Friends are the family we choose for ourselves

Thanks to volunteering, you can make friends with people from all around the world. Some friendships last forever, some don’t, but even those short ones give you valuable lessons about life, people, and your own self.

Ramia is a volunteer from Algeria, Natalia is a volunteer from Poland. They moved to Germany 4 months ago for their EVS projects. They share a flat together but also many interests and values.

Human Rights and Climate Change

Will climate change lead us to humans rights abusement? Are rights to life, food, water and nationality threatened? What difficulties women, children and indigenous people will face during climate crisis? Last weekend, those were the most important topics for the Turbina’s team. We discussed climate change social aspects and shared ideas about organizing our own workshops, for example, during our conference in April.


One day in Szczecin- Pomorze Pomoże?

On seminars in Ramin, volunteers made friends with one another. They became fond of Szczecin- a city on the other side of the border. We had decided to visit our Polish neighbors, so we went on a one day trip to Szczecin. At Sztowarzyszenie Polites’ office, Szymon prepared for us a workshop ‚How much do you know about the world’. He was proving to us that the situation in the world is becoming better- people live longer, fewer children die, more and more girls attend school, many children are vaccinated.
Natalia prepared a presentation about Poland. She told us about inspiring Poles like Marie- Curie Skłodowska, Frederic Chopin, Nikolaus Kopernicus. She explained the 20th-century history of her country and the current political situation.

On arrival seminar in Hannover

Hello! I’m Natalia- EVS volunteer at Turbina Pomerania. Last week I went to Hannover together with Ramia from GRIStuF and Rutkay from Demokratiebahnhof station for an on-arrival seminar in Hannover. We met there with other EVS and ESC volunteers working in Germany. It was a great experience because we learned about many exciting organizations young people work with, we talked about things that surprise us in Germany, what are the methods of solving problems and what our rights are as volunteers. We also joined a climate change workshop which was focusing on our diet and ways of transportation.

BFD Seminar October 2019

From 21 to 25 October, the seminar was held for all under 27-year-old federal volunteers of Turbina Pomerania.


The aim of the seminar was to reflect how the first months of the volunteer service went, which tasks were taken over, what role we actually play as volunteers in our organisation and what challenges already arised.

This time we stayed in Greifswald to visit the Hosting Organisation of the volunteers. We participated in the conference for youth work and looked together for strategies of constructive conflict management.

We also made plans for future projects and of course the fun factor was also a part of spending time together




What did volunteers do in Ramin?

I started my voluntary service by participating in a seminar that was taking place in Ramin,  a charming cross-border village.

For five days I and other EVS volunteers
but also local and BFD volunteers were taking part in workshops
prepared by Ania from Stowarzyszenie Polites, Claudia from Turbina Pomerania
and Hanna from The Third Sector.
Participants talked about human rights and discrimination;
We learned about the opportunities for development in the Western Pomerania region
and discussed our learning goals
for the next voluntary year.

Furthermore, we joined classes about
The European Voluntary Service and The Federal Voluntary Service.
Now we’re back in our towns with a big motivation for being active.


Natalia, EVS volunteer from Turbina Pomerania

Human Rights and Climate Change Workshop

Dear Volunteers,

we would love to invite you to our workshop:

Human Rights and Climate Change

15.11.2019 5pm till 17.11.2019 2pm
International Workshop about climate aspects in human rights education – Climate change is a great threat to the implementation of human rights.
It represents a serious risk to the rights to life, health, food and an adequate standard of living of people around the world – most vulnerable people in the Global South
being existentially affected. Education aiming at social justice should include this global perspective and at the same time empower local
European youth to take action. In the workshop methods for non-formal education regarding the topic will be presented, discussed and developed.
The international workshop will be held in English (German translations are available), please register for the workshop (evs [at] straze [dot] de, +4938347737882).