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Can you introduce yourself?

My name is Narek and I am 25 years old. I have been born in Vanadzor - a city located in the northern part of Armenia. I studied Political Science at Yerevan State University. In 2013, I got the master degree and since October 2013 I run for PhD in Political Science. Besides, I am working at "Insight" analytical centre as a political analyst.

Which YEE member organisation do you belong to? What are the main activities of your organisation?

I have got involved in the Federation of Youth clubs of Armenia (FYCA) in 2013. Since July 2014, I am a Board member in our NGO. FYCA unites more than 100 youth professional and regional clubs, centres and organisations throughout Armenia, thus becoming the largest youth organisation. The mission of our organisation is to raise the role of the youth in the country and in the strengthening of civil society, consolidating youth clubs. FYCA’s activity areas are healthy lifestyle, ecology, sustainable development, development and dissemination of clubs, youth work, democracy, civic participation, human rights, etc.

Can you introduce yourself?

Hello everyone, my name is Ketevan (or Keti). I am a newly elected Board member - my position is Member Organisations Officer.

I graduated Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University,  Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences and have B.A. in Computer Technologies. I am also the Vice President of Georgia Youth Eco Movement - SAEM and Member of Women Techmakers Tbilisi (Google Developers Group). I like to use my technical abilities for developing partnerships on technology innovation and environment and for communications. My first experience of working on environmental topics was in early 2008, when I presented my paperwork at conference and got first Quality Diploma in Chemical Section (Water Topic) from Georgian National Youth Palace. The same year I earned First quality Diploma at Youth Conference in the Ecology and Natural Science Section from Borjomi Children and Youth Federation. I was born and still live in a small resort town called Borjomi, in Georgia. I work here for almost four year in Mineral and Fresh Water Treatment company as a Quality Manager. When I am not working, I like to to travel and get inspired by the beauty of the Mother Earth.

Can you introduce yourself?

Hey, I’m Raz. I’m 22 years old, come from Armenia and currently study microbiology. I like to hike, travel around Armenia, explore uncommon places and hitchhike.

Which YEE member organisation do you belong to? What are the main activities of your organisation?

I am working in "Young Biologists Association" NGO as Education and Scientific Research Officer. Our organisation works in both scientific and environmental areas. One of the main aims of our organisation is to gather biologists together, develop biology in Armenia and to lead our society to a better environment and environmental way of thinking.

Can you introduce yourself?       

My name is Jovana Mirjanić, student of Ecology at Belgrade's Faculty of Biology. Passionate about environment, animals (especially birds), books (especially Harry Potter), photography, baking soufflés and cooking; sports lover, traveller and keen on learning new languages; hardworking and devoted person who loves a good laugh and good coffee.

Which YEE member organisation do you belong to? What are the main activities of your organisation?     

I belong to Young Researchers of Serbia, NGO that is dealing with environmental problems, organising and promoting work camps, integrating young people in voluntary work and activism, etc.

Can you introduce yourself?

Who am I? And what will I look at when I'm older or feel like my life will end soon? I'm asking myself this question from time to time, and since some years and since I'm happy with basically all decisions I make I'm always able to smile - I'm smiling about myself and that's my answer to that question. I see and experience myself as a person who is happy now, who is acting now, and who is living now. I sometimes struggle when other people ask me such questions in a more confronting way, and my ego starts to look at me and says: "But you need to start to do something at some point" - and my suppressed part answers: "Yes, I know. I will - for sure". In lighter days and times I'm reflecting on this inner (is it really an inner, or not more an outer struggle that is going on then?) struggle and my answer to myself is: "I'm already there, deeply and safely. I'm living" - and that's the point. What should I start and what should I begin with, where should it take me? Because I'm already there, and there is: here. Here and now. That's me. (And if this is too confusing: I guess that's part of me introducing me, I'm not always too sure about myself, since I'm still growing and developing... all day long, and all night long, same as Lionel Richie – don't take me too serious ;-))

Can you introduce yourself?

