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LINK No 85 December 1rst 2016


Table of content • ABOUT US 4 • K.A.N.E STAFF 8 • PROGRAM OF THE YOUTH CENTER 12 • NEWS FROM SPAIN 14 • INTERVIEW WITH EVS 16 • HOMETOWN POZNAN 20 • WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE YOUTH CENTER 30 • MY SENDING ORGANISATION 31 • CHRISTMAS DIY’S 33 • INTERVIEW WITH A LOCAL VOLUNTEER 36 • CUSTOM FROM ENGLAND 38 • RECIPE: FRENCH CARBONNADE 45 • EVS 47 • ZOOM ON KALAMATA! 50 • ANOTHER SENDING ORGANISATION 2


EDITOR: Sara Amghar DESIGN: Laura Gimenez CREDIT PICTURE: BO Olsen/ aaron_s /Kent Shiraishi / patrisha

CONTACT US: K.A.N.E Social Youth Development Youth Center of Kalamata Plateia Othonos 10 Kalamata 24100 GREECE

STAFF MEMBER OF KANE: Filaretos Vourkos TEL: Fotini Arapi +302721110740 Jelena Scepanovic Nantiana Koutiva EMAIL: info@ngokane.org EVS: Tea Križanec URL: Rüya Hazar https://kentroneon. Oskar Shrattenecker wordpress.com/ Aurora Passone http://www.ngokane.org/inLaura Gimenez dex.php/el/ Rosa Vernooij Renée Hoogenboom FACEBOOK: Sara Amghar https://www.facebook.com/ Arthur Gallagher kentroneon/?fref=ts Aroa Liébana Rellán Molly O’Doherty Óscar Villarraso López Martyna Czypicka 3


About us : Hi, This is RĂźya from Istanbul,Turkey. I am 28 years old. I have studied Maritime Transportation and Management Engineering in Istanbul Technical University. Then, i started working on tanker ships as an officer. So, i was once an old mariner, than after leaving ships become a full time traveller and now i am a volunteer in Kalamata until next middle of May:). I am into sports, cultural activities and travel.

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Hi there, my name is Renee, I am seventeen years old and I am from the Netherlands. I arrived last monday and I will stay here for ten months. My work will be therapeutic horseriding and in the keviab. I just finished highschool and I didn’t wanted to study immediately, then I came across EVS and it turned out to be the perfect thing to do this year. Because I am doing something good and I will learn a lot from it. I hope that when I come back I will have new friends and have a lot more life experience.


Hello my name is Oskar Schrattenecker, I am 18 years old and from Linz/Austria. I am doing Evs in Kalamata. The main reason for me to do Evs was because i didn’t know what I wanted to do in my future so hopefully I get orientation during my Evs. Also since first of January in Austria you can do a long term Evs instead of your military service, so this was a nice opportunity. I started my Evs one month ago on 18. of April and my project lasts for one year, I work in the Youth center of Kalamata. Me and 6 other Volunteers live in an apartment near the Youth center, Hi everyone! My name is Rosa and I am 17 years old. I come from a small town called Woerden in the Netherlands. I just graduated from high school, so now I am taking a gap year before I will go to university. I like hanging out with friends, watching a movie, going for a hike and cooking. I will stay in Kalamata for 9 months to work in the Day care centre for autistic children. We visited Kalamata in the beginning of August for one weekend, so we got to see a little bit of Kalamata already. The people here have been really nice, but it is so different from the Netherlands. I hope to become more independent here and meet new friends. I am also looking forward very much to learning about autistic children and how to approach them. 5


Hey guys! My name in Martyna and I’m new volunteer from Poland! I’ve grown up in Poznan (west side of the country). I’m 26 this year and I try to enjoy every minute of my life! I’m crazy about Greece, this is my favourite place in Europe – however I love to travel and I take every opportunity to see the world. In my free time I like to read and spend time outside of the house. I love to eat, this is my biggest passion! I’m totally a beauty freak.

Hi ! My name is Laura and I’m 24 years old. I come from a small town in France called Le Thor (yeah like the north god), it’s around Marseille. I have a bachelor degree but I wanted to do something else this year, something that will give me life and work experiences: I wanted to be useful. I’ll work in KANE’s office as the webdesigner of the team and I’ll stay in Kalamata for 1 year; I’m really looking forward to it! I have quite a lot of hobbies; I love to draw, write, read, play video 6 games, watching movies and tv show and so on.


