The short-term EVS mobility project “Building Up – for a Sustainable Society” which was organized this summer in Germany was a full success!
23 volunteers between 18 and 30 years from Italy, Bulgaria, Germany and Scotland followed our call and gathered as a volunteering team close to Cologne / Bonn. Common interests bringing the group together were: exchanging with other young Europeans, learning about topics of sustainability and inclusion and at the same time engaging as volunteers in community work. The team got involved at a transgenerational community center, GFO Klostergarten, in a small village neighbouring the coordinating organisation Jugendakademie Walberberg. During the two weeks, the volunteers supported the center‘s kindergarten, worked hard in their gardening project, and assisted in their residential home for elderly residents. In addition, they got inspired through the use of Virtual Reality methods enabling them to understand more about ways of leading a sustainable life. Both the youngsters and those who got in touch and exchanged with them, as well as the hosting institution GFO Klostergarten were very content with the first experience of this kind on their grounds. Some of the volunteers already met again a few weeks later for a multipliers‘ event during which they developed ideas how to inform other young people of volunteering in Europe. And our partner GFO Klostergarten decided to take the next step of welcoming a longterm volunteer soon.
What a sustainable way of “building up”!
Read more in this article published by the German national agency “Jugend für Europa” managing the “European Solidarity Corps”, under which the program “Europe for All” is implemented (only German language):