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OPEN CALL FOR 1 VOLUNTEER for ESC in PORTUGAL for 12 months

Open Call for 1 volunteer in

BRAVO announces a call for 1 volunteer for an ESC in Barcelos, Portugal from end of February 2021 for citizens of B&H and those living in this country.

Name of the project: “Better Together”

Type of the activity: European Solidarity Corps – Volunteering Project 

Date of Project: From end of February 2021

ESC stage duration: 12 months

Hosing organization: SOPRO – Solidarity and Promotion

Sending organization: “BRAVO”

Place: Barcelos, Portugal

Participants: 18 – 30 years old

Working language: English – Portuguese

Deadline for applying: 23.01.2021.

Due to the COVID-19 situation all over the world, we inform you about possible date changes and all other information related to this issue.

The “Better Together” is a project that aims to provide opportunities for young people with fewer opportunities in order to promote diversity, taking into account the characteristics of each partner. It is a Volunteering Project, which aims to challenge and strengthen the local community, which will receive 4 volunteers between 18 and 30 years old, for a 12 months project. The participants are from Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Greece and Spain.

Volunteer Profile

The profile of the volunteer intended is someone with training in plastic arts, arts, crafts, sport and environmental activities. Someone to innovate in the daily activities of the Elderly Day Centre and maintaining the SOPRO’s garden and farming.

  1. Organization of intercultural activities, workshops, exhibitions, lectures, creative spaces, painting, language clubs;
  2. Reflection activities on the themes of the European Union;
  3. Work on the importance of interacting on an equal basis, on valuing differences and stimulating intercultural dialogue;
  4. Supporting the daily tasks;
  5. Organize activities that promote European Solidarity Corps and Erasmus+.

Workplace

  • The volunteers will perform their activities in the Elderly Center or at the Environmental Education Center of Esposende The goal is to organize activities for the elderly, support daily tasks, sports, handcrafts. Organize thematic days such as Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day, Women’s Day among others, with the aim of improving behaviors.

  • Participate in SOPRO’s campaigns: Collection of school material and food in the supermarkets and other activities and campaigns that arise during this volunteering project.

  • Other: support the activities of SOPRO, fundraising initiatives (helping to seek and compete for international applications), support on international exchange mobilities, attend meetings of international volunteers destined for Mozambique and help to establish international partnerships.

  • Ideas own/projects and suggestions for supporting the organization of sports activities, cultural events, exhibitions traditions of their country.

Food and Accommodation

The volunteer will live in shared house/apartment with other volunteers in a different rooms, with a shared living room, kitchen, laundry and social facilities.

Volunteers will have a monthly FOOD allowance and POCKET MONEY and LANGUAGE COURSES.

Travel budget – Airport OPORTO

The nearest airport is Porto Airport (Sá Carneiro) 50 km from Barcelos. This is the budget for the entire travel including (round trip) plane, train and/or bus. This doesn’t include taxis. SOPRO will reimburse your actual costs, with the presentation of invoices of the trip.

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The best away to come to Barcelos is when you arrive at Oporto Airport you must take the subway (METRO) to Porto Campanhã Train Station and here you have to buy the train ticket to Barcelos city.

METRO Schedule: https://en.metrodoporto.pt
Train Schedule: https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en/train-times/Train-time-results

Please buy tickets only for the trains IR – InterRegional, U – Urbano or R – Regional. On the other trains, we DON’T support the refund of the trip.

European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

We recommend that all participants from partner countries bring the European Health Insurance Card, please check the expiration date. We suggest that each participant do their additional travel insurance for the duration of the project, including travel days. The cost of this insurance is at the expense of the participant.

ABOUT HOSTING ORGANIZATION

SOPRO – Solidarity and Promotion, was founded in 1996 by a group of young volunteers students from La Salle College, has its headquarters in college in Barcelos, Portugal. SOPRO is recognized as a Non-Governmental Organization for Development (NGO) with the Statute of Public Utility Entity, Non-profit. SOPRO develops its activities and projects to international and local levels guided by the following values: solidarity, cooperation, education as a universal right, justice, respect and volunteering work.

Internationally, SOPRO develops the international Volunteering Program in Mozambique with the support of the Portuguese volunteers who work on projects in the area of Education and Development. In Erasmus+ projects, SOPRO receives and sends volunteers through CES. In Portugal, SOPRO is receiving short and long-term projects approved in Portugal and in other partner countries.

Barcelos city

Barcelos is a Portuguese city in the District of Braga, in the North region, with around 20.625 persons. Located about 40 minutes from Porto Airport, near Braga, Viana do Castelo, Esposende, Ponte de Lima and Famalicão. Barcelos is a small town, considered a safe city, a city where you can walk freely on the street and arrive on foot anywhere.

Barcelos is internationally known for the Barcelos Rooster, one of the symbols of Portugal, for the handmade pottery, for it’s traditional market, culture, for the “Camino de Santiago” … and the rest you will have time to discover yourself!

