pina-logoPiNA is an organisation for social development working on three intertwined priority areas: STRENGHTENING OF THE NGO SECTOR, DEVELOPMENT OF A CRITICAL AND RESPONSIBLE SOCIETY and INTERNATIONAL (CO)OPERATION.

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The association is based in Koper, Slovenia and has 8 office employees (bachelor degree in psychology, anthropology, cultural studies, political science and communication science) and 2 multimedia experts running the multimedia centre within the association (filming, editing, design, animation, 3D modulation). PiNA works also with other NGOs, municipalities, schools and other public bodies, institutes, colleges and universities, independent initiatives, international networks and business companies.

The co-workers at PiNA work on three intertwined and complementary priority areas: STRENGHTENING OF THE NGO SECTOR, DEVELOPMENT OF A CRITICAL AND RESPONSIBLE SOCIETY and INTERNATIONAL (CO)OPERATION.

Under these areas, we:

Develop activities

(i.e. PiNA TERMINAL, our channel through which more than 60 individuals yearly leave to attend training abroad),

Connect with other key players

(i.e. coordination of educational institutions, municipality representatives and non-governmental organisations in preparing the first analysis about youth participation in the region),

Promote active participation of the civil society

(i.e. the exchange of seeds or preparation of a community urban garden)

Respond to existing needs providing any missing content

(i.e. the preparation of a didactic tool for teachers in primary and secondary schools for teaching active citizenship).

We are locally recognised as one of the references NGOs in the region. Because of the established quality of our work, our success in obtaining funds and our staff’s organisational skills, other NGOs now ask us support in tender documentation preparation and in getting advices about leading organisation work.

The quality of our work is also confirmed by various financiers: in the last three years, we have successfully run as carriers of the tender programmes Erasmus+, Europe for Citizens, Lifelong Learning Gruntwig and Leonardo da Vinci, Youth in Action, European Social Fund, Norway’s Financial Mechanism, American Embassy and the Anne Lindh Foundation. We have also successfully run for different Public Tenders of the Republic of Slovenia. A significant part of the organisation’s income is given by the market, by performing educational services for other organisations and institutions.

During our years of operation, we have developed a wide network of quality partnerships, which consists of over 100 organisations in four continents. We are present in several networks and initiatives on a national and international level (the Network of Multimedia Centres Europe Direct Network, Plan B for Slovenia, Slovenian NGO platform for development cooperation and humanitarian aid – SLOGA, etc.). Thanks to the different skills of PiNA’s staff and its branched network of cooperatives, we bring to partnerships an interdisciplinary approach and a varied expertise from the fields of youth, participation, minorities, lifelong learning, creativity and European cooperation.

In 2011, our work has made us earn the award “Innovative project of the year”, assigned by Ministry of Education and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia, and in 2012 the national Karl Veliki prize (project Glas mladih – Voice of Youth). We also gained the status of operating in the public interest in the field of youth.


CESIE_Logo_VectorCESIE is a European centre of studies and initiatives, established in 2001, inspired by the work and theories of the sociologist Danilo Dolci.

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CESIE is a non-governmental European, no-profit, secular and independent organization, established in 2001 in Palermo, by inspiration of the social, cultural and politics works developed by Danilo Dolci.

The sociologist arrived in Sicily in the early ’50s and had a very important role in the fight against the mafia-patronage system; he dedicated his life to the cause of the poor areas of Trappeto and Partinico (Palermo). The work of Dolci was mainly characterized by the use of nonviolent methods (“reverse” strikes, collective fasts, peace marches) and by the fact that any action was always conceived, developed and organized with simple people, as farmers and fishermen. Later Dolci has focused his work on education, working together with teachers, university professors, also involving children and parents, in order to renew the educational process through a more humanistic approach aware of students and collectivity needs and motivations.

CESIE has transferred a little of all these experiences in its work, so it’s focused on education, mainly on non-formal education with young people and adults. As a work method, CESIE uses the Reciprocal Maieutic Approach (created and tested for years by Dolci) and other methods based on non-violence and focused on human relations. Moreover, behind each single implemented activity, there’s a very important preparatory work behind: firstly, by involving different social actors, the needs of the people and of the area of interest are considered, in order to ensure that the initiatives, once started, will have the desired impact.

CESIE coordinates the CESIE Federation in which more than 30 organizations across the world join in and share our goals. Since 2001 we have realized 400 projects and currently we have 90 projects active at local, European, Euro- Mediterranean and worldwide level, providing a direct benefit to 100.000 people.

Our major institutional donors are the European Union, the Council of Palermo, the Sicilian Region and the Italian government. We receive fundings from foundations, private donors, from firms and volunteers.

CESIE is committed to the promotion of cultural, educational, scientific and economic development, through the use of innovative and active tools and methods, at local as well as international level.


subir-al-sur-logoAs a programme of the SES Foundation, Subir al Sur promotes peace and intercultural education through voluntary service without distinction of cultural or social differences.

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SES Foundation is an organization which works for promoting Youth rights by developing programmes on employment, education and participation of youth.  As part of SES, the objective of Subir al Sur is to educate about “global citizenship” and to increase awareness on the values of co-responsibility, respect for cultural diversities and solidarity.

Every year we mobilize at least 250 volunteers from Argentina, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas. They participate in intercultural volunteer projects organized by Subir al Sur in various areas of Argentina. We facilitate volunteer experiences for dozens of Argentines with our partner organizations worldwide.

