SWEDISH NGO CENTRALASIENGRUPPERNA LOOKING FOR TWO EVS VOLUNTEERS FROM KYRGYZYSTAN!

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We are currently looking for volunteers for an EVS project in Sweden. This project will enable two young persons from Kyrgyzstan to go to Malmö, Sweden, for a one year period and work with the two Swedish NGOs Centralasiengrupperna and Tamam. The placement will start in August/September 2014.

 

EVS (European Voluntary Service) provides young people with the unique chance to express their personal commitment through unpaid and full-time voluntary activities in a foreign country within or outside the EU. In this way, it seeks to develop solidarity, mutual understanding and tolerance among young people, thus contributing to reinforcing social cohesion in the European Union and to promoting young people’s active citizenship. All expenses related to the volunteer service is financed by the EU. More information about EVS can be found at: http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/youth/programme/action2_en.php

During the placement in Sweden the two volunteers will work approximately 70 % in the NGO Centralasiengrupperna and 30 % in the NGO Tamam.

In Centralasiengrupperna (www.centralasien.org) the volunteers will:

— Take part in our regular trainings, study circles, language cafés, educational seminars and workshops in Malmö. — Contribute with developing the long-term collaboration between Centralasiengrupperna and local partners in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia.
— Assist with bigger projects and events of Centralasiengrupperna in Sweden, for example conferences, exchange programs, campaigns and our annual meeting.
— Develop personal initiatives and projects within the organizational framework of Centralasiengrupperna.
— Support the Centralasiengrupperna main office with various administrational tasks such as writing project applications.

In Tamam (www.tamam.se) the volunteers will:
— Be involved in local anti-rasist campaigns and projects in the southern parts of Sweden.
— Take part in in different Tamam groups in Lund/Malmö, southern Sweden, targeting immigrant youth and children. For example; homework support, study visits, camps/excursions and other activities.
— Functioning as contact persons for youth speaking Kyrgyz, Uzbek or Russian languages.

The possiblity to learn the Swedish language will be provided during the service period. To be eligible for applying you should:

  • Be 20-30 years old.
  • Speak English fluently.
  • Have experience of working with grass root organizations within the field of Human Rights, Democracy, Gender and/or Youth issues.
  • You should feel comfortable living abroad for a year.

The deadline for sending in the application is 16th of June. Please attach your CV and a personal letter, describing why you are interested in participating within this project (in English), and send it to info@centralasien.org!

We are looking forward to hear from you! If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.

Best regards,

Board of Centralasiengrupperna
info@centralasien.org
http://www.centralasien.org

Romania

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In the beginning of April i went to  the poorest country in Europe, country that’s well-known with its stray dogs and cats, with its Dracula and Transylvanian mountains — Romania. 


My adventure started right after I arrived to the airport of Henri Coanda in the capital of Romania — Bucharest.  

Henri Coanda —  inventor of modern engine.

I came to Bucharest to take part in the training organized by Romanian National Agency. I had to find other participants in the airport that I never seen in my life.

By the way the main topic of the 7 days training was to learn about new  Erasmus + program  and it was an amazing experience for me. But i am going to write about it later on. 

The first thing that made me think that it is really poor country and made me a little bit sad, when i came to my destination (cafe inside of the airport) to meet up other people and sat down to breathe some air on the chair of the cafe, waiter in two minutes asked me to buy something or otherwise i had to be gone ASAP. 

This situation actually reminded me Kyrgyzstan and i felt sad. 

So, after such a friendly acceptance i realized that i need to exchange money and be able to buy something 🙂

In Romania people do not use Euro, except only airport, where for the change you will get back Romanian lei. Yeah, national currency called «Lei». 

Banknotes have changed in last 2 years if i am not mistaken, and hopefully i am not. So, i want to just say that i liked Romanian «paper money» even though they do not have that much value. Anyway, they are colourful and nice!   

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Romania is the largest of the Balkan countries. 

