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"Brücken der Menschlichkeit"
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: Nov 1, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The Initiative Christen für Europa e.V ./ ICE conducts for more than 20 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 over responsibility. The current project includes two participants whose period of service is 12 months. In general, the volunteers work 35 hours a week . One volunteer is in service at the ICE and one volunteer at the Catholic University Parish Regensburg. 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 German language is expected . Belonging to a particular religion, institution or association is not a required. Participants will be selected by the European partner organization "Ser Joven" in Santander/ Spain and the Hungarian Maltese Charity Service in Budapest in a transparent process . The sending oranisation provides them with a thematic and language preparation. Upon their arrival at place where the project is carried out, they will be introduced by a mentor and accompanied throughout the whole project period . The cooperation partners are in permanent contact to ensure the best assistence for the volunteers. During their 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 of both educational institutions. Through these encounters international understanding, intercultural learning and the development of a single European feeling are promoted. The volunteers´ activity consists mainly of organising and conducting thematic workshops, the assistence of different seminar groups, providing information and creative ideas for the PR. Especially due to the independent participation in the field of youth work, seminars and international meetings the volunteers can test their skills, enhance their expertise and make important contacts. Thus, intercultural understanding, responsibility for the convergence towards a social Europe and the reduction of racism is promoted not only among the project participants, but also at a regional and international level.

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