October 29, 2012

Social Workshop Dreams Unlimited

The Social Workshop Dreams Unlimited started in 2012 with boys and girls from Bulgarian minorities and from socially disadvantaged families. The main goal of the project is to integrate children from various vulnerable groups and prepare them for the professional life. Dreams Unlimited partners with schools, but also relies on of personal contacts with children from the suburb neighbourhoods. Работилничката Мечти без граници съществува от 2012 година, а нейни участници са деца и юноши в район Искър на Столична община (обхваща крайните квартали Дружба-1 и Дружба-2). Дейностите се провеждат ежеседмично и са насочени основно към социална интеграция на деца от различни уязвими групи (от малцинствени групи и социално слаби семейства, с затруднения в училище, застрашени от отпадане от образователната система, с противообществени прояви и др.) и към подготовка на младите хора за активна трудова заетост. Проектът работи в партньорство с училищата в района, но също и чрез директни контакти с децата от квартала. One of the major problems preventing social integration is the fact that the social contact of those kids are […]
October 26, 2012

Free Varna Tour says goodbye to season 2012

It has already been 6 months from the very start of the project Free Varna Tour, the second big project of Free Sofia Tour Association. The biggest challenge of this project was to break up the well-established stereotype that there are almost no English- speaking guests visiting Varna. Well, it’s been six months now – six months during which the guides of Free Varna Tour have managed to show our sunny city to almost 1500 guests from all over world. Our key achievements can be summarized into: 1500 guests from 70 countries and 6 continents. Top 5 foreign countries visiting the tour were Germany, UK, France, USA and Spain. However, there were visitors from a lot of “exotic” countries such as Peru, Chile, Singapore, South Africa and New Zealand! Around 270 tour groups. There were babies and grandparents, families and backpackers, even disabled people. The tour became No 1 attraction in Varna on Trip Advisor with 10 reviews and not a single negative one! More than 500 Facebook fans that are […]
October 24, 2012

Free Plovdiv Tour starts now from 2 PM

October came, autumn is here and the day is now shorter. Therefore, Free Plovdiv Tour decided to move the starting time – the tour will now start at 2PM. This will enable the guests to enjoy the city at daylight and – since tour is ending in the old town – to visit any museums of their choice after the tour.                 The second biggest city in Bulgaria – Plovdiv – is a pretty good option for a day trip outside of Sofia. Beside Free Plovdiv Tour, Plovdiv offers a lot of variety when it comes to sightseeing, culture, restaurants and little shops, so it could cater for all kinds of interests. Buses leave from the Central Bus Station every hour, trains are also available, or you can rent a car. Further information on the rich history of Plovdiv and how to get there from Sofia is available here. And below are just some of the sights that you can see during Free Plovdiv […]
October 23, 2012

The Balkan Peninsula Project – Solidarity in ACTion

Very recently, one of our Free Sofia Tour guides Kiril Zahariev had the opportunity to participate in Balkan let’s get up!. The volunteer organization has as prime goals forging the better understanding among the youth on the Balkans and help them put in practice their own ideas. They provide a frame, in which participants can answer their own questions about their motivation and self-determined action ideas and need. It is achieved by: International exchange of ideas on the topics that lay the participants heavy on their hearts Provision of project management tools Promotion of low-budget projects Advice and support for the volunteer project work. 20 people between 18 and 27 from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Romania take part annually. Within one year they participate in two seminars and an advanced training, implement their own project and receive active support. Trainers with expertise, volunteer experience and understanding for the lives of young people in the Balkans are ready to assist. Participants form project teams are encouraged to […]
October 13, 2012

Free Sofia Tour at the Running Wonder

End of September Free Sofia Tour took part in the event The Running Wonder. It is a Youth charitable steeplechase in support of the elderly people. It has been organized with the support of Sofia municipality and aims to gather funds for elderly, lonely and sick people. The participants are children and youth from different educational institutions in Sofia and other volunteers. The idea is that every participant has to find a sponsor before the event and this sponsor has to donate 1 BGN for every lap. The project aims to promote physical activity, creativeness and social engagement amongst the youth. Of course FST couldn’t have missed their opportunity to make a run for a social cause. So 5 of our teammates gathered at the early morning on the 29th of September and prepared themselves to make a run for it. We gathered for a warm up and when everybody was ready we lined up for the start. When the pistol was shot and the official start was given, we […]
October 6, 2012

Free Sofia Tour Junior Volunteer Program

For the first time this summer Free Sofia Tour started the Junior Volunteer Program. Three eight-graders from 54th school in Nadezhda neighborhood took part in the 2-week program, but only one – Alexander Rangelov – “graduated” as the first honorary junior guide. During the training the high-schoolers observed several tours by professional guides and engaged in structured discussions, reflecting on what makes a tour good and keeps the tourists satisfied. In addition, they had to read and learn part of the extensive “Guide for the guide” manual that each new FST candidate has to be familiar with in order to become part of Free Sofia Tour. The manual covers a wide range of topics, facts, and information on the history of Bulgaria, Sofia as well as curios facts, anecdotes and statistics. For the final exam, the junior guides led two 15-minute English-language tours in front of real tourists. Here’s what Alexander told us about his experience: It was quite fun. One of the first people I met from the team […]