USEFUL LINKS

SOPRO’s website http://www.sopro.org.pt
SOPRO’s Facebook https://www.facebook.com/soproongd/
Barcelos’s Municipality http://www.cm-barcelos.pt/visitar-barcelos/barcelos
Barcelos’s Municipality Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/MunicipioBarcelos/

HOW TO APPLY?

  1. Complete the BRAVO- APPLICATION FORM with CV and Motivation Letter in English title as following ”name of the project you are applying for” until 23:59 on deadline day.

  2. Deadline for applying: 23.01.2021. 

  3. Prelection results: 28.01.2021.

  4. Interview with sending and hosting organizations and selection results: until 10.02.2020.

  5. PARTICIPATION FEE: NO PARTICIPATION FEE

  6. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us at: [email protected] 

OPEN CALL FOR 2 VOLUNTEERS for 12 MONTHS ESC/EVS in DORDOGNE, NOUVELLE-AQUITAINE, FRANCE

Name of the project:  “SEM&VOL
délégation de Solidarités Jeunesses
” 

Project Start:  Beginning of March 2021

Projects duration: 12 months

Hosting & Coordinating Organisation:SEM&VOL

Sending organization: “BRAVO”

Place: Dordogne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France

Participants: 2  volunteer (18– 30 years old )

Working language: English or/and French

Deadline for applying: 20.01.2021.

This project is financed by the European Commission through the Erasmus Plus Program. This publication reflects the view only of the author, and the European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. By Erasmus+ rules organizers will cover travel costs, accommodation and food. As part of ESC you will have provided accommodation, food, pocket money and paid local transport.

Presentation of the project

SEM&VOL is the eighth independent association of the Movement of Solidarités Jeunesses, which is located in Dordogne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine (a region in the south-west of France).

Solidarités Jeunesses (www.solidaritesjeunesses.org) is a youth and community education association, under the French law of 1901, belonging to several international networks. In France, Solidarités Jeunesses consists of 7 affiliated territorial associations and 1 partner organisation. Based on commonly established goals, the affiliated associations reflect the dynamic of the movement at a local level. Most of these structures host international volunteers as well as young people in need of social integration and are involved in the local development of their regions through a variety of activities.

Altogether, the movement has over 1200 members, of whom 300 are involved in actions all year round.

This movement brings together people of all ages, united around common projects and social responsibility practices, with the aim of acting:

  • In favour of an active and responsible citizenship ;
  • Against the exclusion of the most disadvantaged ;
  • In favour of a local development respectful of the individual, the environment and cultural heritage ;
  • In favour of the breaking down of boundaries between generations, cultures and nations ;
  • In favour of tangible peace-building actions.

Sem&Vol was founded in 2013 in a village called Le Buisson de Cadouin, on the occasion of its first international project. Since this year, several European exchanges (Erasmus+) have been hosted by the delegation, bringing together many people from around the world and the local population. All the exchanges were highly successful.

In 2015, the municipality of Le Buisson de Cadouin offered us to use the premises of the school in Cadouin, which had to close due to a shortage of children and the proximity of the school in Le Buisson, to host young people coming from elsewhere. Nowadays, Sem&Vol located the volunteers hosting centre in the centre of this village – a small vibrant and welcoming village of only 300 inhabitants, which is attached to the larger rural community of Le Buisson (around 2600 inhabitants). It permitted Sem&Vol to expand its activities by proposing other local development and grassroot actions: over this period of time, more than 40 international voluntary workcamps were hosted by different villages in the Dordogne.

The association Sem&Vol, affiliated to Solidarités Jeunesses, works towards:

  • the voluntary participation of all in social life – at local, national and international levels,
  • a local development respectful of the individual, the environment and cultural heritage,
  • intergenerational, intracultural, intercultural and international meetings and exchanges,
  • tangible peace-building actions,
  • reflection, practices and projects in the field of environmental education in line with a sustainable development approach.

The association is also expanding the action of the National Movement of Solidarités Jeunesses in Dordogne, supporting the momentum in favour of rural life. We are trying to allow as many people as possible to actively contribute to the development of their region (cultural heritage, heritage sites, environment, social life), take part in national and international mobility programs (short-, medium and long-term volunteering), have access to diverse cultural and intercultural practices (territory development, presence of international volunteers, European exchanges), benefit from the resulting dynamic atmosphere, which encourages people to get involved in other projects and actions adapted to the Périgord, (the Dordogne) and connect with people, create new openings and broaden their horizons.

The main objectives of our actions are:

  • To host local youth on civic service missions and volunteers under the European Solidarity Corps program, to help develop our association and promote the different activities we carry out in our region.
  • To support already existing activities of the association and create new ones to maintain the link with local people through participating, organizing and managing intercultural and working activities.
  • To develop our short-term projects in the region (workcamps, international exchanges, training sessions, hosting groups …) in order to enable international experience close to home to local youth to have and to gain more autonomy through intercultural and interpersonal learning as well as the experience of collective life.
  • To boost the promotion of volunteering to the local youth (training sessions, forums, presentations in secondary schools, “local missions” – community aid projects for young people – youth information centres, …) to inform them about international mobility, civic engagement and volunteering.
  • On a broader level, through our actions, we are working towards breaking down barriers between different publics, and working on the projects where the experience of living and working together contributes to the fight against social exclusion.

