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Storify Yourself! Outside the Shell

At the beginning of November 2022, we went to the small mountain town of Dobrinishte in Bulgaria to learn to gain more self-confidence when performing in front of people and to master the skill of sharing.  

We met all the participants in Sofia, and after about four hours on the bus, we were in the mountains. The organizer took us on nature trips, and we also had the opportunity to visit a local thermal spring. As a person who completed several pieces of training within the Erasmus program, I must say that this one was the best organized, and I will recommend our main facilitator and his organization Via Civic, to my friends. During our stay, two psychologists also worked with us, who were at our disposal, and organized workshops on personal development and self-confidence development 

The entire training was built in such a way that it resulted in a conclusion that was a kind of simulation of our own TED talk.

On the last day, each participant was given 5 minutes to express their story and convey some deeper message or lesson to others.  

The host and the home organization were fully at our disposal 24/7; fortunately, there were no urgent problems that needed to be solved. We were provided with the best and traditionally generous Slavic hospitality.  

I take home with me less fear of speaking in front of people, stronger self-confidence, healthier condition, and especially time spent with like-minded people who can always give you a new and better perspective on life.  

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Storify Yourself! Outside the Shell

(Training course)

Let's focus on yourself again!




Organizator of the project: VIA CIVIC Association

The project is an 8-day training course in Dobrinishte, Bulgaria from the 31st of October  to the 8th of November.

The intensive training program focuses on a holistic process of personal reflection and rediscovery that is essential to understanding ourselves, connecting successfully with others, and fulfilling our mission in life. The training is an experience and encounter with our own barriers and limiting beliefs, overcoming our inner critic, discovering our gift but also the fears that hold us back. It is about dealing with emotions, stressful situations, the unknown.

Objectives of the course:

  • Going through an in-depth personal development processimproving social, emotional and communication skills to build andengage community
  • Increasing knowledge and skills for effective, non-violentcommunication and developing mastery in storytelling as a tool forself-discovery and connecting with others
  • Developing practical skills to apply the complex methodology forpersonal development used in the training to youth work4. Promoting the sharing of good experience and practice,developing intercultural cooperation and networking

Number of participants: 27

Partcipant requirements:

  • 2 participants (18+ years old)
  • Active in youth work
  • Motivated interest in personal developmentand storytelling
  • Free usage of English (at least B2 level)
  • Good form for activities in the mountain(basic mountain equipment will be needed)
  • No age limit6. Priority will be given to people with feweropportunities

Important info:

Accommodation, meals, and the program throughout the project are fully reimbursed according to the rules of the Erasmus + program through the project organizer.

Travel costs will be reimbursed to the participant up to 275€.

Each participant is individually responsible for the planning and implementation of the trip. Extremely important: The participant is obliged to keep the travel document to and from the destination and hand it over / send it to the project organizer according to his instructions.

Reimbursement of travel costs will only be done upon full attendance of the program and presentation of all original (+return tickets) tickets, receipts, invoices, and boarding passes. 

Insurance: Travel insurance is NOT paid by the participants or subsequently reimbursed. Each participant is obliged to take out health insurance, which is valid in Bulgaria.

How to apply for the project?

INFOPACK can be found HERE!!!

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Deadline to apply: ASAP!

The project is financially supported by the Erasmus + program.


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