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EVS Project ACT – EM, Active Citizenship, Tolerance and Engagement of Minorities
Gorj, Romania

EVS PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Type: EVS GROUP

EI Ref: 2007-RO-31

Duration of Service: 12 Months

Period of EVS Service: June 15th, 2010 – June 15th, 2011

Number of Volunteers: 22

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Summary
Active Citizenship, Tolerance and Engagement of Minorities will bring together 22 volunteers from Europe, Caucasus, Latin America and Africa, for a period of 1 year, starting with June 15th, 2010.
All the activities will be developed at 3 dimensions:

  • personal development,
  • development within the host organization
  • hosting community development.

Methodology:

The first month – is dedicated to the cultural and technical accommodation of the volunteers, training and coaching:
The first week upon arrival all volunteers will undergo a capacity building program. The program 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 second week will be dedicated to the On Arrival Training, session that is organized by the Romanian National Agency. The program will focus on further technical aspects (volunteer rights and responsibilities) as well as cultural accommodation.
The remaining two weeks will be focused on Language Awareness (Intensive Romanian Language Classes) and community and cultural accommodation.
The remaining 8 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 neighboring communities.
Objectives:
Contribute to the community development by boosting the participation and active involvement of young people in their local communities.
Spur European awareness; promote tolerance between minorities and majority.
Encourage youth participation and active citizenship, focusing on minority’s engagement.
Provide the volunteers with a rich intercultural learning context from which to acquire social, intercultural and personal skills, develop new abilities.
Enabling volunteers lay the foundation for their own future as well as contribute with their actions to the hosting communities development, through youth engagement and participation , tolerance and cultural awareness.
Volunteers tasks
The volunteers tasks will be diverse and focused both on social and personal development of the volunteers as well as the community development.
The role of the volunteers will be that of attending all the meetings, trainings and scheduled activities, dedicate their time according to the recommended hours in assisting in the preparation, implementation and evaluation of various activities:

  • Attend all preparation, evaluation, planning and thematic trainings ( On Arrival)
  •  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)
  • assist the local community facilitator in the preparation, implementation and evaluation of the community non formal education activities.
  • Assist in working with the youngsters, propose activities , discussion topics, share opinions, cultural and traditional customs, etc.
  • 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.
  • assist and help in the day-to-day running of the activities, particularly in the following areas:  Arts/Drama and culture, Developing personal skills, Classes with pupils on different topics – language classes, computers, Sports and  Community interaction.

Activities

The volunteers will be engaged with organizing in close relation with the staff and other volunteers within the working points a variety of activities like: sports events, group games, thematic workshops, walks in the cities, visits to different sights and events, youth camps, etc. for the youths in order to optimize their free time during regular meetings and the vacation period.

The beneficiary target group:
The volunteers will target their activities towards hosting community youngsters, placing an emphasis on the rroma communities.

Technical arrangements:

ACCOMMODATION
During the first  week all volunteers are to be accommodated at “Nature INN” a guest house in Musetesti – a beautiful rural location, next to the mountains: www.natureinn.ro . The volunteers will share a room (2 persons/ room) with their own bed, bathroom, kitchen, living, dining hall and a wonderful natural surrounding. 
During these 2 weeks, the volunteers will undergo an intensive Capacity Building Programme, in wich cultural awareness, thematic trainings, language classes and technical and practical arrangements will be explained in very detail.

The next 11 ½  months all volunteers will be distributed in pairs (the bigger communities like Motru and Targu Jiu will host up to 4 volunteers) within the various hosting communities. The volunteers will live either with host families or share a living location together. The living location will meet decent living standards (private room, free access to kitchen and bathroom, current cold water with the possibility of providing hot water at least one hour/day, functioning heating system, clean and secure location).
YWB in cooperation with each hosting community will make all efforts to find the best accommodation location for the volunteers. All accommodation and utility costs (water, gas, electricity) shall be covered by the hosting organization.

FOOD
Food will be provided in the first  2 weeks by the staff of the guest house. The volunteers will help with the preparation of the meals, serving and cleaning.
For the next months 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.  In the case of volunteers staying in host families a solution will be to serve meals with the family.
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.

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). 
The personal transport of the volunteers (local, national or international) will be not in the responsibility of the association.

LANGUAGE TRAINING
The volunteers will have the responsibility to attend all language courses according to the schedule as well as to make every effort in studying and learning the language.
The Coordinating Organization will arrange for Romanian Language Courses on weekly basis for as much time as the volunteer will need. The language lessons shall be provided by experienced language teachers. The language courses will be provided free of charge for the entire period of the EVS project.

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


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2. Service Civil International Region Nord - Franta - 2009-FR-108 (LUCIE MACROS)
3. Youth in Progress, Latvia (Vizma Bramane)
4. Public Information and Need Knowlwdge-  PINK Armenia – NA (Sargis Mermeryan)
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6. Association Jeunesse Verte du Camerun - Cameron – NA (Fouliapouognigni Ngou Ibrahim, Tamoifo Romeo)
7. Organizacion Argentina de Jovenes para las Naciones Unidas- OAJNU – NA( Paris Rodrigo, Guadalupe Michel Torino)
8. Centre Regional Information Jeunesse Champaigne, Franta( Romain Welter)
9. Droni, Georgia ( Levan  Torchinava, George Beridze)

 

 Meet a volunteer

Hello, I am Elizabeth, from Valencia, Spain. I am 26 years old. I am biologist and I studied Master of Secondary school teacher. I work as volunteer in association of people with mental and physical disabilities. Also I work as volunteer with homeless people. I like photography, music, nature and swimming. I love to work with kids and with people, who need help. Now I live in Novaci and I think that Gorj is very nice rural place. The people are very friendly, and the landscapes are so nice. I this project I really want to learn a lot of new things, to know better new cultures, languages (I want to improve my English language).
 
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