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NO. 31

January 2013

‘Let The Waves Carry You Far’ edition


Editor: Taaniel Stoitsev Graphic design: Taaniel Stoitsev

Content Editorial........................... Future Activities.................. Μικρές Αγγελίες.................... Program

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Overview

Youth Centre.......

of

December...........

Local Volunteer................... EVS Volunteer.................... Association

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Youth

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Disabilities of Montenegro...... Total

makeover

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volunteer’s

style.................................

Looking

back for

thinking about

2012 &

2013.............

Where is it? ;).................... Who We Are.......................

Staff members of K.A.NE.: Filaretos Vourkos Fotini Arapi Georgia Giannakea Antzela Lenakaki Volunteers: Andre Tavares Dorian Agnel Gianluca Barbin Ieva Medžiuos Ines Dupont Miault Irene Pena Herranz Jelena Scepanovic Kaja Napotnik Leonard Pristl Loic Marchand Manuela Gascon Taaniel Stoitsev

Contact us:

K.A.NE., Social Youth Development Youth Centre of Kalamata Plateia Othonos 10 Kalamata 24100 Greece e-mail: info@ngokane.org url: http://www.ngokane.org (not working at a moment) http://www.ngokane.blogspot.com . facebook group: Κέντρο Νέων Καλαμάτας/Youth Centre of Kalamata


Editorial T

his is the first newsletter for 2013 and above all we would like to wish you a Happy New Year, more active, brighter than 2012 and of course with many successful youth projects.

As a team in K.A.NE., we will dedicate this year to the recognition of non formal learning/education and youth work. About non formal learning/education we’ve written something in the past, but what youth work is? I know that the most of my friends in Greece don’t know about this job as it doesn’t exist in Greece. But in K.A.NE. and the youth Centre of Kalamata we are doing this job… so it exists but nobody can recognize it! So we will start with the job description; ---“Youth workers promote the personal, educational and social development of young people. Ages may differ from country to country according to the national policy. Programs aim to engage young people, redress inequalities, value opinions and empower individuals to take action on issues affecting their lives, including health, education, unemployment and the environment, by developing positive skills and attitudes. Youth workers respond to the needs and interests of young people and work in a range of environments: youth centers, schools, colleges, youth groups and other organizations working with youth. Methods include supporting recreational activities, providing advice and counseling, sometimes in an outreach setting. Which are the typical work activities of a youth worker? Youth workers’ roles vary greatly, according to the national or local realities, but typical activities involve: - Managing and administering youth and community unteers; projects and resources; - Undertaking administrative tasks, verifying informa- Assessing the needs of young people, and planning and tion and responding to queries; delivering programs related to areas such as health, active - Meeting, liaising and networking with educational esparticipation, bullying, participation in policy making, tablishments, social services, stakeholders and other personal and interpersonal issues etc. agencies to address issues and promote opportunities for - Running arts-based activities, community/environ- young people; mental projects, residential activities, outdoor education - Working with parents and community groups to win and sporting activities; support for improved provision and acting as an advo- Befriending and supporting individuals in various set- cate for young people’s interests; tings; - Identifying and pursuing sources of funding for projects - Mentoring and supporting individuals to encourage so- to improve services and/or resources for young people; cial inclusion; - Drawing up business plans, writing reports and making - Offering counseling to individuals; formal presentations to funding bodies. - Recruiting, training and managing staff, including volSome youth workers are not working in the above mentioned establishments but as outreach workers engage with young people in pubs and cafés and on the street to make contact with alienated and ‘at risk’ groups who reject formal activities.” ---As you can understand, youth work is a very demanding job, as it has to do with young people, sometimes with youth “at risk” or marginalized youth groups. Also a youth worker has to have various skills and qualities, interpersonal and intercultural competences, understanding on youth policy issues, interventional skills, mentoring skills, soft skills but also to be good in project management, finding innovative ideas for projects, writing projects and facing bureaucratic issues. I hope that is a bit clearer now, which is our job in K.A.NE., and also clear that we are trying to establish youth work in Kalamata, as we believe that it is the most important job after and in parallel with the formal educational system.