One of the values of our association is developing partnerships with different municipalities of the region (Nouvelle Aquitaine), as well as with public institutions and local associations. Each project is designed in partnership with a local organisation and our involvement provides support to a local action by bringing the international component and our popular education values.

VOLUNTEERING WITH SEM&VOL

Hosting French and international volunteers is a fundamental part of our mission: these medium and long-term exchanges are the direct expression of our values and will to contribute to our territorial development.

Volunteers come with the desire to experience collective life (sharing responsibilities: cooking the meals, washing up, housework, spending time together, discover the region …), but also to discover new activities with concrete learning objectives – for example, manual, technical and linguistic skills.

Right from the start, Sem&Vol focus its priorities on local development through the activities undertaken with local partners. Every volunteer is working with these local associations and institutions participating in existing projects and developing new activities depending on their abilities, skills, motivations and wishes (ex : leading extra- curricular activities, intervening in primary and secondary schools, organising activities for the EHPAD’s residents – nursing home for elderly people, taking part in local festivities – marching band, theatre, fabricating scarecrows, etc.)

In this way, the volunteers will be actively involved in the development of our associative project and our activities. They will have the opportunity, if they wish to, to develop a personal project in relation to the collective project. Through the activities volunteers will improve how to work in a team, how to communicate and handle an intercultural context.

At the same time, we wish to host and organize specific projects with groups of local young people as well as with young people in difficulty and/or training groups. The volunteers are taking part in these projects as well as in the setting up of actions to promote international mobility within the area (meetings, forums, sharing their experiences with groups of young people, encountering the association‘s institutional partners …).

During summer, Sem&Vol organizes international volunteer workcamps and youth exchanges in the area. They usually take place over a three-week period in surrounding rural communities. There are different kinds of projects: renovation or restoration of local heritage sites (fountains, old public washing places…), the promotion of cultural heritage (recovery of historical memory and cultural identity through reports, exhibitions, …), the protection of the environment (cleaning a riverbank…), the organisation of arts and/or cultural activities, festivals… In order to lead international volunteer summer projects, the volunteers hosted by our association will be encouraged to take part in internal training courses.

In addition, volunteers will be helping to transform a disused school into a collective living space. Cadouin’s inhabitants were deeply affected by the closing of the school at the end of 2015 and most of them are looking forward to the transformation of these premises.

We encourage volunteers to take on responsibility at different levels and we foster the learning of organisational and logistics skills; we also offer the possibility of exploring creative and artistic activities which can be used in workshops where people can express themselves verbally, corporally and/or artistically.

Thus, it is important for everyone to identify the needs and to assess the interests as well as the objectives to be reached. In this way, we seek to empower and guide the volunteers towards a certain amount of autonomy and active citizenship.

The monthly timetable that we have established will give you the opportunity to gain technical knowledge and skills in various areas:

  • Daily workcamp (minor masonry work, woodwork, painting, environmental work)
  • Organisation and participation in local intercultural activities such as interventions in schools, creative workshops for specific audiences (you can choose: children, teenagers, elderly people, …), local events as well as language classes once a week ;
  • Building networks between local and our associations, to guarantee better communication and a greater coherence in territorial actions ;
  • Promotion of the association and volunteering (presentations, creation of communication media for Sem&Vol, etc.)

In addition, once a week, a group team meeting will take place to work together on activity planning, budget management and to evaluate the week. These moments of sharing also serve to defuse certain conflicts that are not uncommon in an intercultural setting. We propose a democratic and collective approach to decision-making in order to develop the positioning and critical thinking necessary for constructive cohabitation.

 

Many of these activities will take place in the volunteers‘ accommodation premises or in the host village, but also in neighbouring villages and throughout the Dordogne department.

Participants profile:

We wish to welcome people from different backgrounds in keeping with our social equity values. Our aim is to enable everyone to develop skills, but also to pass on their own knowledge to the others. We believe this will help each person to see him or herself as an individual within a group and to grow in respect and consideration for others.

We expect our volunteers to have a good understanding of our overall project and to be motivated to be part of a team. We regard volunteering as an exchange between a volunteer who offers his/her time and energy to a collective project and a host community that in turn provides the volunteer with learning and testing ground as well as a space for personal development.

It is important for us, that is why we await from the volunteers to invest themselves into technical part of the work, by bringing energy and technical knowledges, as well as, to invest into animation and intercultural part of the activities by bringing ideas and organisational abilities. Nevertheless, the most important element for our association remains the motivation and the willingness of the volunteers to invest themselves wholeheartedly in Sem&Vol.

Host organization through ESC program will provide:

  • ACCOMMODATION

  • FOOD (3 MEALS PER DAY OR MONEY FOR A FOOD)

  • POCKET MONEY

  • FRENCH LANGUAGE COURSE

  • PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION (If the working place is not walking distance from accommodation)

HOW TO APPLY?

