EVS at Messzelátó (for applicants)

Messzelátó Egyesület would like to host two long-term volunteers from February 2015, for a period of one year. One is already selected and now we are hiring the other one :)
We would prefer to hire volunteers who can speak proficient English and/or Hungarian.

Application process:

  • Please fill out our application form. We don’t want you to write a motivation letter separately – please write down all your motivation in this form!
  • Instead of a regular CV (Curriculum Vitae) we would prefer a video or a Prezi about yourself. We ask you to send your links on the application form which was mentioned above. (We have created some guides for our favorite online tools: Prezi and PicMonkey. You can find the attachments on this page.)

Garden picnic in the VIII. district jungle- Restaurant day 2014.08.17.

08/17/2014 - 18:00
08/17/2014 - 22:00

Grundkert 2.0 and Messzelátó Association
are happy to invite you to a dinner with sunset background in our small green oasis between the panel blocks, the community garden, Grund Kert 2.0.

Menu will be:
- watermelon gazpacho with green spices
- vegetable „bogrács”
- spiy lemonade or barley tea with mint
- crab-pear dessert

The event will work with donation payment.
We will thank you for:

- the whole meal (2 dishes, selected drink, dessert) 1.800 HUF donation
- 1 dish (or dessert) + drink 1.000 HUF donation
- 1 drink 300 HUF donation
- 1 dish 450 HUF donation
- 2 dishes 650 HUF donation
- 1 dessert 500 HUF donation

This income will support our work.

Date: 2014.08.17. 18:00–22:00 pm.
Location: Bókay János Street 42-44., i.e. Grundkert

Come and join, you are more than welcome! Thank you for briging your friends too!

Facebook event here

Clothes exchange again! 2014. 08. 30.

08/30/2014 - 15:00
08/31/2014 - 00:00

Attention! Are you suffering from fashion fetish or desire some new pieces to refresh your wardrobe?

Do you have some clothes resting for a while in your wardrobe without being worn?
Would you like to get new and exciting pieces?
You have never been at a Messzelátó exchange yet?
Then you must come!

In cooperation with Lost in Budapest Bar we organize the prettiest clothes exchange party this summer.
You are welcome to bring clothes, shoes, bags, jewelleries, accessories.

The schedule of the exchange/ fair:
- For each pieces you bring, you receive a coupon that can be used for purchasing (1 coupon for 1 piece).
- You can use the coupons for buying as well, pay with them (1 coupon = 500 HUF) and try the dresses on.

In the meanwhile you may have a refreshing lemonade or coctail, after the shopping tour music and dance presented by dj Zöld.

Sun-drying tool preparation from beer cans - 2014.08.08.

08/08/2014 - 17:30
08/08/2014 - 20:30

In Grundkert Sun-drying tool will be prepared with enthusiastic people from beer cans. If you feel like participating, come and help to build the tool, whilst you can learn how to realize this project in your own garden.

Those of you, who might have missed the opportunity or the info and feel interested, you are welcome to visit the garden and check the outcome.)

Place: 42-44 Bókay János Street, ie. Grundkert
Time: 8th August 2014., Friday 17:30 pm

Participation is free.

Summer child camp ideas for August!

Have you got any plans for the last summer month? Not yet?

It is still not late for the active relax in August. We are convinced that for children it is a great adventure to be in the nature in summer, to learn about the environment together and build up a community.
Please look around yourself, it is more likely that your input is needed somewhere!
We have collected some recommendations from friends. May you have any questions, please ask the organisers of the certain camp, they are the people who can inform you about details.

Active relax opportunities for adults in August!!

After the child camps, we share some ideas for adults as well.

If you do not bear passivity and monotonic summer fun activities, then this selection is made for you! Last week we gathered some health-conscious and green active relax possibilities for August.
We trust that you will find the most appropriate ones for you, we look forward to your feedback.
Let’s start browsing!

With questions please approach the organizers, who can give you the detailed answers.

Messzelátó at Ördögkatlan festival! - 2014.08.5-9.

08/05/2014 - 10:00
08/09/2014 - 23:00

Come and join us in the „Devil caldron”!

Indeed we are not inviting you to a frightful, hot place, but to a gorgeous art festival in Villány wine region.
But what exactly looks for Messzelátó in the „caldron”?
Forming part of the Ördögkatlan festival, there is a place, Esélykikötő where various civil organisations will have the possibility to introduce themselves to the audience. Therefore you can hear interesting news and facts about us, can meet one of our EVS volunteers, try our games related to ecology awareness, last but not least we will present some artesany programs to you.

What exactly Ördögkatlan fesztivál is for?

There are some beuatiful spots around Villány, that become the real cultural center in the closer and wider environment during a week. The festival traditionally is one of the most important cultural events of the region with such patrons, as Tamás Cseh and Mari Törőcsik.