Kalimera to all of you, I am Sara, I am french and I am 21 years old. Since yesterday, I am a new volunteer in Kalamata and will stay here for a year (maybe more ...?) in order to give some help to the horse riding center of kalamata and the Kefiap as well. More over, I will give french lessons at the Youth Center of the city. I met people I will work with and I am really excited to start being part of the project. Horse riding center is a real peacefull place for anybody who needs to connect his mind with his body. The couple of therapist working there are sensitive and receptive people, so if you have any physycal pain, just go to the horse riding center :) !

Hi ! My name is Aroa, I’m from Madrid in Spain but I live in Màlaga, the south of Spain. In Spain I’m working in a secondary school for dance, I’m the teacher for hip-hop, funks, break dance and classic for teens. I have 18 years and I love dance, photography and watch movies with my friends. 7


Greetings dear readers! Tea is my name and art is my game. You’ll be able to see me around Kalamata through the next nine months of my EVS. I came from Croatia and apart from Croatian lessons I will be leading the Creative arts workshops in the youth centre where we will be doing different kinds of creative projects. Hopefully, I will learn a lot of new things during my stay here and have a chance to share my skills with you. When I go back home, I will be finishing my studies at the university (Art history and Indology). Can’t wait to meet all of you and I hope we’ll create wonderful artsy things together!

Hello, my name is Arthur, I’m coming from France. I will stay in Kalamata for a 12 months EVS, working at K.A.N.E office. I will animate some workshops here and participate in media communication. I’m glad to be here and experiment the greek way of life.

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Hi ! I’m Oscar, I’m from Spain, I live in Màlaga, so close to Africa. I love the fashion world and I worked as organiser and teacher of modeling in lot of fashion shows. I’m an animal lover, I have a tiny dog called Fredy. Music is very important in my life, I’m listening music every time. I like traveling every time I can, I think exploring the world is the most interestng in your life.

Hello everyone! My name is Molly and I come from the UK. I’ve moved here from a city called Bristol in England. I am going to be working in K.A.N.E.’s office. I’ll be helping with the programming, development and evaluation of activities. I’ll also be helping out in the Youth Centre and running an English Conversation workshop. I love cooking, watching films and doing yoga. I also really enjoy helping people to connect with their local history. Before I came here I was working in museums and archives for many years. I am really excited to be in Kalamata and I feel very lucky to be here working as an EVS volunteer. 9


Kane’ Hello, I am Filaretos Vourkos. For the last 10 years I am working in the field of Non-formal education as avolunteer, youth worker and youth trainer. 6 years ago,I decided to create the Youth Centre of Kalamata, in orderto initiate youth work in Kalamata and promote active citizenship as factor for change.

Hi, I’m Jelena Scepanovic, an EVS coordinator in KANE and the volunteer of the Youth center. I came from Montenegro 2012 as an EVS volunteer. I really liked the idea of the Youth center and the work that KANE does, so I decided to stay and be part of it.

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’ staff Hi my name is Fotini Arapi and I am project manager in K.A.NE. organization and responsible, among other things, for all sending motilities (sending EVS volunteers, participants in training courses, interns, etc). Apart from my work in K.A.NE., I also volunteer in the Youth Centre of Kalamata, a volunteer initiative managed by a team of local volunteers. I am very proud of and I love the Youth Centre, its dynamic atmosphere, and most of all, its natural inclusiveness that allows everybody to feel “at home� there. See you around :-D

My name is Nantiana! Im 23 years old. I live in kalamata! I were living for 5 years in patras! I were studying there greek philology and now im teaching greek to youth center in kalamata. 11


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This Sunday there are eleven provinces on alert for heavy rains and storms, which will be especially intense in Malaga, Tarragona and Valencia. In Valencia, an impressive sea turtle has been visible from different municipalities and in Andalusia the rains have caused multiple damages. The rain storm that struck the city of Valencia (eastern Spain) has become the most intense of the last nine years leaving 152 liters per

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By Oscar square meter in several points of the city in just a few hours. The city has been crammed for days, cars could not move, colleges and universities closed, some people have had to be rescued from the streets to be surprised by the storm, people can not leave their homes, this situation is the same Every year in November and citizens ask for solutions to fix it.

