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Brücken der Menschlichkeit - Zivilgesellschaft eine Chance geben
Start date: May 1, 2015, End date: Oct 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The Initiative Christians for Europe e.V ./ ICE conducts for 25 years political- social youth education, international youth exchanges and voluntary services, and thus combines civil engagement and intercultural learning. The project "Bridges of humanity" ("Brücken der Menschlichkeit") offers young people to carry out a service in social and youth centers which supports and connects human rights and international bonding, the principle of voluntariness, service, learning and taking responsibility. The current project includes three participants whose period of service is 12 months. The the activity will take place in Saint Peterburg / Russian Federation. In general, the volunteers work 35 hours a week . The participants should be in the age of 18-30 years, motivated to engage in international youth work and open to a new social environment, language and lifestyle. Independent work and the willingness to acquire the Estonian language is expected . Belonging to a particular religion, institution or association is not a requirement. During the stay cultural exchange, the acquisition of linguistic and thematic competence and mutual learning from each other is the main focus. Another concern is the promotion of tolerance and respect for "others". Topics such as intercultural communication, human dignity and rights, inclusion, European Welfare and historical backgrounds for a common understanding of Europe are covered in seminars and theme evenings. Through these encounters international understanding, intercultural learning and the development of a European awarness including Russian interests are promoted. The volunteers´ activity consists mainly of organising and conducting thematic workshops, providing information and creative ideas. Especially due to the independent participation in the field of youth work the volunteers can test their skills, enhance their expertise and make important contacts. Thus, intercultural understanding, responsibility for the convergence to a more fair Europe and the reduction of racism and disrimination are promoted not only among the project participants, but also at a regional and an international level.
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