Filaretos


Future Activities

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he youth center is back again after Christmas full of activities as always!!! Apart from our diary workshops, we continue thinking on new activities to offer you! The Kentro Neon of Kalamata is happy to announce that we will have a DANCE PARTY on Saturday 9th of February!! We will soon have more details, but from now get ready to show your dancing skills!!

Furthermore, K.A.NE. is organizing a Grundtvig workshop called “Lifelong learning: The multiplier experience” from the 19th to the 27th of January 2013, where the topics to discuss will be the adult education and the recognition of non-formal and informal learning. It will take place at the Messinian Bay Hotel of Kalamata, coming participants from different European countries.

Also, we will have our second event about the EVS (EUROPEAN VOLUNTARY SERVICE) on Friday 15th of February, so for those who missed the last event, be aware of this new date!! We will inform you how to apply, As you can see we never stop and the requirements, possibilities, we are counting on you to be an advices and much more! active member of all this, to make it real, so… continue being part of the action!!

Irene. _____ Youth Center is open from Monday to Thursday 17.00-23.00


Μικρές Αγγελίες PS! Μικρές Αγγελίες is periodical heading starting to appear on every

LiNK, that brings You advertisements conserning Youth Centre. It’s also avaliable for other advertisements & announcements, just let Us know during Youth Centre opening hours or write e-mail: info@ngokane. org or evstaaniel@gmail.com.

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outh Centre’s announcements:

* Are You student, living alone, but have space for more people and are interested to share expences of accommodation & utilities and want to meet someone with different culture backround? In case would You be able to accommodate nice volunteer from Portugal from 27th of January for 3 months!? * Do You happen to have a bike that You don’t use it anymore or is standing in a basement etc. and You don’t need it, then don’t let it get rusty without use & please bring it to Youth Centre - we have many volunteers who would kindly appreciate it! (Seriously, think about it and let us know, it doesn’t have to be perfect, just bike that is possible to bike with!!!) * Youth Centre also lacks CHAIRS! (As strange as it sounds, Youth Centre needs chairs - as everything get’s older during use, so does chairs in Youth Center that keeps breaking down once in a while and our dear volunteers have to move chairs from 1st floor to 2nd & vice versa, all days long, cause workshops needs chairs & we don’t have enough to make volunteers life easyer. All type of chairs are welcomed!! :) * We are sad to say that due error our website is down for maintainence. Temporarly we use web adress: www.ngokane.blogspot.com


Program

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Monday

17.00 - 23.00

Tuesday

17.00 - 23.00

Wednesday

17.00 - 23.00

Thursday

17.00 - 23.00

MONDAY

TUESDAY

First floor 17:00 – 18:30: Creative activities for children 19:00 – 20:30: Hip Hop for beginners 20:30 – 22:00: Hip Hop for advanced 22:00 – 23:00: Swing / Rock’n roll

First floor 17:00 – 18:30: Creative activities for children 19:00 – 20:00: Spanish for beginners 20:00 – 21:00: Yoga for beginners 21:00 – 22:00: Salsa for beginners 22:00 – 23:00: Salsa for beginners

Second floor – big room 17:00 – 18:00: Italian for beginners 18:00 – 19:00: Spanish for beginners 19:00 – 21:00: Do it yourself 21:00 – 22:00: Sign language for beginners 22:00 – 23:00: Yoga for beginners

Second floor – big room 17:00 – 18:00: Italian for beginners 18:00 – 20:30: Sign language for advanced 20:30 – 21:30: Guitar for adults 21:30 – 23:00: Cinematographic technics

Second floor – small room 17:00 – 18:00: French for advanced 18:00 – 19:00: French for beginners 19:00 – 20:00: German 20:00 – 21:00: Estonian 21:00 – 22:00: Lithuanian

Second floor – small room 17:00 – 18:00: French for beginners 18:30 – 19:30: Greek for foreigners 19:30 – 20:30: Guitar for children 20:30 – 21:30: Spanish for beginners 21:30 – 22:30: Spanish for advanced

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Friday

CLOSED

Saturday

CLOSED

Sunday

CLOSED

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

First floor 17:00 – 18:00: Traditional dances for beginners 18:00 – 19:00: Traditional dances for advanced 19:00 – 20:00: Modern dances 20:00 – 21:30: Tango for beginners 21:30 – 23:00: Tai Chi