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Interview with an EVS' volunteer Tea: Greetings. Could you introduce yourself shortly for our lovely readers? RenĂŠe: I am RenĂŠe. I am 17 years old. I am from the Netherlands. I don't live in Amsterdam. I just finished high school so for me this is a gap year before college. I'll be here for 10 months. T: What do you do here? R: I'm an EVS volunteer here. I work with disabled people. In the mornings I work at Kephiap, a center for disabled people. I help with workshops organized there. It's a place where disabled people learn how to live a more independant life. In the afternoon I work at a terapeutic horseriding center where I help cleaning the horses and work with disabled children. Also, I give dutch lessons. T: Did you chose this project because of the theme, the country or something else? R: The theme, which was therapeutic horseriding. That was the thing that attracted me. T: Do you have any former experience in the work you are doing here? R: No, nothing. I never worked with horses before but I like it. When I was little I was afraid on horses. 16 T: Is your work here in any way different from what you ex-


pected? R: Yes. I didn't expect I would be working with adults as well. It's a bit difficult because the people at my work don't speak much english. Also, I didn't know that I would be giving dutch lessons. T: How is life in Greece different from the one in your country? How would you say that Greek people are different from Dutch? R: Greek people are a complete opposite from Dutch people. Here, everyone is siga-siga. If you would be like that in the Netherlands, everybody would be annoyed. Here, people are very dramatic. Dutch people are very down-to-earth. We even have a saying that means „be normal“. They are very efficient and driven by success. Even the way they drink doffee is different! Dutch people drink it in 10 minutes, here, 3 hours! So, would you say you are tipically Dutch? No. I'm always late. Dutch people are always on time. T: What do you miss most from your country? R: My family and my friends. I eally miss them. And for example, the traditional dutch food that we usually only eat once a year, I never miss it but now, I really want it. T: Did you bring anything just with sentimental value from home? Is there anything you forgot to bring with you? R: I brought a lot of hotos of my family and friends, some of them re really silly. I hung them on the wall in my room. I would like to have my scarf here. I use it as a blanket. It's a really big winter scarf. T: What in the most interesting place you visited in Greece so far? Or do you have a place you would really like to visit in Greece? R: I really liked Nafplio. But It's enough to stay tere just for two or three days. I would like to see more of Athens... and eve- 17


ryone keeps talking about Thessaloniki... and some of the Greek islands, they're really proud of their islands. T: As the youngest EVS here, would you say that you feel the age gap? I mean, some people are 11 years older than you. R: No I don't, because no one treats me like I'm younger. When people see me, they usually think I'm older and I don't like to tell them my age because then they start behaving differently. T: What will you do when you go back home? Do you have any plans aleady? R: Yes, I will go to college. I want to study Art history. I will probably stay in my town. I like my town. but I would also like to study abroad. I always wanted to study in Australia. I have family there. T: Do you have a favourite greek word? R: Po po po. I don't know why, just like the sound of it. First I heard it from Oscar but then I started to notice people saying it at work.

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By Tea


Hometown If you ever wanted to go to Poland and you were looking for information about touristic place and which city you should visit, probably you found plenty of them! Most of them were about Warsaw, Cracow and Gdansk. Each of this city is beautiful, and perfect for summer or winter holidays, with great monuments of Polish history. Of course I couldn’t agree with this more, but in this article I want to tell you a little bit more about my hometown – Poznan. As you can see on the map, we don’t have an access to the see, we don’t have a mountains, we’re not a capitol and we’re not very close to any of our neighbors. If I were you, I would ask questions: “Why I should visit this city? What is so special about it?” I’m happy to inform you: everything. I want to give you some tips what to visit, what places are worthy to see and what you should eat in my extraordinary city! 20


n POZNAN Firstly I want to tell you about every magnificent place! When I’m coming back to Poznan after long trip I have to go and drink coffee at the Old Market Square.

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On the picture you can see Old Town Hall (pl: Ratusz), which was used to serve as the Seat of local government until 1939 and now it’s a museum. Every day at 12:00 p.m. on the top of the highest tower two mechanical goats' butting display, preceded by the striking of the clock and the playing of a traditional bugle call (pl: hejnał). Those colorful houses are called merchants’ houses (pl: domki budnicze). Moreover you can find here the guardhouse (pl: Odwach), which is used as a museum dedicated to the Grater Poland Uprising. Also you can visit The Military Museum of Greater Poland. This place is really magical – during the day you can enjoy there 21 your spare time, because it’s very quiet and calm. During the


night Old Market Square become the center of entertainment for all Poznan citizens! Every street is full of bars, clubs and coffee shops! You won’t be bored there even for a minute! http:// malta. poznan.pl/ wakeboardw-centrumpoznania/

