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Start date: 01 Aug 2014, End date: 31 Jul 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The Project "Dialogue for Youth" is an EVS project and arised from the common aims of two organisations to develop the learning process and the youth personal/professional development through mobility experience. The main aim of this EVS is to provide an occasion for a mutual encounter of cultures and mentalities of young people, but also to inform others about the people and the culture of their own country. Moreover the project is based on strenghtening the partnership between the 2 involved organisations and to promote the European Erasmus+ Programme between the youngsters of the 2 countries and local communities. The project foresaw two organisations (Associazione Agrado- Italy- as SO and CO, and "Centre for children, Youth and family- Bosnia - as HO) and an already selected italian volunteer (Francesca Fornari), a 25 year girl with a degree in Psychology. The volunteer has spent 9 EVS months in Bosnia (1st September 2014- 31st may 2015) taking care of organising youth leisure/educational activities for youth and population, learning how to plan, write european Projects and promoting EVS and Erasmus+ Programme through events and presentations. The project included realization of conversational languages, creative programs for youth which include social dialogue with young people in rural areas, leisure and educational activities in the town.The beneficiaries were young people from rural areas who are eager for intercultural encounters and acquaintances with young people from other countries. Through a direct encounter with young people, the volunteer developed respect for and is sensibilized about other cultures, experiences personal development and independence, and becomes better prepared for our increasingly interdependent world. The volunteer was engaged as assistant coordinator for youth and international cooperation. Volunteer worked with a mentor on planning and writing an international project for a Seminar and TC, and will be in the management staff if approved. The methodology proposed in the project was based on pillars of non-formal education and on learning by doing and coaching. These will meet the aims of volunteer personal and social development, through the contact with the life, language and culture of the local community and of the hosting organization. Volunteer gained new knowledge about Bosnia and Herzegovina, learn to deal with cultural shocks and differences, develop team-work skills in intercultural environment, improve English language skills and learn Bosnian language. Moreover she improved intercultural communication skills, learn how to run recreative activities for youth, about youth work and non-governmental/volunteering sector and about Erasmus+ Programme. For the 2 organizations this project represented a great opportunity to develop a further cooperation and partnership in an European level, moreover in this case it's involved an European Country and one country from the Western Balcanies and it makes the cooperation more interesting. The sending organisation was partner in the project written by the volunteer in the Receiving organisation and this create a fundamental link also for the future. For both organizations it is a way to develope competences in managing EVS projects and to change and make better their local environments and communities, enriching them with inputs and social growing. Participating countries Institutions and local communities will get the following benefits: - A cultural opening in youth and in the rest of citizenship - Development of sense of tolerance, international friendship and brotherhood - Benefit from sharing intercultural activities - Support in the local communities activities - Possibility of cooperation with foreign countries and to develop strong partnership for further projects and a net - Improve their organizative skills and support youth development and the organization mission. It was produced a blog, an article for Agrado EVS blog and short video with experiences and good EVS practices to spread as outputs of the projects and availables online for all the youth, youth workers and organizations.
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