Complete the APPLICATION FORM in English title as following ”name of the project you are applying for” until 23:59 on deadline day.

Deadline for applying: 20.01.2021. 

Selection results: 20.01.2021.

PARTICIPATION FEE:  NO PARTICIPATION FEE

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us at: 

[email protected]
[email protected]

If you have any questions feel free to contact us:

OPEN CALL FOR 2 YOUNG PEOPLE FOR PAID INTERNSHIP IN GERMANY for the “ASA PROGRAMME”

Name of the project:  “ASA global hybrid” 

Date of Project:  April – June 2021

Projects duration: 3 months

Hosting & Coordinating Organisation: ENGAGEMENT GLOBAL gGmbH”

Sending organization: “BRAVO”

Place:  Berlin, Germany

Participants: 2 participants  (21– 35 years old )

Working language: English or/and German

Deadline for applying: 10.12.2020.

About ASA PROGRAMME

ASA Programme is part of ENGAGEMENT GLOBAL gGmbH – Service for Development Initiatives. Engagement Global is commissioned by the German Federal Government and funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). In addition, the ASA Programme is currently co-funded by eight German states: Baden Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saxony and Hessen.

Project is within the scope of the programme elements ASA or ASA Academia In the Programme’s global format, a team of participants from Germany and a country in Africa, Asia, Latin America, or Southeast Europe works together for three months (between April and June) either in an analogous mode with on-site presence in Germany or digitally from Germany and the respective partner country as well as three months (between July and December) either in an analogous mode with on-site presence in the respective partner country or digitally from Germany and the respective partner country.

 

The participants address a topic that is anchored in a developmental context and that is of current interest to institutions or, universities, in both countries. This teamwork allows participants to gain a deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges presented by an international, partnership-based cooperation and to expand their skills for creating global and sustainable development. 

The six-month team cooperation enables participation in an intensive exchange and may open participants’ eyes to new perspectives. But it also entails challenges. For a project to be successful in the global format, it is essential that all participants communicate with each other on the principles as well as the process of the project, and maintain close contact throughout the two phases.

 

Formal criteria:

  • Age: 21 to 35
  • Language skills relevant to the chosen project (project language).
  • Very good proficiency of English, minimum level: B2 (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, (CEFR). A certificate needs to be submitted by all non-native speakers (details see below). – BRAVO can provide certificate after FINAL INTERVIEW.
  • Possibility and willingness to participate full-time 3 in both project phases without restrictions (i.e. place of residence at the project location or willingness to relocate for the respective project phase)
  • If possible: member/staff (not at management level!) of partner institution or other engagement at the partner institution.

Professional skills:

  • Professional knowledge pertaining to the project’s activities and requirements. 

Social skills and motivation:

  • Openness and willingness to learn, keen to acquire new skills, team player
  • Interest in global relations as well as political and/or social engagement
  • Enthusiastic about participating in the ASA Programme

Requirements for obligatory participation in the seminars and extra tutorials:

Participants will take part in three online seminars (during weekdays) and four three -hour extra tutorials between the seminars within the first project phase (April – June). For both, analogue and digital project implementation, participants must be able to attend the seminars and extra tutorials either with private laptop/pc and internet access and/or with laptop/pc and internet access provided by the partner institution in the respective partner country (digital project implementation) or the partner institution in Germany (analogue project implementation).

English language:

Participants will take part in three online seminars during the first project phase (April – June) which will be held in English only. Interpreting services will not be provided and cannot be provid ed by other participants. All official documents for ASA participants will be provided solely in English. For this reason, it is necessary that all participants in the global format – whether from Germany or from the partner countries – are highly proficient in English. While non-native speakers must evidence a minimum level of B2 (according to the CEFR) (see below), a level of C1 is highly recommended to ensure that all participants are able to follow seminar content and discussions easily.

“For participants from Bosnia and Herzegovina BRAVO will provide ENGLISH CERTIFICATE after Final Interview. 

The selection of participants

The ASA Programme and BRAVO reviews applications from participants from partner countries based on the formal criteria provided by interested persons via their online registration. In early February by the latest, the participants from the partner countries will receive confirmation of their selection from the ASA Programme.

We will make selection until end of December 2020, but final confirmation from ASA Programme will be send in early February regarding the situation with Covid19 and support of European Commission.

Please note: the following bullet points only apply for analogue project implementation with on-site presence:

  • Partner institutions will assist the participants in obtaining visas. The following applies to participants from partner countries: the ASA Programme will issue an invitation letter including insurance confirmation. However, the ASA Programme cannot provide a statement of commitment (Verpflichtungserklärung). If this is required, it must be provided by the partner institution in Germany. Additional documents may possibly be required for visa applications, e.g., invitation provided by the partner institution in Germany, confirmation of flight reservations or verification of accommodation. Please refer to the information provided on the websites of the relevant embassies. Participants should also note that obtaining a visa does not guarantee entry. We thus strongly recommend to carrying copies of the invitation documents and verifications upon arrival.

