środa, 25 listopada 2015

People’s knowledge about their rights as patients - publication


People's knowledge about their rights as patients


This survey was conducted during the project “Next step to healthy Europe” in the frame of Erasmus + Programme by participants from 4 European countries: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Lithuania and Poland.
The questionnaire was prepared by the participants during the youth exchange and it contains 5 open questions about patients’ rights. Publication contains statystical analysis of questionnaires.



piątek, 9 października 2015

Move for health

HOPP in Italy :)

From 18 to 25 of September we participated in the project "Move for health" organized by CSA from Italy.

"What we aim to achieve trough this project is to offer to the youth people the opportunity to discover and reflect about what may be the benefits from a correct and wellbeing lifestyle and experiment in their own. We want also that the physical activities and eating healthy, become tools to promote among youth active citizenship, intercultural dialogue, social inclusion and solidarity.
Therefore, through this project we would like to reach the following specific aims:
- to support the social and educational growth of young people, promoting social inclusion, respect for the others, integration and diversity;
- to encourage the integration of young people with fewer opportunities;
- to encourage young people to lead an active life in a society where people are sedentary and inactive;
- to promote the knowledge of other cultures and the comparison on the different behaviours and habits about nutrition and physical activity;
- to support young people in creating a lifestyle based on health and wellbeing in a broader sense (physical, mental and social);
The first exchange will be dedicated on the issue of sedentary life: we will organize outdoor activities (games on the beach, volleyball, beach soccer, water games, short boat trips) during which we will embroil the participants in activities for underline the advantages of sports and active life. In the meantime, we will arrange also round table of discussion and confrontation where every participants can explain and share their personal experience (habits, behaviours and ideas) about the advantages and disadvantages of a sedentary or dynamic life habits.
During the second exchange, we will focus the attention on the theme of a correct nutrition way of life. Then, we will realize food education activities as for example cookery workshops and games where participants will learn some techniques and methods for cooking healthy, learn to know what are seasonal fruits and vegetables, what are the proper food combinations (consumption of meat, fruit, cheeses, pastas and grains, etc.) to a correct diet. Moreover we will organise moments of discussion among the participants and with professional and expert figure, for example regarding how to reach a correct food behaviour and then prevent serious health problem, such as heart diseases, obesity, anorexia or bulimia.
The youths at the end of the project will acquire information and significant knowledge to change the way of thinking, acting in relation to health matters and will be more mindful of the problems that can lead to sedentary lifestyles and incorrect food behaviours. In addition they will increase awareness on the importance to identify common values with people from different countries in spite of their cultural differences and challenge viewpoints that perpetuate inequality and discrimination."

poniedziałek, 5 października 2015

Next step to healthy Europe

Our next healhy project!

20-28th of September in Zakopane was held our youth exchange under the Erasmus + Programme called “Next step to healthy Europe”. Participants were from 4 European countries: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Lithuania and Poland in total number 34 young people. Main topic of the exchange was connected with health promotion, especially in the field of patient’s rights. During 9 working days participants have learnt how to build and implement a health campaign among local society (in that purpose they used several IT skills). They shared their knowledge about first aid in advanced cases. All activities were provided in non - formal education methods. As a results participants prepared patient’s rights codex and implemented after the exchange among their local societies. Another effect was the project’s mind map, which have been preparing constantly during everyday evaluation and in the end it showed every piece of health aspect of the whole project.
Group photo


Promotion of EHIC

Promotion of EHIC
Our questionnaire

Workshop on constructing the survey

Patients' rights codex

Patients' rights codex
First aid

First aid
Mind map - day 1
Mind map - day 5

Mind map - day 6
Final evaluation

poniedziałek, 24 sierpnia 2015

Our new project "Next step to healthy Europe"! coming soon!

Volunteering for Knowledge

Volunteering for employment - real knowledge and skills

In the period 9 to 16 August 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria was held a training course under "Volunteering for Knowledge" project, funded by the "Erasmus +" programme, activity K1 - mobility of youth workers, which hosts 41 youth workers from 10 countries in Europe. The project aims to acquaint the participants and the public with the importance of volunteering as a tool of acquiring new knowledge and skills.

High unemployment among young people in recent years, which is noted in almost all European countries can be the result of numerous financial and cultural characteristics in each country and the European Union as a whole. According to Eurostat statistics from June 2015, 4.724 million young persons (under 25) were unemployed as compared to June 2014, youth unemployment has increased by 386,000 people. In percentages, this statistic is nearly 21%, as the lowest unemployment is noted in Germany (7.1%), Malta (10%), Estonia (10.1%), Austria and Denmark (10.3%) and highest - Greece (53.2 %), Spain (49.2%), Italy (44.2%), Croatia (43.1%). In Bulgaria the youth unemployment is over 20% in the age group up to 25 years. Analysts of the labor market stated, that one of the main difficulties of adaptation of young people is the lack of real knowledge and skills with which to operate in their daily work. Employers require from the young people to start their duties with practical skills rather than theoretical ones. One of the options by which they could accumulate practical skills is the volunteering activities, but only if they are recognized at national and European level. This may give young people greater opportunity for employment. In different EU countries, there are a variety of tools for recognition of knowledge and skills that are acquired through volunteering, which to varying degrees are recognized by employers.

