C. Local community
Please describe the community where the host organisation is situated (social, economical, demographic and geographical environment).
The volunteers will be hosted in various localities from Gorj County.
Gorj County is situated in South – West part of the country, close to the Carpathians chain. The municipality city is Targu Jiu and is placed in the middle of the county. The landscape is composed of mountains, Sub Carpathian Hills and the North of the Getic Plateau and also the river depressions and meadows. The forestry lies for 41.1 % of the county area. The climate is hill temperate- continental with year average temperature 10 degrees. It has a population of 397,676 persons, an unemployment rate of 12.3 %. Industry based mainly on the mining sector. For that reason the county is declared as underdeveloped by governmental decree.
The area is rather undeveloped due to the closing of the main part of the mining industry.
The biggest city is Targu Jiu – with approx 250.000 citizens and the other localities are mainly small cities and a lot of villages.
D. Objectives and motivation
Please summarise the aims, objectives and motivations to host a volunteer. Give information how the volunteer project associates to the regular activities of the local host organisation and contributes to the development of the local community. If this is a short-term project, please justify this according to the User's Guide section D.4.
To get the volunteers as the promoters and multipliers, for spurring European awareness and establishing bridges of communication in between sites in home country and placements in the area they are established
ˇ To give assistance for the running of the Euro House Networking programme in Gorj county
ˇ To raise the awareness of European identity
ˇ To promote education for European citizenship
ˇ To develop skills and abilities for the volunteer
ˇ Raise the youngster’s awareness in becoming active actors in the society
ˇ To determine young people to give their free time for the benefit of other individuals and society in general, and in this way to promote active citizenship.
ˇ Give the possibility to the young volunteer to become an effective youth leader
ˇ Create awareness of personal, socio-cultural and national aspects of identity
ˇ Develop a quality framework for informal educational activities
ˇ Value other cultures and way of life
ˇ Strengthen the sense of European identity
Motivation to host a volunteer:
On the verge of becoming an EU member, Romania is moving into a new phase of European development. In the past 15 years young people have been amongst those hardest hit by economic and social transformation processes in all parts of Romania. In a time of fundamental change, we need to develop the human potential, enabling young people to participate as fully as possible in cultural, economic, political and social life through developing a sort of European awareness coupled with community development.
This EVS project leads to the affirmation of coherent set of European democratic values and social practices which together respect both our similarities and our differences, leading to a sustainable community development in the youth field.
In this respect Youngsters without Borders worked on development of projects and programmes that will boost active participation and increase the awareness of young people towards being an European.
One of the projects – which will consist of a placement base for the volunteers is called Euro House Network. The programme consists in developing a regional network between the municipalities in Gorj county and enhance the involvement and participation of both the youngsters into the public life of their local communities but also build a stronger, more efficient link in between Local Public Administration and youth sector and to bring down to the local level the European dimension as a platform to foster active citizenship.
At present there are 11 municipalities from Gorj County involved in the EHN (Targu Carbunesti, Musetesti, Tismana, Rovinari, Balteni, Crasna, Stanesti, Novaci, Turceni, Hurezani and Bustuchin).
We selected one young person from each locality and trained them to become local facilitators in the youth field , facilitators that are working actively in each of their local community.
The volunteers were and still are a great resource in the development of the above mentioned project and we strongly wish to continue and give the sustainability to this project by hosting more young volunteers.
The support to be received from the volunteers is tremendous since they will work as local developers and multipliers in cooperation with the local facilitators .
Learning for European citizenship within this project has a specific importance for the volunteers as well as for the young people in the Euro House Network, their participation in shaping and building the future of their local community being an irreplaceable resource.
The project will be a learning experience, both for the volunteers and for our facilitators, mostly in the field of community development, European awareness, and cultural diversity, non –formal education, helping the volunteers to develop skills and competences and exchange expertise.
E. Volunteer tasks
Please give a detailed description of the task profile for the volunteer placement. Include information on:
ˇvariety and balance of tasks,
ˇresponsibilities for certain tasks, specific guidance and support in the case of highly demanding tasks,
ˇoptions for a personal project,
ˇexample of a weekly timetable, indicating working hours, free time, holidays.
The young volunteers undertake to participate voluntarily in an active citizenship and informal intercultural education experience based on cultural diversity.
