EVS projects in Europe

EVS projects in Portugal

Name of the organization Centro Social de Palmela
Name of the project 2013-PT-35
Country and city Palmela, Portugal
Length of the project (in months)  
Starting date Projects for 2014/2015
Deadline for application  
Description of the project and tasks We are open to host volunteers with fewer opportunities, mainly geographical, cultural, social and economical disadvantaged, because we consider that our organisation is able to integrate and promote social and personal development to volunteers and give them support according their needs.
Centro Social de Palmela (coordinating organisation) have many years of experience and the team and projects (Psychologists, Sociologists, Social workers, Educators, …) will help and be available to give any support to the volunteer, directly or indirectly, for the good achievement of the EVS projects and promote learning opportunities.

PROPOSED ACTIVITIES FOR EVS VOLUNTEERS:
The activities of the volunteer:
The volunteer will develop his voluntary project in the Free Time Activities Centre with 120 children, from 6 to 10 years, together with 2 Educators and 4 Assistants (support staff)
During the 1st month, in order to facilitate integration in the organisation, knowledge of the environment (target group and team) and linguistic learning, the youngster will develop some more daily-routine and support activities.
After this 1st phase a typical day for the volunteer:
9h30 – welcome & interaction activities, 10h00 – free time activities, 12h00- lunch time , 13.00h- welcome, lunch & interaction (2nd group), 13h30- Volunteer Break 14h30- free time activities /school homework, 16h30- working day end
15% of support and participation in daily activities as welcome activities and interaction, homework, hygiene and meals.
85% of support, creation and development of free time activities – workshops with handicraft, painting, music, ludo-pedagogic games individual and group, sports, different animation activities concerning dancing, theatre, movement, visits to important places connected with culture, history and pedagogic issues.
Meetings, every week, for planning and evaluation where the volunteer will participate, together with 2 staff members (both children educators) ; also will happen some activities as: visits, sports activities, walks, … The rate presented before can be changed/adjusted according the needs and the annual pedagogic project.
Personal Project (Important): volunteers are invited to create and develop a personal project within the EVS project, according to their interests, motivations, knowledge, needs of the organisation, the community and the target -group.
Other Activities: volunteers are invited to participate and support Animation activities, Holidays programs as Sports Holidays, Holidays Camps,…, either in the Hosting Organisation or in the Coordinating Organisation.
Voluntary Work: 6h / day (1h lunch break), 5 days / week from Monday to Friday (there are some exceptions, according to the activities of the hosting organisation or the volunteer project and needs).
Lodging: single/ double room in a rent apartment just for the volunteers, in Palmela, with other European Volunteers from Palmela Social Centre.
Internet: for free, at the EVS house, at the coordinating organisation, Palmela’s library or Centro Recursos Juventude from the Municipallity.
Food: the volunteer should have lunch at the hosting organisation (Free Time Activities Centre) and will receive what he\she needs to cook the dinner and the meals at the weekends.
Pocket money: paid at the beginning of each month.
Linguistic training: 50h (usually 3 months, 4h / week).
Holidays/weekends: volunteers have, in general, weekends off and the holidays are schedule according with the needs of the volunteer together with the needs of the organisations.
Training and support: whenever possible and needed, the volunteer will receive bibliography, training (inside or outside the organisation) and attend seminars.
The Tutor is available to help and meet the volunteers whenever needed and to integrate them in the community and the organisation;
Learning opportunities: the volunteer will have the opportunity to develop his/her personal, social and professional skills connected with the planning, organisation and development of a wide kind of activities (with children, youngsters and general community) and team work. Working in a different country with a different language and culture will allow to promote a better understanding of multicultural environments, participation and European citizenship. The organisation of group activities, together with other volunteers, will also reinforce this European dimension and participation.

Application procedure In a global way, the candidates will be selected concerning some characteristics and profiles:
• Motivation for the project and voluntary service
• In general, to be available to do a project between September and August, living in the small village of Palmela and sharing the room and/or the flat with others volunteers from different nationalities.
• Different origin Country. We give preference to the volunteers from different countries in order to empower the values and the richness of the exchange of different cultures, languages, etc, also countries that never had done a voluntary service at CSP
• Balanced gender. The fact that the members from the hosting organisation are mainly female, we consider that the presence of male volunteers will contribute to a balance project.
• Experience in others areas that reveal creativity; energy, sympathy, openness, motivation to work in team and to share/gain knowledge, responsibility, patience to work with children and youngsters.
According with the mentioned above, contacts and meetings are stablisehed with the responsibles from the organisation and the Educator Coordinating the project in order to analyse the CV’s, Motivation Letters and registers from the contacts made with volunteers and sending organisations (by phone / e.mail), in order to make a team decision and a suitable selection.
More information (link) http://europa.eu/youth/evs_database

 

Name of the organization OMIX Tomiño
Name of the project Please contact them directly: lamoyano37@gmail.com
Country and city Portugal
Length of the project (in months)  
Starting date  
Deadline for application  
Description of the project and tasks Our organisation (OMIX Tomiño) has two volunteers from Greece and Romania since July 2013. They will be here until July 2014.  New project will be from July 2014 until July 2015.

Now, to get more clear picture about voluntary work in our organisation, one of our current volunteers  is going to describe the project:

OMIX Tomiño is a youth information organisation located in the small village called Tomiño. It is municipational organisation which is responsible for developing free time activities for young people. During the year OMIX has various projects for people under 30/35 years: courses, workshops, activities in highschool, activities for small children.

Our main tasks as EVS is volunteers are to organise English course for local people, to make some presentations about our cultures, to make informational classes about EVS project in highschool, to create activities for small children (e.g at Christmas time), to work together with a group of volunteers from Tomiño, to support pupils from High School twice a week during the afternoom etc.

For example, during the first three months we have had four groups of English. Now in December we are starting with new groups. During the last weeks we have been to highschool almost every day to make presentation about EVS or about our cultures. Together with local volunteers we also went to secondary school to speak about bullying and to show some movie clips to the students. In Christmas time we are going to make workshops with small children. Also we are going to prepare course of traditional food in  our countries and days with our cultures (national dances, some music etc). Next year we are going to highschool with our coordinatior and local volunteers to make some lessons about sexual education.

In addition, as the coordinatior of OMIX Tomiño is very open-minded and active person, she is always open to new ideas and suggestions. So if you are a creative person and you have ideas what to do with young people, this project is certainly suitable for you!

What is also good about this project, is that you can organise things from the very-very beginning. It is not only playing with children or doing some already prepared activities with young people. You are involved in the whole process, you can come up with your own ideas, you are going to make a poster, description/project what you are going to do exactly, you can also participate in the meetings in the townhall where they disguss upcoming projects and how the money should be separated. You are going to be part of all the steps of youth work!

If this all sounds good to you, you have chosen the right project!

 

Application procedure – CV

– Motivational letter

– Contact of your sending organisation. Sending organisation is an organisation in your home country who will be in contact with our organisation and who will be responsible for all the papers which are necessary. If you do not have a sending organisation yet and you do not know any this kind of organisation, the easiest way to find is from the database for all the EVS accredited organisations – you just need to put to the search sending organisation (SO) and the name of your hometown.

If you are interested, pay attention to deadline. We are going to make the selection soon and we need to prepare all the documents for this time!

Best wishes and besitos from Tomiño

More information (link)  

 

Name of the organization Centro Social de Palmela
Name of the project 2012-PT-1
Country and city Palmela, Portugal
Length of the project (in months)  
Starting date Projects for 2014-2015
Deadline for application  
Description of the project and tasks We are open to host volunteers with fewer opportunities, mainly geographical, cultural, social and economical disadvantaged, because we consider that our organisation is able to integrate and promote social and personal development to volunteers and give them support according with their needs.
We have many years of experience and the team (Psychologists, Sociologists, Social workers, Educators… ) will help and be available to give any support to the volunteer, directly or indirectly, for the good achievement of the EVS projects and promote learning opportunities.
Our organisation cannot host disabled volunteers because we don’t have the human and physical infrastructures needed, yet.