Subir al Sur recognizes that a travel experience can be deeply educational. We believe that individuals can help building a better world by practicing solidarity through volunteerism and by celebrating cultural diversity bringing together human beings from distant parts of the globe. The intention is to promote the acquisition and enhancement of fundamental values such as mutual respect, solidarity, cooperation, tolerance, freedom, equality, justice and responsibility. Our intercultural encounters include daily activities focused on nonviolent communication, tolerance, and solidarity.

Subir al Sur projects are rooted in Service Learning and we strive to respond to the unique/specific features of the socio-political and economic contexts we face in every place where we work. Our methodology provides opportunities for learning through participation and action-learning. As volunteer groups use collective knowledge to address real local problems, this gives way to a profound, contextually-situated learning experience.

We know that intercultural volunteerism is a deeply enriching experience for many people who – despite language barriers – share common goals, common values, and common commitment to a project. For this reason, Subir al Sur works to generate a supportive context in which individuals can meet, share, and discover one another.

Being an international volunteer is an option for anyone in any moment of their life, regardless of age, ethnicity, nationality or professional qualifications. Volunteerism is one of the ways people can exercise their free will, make choices, discover new activities and life spaces, and express their commitment to a more just and fair society.



Tanzania Youth Cultural Exchange Network (TYCEN) is a youth development non-governmental organization based in Dar es salaam-Tanzania while its operational activities cover the whole communities of United republic of Tanzania.

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Tanzania Youth Cultural Exchange Network (TYCEN)’s mission is to engage young people in community based projects locally and internationally with particular interest in education, gender issues, health, culture, youth, environmental conservation and sustainable development.

TYCEN’s activities are: to facilitate youth to acquire skills and competencies for employment, promote entrepreneurial education in order to encourage enterprise culture among the youth and the whole community, enhance gender equality and raise awareness on health, environmental  issues, conservation and sustainabilty. We provide different trainings in the field of civil society, social-economic issues and youth civic integration for young people and informal groups. TYCEN also organizes Inter-cultural Exchange programs, National and International volunteering projects, specialized educational programs and events.

Target group: TYCEN’s activities involve and benefits formal and informal groups of young people aged 15-35 from across Tanzania and abroad.


logo_273x69Check-IN is a non-profit youth Associaton, and works in close cooperation with public and private entities, since April 2010

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Check-IN – Cooperation and Development is a non-profit youth Association and works in close cooperation with public and private entities, actively participating in everyday quality improvement activities. Check-IN was created in April 9, 2010.

Check –IN Association is a source of information, access to training and lifelong learning opportunities, for young and adult people.

Through these activities, we aim to promote: social and communitarian integration; education and cooperation for sustainable development; personal competencies, interpersonal and social development; active citizenship; the respect for human rights; gender equality; tolerance, intercultural dialogue and solidarity between the peoples, among others.

Check-IN also shows special concern for those subjects with less privileged access to information due to their geographical location, their economic status or their personal situation.

In order to achieve its aims, the association organises activities at local, national and international level, such as workshops, seminars, activity buildings activities and training courses. We also implement several volunteering activities for incoming and outcoming participants (ex: European voluntary service, national volunteering), international and national traineeships etc.

Our success lies in the quality and professionalism of our Staff: a group of dynamic and motivated people, with exceptional organizational and customer service skills. Check-IN staff shares a common experience and/or will of being involved in the field of international youth mobility projects, volunteering (especially EVS but also national volunteering), non-formal education and Life Long Learning Projects.

We have our headquarters in Beja, a rural area in Portugal in Alentejo region, and another office in Lisbon. In Beja we cooperate with the Municipality of the city, while in Lisbon we cooperate with Santo António Civil Parish.


ccn logoCampaign for Change-Nepal (CCN) is a non-governmental, non-political and social organization registered in 2005 at District Administration Office in Kathmandu, and affiliated at Social Welfare Council of Nepal.

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CCN is a youth-based organization and most of its programs and activities involve youths and women. Our mission is to gather, organize and empower them for the betterment of the society.

Objectives/Goals of the organization:

  • To organize the knowledge and experience documentation and sharing/learning program in between the groups of youths and senior age people.
  • To provide skills and competencies through organising training courses designed for women, youth and deprived groups of the society.
  • To conduct community focused income generation and self-employ skill development program focusing on the youths and remote women for enhancing economic and social sustainable development.
  • To promote and involve the youths in the participatory activities in fields such as education, health services, sports, science, technology and alternative energy.

The organisation mainly work on the following issues:

  • Peace, Democracy and Human Rights
  • Youth Rights, Respect and Responsibility
  • Networking, capacity building and coordination with different organisations
  • Education, Health and Sustainable Development
  • Gender, Cast and Regional Development
  • Migration, xenophobia and the rights of the migrants workers
  • Research, Public advocacy and Publication

Among the progammes addressed to youth, we conduct non formal education based projects between Europe and Nepal, like: job shadowing, youth exchanges and EVS (European Volunteers Service). We also host and involve young Nepalese citizens who attend internship projects, and monitor them in different organizational activities, in order to develop their personal and professional skills. We have youth mobility and student exchange program between public and private schools/colleges involving students of different ranges to help them build their capacities. We involve them in different programs like related to Anti-drug awareness, youth issues, child/women human rights, environment awareness, integrated community development and different skills developing works.

It is today known as highly respected, trusted and capable organization in Nepal. A unique feature of the organization has been the one of developing innovative and adaptable strategies based on experience and continuous communication at different people-level, in order to achieve the over-all objectives. The organization has been working at local, national and international level targeting the youths, women and communities.

Target Groups: Youth, women and children