Take a look at our volunteer corner – Veljan Parizov

Ever since the Association Sunce Split hosted Veljan Parizov, an EVS volunteer from Macedonia last November, he has shown himself in numerous activities that provided him with a special experience!

As part of the Erasmus+ program of the European Union, the European Voluntary Service enabled our Veljan to experience life in Croatia for a year.

During these ten months of his stay in Split and the Association Sunce Split, he participated in one-day volunteer activities in the Vransko jezero and Telašćica nature parks as part of the project “VOLUNTEER for NATURE, VOLUNTEER for YOURSELF!”. The goals of the actions were the removal of undesirable plant species, restoration of visitor infrastructure and monitoring of marine debris. Also, within the same project, he participated in educational workshops in partner institutions where he interviewed students and created a short radio show that was broadcast on Radio Sunce.

As part of the ML-REPAIR project, he was involved in the monitoring of marine waste on the Pantan beach near Trogir and on the island of Vis, and he was a co-organizer of the ecological humanitarian action “Čepozaik” whose goal was to raise awareness of the excessive use of plastic in everyday life.

On the occasion of celebrating Earth Day and the European Sustainable Development Week in Makarska, he led eco-educational games for the youngest, and was also a participant in the forum on the occasion of the 22nd Day of Volunteer Work. Encouraged by the acquired knowledge about environmental problems, he connected it with his passion – running, and a video was created about “plogging”, that is, a combination of running and collecting waste found along the way.

In addition, he was independently part of the volunteer campaign to retrieve felled trees from the Marjan Park-Forest, and he previously supported a protest against the management of the Marjan Park-Forest.

He also independently participated in the Učka Ornithological Camp organized by the BIOM Association, where he assisted in monitoring the migration of birds.

We hope that in the remaining short time of his volunteer service, our colleague Veljan will achieve many more successes and gain some more knowledge that will bring him new opportunities and contribute to personal growth and development!