First (most important): I am happy to have found this site. Beautiful idea! Great work!
Second (not that important): I had a little trouble in finding my way, I am not able to subscribe to projects/groups, but mannaged to follow some.
Third (even less important): I am afraid I lost my gravatar password. Anybody an idea on how to retrieve that?
Fourth (only for those who are interested in who is talking here):
My name is Burkhard, i dropped out of university somewhere in the early 90s. One of the reasons for dropping out was that I felt I could do something more relevant than studying (another reason was of course that I was not able to convince myself to learn things I was not interested in). And I got a job offer from EYFA, in Sittard, the Netherlands (it was “only” a volunteers position, but that did not matter to me). EYFA stood for European Youth Forest Action then, today it is European Youth for Action. And a dream for me came true: to work and live in a foreign country, with people from all over Europe. From EYFA my journey brought me to former Yugoslavia, to work for peace and humanitarian organisations (Suncokret, ZamirTransNational and Volunteers Project Pakrac). After a couple years, living in a region heavily affected by war, I needed a rest and found that back in Germany, in an intentional community. I was never good with (my own) finances, which was one of the conditions to live in that community, so eventually I dropped out there (again) and found myself in the centre of town. While I was still living in the community friends of mine founded an association called Belziger Forum to fight right extremism and violence in the town. The main focus of this association is running a cafe serving as a meeting place for refugees and locals. We do seminars, football tournaments, parties and other stuff (see http://www.derwinkel.de/index.php/fotokiste), most of them inter-cultural. In the meantime I managed to create a job for myself at Belziger Forum (with a little help from the unemployment office and the board of Belziger Forum), my work contract will finish end October this year.