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Engage in volunteering opportunities to build up communities!
Start date: Aug 1, 2016, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Between 06.10.2016. - 13.10.2016., 36 young people from 6 countries, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, France, Spain and Greece will meet at Cristuru Secuiesc in the mobility called Engage in volunteering opportunities to build up communities!Participants will discuss issues and challenges faced by volunteering in the European commnity, participating countries, entities involving volunteers and volunteers: recognition, validation and regulation of volunteering, providing infrastructural conditions and training opportunities for young people involved in volunteering. The Youth Exchange aims to motivate participants to get involved in volunteering. To achieve this objective the young people will be involved for 6 days in different types of volunteering actions: the 2nd day of the exchange they will take part in instant actions (they will have to find situations in which they can offer help to locals) and in the next 5 days will take part in various types of volunteer programs: will develop activities in family type houses with and for orphan children, will organize programs in a center dealing with children with disabilities, will participate in waste collection action around the city, will help decorate and renovate a playground and on the 5th day will go to Miercurea Ciuc where they will have to choose between visiting an animal shelter or activity in a voluntary center inside DJTS Harghita. In most cases young people will have autonomy in planning, preparing and implementing (which workshops will be put into practice for orphans and the disabled children, how they decorate the playground), but will receive guidance from representatives of institutions.These programs aim to help young people to experience different types of volunteering and thus find the field that is closest to their needs and orientation and would get involved with pleasure in the future. At the same time participants will search for solutions to motivate other young people to get involved in volunteering. Participants will summarize the proposed ideas and their experiences of volunteering in the form of articles that will be published on a blog and in a brochure. The closing event of the mobility will bring together representatives of institutions from the region to discuss and plan together with participants possible ideas to engage young people from the locality and the region in volunteering activities.Intercultural knowledge, personal and social development and recognition of this development with the help of the Youthpass Certificate play also an important role in the mobility.
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