Monthly Archives: June 2013

Break The Couch goes to Paris

IMG_2888Few days ago Break The Couch team visited Paris. The reason of this travel was to take part in a preparation meeting with members of the  ERC committee of the Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organizations. As we updated you in our recent post our team has been selected to take over and fulfill a Video Project aiming to promote  Alliance Workcamps.

Alliance gave trust to our application since we already got involved in filming a Workcamp last summer. Our movie More Than A Marble Path / Κάτι Περισσότερο απο Μονοπάτι ( was the springboard of this new cooperation.

On the 7th until the 9th of June 2013, we traveled from Greece and the Netherlands to attend the preparation meeting in the Concordia Association’s offices in Paris. There along with the ERC committee after showing them pieces of our work we started building the video.


The project seems very demanding because we will need during the summer to travel in 7-8 different countries and film 8-9 workcamps for 3 days each. The proposed countries are France, Germany, UK, Russia, Estonia, Croatia, Greece, the Netherlands, Belgium and some more.

Nowadays we are working on our itinerary and road map of our plan. It seems that we will have a full summer of travels and filming. Of course we like the concept cause  we will not need to use our couch for long time, on the other hand we will need to take buses, trains, airplanes, pickup vans, hiking routes, taxis, boats and any possible mean of transportation with our equipment on our back to go and film around Europe.

Isn’t that exciting?

Levers of Change (3-13/8/2013) [Ommen, the Netherlands]

Call for Participants


Break The Couch team invites you to the Youth in Action 1.1 Youth Exchange which is taking place in Ommen, the Netherlands and it is happening between 3-13 August 2013. Break The Couch is the Greek partner of this project.

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If you got selected in this program you will travel to the Netherlands and work with people from Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Romania, Turkey, Lithuania, Croatia and Hungary. There in the group accomodation of Olde Vechte foundation you will experience 12 days of a program. If you are interested in working with video, photography, storytelling and cultural diversity then this exchange is most probably for you.

The working language of the project is simple, easy to understand English.

If you are interested on this program you can find the information letter here:

Levers of Change Info Letter.pdf

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If you went trough the information letter and you feel that you are suitable for this project, download the application form from >>here<< and sent it to our email


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Περιμενουμε τις αιτήσεις σας!😉


The website of the exchange is:
Olde Vechte Foundation WebsiteFacebook & Twitter 

“Levers of Change” Youth Exchange – Preparation meeting

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Break The Couch team decided to get involved in several European programs. All of us as experienced youth leaders we feel that Breaking the Couch is coming while traveling and meeting people from other cultures and other countries. Therefore we decided to be partners on a Youth in Action 1.1 Youth Exchange program happening in the small town of Ommen in the Netherlands this August. The program is related with the usage of media and sustainable lifestyle and it is named Levers of Change.

From 26th to 29th of May, “Break the Couch” team had to be in the Netherlands for the preparation meeting. Anna Cheimona represented Break The Couch to the Advanced Planning Visit (APV).

DP1140694uring the APV were discussed the preparation and the program of the Exchange, the purpose and the objectives the conditions of the participation and the ways of the communication and promotion of the Exchange. The APV was very fruitful and successful and the participants of it had great communication and cooperation. The good atmosphere was very helpful and supportive for the great results of the APV.

The Youth Exchange will take place from 2nd to 14th of August 2013 and 5 young people from Greece will participate in order to learn more and share their knowledge about a sustainable behavior and how to communicate it to others through Media, with an active and attractive way.

In the Exchange, the 5 Greek young people will meet and work with young people from Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Romania and Turkey.


All the participants of the APV left satisfied and happy looking forward for the Exchange. Very soon there will be more details and information about the preparation and the exchange.

Stay tuned cause the information letter and the application form are coming

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