You should definitely go for a walk around Lake Malta. It’s an artificial lake, it’s long for 2 km, so it makes it the biggest man-made lake in Poznan. If you like active recreation you can borrow a bike or rollers. For whole year you can see people who are jogging around the lake! Moreover next to Lake Malta you can borrow the skis and learn how to skiing on special ski slope! During the winter we have special ice rink, and again you can borrow the skates and spend really nice time with your friends! On this summer you could also try kitesurfing! Every year Poznan hosts rowers from all over the world for The Malta Regatta Course. Since April rowing competitions take place in the Lake Malta! The lake also gives its name to the Malta theatre festival, held in Poznan annually http://www.termymaltanskie.com.pl/en/galeria-2/gallein June. ry-aquapark/ Next to this area you can find two amazing places! Firstly I want to tell you about Termy Maltanskie. If you decide to visit Poznan, don’t forget to take a swimsuit with you! 22 Are you surprised,


because I told you we don’t have access to the sea? But Termy is the largest sports and recreation center in Poland! If you want to take a nice, long walk you have to visit our ZOO! You should definitely go there during the summer or spring (but I love it, even in the winter)! This is one of my favorite place in whole Poznan! It’s the second in terms of http://www.panoramio.com/user/1182290/tags/Zoo

size zoo in Poland (it covers an area of 120.68 ha). You can find there seals, kangaroos, emus, otters, rhinos, bison, owls, lynxes, antelope, lemurs, giraffes, zebras, ostriches, flamingos, camels, tigers and way more! The main goal of our ZOO is to help and save endangered animals or save them from torture. I can give you to great examples! Firstly elephants house! It’s a specialized facility dedicated to maintaining the herd of African elephants in conditions as close as possible to natural. It is the largest and most modern elephants house in Poland and one of the most modern in Europe. In the ZOO you can also find an asylum for bears. Bears who live in asylum were taken away from circuses, where they were tortured. One of the bears, the smallest one (her name is Cis- http://poznan.eska.pl/poznaj-miasto/co-slychac-u-niedzwiedzicy-cisna-bawi-sie-z-psem-i-pozera-jablka-wideo/201612 na), was found in the forest all alone, because hunters killed her 23 mother. When they transported her to the Poznans’ ZOO she


was very sad and lonely, so they decided to find her a friend. You won’t believe it, but she loved a puppy called Bari. Now they are inseparable! If you like to learn a little bit of a history of Poland, you have to visit a museum Porta Posnania (pl: Brama Poznania). Porta Posnania tells a story of the Cathedral Island 1https://toooomelo.flog.pl/wpis/8824355/brama-poznausing various multi- nia media and interactive presentations. The history spans over a period of more than a millennium. It is located in the oldest part of Poznan where the Warta and the Cybina rivers cross. Porta Posnania design consists of the main, modernist style building and the restored Cathedral Lock, which was once a part of Prussian fortifications system.

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Maybe you don’t know that, but we don’t use euro as our currency, despite the fact we are the part of the EU. In Poland we use złoty (which means gold). Good news is that if you want to exchange euro for złoty it’s very, very cheap (1 euro = 4,40 złoty). In this case I think you must go for a shopping and buy something new! In Poznan you can find a lot of shopping malls – moreover, you can visit here the biggest one in whole Europe! It’s called Posnania and it covers the area of 100 thousand m2, accommodates 220 boutique shops, 40 cafés and restaurants and 40 medium-sized and large stores. In a specially designed premium zone, you will also find twenty luxury brands offering clothing, accessories and jewelry. Nevertheless, I think it's better to visit The Old Brewery 50 50 (pl: Stary Browar) which is not as big as Posnania, but connects commerce and arts center. Apart from many shops, there are also beer gardens, clubs, a park, an arts center and a hotel. After this very active trip probably you will be hungry! I want to tell you where you can find the best food in the city! If you want to try traditional meal you have to visit HacStary Browar, https://filip33.flog.pl/archiwum/tag/galerie jedna Restaurant. It’s quite expensive, but it’s worth every penny! You can eat there the best duck with pyzy (it’s a kind of noodle, prepare from yeast) and soup called czernina (Polish soup, whose basic ingredients are chicken soup and duck blood – yes, I know, it’s seems to be disgusting, but I have to tell it’s very tasty! If you are “food traveler” you should try it!). If you don’t have 25


so much money, go to the Bar Metka, where you can try all traditional Poznan dishes like pyry z gzikiem (potatoes with white cheese and vegetable), livers with onions, dumplings or zurek (a soup, not gross at all, I swear!).