PROPOSED ACTIVITIES FOR EVS VOLUNTEERS:
AT Centro Social de Palmela (POCEIRÃO):
Jardim de Infância “A Cegonha” – is composed by: nursery (20 children from 3-5 years old), Pre-school (25 children from 3-5 years old), Free Time Activities (30 children from 6-11 years old).
The volunteer will develop the EVS project in pre-school witch main objective is to help the children to develop their global capacities trough different kind of activities. The Pedagogic Project for the Kindergarten and the class-room project depends on the team and the children needs.
The volunteer will help to develop the project with the guidance of the Educator responsible (pre-school teacher) together with 2 helpers. So, the volunteer will work in the pre-school class-room, supporting, participating and developing the following activities: Manual activities (cutting and gluing, modeling using different materials… ); movement and expression (theatre, sound games, movement, group and individual dynamics …); visits to interesting places; supporting the daily-routine (meals, hygiene, sleep …).
During the first month, the volunteer will develop daily activities, do observation and give support to the team, in order to meet the children, the environment, the organisation and start to develop linguistic abilities.
After the first month, a typical day for the volunteer: 8h30- welcome, 9h30- planning, 10h- play with the materials of the class-room,11h30- range the room, 11h30- hygiene/lunch time ,13h- short story time, 13h45- play ground / Break, 15h- group work / sleep, 15h30- working day ends (the schedule can be changed).
85% of the work time will be the creation and development of free times activities – workshops of handcraft, paint, music, ludopedagogics games, sport, movement, theatre, visits, etc
At Centro Social de Palmela (Palmela village):
The activities of the volunteers depends on the department where the project is developed and also from the personal interests, motivation and objectives of the volunteer, because this project it’s open to new ideas and ways of being :
1. Jardim de Infância “A Árvore” – Kindergarten with 4 rooms with 25 children each, between 3 and 5 years old, open from 7h to 19h.
The pre-school main objective is to help the children to develop their global capacities trough different kind of activities. The Pedagogic Project for the Kindergarten and the class-room project depends on the team and the children needs.
The volunteer will help to develop the project with the guidance of the Educator responsible (pre-school teacher) together with 2 helpers. So, the volunteer will work in one of the pre-school class-room, supporting, participating and developing the following activities: Manual activities (cutting and gluing, modeling using different materials, …); movement and expression (theatre, sound games, movement, group and individual dynamics, …); visits to interesting places; supporting the daily-routine (meals, hygiene, sleep, …).
During the first month, the volunteer will develop daily activities, do observation and give support to the team, in order to meet the children, the environment, the organisation and start to develop linguistic abilities.
After the first month, a typical day for the volunteer: 9h- welcome, 9h30- planning, 10h- play with the materials of the class-room,11h30- range the room, 11h30- hygiene/lunch time ,13h- short story time, 13h45- play ground / Break, 15h- group work / sleep, 16h- working day ends (the schedule can be changed).
85% of the work time will be the creation and development of free times activities – workshops of handcraft, paint, music, ludopedagogics games, sport, movement, theatre, visits, etc
2. Pedagogic Play Centre for children – CAPIJ: CATL Balão Azul
CATL “Balão Azul” organize different kind of free time activities for children from 6 to 15 years old, boys and girls, after school and during school holydays, integrated in a socio-cultural animation project where children and youngsters can choose and freely participate.
The CATL pretends to work feelings, knowledge and skills from children and youngsters.
Together with 6 staff members with the orientation of the Animation Responsible, the volunteer will:
-give support on academic activities as school homework; meals, hygiene and transports;
– support the different free-time activities (ateliers, games, visits …) with children but also with parents and for the community.
– help on the planning, development and evaluation of the different activities and participate on team meetings.
– participate and help on Extra Curricular activities and extraordinary activities from CATL
– support the “happy-end day” developing ateliers, traditional games, computer activities, etc
During the 1st month, in order to facilitate integration in the organisation, knowledge of the environment (target group and team) and linguistic learning, the youngster will develop some more daily-routine and support activities.
After this 1st phase a typical day for the volunteer:
9h30 – welcome & interaction activities, 10h00 – free time activities/school homework, 12h00- lunch time , 13.00h- welcome, lunch & interaction (2nd group), 13h30- Volunteer Break 14h30- free time activities /school homework, 16h30- working day end
15% of support and participation in daily activities as welcome activities and interaction, homework, hygiene and meals.
85% of support, creation and development of free time activities – workshops with handicraft, painting, music, ludo-pedagogic games individual and group, sports, different animation activities concerning dancing, theatre, movement, visits to important places connected with culture, history and pedagogic issues.
Meetings, every week, for planning and evaluation where the volunteer will participate; also will happen some activities as: visits, sports activities, walks, … The rate presented before can be changed/adjusted according the needs and the annual pedagogic project.
Okupa – Espaço Juventude (Youth Programs)
The Youth Department develops international and national youth activities; youth information; training and workshops; Youth happenings / meetings; holidays Programs/camps, etc
OKUPA promote the issues of youth in the local community, promote the EVS in the local community and to potentials participants, organize activities (cultural, artistic…). To show and promote the local activities organized by the CSP and other organizations. The volunteer will have the opportunity to create and develop the Okupa’s Newsletter, work in the Okupa’s blog, promote youth information and participation, organize activities for the youth and general community in the Youth Month (Março a Partir), spread youth in action potentialities and networking, etc,
The volunteer will work together with the Youth Worker responsible for the Youth Programs, a Youth Worker/Psychologist and other staff members and volunteers from the organisation, creating, planning, developing and evaluating the activities.
This EVS project is diverse; the volunteer will have a very flexible schedule.
A typical day for the volunteer: 10h – planning/team meeting, 11h- Information Session in a School about EVS, 13h- Break, 14h – Working in the newsletter 15h30- Meeting with all the volunteers to prepare a “Europe Night” 17h- working day ends (the schedule can be changed).
Março a Partir
This project is a chance to create, develop and evaluate a collective youth project – MARÇO A PARTIR.
It’s a 2 months EVS Hosting Project (Fevereiro e Março) for a group of 4 European volunteers from 4 countries.
In this project, the group of volunteers, with different organisations working with and for the youth in Palmela’s Municipality, develop together cultural, sports, musical, workshops, etc, to celebrate the youth month in Portugal (March).
The approach is focus on youth participation – community as school of participation –, volunteering and non formal education.
The volunteers will work with Okupa’s team from Centro Social de Palmela, the Youth Department from Câmara Municipal de Palmela and the different organisations developing projects for Março a Partir.
This EVS project is diverse; the volunteer will have a very flexible schedule.
The main tasks will be focus on: image creation and spreading; programme promotion; animation; logistic and technical support.
A typical day for the volunteer: 10h00 – planning/team meeting 11h- Flyers & Animation preparation 13h- break, 14h – website 15h30- Meeting with all the volunteers to prepare the “Europe Night” 17h- working day ends (the schedule can be changed).
General Aspects for all projects:
Personal Project (Important): volunteers are invited to create and develop a personal project within the EVS project, according to their interests, knowledge, needs of the organization and the community.
Voluntary Work: 6h / day (1h lunch break), 5 days / week from Monday to Friday (there are some exceptions, according to the activities of the Centre or the volunteer project and needs)
Lodging: single or double room in a rent house just for volunteers, in Palmela
Food: the volunteers should have lunch at Centro Social de Palmela and they will receive money to cook the dinner and the meals at weekends
Pocket money: paid at the beginning of each month
Linguistic training: 50h (usually 3 months, 4h week) with a private teacher
Internet: for free, at the EVS house
Holidays and weekends: volunteers have, in general, weekends off and the holidays are schedule according with the needs of the volunteer together with the needs of the organisation (9 days during August)
Training and support: whenever possible and need, the volunteer will receive bibliography, training (inside or outside the organisation) and attend seminars. The tutor is a worker of the organisation and is available to help and meet the volunteers whenever need and to integrate them in the community and the organisation.
Other activities: volunteers are invited to participate and support animations activities, holidays programs as sports holidays, holidays camps, workshops, organise the “Country Night” at EUROPE SPACE & othe activities connected with Europe promotion and volunteering (Europe’s day, Volunteer’s Day, etc).

Learning opportunities: the volunteer will have the opportunity to develop his/her personal, social and professional skills connected with the planning, organisation and development of a wide kind of activities (with children, youngsters and general community) and team work. Working in a different country with a different language and culture will allow promoting a better understanding of multicultural environments, participation and European citizenship. The organisation of group activities, together with other volunteers, will also reinforce this European dimension and participation.
Sharing a house with other youngsters, away from parents to take care of them, will aloud a strong and positive development to all.
To reflect on the non-formal learning of the volunteers, meetings will be organised in order to reflect and assess the EVS project, to be able to complete and issue the YouthPass.
Having in attention that the number of workers of the Hosting Organisation is enough to answer the activities and tasks needed, the presence, support and participation of volunteers are an extra “plus” for the teams and organisations in different levels… cultural, ideas, exchange, etc, bringing a “fresh air” to projects and giving them a European / international character.

 

Application procedure In a global way, the candidates will be selected concerning some characteristics and profiles:
• Motivation for the project and voluntary service
• In general, to be available to do a project between September and August (in the long term projects), living in the small village of Palmela and sharing the room and/or the flat with others volunteers from different nationalities.
• Different origin Country. We give preference the volunteers from different countries in order to empower the values and the richness of the exchange of different cultures, languages, etc, also countries that never had done a voluntary service at CSP
• Balanced gender. The fact that the members from the hosting organisation are mainly female, we consider that the presence of male volunteers will contribute to a balance project. We also try a balange gender at the EVS house.
• Experience in others areas that reveal creativity; energy, sympathy, openness, motivation to work in team and to share/gain knowledge, responsibility, patience to work with children and youngsters.
• Have driving licence, according with the chosen project.
According with the mentioned above, contacts and meetings are stablished with the responsible from each department of CSP in order to analyse the CV’s, Motivation Letters and registers from the contacts made with volunteers and sending organisations (by phone and e.mail), in order to make a team decision and a selection.
More information (link) http://europa.eu/youth/evs_database

 