I found Romania completely different comparably with other European countries. On the streets you can see people who look like Slavic people, but speak French and completely do not understand English. Girls looking like Turkish, with long and curly hair, but speaking crystal clear English in a British accent. 

I was thinking that their language is similar to Russian and perhaps it would be easy for me, but it turned out that Romanian is a Romance language and it is closely related to French, Spanish and Portuguese. oops…

I explored the country of Dracula and witches as a country that strongly keeps its traditions and culture.

I had spent an amazing week in the highest town in Bucharest, at the mountain resort town called Predeal with nice people from all over EU member countries.  I have learned some French from  Amandin, came from Tuluz. I have tried many traditional foods of other countries, since everybody had to bring something to international evening. I, actually, did not bring  any food from Sweden, because of my stupor when i was a bit confused what to bring:) Anyway, later i bought some dried fruits in a local shopping place and was shocked by local prices 🙂

Cheap cabs everywhere, wherever you want to go! But still be careful with proclaiming that you are a traveller. «The prices can raise easily» — advice of local ones.

Last thing: I have never seen that many cats in my life than in one day in Bucharest!cats

There is a huge open-air ethnographic museum in Bucharest called «Village museum». It is a typical Romanian village that contains 272 houses from all over Romania! For me i did not really feel like i am at the «museum», the atmosphere of the village is like at the entertainment park, or it might even be a wonderland. Fun part of it is that every house has its own fat cat (!).

Below you can see some photos from the village museum. Enjoy! 

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Not an ordinary party in Lund.

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Internationen is a unique cultural and integrational event that aimed to bridge social segregation and to create meeting place where both students and non-students could meet and make new friends and contacts. Internationen is organized every year in one of the student nations in Lund.

As far as Lund is famous with its oldest university in Europe and it certainly offers lot´s of events for students.
 
However, if you are not living a student life in a student city, it is kind of tough to go out, because there are not more than 3 clubs and a few pubs. Of course, you can go either to Malmö, it will take you only 20 minutes to get there, or you can go to Copenhagen. In most of the cases people choice to go to Copenhagen, i like that as well. It is completely different atmosphere and different people…but lets go back to Lund:)

Student nations are the unique part of student life that exist in Lund. There are more than 12 nations in Lund.  

The aim of these nations were to create a meeting place for students that came from specific provinces and share the same backgrounds. Every nation named after specific place of Sweden. Although the nations  preserve their geographic names, students may enroll in any nation they want.

In most cases it does not matter what nation one enrolls in, but different nations offer different activities for interested students.   
In short:

  • Each nation has student housing.
  • Each nation has different activities for students interested in sports, arts, or partying.
  • All activities within the nations are voluntary.    
  • Almost each nation has pub evenings with a following night clubs, and it is organized at least ones per a week.
  • Prices are very low compared to regular establishments in Lund. You can get a lunch for a great price.

The point of telling about student nations is that Internationen is the only one opportunity for non-students/immigrants to visit one of these nations and meet up different people, regardless race, sex, nationality and career or educational background. 

So, this time Internationen is going to be organized @Krischan nation on the 7th of April, at 18:00.

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My first experience of TED event.

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My first experience of TED event.

30th anniversary of TED in 2014, Vancouver.

The 30th anniversary of TED was decided to be organized in a new venue – new convention center of TED in Vancouver, Canada. This spectacular TED event is going on these days from 17th of March to 21st of March. More than 100 best speakers of all time and 1200 paid attendees. Amazing, isn’t it?

What is TED?

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. To get more information go to TED.com.

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Haseeb Tariq is an exchange student in Lund University. Haseeb Tariq is a participant of «Social Innovation in Digital Context» program and working on his project Kauzz. He was the curator of Pakistan’s first youth oriented TEDx event. So, he came up with an idea to show a live stream from Vancouver the evening simulcast of the second day of TED2014: The Next Chapter.

The idea was supported by Lund University Internet Unstitute and fortunately this event that connected many great travelers, students, event organizers and local people — has happened yesterday in the cosy town of Landskrona.