Zurek, https://www.winiary.pl/kulipedia.aspx/porada/67/jak-zrobic-zurek-w-chlebieCzernina, http://smacznapyza.blogspot. gr/2014/11/ges-na-moim-stole-comozna-przygotowac.html

Pyry z gzikiem, https://gdywbrzuchuburczy.blogspot. gr/2013/10/pyry-z-gzikiem.html

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If you like to experiment and Polish food is not enough for you, you have to visit Dark Restaurant. It’s a restaurant like any other, but your sense of taste, smell and hearing will reach new heights there. Why? Because you’re eating in completely dark room! You can’t even use your phone! Moreo-


ver… your meal will be a surprise for you, because there is no classic menu! The waiter, wearing night-vision goggles, will lead you to your table and will ask you what meals you do not like or do not want to have. It’s a really great experience! Anyway, I have some good news – if you don’t like Polish cuisine you can easily find good fast food and regular restaurants where you order classic European meals. If you’re ready for a dessert you have to go to Poznan Croissant Museum. This is the place to be for everyone who wants to know Poznan better and quickly become familiar with its symbols, especially the famous St Martin Croissants. At the end of the tour you can buy the best, unique croissants (you can find them only in Poznan, they have EU certification, which means that recipe is legally protected).

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If you like to have some fun and you like music, you have to come in May! Spring in Poland is the most amazing season, because we have youth festivals. Universities are organizing music festivals, in my city we have, for instant: Wielkie Grillowanie and Juwenalia. Every year we gather in one place thousands of students! Every event last for 2-4 days. Usually entrance for students is free! Also this is the best time for barbecue and beer with your friends next to the Warta river. 27


Juwenalia Poznan 2013

Warta river, http://poznan.naszemiasto.pl/artykul/alkohol-nad-warta-tak-ale-nie-wszedzie,3746605,artgal,t,id,tm.html

I’ve hope, that I convince you to come to Poznan! 28


Learn more about places and events: 1. Old Market Square: http://www.poznan.pl/mim/turystyka/ en/old-market-square,p,37,51,103.html 2. Lake Malta: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Malta 3. Termy Maltanskie: http://www.termymaltanskie.com.pl/ en/ 4. ZOO: http://www.zoo.poznan.pl/page/7-English/149 5. Porta Posnania: http://bramapoznania.pl/en/ 6. Poznan Croissant Museum: http://rogalowemuzeum.pl/en/o-muzeum/#w-skrocie 7. Wielkie Grillowanie UAM: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=rUGDfm5zhYc 8. Juwenalia Poznan: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=Zz8whZQpDqc

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What's happening in the Youth center. As you probably already know, every week we have at least one event in the Youthcenter. On the 16. of November the event was about recycling and creating stuff out of trash. A few people came and it was a quite good event, the participants liked it a lot. The week after on Wednesday we had a presentation about stress management, aparently stress is a very big thing in Kalamata, because we had so many participants, that we had not enough chairs and space. The whole event it was a fight to find space and chairs for the people wich came later. But it was a very good event. The 18. of November was the date we had the Intercultural night. The intercultural night is a party organized by the Evs Volunteers, its suposed to be an opportunity to exchange cultures. Every Evs Volunteer cooked or brought something traditionel from their country, and also the locol Volunteers, and guests brought alot of food with them. The event started with an Quiz from the countrys of the Evs Volunteers, it was funny but most of the people were already very hungry they dont wanted to wait for the food. But then we started to eat everyone could taste all the different dishes from the different countrys. The party was a great success ! By Oskar 30


MY SENDING ORGANISATION DeM DeM Experiential Training Center Association has been founded in 2009 and carrying on activities in Istanbul as a non-profit NGO. The mission of DeM is carrying on experiential learning-based non formal education activities and increasing the recognition and development of Non-formal Education in local, national and international level and thereby to contribute the empowerment of social development, human rights and democracy. DeM is a founding member of DeM International (International Experiential Training Centers Union ) which is established in 2012 and carrying on the administration. Also DeM is a member of The United Nations Global Compact Network and a member of Anna Lindh Network. Work Field of Them Research And Development They are running research and development activities related to the development of experiential learning methodology and a program called DĂ–NGĂœ (CYCLE) for the development of experiential learning in Turkey. Training Cooperation They get involved in projects and studies which aim increasing social awareness, strengthening vocational education and 31 improvement of professional competencies where they pre-


pare experiential learning-based training modules. Youth Works They provide lifelong learning opportunities for young people’s personal development and social awareness. Continuing youth work, that is their root in civil society field, with DeM Marmara Student Club established by their volunteers at Marmara University.

