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Building Oportunities, Opening Minds
Start date: Jan 1, 2016, End date: Jun 30, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Canfranc Foundation has been developing several programmes of European Voluntary Service in Aragon and La Rioja for ten years. During the vacation period they are made in different countries from Europe, Africa and China. On account of his experience our Foundation has the objective of developing SVE Project. For that reason, in 2013 it requested the certification and two years later, in 2015, this certification has been renovated for the current Erasmus + Programme. On this occasion, the Project is expected to a 30 years old Italian volunteer, with numerous professional and personal skills for the assignment during her sojourn in Zaragoza. The activities to develop will be Educational Reinforcement and Ludic Activities in the Canfranc Foundation´s Playroom. All the activities made there are oriented towards youth at the risk of social exclusion, with the aim of breaking the cycle of poverty between parents and children. Through this programme, we carry out a comprehensive intervention by giving to children school reinforcement, non-formal education and free time in our Playroom, camps or city camps. Her task would be to welcome and coordinate youths (from 16 to 20 years old) who participate as volunteers in the programme. She also would make school reinforcement activities and ludic activities with our 52 beneficiaries of the programme (from 6 to 16 years old). Consolidated Social Voluntary Programmes of Canfranc Foundation are a great opportunity to welcome youths from other countries (in Europe or associated countries). This let them to know, to learn to manage and to take an active part in helping disadvantaged minorities (immigrant children).On the other hand, in the morning she would work on different activities related with Canfranc Foundation corporative image as: publicity, communication and external visibility. It is expected to “Building Opportunities, Opening Minds” will have a big impact not only in the volunteer who takes part in the activity from Cittá di Torino, in the young volunteers from Canfranc Foundation and in the children at the risk of social exclusion from our Playroom; but also in the organizations involved in this project.BOOM has significant impact in strengthening of work capacity in 2 organizations from EU which extend their networking with new organizations and new countries.The person who participates in “Building Opportunities, Opening Minds” will have the opportunity to develop numerous skills and professional competence: From her job in Canfranc Foundation Office, she will learn not only a different language, but also: teamwork, initiative, troubleshooting, time management, creativeness, etc. From her job in Playroom, she will acquire global awareness, intercultural relationships, communication in foreign language, teamwork, resilience, etc.Some of the most important competences to develop will be social skills, which will be useful to get the children attention, motivation and coordination of young volunteers.Our volunteer will have wider knowledge about EU and the different possibilities of European Voluntary Service. After the realization of the project, her experience would be of value in telling all the advantages for youths in participating in EVS.This Project is also a great opportunity to develop personal and professional skills for Canfranc Foundation Young volunteers. Teamwork, communication in foreign language, hosting, knowledge about a different culture… are some of those personal and professional skills that they can assume by participating in the project.The involvement in this project of youth at the risk of social exclusion, who are participated on Educational Reinforcement in Playroom, is also an extra value to take contact with a participant from SVE. The Project will give favourable impact in both organizations and in their young participants, who will give the illusion to make similar projects in the future.Networking of these two European organizations (Canfranc Foundation and Cittá di Torino) would give young people the possibility of exchanges and realization new activities in new places. This possibility helps them to develop new skills or boost the old ones, as reflect of their daily work.Both participated organizations have contact with other organizations of youth in their own countries. After the project, Canfranc foundation and Cittá would communicate and raise other organization awareness the results of the Project, these will be spread among the population from Spain and Italy.
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