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Association Argonauta - new YEE MO from Croatia

argonauta 2Association Argonauta was founded in 2005. It is based in town Murter, the Island of Murter (Croatia).

Our strategic direction goals in period 2014-2016 are:

-Conservation of natural, environmental and cultural heritage;

-Encouragement of civil activism and multi-stakeholder cooperation with the aim of improving the quality of life;

-Social entrepreneurship.

Trough activities that encourage civic engagement Argonauta plans in next three year period to continue the work on activism in the community by organising and taking part in international youth exchanges and hosting/sending volunteers through European Voluntary Service etc.

Our organisation is designing and implementing about 6 - 8 different projects per year. All projects are in connection with the Vision and Mission of the organisation.

OUR VISION: Satisfied people as a part of an active community that manages its own resources with the respect of sustainable development principles.
OUR MISSION: Contributing to sustainable development of the community through conservation and promotion of heritage, encouragement of civil activism and multi-stakeholder cooperation and development of social entrepreneurship.

argonauta 1We implement one youth exchange (topics: environmenta - water, sea) per year (since 2011) and also our members are taking part in youth exchanges all around Europe at least twice a year. In 2011 we implemented our first EVS project "Sea is Life", having since then implemented follow-up of this project for third year in a row. So we continuously have two EVS volunteers for a duration of 12 months project. Also in 2013 and 2014 we have implemented 3-month EVS project called "Back to ancient Europe" with 5 volunteers from France, Spain, Bulgaria, Greece and Italy.

Our main activities are:

  • organising different seminars, workshops, presentations according to current projects;
  • running Island Sustainability Education Centre – organising exhibitions, children educational and creative workshops, interpretation of natural and cultural heritage of Murter area to visitors of the centre, creating publications and other promotional work for ISEC;
  • development and implementation of different education programs (nature, environment) for preschool children;
  • organising different voluntary actions in the community connected with sustainable development;
  • managing volunteer work within organisation;
  • networking with other local and regional stakeholders and international partners etc.

OUR AREA OF ACTIVITY: Sibenik-Knin County (Island of Murter)
OUR BENEFICIARIES: citizens (children, youth and adults), entrepreneurs, civil associations and initiatives, local and regional self-government, public institutions, tourism boards, media, donors, Croatian government and ministries, visitors and tourists.
OUR PARTNERS: municipalities, tourism boards, Sibenik-Knin county, local, regional, national and international (European) civil society organisations.

 

Summer children workshops 2014 (EVS project "Sea is life")

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Youth Exchange "Take a chance", Murter, Croatia, 2014

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Revitalization of dry-stone walls on Gradina hill (preservation of local heritage) together with students from Zagreb and Belgium

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Local cleaning action – World Earth Day, 2013 "Flowers for Garbage"

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