As the international borders are closing under the virus hustle, we are rejoicing on one hand over our life in an intercultural community rich with experiences and learnings, and on another hand over recent memories of a beautiful event with people from different counties (before moving between the countries became a luxury.)
In the end of February some of us #SuderbynEcovillage, together with other ecovillages, was a part of bringing together 30 change-makers from ecovillagers of 12 countries – from Armenia to Spain, from Denmark to Kosovo, from Romania to Estonia – for the training on how to apply for and run ESC volunteering programs in ecovllages. Yet it was more than that!...
Apparently a part of the participants had expected the training's content to circle around the application forms and EU strategy. But there was more to do! The training became a warm space to meet, exchange, learn and relearn, create projects and find new friends. Working with this inspiring group was a good bridge between conventional administrative work (funding, applications, report) and building models of a new world – supporting dedicated communities willing to change the society and welcoming young volunteers to come and learn and create together. We from #SuderbynEcovillage were happy to join some of our experience with volunteering program "Green Skills" which we run since 10 years, and to learn from others.
We all met in Ängsbacka course centre, which welcomed us warmly (what a different vibe of the family here when you come in winter!) and mixed walks in its rich forest with learning sessions and work. A dozen of projects ave been developed: some were born, some worked on accreditations ("quality labels") to host/sent volunteers, some gained new parts of design of volunteering programs, some were reshaped. Good work, good connections, good co-creation and sealing together working challenges during the days and celebrations in the evenings. Grateful and looking forward to see what grows from the seeds planted.
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