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The Chance to Make a Difference in the World

25 October 2012

Early in October, with the support of the EU, a voluntary service event aimed at evaluating European volunteer service projects and disseminating information on the European Voluntary Service (EVS) was held in Armenia. The “EVS Event in Armenia 2012”, implemented jointly with the “Civil Society Institute” NGO, “Ayrudzi” NGO and Yerevan State Linguistic University, included training and a concert in Lover’s Park for former EVS volunteers and other interested young people. The closing conference for EVS promotion was held on 16 October at EU Delegation to Armenia.
Delivering a welcoming address to the guests and participants of the conference, Jean-Christophe Gayrand, the Head of Operations of the EU Delegation to Armenia, stated: ‘Events like this one make a contribution by allowing young people to meet, get informed and build partnerships. Our goal is to increase the number of young people from the region participating in youth exchanges, voluntary service projects and training, with a particular emphasis on those young people who come from disadvantaged backgrounds’.

During the conference some current and former EVS volunteers shared their impressions and experience with the participants, stressing that the project had given them new horizons for self-development in all spheres of life, both at the cultural, educational and vocational level, and regarding interpersonal relations. Evelina Franczuk, a current volunteer in Armenia from Poland, said: ‘Before coming to Armenia I read a lot of information about Armenians: that they are very friendly, open minded and hospitable. But the project helped me to get more acquainted with the Armenians and their culture, and now I can confirm that the information I read is really true’.

As part of the conference, a photo exhibition about the lives of EVS participants, as well as their national cuisine, were presented.

The “EVS event in Armenia-2012” received financial support from the EU, and more than 20 organisations in Armenia are implementing EVS projects.

EVS helps to develop solidarity, mutual understanding and tolerance among young people, contributing to reinforcing social cohesion in the EU and promoting young people’s active citizenship. It provides young people with the unique chance to make a real difference to the world – and to their own lives.

EU Youth website: http://ec.europa.eu/youth/youth-in-action-programme/overview_en.htm

The Chance to Make a Difference in the World

Early in October, with the support of the EU, a voluntary service event aimed at evaluating European volunteer service projects and disseminating information on the European Voluntary Service (EVS) was held in Armenia. The “EVS Event in Armenia 2012”, implemented jointly with the “Civil Society Institute” NGO, “Ayrudzi” NGO and Yerevan State Linguistic University, included training and a concert in Lover's Park for former EVS volunteers and other interested young people. The closing conference for EVS promotion was held on 16 October at EU Delegation to Armenia. Delivering a welcoming address to the guests and participants of the conference, Jean-Christophe Gayrand, the Head of Operations of the EU Delegation to Armenia, stated: ‘Events like this one make a contribution by allowing young people to meet, get informed and build partnerships. Our goal is to increase the number of young people from the region participating in youth exchanges, voluntary service projects and training, with a particular emphasis on those young people who come from disadvantaged backgrounds’. During the conference some current and former EVS volunteers shared their impressions and experience with the participants, stressing that the project had given them new horizons for self-development in all spheres of life, both at the cultural, educational and vocational level, and regarding interpersonal relations. Evelina Franczuk, a current volunteer in Armenia from Poland, said: ‘Before coming to Armenia I read a lot of information about Armenians: that they are very friendly, open minded and hospitable. But the project helped me to get more acquainted with the Armenians and their culture, and now I can confirm that the information I read is really true’. As part of the conference, a photo exhibition about the lives of EVS participants, as well as their national cuisine, were presented. The “EVS event in Armenia-2012” received financial support from the EU, and more than 20 organisations in Armenia are implementing EVS projects. EVS helps to develop solidarity, mutual understanding and tolerance among young people, contributing to reinforcing social cohesion in the EU and promoting young people’s active citizenship. It provides young people with the unique chance to make a real difference to the world – and to their own lives. EU Youth website: http://ec.europa.eu/youth/youth-in-action-programme/overview_en.htm [gallery link="file"]