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AMICUS Project "Access Volunteering in Europe"
Gorj, Romania

EVS PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Type: AMICUS GROUP

Duration of Service: 4 Months

Period of Service: May 1st, 2010 – August 31st, 2010

Number of Volunteers: 6

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SUMMARY
Access Volunteering in Europe is going to bring together 6 french volunteers for a period of 4 months, starting with May 1st ,  2010.
The project aim is threefold:

  • increasing volunteers social and personal development
  • Community development and Increased participation of Young People
  • Partnership development - encouraging local and international cooperation.

Methodology:

The first week – is dedicated to the cultural and technical accommodation of the volunteers;

The second week upon arrival all volunteers will undergo a capacity building programme. The programme will focus on volunteers skills development in terms of project management and non formal education methods. Furthermore, technical information regarding accommodation, food, working methods, financial aspects , etc will be clearly explained.

The remaining 3 ½ months will focus on personal and community development, during which the volunteers will get actively involved in developing non formal educational activities with the youngsters from Bustuchin and the neighbouring communities.

Objectives:

  • Stimulate the intercultural learning process and enhance the European Awareness and Active Participation within the hosting community
  • Provide the context and the opportunities for all volunteers to develop both personally as well as socially by acquiring and improving new skills and competences as well as boost their self‐ confidence.
  • Contribute to the community development by boosting the participation and active involvement of young people in their local communities.
  • Encourage the participation of youngsters with fewer opportunities
  • Widen and strengthen the partnership and co‐operation relation in between all project promoters

Volunteer’s Tasks

  • Attend all preparation, evaluation, planning and thematic meetings
  • Attend all language classes, participate in the class , learn and prepare accordingly.
  • prepare themselves for each meeting with the requested materials (for example: filling on time the monthly evaluation forms)
  • prepare and develop non formal educational activities (sport activities, dances, singing, art , theatre, civic activities, environmental actions, etc) with youngsters from the hosting community
  • be open minded and develop innitiatives in the communities
  • Openly communicate with the mentor, the local community facilitator, his/her peer volunteers and the EVS coordinator
  • Be responsible and meet one’s tasks accordingly.

Activities

The project activities will focus on non formal educational activities developed with the youngsters from the hosting communities both in an organized environment (schools) as well as in the community at large.
Example of activities:

  • Language Sessions (English, French, German, Spanish, etc)
  • Art (painting, modeling, handicrafts, etc)
  • Drama – Theatre plays
  • Sports & Dances
  • Green Activities (Cleaning Areas, Planting trees, etc)
  • Cultural Activities – Countries and customs presentations, dances, culinary events, etc
  • Camps, out door activities,
  • Presentation sessions on: Equal rights, Democracy, European Institutions, Etc

TECHNICAL ARRANGEMENTS

Accommodation

The first week all volunteers are to be accommodated in Tismana and Motru

The second week – On Arrival Training –all volunteers are to be accommodated at “Nature INN” a guest house in Musetesti – a beautiful rural location, next to the mountains. The volunteers will share a room (2 persons/ room) with their own bed, bathroom, kitchen, living, dining hall and a wonderful natural surrounding..

For the remaining 3 ½  months the volunteers will be hosted in Tismana and Motru.

Food

Buying and preparing the food is to be the sole responsibility of the volunteers. For preparing the food the volunteers will have free access to an equipped kitchen.

The hosting organization will provide each volunteer with a monthly food allowance from which they shall cover the alimentation costs. The allowance is enough for insuring a very good living standard (being much higher than the amount and average citizen from the region spends for food). However the allowance will not be enough for ensuring every day eating in a restaurant or bistro or leading a luxurious life.

Transport

The local transportation costs of the volunteers necessary for the activities implementation will be covered 100% by the association from the project budget.

The international transport of the volunteer from his/her home to the site of the project shall be covered 100% - two ways (Economy flight tickets and/or 2nd class train tickets) by the sending organization.
The personal transport of the volunteers (local, national or international) will be not in the responsibility of the association.

Pocket money

Each volunteer is entitled to receive a 60 Euro monthly allowance – pocket money, which they can spend as they choose/want.

1.La Ligue de l’Enseignement - France

2.Itinéraire International – France

 Meet a volunteer

My name is Camila from Sao Paulo, Brazil. I finished teaching secondary education. I love to go in new places, meet with people, and hanging out with my friends, I love to read books and learn historical facts. Now I live in in Sadu, this town is super quite and people are kind and they treat us very well. Children are very beautiful and they are always willing to be with us, they have a lot of curiosity and we try our best to understand them. I enjoyed being here, I think this is a huge opportunity, and I'm growing as a person. This is very different to live in a different country with people you've never met or do not know, is that it also does not speak the same language as you, that has different customs, but has the same goal that's what matters, is an adventure with great learning to be here.
 
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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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