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PBA Solidarity: Opening the door to new volunteering fields

Dates: 24-29 May 2020

Venue: Budapest, Hungary

Eligible are 30 participants coming from: Austria, Belgium – DE, Belgium – FL, Belgium – FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU

Application deadline: 16th February 2020

The event aims to bring together different organisations, newcomers and the ones that have experience and are interested in new fields of volunteering.

General Description

How can European Solidarity Corps – volunetering projects be implemented in fields such as climate change, social economy, libraries and museums, online activism, intergenerational dialogue, human rights and other areas?

This networking event aims to bring together new and experienced organisations who are interested to become part of the European Solidarity Corps community; a community of active organisations that goes beyond by exploring new volunteering areas and co-creates relevant opportunities through an inspiring process.

Objectives:

  • Create a frame for sharing experience in the field of volunteering, from different areas of expertise
  • Discuss and understand Solidarity as one of the core values in volunteering
  • Explore new fields of volunteering beyond the outreach of the former European Voluntary Service programme
  • Motivate the organisations to join the European Solidarity Corps community
  • Support networking between organisations and encourage them to establish trans-national projects in the framework of the European Solidarity Corps programme

Target group

The event is for participants with the following background:

  • Newcomer organisations / institutions interested in stepping in the Solidarity Corps volunteering action, with or without the Quality Label.
  • Experienced organisations interested to have new partners in new fields of volunteering
    Programme and methodology

The event is an networking activity that aims to generate new partnerships across Europe for volunteering. The programme will be based on the principles of non-formal learning. The methods used will be interactive and participatory. There will be space for participants to share thier experience and expertize in all types of volunteering. The programme includes field visits in Budapest.

Costs

 

This project is financed by the European Solidarity Corps Programme.

Accommodation and food

Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the NAs involved in this project.

Travel reimbursement

Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the NAs involved in this project. After being selected, get in touch with your NA or SALTO again to learn more about the overall procedure to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

Participation fee

Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, visa, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the NAs or the SALTO Resource Centre involved in this project – except a participation fee which varies from call to call and country to country. Please contact your European Solidarity Corps NA to learn more about the financial details, and how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

Application

 

Organiser:

European Solidarity Corps Resource Centre – SALTO Resource Centre

Co-organisers:

  • Hungarian National Agency (Tempus Public Foundation – Erasmus+ YOUTH Unit) (National Agency)
  • Austrian National Agency (IZ -Verein zur Förderung von Vielfalt, Dialog und Bildung) (National Agency)
  • Finish National Agency (Finnish National Agency for Education’s (EDUFI) (National Agency)

Phone: N/A

For additional information please: Download the Application form

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Contact for questions:

Ildiko Gulacsi

E-Mail: tca_ifjusag@tpf.hu

Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.

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Training Course: Seeds of Transformation

Dates: 7-15 April 2020

Venue: Apuseni Mountains , Romania

Eligible are 24 participants coming from: Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Romania, Spain

Application deadline: 8th February 2020

The purpose of Seeds of Transformation is to meaningfully shape the resources and competences of youth workers in order to contribute to life-enhancing societies through nature-based practices, mindfulness, storytelling, soul poetry, singing & drumming.

General Description

‘Seeds of Transformation’ is an Erasmus+ project coordinated by Actions for Change association which includes a training course that will be held in the mountains of Romania.

The purpose of ‘Seeds of Transformation’ is to meaningfully and impactfully shape and reinvent the resources and competences of youth workers in order to contribute to building healthy human communities and life-enhancing societies.

If what we want is blooming and healthy communities, the most essential aspect is to educate our youth who have the capacity to grow into true, competent and authentic adults.

‘Seeds of Transformation’ will offer the knowledge and skill to foster optimal human development for hard to reach young people, including migrants and refugees.

The eco-soulcentric human development methods and practices which are going to be explored in this training will enable the participants to cultivate their innate human wholeness, meaningly their resources, authenticity and imagination.

