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Education through Experience
Start date: May 1, 2015, End date: Oct 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Project Education through Experience enables two volunteers - Amelie Schlawinsky from Germany and Raquel Calaco from Spain - to do their long term European Voluntary Service accordingly in Experimental Movement Center and Ukrainian Culture Center in Tallinn. Experimental Movement Center educates young people through all it's activities to retain healthy and sportive lifestyle, having while the aspect of self-expression in forms of choreography, music, costumes etc. Ukrainian Culture Center is dedicated to promoting Ukrainian Culture in Estonia and also protecting ancient traditions and disappearing art techniques. The Center regularly organises workshops and courses that foster young people's artistic skills, creativity and (inter-)cultural awareness. Volunteers participate in core activities of the centers and therewith help to carry out the mission of their receiving organisation, as well develope their own competences in respective areas. Furthermore, volunteers will gain most valuable experience of living abroad for 10 or 12 months: getting more conscious of their personal abilities, working in a different environment, learning another language, getting more aware of different cultures etc. Both receiving organisations want their volunteers to have this chance to learn and experience all the different aspects of voluntary service so that they could be successful in their personal and professional lives in the future. As well other way around, the organisations know that every young volunteer coming to their organisation, will teach them (staff, target group and local community) most valuable lessons by introducing their culture, language, background and just even just with their personality. Therefore on one hand, hosting international volunteers helps these two organisations to fulfill their goals on a local level, either promoting healthy and sportive lifestyle or foster young people's artistic skills, creativity and (inter-)cultural awareness. On another hand both of the organisations express their wish to give this great learning opportunity to the volunteers thus having a positive influence on their personal and professional lives. This project helps the volunteers in the acquisition of competences with a view to improving their personal development and employability in the European labour market and beyond. In turn the organisations and local community learn to accept, appreciate and work together with young people from other countries, becoming therefore inter-culturally more aware, tolerant and open minded.

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