Three young people from France and Spain have been working since January 2012 as European volunteers with a non-governmental organisation in Krško, Slovenia to introduce local children and young people – particularly young Roma – to the world of media and so to stimulate involvement in public life through media.
The hosting organisation, Društvo zaveznikov mehkega pristanka, is active in the field of international youth work and non-formal learning with a special focus on multimedia education. It runs an open-door centre with its own multimedia studio.
Young volunteers help with planning and making video-productions. They assist young people shooting documentaries for the monthly Youth TV Magazine, broadcast on local TV; organise video workshops; work with youngsters on developing ideas for projects; work on technical aspects of videos; and take care of archiving films prepared by young people. Volunteers also help out with other projects run by the host organisation – film projections, festivals, workshops and summer camps in Roma settlements.
Through their involvement, the volunteers are gaining experience in media, video and film techniques, youth work, managing international projects and working with cultural minorities such as Roma. Along with local young people, they are learning to think critically about social issues, and express their views publicly. Volunteers also have the opportunity to learn Slovenian.
Coming from a different part of Europe, the volunteers enrich the local community with their diverse experiences and views. They contribute to peer- and intercultural learning for all young people involved in the project. Each European Voluntary Service project is another step to opening up people’s minds, promoting European values and showing all the opportunities Europe offers to young people.
A European Voluntary Service (EVS) project 'Youth & Media' funded by the Youth in Action national agency in Slovenia.