I am Zara and I am 25 years old․ I have obtained my master's degree in May and am currently working in an International Department of a big governmental organisation in Armenia.

Which YEE member organisation do you belong to? What are the main activities of your organisation?

I am from Khazer NGO which is actively working on awareness raising of environmental issues in different regions of Armenia. However, we also implement environmental projects, such as installation of solar panels in schools, and restoration of river streams.

AnjaCan you introduce yourself?

My name is Anja and I have been born and raised in Hamburg. I am 27 years old and I finished my studies (Biology, English, Pedagogics). Since April 2015 I work at the University of Hamburg and run for PhD in English didactics.

Which YEE member organisation do you belong to? What are the main activities of your organisation?

Since my voluntary service in 2007 I am a member of FÖJ-AKTIV e.V. It is an organisation to support and develop the one-year ecological voluntary service FÖJ in Germany for young people aged 16-27 years. The organisation aims to help volunteers develop and carry out projects that are additional to the tasks at their workplace. All the projects and activities we do together promote the ecological voluntary service itself as well as environmentally-friendly and sustainable living. The organisation is based on 100% volunteers.

solarThanks to the funds collected by our past volunteer from Norway, nine families affected by the earthquake in Bartang received solar parabolic cookers.

"Little Earth" can be justly proud of its volunteers. Several years ago a blonde girl with big blue eyes from Norway - Helga Lerkelund, has joined our team. Helga came to Tajikistan as an international volunteer, and worked in our organization for a year. Within our projects, Helga visited some of the remote villages in Bartang river valley in Pamir where she met young activists and was fascinated by the beauty of nature and the hospitality of the locals. Later Helga returned back home to Norway where she continued to work in the environmental organization.

AM - mountain huts NMountain areas are home to a high variety of species and are culturally very diverse. In addition to being an important source of natural resources, they also host different human activities, from agriculture, forestry to tourism. Although sometimes giving the impression of being invincible they are sensitive to human interference. Recently they have mostly been affected by infrastructure and tourism.

Slovenia has 3 main mountain ranges, roughly covering all sides of the country. Almost 10 % of the country is 1000 m above sea level. Mountaineering, hiking and skiing are the most popular pastime activities among Slovenians. The Alpine Association of Slovenia is one of the biggest non-governmental and voluntary organisations in the country with almost 55000 members. The highest peak Triglav is portrayed in the country's coat of arms. In conclusion, Slovenians are a mountain nation.

LittleEarthIn October last year, the family of 55-years-old Charog Yaftaliev that lives in remote mountain village Nisur of Rushan district of Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region became the first to use a parabolic solar cooker - a simple device for cooking with the help of sunlight. It was made possible thanks to the project "Clean Energy" implemented by environmental organization "Little Earth" with the support of Naturvernforbundet.

ChrisCan you introduce yourself?

I'm 24 years old and live in a small student's town on the German coast of the Baltic Sea, but I was born and raised in Frankfurt (Main). I am going to finish my studies of 'Landscape ecology & Nature Conservation - International' next summer, which are based on bio- and geosciences, supplemented by the fields of law, economics, ethics and land use. A mandatory year of studying and working abroad, which I spent in wonderful Estonia, is included, too.
In my leisure time I usually do some sports, meet friends, do voluntary work, enjoy doing nothing at all with a good book or music, travel around and much more.

ZaraCan you introduce yourself?

I am Zara from Armenia. I am 24. Currently I am studying International Tourism in Armenia and will hopefully obtain my Masters Degree in December.

Which YEE member organisation do you belong to? What are the main activities of your organisation?

I am from Khazer NGO which is actively working on awareness raising on environmental issues in different regions of Armenia. However, we also implement environmental projects, such as installation of solar panels in schools, and restoration of river flow.

How did you get involved in YEE? What was your first impression about YEE?

I knew about YEE in 2011. We applied for membership in YEE and I was invited to present my organisation at Annual Meeting. When I came to the Annual Meeting 2012 I was elected as the External Relations Officer and I was re-elected 3 times on that position. This year I was elected as the Project Officer.