Planting the ‘Seeds of Transformation’ through the following practices:

  • Nature-based practices – immersions in nature to reconnect and claim and (re)discover our innate human wholeness;
  • Mindfulness – maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and surrounding environment;
  • Storytelling – exploring inspiring and transformative myths and legends and the art of telling stories;
  • Soul Poetry – exploring the mysteries of what it means to be human through metaphor, the language of Soul;
  • Singing and drumming – Tapping into the natural ability, ancient and primal way of belonging that we humans have been using since our earliest times;

  • Embodiment/Dance – Authentic Movement, Dance of Wholeness, Open Floor Movement;
  • Drawing – diving deep into the source of our own imagination – free and abstract drawing
  • Mind-Body-Heart awakening – meditation practices and guided visualisations;

The methodology will be experienced at a personal level and also finding a translation of applying it in the youth field, especially with hard to reach young people.

Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

Materials, activities, accommodation and food are 100% covered by the Erasmus+ grant.

Travel reimbursement

The travelling costs (plane, train, bus) are also covered and will be reimbursed to the participants after the course up to this limit:

  • Romania 20 Euros/ person
  • Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Croatia, Latvia, 275 Euros/ person
  • Portugal, Spain 360 Euros/ person

We encourage you to use eco-friendly transportation.

Participation fee

We are inviting you to contribute to Actions for Change’s future local projects by making a donation from 40 to 80 Euros based on personal financial possibilities (the donation is optional).

Application

 

Organiser:

Actions for Change – Youth NGO

Phone: +40726504487

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloadsInfoPack Seeds of Transformation.pdf

Contact for questions:

Sandra Horea

E-Mail: sandra.horea@gmail.com

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Youth Exchange 3R: Reduce, reuse, recycle

Dates: 29th of February – 7th of March 2020

Venue: Kaunas, Lithuania

We are looking for 2 participants (16 – 24 years old) coming from: Greece

and Involves 40 participants coming from: Lithuania, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Croatia

Application deadline: 7th January 2020

ATTENTION: Last call for applicants!

“Reduce-reuse-recycle” is a 9 days Youth Exchange project which will be held in Kaunas, Lithuania and will gather participants from 5 countries – Lithuania, Croatia, Greece, Romania and Bulgaria to changing attitudes in the field of recycling and bringing positive impact to changing pollution situation.

General Description

Unrecycled waste is one of the key problems of our environment. Plastic and other kind of waste pollutes our earth, water and air which also contributes to climate change. European Commission has announced that 70% of waste which is found in oceans and beaches consists of one-time plastic products.

What is more, in October 2018 EC first time announced that plastic has already entered human’s nutrition chain. However, many steps are taken towards reducing the amount of waste which gets into landfills, whilst many more steps are needed to make this come true.

Project‘s objectives:

  •  To raise awareness about consequences of unsorted waste and importance of recycling.
  •  To introduce reduce-reuse-recycle method participants and their local communities.
  •  To encourage participants and their local communities to take direct action and responsibly recycle waste.

Goal:
Project will be mainly based on reduce-reuse-recycle method and will seek to encourage 35 young participants and local society members to REDUCE amount of waste they produce; to REUSE things they have already bought and to RECYCLE the waste which they want to throw away.

Number of participants: 7 participants + 1 leader per country. At least 2 participants per National group with social, economic or geographic obstacles.
Economic obstacles are:

  •  young people with a low standard of living, low income, dependence on social welfare system;
  • in long-term unemployment or poverty;
  • young people who are homeless, young people in debt or with financial problems.

Activities during the project: All activities of project will be based on non-formal learning methods.

