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Organization

Organization

History

"United Societies of Balkans" is a Non Governmental Organization, founded in Thessaloniki in 2008 by a team of active young people, socially sensitized, and with rich experience around voluntary programs. Their vision was the promotion of youth mobility, youth involvement in volunteering and their further sensitizing around social issues.

Balkans and Eastern Europe are geographical regions with many cultural features which offer a broad spectrum of actions and youth involvement initiatives. The organization was created as a respond to the pressure of constant changes in the Balkan and Eastern European region and under the need for the creation of a better social environment. Key areas of the organization's activities concern the defense of human rights, the organization of youth exchanges and training courses, which will bring young people from Balkans and Europe together, the organization of local educational seminars and multimedia production.

Goals

Main goals of the organization:

  • To promote the values of non- formal learning, volunteering, active citizenship and democracy for the creation of a better future for European youth.
  • To promote human rights, solidarity and respect for diversity
  • To involve with minorities and immigrants
  • To build healthy cooperation bridges between countries of the Balkan area and that of Eastern Europe with the rest of Europe.
  • To locate and multiply the special cultural attributes of our societies
  • The break down of prejudices and stereotypes between Balkan countries

Funding

The actions organized by "United Societies of Balkans" are being funded by donations, sponsorships, voluntary subscriptions of friends and members of the organization and from national and EU Programmes such as the Erasmus+ programme, the Council of Europe, the State Scholarships Foundation, the European Commission, the Anna-Lindh Foundation, etc.

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Aris Parashou

President and Founder

"I never believed on formal studies, even if they preserve you a social status. What is the meaning of having a PhD on education when you have never been a teacher? What is the meaning of being an archeologist...

Sofia Madentzoglou

EVS Mentor

Sofia Madentzoglou is a student at the School of French Language and Literature

Ioannis Tsilsou

Assistant Project Manager

Ioannis finished his bachelor degree in the department of International and European Studies.

Kalli Siafaka

Italian Language Teacher

I have been born in Athens but I grew up in a small town of Phthiotida. Since I was a little girl, I wanted to become an archeologist and been engaged with History of Art...

Philipa Nikolova

EVS Mentor

Philipa studied Cultural Studies in Sofia University, Philosophy as an exchange student in Universidad Complutense de Madrid and did a Master degree in European Studies in KU Leuven, Belgium.

Riccardo Rossi

Assistant Project Manager

Riccardo studied Political Science and International Relations at the University of Perugia. During his studies, he developed an interest in migration, human Rights, cultural diversity while doing internships with two NGOs.

Olympia Datsi

Networking and Volunteer Coordinator(2011-2015)

She doesn't like big words that never become a reality. She fights constantly with time. She doesn't need to explain where she can prove. Her continuous activity, multiple interests and her studies in different...

Christina Kontaxi

Organization and Management Consultant(2008-2013)

Christina first heard about youth projects and ways that mobilize the potential of young Europeans in 2001. As a young marine scientist/environmentalist she participated in several youth projects...

Jelena Vujanovic

Assistant Project Manager(2013-2015)

Jelena was born in Serbia at the period when no one felt safe to stay in the Balkans and especially in the countries of former Yugoslavia. Her parents decided that only the path of exile is the solution for one better...

Korina Branioti

Press officer(2014-2015)

Korina was born and raised in Thessaloniki and she has studied Journalism and Mass Communication at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She has worked as journalist for the Real Fm radio station...

Matteo Scarpa

Member(2014)

He was born and raised in Salerno (Italy) [not Palermo!]. Matteo (or Ματθαίος now) studied Political Sciences and International Relations at the University of Salerno ...

Alexia Kalaitzi

Press Officer and Project Coordinator(2011-2013)

Born and raised in Thessaloniki, she has studied Journalism and Mass Communication in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and theatre in Drama School of "Vasilis Diamantopoulos"...

Anna Kelermenou

Writing programs(2009-2011)

Life in an urban city such as Thessaloniki, provides a chance of getting to see unique faces under different lighting conditions. U.S.B. consists a multicultural crossroad, a spectrum of developing ideas...

George Pliakos

Member(2009-2011)

"He was born in a city of Macedonia, Greece, facing Bristol Square. He graduated from Law School at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Maria Daskalaki

Μέλος(2008-2010)

Τελείωσε την Αγγλική Φιλολογία του Α.Π.Θ. το 2011, κι έφυγε αμέσως για μεταπτυχιακό στις Πολιτισμικές Σπουδές (Cultural Studies) στο Πανεπιστήμο του Leeds. Ονειρεύεται να κάνει το διδακτορικό της όταν θα έχει το χρόνο, ενώ προσωρινά δουλεύει...