First floor 17:00 – 19:00: Do it yourself 19:00 – 20:00: Experimental groups 20:00 – 21:00: Modern dances 21:00 – 22:00: Salsa for advanced 22:00 – 23:00: Salsa for advanced

Second floor – big room 16:00 – 18:00: Make-up 18:00 – 19:30: Percussions 19:30 – 21:30: Painting 21:30 – 23:00: Bouzouki Second floor – small room 18:00 – 19:00: Guitar for children 19:00 – 20:00: Guitar for adults 20:00 – 21:00: Guitar for children

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Second floor – big room 17:00 – 18:00: Italian for beginners 18:00 – 19:30: Percussions 19:30 – 21:30: Sign language for advanced 21:30 – 22:30: Sign language for beginners Second floor – small room 17:00 – 18:00: French for beginners 18:00 – 19:00: French for advanced 19:00 – 20:00: Greek for foreigners / 21:00 – 22:00: Serbian 22:00 – 23:00: German

PS! Youth Center is closed on Fridays


Overview A

s you know, December was full of events and exciting moments. On Friday 7th, we organized an information meeting about EVS (European Voluntary Service) with the people interested in this program. We explained all the working structure about EVS, sharing a coffee and telling our own experience as a volunteer in the KANE. If you need more information, you can contact Irene (irenepherranz@ hotmail.com) and in February, we will also characters holding their hands and singing some christmas songs. Besides, there was a projection of short-movies from the Miden Festival, selected by Manuela. You can still watch the children exhibition situated on the first floor... … Christmas arrived in the Youth Center ! For this event, we were in the main square of Kalamata, place Agiou Georgiou, where we welcomed the children in our nice christmas house for some manual activities like creating christmas baubles, some decorations and crafts to beautify their home. What’s more, you may have noticed our have another meeting of that kind. exhibition of « Christmas in our country » with Then, for the Human Rights Day on the 10th, several activities were organized in the Youth Center for this occasion : creative workshops for children about that topic such as making a banner with little


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December(by Ines)

many decorated posters about the different traditions and customs in Germany, Spain, France, Lithuania, Slovenia, Montenegro, Portugal, Estonia, Greece and Italy. And let’s not forget Fotini’s birthday on the 15th of December celebrated over a piece of cake vand singing together !

On the last Friday and Saturday before the holidays, we had two funny parties in the Youth Center. First, our Christmas dinner at which every guests brought a gift and a dish. Then, when the dinner finished, we offered and received these presents to everyone’s surprise... Moreover, we organized a karaoke on saturday., and all gathered we sang « Jingle bell rock » to close the party. Last but not least was the flashmob in the main shopping street Αριστομένους. We were spreading flyers about solidarity and offering free hugs to passers-by. By the way, I am pleased to report that Gianluca hugged half of the Kalamata’s population and should be awarded for this record !

See you next month 


Volunteers shar Interviewer: Andre Interviewee: Chrisa

Local Volunteer

Can you make a short introduc- on a mutual basis and the community of Youth tion of yourself? Name, where you from, Center. I also wanted to exercise my hobbies. So, it turned out a very nice combination. hobbies, studies =) My name is Chrisa Kaouni and I am from Kalamata. I had been living in Athens for 8 years during my studies at the Law School of Kapodistrian University of Athens. I returned in Kalamata before one and a half year and since then I have been exercising the profession of advocate. I love very much the art and the nature and I like percussions and Flamenco culture.

You receiving?

feel you giving more than

As I said before I feel that I receive a lot because it’s very pleasant to share and in the same time revise and exercise percussion. In that way I myself also understand better the technique, the rhythms etc.

• A new year has arrived, what • How/when did you heard about the Youth Center for the first time? you think it can change? I hope and I wish that all people understand How did start to get involved?

From the very first moments I returned in Kalamata I met Nicola Palier , who was at that time a volunteer in Youth Center. So he introduced me to the team of volunteers and we decided that I could coordinate two workshops for the next year (2011-2012), percussion and flamenco.

Now

better the notion of solidarity and the feeling of sharing, not only during the crisis but as I way of life. To the Youth Center I wish to become even more embraced by the people.

you are volunteer in the

youth center right? What do you do?

