European Voluntary Service
„Helping weak, getting stronger“
6 months from May/June, 2018
1. DETAILS ABOUT THE PROJECT
- Project number: 2017-3-PL01-KA105-047205
- Project title: Helping weak, getting stronger
- Coordinating Organization: Pomeranian Foundation of Development, Culture and Art (PIC: 920118818; accreditation reference: 2016-1-PL01-KA110-035109;),
- Receiving Organization: Wędka Association (PIC: 914799629; accreditation reference: 2017-1-PL01-KA110-035828),
2. THE VOLUNTEER’S ACTIVITY INFORMATION
The Volunteer will take part in everyday activity of the Receiving Organisation. The Volunteer will work with children from poor or dysfunctional families, who often spend time after school and weekends on streets. Kids need people with creativity, full of ideas how to spend time and sensible for their needs and problems.
Working with young people from dysfunctional families requires self-confidence and creativity. Young people need to be disciplined, but it is worth to get their hearts by offering them common activities and willingness to help. The advantage of working in the Receiving Organization is creativity and the search for new forms of inspiring youth. Working with street children requires sensitivity to the need for love, but also patience (children can be loud and difficult to discipline). The volunteer has to form an authority, but not by force, but by kindness and consistency. It should be ingenious to offer new activities to children. It is important that the volunteer has a distance to himself that will allow him to enter the world of childhood emotions.
The organization of active forms of spending time for street children will take place mainly in Toruń, in the Old Town (including courtyards, streets and playgrounds). Examples of working methods: help with homework, conversations in a foreign language, artistic activities (e.g. theater, drawing, handicraft, street art); sports activities (eg. football, volleyball, table tennis, table football); organization of games (eg. board games, outdoor games, competitions, trips), proposing by the Volunteer new forms of non-formal education, talks about the customs of other countries and the diversity of culture European; responding to the current needs of children.
An additional element of the Volunteer’s activity will be meetings in schools with young people. This is an important element of promoting EVS and the Erasmus + program, but also integrating volunteers with the local community. The topics of the meetings will be agreed in advance with the teacher, volunteer and students – via the Coordinating Organization. It will address problems that affect and interest young people: the situation on the labor market, roads and prospects for personal and professional development, political, economic and social situation in Europe, stereotypes, migration and cultural minorities in Europe, as well as the idea of European Voluntary Service and its benefits, differences (especially cuisine, customs and etiquette) between Poland and the countries of origin of the volunteer.
The Volunteer will also have the opportunity to meet with local NGOs who would like to establish international cooperation, but either they do not know whether it is worth, or how to do it, or they do not have partners. The meetings are aimed at establishing contact and cooperation between Polish NGOs and organizations from the country of origin of the volunteer, who can mediate in them. The coordinating organization will be the organizer of all meetings.
3. ORGANISATIONAL CONDITIONS OF VOLUNTEERING ACTIVITY
- Place and duration
country: POLAND city: TORUŃ address: UL. JĘCZMIENNA 10
6 months (assuming period from 07.05.2018 to 07.11.2018 – it’s possible to
postpone the start date up to 07.06.2018, always keeping full 6 month as period of activity)
- Accommodation: One-person or two-person room in one of students’ house in Toruń (distant from the place of activity by a maximum of 3 kilometers), with a joint bathroom.
- Linguistic support: The Online Linguistic Support (OLS) supports language learning for Erasmus+ mobility participants. Additionally, the Volunteer will take part in free polish language course.
4. THE VOLUNTEER PROFILE
- needs to be prepared to work with children
- creative, full of ideas
- patient and open to children needs
Registration of your profile in European Solidarity Corps – Initiative :
In order to strengthen the cohesion and foster the solidarity in European society, a European Solidarity Corps has been set up by the European Commission to create a community of young people willing to engage in a wide range of solidarity activities, either by volunteering or gaining occupational experience in helping to resolve challenging situations across the European Union and beyond.
In its initial phase, the European Solidarity Corps builds on the currently existing EU Programmes. One of the principal funding schemes contributing to the European Solidarity Corps is the European Voluntary Service. The European Solidarity Corps will thus give impetus and greater visibility to European Voluntary Service activities, while putting volunteering at European level within a larger framework and adding further long-term volunteering opportunities.