  • Visas for participants from countries in Africa, Asia, or Latin America covering a period longer than 90 days are possible only in exceptional cases and require visa applications to be submitted far in advance as prior approval may be required from the immigration authority and the employment agency. The ASA Programme cannot provide any support in such cases.

  • The information provided in the general ASA Handbook applies to participants from Germany and their visa applications.

  • The partner institutions in Germany will support participants traveling from abroad by assisting in flight bookings and financing the cost of the ticket(see 2 Financing).

  • Please consider visa restrictions when planning flight routes. For example, it is not possible for a traveller holding a visa for the Schengen area to stop in London: in most cases, they must acquire an additional (transit) visa. Please ensure that participants arrive in Germany in time for the start of the first ASA seminar (see below). We also recommend that participants arrive in Germany on a weekday as the German Federal Police or other immigration officials occasionally contact Engagement Global to query certain information. Please let the ASA Programme know exactly how long participants from partner countries will be staying in Germany immediately after tickets have been acquired as this date forms the basis for insurance coverage. Please also inform participants from Germany of the travel dates that correspond to the duration of the project phase in Germany.

  • It is highly recommended to support participants during their visa application process and doublecheck details; e.g. to ensure that all dates (including flight details, names, etc.) are correct and identical in all documents. Details matter and minor errors may have severe consequences (e.g. rejected visa applications or complications in the visa process, among others.)

  • The ASA Programme will conclude a health and accident insurance f o r participants that cover the duration of their project phase abroad (the duration of the project phase in Germany for participants from partner countries, and the duration of the project phase in the partner country for participants from Germany). During the project phase in the participants’ own country, the participants are solely responsible for procuring their own insurance coverage. The terms of the insurance policy will be available in the cloud.

  • The partner institutions in Germany will arrange accommodation for the participants from the partner country. They will coordinate this together with the participants from the partner countries in advance and ask them for their preferences. Furthermore, they will assist participants from Germany in the search for accommodation unless participants already reside at the project location. 8 The ASA Programme will provide a maximum monthly allowance (see 2.1) to cover the cost of accommodation for participants from the partner country. Any additional costs must be covered by the partner institution in Germany.

Seminar dates as part of the 2021 ASA Programme for participants in the global format:

Please note:

The projects in the global format are divided into two groups (SG II and SG V), each of which is supported by a different contact person from the office of the ASA Programme. In addition, due to the time difference, the seminars and extra tutorials for these two groups take place on the same day (see above) but at different times:

  • Online seminar group Global I (SG V): in the morning (CEST) 
  • Online seminar group Global II (SG II): in the afternoon (CEST)

With the confirmation, participants will receive information about which of the two groups their project belongs to. Participants will receive the exact times of the seminars and extra tutorials with their invitation to the seminars.

1.5 Second project phase (three months between July and December)

The second project phase will take place with all participants together analogue in African, Asian, Latin American, and Southeast European countries or digitally from Germany and the partner country.

  • In contrast to the basic format, the participants in the global format will have already worked together for three months at the beginning of the second project phase ( in the partner country). The group will generally have grown together as a team and developed specific working habits. However, it is still beneficial to organize a meeting with participants and the partner institution(s) with the participation of and/or in coordination with the partner institution(s) in Germany – at the start of the second project phase. This is partly due to the fact that the project focus may have 10 changed slightly subsequent to work already performed during the first project phase in Germany or as a result of changes to the partner institutions’ requirements and needs. It may also be helpful to reflect on how the previous cooperation went and how this process was organized by the partner institution(s), as well as how it may be structured in future, as this will help shape further procedures.

  • We advise not leaving the participants from the partner country to deal with certain tasks, such as mentoring and ASA project support, alone. The participants from the partner country are as much part of the project team as the participants from Germany, and may need to be granted leave from their everyday activities in the organization if they are members of staff. The same also applies in terms of project content: one responsible person outside of the ASA project team must be appointed, whom participants can then contact in case of content-related questions.

  • At the end of this project phase, an evaluation of the second project phase (in the partner country) should be organized by the partner institution(s) in the respective country with the participation of and/or in coordination with the partner organization in Germany.

  • At the latest, one month after the end of the second project phase (three months between July and December), the source and disposition statement (Verwendungsnachweis) must be submitted to Engagement Global (Berlin). Details will be provided in the cooperation and transfer agreement (Kooperations- und Weiterleitungsvertrag).

2.Financing

To be able to implement projects in the global format within the scope of the ASA Programme, supplementary financing by the participating partner institutions in Germany is necessary.

The grants for each project phase and all participants are calculated for a period of 90 days. For project phases shorter than 85 days, the grant will be calculated on a per-day basis and be reduced accordingly. Funds that already have been disbursed will need to be refunded.