How often? Is it difficult/ a challenge?

That’s right. I continue to be a volunteer in Youth Center. We are still having the percussion workshop, twice a week for one and a half hour. It is a challenge because it’s the second time I try to share my knowledge on percussion Why you think it is necessary to be a and because I am not a professional (player or • teacher) I still explore the ways in which I can volunteer? What does it take? Who can be volunteer too? share what I know in the best way. • Since when are you volunteer? Everybody can be a volunteer, if they believe Why did you decide to do it?/What mo- that sharing is a very nice feeling. One need also to be open- minded and patient, because there tivated you? will be a lot of different people getting involved The Youth Center is the first organisation I volwith. unteer with. So this is the second year. I liked very much the idea of sharing the knowledge


ring experiences EVS Volunteer

Interviewer: Taaniel Interviewee: Irene

a) Could You briefly introduce e) You went back to Spain during Yourself (name, from, speciality, some holidays, how was it? highlights from past etc)

I am Irene, I am 27 years old, from Spain and I have It’s always nice to see your family and friends, so I spent really good time there. Now I am back again. studied Classical Philology The feeling to have two homes in two different countries - it’s a nice feeling.

b) Please enlighten us why did You chose Greece for Your EVS?

f) How do You feel about this year?

I always wanted to come to Greece, I wanted I feel really good, you always learn good and to know more about their culture and to live an interesting things.  experience here, that’s the main reason. 

c) What do You think how much have Your Greek language improved so far?

Well, I can feel I am able to understand better when they speak, but still I need to learn more vocabulary in order to express myself better, Greek is a really difficult language! 

d) What do You think about Youth Centre & Your project in general?

I feel the Youth Center is a great initiative, I think I couldn’t imagine Kalamata without the Youth Centre and its activities, I believe the Youth project is a really useful tool which is helping to improve the life of the people around and giving a lot of good experiences to the voluntWeers, including me.

g) When do You finish your EVS and do You already have plans what to do next? I will finish my project in September so I am still in the beginning-middle of the project, let’s say, so I have time to think about that still.


Association of Youth with Disab (Udruženje

mladih sa hendikepom

Crne Gore)

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Article by Jelena

ssociation of Youth with Disabilities of Montenegro gathers youth with all kinds of physical and sensor disabilities, as well as people without disability willing to promote rights of persons with disabilities. It is a non-profit organization, founded firstly to provide psychosocial support, solving numerous and complex problems that youth with disabilities encounter daily, as well as creation of educational conditions for College and University opportunities. Association of Youth with Disabilities promotes equal position of youth with physical and sensor disabilities in society through initiatives for establishing legal, educational, cultural and social frame that enables it. This organization is one of the biggest in Montenegro, and one of the most active, famous on our campaigns related to position of young people with disabilities. Number of young people involved in our activities is from 10 to 30. We are also members of international network of organizations of similar interest, South East European Network of Youth and Students with Disabilities and in that network we are working on the promotion of inclusive higher education in Southeast Europe.

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Programs&projects/services are:

- Legal program and antidiscrimination -Monitoring and education about human rights of persons with disabilities in Montenegro ¡ Financed by European Union by the Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro - Support services program -Sub-program for guide and assistance dogs, -Program for education -Towards inclusion in secondary education; -Promotion of inclusive higher education in Southeast Europe; -Students service The employees are young people, mostly with university degree, and one part is students.

Mission of AYDM

Association of Youth with Disabilities promotes equal position of youth with disabilities in society through activities and ini tiatives for establishing legal, educational, cultural and social frame that enables it.