  •  Analyzing daily habits and usage of plastic of participants in everyday life;
  •  Presentation about different types of plastic and their damage for environment;
  •  Survey with local people about their daily plastic usage;
  •  Case analysis about new production policy of plastic straws and other one-time plastic;
  •  Creative workshop “how to reduce amount of plastic we use and other waste we produce”;
  •  Presentations about waste and recycling situation in participating countries
  •  Practical workshop while participants will be learning how to recycle waste correctly
  •  Creative workshop “how to encourage society to start recycling”

Each participating country will need to present waste and recycling situation in their countries, discuss core issues, problems and positive changes which took place recently. Together with participants we will discuss what are the main reasons in each country which prevent communities from recycling.

Also, each group will have to lead 1-2 activities during the project. Concrete tasks will be given to each National group leader.

Team building game or energizer. If you know any great game or activity, which gets people together and helps to feel team spirit or refill yourself with energy – please share it. We will be happy to involve participants into the programme as much as possible.

Youth exchange programme includes:

  • ice-breaking,
  • team-building,
  • social inclusion activities.
  • Topic-related activities:

Close-up activities: reflections, Youthpass evaluation, giving Youthpass certificates, evaluation, creating dissemination and visibility plan.

After exchange: Dissemination phase will take place. It is responsibility of every participant and partner’s organization to share information about the project, to post photos and messages in social media. More detailed dissemination plan will be created during exchange by participants themselves which we will follow during this period.

The main language used during the project will be English. As we will work in an international environment, participants taking part in “Reduce – reuse – recycle” project should be able to communicate and express themselves in English.

Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation, food and materials – 100% funded by the Erasmus+ Programme. This includes everything, except for travel costs. It’s highly recommended to start buying travelling tickets early. It’s recommended to have a disposal for drinks, small shopping, etc. We are counting less travelling expenses as your contribution to the project.

Travel reimbursement

  • Lithuania 20
  • Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia 220

We will reimburse the travel expenses by bank transfer to partner organization accounts after the exchange. In order to make the reimbursement, firstly, dissemination activities will have to be implemented. Also, it is compulsory that you deliver all the necessary documents for us.

If your travel costs exceed the official limits, the reimbursement will be limited to the maximum amount of travel costs allocated for each country. If you fail to provide all the necessary travel documents, we will be unable to reimburse you.

For plane travel, the original documents that we need are:

1. E-ticket; 2. Invoice; 3. Proof of payment or receipt; 4. Boarding passes.

Participation fee

There’s a participation fee of 30 euros per participant. The fee will be deposited after successful selection of the candidates (non-refundable in case of cancellation).

Application

 

Organizer:

Neribota Ateitis Association – NGO

Co-organizer:

YiA 18 – NGO

www.YiA18.org

Youth in Advance 18

Phone:+30 693

For additional information please: Download the Application form

email: yia18plus@gmail.com

Contact for questions:

YiA 18

Working language: English

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Training Course: Sustainability in Action!

Dates: 18-26 March 2020

Venue: Elbeuf, France

Eligible are 29 participants coming from: Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Turkey

Application deadline: 13th January 2020

With the project “Sustainability in Action!” we wish to tackle global environmental challenges and sustainable development and to implement concrete actions that youth workers can do to motivate young people get actively involved on a local level.

General Description

We would like to invite you to participate in the “Sustainability in Action!” training course that will take place near Elbeuf, France in the period 18th – 26th March 2020 and will gather 29 representatives of organizations from 8 countries – Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Turkey and France.

About “Sustainability in Action!” project:

With the project “Sustainability in Action!” we wish to tackle both complex issues – global environmental challenges and sustainable development and young people’s lack of social involvement and participation, and to implement concrete actions that youth workers can do to motivate young people get actively involved on a local level by increasing their environmental citizenship.

We aim at enhancing and developing youth worker’s competences to encourage, support and empower young people’s active involvement in solving environmental challenges and their active participation in a positive change towards a more sustainable society.