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DIY: christmas advent calendar You will need: • A branch to hang the packages on • Packing paper • Ribbon • Stickers • Presents/chocolates to put inside • White paper/white stickers to put write the numbers on • Pencils/Markers • Tape • Blue • White wool/cotton thread Tips: • Be creative with the materials. As an example I used two drumsticks and wrapped them in green paper to create the branch. You can make this DIY with whatever you have laying around the house. • Ideas to put inside the packages: chocolates, chocolate lollipops, lipbutter, Christmas socks, handcream, small notebook…. 33


Some ideas to decorate your packages: Make a very cute and easy Rudolph. You can use paper for the antlers, but you can also use sticks you find outside. Goggly eyes give a very funny effect, but you can also use white paper and a marker to create the eyes. Another easy idea is using a toilet roll, wrapping paper and some ribbon to create cute packages. To make it even more fun, put a quote inside for the person that will unwrap it.

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Let’s put everything together When you’ve wrapped up all your presents and chocolates, lay all the numbers down to see what sizes and shapes you have. As you can see, I already wrote the numbers because I put quotes for my housemates in the packages. Then choose how you want the packages to hang on the branch. Attach a piece of thread to each package with tape and hang them on the branch. Now your advent calendar is ready to use!

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Interview with a local volunteer: Danai Kouvara Renee: So please introduce yourself. Danai: I am Danai, I am 26 years old. Last year I did my EVS in Krakau Poland and now I am participating in youth centre projects.Although my education background was totally different I really enjoyed my EVS experience working with kids. I am currently living in Kalamata. For the rest I play the guitar and I sing in local bars, and at different venues in Europe. R: What do you do now? D: I am a masters graduate in marketing and communications and currently seeking for a work opportunity either in Greece or abroad. And I am performing in local bars.

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R: So you told me you did EVS last year, how was your experience? D: I did my EVS in Krakau, Poland, at an bilingual school. I had always wanted to work with kids so EVS was the perfect chance for me: a combination of offering to a community and working with children. My tasks were mainly helping during lessons, however it was not a 100 percent what I expected since I expected a public school but it turned out to be private. Further more we were not encouraged to take initiatives a fact that led to a distriction of creativity and disappointment. Of course there were many positive sights, for example


I met and became friends with some very inspiring people. And I learned to share a room with a stranger sleeping above me in a bunk bed. I also learned all kinds of school phrasements in polish, things I could have never imagined I was capable of! R: And the people you became friends with while you were there, do you still have contact with them? D: Well yes the people I was very close with, we keep a very frequent contact. We shared good and bad moments and developed a friendship that I am sure will last. I have already plans to visit them in their home country's. And of course I am planning to visit Poland again! R: And now you are also my mentor, how did you become a mentor? D: Jelena asked me if I wanted to. My mentor last year was really good and helped me a lot, I found it really interesting to take this roll as well. To help and inspire a foreign volunteer. R: What are your plans for the future? D: I really want to see as many things as possible from the world and travel a lot. I am currently dreaming about a job that will fulfill me, while also giving me the opportunity to get to know different cultures, environments and people. R: Okay, thank you for this great interview and your time! D: My pleasure!

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By RenĂŠe


A custom from the Unite and Bonfi Remember, remember! The fifth of November, The Gunpowder treason and plot; I know of no reason Why the Gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot! If you say these lines to a British person it will most likely make them think about warming their hands around a fire lit outside, drinking hot chocolate, eating hot potatoes and watching fireworks. That’s because for us in the UK, the 5th of November is known as Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes Night.

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ed Kingdom: Guy Fawkes fire Night Let me make it clear, when we think about a bonfire we are not just thinking about a normal fire. No, we are thinking about the figure of a man burning on the fire. Yes, a man made out of straw and covered in clothes. So why, you ask, do we do this strange thing every year? Where does this tradition originate from? The story of Guy Fawkes and the famous Gunpowder Plot The tradition dates back to 1605, when a man named Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the House of Lords. The House of Lords is one of the buildings that make up the Houses of Parliament, where laws and decisions are made about how the country is run. 39


Guy Fawkes was a Catholic and he joined together with a group of 12 other people who were also Catholic. This group wanted to kill the king, King James I who was Protestant. They hoped that by killing him, he would be overthrown and a Catholic king or queen could take his place. If they were successful with this plan, the group would be free to practice their Catholic religion.

