Volonterske Priče iz Srbije, part 1

Volonterske Priče iz Srbije, part 1

Crveni krst: Prva pomoć u pandemiji
Crveni krst je tokom 2020. godine dosegao oko milion ljudi, kroz tri oblasti u kojima su volonteri bili aktivni. Te oblasti obuhvataju podršku javnom zdravlju i obezbeđivanje vode, sanitacije, higijene, podršku smanjenju socijalno-ekonomskih posledica u lokalnim zajednicama, kao i jačanje kapaciteta samog Crvenog krsta Srbije. Na samom početku kovid krize u Srbiji, Crveni krst je formirao centar za pripreme i odgovor na nesreće, kako bi poboljšao koordinaciju aktivnosti u kriznim situacijama – u kojima je tokom prethodnih godina često bio vidljiv nedostatak organizacionih kapaciteta kada je reč o volontiranju.

“Kao organizacija i kao društvo susreli smo se sa krizom koja se po razmerama ne može porediti ni sa jednom drugom,” objašnjava Branimir Knežević iz Crvenog krsta. “Pored izlaženja u susret osnovnim potrebama ljudi poput odlaska do prodavnice, nismo zaboravili ni na potrebu ljudi da komuniciraju, što je onima kojima je pomoć bila potrebna mnogo značilo u vreme socijalne distance.

Knežević je dodao da je bezbenost volontera bila na prvom mestu i da prilikom organizovanja aktivnosti tokom krize – dobrovoljnog davanja krvi, pripremanja obroka u narodnim kuhinjama i pomoć ljudima sa ograničenim kretanjem, niko od volontera nije bio zaražen.


UNICEF: Mladi za mlade

Za UNICEF, ovo je bila godina inovativnih rešenja. Zajedno sa Mladim istraživačima Srbije, ova organizacija je sprovodila program Volonteri na mreži.

“Onlajn volontiranje je jedan od načina da se mladi aktiviraju, povežu međusobno i da koriste tehnologije koje su njima bliske i dostupne. Omogućili smo mladima koji žele da volontiraju da se povežu sa onima kojima je pomoć bila potrebna. Oko 800 volontera je uključeno i više od 4000 mladih dosegnuto kroz ovaj program. Mladi su se okupljani onlajn i radili korisne i širili informacije o tome kako se zaštititi od virusa, delili savete o tome kako sačuvati mentalno zdravlje,” objasnila je Stanislava Vučković iz UNICEF Srbija.

Ujedno UNICEF je u onlajn sferi sprovodio projekte Upshift i Generation Unlimited, s ciljem da se mladi ljudi animiraju i finansijski podrže da identifikuju ekološke i društvene probleme u svojoj zajednici i rešavaju ih. U UNICEF-u veruju da nije bitna samo sanacija najvidljivijih posledica ove pandemije, već i osvrt na njene dalekosežne posledice po mlade, poput gubitka socijalizacije, školovanja, nedostatak pristupa medicinskim uslugama i slično.

“Diskontinuitet u obrazovanju koji su mladi iskusili zbog krize, može da se premosti time što ćemo pozvati mladi da se uključe u volonterske programe, programe stručnih radnih praksi, kao i u ostale aktivnostu zajednice gde će kroz praktične stvari da usavršavaju i stiču veštine i znanja koje možda nisu uspeli da steknu u školi ove godine”, rekla je Vučković.

Testimonials Series – New Vision Organization

Testimonials Series – New Vision Organization

I am Armando. I am the executive director of New Vision Organization, one of the partner organization of O’Visor Project. I was very happy with the finalization of the project, an event which brought many great opportunities to exchange practices and get inspired. Myself and all the other partners did our presentations regarding our work during the course of the project and this way everyone could show their local activities.

This exchange of practices is a great method of learning and then being able to pass the lessons into my personal work. Guidebooks were also a good concretization of our work. I am looking forward to event greater work and bigger things. 

Hello, I am Endrju. I am very happy that I was part of this event. I believe this project is very inspiring and being able to actually see each partner work is also great. I got to meet many new interesting people and listen to thoughtful advises and stories. Luxemburg was also great, and I made good memories from it. 

For many years I have been engaged in volunteering actions so I thought this is a great project to be able to share my passion and experience with other people regarding the importance volunteering has for society and self-development.

Testimonials Series – Moby Dick ETS

Testimonials Series – Moby Dick ETS

From the 7th to the 10th of October I had the opportunity to take part to the Final Conference and meeting of the O’Visor project, organized in Luxembourg, as representative of Moby Dick ETS. Unfortunately I just took part to the last moment of this big project but just this moment made me understand the strong energies and the commitment of the partecipants that in different occasions and events stressed the importance of volunteering. During this days all the representatives of the 10 associations involved showed through photos videos and speeches the way in which they disseminated and promoted the importance of volunteering.

I’m really proud and satisfied about this experience that give me the opportunity to understand how many people fight for values in which I firmly believe. This motivates me to move forward on my path devolved to social policies.

