Best wishes!

AUGURI CESIEDuring its first 10 years, CESIE has managed – along with you – to carry out projects and to create places aimed at participation and change.

Our ideas and spirit of co-responsibility have led us to look hopefully at the future, committing ourselves for a world of peace and solidarity.

But now, a new challenge is facing us, the one of building a new year with conscious choices based on the hope for a new world in which differences have a stronger value.

We look enthusiastically at tomorrow in order to create together a society where “the world is only one creature”.

Best wishes!



Workshop on Leonardo Mobility Programme’s opportunities

workshop llpOn the 5th and 6th of December, CESIE organised and hosted an International Workshop in Palermo, to explore different possibilities of projects proposal and implementation, within the Lifelong Learning Programme, focusing on the Leonardo Mobility Programme. Organisations, training centres and universities representatives from seven different countries took part at the Workshop, with the aim of sharing mobility experiences and develop new ideas which provide students, graduates, workers and professionals in education, with the possibility to live a training experience abroad.

Furthermore, participants had the chance to visit some centres located in Palermo city centre, such as Ubuntu and Giardino di Madre Teresa, verifying personally the importance assumed by volunteers and trainees coming from different European countries within the city framework.


European Voluntary Service: my experience in Beaulieu

SVEFrom 20th January to 20th July last year, after having successfully passed a selection process for an EVS project, I stayed in Beaulieu, a small village located in the southern English county of Hampshire.

So I want to give my own account of my experience at Countryside Education Trust (CET), a Non-Profit Organization established in 1975 and situated deep in the New Forest. It deals with environmental and cultural education, offering its users – mainly children, youngsters, adults and families – the opportunity to know and interactively experience the environmental and cultural background (history, art and traditions) of the territory.



EVS project in an youth center in Cyprus

sveThe organization from Cyprus is looking for a female volunteer.

Agros Youth Club” originates from our village called Agros. Our club is one of the biggest youthgroup of Cyprus as we have more than 150 members.

We are a group of good friends. We consist of students, Workers and unemployed and aged between 13-28. Because of the large number of our members we are interested in many fields, like music, art, sport, theatre, dance, photography, literature, tourism and culture. Our group is very activating as we provide all kind of information and promote different activities for young people, as well as special activities are organized throughout the summer. Also we make different competitions as football tournament, table games, cards games, painting and photograph exhibitions.


Call for EVS in Slovenia

barkaDo you want to do the European voluntary service in Slovenia? Do you want to help people with disabilities? Do you want to meet people from all around the world?

There is one free position in the association Barka for the “Let’s live and work together”.

BARKA Association is one of the first small-scale residential care facilities for adult people with intellectual/mental disabilities in Slovenia, providing also employment in the Workshops for these people. Ten of them are living in houses of Barka and seven are coming from parents or other institutions to work in Barka.

Beside people with learning disabilities, there are also volunteers who are living with them in the houses – Barka gives emphesize on the community.


Call for EVS in Estonian centers

logo-sveOpen call for 15 european volunteers positions in several Estonian centers.

The fields of activities are different. All the projects start from September 2012 and end in may 2013.

Do you ear the the call of the big North?

Candidate and discover Estonian nature, society and beauty!

Candidatures are open until the 23rd of December 2011.

Send the CV and motivation letter to


Youth exchange: “Dreams of a snowman”

CESIE – European Centre of Studies and Initiatives has opened selections for participating in “DREAMS OF A SNOWMAN”, a youth exchange that involves the participation of young people from different European countries who will share their experiences. Young Europeans will participate in various workshops and cultural tours to learn about new cultures.

Participants will share their experiences and knowledge on the issues of unemployment, migration and poverty, through group presentations, making comparisons with their countries of origin, their history and culture, including even their impressions, all with non-formal education learning strategies.

The exchange will take place in Bolu (4 hours from Istanbul) from the 24th to the 30th of January 2012.



NewTwin: the manual

The “NewTwin EU Dissemination Seminar” – second and last meeting within the NewTwin project – took place in Palermo from 14th to 19th November. 16 representatives and employees of different municipalities coming from Latvia, Cyprus, Romania, Bulgaria, Denmark, France and Italy attended the seminar.

The project was co-funded by the European Commission within the Programme “Europe for Citizens”, Action 1.2.2, and coordinated by CESIE (Centre for European Studies and Initiatives); it aims at collecting innovative ideas to revitalize and promote town twinning projects, to improve the management of European projects and to make new suggestions to be presented within the deadline of “Europe for Citizens” Programme.

The seminar’s sessions was focused on European projects management, paying more attention to the “Europe for Citizens” Programme, in order to train municipalities’ representatives on the writing of effective and innovative town twinning projects.


Women’s rights in East Jerusalem

donne palestinesiPromoting Peace opportunities through ending exploitation of women’s rights in East Jerusalem: a Palestinian-European-Israeli partnership (2010/2012) is a project EuropeAid call 129205 – Investing in People – Gender Equality

This EuropeAid project coordinated by the organisation Al-Maqdese aims to raise the awareness of Palestinian women on their rights, who have experienced and are threatened with displacement. To accomplish this, the project provides support and training to facilitate the realization of these rights.

The project also aims at empowering women economically, documenting their experiences and join the international objective of improving the status of women through the development of their economic, social and psychological situation.


EXACT: final products

exactAfter the two years work in EXACT the project consortium present the final products which has been worked out: for the topic “Learning for life” a teacher handbook and an inventory of preventive actions is available now.

Find more detailed descriptions of good practice examples included in the Handbook and the inventory visit the web site.