EVS projects in Spain

Name of the project 2013-es-26
Country and city Elche, Alicante, Spain
Length of the project (in months)
Starting date
Deadline for application
Description of the project and tasks The City Council has the following areas: secretary, Intervention, Treasury, Public Funds and Promotion, Recruitment, and Maintenance Services, Human Resources and Quality, Sociocultural and Urbanism.
With this structure, we focus on the social welfare, particularly in the Department of Youth and European Cooperation where volunteers were part of the following departments:
1. Social Services, Women, Elderly, Immigration
2. Education
3. Youth
4. Cooperation
5. Environment
Each volunteer will be part of a program or service from one of these departments, then those young people will contribute to the European dimension but he / she will not be essential in the preparation of the service / program.
LOCAL COMMUNITY
Elche, located south of Valencia (Spain), is the capital of the region of Baix Vinalopó. The population is about 230,000. Area: 326 km2 (city center but the districts in the “Campo de Elche”). It is the third largest city of Valencia by population size and resources. More than 30% of its population is aged between 15-30 years (69,702 people).
A walk through its streets to discover an interesting historic center, testimony of past splendor. It was fortified town of Al-Andalus, between the eighth and ninth centuries until its Christian reconquest in 1265, however, the original solar Elx City, La Alcudia, was located just two miles south of the present town, from the Neolithic to the Visigothic period, the city of Helike. It was the era splendor of Iberian culture, which was carved the Lady of Elche. In 209 B.C. Romanized Iberian city and in the first century BC acquires the title of Colonia Iulia Augusta Ilice.
There are 9 km of beach, in excellent condition, with a long extension dunes covered with pines.
UNESCO declared World Heritage in Elche two places: The Palm Grove of Elche and the Misteri d’Elx.
Elche is an active and enterprising city that has an economic model that has played a key role in the shoe manufacturing industry and its ancillary industry and complementary.
In 2000, it was approved as foster economic project and achieve the diversification of ECONOMIC activity in Elche. To achieve this financial goal defined a series of action plans on trade, tourism, agriculture, industrial and business services.
Elche has 11 youth centers scattered around the village and hamlets with what gives us a large influx of young audiences.
For more information visit the website: http://www.elche.es
Elche has two official languages: Castilian and Valenciano.
Volunteers do not live in the same place as the beneficiaries of the project.
Volunteers will share flat with young people.
Proposed activities for EVS volunteers:
-Protocol welcome: we have designed a document with the steps to follow for the successful development of the project. This project specifies all the figures that are part: mentor, instructor, partners, etc..; Also the different phases of the project: selection of volunteers, tasks, implementation and evaluation, integration in the city, etc..
-Language training: we have an agreement established with the University “Miguel Hernández”, volunteers attend Spanish classes (depending on your level) with students of the Erasmus University. They will have an accreditation at the end of the course,
– Intensive language training: for volunteers without previous knowledge of the Spanish language, we offer intensive Spanish courses during the first 2 months.
– Specific training: the volumtarios will attend training to carry out the program and project tasks.
– Basic Training: attend a basic course about volunteering with other local volunteer groups taught by professionals.
– Training computer: asitirán computer classes taught by trainers in juvenile centers in the city of Elche, using Office XP.
– Training gastronomic Spanish basic cooking classes. They teach you how to cook an omelette, paella or tapas.
– Personal support: European volunteers are accompanied by the first 2 months of the project by local volunteers in their spare time so they know where to go. We consider important the integration of volunteers with life in our city and other citizens.
– Phone: volunteers are able to make a call a week from the city of Elche.
– Material: available office supplies necessary to perform their tasks (notebooks, CD, pen, etc..).
– New technologies: volunteers are available to Windows XP computers, internet connection, so can contact friends. This will help in times melancholy.
– Mentor: The mentor, Jose Manuel Garcia, has plenty of experience with the program and volunteers. He helps and accompanies throughout volunteering. They can contact when needed.
– Co-workers: European volunteers join a group of professionals and local volunteers. This allows them to learn about a team for their professional future.
– Letter of recommendation: volunteers have available an ceritificado and a letter of recommendation explaining the lessons learned.
VOLUNTEER ROLE:
Once the volunteer has joined the specific department, establish project activities, which will be evaluated after implementation, all this with a team and promoting youth participation.
The volunteer will join the project as one more member of the group and can contribute ideas and showing initiatives and participate in all the activities they want. The volunteer will be as a collaborator on the project and activities, he / she alone is responsible for a European Voluntary have, and will always be supervised by a group leader. The European Voluntary never replace a worker.
ACTIVITIES:
We will focus on the city and the areas where volunteers participate:
1. Youth: The City of Elche has over 10 years working with young people aged between 14 and 35. The work focuses on three areas: counseling, recreational program and youth training.
2. Education:
They are held among others the following activities:
– Collaborate in primary schools in the city.
– Jobs for minors.
– Programs ecucación adult Spanish classes for foreigners in the socio-cultural centers, reading and writing classes. Courses for university entrance (for those over 25 years).
3. Social welfare: the City Social Welfare provides assistance and support services to the citizens in their personal and social development. The volunteer will work on the following tasks:
– Area women: support for the tasks of information, training and advice to women to cover their needs.
– Seniors: support activities, personal care, assistance to disabled persons or persons living alone, etc..
– Disabled: accompaniment, support and help in daily activities. Collaborate in activities with people with psychological problems
– Collaboration in social center activities. In every neighborhood there is a social center as a reference point for the population. In these centers there are many activities for residents of all ages.
– Immigration: organize activities for immigrant associations in order to learn about their cultures.
4. Environment Department in collaboration with the awareness and protection of our sites. We have a large population of palm trees throughout the municipality of Elche.
Volunteers will make about 32 hours and 30 minute ride to the week, with no more than 10% in administrative jobs. Receive 3 or 4 four hours a week of Spanish classes a week
For more information visit: http://www.joveselx.es 
Application procedure Volunteer profiles and recruitment process:
The criterion we use for the selection process is:
We seek a person like:
– Motivated by the project.
– Who likes to interact with young people and work with them.
– You can work in groups.
– To be eligible for the above tasks.
– With initiative and motivation during the project
– With an open mind.
From City have prepared a document where we establish the next steps on arrival and welcome volunteers, integration into the city, training tasks, language training, monitoring and evaluation, also the relationship with the mentor. This document is called “Socialising process of the EVS”.
In this paper we describe the selection process. First we make a pre-selection with cv and cover letters received. After this, the service technician select multiple cv and sent them to fill out a short form, we call these candidates and have a little phone interview with them and then make the final selection.
Number of volunteers hosted:
“Ayuntamiento de Elche” can accommodate a maximum of 11 volunteers in the period from 15 October until 15 July. Currently welcome 10 volunteers in the same period.
More information (link)
Name of the organization Associació Casa Eslava
Name of the project 2011-ES-66
Country and city Barcelona, Spain
Length of the project (in months) Long Term Project
Starting date
Deadline for application Selection until February 28th to apply on March 17th
Description of the project and tasks The EVS project is carried out in association Casa Eslava, located in the neighborhood of Raval in Barcelona Ciutat Vella, born by expanding of the city’s medieval walls. Today it is a part of town where you can meet native people from Raval and people coming from other countries and cultures. There are different ethnic and fashion shops in its streets.
Most activities of our project will take place in our association collaborating with different groups which are already working with Casa Eslava. Also the volunteer activities will be outside our association, such as cultural festivals organized by Casa Eslava during the year in different places of Barcelona.
We also cooperate with associations of different origins and that kind of volunteering help a volunteer to learn how to deal with cultural and religious diversity.Proposed activities for EVS volunteers:
The volunteers will be supported by association through the work of psychologist, professors, and trainer. They´ll provide language training and learning of social skills, communication and leadership.

Previously trained, volunteers will work on administrative tasks, organization and dissemination; will assist in organizing of cultural activities, sports and arts; collaborate with the Department of Religious Affairs of Barcelona, Department of Multiculturalism and several associations of different origins Barcelona.
They will also make a link between Casa Eslava and associations in the countries from where they have come collaborating in the project: European cultural emotions. Its aim will be to strengthen relations with other cultures and religions and to promote interactive and constructive dialogue to break down cultural barriers and the conceived ideas on other cultural and religious groups.
All these activities are open to all cultural groups.
Schedule of volunteering activities will be 35 hours a week but with changeable structure of the work. The first quarter will be 20 hours of training and 15 of activities; the 2nd will be 25 hours of activities and 10 the training ones and the last period: 30 hours of activities and 5 of training.
The training classes will be: Spanish, Catalan, social and cultural environment / Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain / web actualization and social networks, NGO´s project preparation and organization, communication, creation and development of intercultural and inter-religious activities.
Planned activities will start with the easiest level and gradually getting up to more difficult level: possible involvement and support in everyday activities / photography, mailing, web content, newsletter, social networking, contacts and collaboration with Slav entities, activities related to religious cults in Barcelona, dialogue with the various public and private authorities in Catalonia, the promotion of Slav groups in Catalonia, promoting inter-religious dialogue at the EU territory, the activities about Slav communitie’s awareness about religious diversity.
NO EVENT WILL CREATE ANY POSSIBILITY THAT VOLUNTEERS MIGHT DO ANYTHING AGAINST THEIR OWN WILL /They never will be uncomfortable in their cultural and / or religious beliefs while helping Casa Eslava.
For Casa Eslava, multiculturalism is the reality lived day by day, through different projects and events, activities, lectures, meetings, outings. There are many projects that bring different cultures together and are open to all people regardless of where they come from. With a wide range of activities Casa Eslava is present in different areas such as Education and Training, Counseling, Negotiation with different Slav countries, advice to other associations, Health, Jobs-seeking, Language classes, and entrepreneurs. By helping in these activities volunteers can get a broad understanding of different cultures that will serve them in a future, to understand more openly their own environment.
One of the volunteer´s task will be to strengthen relations with other cultures and ensure that activities are open to all cultural groups, the aim is not to create slave people ghetto. On the contrary the objective is to help all kinds of cultural, sporting and recreational events, directed to all people living in Barcelona. The purpose of the volunteer´s participation and involvement will be to break cultural barriers, to open a Slav group to other cultures and facilitate understanding among all groups, break the other cultures ´conceived ideas about Slavs, especially the Serb people, make real and positive vision of the Slav culture today, young and modern, combat stereotypes people have of East Europe and especially the Serbian Slavs after the war. It is very important to break down stereotypes and bring people together through planned activities. On the other hand the volunteers will also assist with strategies to break the closure of Slav groups in their own circles, approach them to Catalan people and break stereotypes and prejudices of Slav people on Catalan.
To disseminate and broaden the experience and expand the results in society a CD will be created with the presentation of the project, a documentary, and talks in various associations. in a radio and TV , newspaper of the association Fem Historia and Amigos de Unesco.
Youth policy is the topic to be treated a lot with the volunteers, the importance of young people for the future of EU and issues as discrimination, gender equality, or cultural diversity.
Within activities of Casa Eslava inter-religious dialogue takes a very strong position, and there have been held several inter-religious meetings for example, the meeting of women of different religions, on July 6th, 2010, at Casa Asia in collaboration with Department of Religious Affairs of City of Barcelona and on June, 20th, 2011, with the Department of Multiculturalism and the Associació for a Krishna Consciousness of Barcelona.
Also in the project European Cultural Emotions will be paid special attention to inter-religious dialogue and its influence on European cultural identity creation, with an analysis at EU level.
With that objective in our mind we need the volunteers from different religions, for example, someone from the Orthodox world, Catholic and Muslim.
Through their relationships, the volunteers, from different religions, are going to recreate the situation in Europe of today and their activities will support the projects of inter-religious dialogue and make part of the project on European cultural identity.
Also both the volunteer from Catholic and Islamic world will be able to help Orthodox person to solve the puzzle of conceived ideas on the Serb community and their isolation and stereotypes that exist between Serbs on Catalan and vice versa.
Prevention of risks, security and protection:
There are 4 people who will be in charge of the volunteers’ work and training: senior volunteer tutor, tutors, tutor junior and psychologist.
Senior Tutor deal with all legal matters, accommodation, food.
Tutors are responsible for training of volunteers.
Junior Tutor will be responsible for their social life and will be with them when the support from the association is needed.
Psychologist will do the first interview for a definition of a mood, psycho-social characteristics of volunteers and their perception of the world at that time.
At the end of the volunteering the psychologist will make the final interview and meanwhile/ between the 1st and the last interview, once a month volunteers will be visited at home and work.
Also one person, outside this circle, will be responsible for volunteer work of EVS team, supervising all activities of volunteers and their “tutors.”
There will be a course on living standards, protection, cooperation, life in Barcelona and work in associations for all volunteers.
The volunteers will be covered by the Group Insurance Plan for EVS volunteers and insurance from AXA during the time of the project.
Special needs (if applicable):
Social, cultural and emotional needs are one of main objectives in our work from the very beginning of our activities. We have psychologists, educators, therapists and lawyers as volunteers who are prepared to work with people with difficulties. The idea is to work with each volunteer from the phase of planning and preparation, the period of their staying in Barcelona and the evaluation and dissemination phase of the project. In all phases, the volunteer will have a dynamic role. Most of our work has been done by volunteers and in developing our activities and projects is very important that the volunteer should make a commitment in performing a necessary task for the organization. Issues such as responsibility, perseverance and motivation of volunteers to the signed tasks are essential for the successful relationship-volunteer organization and both parties must get involved to make this possible. For that reason it is very important to know the different types of volunteering in the field of non-governmental organizations and which activities are possible to be done in each of them. The EVS has all the features that make possible finishing a project on the basis of good collaboration between all parts . Promoting intercultural learning and social inclusion of young people and allowing them to participate actively in an organization in a different country and offering contact with other cultures, promote the establishment of new relations and exchange of experience between institutions from different countries: these are all reasons that motivate us to take part in this type of volunteering. Participation in EVS for our organization would be the first time with this project.

Application procedure Profile of the volunteer(s) and selection process:The volunteer is required to be interested in an experience of active citizenship and non-formal education and to be open in acquiring social, cultural and personal skills. It is essential that volunteers are involved fully in the project at all stages: planning, development and evaluation.
The selection of candidates for volunteers will be done through selection based on received applications with CV and motivational letters.
More information (link) http://europa.eu/youth/evs_database
Name of the organization  Asociación Juvenil Auryn
Name of the project 2012-ES-58
Country and city Léon, Spain
Length of the project (in months)
Starting date
Deadline for application
Description of the project and tasks Proposed activities for EVS volunteersWhat does the association offer to volunteers?