The specific objectives of the project are to:

  • create awareness in regards to the current environmental challenges and explore interconnectivity of those challenges with other topics on a global level (i.e. health, migration, economy);
  • explore the topic of youth participation and ways of attracting young people to actively participate on a local level;
  • build youth workers’ capacity to work more effectively with young people on the topics of eco-related actions and sustainable ways of living;
  • explore environmental educational methods and equip participants with non-formal learning tools addressing the topics;
  • share experience, methods and practices;
  • create new successful and creative partnerships;
  • promote Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps as a tool for active youth involvement and participation;
  • sensitize relevant stakeholders on the significance of environmental challenges on all levels.

We envisage the following thematic modules in the training:

1. Environmental challenges (what do we face today – pollution, climate change, social injustice and inequity, climate migrants and refugees, lack of resources, etc.) and alternative systems for sustainable living (sustainable communities, degrowth movement, permaculture, sustainable consumption, sustainable transport, etc.).

2. Active youth participation and green citizenship – concepts and ways of involving and engaging young people be active on a local level, encouraging them to create and implement initiatives.

3. Sharing of experience, strengths and challenges youth workers face in the different countries as way as solutions to overcome them.

4. Practical tools and instruments – gathering, sharing, trying out tools that will be used with the young people after the project.

5. Creation of partnerships and development of ideas for international youth mobility action and local youth initiatives.

Dates and venue of the training course

The training will take place from 18th (afternoon) till 26th March 2020 (7 full working days and two days – 1 arrival – 18th March and 1 departure day – 26th March) near Elbeuf, France. The participants need to arrive in the afternoon on 18th March and depart after breakfast on 26th March 2020.

Profile of the participants

The training course is for:

  • youth workers, facilitators, trainers, youth leaders, activists willing to enrich their competences towards working for a higher involvement and participation of young people in our societies for solving environmental challenges and living in a sustainable way
  • Age 18+
  • Willing to learn, develop and share
  • Willing to practise and multiply learning after the training course
  • Able to understand and express themselves in English
  • Are committed to attend for the full duration of the event
  • Are committed to do a follow-up/dissemination activity to be implemented in their country after the training course

Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

Accommodation will be in Château du Bosc Féré and participants will be accommodated in 2 and 3-bed rooms.

Food – Breakfast, lunch, dinner and breaks during the training duration will be provided by the organizers (starting with dinner on 18th March and finishing with breakfast on 26th March 2020).

Travel reimbursement

Reimburse of the travel tickets will be done according to the rules of the Erasmus+ programme based on distance calculation. The reimbursement will be made after the training course, after the participants provide all original travelling documents (coming and return). Please keep your original tickets and boarding passes.

  • France – up to 0 Euro
  • Bulgaria, Italy – up to 275 Euro
  • Cyprus, Greece, Latvia, Malta, Turkey – up to 360 Euro

Participation fee

There is no participation fee

Application

 

Organiser:

MJC – House of Youth and Culture of the Elbeuf region

Phone: +33 662 88 63 16

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloadsInfoPack Sustainability in Action.pdf

Contact for questions:

Pascale Delobel

E-Mail: project@mjc-elbeuf.fr

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European Solidarity Corps: Life Sharing Project

Dates: 24 February – 24 July 2020 (6 months volunteering project)

Venue: Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Eligible is 1 participant coming from: Greece

Application deadline: 18th December 2019

ATTENTION: Last call for volunteers!

European Solidarity Corps provides to young volunteers a unique opportunity to live in a foreign country and collaborate with a fair cause, a personal and professional growth experience free of charge.

Description

The volunteer will spend 6 months at Camphill Community, located at the suburbs of Belfast and will work as a volunteer to promote rehabilitation and reintegration of people with fewer opportunities.

Volunteering has always been a fundamental aspect of what is provided at Glencraig. Each year 20 – 40 international volunteers would come and stay for at least a year at Glencraig. Most of these volunteers came from mainland Europe but some came from other Continents, Ireland and other parts of the UK.

In recent years there has been a decline in the number of volunteers coming to Glencraig because of this we set up a pilot project for three Erasmus+ volunteers who arrived in November 2018 and will stay for 1 year.

