2015 has been a year of big deal for us. We did a lot of thinks (and much more are coming!). We have grown up and we have changed. Such matters as the external organizational questions and maintenance of our activity have been solved.
This year we have organized some huge educational events - Forum «Territory of changes»
during which we were working with schoolchildren. We could see how eager they were to realize their own projects, which goal was to improve their surroundings, schools, villages, cities. That is why, we will continue this interesting work with youngsters (a few programs and projects are already planned). We are working on our own courses and trainings for youngsters and teachers.
The develompent of urban space is also important for us. We will still cooperate with some group initiatives and support their partnership with international organizations.
We will also support young professionals by creating new projects and by helping them to raise it on an international level. Then we are ready to develop our local projects for international level: to invite international experts, participants, volunteers. We would like that Krasnoyarsk becomes a starting point for the personal and business connections. We aspire that our city will be perceived as a modern, friendly, open and hospitable place in Siberia. We want to develop new creative spaces in city
, that would become one of INTERRA's residences.
We continue to work with the "European Voluntary Service"
program and we hope that our next volunteers who will arrive next year will have the opportunity to interact more with Krasnoyarsk schools. Furthermore we hope that more and more Russian youngsters will be got the opportunity to volunteer abroad and then return with new creative ideas and abilities.
A few words about some future plans for next year. Most of our ideas have a global perspective. As usual we will have some projects with Germany.
According to the Russian-German Fund (Hamburg), among Russian organizations, INTERRA is the third one to host the most youth exchanges with Germany.
The most exciting project of this summer will be «VIV»
: Roalds Amundsen ship will accomplish 5 travels on the Baltic sea en-route: Киль-Росток-Калининград-Петербург. During each travel, participants from Germany and Russia will learn how to become a sailor, to manage a sailboat and will have the chance to discover new cities. It is an excellent chance to check itself.
We will have one more extraordinary project: a summer trip to Tanzania. The project "Critical Kitchen" where the main topics will be: meal / food industry and climate change. Why kitchen?
We believe that kitchen is a special place where families and friends gather to spent time, to talk, to eat. Because of that during the project participants will study how to prepare traditional dishes and will meet with experts.
The format of "kitchen meetings" will give the possibility to talk about serious things, such as steady development of society, the history of relations between our countries,
ecological issues- in an informal situation.
Another importand project will be held in the southern part of Krasnoyarsk Region in Khakasiya. This project will be loved by all the active people who like active tourism. The trip will be done by bicycles, boat and on foot with backpacks. It will be about the immersion in the past occupation of the soviet territory. The project is related to the 25th year of Soviet's Union disintegration. This is response for the last project «Velosofia»
during which a Russian - German group of youngsters researched about the influence of German development 25 years after the fall of the Berlin wall.
In 2016 we will start the project with our Ukrainian friends. It is an educational and creative program named "Habit to think announcement" that will begin in January.
Furthermore we are still making some new plans with our partners from Poland, Armenia, Denmark, Switzerland. However you have to wait a little bit more to get some more details, (after we will be done with the cooperation we are currently running with our partners).
This is just a part of our plans for 2016. If we can achieve all of our plans it will be such a bright and exciting year. We wish to all our friends and partners the best for this year.
See you in 2016!