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No. 10 May 2014


22 useful life hacks Mari P천ldma


Diyarbak覺r

Ibrahim Halilullah Erbay


Diyarbakır the gateway opening to the hidden treasures of fertile lands, a city with the secretive masterful handicrafts in braved in it’s bosom. Having served as the cradle of civilizations Diyarbakır has maintained it’s existence since prehistoric times the traces of each civilization it hosted still permeate the whole city from it’s streets, roads, mosques, churches to the house doors, air and water. Diyarbakır has been home to thirty three different civilizations from Hurrians to Syrians, Persians, Romans to Byzantines, Abbasides, Seljuks and Ottomans. Diyarbakır is like Asia's door opening to Mesopotamia the heart of the east as such; it is an important trade route and a culture bridge it is a rich trade city located at ,the junction of main roads on the Silk Road, Diyarbakır hosts monumental and all inspire inns and bridges in East. It is such a prolific and rich cultural heritage that many poets, authors, playwrights, scholars and many prominent personalities who have drunk the water of the city have been raised in this cradle of cultures. Called Amida, Amid, Kara Amid, Diyar-ı Bekri, Diyarbekir throughout history

this city famous for its copper assumed in the Atatürk era the name Diyarbakır meaning that realm of copper. The Hilar caves near Ergani inhabited since Palaeolithic times posted Romans between the 1st and 5th centuries A.D. the Hasuni caves near Silvan also use their settlements in the Mesolithic period served as a shelter in antiquity especially in the early years of Christianity being the oldest cave settlements in Anatolia the inhabitants of Çayönü hills near Ergani, Anatolia's oldest agricultural communities trade like not only on regional history but also the civilization history of the rest of the world going back 10.000 years ago. In the light of the recent years archaeological studies Körtiktepe is understood to have a settlement centre in the Near East as old as time with this mystery dating back twelve thousand years.


The walls the biggest in the world have been standing intact for five thousand years the walls of Diyarbakır encircling the city like a necklace defies the ravages of time still bearing the vestiges of the many civilizations it has hosted, go up to the citadel and lend an ear to the stories the wind is wafting across the ages. The walls five and a half kilometres length resembling a huge turbot, there on their epitaphs, figures, gates, an imposing towers we still can see the epitome of past civilizations which ruled the city. Diyarbakır is what we can say a primordial city with many of it’s townships also lots of architecturally interesting historical works of art and scenic quality. It is like everything you see in this city which is witness so many eras sings the tune of a different culture Diyarbakır has embraced every tribe like a mother which is set foot on it quenches their thirst with the Tigris River and feeding them with it’s fertile lands. It is an Anatolian city within motherly heart keeping its history unassumingly in its bosom Diyarbakır is also proud of it’s incipient tourism sector, serving for it’s visitors as an open

air museum offering whatever it has both for faith tourism and culture tourism it is a compact history of civilizations having witnessed the firsts in the historical processes as it base where mankind first transitions to a permanent settlement, writing was invented, laws, determining social orders were reinforced and temples were built one of the gems of southeast Anatolia. Diyarbakır with it’s foreboding walls and fortress, its in fortress serving as an administrative centre, it’s monumental structure attesting to all the stages it’s history gone through, its traditional housing texture, and the invaluable remains it is inherited from a variety of civilizations is not only important city in Turkey but also in the whole World.


Renowned travellers refer to Diyarbakır for as one of the biggest countries in the World located at the most critical point of the Silk Road Diyarbakır is it genuine centre of attraction the city of passion arousing in all Sultans, commanders and emirs that desire to conquer it. It is the city of holy man of prophets and their followers the place of their eternal rest such holy figures; Hz. Zülküfl, Hz. Elyesa, Hz. Enüs, Nebi Harun and 541 prophet Mohammed’s followers have left their traces on these lands religious tolerance has always been one of Diyarbakır’s morsel throughout history and it has staunchly preserved its ethnic and religious mosaic Muslims, Christians, Armenians and Jews have lived together in peace in the Diyarbakır through the ages and have left numerous temples

