Start & End Date: 01.07.2017 – 30.06.2018
Place: Erfurt
Participating Countries: Germany, Czeck-Republic and Portugal
Project Partners: MEDesTu (Portugal) and KURO Hradec Králové z. s. (Czech-Republic).
Number of Participants: 2

Grant Giver: Erasmus+
Key Action: KA1, European Voluntary Service
Grant Amount:16603.00 EUR

This project is designed to provide more EVS opportunities and ensure quality standards within network of organizations for personal and professional orientation for young people through mobility. A specific emphasis is given to hosting young people in Erfurt in the frame of the project: By welcoming volunteers from four different countries to Erfurt, the project will at the same time allow young Europeans to experience life in Germany. For this, the project will enhance European mobility, develop solidarity and promote tolerance among young people. Volunteers will get an insight in the daily life of an organisation and have the opportunity to learn by doing, learn by sharing.

The main aim for this project is to raise the quality of EVS projects and set higher quality standards within the network for personal and professional orientation for youth through mobility. Implementing several activities we are intending to reach the following objectives:

  • To raise awareness of volunteering among young people, promoting its values and the benefits;
  • To increase mobility among long term unemployed people, so they can gain independence and autonomy in their decisions;
  • To gain practical experience which will increase their chance in the labour market after finishing their voluntary service;
  • To get young people out of their comfort zone and discover their own potential;
  • To increase the motivation among the young people to become active in their own development;
  • To come in contact with new ideas, develop their creativity, experience team work with people from diverse cultures, and improve his/her entrepreneurship skills;

Reaching the objectives we are going to improve the level of key competences and skills of young people involved in this project and its outcomes, at the same time promoting participation in democratic life and active citizenship, intercultural dialogue, social inclusion, strengthening the links between the organizations in the youth field and improving the quality on European level.

To reach the aims of the project, we designed one activity:

Long Term EVS
European Voluntary Service from the 1st of July 2017 till the 28th of February 2018, in Erfurt. The project is designed to use non-formal education methods. These methods will be used during their in daily activities. The volunteers will work in groups, do their work with young people and participate in the daily work of the hosting organisation.

Number of participants: 2

Profile of participants: Motivated youngsters from Czech-Republic and Portugal aged 17 to 30 years old who want to have an international experience.

Methodology

The methodology used within this project will be based on European non-formal education principles that we share as well – i.e. learner-centeredness, cooperative learning (learning with a group, from the group and in a group), voluntary participation, interactive methods, balance between theory and practice, flexible and with structured aims and objectives, respect experiential learning cycle, self reflection, learning in social context. In this case the methodology serves not just to transmit the message, but also represents the underlying values of the training (equality, respecting differences, intercultural exchanges, multiculturalism, personal responsibilities).

Impact

The volunteers participating in the project will be disadvantaged young people and in order to increase and multiply the effects of the service number of workshops and other activities implemented by the volunteers during and after the service as well as articles and other information will be printed in newspapers, published in the Internet and broadcasted by radio or TV. The volunteers will gain valuable experience and skills by living in a different country and leading a common project with other young adults from various countries. It is expected that they will gain both professional and personal, social skills what will help not only their future career, but also their human competences and sensibility in general. As it is long term project, they will establish personal connection with local staff, people in the city and the young people they will be working with.

The young people from Erfurt and Thuringia will receive a very special insight in the possibilities they have to experience mobility in Europe. On the one side the volunteers will give them all the important information they need, including addresses and deadlines, respond to all of their questions, and on the other side they will have the opportunity to see what an EVS project looks like concretely, by sharing with them the daily life of an EVS volunteer. As the communication language will be English, young Germans will improve their language skills, and learn about other European cultures.

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