We are an international team who came together from all parts of the world. Passionate about making a positive change in our society, we are creating a lifelong learning environment with and for everybody involved. We like working together and like the work that we do, which, with the common values that we share, makes a perfect mix.
These are the people behind NaturKultur:
Svenja is founder and president of NaturKultur e.V. with the aim to bring young people from different cultures together. She has organized projects within the ERASMUS+ program, Youth in Action and EVZ as well as with other institutions since 2010. As a drama educator (BA Theatre in social contexts Ottersberg, Dramaturgy at FDU Skopje), her main focus is to create a new way of communication and mutual understanding through performing arts that bring people from different backgrounds closer together and make them more open-minded towards things that are different from their everyday environment.
Darko is president of NaturKultur e.V. and main responsible for KulturHaus. At the age of 19, he started doing youth projects in AIESEC. Since then he realized hundreds of successful youth projects in Europe and Africa. He is an organizational developer in charge of development of both NaturKultur e.V. and KulturHaus, managing the teams, responsible for key projects and activities and relations with external partners and donors. In the past, he has been University assistant and lecturer in Strategic Management and Leadership, a consultant for development of small and medium enterprises in Europe and Africa, and an entrepreneur. His focus is strategy and development of organizations, training and development of leaders and trainers, creation of systems that will bring sustainability to the organizations that are organizing youth and educational programs in Europe.
Branimir is working as the European Voluntary Service (EVS) and European Solidarity Corps (ESC) coordinator at NaturKultur e.V. He co-founded the NGO Ocean Znanja in early 2014 and is working on youth mobility projects since then, writing applications and delivering workshops. Branimir started working with NaturKultur e.V. in 2016 as logistic support and cook on projects. He has a degree in German and Ukranian language studies and in Ethnology and Cultural anthropology from Faculty of Humanities and social sciences of the University of Zagreb.
Ziga is currently co-managing KulturHaus, a social enterprise run by NaturKultur e.V. and is responsible for logistics on NaturKulturs projects. Žiga got enrolled into the international youth leadership organization AIESEC, where he got the experience of organizing/co-organizing/leading learning events and conferences while being responsible for recruiting/preparing/sending students for their traineeship abroad. In the past 10 years, he has been exploring the field of online marketing and sales in four different companies.
Hans-Gerd is working as an essential part in managing KulturHaus. He’s responsibilities vary from taking care of the groups in KulturHaus, maintenance of the house, and external communication. Hans Gerd has a great deal of life experiences ranging from working for an insurance company and co-running a nursing home, and is full of passion for life and passing it to the younger generation. He loves motorbikes and dreams about living in Florida.
Andrei is currently responsible for creating photo and video content for NaturKultur e.V., such as documentaries, tutorials, and project after-movies. Andrei graduated from Baltic Film School and worked in professional film sets in a variety of commercials and corporate videos. He excels at directing, camera work and video editing.
Irma works as a sending coordinator for all NaturKultur´s activities – participants on youth exchanges or training courses or volunteers that are attending international volunteering programs. Irma spent her 12 months of EVS in Zugdidi and Tbilisi, Georgia, in 2015/2016, where she discovered her passion for different educational philosophies and methods. In the past four years, she worked on different formal and non-formal education programmes in Georgia, Armenia, Belarus, the UK, and Germany. She is currently in her final year of studying BA Education and English at the University of Cambridge, UK.
Aleksandar is doing his long term EVS in NaturKultur e.V.. He is a vice president and co-founder of NGO Ocean Znanja. Aleksandar has been actively doing youth work since 2013 and has since participated, organized or worked as a trainer on more than 60 projects in Erasmus+/Youth in Action. He is facilitating and leading international workshops in Germany, Croatia, and other countries. After getting his master degree in marketing, he worked in big companies such as Booking.com and IPSOS. His main focus is on team building, teamwork and development of an entrepreneurial way of thinking.
Cecilia works with migrants and refugees, primarily youth, in theatre and providing creative performance art as a mechanism for voice, empowerment, and community building. Cecelia graduated with both a journalism and international studies degree from the University of Arizona and moved to Cambodia in 2013 where she worked as a reporter for three years before beginning her masters degree in Migration and Intercultural Relations. In her masters, she specialized in Applied Theatre with youth refugees and has given talks on the subject at various conferences around Europe. Her passion for theatre has taken her around the world where she has worked with various groups in theatre, film, and performance as well as directing productions in schools and theatre groups.
Nico is managing the Facebook communities on two pages of NaturKultur e.V. – Trainers library and It’s up to me. He currently studies Politics & Philosophy and has been involved in the past in party politics and direct democracy workgroups in Spain. Nico is passionate about communication and innovation and has collaborated with different youth and environmental organizations, training and doing media work. He is also an amateur gardener and public speaker. He will contribute to the organic garden of KulturHaus.
Malene is currently on her EVS in NaturKultur e.V., helping with renovating and re-building projects in and around KulturHaus. Malene has graduated from high school of natural and mathematical sciences. She has been actively involved in helping the less fortunate in her local community, from working in a healthcare center for elderly to guiding children in a performance theatre. She likes to hike and hang out with her friends and family, volunteer work and loves to travel.
Board of advisors /Supporters
Frank and Uta Oltmanns
Jürgen and Kerstin Stephan