“All different – All equal ?- Caring for opportunities”

Study Visit 2023

06. October – 09. October

Sofia, Bulgaria

“All different – All equal ?- Caring for opportunities”


e.p.a. – together with our partner ‘Equal Opportunities’ from Sofia – invited young people to participate in a Study visit to Bulgaria under the motto:

“All different – All equal ?- Caring for opportunities”

Equal Opportunities Initiative Association is a long-term e.p.a. partner, advocating for social equality and inclusion, working with Roma communities in Bulgaria.

The program included visits to community centres, dialogue sessions with local initiatives, and engaging workshops, all designed to foster a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by the Roma population in Bulgaria. This visit was a valuable chance to get to know concepts how to co-create opportunities, learn from and with each other, in playful ways and strengthen partners working with Roma communities. We visited two big Roma Communities, one in Peshtera and one in Sofia. In Peshtera community we were welcomed by the Council of the community who showed us step by step their work, the commitment to fight for the community and their rights and building bridges with the local authorities. We met with local initiatives in Bulgaria and we were working on new opportunities of co-creating future activities.

The study visit to Sofia was a unique and extraordinary experience for me. The exchange deepened my understanding of the challenges that many Roma communities face and motivated me to continue to work for integration.  Gabriela, Hamburg

The study visit in Sofia was very useful and helpful. Visits to Roma camps/settlements helped to better understand the difficulties and needs of the population. Having the council made up of community members seems a very good practice, and I would love to take it as an experience with me and integrate in my workplace.

Evdokia, Thessaloniki, Greece

This project is funded by the ‘Erasmus+ Programme’.

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Equal Opportunities