Our chapter carried out a needs assessment survey before the start of the project preparation, when we wanted to reach out to other communities. The results proved that students are eager to get to know other cultures, visit other places, travel to countries in Europe, and make friends with people from all over the world.
PTPI Chapter Project Grants: Bulgaria
PTPI provides Chapter Project Grants so that our global chapter network may carry out cultural, educational, and humanitarian projects that exemplify the mission of PTPI. Chapters provide reports after their projects have been completed.
PTPI’s Pravets, Bulgaria Student Chapter and Botevgrad, Bulgaria Community Chapter
Number of Beneficiaries:
Our chapter carried out a needs assessment survey before the start of the project preparation, when we wanted to reach out to other communities. The results proved that students are eager to get to know other cultures, visit other places, travel to countries in Europe, and make friends with people from all over the world. The main obstacles were the language barrier and the insufficient funds for covering travel expenses. Apart from that, there was reluctance from some students to get involved in the leadership course so they urged us to include more games. Entertainment and using a learning-by-doing method attracted the students.
The project addressed the following needs:
- Empowerment: participating in a leadership course, mastering skills for project initiation, event organization, fundraising, and sales
- Public Speaking: taking part in a workshop and a National Debate forum
- Integration and Acceptance of Others: joint training were organized with a home for children with special needs
- Understanding and Appreciation of Other Cultures: youth exchanges were set up with students from Ireland, Spain, Northern Ireland, and Romania
- Funding: utilizing a combination of the PTPI Chapter Project Grant, fundraising campaigns, members’ contributions, and funds from the European Commission
1. Project composition
2. Cultural exchange in Ireland for the Sharing Our Stories workshop
3. Christmas bake sale
4. Service projects – renovation of rooms in the home for children with special needs
5. Joint workshops with the home for children with special needs
6. Team building and fundraising – creating Valentine’s Day cards to sell
7. Debate workshop, debate event at the office of the mayor, participation in debate forum
8. Joint workshop and events with members of PTPI’s Roman, Romania Student Chapter
9. Attendance at the Fighting Illiteracy Through Drama workshop in Spain
10. Cultural exchange in Northern Ireland through Reach Across
11. Cultural exchange in Negresti, Romania
Outcomes and Impact of the Project:
Our chapter strengthened our presence in community social life, we became experienced in project composition, got acquainted with other cultures, and became friends with young people from European countries.
Reflection on Lessons Learned:
These projects were successfully completed due to the united efforts of the Student and Community Chapters in Bulgaria. The young people needed the support of the adults to organize the community events, however the students were able to complete the fundraising and service work on their own. We learned how to convince others that students can make change and become friends with other young people from all over the world. Project composition, team work, planning, and reporting need to be carried out regularly. The communication officer must be in constant connection with the members and PTPI World Headquarters.
Grants are awarded twice per year and applications are due February 1 and/or August 1. All applicants will be notified within 30 days following the application deadline and funds will be distributed in March and September. Chapters may apply for and receive more than one grant in a year. Preference will be given to chapters who have not received a grant within the calendar year.
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