ÁGORA CULTURAL+ DISCAPACIDAD 2015-2016
Start date: Apr 1, 2015,
End date: Mar 31, 2016
Through this project, it has be given the opportunity to 4 young European from FRANCE, IRELAND, HUNGARY and ITALY to participate in a Youth Mobility project, more specifically in a Youth Volunteering. The participation of these volunteers has been held in 2 Local Entities from the city of Valencia that are targeted to benefit youth and adults with fewer opportunities, at risk and social exclusion (People with Intelectual Disability) performing leisure and free time activities, training and support.
The role of volunteers in the respective Host Institution was to assist the professional staff in their work. This involved carrying out all activities that had to develop in any area within the daily schedule of the respective Association. Volunteers never supplanted any job.
Flexibility, understanding and above all communication were the keys to having a positive experience.
The exchange was paramount. Participants acquired and increased their skills, but also they contributed with their knowledge. Participation, respect, initiative, sense of responsibility and flexibility were important factors to consider. Volunteers were open minded, unprejudiced, participated in activities and in everyday life. Volunteers were motivated to learn about the culture and the Spanish language. Also, volunteers actively participated and had their own initiative.
The activities (01/05/2015-31/01/2016 - 9 months) in which volunteers gave their support throughout their EVS, always depending on their interests and skills were:
+ Meet all the areas of activities taking place in the Association
+ Supporting the work of the team responsible for the design, preparation and development of formal educational intervention activities (workshops, programs, meetings, etc...), bringing their collaboration and always down the professional supervision, provided in the acts of:
- support tasks in the development of training sessions
- support tasks in preparing spaces for conducting activities
- accompanying tasks for participants with greater special needs
The activities covered the following areas: 1. Social, leisure and free time Clubs 2. Camps, Excursions, Weekend outings, leisure and free time Schools 3. Long-life Learning Community Centre 4. Training and employment 5. Respite program 6. administrative Tasks
+ Meet all areas of occupational activities that are developed in the Occupational Center
+ Participate as a support member, in all activities related to labor, sports, personal and social adjustment, and leisure and free time
+ Participate in the evaluation and design of the programs, objectives and activities
+ Engage together with the technical staff of the Occupational Center, in coordination meetings and scheduled reviews
+ Participate in cultural activities outside the Occupational Center as well as short stay trips that are made within the annual program
The activities covered the following areas: 1. Occupational Therapy Service 2. Personal and Social adjustment 3. Adapted Sports 4. Artistic Abilities 5. Minibus attendance
Volunteers gave a great contribution to the develop activities in the Host Entities besides knowing the day on of a different population. We believe that the participation of volunteers in the project was beneficial to all parties and stakeholders as well as we noticed that there was an increase on European Conscience, an exchange between cultures that affected everyone involved in this project both users, Associations as volunteers and at the same time, they knew another culture, another way of life and society. The overall project gave an opportunity to the volunteers and the local community to acquire knowledge in a non-formal way. It has been very useful, for their contributions, to the Local Youth awareness about the possibilities of ERASMUS+ and increase the Youth Mobility.
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