"Actors of Change 1.0" was a European Voluntary Service project carried during 1 year, in Arad and Timișoara. The idea of this project started from the so-called "Refugee Crisis" and the distorted perception society has about the refugees present within the European Union. The solution proposed by us, through this project, was to change society's perception of migrants and promote diversity among, as many youngsters in the local community as possible. These youngsters acquired the necessary skills to pass on information, thus becoming promoters of positive changes. The project involved 8 volunteers from Spain, Italy, and Turkey who carried out activities in schools, centers, and refugee camps. The results obtained were disseminated through TV shows, an evs-talk organized by the volunteers, or through multiple appearances in the local press.

We achieved great results during this project as two of the volunteers permanently lived and worked in AIDROM Timisoara, where they gave a hand and organized several integration activities for refugees and migrants weekly.

As the title suggests, the project Actors of Change II: Educate, Act, Inspire was created as a continuation of the first project with the same name. It took place during 2 years and brought together 9 young volunteers from Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, and Greece. Within this project, volunteers organized hundreds of workshops on cultural diversity, examining and combating prejudice and promoting tolerance, in order to reduce the level of violence in schools, the level of bullying and the school dropout rate. Analyzing the questionnaires completed by pupils from Arad, Pecica, and Vinga, we observed a significant improvement in their attitude and behavior, as a result of participating in the workshops organized by the volunteers. The teachers were also very satisfied with the results of the project, requesting other collaborations on similar activities in the future, from our organization.

#allDifferent was an EVS project, carried out in Arad between 2017 and 2019. There were 16 foreign volunteers participating in this project from Italy, Northern Macedonia, Turkey, and Spain, during two stages, of 8 months each. The main activities implemented by the volunteers were the promotion of diversity, tolerance, combating discrimination, harassment, and violence in schools. The volunteers organized hundreds of workshops in Arad city and county, and the results were truly surprising. We managed to interact with over 2400 pupils and, after analyzing the questionnaires, given before and after the workshops a success rate of over 30% is observed in all participating parties. As a result, we can say that this project had a real impact on the local community and on all those involved, directly or indirectly.

To see what specific activities were organized by the volunteers during their service, please check out our Facebook page - Organizatia Tinerilor cu Initiativa and use #allDifferent or #alldifferent