind, this opportunity is definitely for you. Thanks to Youthtopia, a non formal youth group settled in Heraklion (Greece) and its Synergy training method, now you have the chance to empower yourself in a leader role through and experience based on a series of intense personal development which are highly non-formal but experiential, making the participants deal with topics and concepts of automatic behaviours, patterns, inclusion, cooperation, communication, authenticity, integrity and accountability among many other aspects. Take the leadership of your life, apply now!
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Next Step For Leaders – 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 Training Course in Hollóko (Hungary) 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. Some trains do not pass twice, grabb this opportunity now! 
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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 second season, we will talk about volunteering, Erasmus programmes, working or studying abroad, thanks to the personal experience of local people and some of our motivated participants in Smokinya Foundation. Are you going to miss the opportunity? Click on the button below and enjoy, learn and laugh.

European Youth Portal
Did you know what is the European Youth Portal? And the European Solidarity Corps programme? We hope so but in case you do not, here you have a good chance to make a change in your life. Now that the summer time is over and a new course begins, we are glad to encourage you to take a look to these online resources where yuo can find the experience of your life, more than 2.000 different opportunities abroado across the whole European continent are waiting for you! Create an account, upload your data, look for an interesting project and start a new journey as a ESC volunteer. Democracy, youth participation, education, entrepreneurship, climate change.... There are so many different topics! Choose your and apply today!
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Youth Guide Training Course - Final reflexion
Spending ten days living with new people is always an experience, but sharing ten days with young people from six different countries is the beginning of a new life. This is what we have done in Smokinya Foundation during the month of September, coordinating and organising a great Erasmus+ project in the beautiful and ancient city of Plovdiv which, we can say, was an absolute success. Designed to give our international participants a new and challenging perspective on themselves, personally and professionally, it has been a profound process also for our team, which has seen participants change their attitudes towards life, work and relationships in a period full of intense activities designed to develop their critical thinking while releasing hidden emotions. There are no words to explain it, but we have tried to summarise this experience in our new web article. Do not forget to check it out, but be careful, you might feel a strong desire to join us next time after this!
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A colourful reenovation
In Smokinya Foundation we strongly defend the courage to go after your dreams regardless of what the rest of the world thinks about it; if you have a goal, get to work on it to make it come true. In this sense, we have considered renovating the image of the historic building where our office is located, so despite our lack of previous experience, we decided to take a risk and make a change! Thanks to the creativity and support of our international team of volunteers, as well as our long-time friends and supporters the result could not have been better, as it reflects our common commitment and shared values with the European Union and the United Nations. Of course, it was not easy, and we had to delete and restart the process several times until we finally achieved the desired ideas, but it was absolutely worth it. Are you curious? Watch our video and come and visit us, we are sure you will be surprised!
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Sharing good vibes, spreading our work
As a youth NGO focused on international mobility and as Eurodesk multiplier, in Smokinya Foundation we work hard 365 days a year to be able to offer you as many opportunities as possible throughout Europe. In addition, we coordinate various weekly and monthly activities, from workshops, linguistic coffees and non-formal education games to clean-up events with the aim of providing you with a safe environment where you can develop your skills, both personal and professional, taking advantage of our resources and the expertise of the international team. However, all this work would be meaningless without people to share it with. That is why our motivated volunteers have been walking the streets and official institutions around Plovdiv to promote who we are, what we do and, in particular, what we can offer you. You may have seen them, so next time do not be shy and ask them how to collaborate with us. They will not bite you!
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October 2022

A new course is starting and with it many changes are coming, but that does not mean it is bad at all! When a door closes, a new window always opens and that is the philosophy we have in Smokinya Foundation. Thereby, do not worry too much about the start of the new academic year, we have a lot of creative activities and exciting opportunities ready to make your October cooler than ever. Keep an eye on our social networks, we promise you great surprises. Come and see, join in and grow!

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