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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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“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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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

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

Call for Participants

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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 BreakTheCouch@gmail.com

 

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Περιμενουμε τις αιτήσεις σας!😉

 

The website of the exchange is: http://locexchange.wordpress.com/
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“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.

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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

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1 Year Anniversary!

Break The Couch team blew its first candle on the 11th of May 2013.

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.

Fun to be oneStarting that day of May 2012 in Athens we had lots of dreams. Time show to us that we have to make small steps in order to achieve the a big step. 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:

  • By the end of 2012 we managed to finish our first documentary named “More than a Marble Path/Κάτι Περισσότερο απο Μονοπάτι”.  ( http://www.MoreThanAMarblePath.com )
  • We made our first official video clip for the composer Nicolas Livaditis on his song “Nanourisma” (Lullaby) sang from Krinthi Zira (>>click<<)
  • We present Break The Couch as an initiative in several trainings. Specifically:
    • November 2012: “Share and Promote” training (Miltenburg, Germany)
      We presented a first cut from our documentary since the training was about how to promote your voluntary work
    • February 2013: “I See Green” Youth Exchange (Ommen, The Netherlands)
      We presented on a workshop Break The Couch as a New Media initiative. How we use social media and the best practices so far.
    • April 2013: “Taking Changes!” training (Arnhem, The Netherlands)
      Break The Couch was invited from the organizers in this training for Youth Entrepreneurship along with other people 3 people working on the non-profit world to explain about Break The Couch as an informal group, what we did, how we did them and which are the future perspectives of the whole project.
  • We became partners with Olde Vechte Foundation in the Netherlands in the Youth Exchange dealing with the usage of media and a sustainable lifestyle named Levers of Change. So in August 2013 we will send 5 Greek people to attend this event.
  • We took part in the initiative Re-Think, Re-Act organized by the Citizens in Action with the support of the European Youth Foundation which focus on the Youngsters of Greece and how they deal with the financial crisis. Our initiative by itself it has been mentioned as a good example on a self-motivation and paradigmatic idea overcoming the jobless economy and being productive on a booklet. (>>click for the booklet (only in Greek)<<)

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Apart from that we travelled in several places with our camera, even on the summit of Greece, Olympus mountain, we hitchhiked a pick up van in a Greek island, we worked several hours without a break, we consumed many bottles of wine, countless “gyros” and most of them not sitting on a couch. We mainly used a round table, some other times on Google Hangout, sometimes through WhatsApp and of course many times while doing something else but we got distracted on how to break the couch.

We hope that soon we will be back with news an updates that will signify a new prosperous year full of creation, fun and learning.

Stay tuned many surprises are coming soon!

Firestarter** sparks Break The Couch

Olde VechteSince one of our members currently lives in the Netherlands, we had the chance to get involved and participate in a very interesting meeting located in the picturesque setting of Olde Vechte foundation. Olde Vechte Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation, with a long experience in social and cultural work based in Ommen, the Netherlands.

Between the 12th and the 16th of December 2012 20 people from 13 different countries gathered up in Ommen in order to realize the second meeting of the Firestarter Network. This network started sparkling in Cork, Ireland, when under the funds of EU many performance artists gathered and created an informal network between organizations & informal groups connected to theater & performance that work in the social field. The aim of the Network is to collaborate on new projects in order to develop and enhance the use of theater within different social contexts.

FirestartersPanagiotis, one of our team members participated in the meeting being invited by the Small House productions as a representative from the Break The Couch team.

During the 4 days of the meeting the participants had the chance to form a manifesto regarding the network, to discuss about future plans, to deepen in already running projects, to evaluate past activities and in general to create an unique atmosphere. They managed all together to build an administrative committee and to formulate the channels of communication of the network. They scheduled a detailed strategy plan for the upcoming months until the 3rd meeting of the network, hopefully in Berlin in September 2013. Of course there were many surprises by Small House productions, concerning a 2 days movement workshop and many cheerful nights indoors and outdoors.

Break The Couch decided not to get involved as a partner on any of the near future programs but we decided to help by documenting some parts of the meeting on video, and gain from the whole experience as much as possible. Our goal is to get ready as soon as possible to try to get funds in order to invest them in youth work, trying to motivate youngsters to break their couches.

More news to come soon…

Thank you Olde Vechte foundation and Small House productions for the opportunity!

Our first projection

Only a few days ago, Saturday that is, we had our first official projection.

The following Video was presented in a Youth in Action 4.3 project in Miltenburg, near Frankfurt, Germany called “Share and Promote” and its subject was how to do PR and promote international volunteering.  The participants, who were volunteers, experienced workcamp leaders, youth workers had the opportunity to have a sneak peek of the documentary we are already preparing. Panagiotis was there from the team and received the enthusiasm about the video and especially beauty of the place.

This video was created for the purposes of this exact training.

Be up to date with all the News about this Documentary by clicking here.
For more information about the workcamp visit the official blog of the workcamp by clicking here