First project phase (April – June)

Analogue project implementation from Germany

The cost incurred by participants from countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, or Southeast Europe during their stay in Germany, including travel costs and other project costs, will be borne jointly by Engagement Global and the relevant partner institution in Germany. This is to ensure partner country participants’ needs are suitably met in terms of accommodation, spending allowance, insurance, meals, language classes, transportation, and visas/residence permits. The spending allowance should be sufficient to enable participants the access to at least a minimum level of services in Germany, e.g., restaurants, entertainment.

  • Engagement Global’s ASA Programme will offer a grant of € 843,00 per month (=30 days) per participant from the partner country for the duration of the project phase in Germany. This grant is calculated based on a monthly spending allowance of € 350,005 as well as monthly allowances for accommodation (max. € 235,00) and meals (max. € 258,00)

  • Additionally, Engagement Global will bear the costs of providing health and accident insurance for the participants from the partner countries for the duration of the project (max. 90 days). The insurance policies will be concluded directly by Engagement Global. Third party insurance is not included.

  • The partner institution in Germany will bear all other expenses, in particular, for flights, visas (if required), and costs for project implementation (rooms, material, public relations work, etc.), as well as costs for language courses.7 These costs must be covered by the institution’s own funds or through fundraising. The project cannot take place without this contribution.

  • Engagement Global will conclude a cooperation and transfer agreement (Kooperations- und Weiterleitungsvertrag) with the respective partner institution in Germany in early 2021. This agreement will specify the items for which the funds will be used. The partner institution in Germany will be responsible for managing the funds and invoicing vis- à-vis Engagement Global. The proper use of the funds must be verified after the completion of both project phases through the provision of the relevant financial statements and original receipts (Verwendungsnachweis). Proof of the disbursement of meal and spending allowances to participants from partner countries must always be provided. The same applies to accommodation costs.

  • Participants from the partner countries must receive € 258,00 to cover meal costs and a spending allowance of € 350,00 every month. These funds must be paid out by the German partner institution to the participant from the partner country on a fixed monthly date either in cash or to a separate account. Depending on the date of entry, this should be the first or the fifteenth day of each month. Deviations from this rule, e.g., paying for cafeteria meals and deducting such costs from living expenses, are not permitted under any circumstances. The amount of € 235,00 for accommodation costs must not be handed out to the participants, as accommodation needs to be paid directly by the German partner institution.

  • Additional accommodation and transport costs (e.g. monthly travel pass valid for the project location and travel within the scope of the project, possibly a Bahncard/ rail card) must also be covered for the participants from the partner countries. In the event that costs for the accommodation exceed the subsidized amount of € 235,00 per month, the difference must be covered from funds provided by the partner institution in Germany. The participants’ spending allowance may not be utilized for this purpose. In any case, it is important to clarify the payment arrangements for allowances to participants from the partner countries prior to the start of the project phase in Germany. Ideally, the partner should set up an individual account for the participants from the partner countries for the duration of this phase.

HOW TO APPLY?

Complete the APPLICATION FORM in English title as following ”name of the project you are applying for” until 23:59 on deadline day.

Deadline for applying: 10.12.2020. 

Selection results: 15.12.2020.

PARTICIPATION FEE:  NO PARTICIPATION FEE

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us at: 

[email protected]
[email protected]

If you have any questions feel free to contact us via email or this form:

OPEN CALL FOR 1 VOLUNTEER for 2 MONTHS ESC/EVS in ZAGREB, CROATIA

Name of the project:  CHANGING THE WORLD FROM MY NEIGHBOURHOOD VIII” 

Date of Project:  06.02.2021 – 03. 04. 2021.

Projects duration2 months

Hosting & Coordinating Organisation: “SYNCRO”

Sending organization: “BRAVO”

Place:  Zagreb, Croatia

Participants: 1  volunteer (18– 30 years old )

Working language: English or/and Croatian

Deadline for applying: 10.12.2020.

This project is financed by the European Commission through the Erasmus Plus Program. This publication reflects the view only of the author, and the European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. By Erasmus+ rules organizers will cover travel costs, accommodation and food. As part of ESC you will have provided accommodation, food, pocket money and paid local transport.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The volunteering activity will take place in one of the neighbourhoods of Zagreb, Croatia from 06.02.2021 – 03. 04. 2021., bringing together 10 young people from TURKEY, BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA, FRANCE, SPAIN, LITHUANIA, GREECE, IRELAND, BULGARIA, NETHERLANDS AND GERMANY. In the period of these two months, the international youngsters will create and deliver workshops for local school children and for children from the local refugees’ integration centre with an aim to introduce their culture and countries. Each volunteer will be paired up with a local elderly person who will be supporting the volunteer in planning and delivering their activities.

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT

The project aims in the short-term period to create new practice and direction in organizing of free time activities in one of Zagreb’s neighbourhoods (Savica), through intercultural and intergenerational solidarity activities, with special emphasis on kids, youth and elderly population (pensioners).