The training course involved representatives of Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and gave the possibility to be presented new ideas how to provide the young people with the necessary knowledge and skills for employment, through volunteering and how to promote volunteerism for acquiring knowledge. The event met youth workers with decision makers from government and non-governmental structures, as well as managers of international companies. In mutual communication with those experts, with practical visits to sports facilities and youth centers, through formal training and familiarization with the methodology of ETS - Education through sport (http://www.moveandlearn.org/) as a tool to empower youth, the participants had intensive week in Sofia.

The main objective of the project is to enable young people / youth workers to be empowered with an innovative way to acquire knowledge and skills through volunteering. The target group is focused on volunteering in sport as an innovative approach to involve more young people in the labor market by accumulating real skills and thus to provide them with more opportunities for employment. Transfer of best practices between Western and Eastern Europe, as well as ideas that participants shared during the project will make it possible to find alternative methods to combat youth unemployment by creating opportunities for self-employment and employment through volunteering.

During the event, participants had the opportunity to share knowledge and experiences about informal learning methodology "Education through Sport" and to meet with various specialists. Among the experts were Monika Panayotova - a member of the European Parliament 2013 - 2014 and general manager of "Inno Advisors" - consulting company in the sphere of European funding that share its experience in the field of organization of campaigns for volunteering at European and local level. Theodora Gerdjikova - IT specialist in digital marketing debated with the participants what employers in the companies expect young people to know and can do when starting work and good practices for corporate - social responsibility. Youth workers were able to get familiar with the "Education through Sport" methodology developed by specialists from all over Europe in 2013 which aims to help solving problems in society as a lack of communication, basic human rights and freedoms, limiting deviant behaviors such as aggression and violence, enhancing teamwork and a sense of social belonging.

Several practical visits were organized during the project such as visit of a basketball game, part of the FIBA European Championship U16, during which volunteering were presented by example of the volunteers on the event. The group also visited National Sports Academy "Vasil Levski", examined the facilities of the Academy and was welcomed by prof. Daniela Dasheva - vice rector for scientific, project and international activities. It was conducted also a visit to the Youth Information Consultative Centre (YICC) - "Opportunities without borders" which familiarize the youth workers with career guidance, voluntary activities and projects implemented jointly with and for young people. Volunteering at national and local level were presented by Martina Krushovska and Martina Kehayova - state experts in the Ministry of Youth and Sports and Lubomir Drekov - Mayor of "Lozenets" - Sofia municipality that organizes and promotes volunteer campaigns at local level. Effective communication and teamwork were the main topics of one of the days, taking into account the importance of these two qualities to increase employment of young people. On the last day of the event Konstantin Zankov - BSDA board member and online marketing specialists, presented tools for our performance in social media and how to use them in our daily activities. Shirin Amin - member of ETS community, presented the steps by which you can go from volunteering to employment and self-employment with that she has created sports club "Factory of Champions". Was provided time for sessions in which the participants in the event had chance to exchange ideas for future joint projects and to share experience in the "Erasmus +" program until the moment.

The team of " Bulgarian sport
s development association" and the international trainers - Sorin Buruiana (Denmark/Romania) and Ioana Sandulescu (Romania) are very satisfied with the event and are inspired by the participants' motivation to learn new things, share best practices and expand "Education through Sport" community with new partners and activities through which to increase the knowledge and skills of young people in Europe.



Journey into Finance

Journey into Finance
Romania - Titu - 19.07-31.07.2015

Our Association was the partner in the Romanian project called "Journey into finance". During the project was organized 2 activities: training course and youth exchange. The project was organized by Dar Development Association and was financed from Erasmus + Programme.

"Project Journey into Finance, wasn't only about the financial subjects. It was also about exploring other cultures and making new friendships. We spent twelve amazing days in Romania with people from Coratia, Turkey, Bulgaria and Italy. We visited many wonderful places like the capital city of Romania - Bukarest, Dracula castle, Brasov and many others. We had plenty of fun, but we also have learnt new things. After these two weeks starting your own business or management your house expenses isn't that scary anymore. I think that the whole polish group was really satisfied after this exchange and if we will have another opportunity to go there once again and do all these things one more time we are ready!" (Zuzia - one of the participants)

wtorek, 28 lipca 2015

HOP into NET

We just finished training course "HOP into NET" Here you have short description and photo story.
“HOP into NET” was a training course under the KA1 in the frame of the “Erasmus+” Programme, which held in 20-26.07.2015 in Chrząstowice (near Opole), in Poland. The main objective of the project was to increase the competence of youth workers in the creation and implementation of youth projects of sports and health. During the week of training, 26 participants from seven different European countries (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Romania and Poland) have gained competences in promotion of sport among young people and organizing of international sports projects. Participants created a Net of contribution between their organizations and have found common interests. They had a cruise between islands of the “Erasmus+” Programme opportunities and have worked together on new results dissemination methods. Thanks to open space corner they shared their best experience and knowledge about youth projects. Altogether have found new possibilities for partnership and networking. All activities based on the non-formal education methods.
Our project received honorary patronage of the President of Opole :)



