Active Volunteering to Learn New Skills
Start date: Feb 1, 2015,
End date: Jul 31, 2016
The Active Volunteering to Learn New Skills project enabled three experienced partners from Italy, Latvia and UK pool their skills together to provide two young people the opportunity to participate as EVS volunteers for 10 months in the UK. The lead and host partner is Dacorum CVS and the two sending partners are CEMEA del Mezzogiorno onlus (Italy) and Pozitiva Doma (Latvia). This application builds on previous positive delivery / co-operation and face to face meetings Dacorum CVS has had with both send partners.
We recruited two participants upon project approval and worked on the criteria set out to enable young people with fewer opportunities to participate and to ensure gender equality. The participants received pre-departure training from the send partners, with input from the host partner, as well as accessing available training from the send partners National Agency.
The EVS period lasted for ten months from July 2015 and the two participants were based in Hemel Hempstead. During their volunteering they engaged in a wide range of community activities, including presenting at and supporting the daily studio operation at Radio Dacorum, the running of community events and fundraising, the operation of Community Transport Services, adult learning provision, an Interpreting and Translation Service and European project delivery. The Participants received English language lessons to improve their language skill and once the english level was improved they were offered to attend the first course in becoming a language interpreter.
The above volunteering was in an environment where sharing culture is actively encouraged and the staff, volunteers and activities at Dacorum CVS ensure daily exposure to a range of cultures from across the globe. The participants received regular supervision and the skills within the volunteering are linked to the Youthpass certificate, which they were awarded at conclusion of the exchange.
The participants benefited from living in another country for 10 months through increased language skills and competence, increased confidence, more clarity on their future goals and aspirations, an enhanced CV, better intercultural knowledge and understanding and new friends and contacts who they can draw upon for future support mechanisms.
The partner organisations and participants through dissemination activities demonstrated the positive impact EVS had in the personal development of a young person. The partner organisations have further developed the positive working relationship and through this have built a positive platform for future joint activities
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