Learning Experiences

Educational mobility as a tool for social inclusion and stimulation of civic participation.

CESIE’s Mobility department is devoted to support mobility experiences for people at all ages, in order to overtake borders and sectors and turn the learning process into a real life experience, an experience that has to be strongly valued and shared with the others.

Discover our mobility and learning opportunities, get inspired and motivated by others’ stories and testimonies, and eventually enjoy a mobility experience at CESIE!

EVS: changing perspectives and trying new experiences

In life, when you start to face difficult moments, and you can't find any more solutions, the only thing left to do, is to leave.  To make it clearer, I was looking for a way to escape the reality in which I lived, and I thought that this opportunity may work to...

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First Station: Palermo – Dusan’s Experience

Birth, beautiful childhood, war, school, first love, education, diploma, first jobs ... in a time,  that seems to me really fast. After only a few snows and hot summers in front of me is the opportunity to get out of the frame is the classic standard of education and...

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Tried & Tested: 5 Tips for an unforgettable EVS experience!

I’m Dima Wehbe, 23, from Lebanon. I was totally ignorant about the migration crisis in Europe until I became part of it through my 9-months EVS project in Palermo, Italy. My project revolved around  supporting migrants through non-formal education. I constantly strive...

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Creating new life – Zoli’s Experience

Ciao a tutti! My name is Zoli and I’m from Hungary. I’m 25 years old and I’m volunteering now in Palermo. After I finished university in Budapest I applied for a voluntary service at CESIE. I was selected in October 2015 and finally I arrived here in January 2016. I...

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Between challenge and adventure – Solvita’s Experience

I completely changed my daily life six months ago. I remember how scared I was when I put my feet on the ground of Sicily. People are scared of unknown and unpredictable. I was one of them, but fears wasn't only feeling what I experienced. High level of excitement and...

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Connecting to new worlds and start an adventure!

Few months ago, I took the last chance to do an EVS experience seen I was 30 years. And the first thing that came to my mind is that there is no age to learn, and there are many different ways to learn. I see how efficient can be to learn by doing. In this EVS, I’m...

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EVS Experience in Berlin

I´m writing this report  after 13 days from the end of my fantastic experience as a Volunteer with the feeling of melancholy, because now all the memories are scrolling down in my brain and I miss that time. In this six month I had what I expected when I decided to...

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The Alessandro’s experience in India

(Italiano) Per me l’esperienza SVE è stata fantastica. È stata molto costruttiva e direi anche illuminante. Prima di tutto perché ogni singolo giorno sembrava essere circondato da una sorta di magia, in un modo o nell’altro; ma anche perché alla fine ho apprezzato pure i piccoli disagi, quelli che succedono solo in alcuni momenti che sono inevitabili in un’esperienza che dura cinque mesi.

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They are able to give love, and you? Tasneem’s experience

“It’s time to do something useful and I love to do it“ that was my simple motivation to ask to be part of (Able like you III) project with CESIE organisation. I am Tasneem Fareed, I am 26 years old and I am volunteering in “coop. La Fraternità” which works with...

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Life is beautiful! Maria’s experience

Some time ago I arrived to Palermo with my backpack and all of my energy in order to initiate a nine-month European voluntary project. This project is called “Able like you 3” and me and other volunteers offer our dedication in many centres for people who are disabled...

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My EVS in Pau after 4 months

I decided to apply for an EVS opportunity in France after two years of working experience which takes me to a period that could be considered as "interior crises". I thought that the EVS project could be a good opportunity to make new experiences towards volunteering,...

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A Chinese volunteer in Palermo – Ye Wu’s Experience

I am Ye Wu from China, an EVS volunteer hosted by CESIE in Palermo (Italy) within the project Planting Cities (Erasmus +, KA2 - Capacity Building in the field of youth). Before I came here, I was attending university in China and I always wanted to challenge myself...

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Ideas for peace during the TC in Portugal

The training course “Absense of War is not Peace” took place in Setúbal, Portugal, from 3-9 May 2016. It gathered 24 youth workers, youth leaders and people that works with youth from Portugal, Armenia, Italy, Georgia, Poland, Moldova, Egypt, Luxembourg, Sweden,...

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EVS in Ankara: Laura’s experience

EVS is a great experience that everyone should enjoy at least once in life. It is an unique possibility to get in touch with a new culture, to know different point of views and to meet many new people from very different backgrounds, with different religions and...

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Training Course “GreenE”: Francesca’s experience

Thirty young people from different countries (Portugal, Italy, Slovenia, Nepal, Argentine, Tanzania) have met for one week to learn more about green entrepreneurship and to discuss about different experiences and ideas on this interesting topic. My name is Francesca...

