Some children want to grow up to become a fireperson, cook, teacher or pilot. I had a slightly different ambition:

I wanted to become an environmental activist.

I dreamed of a future where I would chain myself to trees, sail in front of whale killing boats and never ever get a driver license.

YEE is happy to share our new publication "Edible Plants - Tools for Youth Workers". The publication is created by Coline Malot, YEE's 2017-2018 EVS Volunteer as a personal project within her EVS programme. 

This booklet will focus on tools and ideas for youth workers so they can provide environmental education for young adults, through foraging and cooking wild plants. The aim is to connect young adults with their direct environment and to develop environmentally-friendly behaviours. A broader aim is to solve environmental issues in a way that fosters individual and collective well-being and emancipation, taking into account other society issues like socio economic disparities or cultural differences.

Edible Plants - Tools for Youth Workers


YEE Member, Young Researchers Serbia, organised a week long training course “Green Voice of Youth in Media” in Avala, Serbia between 19-26th of August. 19 participants coming from all over Europe developed their skills and knowledge on environmental sustainability, social media tools for organisations, campaigning and more using non-formal education methods. Secretariat member, Cansu Yetisgin represented YEE as a participant.

Participants shared the different environmental practices such as eco-labelling and availability of sustainable products in their local markets, what is sustainable green living concept and green purchase behaviour and fairtrade. During the training course, participants had also the opportunity to learn from experts about how to use social media tools to increase the visibility and reach of youth organisations, Mattia from Legambiente, delivered a training on how to create successful campaigns and later participants created their own environmental campaigns based on problems they think are important for them and their community.

Later, participants had a training on green entrepreneurship and came up with their own ideas to pitch to the juree of trainers. Among many great ideas were; a green marketing agency, initiative for sustainable clothing and entrepreneurship idea on food waste.

Last task of the participants was to create a follow-up action in their local communities, so keep your eyes open for many great actions all over Europe to spread the green message!

My EVS is coming to an end! What to say? This was a very busy year, full of discoveries, learning, friendship and emotions. I gained in confidence, I learnt tuns of new things and I met great people from all around Europe and beyond.

When I started my EVS, I had no idea that I would work with a cow, explore deep caves in wild Moravia, be a facilitator in a training course, learn how to cut wood with a chainsaw and make such close friends. I am really thankful to YEE for this huge opportunity and for giving me the space to try new things, to acquire new skills and to grow up.

I perfectly remember the day I arrived in Toulcův Dvůr for the first time.

It was the end of August 2017 (August 31st, to be precise) and I got out of the bus 177 (I can now say my dear bus 177: I took it every morning at 9.46am from Zahradni Mesto, direction Chodov!); I was wearing short pants and sleepers – bad choice, since the air in Czech Republic was way chiller than in Italy!