behind as a legacy of their harmonious cohabitation. Diyarbakır with the fifth holy Mosque of the Islamic World; The Grand Mosque, Prophet Suleiman Mosque and the graves of 27 of the city’s conquers, Nebi Mosque and it’s four-legged minaret unique in Anatolia with the names of our prophet’s inscribed on all four of it’s corners is a matchless city. A city at the same time lit up with the masterpieces of the east built by Sinan the Architect the inner citadel streets narrow and labyrinth bedecked with structures made up of basalt rock radiate humbleness and the some of villas dotting the slopes of the Tigris River make the city look like a rosebud. The most fertile gardens of the Tigris River; Hevsel offer to Diyarbakır the wealth of natural wonders it’s kept in it’s bosom for centuries, leaning against the walls complacently; Hevsel has been identified with abundance in the lap of the Tigris River.


Boasting the East's best cuisine with unique culinary marvels local drinks and desserts Diyarbakır offers a taste sensation dating back to the old times. Most striking examples of handicrafts are awaiting you in Diyarbakır where copper, gold, silver workmanship coloured kerchiefs the art of tile making and silk garments by the highlights of it’s industries. Diyarbakır is a city of civilization and faith with this tempting texture. The source of inspiration for El-Cezeri, the most fruitful stop of caravans, Hamravat the remedy of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, The Black Amid of Matrahçı Nasuh, Poet Cahit Sıtkı’s childhood, Thoughts of Ziya Gökalp, The city of Sezai Karakoç’s soul...

Diyarbakır… it is a city of culture, civilization and faith… it is a city of brotherhood where every religion bows before the other with respect and the call for prayers from the sky piercing minarets merge with chans of church bells. Diyarbakır is going to be the city to unlock the door of civilization under distance sky, have a look at these lands you can find a bit of yourself, a bit of human history in them where each stone where they define their tongues will tell you all the different legend. Diyarbakır is what we can say a primordial city with many of it’s townships also lots of architecturally interesting historical works of art and scenic quality.


Galatasaray Spor Kulübü Fatih Akten

Galatasaray Spor Kulübü, commonly known as Galatasaray, is a Turkish professional football club based in Istanbul, Turkey. It is the association football branch of the larger Galatasaray Sports Club, itself a part of the Galatasaray Community which includes the Galatasaray University and Galatasaray High School. Galatasaray has won 46 domestic trophies, including a record 19

Süper Lig titles, a record 15 Turkish Cupsand a record 13 Turkish Super Cups. It is one of three teams to have participated in all seasons of the Turkish Süper Lig since 1959, following the dissolution of the Istanbul Football League, and are the only club to have won the Süper .Lig in four successive seasons Internationally, Galatasaray has won the UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup in 2000, becoming the first Turkish team to win a


European trophy, and one of the few teams in the history of UEFA competitions to become the undefeated winners of a major tournament, losing none of their games in the 1999–2000 UEFA Cup season. In the 1999-2000 season, the club achieved the rare feat of completing a quadruple by winning the Turkish Süper

had played at the Ali Sami Yen Stadium, as well as a succession of other grounds in Istanbul, which included ground shares with Besiktas and Fenerbahçe at the Taksim Stadium and Inönü Stadium.

Lig, the Turkish Cup, the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup in a single season. Galatasaray is also the only Turkish club to have been ranked 1st on the IFFHS World Rankings.

teams, namely with Besiktas and Fenerbahçe. The derby between Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe is dubbed the Kıtalar Arası Derbi (English: Intercontinental Derby) due to the location of their headquarters and stadiums on the European (Galatasaray) and Asian (Fenerbahçe) sides of the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul.

Since 2011, the club's stadium is the 52,695 capacity Türk Telekom Arena in Seyrantepe, Istanbul. Previously, the club

The club has a long-standing rivalry with other major Istanbul


The club has a long-standing rivalry with other major Istanbul teams, namely with Besiktas and Fenerbahçe. The derby between Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe is dubbed the Kıtalar Arası Derbi (English: Intercontinental Derby) due to the location of their headquarters and stadiums on the European (Galatasaray) and Asian (Fenerbahçe) sides of the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul.

they won this match by 2–0. There were discussions about the club's name, in which some suggested Gloria (victory) and others Audace (courage), but it was decided that its name would be Galatasaray.

