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Start date: Aug 1, 2015, End date: Oct 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Since 2007, this EVS project comes within our effort to offer, to young visually impaired people (VIP) from everywhere, the chance of gaining social and professional skills through EVS and of integrating better in society. This EVS activity includes 3 nine months voluntary service projects taking place in Liège (Belgium) from 01/10/2015 to 30/06/2016. The main theme is social integration of young people, and most particularly, of minorities in local and international environments. These EVS projects will be achieved by 2 blind girls one from Italy and one from Turkey and by one blind boy from Poland, each of them being between 22 and 30 years old. For each EVS project, an Advanced Planning Visit (APV) is foreseen between 9th and 11th September 2015, in order to assess specific needs of each visually-impaired volunteer, and to meet with instructors in daily-living skills and mobility as well as the hosting organizations. This project will be coordinated and implemented by VIEWS International, association specialised in youth activities organized by and for young VIP. The objectives will be : - Showing to young people that visual impairment doesn’t prevent from being self-sufficient, living through an experience abroad, working in an active environment (IRHOV) ; - Better insertion of foreign populations, and; coordination of social workers and services in the Sainte-Margueritte neighbourhood. - Getting trained for implementing adapted projects for VIP, and improving public relations of the association at local and international level (VIEWS International). Activities carried out by volunteers: - Leading activities out of lesson time: sport, computer, adapted games, singing and dancing (IRHOV) ; - Help to facilitate communication between the member associations (editing of the neighbourhood journal, leading and organising meetings, and taking notes), helping to set up cultural and leisure activities within the associations of the neighbourhood at the Coordination and helping to lead French activities within Orchidée Rose. - The activities linked with communication : newsletter, collection of articles, help for electronic writing and sending, update of the website, creation of podcasts, help for developing adapted projects to young VIP, etc. The methodology concerns non-formal education, learning by practice and with peers, work in small individual groups, debates. In the long term, the experience will be useful for the visually impaired volunteers because they will have gained important skills in their daily life (better independence in daily-living skills as well as in mobility). Moreover, they will have acquired social and linguistic competence which will favor their integration in a social and professional environment. The local communities will benefit from this project, thanks to the fact that they will keep in touch with a VIP. That will allow them to be enriched with this diversity.

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