TASKS OF THE VOLUNTEERS

During 8 weeks 10 volunteers will implement intercultural workshops in local school and library in Savica neighbourhood as well as in the refugees’ integration centre (kids aged 6 – 10). Participants of this project will create and implement those workshop in pair with elderly volunteers who are keen to volunteer together with young international volunteers. Volunteers will be presenting their countries, language, history and culture to 120 kids in 6 groups through an after-school stay in the local school and estimated additional 120 kinds from neighbourhood attending 3 other schools in the area through workshops in the local library and in the local refugees’ centre run by the Jesuit Refugee Service.

Volunteers will organize 5 Syncro workshops through 5 weeks on the activity. These workshops will give the opportunity for local youth to get to know the volunteers and the countries they come from. The content of the workshops will be based on the topic of interculturality.

Apart from that volunteers will implement their individual personal projects – the personal project will be a part of this volunteers activity that will give a space for the volunteers to create something that they have always wanted to do, something that is for free for the people participating in it and something that aims at improving the quality of lives in the local community. Syncro will give support to the volunteers by creating a frame for their actions, coaching them to express their ideas, agreeing on deadlines and next steps, but the content of these projects will be created by the volunteers themselves

Volunteer profile. Who can apply?

  • You are resident in TURKEY, BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA, FRANCE, SPAIN, LITHUANIA, GREECE, IRELAND, BULGARIA, NETHERLANDS or GERMANY.
  • You are between 18 and 30 years old
  • You are open to new experiences and want to meet new people from different countries
  • You are motivated to do tasks and activities planned, regardless of your previous experience
  • You are highly motivated to explore a new culture and to live like a local.
  • You want to change something in your life, step outside of your comfort zone and be inspired by other people you meet
  • You are ready to share your experience and learn from others
  • You are happy and you know it

What you can get out of this project?​

  • personal and professional growth as a volunteer

  • inclusion and tolerance towards new cultures

  • recognition of volunteering and non-formal education

  • the Youthpass Certificate – a document that proves competencies and skills gained during this project

What is SYNCRO? – Hosting organization

Syncro is an organization active in the field of education, personal development, skills training and youth support. Syncro was founded in 2010 with the aim of supporting the enhancement of quality of living and the development of human potential through powerful educational and personal development experiences. Being a part of International Synergy Group we are joined in the common vision of creating a world that works for everyone.

Our mission:

Our mission is to encourage young people to reach their potential, to create a learning space through personal development training, to support education and the involvement of young people, especially those with fewer opportunities, to provide opportunities for cooperation in the youth field and to create opportunities for expression of creativity and enjoyment in life, while including everyone.

Practical arrangements

Accommodation: All 10 volunteers will be living in Funk Loung Hostel located in the centre of Zagreb. For the purpose of this project, there will be rooms booked only for the participants of this project

Pocket and food money the volunteers will receive food and pocket money of 250 EUR/month.

Transportation during the project – The volunteers will be provided with public transportation tickets for the duration of the project.

Health insurance – CIGNA Health Insurance is provided to the volunteers as part of the project.

Travel costs to and from Zagreb will be reimbursed up to 180 EUR, 275 EUR or 360 EUR depending on the country you are coming from.

HOW TO APPLY?

Complete the APPLICATION FORM in English title as following ”name of the project you are applying for” until 23:59 on deadline day.

Deadline for applying: 10.12.2020. 

Selection results: 15.12.2020.

PARTICIPATION FEE:  NO PARTICIPATION FEE

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us at: 

[email protected]
[email protected]

If you have any questions feel free to contact us:

Open call for participants for Online Training Course: “Past forward- transforming reality”

Name of the project:  Past forward – transforming reality” 

Date of Project (Projects duration): 14-23 December 2020

Hosting & Coordinating Organisation: “German Youth for European Unity (Youth NGO)

Co-host Organisation: “Youth Power (Youth NGO)”

Sending organization: “BRAVO”

Place: Online, Germany

Participants: 3  participants per country (18+)

Working language: English

Deadline for applying: 07.12.2020.

 

 

This project is financed by the European Commission through the Erasmus Plus Program. This publication reflects the view only of the author, and the European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. By Erasmus+ rules organizers have to cover travel costs, accommodation and food. As part of ESC you will have pocket money, paid local travel costs.

To increase knowledge and improve skills in the area of conflict transformation in order to increase the impact of youth work and its contribution to the social change.

The main goal of the project is to increase knowledge and improve skills in the area of conflict transformation in order to increase the impact of youth work and its contribution to the social change.


The project will be based on developing practical skills for youth activists in using various types of methods that are innovative and developing their creative potential and stimulate them in a high level to find solutions for different conflicts in youth work and educational settings and by extension for creating new innovative projects.

About the project

Social conflict is phenomenon of human creation located in relationships. That is people actively involved in creating situations and interactions that they experience as a conflict. These interactions are rooted in people history, experiences, perceptions, interpretations and expressions of their realities. This intern is deeply linked to the people’s common sense or understanding and accumulated experience, which allow them to react or respond to conflict.