In order to expand on the pilot project, the Glencraig Life Sharing Project (GLSP) has been set up this will be an inclusive project where volunteers will live and work together with people who have a learning disability. The project will also be open to people with special needs and fewer opportunities.

  • Five days a week the volunteer will support people with a learning disability in one of the houses at Glencraig.
  • The volunteer will also be able to support people with a learning disability in the following inclusive settings: Farm, Garden, Estate, Laundry and Craft workshop.

The volunteer will be involved in volunteering activities for approximately 37.5 hours per week, either in the morning from 7am to 2.30pm or the afternoon/evening from 2pm to 9.30pm.

The volunteer will have two consecutive days off per week and 2.5 days holiday per month spread over the duration of the placement.

The volunteer will be able to access excellent public transport links to the nearby towns of Bangor, Holywood and Belfast. There are ESC volunteers in Belfast and Bangor, Glencraig will encourage volunteers participating in our project to link in with them during their stay. During the longer holiday periods volunteers can use the time to explore the lovely locations on the island of Ireland. Personal protective equipment will be provided but volunteers should bring adequate clothing for all weather conditions.

There will also be the opportunity for the volunteer to participate in the following social and cultural activities:

• Social and cultural activities organised in Glencraig and in the local area
• Participate in cultural projects such as plays, musical performances and activities
• Outdoor adventure, physical exercise and sporting activities
• Take part in activities that raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity, nature protection and the problems associated with climate change

Volunteer profile
The volunteer must be between 18 – 30 years of age at the start of the placement and have an interest in the following:

• Promote and develop inclusion for people with special needs and fewer opportunities
• Willing to engage with people who have a learning disability
• Enthusiastic to work in an environment with people from a diverse range of backgrounds and a wide range of abilities
• Undertake physical work that may be outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
• Willing to engage in social and cultural activities outside of his/her primary volunteering activities
• It helps if the volunteer has a basic foundation in the English language and is willing to develop his/her skills in this language

The volunteer should have an interest in the following ESC topics:

• Health and wellbeing
• Environment and natural protection
• Creativity and Culture

The volunteer will have the possibility to develop his/her knowledge and experience in the following ESC areas:

• Working with disabled people
• Working with children / young people
• Healthcare
• Environment and natural protection
• Arts / music

The volunteer should be interested in developing the following qualities in themselves and others:

• Friendly, approachable and develop positive social relationships with others.
• Patient, supportive, respectful and be able to care for yourself and others.
• Inter cultural learning, the ability to communicate in different languages and by using other communication techniques e.g. Makaton.
• Creativity, with ability to think on your feet and adapt to the environment to provide enriching positive experiences for yourself and others.
• Skills and competence that will support your continual professional and personal development.
• Responsible, positive, enthusiastic attitude, increased understanding and awareness of yourself and others.

Costs

 

This project is financed by the European Solidarity Corps Programme.

– Being selected for this course, accommodation and lodging (breakfast-lunch and dinner) will be 100% covered by the host organisation. 100% for travel cost (maximum amount see down).

–  Provided health insurance.

  • Food and accommodation is FREE
  • Everything is FREE OF CHARGE for the volunteer!

– Transport: 100% covered by the Erasmus+ program, within following limits:

Greece: 360 Euro/participant. Participants who will exceed this travel cost, will be charged the additional cost

  • Monthly allowance: 220 euro for the volunteer (pocket money+food allowance)

Application

 

Organizer:

YiA 18, in partnership with Association Camphill Community Glencraig – Youth NGO

www.YiA18.org

Youth in Advance 18

Phone:+30 693

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

YiA 18

E-Mail: yia18plus@gmail.com

Working language: English (basic knowledge)

Profile of participants: Motivated young people (18-30 years old), residents of Greece.