In order to kill the king the group decided to place gunpowder in a cellar underneath the House of Lords. Gunpowder is an explosive made out of a powdered mixture of saltpetre, sulphur, and charcoal. They chose Guy Fawkes to be the person to hide the gunpowder. He managed to hide 36 barrels of gunpowder in the cellar. This was enough to destroy the whole building. However the group were not so lucky. The night before they planned to blow up the building (5 November) an anonymous 40 letter was shown to the king which warned about the plan. So the King’s forces went to search the House of Lords and they


found Guy Fawkes there, putting the gunpowder in place.

Guy Fawkes was arrested and the plan failed. He was tortured in the Tower of London for a two days until confessed to the plan. He was then sentenced to death by being “hung, drawn and quartered”. This was a popular form of punishment and a horrible one. It involved being drawn by a horse to the place of execution, then being hanged, emasculated, disembowelled, beheaded and quartered (chopped into four pieces). Interestingly Guy didn’t die from this. A few seconds before he was hung he climbed up from the ground so that he could throw himself off and break his own neck. This meant that he died with 41 a lot less pain...and a lot less humiliation!


Guy Fawkes becomes a tradition After this big event, this failed plan, the King encouraged people to celebrate his escape from being killed. People started to light fires outside (bonfires), burn the figure of a man on the fire, and from the 1650s onwards they also lit fireworks. The man-figure was intended to symbolise Guy Fawkes and the fireworks were supposed to symbolise the gunpowder. In fact, until 1859 the 5th of November was a day of thanksgiving by law. Since then, people in the UK have celebrated Guy Fawkes or Bonfire Night every 5th of November. The “Guy� which is burned on the fire is usually made out of newspaper, straw and old clothes. It is not only the figure of Guy Fawkes that is burned but also anyone that the public want to criticise. In the past, people have burned figures that represent the Pope and the ex-prime minister Margaret Thatcher, amongst others. Guy Fawkes in popular culture Guy Fawkes has not always been viewed as such an evil man by the public. In 1841 a historical romance book was published which was more sympathetic to Guy and the other men 42 in the group. After this there were other story books written


which portrayed him as a kind of action hero. In 1988 DC Comics published a graphic novel called V for Vendetta. This comic tells the story of a Guy Fawkes-like man who is an anarchist rebelling against a fascist state. This was made into a popular film in 2006, also called V for Vendetta, starring Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving. The themes of the book and film have become an inspiration for people wanting to protest against the actions of governments all over the world.

Bonfire Night – how Guy Fawkes is remembered today “Remember remember the 5th of November!” is still a phrase we say in the UK today. Every 5th of November many people celebrate Guy Fawkes or Bonfire Night. Usually during the daytime children will make the figure of a “Guy” from any materials they can find, dress him in old clothes and carry him through the streets. At night, people will gather together to light a big fire 43 and burn the “Guy” figure on it. Treats will be served – warm


drinks like tea and hot chocolate and tasty foods like hot potatoes, cake and toffee apples. Sometimes people even toast marshmallows over the fire. Later on there is a firework display to watch. For most people, this is celebrated as a tradition and it does not have a strong political meaning. The Guy Fawkes character has become a figure of fun for children. The date of the celebration makes it into a kind of Autumn festival and it is simply a nice way to enjoy the season and have some fun with friends and family. So if you are every in the UK at this time of year you should definitely remember remember the 5th of November, and go watch some fireworks!

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By Molly


NORTHERN FRANCE CARBONNADE (BEEF AND BEER STEW) Unlike French beef stews made with wine, a northern France carbonnade stew relies on the deep, dark flavor of Belgian abbey-style beer. But what really gives the dish its distinctive character is the addition of brown sugar and cider vinegar, a sweet-sour combination that plays beautifully against the caramelized onions and rich beer. Ingredients 2 lb. beef chuck, cut into 2 x 1â „2 -thick slices Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 1â „4 cup flour 4 tbsp. unsalted butter 4 slices bacon, finely chopped 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped 3 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced lengthwise 2 cups Belgian-style ale, like Ommegang Abbey Ale 1 cup beef stock 2 tbsp. dark brown sugar 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar 3 sprigs thyme 3 sprigs parsley 2 sprigs tarragon 1 bay leaf Bread, for serving 45


Instructions

By Arthur

Season beef with salt and pepper in a bowl; add flour and toss to coat. Heat 2 tbsp. butter in a 6-qt. Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Working in batches, add beef; cook, turning, until browned, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate; set aside. Add bacon; cook until its fat renders, about 8 minutes. Add remaining butter, garlic, and onions; cook until caramelized, about 30 minutes. Add half the beer; cook, scraping bottom of pot, until slightly reduced, about 4 minutes. Return beef to pot with remaining beer, stock, sugar, vinegar, thyme, parsley, tarragon, bay leaf, and salt and pepper; boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, covered, until beef is tender, about 1 ½ hours. Serve with bread.

