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D.G.T. Association



Strada Intre Garduri, Nr. 3, 077065, Corbeanca, Ilfov, Romania



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Missions and objectives

D.G.T. Association is a non-governmental non-profit organization that was born in 2011 from the passion of a few youngsters who wanted to take action and make a change in their society. D.G.T.’s founding members have had the desire to give back all the things they have learned and experienced during previous years of volunteering.
D.G.T.’s mission focuses on national and international networking among young people, students, trainers and teachers of different nationalities, cultures and backgrounds. It tackles topics such as intercultural exchange, non-formal education, sport, ecology, climate change, sustainable development, European citizenship and international politics (geopolitics). All these are added to facilitate the accumulation of experience by young people, through voluntary activities and non-formal education methods, allowing them to put into practice everything they have learned in school.
Our main targets are high-school and university students, young entrepreneurs and disadvantaged young people and youth leaders in Romania. We work with volunteers from all universities in Bucharest (especially the Academy of Economics, the largest economics university from South-East Europe and Lumina University) and we collaborate with other youngsters all throughout Romania, who are studying in other universities from all over the country (Cluj-Napoca, Ilfov, Ploiesti, Iasi, Bacau, Suceava, Vatra Dornei, Brasov, Craiova, Focsani, Constanta, Arad, etc). Another significant fact is that we have a very strong cooperation with volunteers and young people from Moldova Republic, as well.
As of 2011 we are organizing our own events in Romania: youth exchanges, youth democracy projects, training courses, seminars for contact-making and conferences. Themes of our projects relate to social problems (migration, integration, fighting poverty, active citizenship), cultural aspects (respect for diversity, peaceful co-existence), political issues (democracy, freedom of speech), ecology, sports and arts (painting, photography, singing, dancing). Therefore, we have quite enough experience in a high variety of topics.
Regarding partnerships in international activities such as youth exchanges, trainings, conferences and other events of this sort, our members have very good experience, as we have worked with many foreign NGOs in elaborating and implementing such projects (Youth in Action, Europe for Citizens, EuroMed Youth, Anna Lindh Foundation and Council of Europe financing schemes). Activities have been performed in both programme countries (Germany, Italy, France, Luxembourg, Poland, Greece, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Spain, Portugal, Latvia, Turkey, etc) and partner (Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Albania, Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia, Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan, Egypt, etc).
We are working with young people with fewer opportunities and have good practical experience integrating them in our projects. Many of our international events take place in rural areas where we include marginalized youth like unemployed young people, young people from geographically isolated areas and young people with a hard social background (orphans, from broken families, with immigrant background, etc). Furthermore, when we are sending organization for projects taking place abroad, we are trying to have in the team consisting of young people with fewer opportunities and NEET because we understand the importance of the positive impact these projects have on them.
D.G.T. has youth workers with solid practical experience concerning all the aspects of the project cycle in a youth exchange: need assessment, proposal writing, implementation, evaluation, follow-up activities, reporting. Such key-staff can help the applicant organization in whatever aspects they see fit.
Since 2011, we’ve sent more than 1000 young people in international projects abroad. Only in 2014 we’ve sent more than 300 participants in over 70 projects.
As we are always in search for new projects and opportunities, in 2016, we started hosting 6 EVS volunteers through the project “iVolunteering+” for 10 months, and in the same time, through Erasmus Placement programme, we have welcomed 2 volunteers in Bucharest, where they have learned how to write and apply their own projects.
Thanks to the fact that our mission focuses on networking, we’ve created Do Great Things Network as an informal net of people, NGO’s, associations, foundations, organisations and institutions all over the world. It works as an umbrella of all of our associations. Starting with January 2014 we’ve established our first D.G.T. branch. D.G.T. Moldova is our first branch. As well, in 2016, we managed to open also our branch in Spain: D.G.T. Spain to develop and to implement projects in Spain as well. In 2018 we became really linked with the Reunion Island (France) as we started to organise a series of projects on this island. Further on at the beginning of 2019 we’ve launched Do Great Things Latvia (D.G.T. Latvia). And we are continuously interested in expanding our network constantly …

Main Activities

We worked mainly with the “Youth in Action Programme” (until including 2013) but also with “Council of Europe”, “Anna Lindh Foundation” – as partners to different projects in MEDA – and “Europe for Citizens”. But starting from the year 2014, we’re strengthening and widening our partnerships in the context of “Erasmus+”, without excluding other programmes – such as the ones mentioned above and many others.
Apart from international donors, we have also collaborated with national and local entities, such as local and national institutions, public administration institutions, local and regional councils (in both rural and urban areas). We are very well connected at the local and national level, with local partners, coming from schools, high schools, universities, local and national institutions, foundations, federations, local action groups (GAL), public administration and local & regional councils.
We founded in 2015, together with other 4 NGOs from Ilfov County, a legal local umbrella entity (which works like a federation) – Ilfov County Foundation for Youth (Fundatia Judeteana pentru Tineret Ilfov – FJST – Ilfov). This foundation is meant to represent in front of the local authorities and institutions, all the youngsters and all the NGO’s that are working with/for youth (youngsters) in/for them, in Ilfov County.
Regarding international activities, such as youth exchanges, trainings, conferences, meetings, PBA’s and other events of this kind, we strongly consider that our members have very good experience, as we have worked with many foreign NGOs in elaborating and implementing such projects (YiA, CoE, MEDA financing schemes, Europe for Citizens). Activities have been performed in both EU (Germany, Italy, France, Luxembourg, Poland, Greece, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, UK, The Netherlands, Sweden, Lithuania, Estonia, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Austria, Croatia, etc.) and non-EU states(Turkey, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Ukraine, Moldova Republic, Russian Federation, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Belarus, Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, etc.). Topics of our past projects were related to social issues (migration, integration, fighting poverty, active citizenship), cultural aspects (respect for diversity, peaceful co-existence), political issues (democracy, freedom of speech), ecology, sports and arts (painting, photography, singing, dancing, cooking), entrepreneurship, creativity, survival methods, media (and new media). In these activities we have always involved NEET youngsters (both from urban and rural areas). Therefore, we have a vast experience in a wide range of topics.
At the end of 2015 we managed to have our first EVS project approved (as HO and CO – long mobility of 10 months), which took place in Bucharest & Ilfov County, Romania, from January 2016 until August 2017.
In July 2017 we got also our first Erasmus+ SPORT project approved and we’ve been implementing it until 30.06.2019 with great success.
As we said above, we have as well experience, already, in writing and implementing Erasmus+ SPORT project. We have locations where we can host mobilities (up to 50 or 60 people in the same time), we have experience in doing desk research, developing studies, country reports, board games (educational games), non-formal methodologies, organising all sorts of events around Romania and abroad also, in places around the world like Reunion Island, Caribbean Islands, Greenland, South America, etc . We have also a really good partner network that we can involve, if needed, in any type of projects. Besides this, we collaborate also with schools, different type of educational institutions, local authorities, local actors and partners (depending on what we need, locally, nationally and internationally).

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