Galatasaray SK was founded in the fall of 1905, by Ali Sami yen and Galatasaray High School (a high school founded in 1481) students as a football club. Galatasaray's first president was Ali Sami Yen. Their first match was against Cadi-Keuy FC and

Sarayı Enderûn-u Hümâyûn (Galata Palace Imperial School), the name of the original school founded on the site in 1481, and which in turn took its name from the nearby medieval Genoese citadel of Galata (the modern quarter ofKaraköy) in the

The name Galatasaray itself comes from that of Galatasaray High School, which in turn takes its name from Galata


Beyoglu (Pera) district of Istanbul. Galatasaray literally means "Galata palace". According to researcher Cem Atabeyoglu, Galatasaray took its name from one of its first matches. In that match, Galatasaray won 2–0 over a local Greek club and the spectators called them "Galata Sarayı efendileri" (in English: Gentlemen of Galata Palace), and, after this incident, they adopted that name and started to call their club "Galata Sarayı". In 1905, during the era of the Ottoman Empire, there were no laws for associations so the club could not be registered officially, but, after the 1912 Law of Association, the club registered legally.

Among with the founder Ali Sami Yen, the co-founders were the ones who were keen to do this sport, such as Asım Tevfik Sonumut, Resat Sirvani, Cevdet Kalpakçıoglu, Abidin Daver and Kamil. Since there weren't any other Turkish teams, Galatasaray joined the Istanbul League that was consisting of English and Greek teams in the season of 1905–1906. With their first championship title they won in 1907–1908, they heralded the beginning of Turkish football history. While football in Turkey began to fully develop, Galatasaray won ten more Istanbul League


titles, six Sunday League titles and three Friday League titles until 1952. Upon the initiation of professional football in 1952, the first professional but non-national league of Turkey, Istanbul Professional League, was played between 1952 and 1959. Galatasaray won three of these seven titles. Türkiye Profesyonel 1. Ligi (Turkish Super League today) formed in 1959. This is the topflight professional league in Turkish nationwide football, and the most popular sporting competition in the country. Galatasaray joined all seasons and won 19 league titles since then. The Turkish Football Federation starts to organize "Turkish Cup" (today it is organized with the name Fortis Turkey Cup) in the 1962–63 season for Turkish clubs to qualify for theUEFA competitions. This is the only national cup competition in Turkey. Galatasaray joined all seasons and won 15 trophies .since then Probably the greatest record that club holds is winning national championships in 15 different

sport branches in 1986–87 .season Galatasaray's most successful era came in late 1990s, when the club become the first Turkish football club ever to win a European trophy. They were aided in this by one of Turkey's best generation of home grown footballers who went on to finish third in the 2002 FIFA World Cup and played quarter finals of UEFA Euro 2000. Besides the talented players, visiting teams also disliked traveling into Ali Sami Yen Stadium which is literally called "Hell" by the supporters of Galatasaray due to the intimidating atmosphere provided by the fans including .chants and riots in the crowds There are many successful footballers who have played for Galatasaray and made their mark on Turkish football history. The team's legendary players include the 1930s national hero Esfak Aykaç; Boduri who died aged 21; Mehmet Leblebi who scored a domestic record of 14 goals in a single match; Gündüz Kılıçnicknamed Baba (Father) who was the coach but also the player of his team in the 1950s, with great success in both duties; Bülent-Reha Eken brothers; Suat


Mamat who made a hat-trick in the 1954 FIFA World Cup; Coskun Özarı who devoted his life to Galatasaray; Turgay Seren the heroic goalkeeper who was called "the Panther of Berlin"; Fatih Terim, the team captain of Galatasaray and Turkish national football team for many years, who won the UEFA Cup in 2000 as the team's coach; Metin Oktay the legendary six-time top-scorer of the Turkish Super League; Zoran Simovic, another skilled goalkeeper known for his penalty saves; Cüneyt Tanman who played a record of 342 games for Galatasaray; Tanju Çolak, an extraordinary goalscorer and the 1988

European Golden Bootwinner with Galatasaray; Cevad Prekazi, an Albanian teammate of Tanju Çolak specializing in free kicks; Taffarel the World Cup winner goalkeeper ofBrazil; Gheorghe Hagi, the Romanian football hero who is still described as the best foreign player ever to play in Turkey; Brazilian striker Mário Jardel, who was called Super Mário by the fans and scored both of Galatasaray's two goals in the European Super Cup Final in 2000 against Real Madrid; and last but not least,Hakan Sükür, the player who scored most goals in the Turkish Super League history, with 249 goals.