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What European Voluntary Service is ? Hi guys ! You may know that we are EVS but... do you know what EVS is ? Yes ?

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Are you suuuure ? Let's talk • To be committed to respect about ! rules and schedules of the host The European Voluntary Ser- company vice (EVS) is a program opens No level of education or lanto all people aged from 18 to guage is required. 30 who want to live a rewarding The ADICE system is construcexperience abroad. ted in order to permit that each The European Voluntary Ser- volunteer can easily integrate a vice gives the opportunity to project abroad. discover a new culture and develop new skills. This is an ac- What are the objectives of tion of the Erasmus + program, the European Voluntary Serimplemented by the Erasmus vice? + National Agency in French• Promoting the active ciYouth and Sport. tizenship of young people and in particular their citizenship; • Give young people a chance What are the requirements to to engage personally in activiparticipate in a project? ties at European and internatio• To be aged from 18 to 30 nal level, years old • Develop solidarity and pro• To reside in Europe mote tolerance among young • To be motivated to actively people, in particular to reinforce participate in a European pro- social cohesion in the European ject Union;


• promote reciprocal tolerance between young people in different countries; • Improve the quality of youth activities support systems and capacities of civil society organizations. What is the duration of the projects? • For an introduction to mobility: projects are between 2 weeks and 2 months; • For a long commitment: projects are between 2 and 12 months. What are the themes of the projects? Art and Culture, Social, Environment, Protection of the cultural heritage, Media and Information, youth, Fight against Exclusion and Racism, Health, Solidarity Economy, Sport What are the host countries? EVS mainly concerns the countries of the European Union and Europe in general. The projects proposed by ADICE are, for example: • the countries of the European Union: Italy, Spain, UK, Germany, Belgium, Portugal, Finland, Sweden, Slovenia, Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Estonia, Lithuania • in Europe in general: Turkey, Ukraine, Moldova • in the Caucasus: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia • in the Balkans: Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro • in the Mediterranean basin: Morocco However ADICE is working by project and not by countries: the priority is to send volunteers on a project that match their background and their expectations, and that enable them to develop their abilities.

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Financial conditions? Accommodation, food, transport (one round trip), transports related to the project, and a little pocket money are supported by the European Union, the sending organization and the hos-


ting organization. Therefore the volunteer won’t charge of anything, except personal expenses. To know • EVS is not an internship or employment; • It is absolutely forbidden to work in the host country for the duration of the project. For more information If you are interested by the commitment in the framework of the European Voluntary Service check thoses websites to get more informations about EVS opportunities in all Europe : • Website of the Erasmus + program: http://site.erasmusplus-jeunesse.fr/index.php?page=sve_jeunes-17-30-ans.html • Erasmus Agency website + France Youth and Sport: http://europa.eu/youth/EU/volunteering/european-voluntary-service_fr If you are interested by this experience, come to the youth center to ask for an appointment with the sending coordinator of KANE ..........tatatatatata...... FOTINI !!!! Hope this article inspired you for any traveling experience ;)

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Theme for December: Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year ! Kentro Neon Kalamatas invites you to participate in a photo contest which aims to discover the beauty of our city. Regardless of the technical capabilities of your camera (or even your phone!), be open to your own creativity and new challenges! The competition is a cyclical event – each month we will indicate a new theme. Set the zoom both on people, society, the events taking place in the city, as well as everyday situations! You can vote for the most beautiful picture in #PhotoContest #ZoomOnKalamata ! All photographers did their best, so now it’s YOUR TIME to choose a winner! The winner will be chosen by YOUR “LIKES”!

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Another sending organisation !

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TRANS is a non-profit entity of SOCIAL AND EDUCATIONAL ACTION. TRANS: prefix meaning "the other side", "through". At TRANS we believe that we can reach the other side of injustice, exclusion and intolerance through participation, ethics and social commitment. TRANS is an organization of an associative and non-profit nature, under the provisions of article 22 of the Spanish Constitution, Organic Law 1/2002, of March 22, regulating the Right of Association and other provisions in force in Development and application of it, as well as the corresponding normative dispositions. The TRANS Association is constituted in Malaga May 9, 1997, initially as a youth association, and is registered as such in the Register of Youth Associations.

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The volunteers responsible for this publication are hosted in Greece in the framework of the European Erasmus+ programme, KA1/youth - European Voluntary Service. This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


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