The general aim of the project is to acquire social, intercultural and personal skills, enabling them lay the foundation for their own future and at the same contribute to the well being and vivifying the youth life of the rural/urban communities, stimulating European citizenship founded on principles of diversity and inclusion.
The volunteers take part in an unpaid, non-profit-making activity, which is of importance to both the organization and the community and in the common interest.
Volunteers’ tasks will include:
- helping with intercultural communication in her/his native language or in the organization’s mother tongue (10%),
- organizing cultural events for children making their knowledge about other countries better, taking part in activities and art-, music-,dance-, computers, sport, (60%),
- staff support in the office- with the organisation monthly newspaper, TV and Radio programmes(10%),
- participating in any other initiatives (in harmony with project’s aim) according to his/her interests and experiences (20%).
All the activities will be developed at 3 dimensions: personal development, development within the host organization and community. The association office in Targu Jiu will stand as main headquarters for the volunteers. The working places will consist of the 11 localities involved in the Euro House Network – divided among them according to their interests and abilities.
They will assist and help in the day-to-day running of the activities, particularly in the following areas:
* Arts/Drama and crafts – in each local community the facilitator will run a number of activities in this area and the volunteer will help the practitioners when the staff-animators are running the workshops. They may assist individual residents with painting, by helping with materials etc.
* Trade workshops – close to the big religious celebrations the localities involved run different activities – such as creating postcards or masks that after they trade.
* Developing personal skills – the staff run workshops on intercultural competence, socializing, etc.
* Computers - helping others to write letters, develop computer skills, to use e-mail and search on the web. The volunteer will be doing this in accordance to the users needs. If the volunteer has experience in this area, they may assist the staff activities in developing curricula for individual users. The volunteers would help individual users with materials once again.
* Sport – helping different sport activities.
* Foreign Language – helping in free activities in foreign language.
* Community interaction – there are 11 different communities , were the volunteer will choose to work with and assist the local facilitators. There is a strong partnership relation in between each EH centre and the local public administration.
The volunteers will work in Targu jiu and in the 11 Euro House Centres that are placed in Gorj County.
During their placement, Youngsters without Borders in cooperation with the Euro House Centres in Gorj is running a Regional Action Plan focused on youth sensitisation to European citizenship and participation, that is comprised of seminars, info campaigns, trainings and conferences, youth caravans.
The volunteers will be engaged with organizing in close relation with the staff, local facilitators and other volunteers within the Euro House Centres, a variety of activities like: sports and music events, group games, thematic workshops, contests, ecological projects, walks in the locality , visits to different sights and events, etc. for the youths in order to optimize their free time during regular meetings and the vacation period.
Their main role should be to facilitate the communication abilities of the children in informal environment.
Some maintenance and domestic works will be done together with the residents.
They will have also the possibility to meet with the local Councillors in charge with the education activities in the locality as well as the mayor, once per moth.
Moreover, there is a counselling meeting in the organization once per month- they will be part of and supported to bring in their own suggestion and ideas related to the activities they would take part in.
Also they will be part of the team that will work for international projects- experiencing our way of doing things but also developing intercultural learning, getting in touch with new tasks and new youths-during the volunteer staying we will be organizing different international youth events. In all the projects, they will be involved as direct assistants to the team- they will learn how to prepare the group for the international encounter, how to overcome stereotypes and prejudices, how to act as a youth leader, etc. for the hosting international exchange they will be in the very action since the team for that project plans to charge them with some tasks during the sessions so that she can learn how to assume responsibilities and how far can she assess her limits.
Monday (9.00-10.00) meeting with the staff and local volunteers at the working points within the Youth Foundations, presentation of weekly themes, activities and methods. (10.00-14.00) leading /supporting in workshops for group of young (art, music, theatre, culinary, sport) (14.00-14.45) lunch time (14.45-15.45) Romanian language lessons;
Tuesday (9.00-11.00) planning work in groups, collecting data, preparing materials; (together with mentor or with support) (11.00-13.00) working in groups. Computers. Exercises; (leading and supporting) (13.00-14.00) conversation in Foreign/ mother languages (14.00-14.45) lunch time (14.45-15.45) Romanian language lessons
Wednesday (9.00-14.00) helping with exhibitions, teaching/rehearsing songs and poems to/with the youngsters, preparing decorations, costume etc. (14.00-14.45) lunch time (14.45-15.45) Romanian language lessons
Thursday (9.00-11.00) planning work in groups, collecting data, preparing materials (together with mentor or support) (11.00-14.00) work in groups. Exercises; - Sport (leading and supporting) (14.00-14.45) lunch time (14.45-15.45) Romanian language lessons
Friday (9.00-13.00) festival on the occasion of Child’s Day, presenting work realized by the groups, artistic presentation. (13.00-14.00) Evaluation of the week, discussion with people involved in the project (14.00-14.45) lunch time (14.45-15.45) Romanian language lessons...