Auryn Youth Association has as one of its main objectives bringing the European reality to young people of the city of Leon, promoting values such as solidarity, commitment, multiculturalism understood as richness and as a value in a society in which citizens from different backgrounds live with each other. We also encourage initiative and young people entrepreneurship, and we understand that it is in the local community where these values should be developed to benefit the local population. Our interest to host volunteers from the EVS is based on offering them the opportunity to get to know some of the youth programs carried out by a local organization, where they can learn and train their own capacities and where they can create and implement their own projects.

It is also based on favouring that volunteers and young people can have a direct relationship that benefits both parts and involves an intense intercultural experience. Promoting the knowledge of other realities and other European countries through personal contact is another positive aspect that may favour the absence of prejudice, xenophobic, and racist attitudes and promoting acceptance and the growth of other values such as solidarity. The Association aims to provide the volunteer with opportunities around the projects of social intervention with children and youth of the city of Leon. It will provide adequate support for volunteers in every stage of the project. Each volunteer will receive personal learning and support, the development of Youthpass, and linguistic and administrative support. The personal support and Youthpass processing will be reinforced by the tutor, while another experienced person will give support on daily tasks. With respect to the “Training Evaluation and language support Cycle” of EVS the participation of volunteers in the arrival training and mid-term will be ensured and also he or she will be provided with opportunities for language learning.

The role of the EVS volunteers

• Participate in the implementation of the activities carried out in the various projects developed by the association.
• Inform about topics or matters that concern the youth.
• Promote entrepreneurial and innovation skills of young people, especially with regard to youth associations and the priority issues of the European Union.
• Participate in the development and management of youth projects and experiences with other European Union countries.
• Support the correct functioning and activities of the groups that are part of the association.
• Participate in the creation of educational materials related to human rights and intercultural education.
• Promote training activities for young people, European programs, etc

Activities in which volunteers could participate and activities that can be created in the organization by them.

Volunteers could participate in the following projects implemented by Auryn Youth Association:

1. “Alalá” project
2. “Fórmate” project
3. “Nuestro futuro está en nuestras manos” project
4. “Queremos jugar” project
5. “Haz lo que quieras” project
6. “Sala abierta” project
7. “Europa” project
8. “Aprende.es” project

The activities that volunteers can create in the association shall be intended to spread the Youth in Action Programme, with special reference to EVS (eg: informative talks about EVS in schools).

In turn, volunteers are free to propose and implement those activities with children and young people they want, within the various projects undertaken by the association.

Information of interest for the volunteer

The schedule of work and days off will be specified and agreed before the volunteer arrival. As a general rule, there will be established 5 days a week for voluntary service, seven hours a day (morning and afternoon), 2 consecutive days off each week and 2 days for holidays in each month during the project.

• In some special activities (activities performed during the weekend), it could be necessary the work of the volunteer. In that case, there will be always necessary the consent of the volunteer and the association will give him or her some extra days off).

• In the case that the volunteer knows before starting the project, any date when he or she will be absent, s/he must communicate it to the association as soon as possible in order to organize the activities.

• Due to the characteristics of the activities developed in the association and the fact that this activities are different during the summer holidays, the volunteer should organize his or her holidays according to the activities calendar of the association and the calendar that will be proposed to him or her. In order to make it easy, the association will let know the schedule of the activities as soon as possible.

Finally, in order to make the adaptation to the environment, the Association Auryn will help the volunteer with a specific training: important aspects of the country and the city, normal and regular work and daily activities in the association and linguistic adaptation. The planning and times for this training will depend on the former volunteer abilities, the needs and the skills of the volunteer.
Volunteer profiles and recruitment process:
Number of volunteers hosted:
Risk prevention, protection and safety:

Volunteer profiles and recruitment process:

In the process of selection of volunteers, a democratic, participatory and consensual process will be ensured. All applications will be received and treated equally, making the final selection according to the activity and the objectives of Auryn Youth Association.

The profile of volunteers will be open, but the following areas will be valued:
• Young people aged between 18 and 30 who are legal residents in the country of the Sending Organization.
• Volunteers are selected independently of their formation, origin or family background.
• Volunteers with fewer opportunities can participate in different projects.
• Volunteers may be designated after the application has been submitted.
• Young people interested in volunteering in a non-profit association with local projects. Who develop educational intervention with youth at risk of social exclusion.

In the EVS the following principles will be guaranteed:
• Non-formal learning and intercultural dimension, through a clearly defined learning plan for the volunteer.
• The definition of the tasks of the volunteer and the nonprofit nature of the projec.
• It should ensure a full-time service and active role in the development of the volunteer activities. These activities should not replace jobs.
• The benefit for the local community and the contact with it.
• EVS is free for volunteers
• Accessibility and Inclusion: During the selection process for EVS volunteers, organizations must ensure that the service is accessible for all young people, without prejudice related to ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, political views, etc.. If the project targets volunteers with fewer opportunities, facilities must exist to provide customized training and support for the volunteer.

Regarding the sending organizations they must satisfy the following criteria:
• Must be a nonprofit organization or NGO, a local or regional public institution, an active at european level in the field of youth institution, an international governmental organization or a profit-making organization (only when it organizes an event in the field of youth, sport or culture)
• Promoters should be of a Programme Country, a Neighbouring Associated Country or any Other Associated Country of the World.
• It’s preferred Sending Organizations performing an activity that is as close as possible to the activities carried out by the Auryn Youth Association, leaving the door open for any other organization which can also be a Sending Organization.
• At the same time, Sending Organizations will be required to commit the whole process of preparation of the volunteer, contact during the SVE and the integration process of the volunteer in his community of origin at the end of the SVE.

Number of volunteers hosted:
The initial maximum number of volunteers that the association could accommodate will be of 3 volunteers at the same time, although increases in this number may be possible as the EVS gets settled in its position.

Application procedure Motivations Letter & CV
More information (link)
Name of the organization Asociación Jóvenes hacia la Solidaridad y el Desarrollo
Name of the project 2011-ES-130
Country and city Paterna, Spain
Length of the project (in months)
Starting date
Deadline for application End of February to apply for the March 17th deadline
Description of the project and tasks The volunteers will colaborate to dinamize a telecenter: area where is provided training courses in the fields of computing, technologies of the information as well as advice about Internet access, or handling of computing software. Therefore, the volunteers will actively colaborate to help the users of the telecenter, whom a large part are immigrants, or families with low wages. They will be helped aiming to enhance the access and formation of the users. The second action in the field of our activities is called “El sur en el Aula”(“the south in the classroom”): Young people building an intercultural society, phase II”. It deals with an awareness project towards solidarities values in classrooms of secondary schools of the province of Valencia. The project will include specific working groups of video production, of image and social networks, so that the youth would design together an awareness campaign. The volunteers will participate in all the process of this project, creating materials and supporting the dynamizer of these working groups as in the preparative work as in the classrooms.
Moreover is previous the participation of the volunteers in all the coexistence activities of the Agora program scholarship holders, as well the formations as the recreationals’ ones.
Therefore, the volunteers arrived through the Youth in Action program will be directly integrated in the current activities like collaborator, intenting to bring a new apportation, adding activities, and supporting the coordinators of each activity. Once again, we want to emphasize the participation freewill of the volunteers in the various fields, so that it’s not a closed action plan they can interact in the various areas depending on their interests and personal skills.
The project foresees a weekly commitment of 32 hours (are included the language training course and also the computing and audiovisuals tools ones). The typical weekly schedule can be the following: from 9 am to 1 pm, collaboration in the telecenter. From 1pm to 3 pm, lunch time in the residence. From 3 pm to 7 pm, collaboration to prepare the awareness Project materials and/or working groups courses provided to collectives of the neighborhood. Currently, the Castellan courses are provided in the “Ceimigra”, a foundation who has historically been collaborated and still collaborate with our association and with immigrants associations of Valencia. It’s intensive courses and we contemplate proposing 3 sessions of 2 hours a week for a period of approximately 3 months. This system operates well though we are opened to suggests and changes. The computing trainings will be provided during the 2 or 3 first weeks. Yet, there is a continuous training as well in computing as in audiovisuals tools with the guidance of the awareness workshops dynamizer. 
Application procedure For our project, with regard to the volunteer’s profile, we’d like to rely on motivated persons with social commitments, who are also interested in participating in actions in a local community which count on specific features peculiar to the province where we take part. They must be ready to learn from this process and from this experience. The volunteers must also be interested in contribute their point of view, their participation in the educational process like a tool for the development, being precisely the non formal education our intervention area. All those that come through this program would always rely on people in their environment, in such a way that it will mainly deal with groups’ activities. So it’s also very important for us that the volunteers would be ready to learn from the other ones, and to contribute and participate with his own ideas and initiatives.. The information about our project is permanently available in the program’s website, so that the interested people would constantly send their cover letter and C.V. For us, this confirms that the information is available for everybody.

. From our association, and with the participation of the board of directors, we will make an evaluation of the various volunteers’ perfiles who apply, to select the people deemed able to adapt to our Project, for their motivation, for their interest in the interculturality and citizenship participation matters, and also thinking of the youth that would, the best way possible, get something out of this experience. Fairness and transparency are assured as we are going to give the chance to any person interested regardless of their origin or any other feature.

. We are convinced that the selection process will be interesting to share ideas, wishes and expectations, in such a way that each part, as the volunteer as our hosting organization entity, would converge to an agreement in connection with the kind of Project we want to carry out in team. We’re counting on various activities so that the volunteer would choose the kind of action where he wants to be involved, trying various actions so that he would place himself and identify himself in the area of his choice.

. The contribution of the volunteers will definitely not stand in for a job. First of all because it deals with actions in support of other programs. Also because the volunteer will mainly design the time table depending on his interests to participate in the actions, and finally because a person responsible for each Project will always be there to guide and help him in this process, that we consider like a learning process and not at all as a substitution of a job. This doesn’t prevent the possibility, for person who come as a volunteer from acquiring competencies, taking responsibilities and even leading some activities from his own initiative. We consider the fact of enjoying of this opportunity as a great chance. But as we previously said it will never deal with job actions but definitely volunteering actions mainly focused on disadvantage population.

