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2 Years Breaking our Couches!

Break The Couch team blowing its second candle on the 11th of May 2014.

All this 365 days we were working on different levels, in different projects and most of the time from different countries. Greece, UK, The Netherlands were some of the bases of our team. We did several things and we want to brag a bit about them, if it is ok with you.

It's fun to be two

In May 2013, we celebrated together the first year of Break The Couch. Having the experience of one year full of dreams and plans we entered to the second year of our life. The Second year we have to say that it was a bit more demanding but also rather fulfilling. We can say we are kinda multitasking since we end up having several projects and for some of them you are not even aware of. Most of them though, you already know them so, we can just count them: Read the rest of this entry

Being Special

Few thoughts from Olga Karageorgiou, Greek participant of the Youth Exchange “Generation Y: Between Dystopia and Utopia” happened in Olde Vechte Foundation between 1-12 February 2014, in Ommen, The Netherlands.

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Living in a country with more that 50% young unemployed people and having applied unsuccessfully more than 50 times for a job, I never felt special in my life. At least I didn’t feel that the others considered me as someone special. Coming to Olde Vechte for the exchange “Generation Y: Between Dystopia and Utopia” the people that showed us around asked us this very question: ‘Do you feel special?

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Alliance Video Project

This video is dedicated to the short term international voluntary projects, known as “workcamps” the Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organizations organizes since 1982 with the vision to promote peace, intercultural understanding and active participation!

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“GENERATION Y, Between Dystopia and Utopia” Youth Exchange, February 2014, The Netherlands

Application procedure for participants.

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One last spot available

Dear friends,

We are happy to announce that the selection of participants for the GENERATION Y, Between Dystopia and Utopia youth exchange has just started. Break The Couch is the Greek partner of the training.

GENERATION Y, Between Dystopia and Utopia is a Media Youth Exchange program developed and organized by the Small House Productions.

It is happening between 1st-12th of February 2014 (excluding traveling days) in Ommen, the Netherlands, in the group-accommodation buildings of Olde Vechte Foundation and it is funded by Youth in Action.


For the GENERATION Y, Between Dystopia and Utopia Youth Exchange we are looking for 5 young people from Greece (18-30yo) that will travel to the Netherlands and during this 12 working days they will have the chance to work in an intercultural environment on how to work by media and be an example. This is a youth exchange about you, us and media. It will involve storytelling and it will bring in front the power of example. We believe everyone has a story to tell – and now more than ever young people should stand as an example for past and future generations. From personal stories to the story of a generation.

We invite youngsters from Greece that they are motivated to make a difference in their community or their surroundings through media and the power of example. If you are interested in working with video, photography, storytelling and exploring cultural diversity then this exchange is most probably for you.

Olde VechteIn the project, the 5 Greek young people will meet and work with youngsters from the Netherlands, Croatia, France, Lithuania, Romania, Latvia and Turkey.

For more information and application forms click the following links:

Generation Y Info Pack
Generation Y Application form

if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us at BreakTheCouch@gmail.com

This project is funded by Youth in Action and participants have to cover 30% of their travel expenses and 50€ of the participation fee. Accommodation, food, program costs are 100% covered.

Yia NJI

“New Mountain” Basic Synergy Training, January 2014, The Netherlands

Application procedure for participants.

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Selection is over

Dear friends,

We are happy to announce that the selection of participants for the NEW MOUNTAIN training has just started. Break The Couch is the Greek partner of the training.

NEW MOUNTAIN is a Personal Development training or else called Basic Synergy Training.

It is happening between 19th-30th of January 2014 (excluding traveling days) in Ommen, the Netherlands, in the group-accommodation buildings of Olde Vechte Foundation and it is funded by Youth in Action.

Olde VechteFor the NEW MOUNTAIN training we are looking for 5 young people from Greece that will travel to the Netherlands and during this 12 working days they will have the chance to learn by experience about themselves. The main theme of the NEW MOUNTAIN is “How to Create fulfillment in a jobless economy” and we invite youngsters from Greece that they are unemployed or threatened by unemployment or they are not satisfied with their job to participate in this training.

