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All citizens of Europe - Volunteers for active EU citizenship
Start date: Aug 1, 2015, End date: Oct 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project “All citizens of Europe – Volunteers for active EU citizenship” seeks to promote European citizenship on a local level. The vocational school Campus Cifop and the Social Center CAJ are opening up its doors to host young European volunteers. The main idea of the project is to give the children and young students the possibility to meet other Europeans and to learn more about cultural diversity and European citizenship in a non-formal way. The project takes place in Angoulême, Charente, which is a quite rural area and where the young people oftentimes do not have much possibilities to go abroad to meet other cultures. There is generally no high awareness for European citizenship. By inviting European volunteers, the hosting and coordinating organizations wish to foster the intercultural exchange and to give to the students new learning opportunities. The coordinating organization "TERA-Maison de l'Europe de la Charente" accompanies two local organizations within this EVS project. The vocational School will host 2 volunteers from Spain and Belgium for a 11 months EVS project. The volunteers will be involved in all socio-educational activities of the school. One of the main activities of the volunteer is therefore to organize activities, events and games in cooperation with the social workers at the school in order to: - present their own country its culture and language - to inform the students about the possibilities of going abroad with the European Voluntary Service and other European programs - to raise awareness about European citizenship by talking about Europe, the European Union, its history and its institutions - help to organize cultural projects, field trips and activities for and with the students - foster the dialogue and intercultural exchange between the students in order to fight against stereotypes and racism The hosting organization Social Center CAJ is going to host one Spanish volunteer for a 9 months voluntary service. She will have the possibility to work with the children at the social center at the age from 3 to 11 years old and to help organizing after school activities which are proposed by in the Leisure and Animation Center of CAJ. Her main working activities will be the following: - Organization of free time activities every Wednesday afternoon and during the school breaks - Reception of the students at the Social Center in the evening hours - Organization of intercultural activities and games to present the culture of the volunteer Through the activities proposed by the volunteers the local students and children will learn more about Europe, European citizenship and different cultures. Exchanging with other Europeans in such a non-formal way helps to promote mutual understanding between young people coming from different social, religious and cultural backgrounds. The EVS project will therefore have a long-lasting positive impact on the local youth regarding the fight against racism and existing stereotypes. We are convinced that the understanding among nations can be driven forward through intercultural exchanges. The project will certainly have a positive impact on the personal growth of the volunteer who has lived in a foreign country for several months. They will improve their French skills, gain professional experiences in the work with young people in the education system or with children in a social center and will become more independent. We also hope to encourage the French students to go abroad as well when getting to know more about the European programs thanks to the volunteers. In a long run we hope to establish a strong partnership between the French hosting and the European sending organizations in order to envisage further European projects and cooperation.

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