. We don’t ask any specific competences

More information (link) http://europa.eu/youth/evs_database_en

EVS projects in Finland

Name of the project English Playschool of Kangasala (Kangasala) 2011-FI-9
Country and city Kangasala , Finland, organization „Maailmanvaihto”
Length of the project (in months) 10
Starting date 8/2014
Deadline for application 16th of February 2014
Description of the project and tasks The volunteer works in an English language playschool for children aged 3 to 6 years. The voluntary workplace is situated in Kangasala, a small municipality near the city of Tampere. Volunteer stays with a Finnish host family.Volunteer’s requirements: Interest to work with young children and participate in the routine work of kindergarten and organize activities for the kids. Interest to learn Finnish language, since most of the children are Finnish speaking and only learning English as a foreign language.
Application procedure Maailmanvaihto’s EVS application form wich have to be filled in and sent by e-mail.Detailed description of application procedure and aplication form you can find here http://maailmanvaihto.fi/en/volunteering-finland/active-evs-projects 
More information (link) http://maailmanvaihto.fi/en/volunteering-finland/active-evs-projects
Name of the project Kisälli-Harjulanmäki (Vihti) 2012-FI-28
Country and city Vihti , Finland, organization „Maailmanvaihto”
Length of the project (in months) 12
Starting date 8/2014
Deadline for application 16th of February 2014
Description of the project and tasks The volunteer helps disabled people in their daily activities at the Kisälli arts&crafts workshop and at the Harjulanmäki home for disabled people. The work includes both artistic work and practical personal assisting (for example with eating and daily hygiene). The voluntary workplace is located in a small town of Vihti, some 50 km away from the city of Helsinki. Volunteers live in an apartment.Volunteer’s requirements: Interest in creative arts&crafts work. Motivation to work with people with special needs.
Application procedure Maailmanvaihto’s EVS application form wich have to be filled in and sent by e-mail.Detailed description of application procedure and aplication form you can find here http://maailmanvaihto.fi/en/volunteering-finland/active-evs-projects 
More information (link) http://maailmanvaihto.fi/en/volunteering-finland/active-evs-projects
Name of the project Lehtimäki Special Folk High School (Lehtimäki) 2010-FI-14
Country and city  Finland, organization „Maailmanvaihto”
Length of the project (in months) 10
Starting date 8/2014
Deadline for application 16th of February 2014
Description of the project and tasks The main task of the volunteers is to interact with the special needs students during their lessons and leisure time, as well as to help them in their daily routines. The volunteers can also organize free-time activities for the mentally disabled students. Helping the kitchen staff also belongs to the tasks of the volunteers. Volunteers live in an apartment.Volunteer’s requirements: Motivation to work with people with special needs. Good social skills and open attitude. Willingness to live in a small village on the country side.
Application procedure Maailmanvaihto’s EVS application form wich have to be filled in and sent by e-mail.Detailed description of application procedure and aplication form you can find here http://maailmanvaihto.fi/en/volunteering-finland/active-evs-projects 
More information (link) http://maailmanvaihto.fi/en/volunteering-finland/active-evs-projects
Name of the project Sippola Residential Special School 2012-FI-37
Country and city Village of Sippola, Finland, organization „Maailmanvaihto”
Length of the project (in months) 10
Starting date 8/2014
Deadline for application 16th of February 2014
Description of the project and tasks Sippola Residential Special School is one of the six state-owned residential special schools in Finland. It provides holistic rehabilitation, upbringing, education and care services for highly challenging children and young people. EVS volunteer will work in assistant positions in child and youth care, education and upbringing. Duties and work tasks vary according to volunteers’ skills, age and experience. Sippola Residential Special School is situated in the southeast part of Finland in the village of Sippola, which is part of Kouvola commune. Accommodation is in the project.Volunteers’ requirements: EVS volunteer should be motivated to work with youth with difficult backgrounds and to be prepared for social tasks. Good social skills and experience of youth work or social work are of a great value. Age limit minimum 20 years.

 

Application procedure Maailmanvaihto’s EVS application form wich have to be filled in and sent by e-mail.Detailed description of application procedure and aplication form you can find here http://maailmanvaihto.fi/en/volunteering-finland/active-evs-projects 
More information (link) http://maailmanvaihto.fi/en/volunteering-finland/active-evs-projects

EVS projects in Germany

Name of the project Eurowerkstatt Jena e.V.
Country and city Jena, Germany
Length of the project (in months)
Starting date
Deadline for application End of February
Description of the project and tasks The goal of our organization is the creation of offers, in order to develop social and vocational abilities – particularly intercultural abilities . Thus we created conditions for young people to understand and to use the possibilities and chances in Europe. Determining is the promotion of intercultural aspects in the youth work of the city and particularly the dealing with the possibilities of united Europe. Since we work voluntarily, we co-operate with organizations and schools of the city. An important task is the support of the work of all social organizations by advice and aid, in order to promote European projects. This way we help other organizations to become active as hosting organization. In addition, in our work as sending organization we help young people by offering information, advice, seminars, regular meetings and support with the search for financial support. At the same time we provide this kind of help for older people, who would like to volunteer in social work. Beyond that we support young people, who would like to do social work. We counsel them, so that they are able to develop and carry out their ideas. In addition we support them during conversion of their projects. A further emphasis of the organization is the execution of seminars and workshops, which help young people to advance their social, personal and vocational abilities especially their intercultural abilities. Thus there are offers, which help and support the cultural exchange under different nationalities and cultures. Our most important target group are young people from the age of 14 to 27 years. A further target group are adults of all age groups, who are interested to work voluntarily abroad in the context of social commitment.
Application procedure Contact WE center or hosting organization
More information (link) project number:2013-DE-145 in http://europa.eu/youth/evs_database_enhttp://www.eurowerkstatt-jena.de/
Name of the project Bezirksjugendring Unterfranken Jugendbildungsstätte Unterfranken
Country and city Germany, Würzburg
Length of the project (in months)
Starting date
Deadline for application
Description of the project and tasks Trough the manifold offerings at the Jubi there are a lot of possibilities to bring in oneself and to learn according to abilities and skills.The volunteer will work in the padagogical area. The volunteer will learn the pedagogical concept of the house and they will get involved in the various offers of Jubi. This can mean the preparation and realising of workshops in the school classes – belonging to “Moral courage ” or “Cross-cultural opening” area, or “” Cross-cultural city tours”. Of course thye can co- work in the various seminars being held in Jubi as well as support the public relation of Jubi. The volunteer works 35 hours per week.Furthermore it is important that the volunteers are able to bring in their own abilities. It depends on the resources of the volunteers whether these abilities e.g. technical or artistic skills fit into the frame of house or landscape design or other skills which can be useful in the field of organisation. The volunteer is a definite part of the Jubi-team, that means he or she is involved in all relevant team meetings, team conferences, preparation meetings, evaluations and so on. The Jubi-team is a very young team; most of the members have a migrational background. Due to this condition the volunteers with their non-German background and potential language problems are not exceptional. In this case the slogan of the Jubi-team “joint cross-cultural experience and learning” is program and offers various possibilities to the volunteers to get involved. They will particpate in the Qualification “Coach for intercultural Work” and they will finish it with the certificate. According to their skills and interests they have the possibility to take part in different pedagogical areas.
Application procedure Contact hosting organization
More information (link) Eiref:2013-DE-100onhttp://europa.eu/youth/evs_database_en
Name of the project YOUZ Nagold e.V.
Country and city Germany, Nagold
Length of the project (in months) 12 months
Starting date September 2014
Deadline for application
Description of the project and tasks The volunteer has the possibility to choose from different work fields that concentrate on children and youth work, located in different places around Nagold.We make sure to consider the volunteer’s abilities and preferences.Possible fields are:The work with children between 6 and 10 years old. The volunteer helps the children to do their homework and after that the day care center offers diverse activities for the children. In the summer holidays there is a big children’s camp called Daxburg, which takes place every year with about 90 kids.

The volunteer has the possibility to participate and help organise different events (disco, excursions, concerts… etc.) for youngsters between 14 and 18 years old.

International youth work is one of the main job for the volunteer:

International Workcamps with young people from different countries

Exchange with Turkish University

Project ideas are always welcome and have been accepted in the past.

Some examples of past projects are:

Organising an excursion for children to the zoo

Organising soccer tournaments for the youth centre

Being a workcamp leader

Organising the school’s lounge room

We support the volunteers during all actions, so that they feel secure enough to provide the best results and also optimise their learning potential.

 

Application procedure contact organization
More information (link) project number:2012-DE-148in http://europa.eu/youth/evs_database_en
Name of the project Beratungszentrum Don Bosco Berufsschule
Country and city Würzburg (Germany)
Length of the project (in months)
Starting date
Deadline for application
Description of the project and tasks Volunteers will be introduced to the various possibilities at our institution, such as the student-run company that prepares various dishes and snacks to be offered during breaks, the “Liason Office for Chronic Truants”, the bike repair shop, or the metal and wood working area. Together, volunteers and staff will decide on an individual basis which tasks and working areas will be appropriate. It is important that volunteers are able to discover and develop their skills, abilities, interests and talents within the spectrum of their duties. These should enable them to come into contact with other youth at our institution, thereby enabling volunteers to test and expand their social and intercultural skills in this foreign setting. Volunteers should be disadvantaged and/or disabled young people. It is imperative that we cooperate closely with the sending organisation, therefore we require that future projects be planned only with organisations who are made known to us in advance of planning.
Application procedure Contact hosting organization
More information (link) 2012-DE-94onhttp://europa.eu/youth/evs_database_en
Name of the project Stadtjugendarbeit Bad Kissingen, Referat Jugend, Familie und Soziales
Country and city Bad Kissingen (Germany)
Length of the project (in months)
Starting date
Deadline for application
Description of the project and tasks He/she will be involved in preparing, organizing and post processing the projects of the Youthcare.That means the work in Youthcare itself and also in JUKUZ(Youth and culture centre of the city Bad Kissingen). Aside this public work there are various offers for children and youngsters,with those the volunteer meets and later work together, e.g. : the creative workshop, “Girls-Action and Boy-Active, in JUKUZ-Dance, Sport in JUKUZ, and in the pupil club.. And another field of volunteer interests – the playground, an area of 5000 square meter. A place for children between 6-12 years old, where they can spend their time building huts,making fire, laying pond, seeding flowerbeds, barbecue,…Taking care of the playground can be another part of duties, which the volunteer should experience and get known. Lots of youth-cultural events and trips provide the volunteer an insight into the possibilities of the Youthcare.The volunteer will get known the whole sphere of the work there, will be involved and he or she can chose the focus of his/ her interest so that he/she can develop his/her own project, which can be carried out by support of the team.
Application procedure Contact hosting organization
More information (link) Eiref:2012-DE-17onhttp://europa.eu/youth/evs_database_en

EVS projects in Lithuania

Name of the project Lietuvos Geju Lyga
Country and city Lithuania, Vilnius
Length of the project (in months) 10 months
Starting date April 2014
Deadline for application as soon as possible
Description of the project and tasks Volunteers will work on their own projects which supposed to be aimed at developing new methods for working with LGBT youth. These projects will depend very much on volunteer and give an opportunity for her/him to integrate his/her own ideas, experiences and initiatives in the project. Volunteer’s projects will be supervised by LGL Volunteer Coordinator. Bigger projects and ideas can be developed with some help from a team of international and local volunteers.We would like a volunteer to help us to “reach out” to young LGBT persons in Lithuania, to help us build safe and inclusive space for those who experience discrimination, prejudices and exclusion in their social environment (e.g. schools, universities, families, etc.). Therefore, volunteers will be encouraged to organise social activities, targeted at LGBT community. It can be various lectures, workshops, movie nights, theatre groups, informal trainings, peer-to-peer groups etc. LGL volunteer coordinators as well as other LGL volunteers have skills and experiences in the field of informal education, therefore EVS volunteers can learn by working with them.The project will give volunteers new experience, knowledge and skills on our organizations way of advocacy and international work. In order to learn volunteers will get to work in teams together with LGL staff: human rights advocacy experts, lawyers, activists who have many years of such work etc.A lot of volunteers are debating about choosing a career in an NGO, most of them are doing a lot of project activities: application writing, implementing, reporting. If volunteers prefer to learn new skills in application writing, experienced employees from the organisation will supervise volunteers and train them to do that, while not putting too much responsibility or pressure on volunteers.Moreover, volunteers will be helping out with administrative work of the organisation, as well as communication with international partners, organisations and networks such as ILGA-Europe, IGLYO, ANSO, EP Intergroup on LGBT rights, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, ILGA, FRA etc; Also coordinating Baltic Pride activities, which will take place in Tallinn and Riga in 2014-1015.

