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PBA: Mountain spirit - Strategic EVS for Nature Conservation

Partnership-building Activity

22 February - 1 March 2019 | Peja, KOSOVO * UN RESOLUTION

Networking activity for NGOs, volunteers, youth workers, activists involved in nature conservation and youth volunteering activities. The aim is to provide space for establishing contacts, exchange and work on ideas and future cooperations.

Velebit Association Kuterevo and GAIA Kosovo are organizing a networking activity for organizations, volunteers, youth workers and activists who are or would like to be involved in nature conservation and youth volunteering activities. The PBA meeting is part of the Mountain spirit – Strategic EVS for Nature Conservation Erasmus+ project and aims at providing space for the participants to establish contacts, exchange and work on ideas and future cooperations.

Main topics include

  • European Solidarity Corps – new approaches and possibilities for cooperation
  • Nature protection and volunteering – examples, challenges, needs and opportunities
  • Mountain spirit project – what has been done, what comes next?

The specific objectives of the PBA are

  • To create space for developing new and strengthening existing strategic partnerships for nature protection projects through youth and voluntary work
  • To give opportunity to the participants to share good and bad practices in their work on the topics
  • To provide opportunity for partners within Mountain spirit project to meet and plan next activities
  • To give an overview and details on the possibilities of the European Solidarity Corps and Erasmus+ programmes
  • To serve as a place for setting up future projects and initiatives between the participants.

Within the PBA we will be discussing and working on the following subjects:

  • The new philosophy and opportunities which the European Solidarity Corps provide especially with the focus on nature protection (volunteer project, volunteer teams, solidarity projects) and cooperation with the Western Balkan partner countries
  • Solidarity and nature protection
  • Quality of Volunteer management
  • Challenges in establishing cooperation at local and national level;
  • Mountain spirit – Strategic EVS for Nature Conservation – presentation of 2018 activities and achievements, challenges, recommendation, next steps
  • opportunities and role of youth organization for working in nature conservation
  • Volunteering activities for nature conservation – realities (Balkan region, Central and Western European countries), needs, challenges, possibilities
  • Developing new or improving existing volunteering programs – i.e. NP Sharr, NP Bjeshkët e Nemuna
  • Service Civil International and nature protection
  • Erasmus+ and other programs

We are looking for 25 participants (age: 18+) from both Erasmus+ program and partner countries from the Western Balkans (eligible ONLY for: EU countries, Macedonia, Turkey, Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia). The participants should be representatives of youth or nature conservation organizations, volunteers or activists, who have interest, motivation and energy to work on the topic, who want to establish new partnerships and develop volunteering activities for nature conservation.

Profile of suitbale organizations:

  • Youth organizations with some or no experience with Erasmus+ volunteering programs willing to get familiar and active within ESC framework
  • Nature conservation organizations who would like to explore the oppotunities to include international volunteers in their work
  • Nature protection organizations interested to exchange experience and share knowledge
  • Youth and nature protection organizations from the Western Balkan countries
  • Mountain spirit project partner organizations
  • Members and partners of Service Civil International

Suitable participants could be:

  • Project coordinators
  • Decision makers in the organizations
  • Activists and volunteers with some experience in the field of nature protection, voluntary and youth work
  • Active members of the organizations with long-term project ideas

If you are interested to apply, fill in the following form until January 14th. For additional questions please contact gaia.kosovo[@]gmail.com

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Training overview


This activity has already happened!

This Partnership-building Activity is

for 25 participants

from Erasmus+ Youth Programme countries , Western Balkan countries

and recommended for

Youth workers, Youth leaders, Youth project managers, Nature protection activists and volunteers;

Working language(s):



GAIA (Youth NGO)

GAIA is an organization dedicated to culture of peace, social justice, sustainable development and respect of environment. GAIA is also promoting cultural diversity and works on education and integration of marginalized and minority groups in society. The main activities of GAIA are coordination of volunteer exchange, organization of non-formal educational programs, cooperation with other local and international organizations, organization of festivals, promotion of volunteering, intercultural understanding and solidarity in the region of Balkans and promotion of freedom of movement and youth mobility. GAIA is offical branch of Service Civil International (SCI) www.sci.ngo.

Velebit Association Kuterevo is a Croatian organization running Kuterevo Bear Refuge and working for preservation and promotion of local culture and traditions in the village of Kuterevo, Velebit Mountain.

Since 2018 VUK and GAIA are working on the Mountain spirit - Strategic EVS for Nature Conservation Erasmus+ project. Mountain spirit is a project involving several EVS short and long-term volunteer exchanges in Croatia, Kosovo, Serbia and Bulgaria. It aims at combining efforts of international volunteers and local people from mountainious/rural areas for nature conservation activities in protected areas or species.


  • VUK Kuterevo (Youth NGO)

Contact for questions:

Miroslava Popova


Phone: 0049819573


Participation fee

no participation fee

Accommodation and food

The PBA will happen in the city of Peja/Peć. Accommodation and food is covered. The participants will be sharing rooms (2-4 people in one room).

Food will be vegetarian or vegan, seasonal and domestic as much as possible.

Travel reimbursement

Travel costs will be covered up to 80 % and within the Erasmus+ limits of distance band (100-499 km = 180 euro, 500-1999 km = 275 euro, 2000-2999 km = 360 euro)

Be aware that we encourage environmental  friendly means of transport (bus, train, etc.) therefore travelling by plane will be reimbursed only up to 60 % (unless really necessary).

Participants are expected to buy their own tickets and will be reimbursed once they sent the original tickets. The travel reimbursement could take up to 2 months.

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. Read more about Youthpass:

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