The volunteers work five days a week, 30 hours total, 6 hours a day.
Holiday / vacation: The volunteers will have two days / week free as well as 2 days/ month that they will use as they like with further notice to their mentor.
The volunteer will also have free days when it is a church or national holiday in the region and Romania.. All volunteer's tasks do not substitute professional work. The volunteer's tasks do not contain an administrative character, because full-time employees of the organization perform these tasks.Tasks are not designed in order to achieve profit, because the organization is a non-profit institution with no aim to make financial gain from its activities.
Please give information on general recruitment criteria that apply for volunteer candidates. Gender, age and other requirements need to be justified by explaining the specific conditions of the project environment.
The recruitment procedure was made in collaboration with the sending organisations. There were not strict rules or conditions that the volunteers had to fulfil. We wanted a young persons aged between 18-25 years, male and female who were motivated to spend 12 months in a foreign country and bring in their experience, energy and qualities and contribute to the community development as well as their personal one. We also specify clearly to the volunteers and their sending organization that part of their work and activities will take place in the rural area.
G. Volunteers with fewer opportunities / special needs (if applicable)
Please describe infrastructure and (human or other) resources available for accommodating and supporting: young people with fewer opportunities (from a less-privileged cultural, geographical or socio-economic background, or with disabilities) and/or young people with special needs (e.g. additional accompanying person, additional preparation and support, dietary needs, mobility problems, health care, special premises etc.)? What experience does the host organisation have in working with young people with fewer opportunities and/or special needs?
Reinforced mentorship: If applicable, please describe the details of the specific personal support (tailor-made approach, how is the support arranged, who provides it, with which qualifications/experiences, which risk prevention measures are foreseen, etc.).
Please note that hosting volunteers with special needs can refer to both short-term and long-term placements.
H. Practical arrangements for the volunteer
ˇFood: Please describe the arrangements for the volunteer.
In the first two months of the project the volunteers will have at their disposal several options:
we can arrange meals at the students restaurant
cook their own food
After the two months they will either cook for themselves or eat with their hosting family.
We want to underline the fact that it is up to them to decide upon the most convenient and effective way to have food provided.
ˇAccommodation: Please describe the arrangements for the volunteer.
The first to months of accommodation will be in Targu Jiu. Here the volunteers will share a 4 room apartment situated in the centre of the city.
After two month of accommodation with the local culture, environment as well as working with the local facilitators in some of the 11 Euro House Centres – they will have to choose one of the locality and live there with a local host family till the end of the EVS project. The volunteers will have his/ her own room and access to the bathroom and kitchen. Most certainly they will live in a house rather than an apartment. The accommodation place will have running water and also warm water. However, do not expect that the facilities are at high standards – as most localities are in the rural areas.
Each of the volunteer will choose a different locality to live.
ˇLanguage training: Please describe the language training available to the volunteer during the project.
The language training will provided in Targu Jiu in cooperation with the University - thus, they will be ascribed tutors to mange the language skills along their staying. The courses will be once a week.
ˇ Training and support: Please describe the on-going training and personal support of the volunteer.
The volunteers will undergo the On-arrival training, mid term evaluation and the final evaluation together with all the volunteers hosted by the multilateral EVS project. The various meetings will be organized by the co-ordinating organization and will take place in different locations – as specified in the description above.
The volunteers will have a mentor that will meet regularly with them in order to check their progress and to help solve any problems. They will also ensure ongoing support for the volunteer.
Volunteers will be given any training necessary for them to carry out their tasks.
Efforts will be made to help volunteer integrate into the local community.
Like is planned in the schedule, there will be a weekly evaluation to allow the volunteers express themselves. The mentor will be constantly in contact with the volunteers to help them to solve any problem related with the project and to favour their integration into the group and into the local community. The team will provide the necessary training and assistance to run the planned activities.
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