More information about the European Solidarity Corps Initiative and how to get involved and to be registered : https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity.
For activities falling within the scope of the European Solidarity Corps (i.e. services lasting 2 to 12 months and taking place a Programme Country) , partner organizations are strongly encouraged to select their EVS volunteers making use of the European Solidarity Corps database where young people to engage in volunteering activities register their profile.
For this reason , please do not forget to register your profile in European Solidarity Corps – Initiative.
The Volunteer would have a great opportunity to learn independence, responsibility for work and to acquire communication skills. In contact with children in need, with their limitations and barriers, they will have the opportunity to value their own attitudes.
5. WĘDKA ASSOCIATION ABOUT ITSELF
We are an association working mainly with children and youth, but not only. We’re trying to find especially those children who come from families with pathological problems (such as alcoholism, unemployment, violence, mental illness and others). Thanks to our effort we create a place where children can come after classes to do homework, play with your peers, seek and develop your passions. They feel comfortable here, and we believe that it is the sense of security that will make them stronger, more secure in adult life self and aware of their value. In our activities, we try to remember to give to children a fishing rod instead of a fish, which means that we show them how to solve difficult situations by themselves, and we do not do it instead of them. Wędka means fishing rod.
The language of your project will be English during the work time and you will learn Polish too. Polish language courses will be provided by a professional teacher and/or a volunteer. They are not mandatory, but are strongly recommended due to the daily work with of the volunteers.
Each volunteer will receive 270 Euro per month which are as it follows: 91.50 Euro for pocket money and 178.50 Euro for food.
The participant shall receive a financial support from EU funds for 12 months. The total amount for the mobility period shall be determined by multiplying the number of days/months of the mobility with the rate applicable per day/month for the receiving country concerned. In the case of incomplete months, the financial support is calculated by multiplying the number of days in the incomplete month with 1/30 of the unit cost per month.
The reimbursement of costs incurred in connection with special needs, when applicable, shall be based on the documentation such as invoices, receipts etc provided by the participant.
The financial support may not be used to cover similar costs already funded by Union funds.
Travel cost reimbursement:
100% of the participants‘ travel costs will be reimbursed within the valid budget sums calculated according to the official rules of Erasmus+ programme. If a sum exceeds the limit, the excess will be paid by the participants themselves. The reimbursement limit is 275€ per participant from Bulgaria.
Important: In order to obtain reimbursement for the tickets, you need to obey the following rules:
1) You need to present ALL THE TICKETS, including RETURN TICKETS, which you will send after realization of the project, otherwise YOU WILL NOT BE REIMBURSED (DO NOT FORGET TO KEEP YOUR BOARDING PASSES FROM AIRPORT CHECK-IN)
2) You need to use PUBLIC TRANSPORT e.g. planes, trains, buses, trams or underground.
3) You need to depart from the country.
4) It is recommended to make scans of tickets before your arrival in case you lose them. The reimbursement will be done only in euros.
Every participant is individually entitled to receive a Youthpass Certificate, which confirms participation and validates the non-formal learning (NFL) experience of Training course project. Validating the learning experiences of participants is important in itself and the document can be of benefit in terms of the educational or employment future of the participant. Through Youthpass the European Commission ensures the Training course activity is recognized as a non-formal learning experience.
(*For more information on Youthpass you may click on this page to check it online)
Relevant documents and links about the EVS:
EVS Info KIT: http://éc.éuropa.éu/youth/tools/évs-info-kit_én.htm
Erasmus+ Commission Website: http://éacéa.éc.éuropa.éu/érasmus-plus_én
Erasmus+ Home Page: http://éc.éuropa.éu/programmés/érasmus-plus/
Erasmus+ Programmed Guide: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/sites/erasmusplus/files/files/resources/erasmus-plus-programme-guide_en.pdf
Erasmus+ Youth: http://éc.éuropa.éu/youth/indéx_én.htm
Youth pass Page: https://www.youthpass.éu/én/youthpass/for/évs/subpagé/
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