-Giuseppe Giliberti

The “O’Visor” project organized by the BRAVO association represented an excellent opportunity to share best practices about volunteering and the specific actions of each individual country. Each nation, in fact, faces different challenges which, thanks to the culture of volunteering, are welcomed and managed through the commitment of numerous associations involved.

The project also represented an opportunity to create a solid network between those associations that share the culture of volunteering and its values. This allowed for dialogue and laid the foundations for future collaborations and development of the project follow-up.

Personally I participated in the first and last meeting of the project having the opportunity to see the evolution of the activities which, from a phase of mutual knowledge, evolved into a sharing of ideas and values through a training course that has expanded the knowledge about volunteering by the NGOs involved and allowed the creation of new project collaborations concerning this subject.

During the entire life cycle of the project, I also shared with the colleagues who participated in the other meetings, the

contents that emerged and the side actions such as workshops and meetings with young people in the area, necessary for follow-up of the activities.

Overall, I am very satisfied with the project from a point of view of both the contents and the logistics organization and I want to thank BRAVO for managing a complex project to perfection in all details.

-Paolo Schetter

Testimonials Series – BRAVO

Testimonials Series – BRAVO

My name is Una Alispahić and I’m a Board member of BRAVO. At the beginning of October, I got a really special opportunity to travel to Luxembourg and attend the Final Conference of the O’VISOR project which in my opinion, is the best project that BRAVO has implemented thanks to the project team that has worked hard to successfully deliver outputs. 

Now that a certain period has passed since the Final Conference, I summarized my impressions and I can confidently say that the O’VISOR Final Conference is one of the most valuable experiences in my life that I will forever cherish. Even though it lasted three days, it was still enough time for all participants to get closer and gain one special

experience. The presentation of local activities and their effects on everyone involved, which was shared by partners from ten different countries, was the conference’s high point. Through presentations, we were all able to observe how much the O’VISOR project has benefited our local communities and given young people chances to expand their horizons and acquire new knowledge.

Even though we all said goodbye we know that this is not the end. The O’VISOR project is much bigger and it will continue to live in our societies as we will continue to promote the idea that:

”Only What You Give is Yours”

Spending three days in Luxembourg and talking about volunteering can only be described in one word UNFORGETTABLE. It was really a great honor for me to listen to how young people from ten different countries present the volunteer activities of their countries. During the three days of attending the meeting and seminar, I learned how different people contribute to the community in different ways, and how age is not an obstacle for anything.

Although a little sad that such a project has come to an end, I am really happy that I had the opportunity to be a part of it, and most of all I am glad that together with super amazing people and the youth of Bosnia and Herzegovina I had the opportunity to make our country a better one. 

-Nedžma Salkić

Testimonials Series – Mladiinfo Montenegro

Testimonials Series – Mladiinfo Montenegro

Hi guys. I am Bojana from the NGO Mladiinfo Montenegro. I had the opportunity to travel to Luxembourg and be part of the Final Conference. Here I had the chance to present the outcomes, results and project activities of our NGO, as well as to learn about the activities of other NGOs from all around Europe.

This project was really great and had a lot of fun not just in Luxembourg. The best part of this project is that you make some really good friendships and I am really sorry that this is the end of Ovisor adventure. 

Of course, this trip was not only “business” but also business & pleasure. I had the chance to meet new exceptional people, try one of the tastiest foods in the world, visit the landscapes that Luxembourg offers and admire the calmness and cleanliness of the city.

Hello, I’m Lorena and I represented NGO Mladiinfo Montenegro at the Final Conference of the O’Visor project. It was great to look back at all the activities we did and to present the local activities that we organized in 10 countries. A lot of young people were involved in one way or another.

What also made this meeting special was the fact that it was organized in Luxembourg, which has free public transport for everyone. It’s also small, so in our free time we got the chance to see a lot of places and see what everyday life looks like. Furthermore, we were close to the border with France, so some of us even visited the city of Metz. 

The best part of the conference, for me, was seeing the printed O’Visor Guidebook, which turned out great and has so much useful information, amazing volunteer stories and good examples from each country.

Testimonials Series – SFERA Serbia

Testimonials Series – SFERA Serbia

After months and months invested into this project, it came to an end. Not finally, because it is not final, however it is more an end of the first stage. As myself haven’t been involved since the start of the project, I can’t express the full experience, rather a piece of it through Sarajevo and Luxembourg.

It seems inspiring being with so many interesting and different young people, but also very similar to myself; with similar expectations, wishes, similar energy and a message to the others out there – that everything is possible. Seeing how much effort was put into months of work – it can bring only admirations to all participants and somehow it is mandatory to honour their work via personal implementation of those messages.I would have to say that we have crossed some borders – literally crossed, whether to Belgium, France or Germany, or in between ourselves in the Balkans, which will be a new introduction to some further actions and projects towards better ourselves, better Balkans and better world in conclusion

-Nemanja Miletić

Having this project coming to the end, I understand how far we’ve come since the beginning. It was an honor being a part of the final conference and working with so many talented young people.

This project made me think of the importance of volunteering, cooperating and teamwork. It broadened my horizons and made me realize how many opportunities for the new projects there are. I’m looking forward to see what the future will bring.

-Jovana Radisavljevic

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