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Training Course Changemakers’ Room 2020. Bengaluru, India

Dates: 30 April – 8 May 2020

Venue: Bengaluru, India

Eligible are 60 participants coming from: Austria, Belgium – FL, Belgium – FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU, Other countries in the world

Application deadline: 5th March 2020

International Training Forum, gathering some of the world’s most aspiring minds to identify the world’s most pressing local and global problems, ideate solutions, develop international mobility projects and launch socially relevant social businesses.

General Description

International Training Forum, gathering some of the world’s most aspiring minds to identify the world’s most pressing local and global problems, ideate solutions, develop international mobility projects and launch socially relevant social businesses.

The world’s most pressing problems transcend national borders, calling for collective action and international cooperation. The world’s most aspiring minds join hands with philanthropists, visionary political leaders, acclaimed practitioners, and pioneers of grassroots movements from across the globe to identify local and global problems and create social-impact-oriented international mobility projects and launch community-relevant social businesses supported by the Global Social Change Ecosystem – Make Room.

It is an informal process of dialogue and cooperation in order to equip changemakers from across the globe with the skill-sets required to create innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems.

This Changemakers’ Room brings some of the best minds from across the globe to address the most pressing problems in the areas of Climate, Education, Inequality and Health. Bengaluru, India is the perfect location to meet like-minded individuals, ideate, build international mobility projects, as well as, develop community-relevant social businesses contributing to solving some of the most pressing issues.

Participants at the Changemakers’ Room include an excellent mix of entrepreneurs, youth workers, activists, social workers, grassroots professionals, students and active citizens alike. Seven days of experiential learning platform that enables individuals to collaborate in pursuit of solutions and create community impact projects.

Changemakers’ Room is one of the core initiatives nurturing social change fostering collaborative community development, exchange of best practices, as well as, social business and international project development. The program makes extensive use of impact frameworks and tools to utilize the potential of human talent and social capital while conforming to the principle of lifelong learning by linking support to formal, non-formal and informal learning practices. The program is a perfect mixture of immersive field trips, innovative learning methodologies, simulation games, and team-building exercises.

Costs

 

This project is NOT financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

The Fee covers accommodation, food (3 meals a day + coffee breaks), field visits, cultural sessions, field immersion studies, the training materials, interactions with visionaries and the Training Forum.

Also, there are 10 scholarships available. The scholarship will be granted to 10 the most motivated applicants.

Travel reimbursement

There is no travel reimbursement to the selected participants.

Participation fee

All applicants will be informed of the selection results no later than March 15th, 2020. The selection is done based on quality selection criteria to ensure the programme of the training fits the needs of the selected participants.

The Fee covers accommodation, food (3 meals a day + coffee breaks), field visits, cultural sessions, field immersion studies, the training materials, interactions with visionaries and the Training Forum.

India Based Changemakers – INR 30,000
Global Changemakers – EUR 475

Also, there are 10 scholarships available. The scholarship will be granted to 10 of the most motivated applicants.

Application

Organiser:

Make Room

Phone: +37127422525

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloadsInfoKit Everyone is a Change Maker.pdf

Contact for questions:

European Solidarity Corps. Life Sharing Project. United Kingdom

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European Solidarity Corps: Life Sharing Project

Dates: 24 February – 24 July 2020 (6 months volunteering project)

Venue: Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Eligible are 1 or 2 participant(s) coming from: Greece

Application deadline: 18th December 2019

ATTENTION: Last call for volunteers!

European Solidarity Corps provides to young volunteers a unique opportunity to live in a foreign country and collaborate with a fair cause, a personal and professional growth experience free of charge.

Description

The volunteer will spend 6 months at Camphill Community, located at the suburbs of Belfast and will work as a volunteer to promote rehabilitation and reintegration of people with fewer opportunities.

Volunteering has always been a fundamental aspect of what is provided at Glencraig. Each year 20 – 40 international volunteers would come and stay for at least a year at Glencraig. Most of these volunteers came from mainland Europe but some came from other Continents, Ireland and other parts of the UK.