Flash mob

During the project "HOP into NET" participants took part in one of dissemination methods - flash mob.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Lip dub in Opole


This Lip dub was made in Opole by participants during the project "HOP into NET" from the Erasmus + Programme.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Non - commercial use song The Black Eyed Peas "I Gotta Feeling"

The quality of the movie is lower becuase of the blogspot rules.

piątek, 20 lutego 2015

Youth&Fit Synergy

Kolejny projekt naszego stowarzyszenia pt. "Youth & Fit Synergy" rozpoczął się 23 i trwał do 31 stycznia. Była to trójstronna wymiana pomiędzy trzema partnerskimi miastami: Opolem (Polska), Potsdamem (Niemcy) i Ivano-Frankivsk (Ukraina). Głównym tematem projektu była aktywność fizyczna oraz promowanie zdrowego trybu życia. Uczestnicy projektu byli goszczeni przez piękne miasto Opole, a dzięki współpracy z Państwową Medyczną Wyższą Szkołą Zawodową w Opolu i Urzędem Miasta, mieli okazję do zwiedzenia kilku miejskich atrakcji. Studenci mieli okazję uczestniczyć w zajęciach zumby, rehabilitacji, popływać na basenie, pograć w siatkówkę czy pojeździć na łyżwach. Pogoda pozwoliła również na kilka śnieżnych bitew. Oprócz aktywności sportowych uczestnicy projektu przeprowadzili na ulicach miasta kampanię przeciw używkom, poznali swoje narodowe sporty, uczestniczyli w wielu warsztatach i wieczorkach kulturowych. Jednym z najważniejszych punktów projektu była debata oksfordzka na temat wad i zalet sportu, przeprowadzona w miejskim ratuszu. Po tak udanym projekcie Stowarzyszenie HOPP liczy na dalszą współpracę z opolskimi uczelniami oraz Biurem Współpracy Zagranicznej miasta Opole.
Another project of our association called "Youth & Fit Synergy" began at 23 and lasted till 31 January. It was a trilateral youth exchange between three partner cities: Opole (Poland), Potsdam (Germany) and Ivano-Frankivsk (Ukraine). The main theme of the project was to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyle. The project's participants were hosted by the beautiful city of Opole, and thanks to the cooperation with the ublic Higher Medical Professional School and the City Hall, had the opportunity to visit a number of the city's attractions. Students had a chance to participate in Zumba classes, rehabilitation, swimming pool, volleyball and ice skating. Thank to the weather we were able to set several snow battles. In addition to sports activities, students carried out in the streets campaign against drugs, learned about their national sports, participated in many workshops and cultural evenings. One of the most important points of the project was the Oxford debate about advantages and disadvantages of the sport, carried out at the City Hall. After such a successful project our Association hopes that cooperation with International Office of Opole will continue.

wtorek, 6 stycznia 2015

APV "Youth&Fit Synergy"

W dniach 12-14 Grudnia odbyła się wizyta przygotowawcza (APV) projektu Youth & Fit Synergy. Razem z reprezentacją trzech uczelni medycznych z Opola, Poczdamu (w Niemczech) i Iwano-Frankiwska (na Ukrainie) omówiliśmy główne punkty projektu i zebraliśmy nowe pomysły. Podczas tego krótkiego czasu zobaczyliśmy wszystkie miejsca, w których odbędą się poszczególne punkty projektu: miasto Opole, Państwową Medyczną Wyższą Szkołę Zawodową w Opolu i bursę, w której zatrzymają się uczestnicy projektu. Czas ten był bardzo produktywny szczególnie dzięki studentom PMWSZ, którzy byli naszymi przewodnikami podczas wizyty w szkole. Jesteśmy pewni, że te kilka dni przyczyni się do zwiększenia efektywności projektu, który odbędzie się pod koniec stycznia. TUTAJ możecie przeczytać, co na temat tego spotkania napisano na ramach opolskiego magazynu. 
From 12 to 14 of December was held the Advance Planning Visit for project Youth & Fit Synergy. Together with representatives from three medical schools from Opole (Poland), Potsdam (Germany) and Iwano-Frankiwsk (Ukraine) we discuss every major point of the project, and come out with some new ideas. During this short time we were able to see all the places where several points of the project will be carried out: the City of Opole, State Higher Vocational School of Medicine in Opole and place where all the participants will stay during the project. This was very productive time especially thanks to Polish students, that took part in APV and were our guide during visiting school. We are sure, that these few days will help to improve the project, which will take place at the end of January.  HERE you can read what about this APV where wrote in popular magazine of Opole.