Volunteers will be involved on a creative level of LGL’s work: develop ideas for future projects and activities of LGL, coming up with new social marketing and advertising strategies, developing new means of recruiting volunteers and brainstorm on creative ways for fundraising activities.

International communication is very important for the LGL and volunteer holding this position will gain good communication skills and improve his/her competence in the field. Volunteer will have an opportunity work with international issues, raise awareness on international issues among LGL youth group and others. Also communication with local community and allies is very important. Learning to do that volunteers will get a chance to manage organisation’s website, blog, facebook account, create video podcasts or use other social media tools they like.

Application procedure contact WE center or hosting organization
More information (link) http://www.lgl.lt/en/get-involved/european-voluntary-service/new-evs-project-at-the-lgl/project number:2013-LT-37in http://europa.eu/youth/evs_database_en
Name of the project VšĮ Actio Catholica Patria
Country and city Lithuania, Kaunas
Length of the project (in months)
Starting date
Deadline for application April 30
Description of the project and tasks The tasks:- The main role of the volunteer is to participate in everyday activities at open youth centre together with the youngsters (board games, table football, ping-pong games). Main aspect of the volunteer goal is communication and creating a trust based relationship with youngsters. The role has two characters: the assistance of the activities, which come from the other people or implementing his/her own ideas.- Participation in the staff meetings, where the accomplished activities will be evaluated the further ones planned. In these meetings we share the tasks, reflect personal situations in the project, plan new events or workshops and discuss new opportunities. Also, after every open evening we create a safe space for sharing and reflection of the day, for feelings and ideas. Furthermore, volunteers as our team members would have a possibility to participate in cases analysis. It is very important for whole team to communicate and have the same ideas about harder cases as much as to know how to react on them or in different situations (About 10 % of the time).- Activities with the young people during the opened evenings, four days per week. During the opened evenings we sometimes have concerts or workshops, but sometimes young people just come over to have a cup of tee, to chat or to play board games (About 50 % of the time).

– Distribution of the information about the activities of the youth centre. We try to spread information about concerts and workshops in Kaunas. It would be helpful if the volunteer would take part in this process, in form of making flyers, information booklets, handing them out in the street (About 5 % of the time).

– Preparing the space for the activities, whether it’s out or inside (About 5 % of the time).

– Implementing his/her own initiatives and ideas. Open youth centre is a perfect place for self initiatives and creativity. Every workshop, project, concert, idea or any kind of activity is very welcomed (About 15 % of the time).

– Street work. One day a week we will go to work in a street and try to reach those youngsters who are not reachable by any institution or organization. Volunteer will have a possibility to be a part of this new process (About 5 % of the time).

– Work in office. Some work such as administrating social networks, mail, creating posters or helping other A.C.Patria‘s centers with their work have to be done in the office (About 10 % of the time).

This is just general schedule. As there are a lot of different activities and events going on according to the volunteers who are implementing them so the activities depends a lot on the volunteers abilities (there are different language clubs, guitar lessons, ceramic workshops, sign language lessons etc.).

Application procedure contact this organization
More information (link) project number:2013-LT-35in http://europa.eu/youth/evs_database_en
Name of the project Rietavo atviras jaunimo centras
Country and city Lithuania, Rietavas
Length of the project (in months)
Starting date September 1st
Deadline for application
Description of the project and tasks Proposed activities for EVS volunteers:There are a lot of different activities in which volunteer could be involved. The areas of activities in a youth center are very wide. We are going to adapt volunteers work to his own willing, abilities and interests. Working in team and with youngsters in various fields, the volunteer will improve her/his teamwork, communication, social and personal skills. During her/his EVS the volunteer will learn to share responsibilities, plan time, solve problems and break down barriers. Also she/he will get know our country’s culture, language and will learn how to deal with that.Main roles of the volunteer in our organisation activities will be:- participate in the daily activities of the Youth Center (helping with small tasks like registering visitors, tidying up after opening hours, managing information board, preparing room before Youth Center Voluteers Club meeting every Wednesday, movie evening every second Saturday, looking after table games, etc);

– help to plan and organize youth free time activities (workshops, events, trainings, outdoor activities, trips, sport tournaments, organized together with workers and youngsters) and participate in them;

– help to organize other events, public actions, other happenings in the town, also organised by other organisations together with us;

– take part in meetings with mentor, reflections, seminars, language course, plan her/his own time;

– represent her/his own country and culture.

Next to yhe main roles there are several specific areas of activities volunteer could work on (depending on her/his own abilities and wishes) one/two times per week:

– Media (creating advertisement for youth center events: adverts, articles, short movies, videos, leaflets etc. realize his creativity and ideas by doing this);

– Art (initiate artistic workshop: music, dances, drawing, theatre, photography etc. especially related with her/his culture);

– Sports (casual or untraditional sport activities);

– Language (teaching local youngsters her/his language);

– Other ideas (we are open to all volunteer’s ideas/proposals and she/he will get our full support for realizing them)

Application procedure contact this organization
More information (link) project number:2012-LT-41in http://europa.eu/youth/evs_database_en
0Name of the project VsI Elektrenų kulturos centras
Country and city Lithuania, Elektrenai
Length of the project (in months)
Starting date
Deadline for application
Description of the project and tasks Volunteers will be able to organize various events for the local community, share their culture with the local people, and take part in traditional festivals organized by cultural centre and other organizations. To organize education activities for youth and children, care of non-formal education. Also volunteers be able to take part in the office work by preparing various official documents, taking care of financial resorts and technical work which is needed for administer planning events. The volunteer will spend much time in the organization with working stuff. Typical activities for the volunteers will be to prepare stage, class or other place for event day by making decorations, lay out furniture, prepare and hang information posters in town, take part in events like artist there it’s possible, to tidy events place before and after activities, write articles for newspapers with own impressions about passed activities.
Application procedure write a project with sending organization and hosting organization will help to apply
More information (link) project number:2012-LT-36in http://europa.eu/youth/evs_database_en

EVS projects in Ireland

Name of the project Camphill Communities of Ireland – KCAT
Country and city Ireland, Callan
Length of the project (in months) 10
Starting date 1 September 2014 until 1 July 2015
Deadline for application 17 March
Description of the project and tasks Nature of work: Assisting students and tutors in our Art Courses, helping the Inclusive theatre company with its production and
Technical assistant for artists with special needs. Preparing and organising classrooms.
– Work times: weekdays from 9 am till 5 pm, occasionally evenings or in weekend.
– Living arrangement: Independent (you will have your own room).
House will be in walking distance to KCAT and the bus stop in Callan, a small town near Kilkenny.
Application procedure
More information (link) questionnaire: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MGQP77L

EVS projects in Austria

Name of the project  CULTURAL BAKING INNSBRUCK @ BÄCKEREI 2014
Country and city Innsbruck, Austria
Length of the project (in months) 12 months
Starting date September 2014
Deadline for application 26th of February
Description of the project and tasks This EVS project will take place in Innsbruck. The volunteer will be active in the organisation Die Bäckerei – Kulturbackstube for 12 months (starting in September 2014, ending at the end of August 2015). Die Bäckerei is active in the field of participative arts & culture and offers a platform for events, creativity and exchange of ideas.
Application procedure You find more details about this EVS project and on how to apply HERE . Please read the document carefully.
More information (link) https://www.mei-infoeck.at/eu-und-du/freiwilligendienst/volunteers/
Name of the project Berufliches Bildungs- und Rehabilitationszentrum
Country and city Austria, Kapfenberg
Length of the project (in months)
Starting date
Deadline for application
Description of the project and tasks What will be the role of EVS volunteers in the Host Organisation:The volunteer will support the trainer team in differents tasks, as for example:- Job Training/ Coaching: preparation of training sessions and participation in training session: Participation in facilities within the training courses for the young (e.g. working with wood or metal) together with the trainers/ coaches- Living service: planning of leisure activities and implementation …The activities in which the volunteers could be involved and the activities the volunteers could create in your organisation:Beeing from another country the volunteer contributes to intercultural learing possibilities of the youngsters involved in Haltegriff. We expect that a lot of this exchange will take part in informal situations like spending free time together during lunch/dinner…Participation in leisure activities together with the trainers is an essential part –> support of the trainer team in leisure activities which are conducted for the target group.- leisure/ sports facilities – The volunteer has the possibility to bring in his owns ideas. The team of Haltegriff is very open minded for new ideas. According to the interest of the volunteer he/she can develop workshops for the youngsters, conduct sport sessions, organise sessions… The volunteer will be support by the task related mentor to realise his/her own project ideas.

– working with wood or metal together with the young people and trainers/ coaches

– vistiation of companies/ possibly participation in internships in collaborating companies (geeting to know the Austrian labour market)

– participation in meetings with teachers/ schools… (getting to know the Austrain school system)

Application procedure contact organization
More information (link) project number:2012-AT-33in http://europa.eu/youth/evs_database_en
Name of the project Verein “Mit Kindern leben”
Country and city Austria, Graz
Length of the project (in months)
Starting date
Deadline for application
Description of the project and tasks Proposed ActivitiesThe volunteer is supposed to cooperate with the teachers. He/she has the possibility to work with all pupil groups. The pupils are between 6 and 15 years old. The volunteer should enrich our daily work with his/her inputs concerning his/her home country. There is a wide range of possibilities for activities for the volunteer in our school: arts, sports, music, dance, theatre, radio, games, but also just giving information about his/her country and people. One of the most important principle of our school is “learning by doing” and so there are many different ways how the volunteer can integrate himself/herself in our school and, together with the teachers, do activities for and with the pupils (e. g.: singing songs in his/her mother tongue, dancing typical dances of his/her home-country, cooking typical meals, introducing popular games that people in his/her country like playing, supporting the radio-shows of the pupils and bringing information/music of his/her country, making arts with the children in the “creative room”, making projects about different topics about the home country of the volunteer, ..) Adjoining to our school there is a big outdoor-area including a sports – field, a playground and a forest. So there is plenty of room for the volunteer to support the teachers in diverse outdoor-activities (sports and games). Presently they are very keen on building their own little camps, so why not support them in this activity? The volunteer should cooperate with the teachers and should bring in his/her own ideas for his/her work in the school. He/she should also make his/her own projects, which will be guided and supported by the teachers, as he/she likes it. Such projects of the volunteer can be for example in the fields of music/dance, arts, sports, culture of the home country, radio or theatre. Which projects the volunteer develops depend on his/her interests and talents. In addition to all we would like the volunteer to participate in excursions and little trips and to take part in our winter- and summer-camps. We have a weekly meeting of the volunteer with the teachers of the groups the volunteer will be working with. This is to enable all parties to coordinate their individual activities with and for the pupils. There is a staff meeting once a week to which the volunteer is invited.
Application procedure contact organization
More information (link) project number:2011-AT-12in http://europa.eu/youth/evs_database_en
Name of the project Rotor – Association for contemporary art
Country and city Austria, Graz
Length of the project (in months)
Starting date
Deadline for application
Description of the project and tasks Role of the volunteers and activities:We have two working places for the volunteers: one in the exhibition room where they are the first person one meets when entering , or they sit in the back office together with the team. The volunteers support us in all our projects, for example by:- taking over small organisatorical parts of bigger projects (i.e. communicating with artists and organisations, doing researches, booking travels/accomodation, …)- helping to set up exhibitions (not only hanging up pictures, but also preparing installations, setting up videoworks,…)- giving information to visitors- helping to keep our webpages updated- supporting the team in all kinds of daily tasks- attending to our archive

