The task of our Erasmus+ European Voluntary Service project “Transposition / Aktarim” is a brigde which connects the past and the future. It is a project which makes us feel the past with our all senses and it tranposes the present with all of the values to the future. The project will make us feel the spirit of the objects and the other creatures with gentle and emotional touches in the human memory and make us appreciate them. These are the subjects of Sinopale (International Sinop Biennial) which has been working on for 13 years. In order to build our future, we need strong values from the past. Sinopale meets this need by organising events such as culture, art, history, etc. It works on the sustainable development of the town and makes the next generation develop their consciousness on this field.
Our project has two main activities and there are two different receiving organisations:
1st activity aims to take the responsibility of the pets which are made to survive in the animal shelter and meet their needs such as love, affection, food, treatment, care that they are expecting from the human beings. This activity is a European Voluntary Service which is 365-day long, long term, with France, which is one of Program Countries. There will be only 1 volunteer who will be the owner of our stray friends both in the shelter and in the streets and will meet their needs. The volunteer will learn their treatment and care of the pets by doing with the vet in the shelter and will have an opportunity to realize her own projects. These projects will be about raising awareness on animals rights and make people be more sensitive about their rights and be their advocates. She will also work with the children and young people in order to transpose the advocacy of animals rights to the next generation.
2nd activity will be working on the sustainable development of the town on any field for 59 days, short term, with of the Neighbouring and Partner Countries under the European Voluntary Service with 12 volunteers in total. Sinopale, the biggest project of the Assocation of the Sustainable Development of Sinop, organises so many events on this subject. The volunteers who will take part in these event will be the young artists who are looking for a better career for themselves. This activity will embrace the young artists and give opportunity to meet their competences with the audience. Our volunteers will work with the world-wide known artists and curators, be able to access job opportunities easily in their home countries or in another country with the experience they will get with us and continue working on art. They will use the sharing model of Sinopale which has its essense from the objects of the town and the local people. They will create values in the human memory by transposing on everything from the past to the future. They will find the opportunity to make them come true with every branch of art. They will transpose them by touching gently to the emotions of people of any age range. Our volunteers in the second activity of the project “Transposition / Aktarım” will come from France, Moldova, Albania, Spain, Azerbaijan, Portugal, Tunisia and Greece.
Therefore with all of the dissemination tools such as posters, brochures, invitation letters, film, photographs, exhibitions, street activities, etc, the society will be the witness of our works for the sustenance of the stray animals and the sustainable development of the town which will be supported by the EU and they will feel themselves responsible for doing something as well.
ACTIVITY 1: Our Volunteer: Roxane Declercq, France
The volunteer of our first activity, Veterinarian Roxane Declercq, whose sending organisation AROEVEN Midi-Pyrénées from France, came to Sinop for one year to work in the animal shelter of the Municipality of Sinop. Roxane saved the lives of so many stray friends. She applied a lot of her veterinary competences such as spaying, traumatic surgeries, treatments of internal medicine here. She went feeding with us. She took tasks in our brunch and sales activities. She cooked delicious crêpes for 100 people! She also saved the lives of wild animals in the Sarıkum Wild Life Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. Roxane worked on the treatment and care of the sick, disabled and orphan wild animals with her occupational competence. She spayed so many dogs which were abondoned in Dikmen. Also she noticed so many tumors during the surgeries and removed them successfully. She taught Merve, a freshly graduated vet, how to perform sterilization. Roxane rescued the dogs which were left to die in the Cangal Forest. She participated in our event for the kindergarten children on World Animals Day. She participated in the surgeries of Professor Ahmet Ozak in Veterinary Medicine of 19 May University. She participated in the Erasmus Days Event in Cappadocia, which was held by the Turkish National Agency by representing the long term volunteering in Turkey. Roxane made a presentation of her volunteering in the Erasmus+ KA2 project “ComServ” in Gerze on 25th September 2018. She was in the news of NTV. Roxane also took Turkish lessons and made a lot of friends. She helped the other volunteers to adapt themselves in the environment. She participated in the Erasmus+ Mobility of Youth Workers training course “NGO Management and Administration”, which took place in Sinop between 26 November – 1 December 2018 as a guest participant and she showed a successful performance.
1st Volunteer: Camille Gouvine, France
Our first volunteer, Camille Gouvine, whose sending organisation is AROEVEN Midi-Pyrénées from France, participated between 08 January – 07 March 2018. Camille, helped to prepare and design the exhibition “Soul Sewage”, which was organised by the Association of Sustainable Development of Sinop. She worked on her own project with her pratice of artistic production. She held two workshops “Visiual Poem” and “Abstract Stamps” with children.