The goals of AYDM

·         Stimulating and involving the persons with disabilities in all segments of social and economic life, in particular in the area of education and employment; ·         Engagement in providing basic conditions in all educational institutions for all the young people with disabilities; ·         Preparation ¨and development of skills and interests of the youth with disabilities  Vision of AYDM in elementary and high schools in order to For youth with disabilities, without barriers! obtain high education, as well as studies via


bilities of

Montenegro

Internet; · Gathering and informing the youth with disabilities about their rights, posibilities and needs; · Engagement in exercising basic civil and human rights of the youth with disabilities; · Advocating and implementing the activities which apostrophize the skills of youth with disabilities and contribute to developing their potentials and strengthening their personality;

· Engagement to create conditions in organizing support services for youth with disabilities; · To be influential when it comes to taking right attitudes by the society in relation ot the needs and the potential of the youth with disabilities; · Influence on creating correct attitudes in society in relation to the needs, rights and potential of young people with disabilities;

The goals and tasks are carried out through the following activities: ·  Cooperation with educational institutions for the purpose of creating better conditions in the area of education for the youth with disabilities; ·  Cooperation with the social, professional and other organizations, communities, and other entities, ·  Starting and implementing initiatives to change laws for the youth with disabilities; ·  Cooperation and coordination of activities with other organizations in the country and abroad with related goals; · Organizing counseling, symposiums, seminars and lectures about independent life of persons with disabilities and adequate trainings; · Organizing exchange programs and study visits with other associations with similar goals;

· Engagement in relation to crating an appropriate environment, involving the removal of architectural barriers; ·  Engagement in relation to adapting the means fo transport to the needs of the persons with disabilities; ·  Having appropriate publications in cooperation with the media; ·  Cooperation with social, professional and other organizations, communities as well as other legal persons; · Strengthening internal potentials of the Organization; ·  Other activities which contribute to the improvement of the position of the youth with disabilities; ·  For the purpose of informing the members about its work, rights and needs of the youth with disabilities the Association can set up electronic and press media.

Contact: lakovicbojana85@gmail.com webpage http://www.umhcg.me


Total makeover volunteer’s style Loic talking about Loic

Hi Everybody ,

I

decided to change my style, after 9 years with long hair, I cut my hair. Some people ask me why you did this. The answer is easy for the style, during this 9 year like a hippie, It is impossible for me to find a work, a girl friend, a house and one night in Greece, I see me on the mirror “Oh my god, If I want to change my life “ I have to cut my hair, is my bad modjo . After a long process for decide who cut my hair, on the person of Gianluca, we have started the cut, in the beginning we tried a cut like hipster, but it s not very good,

after we continue with monk hairstyle, after punk hair style. We started to be disappointed, Which hair style for my new life, Gianlucca had a brilliant idea the head egg style, He took the shave machine and started to shave my head, after 5 minutes all my hair are disappeared. Unbelievable, 9 year in 5 minutes, now I am a new man, I can hope for a best future. After we decide to make a funeral for my hair, for close the door.

Ok - all the story is fake - I just cut my hair because I got Lices!!!!!

Before

After


Looking back for 2012 & thinking about 2013 Interview by Taaniel

W

hat will volunteers and stuff members of K.A.NE. remember from past year and with which hopes/goals they want to go through 2013? 1. How did You like passed year?

- It have been truly spontaneous year with many coincidences that in a end lead me here where I am today! [Taaniel] - 2012 was full of unexpected moments such as my decision for EVS, my last exams, my trips this summer and my new ukulele. [Ines] - Full of lessons. [Ieva] - 2012 has been a quite important year for me. On a personal point of view, as well as on a professional point of view. A lot of new things happened to my close friends, and to me. It has been the 1st year of “real working” for me. And it has especially been the year I left to Greece, to live 11 months there. So, it has been the year where everybody around me has grown up, not always easily, but still all together. So it has been a very active year, full of different good things and new people. I liked 2012, yes! [Manuela] - 2012 was a year full of challenges,

changes and excitement for me, I can only hope that 2013 will be just as good, or even better! [Fotini]

2. Name at least 2 important knowledge/skills that you have learned last year!

- I’ve learnt how to roll cigarette with olive oil, coffee and mixed herbs. Besides, now I know that mixing Ouzo and red wine and to drink it is very bad for a human body. [Ines] - The two special moments that I have kept from last year are when I moved abroad to study and when I got a job in Kalamata. [Georgia] - Too many bright moments, cant single out anything.[Jelena] - a)I finished my thesis at university and i’m graduated, after a year of work. b)I came in Greece and I have start to learn the language, one of the thing that for me has been important to achieve [Gianluca] - Being accepted at Salto’s Training of Trainers 2012/13 (July 2012) and, of course,the birth of my nephew Tasos (May 2012) and my niece Melina (December 2012). [Fotini] - I learnt how to make coffee and how to read with eyes closed. [Irene]


