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No matter if you decide to sign up for international affairs or fund-raising, yesforevs.eu gives you hands-on experiences that are to strengthen your professional profile and give you a full contact with the local community, working hand in hand with the locals, and living the a new cultural life.

You are to benefit from assistance from a solid team of professionals spread all over the world that are to make sure to match you with the project that fists your profile.

Please find below the areas you can decide to proceed with your volunteer work:


International affairs

Community development
Intercultural communication and multi-linguism
Care giving
School tutoring
Organizational development
Fundraising
Extra-curricular education

International affairs
You have a keen interest in furthering your career in international affairs? You are into the international policy realm ? Taking into account the incremental role that NGOs have played in the international arena, dedicated time and energy to maintain international links and breed international joint programmes is required. It is not that often that NGOs has sufficient staff to work on. Hence, for NGOs working as part of international networks or even more, leading an international network it is paramount to have a volunteer to give a helping hand on.
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Community development
Different communities are at different stages of development; either the communities are facing underdevelopment in many areas either they need to work more on improving their status quo in a certain area. Community development seeks to empower individuals and groups of people by providing these groups with the skills they need to effect change in their own communities.
Working on community development means taking punctual actions on specific matters that affect a community.  
For example in Romania it is recognized the need of working on community development in rural areas – community youth development through education, as the youngsters from these communities are considered as having fewer opportunities because of the underdeveloped economy from these areas and the isolation that the geographic location imposes. These youngsters are considered to have fewer opportunities in terms of access to quality education. Lack of education means lack of opportunities for them and therefore the perpetual state of underdevelopment of the community. Empowering the youngsters through education means empowering them to perform changes in their communities at social, economic and educational level.
In Sweden: working on community youth development with a focus on public health – promoting healthy ways of living and healthy ways of spending free time among youngsters as the consumption of drugs, alcohol, unhealthy food and the excessive use of the Internet became a real danger for youngsters, jeopardizing their personal and professional development.
In UK, supporting the active involvement of young people in local democracy as tool to community development by setting up a youngster’s council, by offering them the right to participate actively to the local governance.
In Cameroun, the urban renovation or restoration of rural habitats; work with the locals in their farms, giving an extra helping hand and bringing ideas of innovation as a response to the communities specific needs.
In Sierra Leone, community development through community mobilization and awareness on Girl-Child Education; support to basic education; construction of schools for rural communities; awareness on women’s rights; adult literacy; etc.
In Peru,  initiating social change through youth by promoting and improving the quality of voluntary service. community development through voluntary work  as a way of empowering and mobilizing the youngsters to act for the benefit of their communities.
In Argentina, contributing to community development by reducing the inequality of opportunities by promoting voluntary work and raising awareness on the need to respect human rights.
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Intercultural communication and multi-linguism
Volunteering abroad means also intercultural learning through intercultural communication and multi-linguism. The volunteers have the chance to live and work in different environments with different cultures, stereotypes, mentalities, beliefs, historic backgrounds, etc. All projects offer the possibility of interaction between cultures.
The intercultural communication means the encounter of several cultures and the challenge to obtain a positive outcome from this encounter. This challenge involves capturing and understanding, in interaction with people from foreign cultures, their specific concepts in perception, thinking, feeling and acting. The language it is not perceived anymore as a barrier but as a challenge to learn and to be aware of the existing diversity
The volunteers will have the opportunity to approach subjects in their work, directly related to the intercultural dimension:

  • in Argentina they will address to issues like migration, multicultural understanding and youth cooperation with the vision that all ethnic groups, understood in terms of language, nationality, religion and/or culture, in the society should have equal rights.
  • Other issues like integration, building bridges between people, cultures and religions through intercultural events like festivals, intercultural evenings, discussions on topics related to the diversity of cultures, to promote integration and the fight against tribalism and conflicts – needed especially in Cameroun where it is known the diversity of  -.
  • Taking language classes or teaching language classes in any community where a volunteering project will be hosted

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Care giving
The lack of human resources in this field of care giving is a common situation in many parts of the world. Care giving to orphans, elderly, disabled, requires a lot of physical and emotional effort and those who would require permanent placement in institutions or health care facilities are at great cost to society. Care giving is an area that needs voluntary work. Volunteers can work in a center that provides this kind of services or they can help families who have such people in care.
Companionship, entertainment, clothing, feeding orphans, elderly or disabled are part of the voluntary work as care givers. It is a work that can bring a lot of satisfaction both to those in need and to the volunteers by creating strong emotional relationships, attachment, and the opportunity to receive and offer concrete help.
If you are interested in volunteering as a care giver you will find opportunities to do this kind of work in