Ederlezi Cigdem Tastan

"Ederlezi" is a popular traditionalfolk song of the Romani minority in the Balkans. The song got its name after Ederlezi which is a Spring festival, especially celebrated by Romani people in the Balkans, Turkey

and elsewhere around the world. This holiday celebrates the return of springtime. Ederlezi is the Romani name for the Bulgarian, Macedonian and Serbian Feast of Saint George. It's celebrated on 6 May (occurring approximately 40 days after the spring equinox).


Lyrics were inspired by the event during World War II in the occupied Sarajevo. Ustashe contained Serbs in Holocaust train that was heading towards Jasenovac concentration camp. According to the witness that survived the camp, one of the people in the train started singing the verse: "Đurdevdan je, a ja nisam s onom koju volim." Ustashe then closed the sunroof on the wagons.

The various Balkan spellings (Herdeljez, Erdelezi) are variants of the Turkish Hıdırellez, a holiday signaling the beginning of spring, occurring on the same day. The former Yugoslav rock band Bijelo Dugme released a cover version of this song in SerboCroatian using the same melody, but with very different lyrics.

Under the title "Đurdevdan je a ja nisam s onom koju volim" which is featured on their album Ciribiribela from 1988. There is also another song's version made by Kroke. "Ederlezi" has been used for the movie Time of the Gypsies by Emir Kusturica, in Goran Bregovic's version (titled "Ederlezi (Scena Djurdjevdana Na Rijeci)"), which actually made the song famous. It was performed by the Macedonian singer Vaska Jankovska, whose unique voice contributed to its success. The song also appeared in the movie Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of


Kazakhstan, although it has no connection to the authentic music of Kazakhstan, as "Ederlezi (Scena Djurdjevdana Na Rijeci)". The text in the brackets means, in Serbian: The scene of Đurdevdan on the river - that is a description of the movie scene of Đurdevdan celebration on a river in the movie Time of the Gypsies where that song was used. Sacha Baron Cohen's movie doesn't have a Đurdevdan river scene. The song title (and description)

was taken from Kusturica's movie soundtrack. In both soundtrack albums – Time of the Gypsies and Stereophonic Musical Listenings That Have Been Origin in Moving Film "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" – it was credited to Goran Bregovic, although he is not the author nor the singer of the song on these albums. However, he is the arranger of the song. Bregovic also recorded a version with Polish lyrics, titled "Nie ma, nie ma ciebie", together with Polish singer Kayah. The band Beirut also does a cover of


Ederlezi, and Italian saxophonist Daniele Sepe too. The Boston based band Bury Me Standing has a cover as well. A version with Greek lyrics, titled

( Gergyovden, St. George's day), Serbo-Bulgarian lyrics (Sveti Georgi, St. George) and Romani-Serbo-Bulgarian lyrics ("Erdelezi").

"Tou Ai Giorgi" ("Saint George's") was also recorded by Bregovic together with Greek singer Alkistis Protopsalti in 1991. The Greek lyrics are credited to Lina Nikolakopoulou.

Turkish singer Sezen Aksu released the song in her album named "D羹g羹n ve Cenaze" (Wedding and Funeral) with Turkish lyrics ("H覺drellez") in 1997. Lyrics were adapted by Sezen Aksu and Pakize Bar覺sta.

