Bridge over Cultures
Start date: 01 Aug 2016,
End date: 31 Oct 2017
Bridge over Cultures is an EVS project in which two volunteers from Croatia are going to Sankt Petersburg in Russia to hosting organization SPb BOO Perspektivy to the gap between European youth and youth from Neighboring countries with significant obstacles to participate in society. Two volunteers from Croatia will support children and youth from biggest orphanage in Sankt Petersburg to overcome the educational gap that they are facing because of limitations of Russian state education system. Many of this children are mentally disabled and need great assistance and support to integrate in the society. It is a great aid to a rigid system when youth help disadvantaged youth to learn and integrate. Bridges over Culture will raise the quality of life and learning of orphans and disabled children and youth while bringing a strong intercultural component and European values to both the orphans and hosting organization, promoting good relations between EU and Russia as a neighboring partner country. Main activities of the project are assisting orphans and disadvantaged youth, organizing workshops for children and youth, promoting opportunities for youth mobility, intercultural events and their personal projects.Through work on local level, the project will have an impact on the target group – orphans and mentally disabled kids and youth and directly raise their quality of life, develop and strengthen their skills to face the world, inspire and promote inclusion. The activities shall be done together by EVS volunteers, employees and volunteers of Perspektivy which will have a strong intercultural impact and foster good relations between Croatia, EU and Russia.Regional and national impact shall be made through visibility of project activities and promotion through social networks. The European perspective is reflected through promotion of European values in neighboring partner country and promotion trough partnership of organizations from Croatia and Russia.All of the activities will be done in nonformal methodology at Orphanage №4 in Pavlovsk and Correctional school №25 both in St. Petersburg.Besides planned project activities, volunteers will have an opportunity to propose other activities and, with help and support of employees and/or local volunteers, develop them and make them happen, which will be one more way to encourage initiative and creativity of volunteers.The project activities will last for 12 months, it will include two volunteers from Croatia. The methods of work is direct youth work with target group (orphans, youth with disabilities) along with employees and local volunteers of Perspektivy which enhances tolerance, teamwork, solidarity and inclusion.
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