Social conflict therefore is a socially constructed cultural event. It emerges through interactive process based on a search for and creation of shared meaning. Shared knowledge and a group ability to name the world and their reality are pivotal to its manifestation. In short, conflict leads to transforming and renaming of the world and its realities and thus not only is inevitable but necessary force for a dynamic society. If conflict leads to evolution of thought and action and it is positive and an inevitable force in the world, than what is needed is not mere reduction or conclusions of conflicts but innovative mechanism and interaction to transform conflict into positive force of social change, which non formal educational system can help build, as it is a tool which helps name our world.

In order to assure a quality youth educational work the facilitators, leaders and trainers should be equipped with different skills and abilities for detecting and analyzing a conflict in this setting, as well as using different methods for transforming it for the betterment and progress of society. We believe that acquiring alternative and effective instruments for dealing with these issues is necessary and represents a priority for youth workers in order to increase impact of their work and influence social changes in their respective communities.

The main goal of the project is to increase knowledge and improve skills in the area of conflict transformation in order to increase the impact of youth work and its contribution to the social change.

More specific objectives are:
• to increase the abilities of Conflict Analysis and introduce different methods for its execution;
• to develop skills in using approaches of Conflict Transformation, with the special emphasis on transforming relationships;
• to increase the awareness of non-violent approach in conflict transformation;
• to improve the negotiation and mediation skills of the participants;
• to improve the communication skills;
• to empower the participants to use conflict transformation methods in youth work
• to improve skills in using variety of non-formal education methods;
• to stimulate the participants to act as multipliers in their own organization and regions;

This training course is aimed at increasing the quality of youth work and work in educational settings, by equipping youth workers with understanding of different approaches to conflict and abilities to handle it properly, while preserving relationships of young people involved. Bearing that in mind, it promotes solidarity and tolerance among young people on many different levels. By approaching conflict in a serious and sustainable way, it allows young people to hear the other side(s), to understand their way of being, values and beliefs that keep them going. Once the conflict between them has
been dealt with and relationships transformed, those relationships represent true solidarity, and are going far beyond tolerance – into the zone of respect and appreciation, which in turn fosters social cohesion on the old continent.

The project will be based on developing practical skills for youth activists in using various types of methods that are innovative and developing their creative potential and stimulate them in a high level to find solutions for different conflicts in youth work and educational settings and by extension for creating new innovative projects.

Partners and Participants:

• German Youth for
• YELLOW- Kosovo *UN resolution
• BRAVO- Bosnia and Herzegovina
• Kristal– Ukraine
• LAMEK- Armenia
• CED – North Macedonia
• Youth Power- Cyprus
• EDUCATIONAL CENTER – KRUSEVAC- Serbia
• INSTITUT ZA POTICANJE MLADIHCroatia
• Demokrasi ve Hukuk Calismalari Dernegi- Turkey
• Society Bridge to the Future- Georgia

We are looking for participants with the following profile:

• NGO trainers, facilitators, mentors, coaches, project managers, coordinators and volunteers who are active in educational settings with young people: leading workshops, trainings, youth camps, etc

• have the basic knowledge of facilitation of educational activities;

• have a desire to apply their newly gained competences in developing new activities and non-formal education tools for young people

• are supported by their respective organisations in applying their competencies and newly developed tools in working with young people.

DEADLINE:

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How to apply?

Fill the application form here: https://forms.gle/rgaZw3vPn6Nu1UU99 

Coordinating organisation

“GYEU – German Youth for European Unity” started as a kind of youth initiative, motivated by participation in various Erasmus + projects, like this one. We felt the need to give something back to society and we now want to communicate this to many more motivated young people and youth workers across Europe. Active participation, youth initiatives and voluntary work are some of the fundamental pillars of our democratic European society and therefore we want to promote this. Of course, these fundamental pillars include also civil rights and liberty, which represent a true privilege within Europe. But especially these are facing many challenges today: In many European countries, nationalism and populism are growing, which in many cases is dividing the society. Many young people are also influenced by it. Therefore, it is incredibly important for more young people to work together for an open and free society. As the name of our group says, our goal is to contribute to a united Europe, and for that we need a strong and committed civil society. After all, such populist,
partly anti-democratic ideologies endanger not only our social values but also the further advancement of European integration.

We support many young people in providing various opportunities for their personal and professional development, we organize different gatherings where young people communicate and support eachothers and we are starting to implement educational activities such as youth exchanges and trainings on topics connected to youth participation, intercultural communication, conflict resolution and etc.

Host organisation

Youth Power is a bi-communal network (involving both Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot organizations) of youth organizations that promote or affiliate with youth activism. Youth Power’s mission is to inspire, energize and strengthen the youth’s efforts to shape a peaceful and sustainable future, for a multicultural Cyprus. We envision a peaceful,
sustainable, multicultural Cyprus, comprised of aware, empowered and active citizens. Since 2008, we have been active in training and supporting young people Youth Power is promoting a common message on peace activism coming directly from the younger generations. It has ultimately acting as a basis for local youth activism and envisions inspiring and motivating the youth in creating a peaceful, united and sustainable Cyprus.