Program in 2018

In 2018, the activEco program consists of the:

  • Impulse Seminar (took place on April 1-7, 2018)
  • Challenge Weekends

What are the "Challenge Weekends"?

Challenge Weekends are short trainings (lasting from Friday to Sunday afternoon) designed for people who are especially interested in a  specific topic and are invited to work out, together, solutions that they could implement.

The topics of 2018 are as follows:

  1. Challenge #1 - Urban and Community Development, June 1-3, 2018
  2. Challenge #2 - Project Management, June 15-17, 2018

...and more Challenges are coming!

Impulse seminar on Sustainable Development and Social Entrepreneurship (Riscova, April 1-7, 2018)

The goal of the Impulse Seminar is to bring together like-minded people, who would develop, during the year of 2018, ideas that brings everyone closer to the future they envision. By the end of this year’s activEco program, the participants should acquire skills and actually develop and implement environmental and social entrepreneurship initiatives. With 23 participants from Moldova, Romania and Ukraine, the first event of the 2018 activEco program, the Impulse Seminar, kicked off on April 1-7 in Eco-Village Moldova, in village Riscova.

This year’s Impulse Seminar focused on the topics of global challenges and how we are part of them, with a switch to local challenges in our communities and brainstorming the solutions to them. The participants reflected on how an individual can become the driver of change in his/her community, substantiated by their personal stories, challenges and values. The requisite topic of Social Entrepreneurship helped participants to vision how they can practically contribute to making their communities a better place, by thinking as a social entrepreneur. This exercise gave space for the participants to start developing their own project ideas in the area of sustainable development.

You can find more photos here.

Challenge #1 - Urban and Community Development

The Urban & Community Development Challenge is taking place on June 1-3, 2018 in Chisinau, organized in partnership with the NGO "Centrul de Urbanism". The participants are going to take part in a set of urban exercises that will allow them to understand what is a city, how it functions and how it can be adapted to community needs. At the end of the training the participants will be able to apply this set of instruments and exercises for urban & community development, implementing their own projects.

"A city is like a live organism that is changing upon our actions. At this training we will encourage the participants to believe in their ideas in order to change their communities and the environment they live in," - comments Maria Axenti, project coordinator at "Centrul de Urbanism" and one of the facilitators of this training.

The application period is now closed. 

Challenge #2 - Project Management

Challenge #2 - Project Management - is going to take place on June 15-17, 2018 at the EcoVisio Eco-Training Center in village Rîșcova, in Eco-Village Moldova.

This Challenge provokes you to think about socio-ecological projects and how to make your ideas reality. So, the participants will find out about the stages of project implementation, about how to develop as project manager and how to manage successfully the time and the resources that you have.

After the seminar, participants will get some seed funding and a mentor in order to make their project real.

”Before activEco I couldn't imagine what will I do in life. But as I began my own project, being afraid and still implementing it, I somehow ceased to think about what to do and just set on doing what I liked. And at some point I realized that my activities became my job - to be an activist, to do what I like, to learn in the process, to share all of that with the others... That's how I live ever since. My vocation, my place”, shares Gabriela Isac, activEco-2014 alumna - now, Educational Programs Director at EcoVisio.

If you are 18-30 years old, living in Moldova or neighbouring regions of Romania and Ukraine, and would like to implement a social or ecological project - apply here until June 6: