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Around the world and Beyond
Start date: May 5, 2015, End date: Aug 5, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

AROUND the WORLD and BEYOND: Youth Crossing the Borders for social Change and Innovation (Group EVS 2015) is a Group EVS Program organized in Rijswijk, The Netherlands. The project is motivated and organized by Don Bosco Youthnet Nederland (DBYn NL) and her partners. DBYn NL has been hosting and sending EVS volunteers for the past 11 years. It has been always a positive experience for all the partners, and especially for the young people with fewer opportunities who benefit a lot from such experience. And this inspires us to go forward being active in such youth projects. This program aims to help young people to travel to a new culture, new people, speak a new language and cross own mind set up to help out other people. This in turn help the volunteers to their personal growth, acquire skills and create job opportunities. The program promotes intercultural learning experiences, encouraging social integration and widening the perspective of the young people to employability. Through a creative program the young volunteers step into solidarity and stimulate their creative and innovative thinking through sports and recreative outdoor activities for children (4-16 years). The program takes place in the Netherlands, from 25 July to 24 August 2015. A group of 28 volunteers (out which 15 volunteers will be young people with fewer opportunities) from 13 countries will take active part in the summer holiday activities (Vakantiebos) in the multicultural youth centre Rijswijk. Vakantiebos (activities with children) and the activities as a group in Don Boscohuis Rijswijk will ensures to innovation and social change and it show that the learning takes place not only on an individual basis but also in a group. They help more than 2000 children during the three weeks of activities with them. The long term benefit of this project is for both individuals and organisations. This help the participants to develop skills, attitude and comptences to work in a team and to work in the youth field, create job and net working opportunities in Europe. This program give young people a first experience of European Voluntary Service promoting intercultural learning and European awareness in a mixed group experience. In turn creates possibilities for long term EVS and exchange programmes for the future.

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