Language Coffee in Sofia (Volume I)

After a successful Language Coffee event that we organised in Sandanski, the next step was to present the same idea to the people living in Sofia. Since Language Coffee is BYF tradition, and we all follow traditions, it went without saying that the location was a part of that tradition, too. Therefore, this first volume…

Greece

On the road at 10:00 a.m.; Sandanski (Bulgaria) direction Salónica (Greece), three girls in our first time that we want to do our whole trip hitch-hiking. One of us, Yassmina, stops in Salónica where was her destination and Carol and me arrived to Calampaka at 17:00 after 362km and 5 cars. Our next task was…

The Change is in YOU!

Промяната е в Tеб / The Change is in You is the association established to give support to young people, who are open to broadening their horizons, striving towards making a change in the place of their residence with the knowledge they have gained from around the globe. The three of us were lucky to have been…

A Dream Come True

Some long time ago, being only three years old, I was taken to the seaside at the coast of the Bulgarian Black Sea. Even though the stories have been told multiple times and the photos of two little girls (my sister and myself) smiling at the camera, with  the sea shimmering in the background, skimmed…

Festival time!

‘After some performances, the closing act started, and it was so emotional. The coordinator of the Balkan Youth Festival, Emilia Marinova thanked all the participants in front of the audience for cooperation and hard work and the energy they invested in working on the festival for one more year. At last, we all shared a huge BYF cake, in this way putting an end to our sweet dream, which I am sure all the participants will keep in their minds forever.’

Eco Happening

“Less is More!” and “Smash It!” were two of the mottoes of one of the events of the Balkan Youth Festival Project, called Eco Happening…
…We left the event with a hope that the future will be marked with more awareness in people about all the possible ways they can use to help our planet breathe cleaner air, walk on the ground free of waste, use renewable energy, and live in a happy, Eco-friendly environment.

The Flash Mob

‘…a Flash mob is a large public gathering where people perform an unusual or seemingly random act and then disperse. In our case it was a dance.’

Veliko Tarnovo

Like all great journeys, rise early, I got up when I knew I was still asleep. On 22th July I took my stuff and went out on the street. And I knew that your destiny is on the road in the same importance as the destination place. I arrived to Veliko on Saturday morning, Pavla was waiting me in the  bus station. Pavla is…

The First Language Coffee

The long-term volunteers have enjoyed their time being a part of the preparation stages for the Balkan Youth Festival. We have done a great job, finished many of the tasks, created events and been a part of the 1st Flash mob. Yet, there was one more event to prepare – the Language Coffee. The Language…

Tryavna

On Friday, 29th July the night was short for Vera, Sergio, Yolanda and me. At half past five in the morning was ringing the alarm clock. We took our things when the sun was starting to shine, while a long travel was waiting us. We tryed to sleep in the train. In the moment when…

Welcoming the Short-term Volunteers

Since we arrived here in Sandanski, everything is happening really fast. Yesterday, August 22nd, the short term EVS volunteers arrived. We had our first meeting at night, but the weather was so bad and all we could have done was just introducing ourselves and exchanging a few words. Today we have spent the whole day…

Preparation of the Festival

On Monday 15th, our dream started becoming true. Finally we moved to Sandanski, and that meant that the festival was getting closer. The day began in the best way possible, meeting Rado, a Bulgarian volunteer who would become a very close friend in a few days. When we arrived in Sandanski, all the Bulgarian volunteers…