2020 marks the 10th anniversary of GAIA Kosovo and besides celebrating, we want to use this as an opportunity to reflect on topics that we hold dear. After ten years of activities and brainstormings on climate change, non-formal education, peace-building, friendship, volunteering or activism, we decided it was time to gather testimonies, stories, experiences from friends from the Balkans and beyond. But what would be the best way to share all this knowledge? The format of podcasts came as an evidence to us as the easiest and most attractive way to reach friends here and there. It was also an interesting challenge to take up since none of us was familiar with making podcasts. So we asked professionals, friends, made some research, and in the snap that was it: we became “experts” on making podcasts, even discovering some few tips from professionals (for instance, recording under a blanket helps remove noise and sounds around). We decided the best way of doing these podcasts would be to interview our guest in the most natural way possible, meaning as if we are having a conversation. Besides learning many things, we also reconnected with long-time friends that we cannot visit so easily, especially in these times of pandemic. More than ever, it is crucial to maintain contact and learn from one another. We hope you will like it and find in these podcasts some interesting knowledge that will make you think and reflect. We are sharing podcasts every Monday since the 19th of October. Ten podcasts are scheduled for now, and maybe more to come!
Our first podcast explores the topic of volunteering and activism in the Balkans during the 90s with Wilbert Helsloot. In 1993, Wilbert started to volunteer in the Balkans when he joined a refugee camp in Croatia. At that moment, the Balkan region was struck by devastating wars. From 1995 to 2006, Wilbert continued his journey as a volunteer and activist through the Balkans, joining different programs in Serbia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Albania.
During the second podcast, our guest Jovana Škrijel discusses the concept of solidarity, what it means in the Balkans and beyond. Jovana is a social justice activist, youth trainer, and lecturer in fields of human rights and political communication.
In the third episode, our guest, Goran Božičević shares his long experience working in the field of peace-building and reconciliation in the Balkans.
In this fourth episode, our guest Viktor Berishaj discusses with us the issue of climate change in the Balkans.
In this fifth episode, we talked about permaculture and regenerative agriculture with our guest Bruno Motik.
During this sixth episode, our guest Dragan Atanasov shares with us his long experience working in the field of youth work in the Balkans and particularly in North Macedonia.
For this seventh episode, we asked the independent researcher Gorana Mlinarević about the reality of migration in the Balkans.
For the eight episode, the historian and activist Marijana Toma shares her experience working in the field of transitional justice in the Balkans.
For the ninth episode, the activist Liridona Sijarina is discussing on feminism in Kosovo and in the Balkans.
And for the tenth and last episode, Sebastijan Serifovic, long-time Roma activist, shares his thoughts on what it means to be Roma in Kosovo today, and how positive change can, and will come.
Podcast created by Mevlude Skuroshi, Jeremy Flauraud and European Solidarity Corps volunteer Célia Ruault du Plessis
Design: Izabela Markova