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The first blended mobility of youth was organized in Sofia, Bulgaria

The first blended mobility for Erasmus+ Strategic partnership youth project “Mobile youth peer mentoring application to facilitate distance mentoring guidance for youth with disabilities” Project number: 2017-1-TR01-KA205-039752, took place on 15-19 April 2018, in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Following activities were organized:

• “Let’s get to know each other” session for networking and introduction of mobility participants and project partners.

• Common welcome dinner attended by all participants.

The second day started with joint session with My Peer Mentor project partners where the mobility program and organizational issues were presented.

Next, following sessions took place:

• First training workshop on strategy for conducting mentoring sessions guide developed within My Peer Mentor project, topics: presentation of the guide and training work shop on planning and implementation of peer mentoring program lead by Petya Grudeva (Zgura-M)

• Second workshop on  presentation of ABLE Mentor initiative, topics: presentation of mentoring programs for youth conducted within the initiative and storytelling shared by young mentors and mentees lead by Nikolay Nikolov (ABLE Mentor)

• Visiting the VIIth International Fair of social enterprises, topics: visits to the stands of social enterprises and youth NGOs and attending the official opening ceremony of the Fair- officials from the Bulgarian Government.

The third day had also a busy agenda:

• A visit to The World of Maria’s occupational centre for youth with intellectual disabilities, topics: presentation of the activities of the centre and visits to the occupational workshops, lead by Miryana Malamin-Siriyski (The World of Maria).

• Visit to the Bread Houses Network Bulgaria, topics: presentation of the Bread Houses Network Bulgaria activities and thematic workshop on bread kneading dedicated to “Being a mentor- personal attributes and qualities”, lead by Sandra Topalska (Bread Houses Network Bulgaria).

• The taste of our countries, topics: Inter-cultural exchange –each participant to bring traditional food, drink, music to illustrate the “taste” of the home country.

The fourth day had an equally interesting agenda;:

• The 4th day started with the Third workshop on presentation of Voluntary Unit – Sofia activities, topics: presentation of disaster and crisis management program conducted by young volunteers and initiatives for involvement of young disadvantaged people, lead by Yasev Tsvetkov (Voluntary Unit – Sofia), lead by Iva Krustanova (The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award).

• Visit to The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, topics: presentation of the mentoring program and other activities for youth conducted by the awarded Bulgarian young people and personal story telling by young mentors and mentees.

The fifth and last day of the mobility program was finalized by a tour in Sofia that focused on the urban accessibility of people with disabilities.

The mobility concluded with a certification awarding ceremony was done by participating by all mobilities.

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