Landskrona is the 5th biggest city in Skania and it situated on the west coast between Malmo and Helsinborg.

It was my first time visiting Landskrona and i found this place quite homey, quiet and fabulous. Because of these sweet houses. Since i had not that much time to explore the city i can share only with these pictures:)

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Swedish «summer villas» are just amazing. All the accurately made small details make these houses to look like pictures from fairytale books. Again, I have got a new dream – to build a nice small house somewhere in the heart of nature in Kyrgyzstan. May all our dreams to come true:)

TEDxLandskrona had been arranged in the historical castle called Citadell.
Citadellet has a rich history. By the years of 1940 it had been forced labor facility for women, later after World War 2 it became a refugee asylum, now it is historical monument. Citadellet is really great reflection of past ages. I have seen such castles only in old historical movies. Without doubts-it is worth place to visit!

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Back to TED2014.

Streaming live from Vancouver to Landskrona Citadellet, the simulcast had featured sessions 2 and 3, with nine speakers from the TED2014 programme’s Retrospect and Reshape segments.

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Here you can watch speak of Edward Snowden about internet freedom. He appears to TED2014 by telepresence robot ,
it’s pretty cool.

Also an interesting speak was made by two local speakers: Joakim Lundblad, senior policy analyst at the Chamber of Commercein Southern Sweden, and Stefan Larsson, head of LUII and a sociolegal research with great interest in metaphors and the internet.

To sum up, I just want to add that TED is awesome! If you are in NY you just have to visit the main office of TED for me 🙂
Thank’s.

In case you missed it: Day 2 at TED2014

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In case you missed it: Day 2 at TED2014

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Chris Anderson interviews Edward Snowden on a telepresence robot. Chris Anderson interviews Edward Snowden on a telepresence robot. Photo: Bret Hartman

So what went down at TED on day two? Well, a lot, as it happens. As curator Chris Anderson commented rather tiredly later, «that was the most intense day of TED I can remember, ever.» Here, a lightning round-up of some of the day’s key moments.

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The first big surprise of the day when a small robot rolled onto stage, operated by the infamous hacker, Edward Snowden. What followed: a fascinating Q&A with Anderson that tackled security, surveillance and society. (We rushed the edit of this talk, so you can watch the whole thing here.) One other only-at-TED moment: a mention of Tim Berners-Lee’s call for an online bill of rights. «Tim’s here. Want to come up onstage?» With that, the father of the web vaulted onto the stage and took part…

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Right in the middle of my EVS.

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Right in the middle of my EVS.

It’s always fun to travel, but not that easy to be in another country and to live in a totally different culture, where people have completely different values and different points of views on life.

Reading books about another country and learning about elements of new tradition is brilliant. However, when you come and face with cross-cultural misunderstanding you kind of understand that the books you read were just small parts of it.

The same story with being a tourist, when everything seems to you just perfect and ideal. Since everybody is nice with tourists, local people understand that they at least should show all the best sides of this or other culture. So, at the end of travelling tourist just want to stay there or always want to come back.

The elements of deep culture or tradition never appear on the first weeks or even on the first months of your being member of a new society. Everybody encounters with this situation in a different way in a different time, but soon or later we all meet it for sure.

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As we know it is always fun and joyful to meet new people, to explore interesting places and crazy traditions. But time flies just like an arrow and later you will notice the first signs of «storm» coming when you dive into the society deeper.

The term cross-cultural misunderstanding means that when people from different cultures are interacting, and one of them acts in a way that is normal in their culture, but the other person does not understand the message in the way that it was sent, due to difference in culture.

Me, personally, found it’s a bit confusing and I guess now I am in a period of cultural disorientation. As I told I was really full of aspiration to get to know more and to learn to think differently and globally. So, now, I am right in the middle of my experience working and living in one of the best European countries, where people live without any borders, where you do not need to think about your safety and where you more or less just enjoy every moment of your life.