3. How was it to spend new years eve in greece or how do you celebrate new years eve in your country?

- Usually we meet at someone’s home, have dinner and before midnight go to one of the squares to see the fireworks and listen to live music [Kaja] - Nice. Less lights, less noice, less fireworks [Ieva] - Actually I was not in Greece, but in Slovenia. At the moment when the New Year enter, I was at the top balcony of the highest building in Ljubljana. It was a very different experience for me, as I always spend the moments before the arrival of the New Year with my family, but also very nice and exciting. Besides, who says that different cannot be good? [Fotini] - I celebrated New Year in France, in Toulouse. Some friends came to my boyfriend’s flat, we ate a biiiig meal with gooood wine all together. Around 2 or 3 in the morning (not really clear in my mind aha), we went to another friend’s flat where other people were having a party, so we staid there till 6 a.m. The more bad thing has been the coming back: I came back home by foot, at 7 a.m with my boyfriend, totally wet and frozen because of the rain. [Manuela]

4. What are your goals for upcoming year?

- My goals for this year are to learn more, travel more and exercise more. [Georgia] - My first goal is to make new experiences in order to improve myself, especially in the work field and in my human skills (sociability, friendship) but also my knowledge of the greek language (and English if it is possible). An other important goal is to be useful in the project in which I’m involved now (In Κεντρο Ημερας), and to leave a good memory of me. Finally, I hope to understand better what I want to do (and I’m going to do) when my EVS experience it will be completed: I would like to continue my experience here in Greece, but I haven’t yet decided what I want to do after it and if to return home or not. [Gianluca] - Get some useful work experience, finish my studies and find the meaning of life. [Antzela] - Learn perfect Greek! [Irene]

5. Name something You want to change during this year or do differently:

- “Not to give out new year promises in January let you not to be disappointed in May.” [Manuela] - I will try to go out more, spend less time on the computer. [Kaja]


ter person. [Taaniel] - I wish you to have sincere and loving friends and to concentrate on things dear to your hearts. [Kaja] -To be happy in love, peace & rock’n roll. [Ines] - Happy New Year. [Jelena] - Genuineness [Ieva] - I would like to wish to everybody a good health of course (more the time pass, and more it becomes important – maybe I’m becoming old :). After, to the other volunteers, to have a good time here in Kalamata and to get the best from this experience. And that after it, they will be able to find their way for the future. And, again to everybody, the happiness and the serenity [Gianluca] - Surprises, smiles, patience, perseverance and hugs from me :) [Manuela] - I wish the best to everyone for the new year and I hope everybody’s 6. What would You wish to dreams to come true! [Goergia] - To think positive and be more our readers? - I would like to wish all the best for pro-active! [Fotini] - To find health, happiness and peace everybody!!! [Irene] - Stay healthy, stay happy & value in your lives. [Antzela] small things around You to grow bet– I would like to improve my cigarrette rolling skills, to know how to swim by night and to play Estonian songs on ukuele. [Ines] - I want to get healthy habit to go jogging reasonably often & I try to be more open with people arond me. [Taaniel] - I haven’t thought about that yet! :) [Irene] - I didn’t yet made some promise, but I can make now: what I would like to improve now is my self-organization, in order to spend in the best way my time, without loose it too much. I would like also to become more sociable and open-minded. And to be less lazy, learning little by little to do before the stuff that I must do, and after the pleasure. [Gianluca] - My goals for this year are to learn more, travel more and exercise more. [Georgia]

Let Your dreams come true ..


Where is it? ;)

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rom new year we are going to have also heading <<WHERE IS IT?;)>> including picture game about 1 random object from Youth Centre. Your mission is to find that object and make another picture about it and send it to us via e-mail: evstaaniel@gmail.com [Cue: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Where is it?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; + attatchment with picture]. Among all participants we will draw lots & there will be also surprise prize :) Deadline for our 1st game is 28th of January and winners will be announced in next newsletter! Hint: Item is located on 1st floor in Youth Centre, but where?