In the project, the 5 Greek young people will meet and work with young people from BulgariaCroatiaHungaryLatvia, Spainthe Netherlands, and Romania.

For more information and application forms click the following links:

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NewMountain_ApplicationForm

if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us or the organizers at the email: newmountain.exchange@gmail.com

This project is funded by Youth in Action and participants have to cover 30% of their travel expenses and 50€ of the participation fee. Accommodation, food, program costs are 100% covered.

Yia NJI

Finding a New Mountain in the Netherlands

“NEW MOUNTAIN” Preparation meeting

New Mountain logo smallAs you might already know  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, experiencing and meeting people from other cultures and other countries.

This summer we started with the Youth in Action exchange named Levers of Change and now it is the second time that we are involved in a Youth Project in the Netherlands.

This time we are are involved dually in the project with the name NEW MOUNTAIN which is a Basic Synergy Training. Our role is double because not only we will bring 5 youngsters from Greece to participate, but our member Panagiotis is one of the three main trainers of the project.

But what is Basic Synergy Training? The Basic Synergy Trainings started and developed in the Netherlands by Olde Vechte Foundation and they are Personal Development trainings. The main theme of the NEW MOUNTAIN is “How to Create fulfilment in a jobless economy” and we will invite 5 youngsters from Greece that they are unemployed or threatened by unemployment or they are not satisfied with their job to participate in this training.

From the 14th to 16th of October 2013 already selected participants of the project visited the Netherlands and specifically the Olde Vechte Foundation. During two full working days they had the chance to get introduced to basic media skills. Vasilis, who is member of Break The Couch and participant of the project shared with the rest of the participants some of his media skills. For 2 days participants were busy with media input and assignments. Soon we will post some of the results in our facebook page..

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The NEW MOUNTAIN project will take place from the 19th to 30th of January 2014 and 5 young people from Greece will travel to the Netherlands and during this 12 working days they will have the chance to learn by experience about themselves and focus on how to create fulfilment in their lives.

In the project, the 5 Greek young people will meet and work with young people from Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Latvia, Spain, the Netherlands, and Romania.

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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

This project is funded by Youth in Action and participants have to cover 30% of their travel expenses and 50€ of the participation fee. Accommodation, food, program costs are 100% covered.

Yia NJI

In the army now

Workcamp #5, Soesterberg, Utrecht, the Netherlands.

BasisAlmost a month ago, 13-15 September 2013, two different members of the Break The Couch team reunited in the Netherlands in order to film the last Workcamp for the Alliance Video Project. This time Spyros flew from UK to meet Panagiotis who lives in the Netherlands in order to film the workcamp happening in the Festival de Basis.

Arriving late night in the facilities that the volunteers are hosted we realised that we have to issue passes to enter the premises of the accommodation. The reason is that the volunteers were actually hosted inside a military base. Therefore we ‘ve been treated like a soldiers. Both Spyros and Panagiotis recalled memories from their military duty back in Greece, and it’s better to drop this topic since it is pointless to compare Greek and Dutch army facilities.

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th of September we spend the whole days strolling around the old military airport of Soesterberg. Utrecht province was celebrating the 300 years of treaty happened in their town. For more information for the whole event click >>here<< . Therefore the whole airport was transformed to a huge festival event. Concerts, galleries, art, theater, opera, sports, restaurants, games for children and many more activities were planned for the visitors of  the Festival de Basis.

Within the Festival de Basis, in Soesterberg Royal Netherlands Air Force Base there was a workcamp of SIW Internationale Vrijwilligersprojecten happening. The reason is to bring along with the local volunteers a bunch of international volunteers who will assist the Festival for 2 weeks. Volunteers from America, Europe and Asia joined forced with the local Dutch volunteers and carry the whole festival.

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Despite the rainy weather Break The Couch team grabbed some bikes and stroll around the base for two days filming events and the interaction of the volunteers with the guests and the rest of the volunteers.

game overThis workcamp was the last planned workcamp to visit during our video project. Now all the members of Break The Couch team are back to their own Bases and the most important part of this project, the post production has already started.

Stay tuned for the results of the Alliance Video Project.

Photo album of this workcamp: http://on.fb.me/1aFCcUi