  • Africa - specially in Sierra Leone, where according to recent statistics are a lot of children at risk living in large poor families who don’t receive adequate care and proper education, orphans or disabled who need help 
  • Europe – Sweden, where are a few centers that host volunteers to work with disabled
  • Romania – there are orphanages and social centers for elderly that need extra staff to cover all the work needed; also, in rural areas, loads of single families of elder people need someone to help with the households and in the garden, or at least to spend some time together.
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School tutoring
Volunteers are of great help when it comes to school tutoring. They offer assistance to build in necessary supports for children, at the same time improving their own pedagogical skills.
School tutoring is needed either for strengthening children’s weak areas of education, either as an inclusive tool for children coming from disadvantaged communities, as an effort to keep these children connected to education and to provide at least basic skill instruction in reading and writing. School tutoring is useful also to fill children’s free time during vacations in an educational way.
For example in rural areas teachers consider very useful the school tutoring by organizing after-schools, week-end schools or summer schools. The children here need more assistance as their parent’s educational level is in most cases quite low or they are too busy to help the children with their scholar tasks, or because of lack of financial resources children are used more for physical work.
The school tutoring in after-schools, week-end schools or summer schools means to assist their children while they are doing their homework, to offer them language classes, dancing, painting, singing classes, interactive games, etc. School tutoring can be quite attractive to children especially if it is provided by a young foreign volunteer as it involves also extracurricular and non-formal education which can be provided in very creative ways. Therefore it is a method of improving school attendance –which is quite a problem in rural areas- to increase interest in education and to promote social inclusion and interaction.
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Organizational development
The volunteers will have, obviously, an impact on the organization in which they will be working. They can choose to focus their work on organizational development by supporting the staffers in their initiatives and developing strategies together with them; putting in place youth clubs, youth associations, youth enterprises, working with the network  of focal points on youth activities; help in the creation of a database of the categories of organizations for youth, their main activities, and the needs they have to better manage their activities – especially in Cameroun, Peru - ; work on research themes on areas of intervention where the organization  can expand it’s activity – Cameroun, Argentina, Romania -; help to organize events to increase the visibility of the organization; doing lobby and advocacy to gain valuable partnerships and support from decision makers – Sweden, UK - .
The volunteers will use their knowledge, they will inform on how to make organizational development and they will bring innovation in helping the organizations to develop, taking in account its current stage of development and the context in which it operates.
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Fundraising
Volunteers can practice their skills as fundraisers to sustain an already existing project, or to initiate sponsorship campaigning for a various range of issues, from social to environment.  Fundraising is fun, challenging, rewarding and a great opportunity to meet lots of new people. There is a whole range of activities that volunteers can put in practice to raise money for different causes. Amongst the most common are: creating promotional materials; look for sponsors and partners who will support the organizations on the strategic plan for a sustainable development – Cameroun; Argentina -; conducting campaigns to collect food or clothing for poor families – Peru, Romania, Argentina, Sierra Leone -; writing projects and applying for grants to international donors – Romania, Argentina, Cameroun, Sweden, Sierra Leone, Peru, UK -; collaborating with international organizations that have as main activity fundraising for social causes – Sierra Leone, UK, Cameroun -; organizing charity challenge events, outdoor fundraising events; organizing raffles and lotteries – especially in UK -.
The volunteers can bring innovation in organizing fundraising activities in countries where this type of activity is not so popular.
Though, a volunteer may not have fundraising competences- no problem! The hosting organizations will be working on a tailor made programme to breed the capacity of volunteers to get involved in fundraising.
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Extra-curricular education
The extra-curricular education is a very useful tool in volunteer work to bridge the gap between informal and formal education. Not only that the formal education in many educational systems doesn’t manage to develop practical skills or to determine a clear area of interest for youngsters but it can also be too rigid, too abstract, disconnected from the new realities or not reachable for certain disadvantaged groups. The extracurricular activities manage to bring education closer to these groups, to spread the need for education, to develop practical skills, to discover one’s abilities.
Volunteers can work on extracurricular education by using their knowledge, personal skills,  experience and imagination. They can develop these activities in youth centers, normal schools or schools for children with special needs after classes or during vacations when the children can fill their free time in a constructive way. The volunteers can create their own projects by simply putting in practice and sharing their skills and knowledge on a variety of subjects and activities like: dancing, singing, sports, theatre, poetry workshops, painting, knitting, pottery, creating decorative items, making trips, etc.

If you are interested in working on extracurricular education, you will find opportunities to work in Romania, Sweden, UK, Peru, Argentina, Cameroun, Sierra Leone.
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Hello, I am Orlando from S. Joao da Madeira, Portugal. I finished sociology in Beira Interior University. I can't live without movies, I realy like to analyze them. Now I live in Targu Carbunesti, in quite nice town, where people are open-minded and nice, kids are curious and friendly, I think I have very good relationship with them. From this project I want to learn and discovered what I want to do in my life. Oh, I really don't like Romanian food.
 
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