Application procedure contact organization
More information (link) project number:2011-AT-7in http://europa.eu/youth/evs_database_en
Name of the project  YOUTH 4 WORK @ WÖRGL
Country and city Tyrol, Austria
Length of the project (in months) 12 months
Starting date July 2014
Deadline for application 25th of February
Description of the project and tasks This EVS project will take place in Wörgl in Tyrol. The volunteer will be active in the organisation BETA for 12 months (starting in July 2014, ending at the end of June 2015). BETA works with youngsters between 16 and 24 years, who have difficulties in finding a job.
Application procedure You find more details about this EVS project and on how to apply HERE . Please read the document carefully.
More information (link) https://www.mei-infoeck.at/eu-und-du/freiwilligendienst/volunteers/

EVS projects in Sweden

Name of the project Kristinebergs youth centre / Kumulus
Country and city Sweden, Oskarshamn
Length of the project (in months) 12 months
Starting date 01.09.2014.
Deadline for application February 2014
Description of the project and tasks Both our youth centres were the projects are taking place are located in the city centre of Oskarshamn and both youth centre a connected to the intermediate stage school. Stadsparkens youth centre is connected to Valhallaskolan who has around 700 pupil and Kristinebergs youth centre is connected to Kristinebergs school who has around 600 pupils. At Kristinebergs youth centre the youth are a bit younger (10-19 years) then they are at Stadsparkens youth centre (13-19 years).
Both youth centres are driven by voluntariness were the youth can come and go as they want to and the idea of giving the youth a drug free environment were the can have the space to develop new ideas and meet friends. The different activities that you will find at both youth centres is table tennis, billiard, indoor climbing wall, café, computers and much more.
At Stadsparkens youth centre we are trying to build up a music room after the youth have shown big interest in music and especially learning more about scratching. At Stadsparkens we also organise indoor floor-hockey every week and different culture nights and concerts. We also organise trips to Liseberg (amusement park) in Gothenburg and much more.
At Kristinebergs youth centre we are working more with dance, form and artistic work. But we also organise different trips and outdoor activity, we go to the northern part of Sweden and we walk the east coast path and much more.
At both youth centres we also have youth counsels once a month. Here the youth meet the local decision makers to talk about what has to be done to develop the local youth work and the youth places.
The volunteers are going to share an apartment. The apartment has separate bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, one kitchen and a living room. He/she will be supported financially for meals.
There´s a lot of spare time activities in Oskarshamn. For example: Gym, swimming hall, football, basketball, ice hockey, cinema, coffee shops etc.Rules and conditions
The volunteer will not be living in a “live-in community”. The volunteer will get his or her own apartment or share apartment with other volunteers.Role of the EVS volunteers
The volunteer are going to have a very central role in the project. We believe that it is important for the children and youth at our youth centre to get the opportunity to meet new cultures and new people. The volunteer are going to support the youth in their ideas and at the same time help the staff at the youth centres to come up with new ideas on how to develop the organisation and the different activities that are done at the youth centre. The volunteer are also going to have a big opportunity to develop his or her own project ideas but at the same time help us to develop the areas that the youth are most interested in. At Stadsparkens youth centre the youth has shown extra interest in develop the music part and especially scratching and at Kristinebergs youth centre the youth has shown interest in learning more about dance and theatre. This is also two things that we hope a volunteer are going to be able to help us.
As a volunteer at one of our project you will also have to work evenings and weekends.
The volunteer will work next to the staff of the Youth Centres, so his/her responsibilities will be limited. The volunteer will be responsible of his/her own project, having the contact person of the Youth centres as mentor and if he is not available there will always be some colleagues to take over. The volunteer will always have somebody to turn to. The head of the youth centres will be the reference mentor and a staff member will be assigned to be the volunteer’s personal mentor. The volunteer has only one mentor independently of where he/she works. The projects contact person will be supervising the volunteer when necessary.
During midterms the youth centres are closed for 3 weeks when the staffs have vacation. The best thing for the volunteer would be to take vacation at the same time as the staff. If that´s not possibly the youth centres can offer work at other places in the same organization as the youth-centres.Activities for the volunteers
A volunteer at our project are going to get the opportunity do take part in a lot of different activities. As we said before we hope to find two volunteers that are extra interested in helping us to develop Kristinebergs dancing activities and Stadsparkens music activities and this is including helping us build the up the music room. For example, one of the tasks can be to teach youngsters how to dance or how to play some kind of instrument. But of course the volunteer are also going to get the opportunity to help and support us in the daily job with the café, different sport activities, when we go somewhere or when we organise a concert or an exhibition. The volunteer are also going to support and help the youth in the different activities that they want to do. It is not easy to say exactly what it can be because it can vary from day to day but it can be organise a table tennis tournament, billiard tournament or organise one of the girl or boy group activity. When the volunteer comes to us he or she will get the opportunity to try out all the different activities that we organise and it will also be up to the volunteer to develop their own project.
The volunteer are always going to be supported in the work by someone from the staff if the volunteer want the support.
There are several things the volunteer will do on regular basis such as work in the cafeteria, socialize with the kids, play indoor- or outdoor activities, participate on staff meetings, etc.
The youth centres organize drug and alcohol free events every month (i.e. disco, soccer tournaments, cultural festivals etc)
The volunteer will always be part of these projects and assist the meetings.
In case the volunteer has problems to create his own project it´s always possible to look for new ideas with the mentors or any staff member.Volunteer profiles and recruitment process
We are looking for two volunteers that have a big interest in coming to our project and to Oskarshamn to help us develop the youth centres. We especially hope to find two volunteers that have an extra interest in helping us developing the dancing activities at Kristinebergs youth centre and music activities at Stadsparkens youth centre. But the most important is that the volunteer is drug free and that you have an opened mind and that you are interested in sharing your background and culture with the projects youth and staff as we are interested in sharing our background and culture with the volunteer.
We receive the applications from the volunteers through Kumulus. We try to give a reply to all volunteers informing them that we have received their application.
The recruitment is going to be done together with some of the youth and the staff at the different youth centres and we are also going to have the support from the coordinating organisation of Kumulus from Kalmar. We will save all the application until it is time to select the volunteer and then we will read all the applications at the same time.
Application procedure CV and motivation letter to email: evs@oskarshamn.se
More information (link) http://europa.eu/youth/evs_database_en
Name of the project Kulturmejeriet
Country and city Sweden, Lund
Length of the project (in months)
Starting date
Deadline for application 31st  January
Description of the project and tasks The volunteer will stay in a small apartment or share a flat with other young volunteers or students. The accommodation will have cooking facilities. There is also cooking facilities and fridge at Mejeriet. The volunteer will take care of the food money and cook his/ her food him/her self. Lund is a very small town and the easiest way to move is by foot or bike. If the accommodation will be outside the town or in Malmö the volunteer will receive a buss card.
Service and learning opportunities
In terms of service, the foreign volunteer would join a team of young and passionate people. He/ she would enter a dynamic team and a bubbling place. The integration would be facilitated by the huge number of events that he/ she could take part. Having always worked with volunteers, Mejeriet is a place where being active and being offered responsibilities is easily feasible.
The learning opportunities at Mejeriet are very broad and flexible and can therefore be adjusted based on the interest of the volunteer. The volunteers coming to Mejeriet would be brought to deal with everything that a cultural centre experience in its everyday life; this means that the volunteers could help in technical, artistically and administrative tasks and be able to focus on his learning priorities.
There are a lot of possibilities to learn different things:
-how to arrange concerts and cinema screenings
– how to program and run a cinema
– Knowledge about the film and the music industry.
– Project management
– Economics, including budgets and funding.
– Languages. Since everybody at Mejeriet talks English and Swedish there will be a good opportunity to learn Swedish but also to practice English.Role of the EVS volunteers
The role of the volunteer could be very different depending on the interests, age and skills of the volunteer. The volunteer will always be a natural part of the staff and the volunteer group at Mejeriet and be welcome to join all activities. The volunteer will have a role as a student and trainee where he/ she could learn, try and explore. The volunteer will be given as much responsibility as he/she wants and can manage but will always have an employed staff at her/ his side to take the ultimate responsibility.Activities for the volunteers
The volunteer could work with all kinds of things. The volunteer could arrange concerts ( sell tickets and take care of the bands) and other cultural events together with the staff and other volunteers, work with the cinema ( sell tickets , program, learn how to screen 35 mm film) but also do marketing (make posters and flyers, marketing through social medias, homepage) and administration. The volunteer could also help out at the Trans Europe Halles office, where he/she could work in the daily running of the network (exchange of information within the different centres of the network), be involved in preparing the biannual meetings of the network, be involved in the contact between Trans Europe halles and different institutions.
Due to the philosophy of Mejeriet, the possibilities for the volunteer to create his/her own project are nearly endless. Depending on his/her longings and skills, he/ she could easily create, in association with one or several of Mejeriet’s organisations, different type of events:
– booking concerts
-set up a festival
-organise a community event
-have an important role in initiating projects within Trans Europe Halles network.
Volunteer profiles and recruitment process
Mejeriet are open for all volunteers with interest in culture in its broadest sense and in international cooperation.
The sending organisations that Mejeriet will contact for sending and hosting volunteers will be a part of Trans Europe Halles network. This decision is a way of strengthening the relations and the projects within the network and to better ensure the quality of the project.
In case of more applicants than we could host (the person in charge of EVS at Mejeriet together with the board) will together with the sending organisations and the applicants see who the best match is. We will look at the interests and preference of the applicants. And help the others to find another hosting centre within Trans Europe Halles.
Through the Trans Europe Halles coordination Office and the Trans Europe Halles network meetings we will tell the other centres within the network that we are willing to host a volunteer.
Application procedure CV and cover letter  to email: evs@kulturmejeriet.se
More information (link) europa.eu/youth/evs_database
Name of the project 2013-SE-27Högsby Table Tennis Club
Country and city Sweden, Bockara
Length of the project (in months) 4 months
Starting date September 2014
Deadline for application
Description of the project and tasks The volunteer should enjoy living on the countryside and a small, quiet town.To avoid loneliness the volunteer will share an apartment in Högsby together with volunteers for a neighboring project called Tegelbruket. The volunteer will share the apartment with 1 or 2 other volunteers. All having private bedrooms but sharing kitchen, livingroom and bathroom.The volunteer will receive money for food and will prepare her/his own meals in the apartment. It is possible to re-heat food at the project.For travel to and from work the volunteer will be offered a bike, during winter time a buss card will be arranged.PROPOSED ACTIVITIES FOR EVS VOLUNTEERS:Service and learning opportunitiesOur club is like a big family so we would like to welcome the volunteer to us. We have good cooperation with other organizations in the municipality where volunteering occurs.We believe that a volunteer at our project is going to have a lot of learning opportunities.As a volunteer in this project, you are going to have the opportunity to develop your own leadership skills, meet new cultures, get new ideas and knowledge and in this way strengthen oneself to develop his or her own initiative within the project.When the volunteer goes back home he/she has numerous new abilities:- Open-minded and tolerant vision- Knowledge about the Swedish culture- Swedish language

