Being in Bodrum for 1 month, with people from 10 different countries, living in the same place, spending every single day together, was one of my greatest experience of my life. Before i arrived here, i was anxious about the unknown. I was expecting nothing. And now, that i am writing my thoughts about this project i feel so grateful, i feel lucky. I have so many emotions that make me wanna freeze the time and hug all my last moments here with all these amazing people.
I tested myself, i did things which would seem impossible for me, in my country. It’s not only the place that made me feel different, it’s mostly my interaction with all these people, my partners to this dream. Our daily brain-stormings, our walks on the beach, our tea ceremonies, our draw/music/ yoga days, our environmental activities, our talks, our MOMENTS will always be in my heart in a way which make me want to live more and appreciate more.
Konstantina Tsagkari. Greece
Time passes so quickly. 1 month was not enough in Bodrum I think. This EVS project was an amazing experience. The topic of the project was so interesting. We learned more things about eco-friendly lifestyle and we also promote it in local people. Creating land art objects was also a new thing for me. In the beginning I find it so difficult but when we started creating our turtles I really enjoyed it. It’s so creative to make something from totally natural materials. We learned so many things and we did so many activities. It was really amazing sharing this experience with all these people. I loved each of them.They are 30 people from 10 different countries and they are all unique in their own way. I will miss all of them. We shared so many things and feelings during this month and it will be hard to say goodbye .During this month in Bodrum I also discovered more things about myself. This project helped me to understand more clear what I want to do in my life. I like to travel, to learn new things and sharing experiences with people from different places of the planet. I also loved Bodrum so much. It’s a magic place. I felt like I was in Greece. This place is amazing. I could live here forever. I also want to say a big thanks to Bodrum Dance Club for giving me this chance to live this experience. And also a big thanks to our coordinator Berat. He is amazing. The world needs more people like him. For the end I want to share a quote that really express my feelings about this project. “Sometimes you go to discover new places and you discover yourself.” Thank you people for all.It was perfect! Hope to see you again. Love you!!
Maria Christodoulou, Greece
Let Your Creativity Out , Bodrum Turkey
Bodrum Dance Club, Erasmus Plus
The European Voluntary Service project “Let Your Creativity Out” took place in Bodrum, Turkey from March,1 to March,31 2019. It was organized by the Bodrum Youth, Culture and Art Centre on the base of Erasmus Plus program.
30 youngsters from 18 to 30 participated in the project as artists, creators, promoters, journalists, photographers and social media managers. They were coming from 10 different countries: Russia, Croatia, Slovakia, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Armenia, Lithuania, and Hungary. All the expenses for volunteers were covered by the European Union, such as accommodation, food, transportation, visas, pocket money and insurance.
The aim of the project was to support environmental protection movement and eco-friendly lifestyle by using nature art, or Land Art. During the first week volunteers had orientation trainings with the coordinator Berat Ezel with a help of the mentors Ezgi Dokur, Arina Ovchinnikova and Lucia Sáez. On the second week volunteers divided into sub-teams and worked on creating the art concept and promotion strategy.
On the third week with the help of the artists Konstantin Prusov and Vadim Kazansky from Russia, as well as Alan Wurman Rodrich from Chile, the volunteers designed more than 10 land art objects on the Paradise Beach. They used natural materials such as tree branches, pine spikes, leaves, stones, charcoal, etc. The biggest of the objects was almost twice bigger than a human scale.
On March, 23 the Land Art exhibition at the Paradise Beach took place. A lot of media came as well as local people attracted by online and offline promotion. It was followed by the the photo exhibition in Midtown Shopping Centre on March, 28.
During 4 weeks of the project at least 10 promotion activities were held, where volunteers informed local people about the EVS (ESC) volunteer program and the importance of eco lifestyle. The project got wide local media coverage in Bodrum.