YouthUP, SportUP volunteer workshop in Berkovitsa
On September 28, 2018 at 10:00, the opportunities for young people from 16 to 30 years of age and the implementation of Erasmus volunteer initiatives in the country and abroad were presented at the reading room of the library "Ivan Vazov-1872" in Berkovitsa. The organizer of the event was the Bulgarian Sports Development Association, Sofia, and partners in the initiative were Berkovitsa Municipality, Municipal Club of the Bulgarian Red Cross, Ivan Vazov-1872 Lyceum, Berkovitsa and Health in the Northwest Association.

The meeting was attended by more than 40 young people who were able to get information about a European volunteer service from international volunteers who are currently supporting BSDA, all of whom received a certificate of training.

The Erasmus+ Education, Training, Youth and Sport program started in 2014 and it supports activities in the fields of school education, higher education, vocational education and training, adult and youth education. It aims to build robust partnerships between education and business, to promote innovation and competitiveness, while promoting employment, with a special focus on combating youth unemployment.

Several hours after the workshop, the volunteers also took part in the initiative "European Night of Scientists", which was held at the National Sports Academy "Vasil Levski", during which Nikola Gurgulova (Slovakia) presented the Plogging initiative to physical education teachers and specialists from the Academy. The plogging event was held on September 20, 2018 and was intended only to lay the foundations for a new trend in Bulgaria and also to give a start to the upcoming European Week of Sport through an interesting way of being active and enhancing the environment around us.

This year ARBS is implementing the YouthUP, SportUP project, which aims to enable four international volunteers to gain experience in the intercultural environment and to learn about the opportunities offered by European youth policies. Representatives of Portugal, Slovakia and Bosnia and Herzegovina also took part in the meeting and participants from the town of Sandanski had the opportunity to receive first-person information on the opportunities that the European Union provides, as well as the benefits of volunteering for local communities in particular. YouthUP, SportUP is co-funded under the Erasmus + program, administered in Bulgaria by the Center for Human Resource Development and is realized in 2018.