Bulgarian group Ku-ku band with lead singer Slavi Trifonov released the song in their several albums with all Bulgarian lyrics


MACEDONIA OHRID Esra G端nel

The eighth largest city in Macedonia Ohrid, On the edge of Lake Ohrid, is located close to the Albanian border. Macedonia's holiday this resort city known as the city, It has a population of nearly 220,000. Turks, Macedonians and Albanians are people live in Ohrid. Different cultures are living together. This mixture was Ohrid is even richer. In Macedonia there are two airports with international flights. This is one of the airports in Skopje, the capital, and the other is located in the resort town of Ohrid. So, the city is here that

most tourists in the country. Too many tourists that come to town are more expensive than other cities. Ohrid has many works dating from the Ottoman Empire. Safranbolu houses similar to the house and there are many mosques. But the rule of the Ottoman Empire came to an end in 1912. In 1991, Macedonia declared independence from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia with the Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia has been involved in independent. And it is still connected to Macedonia.


Host of different cultures, Ohrid sightseeing area with fairly good. Some of these : Ohrid Lake Very large and clean lake, so you can swim in the lake. Ohrid city center and a short walk from both the beach is accessible from the lake. The lake, the main tourist appreciated and enjoyed quite a lot of places. Lake positive impact on tourism in the country is very high. Ohrid Castle Is waiting for you there is a great view. But you'll also walk you can visit the church. Ancient Theatre In ancient theater restoration that moment. The old bazaar You must do go and visit. You can meet people from different cultures, you can get your loved ones gifts. The old bazaar packed with people quite friendly. Macedonian artist sings you all friendly, Can I buy you a tradesman Turkish original Turkish tea. Also here you can buy original pearl. A place where a lot of the old bazaar tourists.


Paper production workshop Paper production studio in the city should definitely visit. At the time of the first paper produced examples of how paper is made and the first printing press may have the chance to see. You can give the gift of. St.Pantelejmon – Plaoshnik Chich: The church is one of the most important shrines of

Christianity. It has 365 churches in Ohrid. Every day has been called a church. But many were damaged church collapsed. Very nice descriptions available for Ohrid. Firstly, Ohrid 'Pearl of the Balkans' is called. Second, ’’ When creating a drop of heaven fell to the earth, it is said that drops the Ohrid.’’ Ohrid is actually a corner of paradise.

You should go to Ohrid.


Gertrud K천ima


Second hand game In this game are two teams. In every team can be up to 10 persons. For this game you also need some clothes. Every person runs to clothes, takes one of clothes, puts it on and runs back. Gives that item to next one and next one will add also one item. This will continue until the last one has all the previous items on and back with the team.

Paperclip There are two teams, sitting opposite from each other. It doesn’t matter how many people there are, but I think 10 persons in one team is enough. Game leader will give everybody one paperclip and asks to hold it in the back. Game will start, when leader tells ‘’START’’. After that first player will .give the paperclip to second player, who will connect those two


Then gives these to third player, who will connect his/her paperclip until the end, when there is a chain. If chain is ready, it will go backwards until the first player. Wins this team, who will finish first and every team member has one paperclip in their hands. The game is played behind the back that nobody will see. Drawing to the back It doesn’t matter how many people or how many teams. People are sitting behind each other. The last one gets a picture, what he/she needs to draw with his/her finger on the next player’s back, who is sitting in front of him/her. That player draws to the next one the same picture as good as he/ she understood. It will continue until the line is finished. The first player will draw what he/she understood on the paper. Later they will compare this to the original picture and will see how well they managed.


Association Pavel Satev on Youth Exchange in Romania

The association Pavel Satev-Kocani took participation in Youth exchange in Romania (Sannicolau Mare) with 6 representatives. In the period from 12th to 20th May held a 9 day youth exchange entitled Opportunities and Chances (OAC). This exchange was multilateral which means there were participants from 6 different countries including Romania, Albania, Serbia,Portugal, Bulgaria and Macedonia.Our team was able to organize Macedonian intercultural evening and through photos, videos, power point