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Daniele’s experience in Portugal

My name is Daniele, I am 25 years old. My hometown is Pescara, a city in Abruzzo region, central part of Italy. I spent my European Voluntary Service experience in Lisbon, Portugal. I choose Portugal because I am fascinated by its culture and history, furthermore I...

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Stand up for your Med: Youth Exchange in Tunis

I think that some sentences are not enough to explain all emotions and experiences lived during the youth exchange “Stand up for you MED”, which took place at Marsa, near Tunis, from the 4 to the 10 March 2016. The young participants were from different Mediterranean...

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Inside a border free bunker

Before my arrival in Doboj I did not know a lot about Bosnia and Herzegovina and everything I knew was from television during the conflicts in 90s. In addition, I did not know about the existence of Republika Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina where Doboj is located. I...

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My “First Step” after the TC in Cyprus

My name is Giulia Mormino and from 8 to 15 of November 2015, I took part in a learning mobility project called “Coaching Young Entrepreneurs- Providing Support in Making the First Step” in Limassol, Cyprus. The project was hosted by DOREA Educational Institute WTF, in...

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Crossing cultures and traditions at Maison des Bateleurs

When I came back people asked me, what were they doing there? The question left me on a bit of a wrong-foot... what did we used to? We used to live but we were 20 people who lived and grew up together and learned together, and so we were in a remote village in the...

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Lea: my wonderful EVS experience

I decided to apply for this project after my graduation in Economy also if I knew that the activities were different from my field of study and work. Before coming in Sicily, I had a general idea about the project but I knew that I would have worked with...

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Maria: learning to collaborate thanks to an EVS project

At the beginning I thought that the EVS project could be a good opportunity to combine volunteer with travel. Personally, the spirit of the volunteering in local communities is something that is perfect for my way of thinking. I believe that supporting the local...

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Marta’s experience: my time in Palermo

Before I came I know the general idea about my project and its activities. I know I would work with migrants, designing and developing workshop for achieve the empowerment of them… I choose this project because it, because I like the idea of sharing my knowledge with...

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Aida: Grow and enjoy in Palermo

Almost 7 years ago I had the opportunity to realise a short term EVS in Italy ; in 2015 the wind bring me back to Italy, in particular in Palermo for my long term EVS. I wanted to realize one long term project for having an experience in an intercultural way and for...

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Challenges with CaBuReRa: Zahraa’s experience

I am Zahraa Nemer from Lebanon, specifically from Bekaa Valley. I was born and I have always lived in Baalbeck city. I am an archaeologist and restoration expert, currently at Lebanese university going to begin my doctor post graduate session. My hobbies include...

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Palermo, my first adventure

I am Batoul Hamieh and I am 23 years old. I come from a small village in Lebanon locate it in Bekaa where there are limited opportunities for youth to development their skills and enhance their future. CaBuRuRa Project was the first stone in my future road. It has...

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One day the world will be one country

Hi! I am Abbass Mouawia from Lebanon and I am 24 years old. I am an interior architect and I graduated  nearly 9 months ago. I would like to talk about my special experience in Palermo city with CaBuReRa project: this experience with CESIE organization has been the...

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Fascinating life in Palermo

My name is Dyaa Mubaideen, I had my experience in Palermo, that is a city located in the South of Italy. Palermo is rich in Architecture, Art and Culture; there are a lot of museums and arts in the street, especially in the center of Palermo, as well as several public...

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Multilayered captivating Palermo

I am Husein Smadi from Jordan and I work as a lawyer and in the field of human rights. I decided to apply for this project because I wanted to discover a new culture,as well as language and way of living; but I also wanted to share my experience, so Palermo was one of...

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EVS in Germany: Chiara’s experience

Sono stata informata in merito al progetto SVE – MORE (Servizio di Volontariato Europeo – More Opportunities Real Equality) tramite la pagina Facebook dell’associazione CESIE di Palermo, nel febbraio 2015. In particolare, il progetto per il quale avevo effettuato richiesta di partecipazione consisteva nel trascorrere sei mesi a Berlino, collaborando con l’associazione Gesellschaft für Europabildung, o GEB.

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EVS as a powerful instrument of personal development

I’d like to present myself: my name is Ludovica, I’m 23 and at the beginning of 2015 I decided to take part to a European Voluntary Service’s project. After a degree in Applied Interlinguistic Communication and more or less short experiences of study and volunteering...

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A girl from Palermo in Portugal

It is around a month I have just came back to Italy after 6 months of the most beautiful adventure of my life till now. My name is Francesca, I’m 25 and I have been a European volunteer in Portugal. My project was divided into two parts: taking part in activities with...