Tasks of a gardener in the height of summer – presentation and talk 31/07/2014

07/31/2014 - 18:30
07/31/2014 - 20:00

Jávor Sára, a lovely gardener of Grundkert, has once already given a crash course for beginner gardeners on planting and other important practical stuff - thank you again for that! Another talk is going to be held 31st of July from 18:30 for those who couldn't participate the first time - and for those hearing about this the first time. Sára is ready to answer any questions, and participants will be welcome to share their experiences and tricks.

Current topics (which, of course, can be extended if needed):

  • Natural pest control through companion plants
  • Tasks of a gardener in the height of summer
  • Edible wild plants in your garden
  • Providing ground cover

Meeting the flea, the whitefly and the blackfly 17/07/2014

07/17/2014 - 17:00
07/17/2014 - 19:00

New creatures in the garden are usually a joy for the biogardener - not if they can be identified as pests. Lice chew on tomato sprouts, butterflies love cabbage leaves, and we don't even mention those insects we can't recognize.

Would you like to learn how to recognize pests in your garden and how to arm yourself with effective natural methods against them?

You can hear about all this on Thursday, 17th of July in Grundkert. Sojnóczki Annamari is going to introduce the most dangerous pests, such as whiteflies, blackflies and fleas, and teach us how to protect our plants. If we have time, we'll try some of the methods on the spot.
Bring a notebook, a pencil, a hand sprayer and some baked goods for Annamari!

350 The Baobab Campaign

A 5.5 meter tall Baobab tree needs 5 people to surround the tree at once placing their hands over the slits of the trunk in order to revive the wilted branches. The slits of the trunk signify the wounds, similarly our wounded environment. This installation of Baobab conveys a significant message to us by showing the importance of personal responsibility and the strength of a join effort to revive a tree, moreover, to solve the climate crisis. 350 is the safe upper limit in PPM for carbon dioxide emission in order to avoid the worst effects of the climate change. This number is used as symbol, coordinating and connecting local events all over the world.

The 350 Baobab climate tour project was a road show in Central Europe. The main purpose was to raise awareness on climate change in Central Europe and to highlight the importance of personal responsibility. The tour project started in Poland at the UN Climate Change Conference in December, 2008. The journey continued in the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia in 2009. Messzelátó Association has been one of the partner organizations of the 350 Baobab climate tour. Now, you can always contact us if you wish to restart this campaign or to have the Baobab tree for your events!

What's more, you can be an organizer in your city/village to raise awareness on climate change through www.350.org.

Reference: http://www.messzelato.hu/baobab/

"Take Charge of your Life" - youth meeting 19/07/2014

07/18/2014 - 14:00
07/21/2014 - 00:00

"Take Charge of your Life" - youth meeting 19/07/2014

iYODA ifjúsági találkozóWe strongly recommend this awesome initiative, which hosts Messzelátó Egyesület as one of its lecturers, thus giving us an opportunity to introduce ourselves and share our views with the participants. So pack your bag and head to Fadd-Dombori where YODA* is awaiting you.:D

YODA Youth Association introduces "Take Charge of your Life" - a youth meeting

Aim in general: Organizing a meeting for local youth communities which creates value with the active participation of young people and provides basis for their planning of their future, a responsible use of free time and the emergence of local youth initiatives.

Concrete aim: Organizing a 2-day youth meeting (camp), which creates a platform for youth associations and volunteers to inrtoduce their work and responsibility in order for young people to have a possibility to obtain "good practice".

Looking for a new office!

It is a great pleasure for us that recently there has been a growing interest towards our programs, also more and more volunteers joining us, that means we have outgrown our present office: boxes everywhere, pasta making on the working desk, continous comings and goings during the meetings...
You may have experienced this situation when visiting us.
Therefore we have made up our mind to move into a new office from September on.

Paremeters of the desired new office:

- situated in the city center: VI., VII., VIII., IX. districts
- well connected to the public transport
- big size, at least 100 m2, 3 rooms
- the stairway is possibly equipped with entryphone and elevator
- invoice is provided
- friendly price or donation

May you wish to help us, please contact Nóri Benedek by e-mail: nori@messzelato.hu
or by phone: 06-30-252-6437.

Thanks a lot!

How to prepare deodorant at home

Now, we are in the beginning of July and it may happen to all of us, that our body sweats in the summer heat. It is not surprising, since sweating is a natural mechanism, this is why we are using deodorants to reduce sudation and have pleasant fragnance.
There are a plenty of deodorant types standing on the shop shelves, however we may not have thought about their destructive effects on our body.
The frequent use of these materials could cause seious diseases.
„Deodorant producers apply various critical staff during the production cycle so that costumers maintain comfortable smell during the whole day. One of these is the aluminium-chlorid, which fills up the natural ways of the sweat glands. Compounds of the aluminium has been claimed to be responsible for the maturation of Alzheimer-disease and breast cancer, evident proof has not been revealed though.

