Cycling for Better Quality Education in Bulgaria

This September two Bulgarians with the same first name are going to challenge themselves to grueling bike rides spanning several thousand kilometers in the name of one cause

In the beginning of September 2019, starting from two European capitals (London and Reykjavik), two Bulgarians with the name of Yavor are going to hop on their bikes, not to get to work, but to challenge themselves for a cause and to support Teach For Bulgaria’s mission.

Yavor Atanasov and Yavor Danailov are about to embark on this exciting adventure which is going to test their strength as they raise funds in support of Teach For Bulgaria’s work and children’s equal access to quality education. Unwavering motivation and initial preparation are their weapons of choice when it comes to cycling around Iceland and across Europe, but their ultimate success lies in the hands of those who choose to support them. Find out more and support them now!

Yavor Atanasov – 1400 km with perseverance matching the blistering Icelandic wind, on a quest against educational inequity

yavor atanasov islandia blagotvoritelna obikolka na islandia
Явор Атанасов, който ще направи благотворителна обиколка на Исландия

You probably remember Yavor’s adventures from 2017 when he successfully accomplished one of the very first fundraising challenges in support of Teach For Bulgaria – an inspiring solo bike ride from London to Barcelona. Yavor has supported our work in a variety of ways throughout the years: he has been mentoring students, participated in events, provided valuable contacts and ideas, but now, two years later, he is about to do another epic fundraising bike ride. This time his bike will take him on an extreme tour around windswept Iceland and the focus of his fundraising campaign will be our project for developing educational resources for additional language training of students whose mother tongue is not Bulgarian.

“Iceland is tantalisingly close to the edge of my abilities, but it tickles my stubbornness, it’s breathtaking and I have a couple of dear friends there whom I’ve not seen in a while,” Yavor shares some of the reasons why he chose Iceland.

He jokingly says that his skills have been honed by the treacherous London streets, cycling to and from work. The fact that he decided to dedicate this trip to Teach For Bulgaria’s mission is a logical next step in his long-term support for our organization.

Support Yavor by donating here.

Important! Your donations to Yavor’s campaign will be automatically matched by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development as part of a larger fundraising campaign called Bulgarian as a Second Language.

Follow Yavor’s journey around Iceland on Twitter profile here.

Yavor Danailov – 3000 km to the hometown and the success of every child

Yavor Danailov - ot london do sevlievo za zaedno v chas
Явор Данаилов, който ще измине благотворително разстоянието от Лондон до Севлиево

Yavor Danailov is the second Yavor we’re more than happy to welcome into our community of supporters who challenge themselves for a cause. He was inspired by Yavor Atanasov’s story at BG Career Fair in London last year. Some of our colleagues and Yavor Atanasov were at the job fair to share more information about how anyone could support Teach For Bulgaria’s mission by pursuing similar personal challenges.

About a year later Yavor Danailov decided to bike over 3000 km to his hometown of Sevlievo and to dedicate his first solo long-distance bike trip to Teach For Bulgaria.

“Quality education completely changes your perspective. I left my hometown of Sevlievo in 2008 in the pursuit of this new perspective. Quality education revealed a truly exciting life journey full of opportunities to me – university education in Ohio, USA, a job in the financial sector in NYC and a successful career as a lawyer in London. I realize that many children who grow up in poor communities in Bulgaria never get a chance to go on this inspiring journey only education could provide. This injustice and my passion for bike riding inspired me to embark on this deeply personal journey back home,” Yavor shares more about his motivation.

You can support Yavor Danailov by making a donation to his campaign on JustGiving. Join the Facebook group Tour de Europe – London to Sevlievo to follow his journey.


Find out more about how you can challenge yourself for a cause and get inspired by previous challenges here.

If you have any other ideas or you’d like to support our work towards equal access to quality education, contact our Development team at development@zaednovchas.bg.

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