SVE Bulgaria para trabajar con niños a través del arte


Bulgaria te ofrece este voluntariado europeo (SVE) el el exitoso proyecto “Friendship in Box 2” con uno de nuestros mejores socios en Bulgaria. Llevan años trabajando proyectos de arte con niños y jóvenes , ¡anímate a pedir este SVE con ellos!


Kazanlak, Bulgaria

Receiving organization:

Youth development center-Mutual aid


9 months: 01.04.2016-30.12.2016 (3 EVS volunteers)

During two time periods of night months each, the six volunteers will be active participants in working youth groups which will be organized in accordance with the project at the Daily care center for disabled children and youth, the Houses for elderly people Nr. 1 and 3 in Kazanlak, Bulgaria. The participating volunteers will be given the opportunity to be involved in the routine activities of our organization and our partners, focused on the formation of a sense of tolerance and empathy towards the children that are different, and change of people’s prejudices towards disabled people and elderly people, as well as improving the image of the local institutions and organizations. The project’s main goal is through volunteers’ activities and art-therapeutic sessions with the partner organizations, the children to be taught systematically to accept the different people and to create messages of friendship with the other children. The volunteers will have the chance to learn more about the disabled children and youth who are grown in a family environment, and the concomitant issues. The project will also be focused on the youth initiatives of the EU as a means for assisting citizens’ initiative and motivation, and increasing young people’s adaptivity abilities and their skills for working with disabled children and tolerance towards the elderly. Other activities will be: organizing meetings with various experts in fields, in which the volunteers are interested and assisted by the experts, and popularization of the project through publishing a newsletter “The(Y) volunteers”.

The project is countinous of another project which was organized by the receiveing organization from 2013 to 2014 year with 4 EVS volunteers from Spain, Sweden and Germany in Daily care center for disabled children and youth and Houses for elderly people Nr. 1 and 3. The good results of that motivate the team and the institutions to create a new project.

Main activities are as follow institutions:

Daily care center for disabled children and youth;

Houses for elderly people Nr. 1 and 3;

– Newsletter “The(Y) volunteers”.

How to reach Kazanlak:

The best way to reach Kazanlak is from Sofia (there is the biggest airport in Bulgaria). From Sofia airport you have to take the metro. The ticket costs 1 lev for a passenger (please take into consideration that passengers with big baggage pay additional ticket for 1 BGN). You have to get off at Central railway station (Централна гара).

Map of Sofia metro:

It is possible to catch a taxi. You should walk a little on the right of the exit of the termina and you will see plenty of taxis there. The most reliable are “OK taxi”. The price to the railway station might be between 10-12 BGN.

There are two options to get to Kazanlak from there: to take a train (recommended) or bus.

By train:

4. Train to Burgas (Бургас) 7:45 (arrives in Kazanlak at 11:17). Ticket costs 11.40 BGN. For groups between 3 and 6 people the ticket for 1 person costs 9.70 BGN.

2. Train to Burgas (Бургас) 13:00 (arrives in Kazanlak at 16:30). Ticket costs 11:40 BGN.

For groups between 3 and 6 people the ticket for 1 person costs 9.70 BGN.

3. Train to Burgas (Бургас) 16:30 (arrives in Kazanlak at 19:40). Express train with mandatory seats reservation. Ticket costs 15.40 BGN. For groups between 3 and 6 people the ticket for 1 person costs 13.30 BGN.

4. Train to Varna (Варна) 22:30 (arrives in Kazanlak at 1:49). Ticket costs 11.40 BGN. For groups between 3 and 6 people the ticket for 1 person costs 9.70 BGN.

We don’t recommend buying tickets on-line because the on-line reservation system is still subjected to tests.

The website of Bulgarian railways:

By bus:

The central bus station is located about 50 m from the railway station (warning: there is another small bus station in front of the railway station). You have to search for the ticket desks where they sell tickets to Kazanlak.

10:30 (company: Kumaks/Кумакс). Ticket costs 17 BGN. The duration of the journey is about 3.30 h.

15:00 (the same company)

17:30 (the same company. Instead of a bus, you will travel by a mini bus, so we don’t recommend this hour of departure))

The name of Kazanlak in Bulgarian is written Казанлък. The second “a” is pronounced like “I” in “first”.


Organisation will provide a fully equipped private house. Participant will share it with other participants in the activity. Participant will prepare his/her meals on his/her own or together with roommates. Participant is responsible for cleaning his/her clothes and house. Participant is responsible for keeping the living area clean and to take care of the equipment. Participant should keep silence between 23:00 p.m. to 07:00 a.m

Pocket money and money for food:

Pocket money in amount of 70 euro per month. The instalment will be paid within the first 7 days of the month.

Money for food in amount of 100 euro per month. The budget of money for food will be given in the middle of the month. Volunteers will have to cook together and buy products for food together, thereby being able to prepare more food for themselves.

Travel expenses:

According to the conditions of the Erasmus + programme, participants in EVS project can have their travel expenses reimbursed within the amount given below. The reimbursement covers your departure from your home town (residence) to the place of activities (Kazanlak).

You must depart from the country you represent: for example, if you are a representative of Germany, you must depart from Germany.

The reimbursement covers only traveling by plane, train and bus. Money paid for taxi cannot be reimbursed! Please keep all receipts and invoices with you.

Country Travel expenses covered by the project: Spain 230

Other practical advices:

Insurance: We advice every participant to get a European Health Insurance Card, and to ask the sending organization for more info about the insurance company that Erasmus + programme covered.

Weather: The weather in the beginning of april could be warm. In the past years the temperatures reached 15-20 degrees.

Currency: The currency in Bulgaria is lev (BGN). Its rate to Euro is fixed on 1 Euro = 1.955 BGN.

Language: Bulgarian is a Slavic language. Young people often speak English, but people like drivers, ticket sellers, shop assistants usually do not speak English, so it is good if you learn some useful phrases in Bulgarian (see below).

The alphabet used in Bulgaria is Cyrillic, so it is recommended also to get some knowledge about it.

How to apply

becas y voluntariado socios building bridges

Building Bridges members and/or long term unemployed (proved by scanned document) will have preference to this volunteer service.

We will study carefully all application and selected candidates will be invite for Skype interview. The selection of volunteers will take place in the coming weeks.

For the selection of the volunteers we will need:

1 – Europass CV with picture (made in the last month) with skype name included. We give you creative ideas about how to create a good CV in English.

2 – Motivational letter, writing that your sending organisation will be “Building Bridges”. We ask all candidates to send a specific letter of motivation – why they want to volunteer with us rather than just a general EVS one. The volunteer is chosen according to his/her motivation and interest to the project and to the activities. It will be paid special attention to cover letters. Remember to write in the motivation letter that your sending institution is “Asociación Building Bridges”.

3 – Application form (signed)

All documents written in English you can attach below with subject: “EVS Bulgaria Friendship in Box 2 Mariya. YOUR NAME. YOUR SURNAME” to

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