As our international volunteering and human rights project „S.P.I.D.E.R. – Weaving the European Web“ (Strategic EVS under Erasmus+ programme) entered its third and last year of the project in 2020, it was planned to sum up and evaluate the project, network, exchange ideas, learn and celebrate the successes of it during a partner workshop and  a conference, both planned in Greifswald in April 2020. Due to the unexpected epidemiological situation in the world, in order to minimize the spreading of COVID-19 and due to the limitations for gatherings both were cancelled as live events.

However, the Turbina Pomerania Team, volunteers and partners shared their experiences, best practices and create ideas for future projects via an Online Conference and a Publication.

The Online Conference “The Net is Working – Volunteering and Human Rights Education” took place on 3-6 June 2020, with a pre-conference event on the Fashion Revolution Day in April.

Recorded Materials from Online Conference

  • Shvemy Sewing Cooperative Presentation and Online Seminar

On Fashion Revolution Day, Turbina Pomerania in coopearation with Sewing Workshop Kabutze organised a pre-conference online seminar and presentation of Shvemy Sewing Cooperative – an art-activist, international Ukrainian-Russian project. The cooperative participants from Saint-Peteresburg (RU) and Kyiv (UA) told the story of their cooperative, shared creative activism cases and told about current development of the project.

Video-recording of the session and a file of the presentation can be found here.

  • Welcoming Talk with Turbina Pomerania Team and  Presentation of Digital Café

Introduction from the team and volunteers behind the project and the conference, the story of Turbina Pomerania and S.P.I.D.E.R. strategic EVS project. An overview of the whole online conference programme and introduction of Digital Cafe on Padlet platform.

Find the presentation file of the opening event here: The Net is Working – Opening Presentation.

Videos with volunteers’ experiences in Greifswald are here.

Video-recording of the session:

  • Online Seminar “How Human Rights Defend Us During Pandemy” 

Tanya Hatsura-Yavorska, Human rights defender since 2006, Director of  International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival WATCH DOCS Belarus, the largest educational event on human rights in Belarus with support of her colleague Anna Sokolovskaya tells which of human rights help us to be defended and secure during the times of crisis. She also describes the current influence of COVID-19 pandemy on human rights violations in Belarus and together with the audience discusses the influence in different European and world communities,

Presentation file here.

Video-recording of the session:

  • Video series “Gender perspective on climate change” 

A series of videos created by Natalia – a European Volunteer at Turbina Pomerania in Greifswald. Natalia’s objective is to share her knowledge and thoughts with you in her videos that are presenting how women’s situations are changing during a crisis. Are you wondering if feminism is still needed when we have a climate emergency? Would you like to know something more about how natural disasters affect women, what impact religions have on women’s situation, and why being a female refugee is something much different than being a male refugee? Then watch the videos and share your thoughts and reactions in the comments. English with German and Polish subtitles.

Click here to watch the video series

  • Online Seminar of Qube, Queer educational and anti-discrimination project from Greifswald
    (German language only)

Männlich, weiblich, what the f*ck?!

Qube is a queer educational and anti-discrimination project founded in Greifswald in 2016. They create spaces for empowerment, give workshops for different target groups and organize public events.  During this session a member of Qube introduced the project, the work they do and what experience they have had with volunteers.

This online seminar was not recorded because of privacy and security concerns of the initiative.

  • Workshop “Defending Human Rights worldwide”

Together with the education initiative verquer. and Clarizza Singson, general secretary of the regional section of the human rights organization Karapatan in Negros (Philippines), we got to the bottom of the historical development of human rights and discussed whether human rights are an effective instrument for emancipatory movements around the world. You can find out about the current political and social situation and the struggle of people in Philippines for their human rights.

Video-recording of the session:

  • “CO2 Emissions and Compensation” (German Language Podcast)

Everyone leaves a greenhouse gas footprint. The industrial manufacture and processing of our consumer goods, our way of traveling and surfing the Internet generate greenhouse gases that have a negative impact on our climate. By acting in a climate-conscious manner, for example flying less or eating fewer animal products, emissions can be reduced. Certain compensation offers, the so-called greenhouse gas compensation, can be used for remaining emissions. How does emissions compensation work and what does climate protection have to do with global justice and human rights? Björn Pasemann and Claudia Howe discuss these and many other questions in this Podcast. German language, transcript of the podcast translated into English.

Podcast in German with English translated transcript and some useful links can be found here.

  • Online Seminar “Human rights situation and challenges in Poland today. Racism and Xenofobia in time of Corona”

Jacek Dzięgielewski, a member of the “NEVER AGAIN” Association, the leading Polish antiracist and antifascist organization, shared some information about the organization and  about the current situation in Poland when it comes to human rights and the biggest challenges. The presentation includes examples of work at “NEVER AGAIN” as well as some reflections on the current coronavirus crisis in the field of racist and xenophobic incidents connected to the pandemic. There was also a space for questions and exchange about situations in different communities in this session.

More about organisation here:,

Presentation file can be found here.

Video-recording of the session:

  • Schkitzen gymnastik with Manja Graaf

This creative workshop was a big and successful test of how it can work to create fun sketches together and online. You can (re-)watch the recording and try it out yourself or in a group with colleagues, volunteers or friends. You would need: a pile of loose paper (sketching books are not so good), a pencil, a sharpener, a fineliner (or equivalent) and a broomstick with the tape 🙂

Find Skizzen Gallery on our Digital Cafe.

Video-recording of the session:

When communism in Poland came to an end on June 4, 1989, the vast majority of women in Solidarity disappeared from the political stage. They let themselves be forgotten when their colleagues were taking over the most important posts in power in a free Poland. This poignant documentary by Marta Dzido and Piotr Śliwowski, in which there is no lack of suspense, intrigue, or pace, reminded us about these forgotten heroines, giving us a new perspective on the last 30 years of Polish history.
Original film language – Polish, film was shown online with English and German Subtitles. 

Presentation from WatchDocs Poland can be found here.

Video-recording of introduction seesion and a presentation from WatchDocs Poland Human Rights Documentary Film Festival representative Zuzanna Polynko:

  • One Cross-Border Volunteering Experience for Many – a Video Story

POLITES is a Voluntary service initiative in Sczeczin, Poland. During the three years of S.P.I.D.E.R. Project POLITES became a close partner of Turbina Pomerania and we learned a lot from eachother. In this video Anna Graczyk-Osowska and her colleagues from POLITES tell the story about their personal experience in working with volunteers and with Turbina Pomerania.
English with Polish and German subtitles.

  • Networking Workshop from Turbina Pomerania

We know it can be difficult to actively engage during an online event and work together with people whom you might have never met in person. During the networking online seminar the participants were able to try a variety of online methods to get to know each other better, share the backgrounds of their organisations and projects and together think about how we can and want to collaborate in the future.The participants were working in small groups, realised via Big Blue Button breakout rooms tool, getting to know each other and discussing their experiences and action ideas on the topics voted as the most interesting and valid: human rights and sustainable development education, participation of youth, diversity and inclusion, populism and fake news. Opportunities for cooperation were shared by the participants and Turbina Pomerania Team.


The conference was realised with financial support of Erasmus+ Youth in Action and Interreg VA MV / BB / PL.

If you have questions, please contact us at info [at] turbina-pomerania [dot] org