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Connecting people through volunteering 3
Start date: Aug 1, 2015, End date: Dec 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project "Connecting people through volunteering 3" consists of two EVS activities. Seniorenresidenz Mirabell is going to host Nataliya Matvyeyeva, a volunteer originally from Ukraine, but living in Italy. Youthcenter Corner is going to host Yana Zainchukivska, even from Ukraine. Even though these two projects are different (elderly people and youngsters), the objectives are the same. By hosting European volunteers we would like to develop solidarity and to fasciliate understanding and tolerance. The experience of an EVS will influence not only the volunteers themselves but also the staff in the hosting organisations and the people they work with, but also their family and friends. The volunteers who are doing their EVS in Salzburg are mainly together with up to twelve other volunteers from different European countries and Europan partner countries. Mostly they do also meet once a month at akzente at our so-called „EVS breakfast“ or at freetime activities. As they meet each other regulary they can spend time with each other, talk to each other, and like this identify common values with other young people from different countries in spite of their cultural differences. Also in the projects themselves the volunteers have the possibility to get to know people form other countries – Austrians as well as people from other parts of the world. Because of this the volunteers are also stimulated to reflect on the essential characteristics of European society. As all of them have the possibilities to start own projects within the host organizations they also learn to be creative and active and understand that they play an active role - in their projects, in their communities and in society. As all of the host organizations are open minded and eager to host a volunteer from another European country they do not only discover Europe but also aim to build a common Europe.
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