We were present on Margaret island!

What can be a family day about, that happens in frame of educating together? „One day, when children with the need of special care playing togethet with the other kids and enjoy the concerts and entertaining programs. One day, when anybody can become open and have an insight into the life of the people with disability and can learn how to help them. One day, when handicapped youngsters and their family can get answers to their questioms.” – highlighting the organisers in the event briefing.

We've done it!

Yes, we've done it, as we've collected enough funds through KAP! What's this exactly?

You could see us posting about it a few times during the latest months - it's an opportunity for the customers of MagNet Bank, through which they can offer 10% of their profit obtained through Magnet Bank to an NGO (including us). We received only a small amount of donations last year, but this time with the help of our speeding eco-rockets and enthusiastic volunteers we gathered the targeted amount of five hundred thousand HUF. This was worth celebrating with some tasty elderberry champagne!

Seedpaper making at Juliális 06/07/2014

07/06/2014 - 00:30
07/06/2014 - 18:00

Messzelátó will be presenting at one of the handicraft corners of Juliális - which means you will also be able to get or make some seedpapers beside getting a glittering body paint.

What actually is a seedpaper?
Imagine a postcard sent by your beloved person and the card is containing some rose seeds! After having read the loved one's greetings, you can grab a shovel and plant the postcard just to watch the seeds sprout few weeks later. To make it more eco-friendly, the seedpapers are made out of recycled papers.

Sounds thrilling? Come and try it yourself!

Details at Juliális`homepage: http://julialis.hu/

Common Cauldron at Szimpla Kert with Messzelátó 22/06/2014

06/22/2014 - 12:00
06/22/2014 - 14:00

"Common Cauldron" is a community cooking event at Szimpla Farmers Market. For this event, the lunch is prepared each week by another organization in exchange for donations. This week, it's Messzelátó's turn in Szimpla Kert, and we can assure you that our soups will be excellent just like our soaps!

Lunch is going to be ready to be served around noon, but we advise you to come earlier and get some fresh fruits, vegetables, seasoned cheese, and other yummy stuff from the farmers. There will be live music, programs for children, and many things to eat!

For the menu: cherry & sour cherry soup with a hint of mint and home-made green pasta with creamy mushroom sauce. Hmmm... it doesn't sound bad, right?

Where: Szimpla Kert, Budapest VII., Kazinczy utca 14.
When: this Sunday (22nd of July 2014) around noon

Get some atmosphere with Tárkány Művek (a Hungarian band)!

Green Cosmetics and EVS at the 10th Szélrózsa Evangelical Lutheran Youth Gathering

07/17/2014 - 15:45
07/17/2014 - 17:15

In 1996, a national Lutheran gathering was established by few enthusiastic young people, being one of its kind back then. During the first Szélrózsa ("Wind Rose"), 800 participants gathered at Váralja to enjoy the true festival atmosphere which was created not only by devotions, concerts, presentations, and round table discussions, but also several games & workshops, a Market of Opportunities (a platform for movements and organizations to introduce themselves), Szélrózsa Kindergarten, theater plays, and a film club.

Since then, Szélrózsa has been taken place for every two years. Last time at Lake Balaton in Fonyódliget, 2000 young people participated. This year, in Soltvadkert, 3000 people are expected to participate.

Grundkert 2.0 opening event 31/05/2014

05/31/2014 - 15:00
05/31/2014 - 18:00

Also, the Messzelato Organization is a big enthusiast and gear of Grundkert Social Garden Community. For this reason, we would like to invite You to the Garden opening event to show you around our new garden with new yard and plants. It is going to be a great and big day for us because we have worked very hard for establishing this garden. We had won a major grant proposal which supported and financed the construction.

The topics of the opening:
15:00 – 15:30 Welcoming
16:00 – 16:30 Showing of the compost-point and the Garden
16:30 – 18:00 Plant and seed exchange

Please bring your friends, family, dog or any other relatives (we would like to remind you to pay attention to the plants and the garden). We will cook some delicious foods and have a picnic. It would be also nice if you can bring some homemade foods such as cake, syrup, roll, etc.

Please bring some plates, silverware, and cup for yourselves in order to not make any trash.

MagNet Bank – Community Donation Program

Imagine the MagNet bankers are so cool that they are donating 10% of their profit they earn to 71 NGOs. So, practically the clients can choose which organization the bank should donate their money to. We are very lucky this year because we have been selected as one of the 71 organizations. We would be thankful if you can help us to receive this great donation. For you, it is only going to take 3 minutes which will enable us to continue our work and carry on our mission.
The donation as easy as falling off of a log. The MagNet clients receive a letter with a code. Look up Messzelató among the list of all the other organizations and register your code for us. You can also find out our code on Magnet bank (https://www.netbank.hu/kap2014) in the KAP menu.
You can learn more about KAP here:

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