In recent years there has been a decline in the number of volunteers coming to Glencraig because of this we set up a pilot project for three Erasmus+ volunteers who arrived in November 2018 and will stay for 1 year.

In order to expand on the pilot project, the Glencraig Life Sharing Project (GLSP) has been set up this will be an inclusive project where volunteers will live and work together with people who have a learning disability. The project will also be open to people with special needs and fewer opportunities.

  • Five days a week the volunteer will support people with a learning disability in one of the houses at Glencraig.
  • The volunteer will also be able to support people with a learning disability in the following inclusive settings: Farm, Garden, Estate, Laundry and Craft workshop.

The volunteer will be involved in volunteering activities for approximately 37.5 hours per week, either in the morning from 7am to 2.30pm or the afternoon/evening from 2pm to 9.30pm.

The volunteer will have two consecutive days off per week and 2.5 days holiday per month spread over the duration of the placement.

The volunteer will be able to access excellent public transport links to the nearby towns of Bangor, Holywood and Belfast. There are ESC volunteers in Belfast and Bangor, Glencraig will encourage volunteers participating in our project to link in with them during their stay. During the longer holiday periods volunteers can use the time to explore the lovely locations on the island of Ireland. Personal protective equipment will be provided but volunteers should bring adequate clothing for all weather conditions.

There will also be the opportunity for the volunteer to participate in the following social and cultural activities:

• Social and cultural activities organised in Glencraig and in the local area
• Participate in cultural projects such as plays, musical performances and activities
• Outdoor adventure, physical exercise and sporting activities
• Take part in activities that raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity, nature protection and the problems associated with climate change

Volunteer profile
The volunteer must be between 18 – 30 years of age at the start of the placement and have an interest in the following:

• Promote and develop inclusion for people with special needs and fewer opportunities
• Willing to engage with people who have a learning disability
• Enthusiastic to work in an environment with people from a diverse range of backgrounds and a wide range of abilities
• Undertake physical work that may be outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
• Willing to engage in social and cultural activities outside of his/her primary volunteering activities
• It helps if the volunteer has a basic foundation in the English language and is willing to develop his/her skills in this language

The volunteer should have an interest in the following ESC topics:

• Health and wellbeing
• Environment and natural protection
• Creativity and Culture

The volunteer will have the possibility to develop his/her knowledge and experience in the following ESC areas:

• Working with disabled people
• Working with children / young people
• Healthcare
• Environment and natural protection
• Arts / music

The volunteer should be interested in developing the following qualities in themselves and others:

• Friendly, approachable and develop positive social relationships with others.
• Patient, supportive, respectful and be able to care for yourself and others.
• Inter cultural learning, the ability to communicate in different languages and by using other communication techniques e.g. Makaton.
• Creativity, with ability to think on your feet and adapt to the environment to provide enriching positive experiences for yourself and others.
• Skills and competence that will support your continual professional and personal development.
• Responsible, positive, enthusiastic attitude, increased understanding and awareness of yourself and others.

Costs

 

This project is financed by the European Solidarity Corps Programme.

– Being selected for this course, accommodation and lodging (breakfast-lunch and dinner) will be 100% covered by the host organisation. 100% for travel cost (maximum amount see down).

–  Provided health insurance.

  • Food and accommodation is FREE
  • Everything is FREE OF CHARGE for the volunteer!

– Transport: 100% covered by the Erasmus+ program, within following limits:

Greece: 360 Euro/participant. Participants who will exceed this travel cost, will be charged the additional cost

  • Monthly allowance: 220 euro for the volunteer (pocket money+food allowance)

Application

 

Organizer:

YiA 18, in partnership with Association Camphill Community Glencraig – Youth NGO

www.YiA18.org

Youth in Advance 18

Phone:+30 693

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

YiA 18

E-Mail: yia18plus@gmail.com

Working language: English (basic knowledge)

Profile of participants: Motivated young people (18-30 years old), residents of Greece.