Youth Centre of

Leonard Pristl / 18 / I love going for skiing in the winter, I love the white mountains and the nature but I also fell in love with the sea and the beaches here / I work in ΚΕΦΙΑΠ Μεσσηνίας from January 2013 to January 2014 as a EVS volunteer.

Kalamata Link January 2013

Filaretos Vourkos / Last 7 years I am working in the field of non formal education as a volunteer, youth worker and youth trainer. 4 years ago, I decided to create the Youth Centre of Kalamata, in order to initiate the youth work in Kalamata and promote active citizenship as factor of change.

Who We

Hi! I’m TeddyBear! I know I look younger than I am ;) I like to hug people around Youth Center and also I enjoy to work in a office after all people have left! I’m a magic teddybear :) Most of the time I just look around the Youth Center and basically am as cute as I am!! I don’t remember when my “project” started, but I hope to be here at least as long as I already have:)

Dorian Agnel / 21 / I like teddybears and marshmellows etc.etc. / Working as a volunteer in horseriding school with children with disabilities and teach French and Swing dance in youth centre / My project started in September 2012 and will last 1 year

Kaja Napotnik / 22 / Slovenia / likes long walks, reading, dancing, volunteering and eating chocolate / volunteer at Farma Fifa on the project “Natural farming and environmental awarness” / from October 2012 to August 2013

Hi my name is Fotini Arapi and I am project manager at K.A.NE. organisation. I started working here in September 2011 and fell in love with the Youth Centre, its dynamic and most of all its incredible team of foreign and local volunteers! See you around :-D

Hi everybody! My name is Angela, I am 24 and I come from Creta. Some words about me: I hate sports, I love meeting new people and at this period of my life I am really interested in searching the meaning of life - if by chance you find it, please contact me. This year I am working with the volunteers of the Youth Center and coordinating its projects and activities.

Manuela Gascon / 23 years old / France / I like music, volley-ball, wine, cinema, laughing, long nights with my friends, eating watermelons / volunteer in the Youth Center – organization and communication of Miden Festival / From September 2012 to August 2013 :)


Are

Jelena Scepanovic / 27 / Montenegro / volunteer in K.A.NE. Youth Centre from November 2012 to November 2013

Taaniel Stoitšev / 20 / Estonian / likes nature, different music, meaningful conversations and enjoys biking / volunteer in K.A.NE. Youth Centre with e-structures - publishing of magazine LINK, evsgreece. com website,… from September 2012 to September 2013

Ieva Medinytė / 19 / Lithuania / interests: nature, learning, exploring (places, people, myself) / Volunteer at Farma Fifa (Αγρόκτημα Φοίφα): helping with daily farm maintenance and supporting ongoing projects (permaculture education, re:think, etc.) / September 2012 –  June 2013

Hello to everyone! My name is Georgia. I am 24 years old and I live in Kalamata. I spent the last 5 years in Athens doing my Bachelor in Management and Business Administration and the last year in the Netherlands continuing my studies for a Master’s degree. I am glad to be back to Kalamata after all those years, especially since I am a new member of “K.A.NE.”. I am happy to be part of this organization

My name is Irene, I am 27 years old and I am coming from Spain. I studied Classical Philology and one of my dreams was to come to Greece, so here I am! I work at the Youth Center of Kalamata, I am Spanish teacher and I also help with the general organization of the Youth Center and its activities and events. My project started in September 2012 and I will be here until September 2013!

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Loic MARCHAND / 27 / French / likes penguin, origami, Turkish movies and the waffles / volunteer in K.A.NE. Youth Centre from September 2012 to September 2013 >>

Gianluca Barbin / 28 / Italian / likes reading narrative and sociological book, running, watch movies, use the bicycle, draw and paint, make manual works and magic tricks / volunteer in Κεντρο Ημερας for the children with autism and in K.A.NE. Youth Centre for the italian lessons, from October 2012 to April 2013

Kalamata Link January 2013

Coucou, my name is Inès, I’m 18 years old and I’m French. I like music, cinema, Kokostavros and playing ukulele. Since October, I work in the Youth Center where I’m teaching french and guitar for children. I will come back to France at the beggining of August, so I’m looking forward to summertime in Kalamata.


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LiNK January 2013