presentations, specific food and beverages we represented Macedonian culture and Pavel Satev organization in the best light. Participants got a lot of new knowledge , new friendships , new words from other countries, many shared experiences of other students and in Tuesday(20th May) they all came back home happy and satisfied. In the addition you can read some of the activities that were carried out there. During the youth exchange in Romania we’ve done a lot activities that helped us to learn something new, interesting and also to fill our days. Every day has begin with an interesting game which introduces us to the workshop that we had to make that day. For example we had a conversation about our view on the world in the next few years and in small groups we all expressed our opinions and feelings about the world as a better place for living. What exactly we’ve been doing there? We also had an activity to go in the city (San nicolau Mare) and find three typical and famous objects and ask the citizens more about those objects. Also interesting activity was the theatre we made and the songs we created. We were separated in groups and each group was tasked to make a small movie (theatre) and to create a song with their own words. All this activities and workshops were instructive and interesting because we learned how to function in a group and how to share our opinions with others. Through this activities we became closer as friends and know each other better. How we used our free time? Instead of the activities that we had at the large part of the day, of course, we had free time. We spent our free time, making friendships with the other participants, sharing experience about topic that we are interested about. For example, we talked about how are they spent their free time, how they spent their night life and other things.


The best way to know each other was through the games. We played a lot of games that initiate more discussion. Knowing each other in the free time is much better, because you can get information about things that u can’t get in the time for the daily activities. Except those things, the free time we spent also for learning some new words in the language of the homeland of the participants. In the activities during the free time you can get more confidence for our activities for the day. This activities help us to not see the participants like only people with who we must spent our project time, but like friends.


My impressions from the YE Opportunities and Chances, Romania 2014 Nade Zhevairovska I have been to various training courses and youth exchanges and a made a break for a half a year and then I went to a youth exchange in Coka, Serbia where I was representing Association Pavel Satev Kocani as a leader and it was beyond great and amazing and I came back from there still having a huge smile on my face and the memories that kept playing in my head and starting to feel the rush in my blood again I said to myself I HAVE to go again on a y o u t h exchange and the p er fe c t opportunity appeared. I saw the call f o r participants for a youth

exchange called “Opportunities and chances” in Sannicolau Mare, Romania and the description sounded well and I said why not, let’s give it a try. And the days passed and there it was that day where the Macedonian team picked me up with the BAMBOOCHA van and the rest is history. The beginning was slow with the usual name games, getting to know each other and to write our fears, expectations and


contributions, to draw what is representing our countries (btw I’m really bad at drawing, so I was oh no) then the other part of the day I was with the other girl from Macedonia cooking in the kitchen for the Intercultural night while others were doing the Mission possible game and I started to compare the 2 exchanges in my head and I was like maybe I made a mistake, maybe I shouldn’t have came, maybe I needed time to all the things that we did and the amazing memories from Serbia to settle in but soon I realized how wrong I was about the activities during the day, the first impression of the other participants (which was not so good, since I thought there were not so interesting people, that they were in one word boring) but everything changed and started going on really well that first night when

we had the Intercultural evening for Macedonia and Portugal and I guess there is some truth in the quote “Rakija-connecting people” (although I don’t drink alcohol) and we, the Macedonians, brought a lot of Rakija. But of course we didn’t start the night immediately drinking, first we showed the promoting videos of Macedonia Timeless to the other participants and they were mesmerized by its beauties and then the Portuguese team had I really interesting presentation of their country by presenting 5 i mp or t ant people of their history and they w e r e dressed as them and after the formal part there was the informal part where we started to hang out and where the others tried our drinks and food (they really liked the traditional food such as “Tavce Gravce” and “Sutlijas” that me and Ivana prepared for


them) and when Rakija went deeply in their blood system everything started to flow more easily, the conversations, the jokes and a lot of laughing were part of those couple of hours and we ended with dancing traditional dances in the city centre. The next day we started with energizers and then we continued with team work activities (which I love because I think these are the activities that bring us close to each other) where we got to know more about active participation and then how we saw ourselves in 10 years and since we had free evening because some people wanted to watch Champions league and others (including me, the other Macedonians and Serbians) that stayed in the hotel started playing a very interesting game with cards called “The Lying Game” and we had so much fun, playing, joking, laughing, screaming “You are lying”, “No, I don’t lie” and so on