Since, I am doing my EVS in an international team it is even more interesting to get to know about cultural differences and it requires carefulness sometimes. But, i believe that since i am here, i have to take a risk and sometimes better to make a mistake and learn from it outright 🙂

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Very soon I will participate in the mid term EVS training in Stockholm, so I believe that i can get answers to some of my questions there and i will try to keep my blog updated.

But for now I want your attention to be directed on the tips that I am going to give in order to keep your state of mind well.

Try to do not compare the new culture with your own culture. Especially if you grow up in a developing country and now you live in a country, which is on of the happiest countries on Earth.

Surround yourself with those people, who can always support you and give great suggestions.

Meet up those people, who has been traveling and experiencing new cultures a lot. Listen to their stories and become stronger.

Try to keep in touch with your parents. Talk to your friends, who are in a foreign country as well, so you have the same «problems». Discuss with them!

Make friends with those people, who are interested in your culture or even with the ones who speak your language.

Learn the local language, so you can understand their culture and show your interest.

Be open and easy-going 🙂

Always ask! If you do not understand some movement or gesture or whatever, just ask! I am sure, people will be just happy to discuss it with you.
Go to public places; cafe, cinema, concert, disco, organizations … Try to meet up different people with different lifestyle.

Accept new knowledge with humor and be like a «child» in your mind.

Be busy all the time! It is the best decision.

Understand that everything that does not kill you, makes you stronger, thats why you should keep moving forward.

In fact, you are not losing anything, vice-versa you are gaining a huge experience and sharpening your character. Just remember it.

Good luck.

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Немного о шведской жизни.

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Немного о шведской жизни.

Если вы собрались в гости, будьте очень милы, предупреждайте об этом минимум за две недели вперед 🙂

1. В Швеции не принято ходить в гости не предупредив об этом заранее. Даже самые близкие люди звонят прежде чем навести визит. Помню, с семьей подруги решили сходить к ее бабушке, которая живет одна. Она предупредила бабушку еще в обеденное время, а вечером перед тем как идти позвонила еще раз. Этот метод работает везде. Всем удобно. Правильное распределение времени и энергии.

2. Гендерное равенство в Швеции развито больше чем где-либо еще. Например, декретный отпуск матерей был заменён законом о родительском отпуске еще в 1974 году. И он означает, что отпуск после рождения ребёнка больше не закрепляется за матерью, но может также использоваться отцом. Я была очень приятно удивлена тому, как шведские папы естественно и непринужденно смотрят за детьми. В библиотеки ходят отцы с детьми, читают им книги, рассказывают сказки и с максимальной пользой проводят время.

3. Фильмы в кинотеатрах и многие телепередачи в Швеции показывают исключительно на языке оригинала, с субтитрами. Я бы хотела, чтобы и у нас в КР было также. (уверена в будущем и мы будем) Много плюсов. Банальный пример, слушать иностранную речь и привыкать к нему с детства.

4. Шведы наслаждаются моментом, при этом везде успевают. Где где, так вот в Швеции никто не торопит события. Молодые люди не торопятся с поступлением в университет сразу после окончания школы. Многие мои друзья перед тем как выбрать и поступить в универ работали в других странах, путешествовали, изучали иностранные языки и занимались тем, к чему их тянет. И это замечательно! По их словам средний возраст для поступления в вуз 21-25 лет.

5. Шведы ужасно сильно уважают все существующие нормы и правила. Никогда не халявничают. В метро почти никогда билеты не проверяют, но каждый обязательно покупает билет, потому что так положено и все.

6. К животным шведы относятся поистине как к меньшим братьям. В магазинах специальные огромные разделы для собачьих игрушек, каждая собака имеет свое место и необходимые условия для проживания. Также крайне редко встречаются бездомные собаки на улицах. В объявлениях можно найти смешные для нас записи как, например, «Ищу няню для своей собаки» (где хозяин подробно описывает характер, вкусы и все прочее инфо о собаке). И самое забавное для меня то, что каждая собака получает подарок к Рождеству не меньше чем свой хозяин.