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.
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
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
• 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.
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)
YiA 18, in partnership with Association Camphill Community Glencraig – Youth NGO
For additional information please: Download the Application form
Contact for questions:
Working language: English (basic knowledge)
Profile of participants: Motivated young people (18-30 years old), residents of Greece.