2nd Volunteer: Helena Fernandez Bilbao, Spain
In the 2nd flow of the 2nd activity, we hosted Helena Fernandez Bilbao, whose sending organisation is Asociacion Building Bridges from Spain between 19 March – 16 May 2018. Helena, who worked on art & culture field in Sinop for 2 months, generated new artworks by combining her style with Ebru art. She also participated other activities in Sinop.
3rd Volunteer: Samir Karimov, Azerbaijan
We hosted Samir Karimov, whose sending organisation is Bridges to the Future from Azerbaijan, in Sinop between 26 March – 23 May 2018. Samir, who participated in the cultural and artistic activities of the Association of Sustainable Development of Sinop, learned Ebru art in Sinop with our Spanish volunteer, Helena.
4th Volunteer: Chada Elward Mazigh, Tunisia
We hosted Chada Elward Mazigh, who was sent by our Tunisian partner Club Culturel Ali Belhouane Tunis, in Sinop between 28 May – 25 July 2018. Chada, a graphic designer, worked in the cultural and artistic activities of the Association of Sustainable Development of Sinop. She took ebru and tile art and photography courses in the association. She also worked in the sales of our association and came with us to feed our stray friends on the weekends.
5th Volunteer: Sara Garcia Ruiz, Spain
We hosted Sara Garcia Ruiz, whose sending organisation is Asociacion Building Bridges from Spain, between 25 May – 5 July 2018. Sara, who helped the artistic and cultural activities of the Association of Sustainable Development of Sinop, participated in the tile and ebru art workshops. She also made graphic designs and experimental photography. She went feeding our stray friends with our mentor, Ferdi on the weekends as well.
6th Volunteer: Catarina Noronha, Portugal
We hosted Catarina Noronha, whose sending organisation is ProAtlântico – Associação Juvenil from Portugal between 30 July – 26 September 2018. As a fashion designer and brand with her name in Portugal, Catarina created awesome designs in the Association of Sustainable Development of Sinop and generated her works in the Historical Prison of Sinop and getting inspired by Sinop.
7th Volunteer: Anastasia Cartovenco, Moldova
We hosted Anastasia Cartovenco, who was sent by our Moldovan partner Europe Without Borders ADVIT, between 30 July – 26 September 2018. Anastasia produced a design which reflects the memories of Sinop as a graphic designer. She also did modelling of the designs of our Portuguese volunteer, Catarina Noronha.
8th Volunteer: Rodolfo Silva De Freitas, Portugal
We hosted Rodolfo Silva De Freitas, whose sending organisation is ProAtlântico – Associação Juvenil from Portugal, between 8 October – 5 December 2018. Rodolfo, who is an actor, took tasks on organizing the Sinopale Film Festival between 25 – 29 October 2018. He interviewed the organizator and the film directors in the festival and documented the event. He made a film “One Day in the Animal Shelter” in order to raise awareness on animals’ rights. He generated his own project of conceptual video installation and worked on the proposals for the biennial. He did the transcription of the interviews and translations. He participated in the Erasmus+ Mobility of Youth Workers training course “NGO Management and Administration”, which took place in Sinop between 26 November – 1 December 2018 as a guest participant and he showed a successful performance. Also Rodolfo adopted a kitten from the street and took her in his house.
9th Volunteer: Lovorka Batelka, Croatia
Lovorka Batelka, whose sending organisation is VCZ Volunteers Centre Zagreb from Croatia, participated in our project between 8 October – 5 December 2018. Lovorka, who is an artist, worked on ebru and drawing sketches in the Association of Sustainable Development of Sinop and Sinop University. She assisted the film makers and ushered and gave information to the audience in the Sinopale Film Festival between 25 – 29 October 2018. Lovorka participated in the Erasmus+ Mobility of Youth Workers training course “NGO Management and Administration”, which took place in Sinop between 26 November – 1 December 2018 as a guest participant and she showed a successful performance.
10th Volunteer: Marioanna Symeonidi, Greece
Marioanna Symeonidi, whose sending organisation is Hellenic Youth Participation from Greece, participated in our project between 17 December 2018 – 27 January 2019. She took tasks in the artistic and cultural activities of the Association of Sustainable Development of Sinop as an artist. She also did her personal works. She generated her project based on photos which show beauty in its disorted way. She took the photos behind half filled glasses aiming to point out the controversy of beauty standards between society and common thinking.
11th Volunteer: Lediona Kasapi, Albania
Lediona Kasapi, who was sent by our Albanian partner Projekte Vullnetare Nderkombetare participated in our project between 17 December 2018 – 13 February 2019. Lediona participated in the artistic and cultural activities of the Association of Sustainable Development of Sinop. She generated her personal projects as well. Lediona, who is a film director, made documentary movies about the refugees and photography projects.