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EVS connects one Europe in Tirol 2016
Start date: May 1, 2016, End date: Jan 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

"EVS connects one Europe in Tirol 2016" is a youth mobility project for 14 long-term volunteers and takes place in the region Tyrol in Austria. The project is motivated and organised by InfoEck of Verein Generationen und Gesellschaft and its partner network of hosting organisations, supported by very professional sending partners. InfoEck has collected precious EVS experience during the last years and focuses on making it an inclusive and diverse learning experience for every member of the project.This project focuses on shaping key competences for young people who face the challenge of unemployment in Europe today, as well as on solidarity and responsibility. It gives an opportunity for development to participants with fewer opportunities, in a time where unemployment, exclusion and social differences are present in Europe more and more. This inspires us to go forward in supporting a diversity of youngsters in this Erasmus+ youth project, with and without fewer opportunities. The volunteering activities take place in different districts of the Austrian region and in different hosting organisations and communities. The 14 participants will be active in 10 different host organisations in the field of youth work, pedagogy/education, people with disabilities, arts and culture, unemployment, elderly people and youth information and will also realise common group projects with a rich intercultural learning experience. The objectives are to foster the youngsters' participation in European society, to give them space to be creative together with other young people in the region, to develop entrepreneurship and media literacy, to foster key skills and competences which they will benefit from in the future (on the job market), to learn new languages and get to know new people from different cultures, to empower them to realise their own ideas and initiatives. Morevoer, this project encourages them to become more active and share their attitudes, interests and values with one another in order to dismantle stereotypes and exclusion (for example of people with special needs, or people from certain countries), but to engage in solidarity and understanding of humans.There will at least nine participants with fewer opportunities serving as longterm volunteers in Tyrol. The 14 participants come from 12 different countries and are between 18 and 29 years old. The activities will be longterm volunteering activities (9 to 12 months each), linking participants from the programme countries Spain, France, Italy, Estonia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Portugal, Romania, Croatia, Lithuania, Hungary and the partner country Ukraine in their experience. Methodology will be a non-formal learning journey, project/event work (a lot of participatory project implmentation, sparked by volunteers or by coordinator or community!), open youth work, (social) pedagogy, leisure support, group work, public relations and media work, non-formal exchange with migrants, entrepreneurship, support work and intergenerational workshops with elderly or people with disabilities and more - above all the aims are active participation, developing key competences, intercultural and intergenerational learning as well as encouraging the creativity of the participants and their entrepreneurship. Some of the results should be a media project realised by all 14 volunteers together, a common EVS blog, a volunteers' project aimed at the topic of migration (event, bike project) and a radio session. The potential long-term benefits will be the empowerment of the volunteers, better employability, new ideas and competences that are developed, the dissemination of the Erasmus+ programme, new cooperations of the participants with one another, more solidarity in the local communities and in all involved stakeholders' lives. Also, the local communities in the region will become more sensitive to the situations of the volunteers with fewer oppportunities and special needs and the political, social and economical situations in their countries, and hereby foster the communities' European awareness. Moreover another long-term result will be the spread inspiration in different European countries, sparked by this project, and a better connection between some Tyrolean hosting organisations in the youth / education / arts / social field in the region and in Europe, who might cooperate more intensely in the future.
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