and still I’m laughing now remembering those moments. The next day it started raining more and more and we changed our working space and we went to a big classroom with a stage on it in a primary school and although the weather was bad and we were closed in a room for a lot of hours it was far from boring and we were acting opposite of the weather since

even though I slept only for 3-4 hours (and half of the group as well) I was ready to work and we started with listening to the interesting story of Abigale where we saw how different we are and our opinions regarding to the story and the way we saw the characters and then we started with the team work activities where all of us were creative and full of energy and


excitement to fulfill the activities that were given to us such as the methods of promoting active participation: Role Plays, Poem, Mime, Ballet, Writing a song and we were amazed by the results of all the groups and the evening went pretty well where we had Serbian and Bulgarian Intercultural night, we tried their traditional food and drinks and we continued with learning their traditional dances and we, the Macedonians, taught them our traditional dance called “Pajdusko oro” and we continued having fun in one of the rooms where one Portuguese guy taught us a drinking game called “Tiko” (after we renamed the game to Samantha since the others liked more the name Samantha then Tiko) so we continued socializing more over drinks(to remind you I don’t drink alcohol so all the time I was drinking coca cola), music, jokes and laughs and like the day before the next day a lot of us didn’t went to breakfast and slept for only 3-4 hours but

that’s good since you can’t create amazing memories by sleeping and it’s so strange the amount of energy that you have and an eagerness to work and to create something great even though you slept so little. Again we had a lot of interesting team work

activities where we were acting how we saw Bobby 2020 – youth worker from the future and we also used Forum Theatre where the creativeness went to a really high level and the participants totally changed the story of Abigale and for their acting they could have won an Oscar. In the night we had Romanian and Albanian intercultural evening and of course we ended the night in one of the rooms drinking


and playing “The Lying Game” and we had so much fun and great memories to take home. Saturday came, the 5 day of the exchange, and again we used the theater as a non formal tool and since the rain finally stopped we had time to hang out and explore the city and the night was reserved for clubbing (since Saturday is the only night when clubs work in the city) in a really pretty club called Il Primo where we danced and danced and danced until they kicked us when the club was closing. The Sunday was reserved for Timisoara where we first visited the Zoo where we saw a lot of animal species, from domestic to exotic, the nature surrounding us there was so beautiful and then we continued with sightseeing and the city was so gorgeous combining the old with the new architecture and the magnificent parks and cathedral and then we went to a Lulius Mall where we ended eating a lot of ice cream and the night you can guess by now how and where we spent it and how it was (amazing of course). The last day of this youth exchange we started with sharing our thoughts about this exchange,

the work we have done and the experience we had gained and then we started preparing the final representation where every group had its own idea for their performance at the City Hall and at night it was all implemented and it was very successful and the hard work paid off and with smiles on our faces and extremely satisfied we started our Farewell karaoke party where we singed and danced without stopping knowing that this is our last night where we are all together having fun and enjoying ourselves and we also learned who was our “Secret Friend” and got the Youth passes and we, the Macedonians, stayed until the morning (hanging out for the last time in Romania with our new friends and tears were also shed) when almost all groups were leaving, to give our last hugs and goodbyes and the promise to see each other soon. After sleeping for 2 hours the Macedonians also left Sannicolau Mare. I slept through the whole way back since I was exhausted and with no aunts of energy in me but that’s great since that’s the feeling you want to have at the end of a seminar because you used all the time and energy in


creating new memories, experiences, friendships, partnerships, developing and working on yourself and your future and having no regrets when you come back to your normal life and I can proudly say that this youth exchange is in my top 3 seminars because those 8 days passed so fast, now I feel like I just blinked and it was over and time only passes by so fast when you are enjoying your time without even having time to think what was happening in Skopje and I only regret that we didn’t have more days because there were so many things that we could have done, seen, to learn even more about active participation, about ourselves, about the other participants. It was definitely an amazing and fulfilling experience and I’m so glad and happy that I was part of it.