– Responsibility of showing the right example

– How to take one’s own initiatives and to work in a group

– Leadership skills

The volunteer is going to have the opportunity to meet many new people and this will give the volunteer an opportunity of getting to know how the life is in a small town in Sweden. This will also get the volunteer a glimpse of the cultural life of the life in Sweden. At the same time we hope that the volunteer is going to show us how it is to come into our organisation with a different background and from a different culture. We know that having a volunteer within the organisation is going to give us new ideas on how to develop our work and it will give us new tools and new knowledge to work with.

We believe that the overall activities, cooperating with youth leaders that are very experienced, teachers and other people is very conducive and developing for the volunteer and for the volunteer’s ideas and future plans.

We also hope that the volunteer is going to grow as an individual and learn more on how it is to cooperate with other people and how to develop their own ideas. We want the volunteer to come up with new ideas on how to teach table tennis to the children and let them develop their own ideas. For the work in the table tennis club the president of the club will be responsible for the volunteer support during the work activities.

The volunteer will have a mentor outside the organsiation. The mentor has around 7 years of experience of EVS, has worked with youth all his life and has an education as a youth leader. The mentor will support the volunteer with integrating into the community and also be an emotional support for the volunteers in times of need. The mentor works at the local youth center Tegelbruket.

The EVS volunteers role in the Host Organisation

The role of the volunteer at Högsby table tennis club is:

* To help teach table tennis

* Give new insight

* Bring international influences

* Be an ambassador for Youth in Action

* We would like to volunteer to play table tennis for the club

* Advertise the club to the community

* Being a good role model

* Plan your own training sessions and for the kids.

The work is mostly arranged around teaching table tennis and supporting the kids in the club, but it is also about marketing table tennis, to be a role model and friend for the kids.

The volunteer will be fully supported by the staff at the club, but especially the president of the club, Patrik, who will support the volunteer in work related issues. Patrik has worked with youth and table tennis for many years and also has previous experience of working with volunteers.

Patrik will also support the volunteer in creating his/her own project. If the volunteer for some reason does not want to start a project of his/her own, Patrik together with the board of the club will find other tasks for the volunteer. This could be working close to the school and promoting table tennis there.

Typical activities/tasks for the volunteers

The working week will be 30-35 hours including Swedish lessons. Swedish lessons will take place during daytime.

Time will also be made for promoting the club, being in the school and showing table tennis for the students and taking part in board meetings of the club.

VOLUNTEER PROFILES AND RECRUITMENT PROCESS:

We prefer that applicants have a sporting interest, especially in table tennis. We would like that the volunteer has some experience in playing table tennis.

Disability is no obstacle. We would like to cooperate with a sporting organization of some kind if it is possible.

We prefer that the volunteer has a great interest and some experience of playing table tennis. Is social in interaction with children and young people and willing to work with children and young people with disabilities. Innovative thinking and can lead children and young people and have a high level of personal maturity.

We will collect the applications we get and at a board meeting to go through these and then choose 4-5, during the selection process, even one or two youngsters from the club to be involved. Then we will interview three candidates via Skype or telephone. We are open to cooperation with sending organization but also organizations in table tennis.

NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS HOSTED:  1

Application procedure CV and cover letter send to email: evs@kumulus.se In email you should mention EI REFERENCE NUMBER –  2013-SE-27
More information (link) http://europa.eu/youth/evs_database_en

EVS project in Latvia

Name of the project Adazu Briva Valdorfa school
Country and city Latvia, Adazi
Length of the project (in months) 10 months
Starting date 1st September
Deadline for application 20th February
Description of the project and tasks Proposed activities for EVS volunteers:
Volunteers in our kindergarten/school will have an unique chance to find out what Waldorf pedagogy is. They will be able to find out its nature and teaching methodology. The knowledge of this pedagogy and its principles will help the teenagers to work with themselves and in teams. They will also get to know Latvian culture.
We would like to host 2 volunteers per one school season which lasts for 10 months because this period is long enough for getting to know people and their life philosophy. We would be glad if this particular work season would be combined with the youth-volunteer national traditions. We would like to gather information about autumn activities, Christmas celebrations and winter activities, about spring and Easter celebrations and summer activities, etc. which come from his country.Kindergarten
The most important work for volunteers in the kindergarten will be-creating contacts and lasting relationships with children. It means, spending time with the children during games and activities, as well as during free time. Voluntary obligations will be both pedagogical and practical:
-The volunteer will help the kindergarten staff to prepare for different celebrations, for example, s/he will search songs and games of certain themes, s/he will make different decorations, etc. S/he will be involved in the preparation of daily games. We would appreciate if s/he would also offer his/her ideas.
-The volunteer will go outside together with the kids, will look for variety of interesting materials that could be used for decorating or making various objects etc. It is important that the volunteer would have some creative ideas about creating different things-s/he should think what and how nature materials could be used to make something interesting and new.
-S/he will be involved in the kitchen work, preparing meals, washing up and cleaning, because according to the Waldorf pedagogy all the duties that are done in the kindergarten should have an educational aspect because the children learn from everything they see.
-S/he should be supporting during various children`s activities-painting, singing with the children, telling fairy-tales. The volunteer should also help to put the children to sleep.
-In order to tidy up the surrounding the volunteer should engage together with the parents and staff in talc that are organized by the kindergartenSchool
In school the volunteers will work with children of all ages (7-18 years). In the morning the volunteer will spend his/her time in the classroom where s/he will help class and subject teachers in their teaching and educational work, s/he will assist teacher during lessons, organize active rest during breaks, and also the volunteer will perform individual teacher-assistant functions. In the afternoon the volunteer will be involved in activities that suit his/her own interests. S/he will be able to take the initiative and share his/her ideas, for example, about art, dancing, singing and craft. The volunteer will participate in the student parliament, where s/he will express her/his creative imagination and organizational skills. S/he will also participate in teachers` college work, where s/he will help to organize various activities and s/he will participate in the school life`s and the daily event`s planning.If the volunteer will want to teach her/his native language, games, music or sports to the children then we will support him/her. The voluntary`s opportunity to teach his/her native language and cultural activities will serve as a cultural exchange (we will ask the volunteer to prepare information about his/her country, which he will present in various creative ways).The volunteer will work 6-7 hours a day, 5 days a week. The work and leisure time schedules will be discussed together with the volunteer. The volunteer will have 2 free days a week-either a weekend or during the middle of the week-it will depend on the activities in which the volunteer will be involved. The possible work schedule: 2-4 hours of work the students in the morning, in the afternoon the volunteer will be involved in hobby groups, the school parliament, organization of various activities.Volunteer profiles and recruitment process:
There are no gender, age, race, religion or political affiliation limits for the volunteers. We would like to admit volunteers who:
-Are interested in working with children aged 3-18 years,
-Have a desire to work in a team,
-Are interested in the Latvian language and culture,
-Have knowledge or are interested in the Waldorf pedagogy.
The information about the project and volunteer`s opportunities to participate in the EVS will be inserted in the international database on the Internet.Number of volunteers hosted:
We are planning to host 2 volunteer.Risk prevention, protection and safety:
The required safety for the volunteer during his/her daily work will be provided by our personal staff. The volunteer`s mentor will introduce him/her to the project site, the organization`s internal rules and the mentor will show him/her the city in order to ensure his orientation.
The mentor will take care of the volunteer to ascertain the degree of volunteer`s satisfaction with the project, organization and social life.
Coordinating organization will provide the volunteer with a living place where the volunteer will live together with other volunteers, or the volunteer will be provided with a family.
Volunteers will be informed of the availability of Volunteer Health Insurance specialized for them.Special needs (if applicable):
Generally we are ready to work with different target groups. However, seeing that volunteer will work at school we are strongly against to use alcohol, smoking and drugs.
Application procedure CV and cover letter  should be send to email: adazu.valdorfskola@inbox.lv
More information (link) www.abvs.lvhttp://europa.eu/youth/evs_database

Are you interested in volunteering abroad? Are you interested in living in Denmark for 9-12 months? Then apply now!

There are right now eight projects in Denmark, which are looking for new volunteers to start in August/September 2014. There is a big diversity in the project themes – from activities with children and youngster to working with environment and animals to alcoholics and other vulnerable individuals. Give it a look – maybe there is something for you.

All the projects are between 9 and 12 months. The deadline for sending your motivation letter and CV are between 1 October 2013 and 2 January 2014.

For more information on the projects, search for the EI number on the EVS database. The projects are as following:

EI Number Name Theme
2010-DK-28 Fjord og Bælt Interested in all the aspects of working with marine mammals. Both the cleaning and the animal parts. Some previous experience in working with animals, but not required.
2011-DK-36 Sindhuset Activity Center for Psychiatric patients, alcoholics and Psychologically vulnerable. Social contact with the visitors, activities (creativity, sport), cooking
2010-DK-26 Hertha Living Community Mentally handicapped. Living community and workshops.
2011-DK-35 Kattegatcentret – Marine Zoo Environment. Ocean world, sharks and fishes, seals and oceans all over the world.
2012-DK-9 Rejsby Europæiske efterskole An “Efterskole” broadly speaking is an independent boarding school of lower secondary school students
2011-DK-37 Rønde Skovbørnehave Kindergarten with children aged 3-6. Focus is on outdoor activities.
2012-DK-7 Efterskolen Solgaarden An “Efterskole” broadly speaking is an independent boarding school of lower secondary school students
2011-DK-33 Husmandsstedet Local Activity Centre. Youth Leisure. Creative activities.

Interested? Then please fill the application form ‘Application ICYE Denmark‘ and send it to WE Center (email: evswecenter@gmail.com) as soon as possible and do not hesitate if you have any questions.

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