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European Campus
Start date: Jan 1, 2015, End date: Jul 31, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

By the project "European Campus" the vocational training center Campus CIFOP in Angoulême, France open up its doors for hosting a European volunteer from Lithuania in order to promote the intercultural exchange within its school. The main idea of this project is to give the local students the possibility to meet other Europeans. The project takes place in a rural area where the young people oftentimes have not the possibility to go abroad to discover other cultures. There is generally no high awareness for European citizenship and intercultural exchange. By inviting a European volunteer, Campus Cifop wishes to foster the intercultural exchange. Through the activities organized by the volunteer the local students will learn more about European citizenship and different cultures. Exchanging with other Europeans in a non-formal ways helps to promote mutual understanding between young people from different social, religious and ethnic backgrounds. This EVS project will therefore have a long lasting positive impact on the local youth regarding the fight against stereotypes and racism. We are convinced that the understanding among nations can be driven forward through intercultural exchange. The volunteer will be involved in all socio-educational activities of the school. One of the main activities of the volunteer is therefore to organize activities, events and games in cooperation with the social workers at the school in order to - present her own country Lithuania, its culture and language - to inform the students about the possibilities of going abroad with the European Voluntary Service and other European programs - to raise awareness about European citizenship by talking about Europe, the European Union, its history and its institutions - help to organize cultural projects, field trips and activities for and with the students - foster the dialogue and intercultural exchange between the students in order to fight against stereotypes and racism The project will certainly have a positive impact on the personal growth of the volunteer who has lived in a foreign country for several months. She will improve her French skills, gain professional experiences in the work with young people in the education system and will become more independent. We also hope to encourage the French students to go abroad as well when getting to know more about the European programs thanks to the volunteer. In a long run we hope to establish a strong partnership between the French sending and the Lithuanian hosting organization in order to envisage further European projects.

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