ESC Discover the Caucasus – Edition 5

Duration:  12 months from September 2019  to August 2020
Venue: Armenia (Dilijan and Gyumri) and Georgia (Rustavi)
Funded by: European Solidarity Corps (ESC)
Hosting organisations:
# Youth Cooperation Centre of Dilijan NGO (YCCD) in Dilijan, Armenia (2 placements)
# Gyumri Youth Initiative Center, Gyumri, Armenia (2 placements)
# Georgian Association of Educational Initiatives (SIQA) in Rustavi, Georgia (2 placements)
Volunteers: 6 young people from Germany

This project is the fifth edition of the international volunteering service named “Discover the Caucasus – Volunteering across cultures”. The project involved 6 volunteers from Germany in 3 different hosting placements in Armenia and in Georgia for 12 months.

The ESC project “Discover the Caucasus – Edition 5” aims to contribute to community development in Germany and in rural and urban deprived areas in Armenia and Georgia through empowering young people to become active and responsibly citizens that have the confidence and competences for shaping their closest social environment based on the values of equality, respect for diversity, and solidarity.

Concretely the project’s objectives are:
# To promote volunteering and active participation as a tool for personal and professional development, thus for employability
# To enhance the competences of young people from Germany, Armenia and Georgia in taking an active role for societal concerns and in fostering social inclusion, equality and peace
# To strengthen interpersonal, intercultural and social competences of young people from Germany, Armenia and Georgia

News from the volunteers

September 2019: we welcomed all 6 volunteers in Tbilisi and had a 1-day preparation workshop. On the day after, they all went to their placements in Armenia and Georgia. We wish them the best for the upcoming volunteer year!
On-Arrival Training in Kobuleti: all 6 volunteers attended their OAT organised by SALTO-EECA in Georgia mid of September. Besides framing their ESC volunteering project in terms of learning objectives, intercultural learning and more, they also had the chance to network and make new friends from across Europe.

Welcome to the Caucasus! The group of volunteers on their first day in the Caucasus.