My year as a volunteer in YEE has come to an end. I can still remember how I was waiting for my project to begin and it felt like it would never start. But then I came to Prague in a very nice month of May and my year and summer with YEE finally began.
This time was full with new experiences, people, trips and work! For me EVS was a time of many opportunities and I tried to use as many as I could. The time in YEE office helped me think about my future and what I wanted to do and I could learn a lot of things for my future job. But it also was a time to spend with nice and funny people in the office. I enjoyed our lunches together, small jokes and bike trips after work. With YEE I also traveled a lot and met people from all over Europe.
Time on the ecological farm Toulcuv Dvur was a lot of fun too. I helped with horses which I couldn't imagine doing before or spent time in the kindergarden trying to speak Czech with children or making their Indians costumes. I loved the weekends in Toulcuv Dvur as well. With other volunteers we could go on big bike trips or have dinners together and play board games.
I know that everyone is saying that EVS is one of the best times in their life but this is true. This year helped me to know myself better, become more independent but at the same time enjoy the time of few worries. Thank you, YEE.
The spring Council of Members (COMEM) and the Extraordinary General Assembly (Ex-GA) of the European Youth Forum (YFJ) took place in Brussels on 19-20 April 2013. The meeting was an occasion for the representatives of the two pillars of YFJ (the International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) and the National Youth Councils (NYCs)) to get together to discuss a wide range of topical issues of youth policy in Europe. The meeting was composed of two parts. Firstly COMEM acted as a platform for the members of YFJ to discuss policy papers and amendments, to listen to reports of the Board and to adopt resolutions. Seondarily, Ex-GA discussed the approval of changes to statutory documents, the review of membership of current member organizations and the acceptance of new members.
This spring is going to be the time of campaigns and actions for YEE and our MOs. Find out how Upcycling Campaign is doing, how you can help local bees by joining The Right to Be(e) Campaign and which other campaigns are happening right now in Europe. YEE office team has also lots of news: we are welcoming new EVS volunteers, celebrating approved grants and getting ready for big changes in our small office in Prague.
On 20 April YEE team took part in the Earth Day celebrations on Toulcuv Dvur. We thought that the Right to Be(e) campaign fits perfectly with this big celebrations. So we organised an informational stand with interesting games, facts and cartoons about bees. We also painted small bees on our faces and everyone who wanted to have one too.
The highlight of our day was sowing the seeds of Lacy phacelia (or Svazenka vraticolista in Czech). These flowers are favourites among local bees who like to pollinate them and produce tasty honey. The planting was very easy and a lot of fun: we just took handfuls of seeds and scattered them around the small field on the farm. Then we only had to work a bit with a rake and hope that the seeds will stay in the soil and grow to be nice purple flowers.
Earth Day celebrations on Toulcuv Dvur were also very interesting and educating at the same time. The main theme was animals and so the visitors could learn a lot about different animals, make their own toys and walk around the farm.
We hope that you will celebrate Earth Day by doing something nice for nature around you and join the Right to Be(e) campaign.