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"A year for you, a year for others - EVS in Hungary"
Start date: 01 Aug 2016, End date: 31 Dec 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta (HCSOM) was founded on February 4, 1989, as a not-for-profit NGO whose core mission is based on voluntary action in the true sense of the word as most of its first employees were unpaid individuals who willingly sacrificed their free time and energy to serve those in need. Our project plan for 2016-2017 is to host 12 young EVS volunteers for a 11-month service in 11 different institutions of ours in the field of social care services.The learning mobility of individual young people enhances key competencies at 11 volunteering sites with increasing their sense of solidarity and developing their social skills while they provide support for the disabled, the elderly, the socially and economically disadvantaged children and their families, and the homeless people in 8 settlements across the country (Budapest, Győr, Keszthely, Nagykanizsa, Fehérgyarmat, Erk, Tarnabod, Debrecen). The majority of the young volunteers come to Hungary after taking their school leaving exams, some of them decide to do EVS after graduating. Our young volunteers are mostly from Germany, the UK, Lithuania, Belgium, Spain, and Poland.To select and prepare them, we cooperate with 6 sending organizations as partners, thus building up a strong network of sending, receiving, and coordinating organizations. The project’s duration is 17 months, starting on Aug 01, 2016 while the project ending date is december 31, 2017, with each volunteer doing a 11-month placement, starting on Sept 05, 2016, lasting till July 31, 2017.We support their work and individual development by trainings, seminars, foreign language course, mentoring, supervision, one-to-one discussions, and being in continuous contact with them. We devise individual improvement plants together with the volunteers and regularly check on it. During their placement their key competencies are improved and their social sensitivity increases. The one year voluntary placement greatly contributes to the volunteers’ future employability, can make them stand a bigger chance at getting job opportunities or admission to university or college, while enhancing their professional skills. The project strengthens the network of the cooperating partner organizations from different EU countries, it decreases the distance between cultures, and dissolves the occasional prejudices. Thus it highly contributes to the realisation of the meaning of the famous EU motto “United in diversity”.
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