PORTUGAL In a short way we feel, live and explore the diversity in a continuous way in community our work right now is mainly about diversity we really try to unite the community and give them some great moments on our place. What did u learnt from this youth exchange? What I really learned was more emotional than logical. I've learned that we can make the difference with small steps. I'm really motivated after this exchange. Did you're expectations? My expectations were surpassed everyday. Which skills you develope on this youth exchange? I really improved my confidence and communication skills and that's it, simplifying. ALBANIA New Vision is a non-profit organisation which supports youth iniciatives , helps youth and children in need, promotes intercultural dialogue and social inclusion. It started in 2011 from a group of young people who wanted to make a change is their community and its first activities are a campaign against violence of children, activities about the day of Europe, an exhibition with pictures made by our volunteer ecc. On 26 december 2012 its members decided to name this movement New Vision and to start its activity as a non-profit organisation.Its target group incudes ages from 14 up to no limit. We usually have worked with youth but everyone is welcomed. New Vision started its activity with a tutorial about dicrimination between youth in Albania which was followed with a training in our offices, we


published a book made by our volunteers called "Ne nentor",another exhibion of pictures called "My picture, my world" many discussions about how to interact in different situations and how youth can manage discrimination & different situations. many other activities are planned to be made. What did u learnt from this youth exchange? This youth exchange was a very useful one because it was based in group inclusion by using theatre tools. During this exchange I learnt a lof of new methods how to include different people with different disabilities to be leaders. Did you're expectations? A lof of my expectations were realised during this exchange because of the atmosphere during the sessions which was great. Which skills you develop on this youth exchange? During this exhange I improved my communication skills in english and in non-formal tools. BULGARIA What did u learnt from this youth exchange? I have learn that people can change the world if they work together. Did you're expectations? It was much better than i expected so my expectations were not realized.


Which skills you develop on this youth exchange? I developed my comunication skills and group work. SERBIA Club for Youth Empowerment 018 is a non-profit, non-governmental and non-party organization founded in 2007 and registered in 2008. The aims of the organization are to nurture youth innovation, development and independence through implementing peer education programs, promoting intercultural values, education, democracy and human rights; with a special focus on children’s and women’s rights. Programs also focus on general youth rights, the inclusion of minority and marginalized groups; especially within Serbian society. Additionally the organization promotes non-formal educations, EU integration, youth economical empowerment, healthy lifestyle, environmental protection and youth civil activism. What did u learnt from this youth exchange? I learned methods for active participation, which could be used in everyday life, trough team building games, interesting competitions and other non-formal methods of learning. Did you're expectations? My expectations were on the highest level, because all the program was the same as the information list and we realized all that good stuffs that we were suppose to realize. Which skills you develop on this youth exchange? Active participation skills, in all the meaning of the word! I develop my comunacation skills, my knowledge about the life of my friends in other countries, I develop also my social skills trough the activities which was organized there.


BULGARIAN ORGANIZATION

Our organization: ACEA “MEDIATOR� (Association for Culture, Ethnology and Anthropology "Mediator") is a non-profit organisation which is oriented to work with people interested in cultural heritage and diversity, ethnology, anthropology and human sciences, analyses, research and resolution of different cultural and social processes and problems in the society. It was founded in 2013 by a group of students of ethnology at the Plovdiv University "Paisii Hilendarski" in Bulgaria. Our mission is to mediate the relations between different cultural and social communities; to improve intercultural dialogue and cooperation. What did you learn of this youth exchange? As a young people who want to improve their social life and skills and to live better life, we received a great opportunity for developing in this youth exchange; we met new friends from different regions of Europe. All of us had different background and working together


helped us to understand each of other’s opinions about what should we do with our everyday life; what we can do to make our surrounding a better world for living and how we can involve more people to be active participants in it. Did your expectations were realized? We had big expectations about the intercultural dialog during the exchange and we wanted that to lead us to a mutual friendship and it happened. The exchange of information was most important expectation and we managed to receive precious experience from that. We became more self-confident and ready to act in different situations in life. 3.which skills you developed on this youth exchange We developed a lot of social skills and knowlege that will help us understand the other people better. We received a great experience that will help us in our lives in better way. This youth exchange showed us how to be more active participants in our everyday life situations, how to grab the opportunities for making changes in our society and how to be more responsible citizens.


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