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Youth Guarantee: CESIE’s success stories

This year, CESIE had joined measure 5 within Youth Guarantee, the European Programme addressed to young people between 15 and 29 years of age who are neither in education nor in employment, which allowed to fund extra-curricular job placements aimed at easing orientation, access or reinsertion in the labour market for young people who applied for the programme within the provided deadline.

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Best journeys begin with a simple decision to go

My name is Giulia, I'm italian (exactly from the beautiful Sicily) and I'm working as a volunteer in the NGO ''System &Generation''. I would like to share with you all the adventures that I had during these two months. First of all, If you are also thinking about...

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Pangea, in Senegal: the rediscovery of the essential

Before arriving in Senegal my expectations were undoubtedly a lot: it was a matter of alternating between morality and profession, although the real reason was clearly experiencing a break of my life together with those who weren’t swimming in gold, with those for...

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YOUTH MODE – EVS – Jumping into deep water head

The main reason I decided to do EVS was that I didn’t really know what to do “when I grow up”. At the age of 18, when you have spent all your life in school it’s really hard to choose one thing that you want to do for the rest of your life. Especially for me, since I...

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Youth (in) Europe – Mobility experience in France

In this article I would like to talk about my life and work experience in Pau (France) at Pistes Solidaires, a no-profit association which deals with non-formal education, educational mobility, socio-cultural development and European cooperation, within the project...

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Open talks! Open speeches on creativity and experiences

It is with our great pleasure to announce that the Open Talks of Youth Mode - EVS project have already started! Open talks are informal talks and discussions that use open and inclusive formats providing opportunities for anyone, anywhere in the world to participate....

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Global Talent Exchange – Mobility experience in Madrid

My name is Laura and this year I had the chance to take part to Youth in Action Programme, Action 4.3 – Support to Youth Workers’ Mobility, by doing a 6-month foreign work experience at Aipc Pandora, a non-governmental organization located in Madrid, working in the...

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Global Talent Exchange – Mobility experience in Palermo

My name is Marcos, thanks to GLOBAL EXCHANGE MOBILITY I had the chance to live a mobility experience in Italy, working at CESIE, organization that promotes the work and vocational/educational training of youth workers. The implementation of this project would not have...

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Youth Mode: l’esperienza di Anna

I arrived in Palermo 5 months ago. About this city, totally different from the others, I can tell a lot of things. Indeed, the first impression I had was very strong. Moreover, arriving in a place where I know nobody, speaking just French, wasn’t simple and at the...

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Youth Mode: Try it out and challenge yourself with EVS

I arrived in Palermo exactly on 1st of April and tomorrow is 1st of October. Six months. This is my article about my EVS experience in Palermo that it is not over yet. I think I have an interesting relationship with Palermo. At first I didn’t like it because I thought...

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Youth Mode: 275 beautiful days of my Italian life

Some months ago plane Rome – Palermo landed in Falcone–Borsellino Airport. After great preparation, visa procedure and unbelievable long trip I’m finally in Palermo. Before first working days we had some free days and it was the time to feel where we are, to see more...

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Video Mobile – Mobility In Learning in Europe

You can now find online the new Mobile project video. Mobile - Mobility in Learning in Europe - involves 8 partners, coming from different European Countries: Italy, Spain, Germany, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom, Belgium and the Netherlands. MOBILE aims at promoting...

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Pangea – EVS: from our volunteers in Kathmandu

CESIE www.cesie.org is carrying out a Youth in Action, European Voluntary Service project ‘PANGEA - Volunteering for connecting continents’ in Kathmandu, Nepal - hosted by CCN – Campaign for Change  Nepal Laura and Serena, our Italian volunteers, are supporting the...

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Honey, pickled fruit flowers and other stories

Testimony by Giulia Caponeri and Mattia Ceccarelli, volunteers for SCN (Servizio Civile Nazionale – Italian Service Civil) of the project I.N.D.I.A. The first time we went to Bhadrak, we were curious. Curious to know those women with colorful saris: we imagined them...

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Worlds: Who are Mandinga people?

The report of Chiara, a Italian volunteer in Senegal with the EVS project Voices from around the world III. “Entering a new world is like entering a mystery which can hide many labyrinths, depths and enigmas” Arriving is a long journey. The ship leaves Dakar at night,...

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Voices From Around the World – Nepal

The reports of our volunteers who live a volunteering experience through the European Voluntary Service in faraway countries (SVE project – Voices From Around the World III), not only for kilometers, but also for culture and traditions. The close and extended...

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