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EVS Feeling
Start date: Aug 1, 2016, End date: Dec 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

"EVS Feeling" is an EVS project and arises from the common aims of two organisations (Italian and Portuguese) to develop the learning process and the youth personal/professional development through mobility experience. Its objectives are:1. Providing youth volunteer mobility opportunities to grow up and develop skills and intercultural competences (and job skills for the future);2. Developing the growing of local contest and population standard of life through the support action of EVS volunteer especially in the field of EU information, European opportunities and projects promotions in local environment and entities;3. Strenghtening of bounds of trust and cooperation between Sending and Hosting Organisation;4. Promotion of Youthpass and non-formal education recognition;5. Self-assessment of the experience for the volunteer and organizations through the production of a diary, blog articles and short videos with experiences and good EVS practices- to use as outputs for promotion and diffusion.The project foresees two organisations (Associazione Agrado- Italy- as SO and CO, and "Check-In- Cooperaçao e desenvolvimento"- Portugal- as RO) and a volunteer (preferibly with fewer opportunities) still to be selected.The volunteer will be sent to spend 12 EVS months to Lisbon (7th October 2016- 6th October 2017) in Associaçao Check-In.The volunteer there will be integrated in different activities:- The volunteer with the association's staff will support international activities for members and young people:-European Youth Opportunities: The volunteers will help the staff promote a different international projects (they will contact partners and participants, promotion and prepare a projects, to upload the website and facebook, to share the volunteer experience and make documental activities; - International relation: support the staff, planning different international projects (logistic support, promotion and support during all processof the project...)With the support of Check-In Association the volunteer will develop his/her own project (according to the interests of the volunteer, the objective of Check-In and the project’s area, planning, fundraising, coordinating finance construction and evaluation).The methodology proposed in the project will be 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.The 2 organisations will support the volunteer through an accurate preparation and on-arrival training/mid-term training, and will be guaranteed a tutor and mentor for the Volunteer involvement and development. Contacts with the Sending Organisation with counseling methodologies will facilitate the process of integration of the volunteer and the focus on his/her own objectives and needs.We expect that this experience will have a strong impact: the volunteer will have a life experience, facing every day challenges and tasks. It will be a way to orientate and build his/her future life too and to learn about culture, methodologies, language.Volunteer will gain new knowledge about Portugal, learn to deal with cultural shocks and differences, develop team-work skills in intercultural environment, improve English language skills and learn Portuguese language.Moreover he/she will improve intercultural communication skills, learn how to run activities for youth, about youth work and non-governmental/volunteering sector and about Erasmus+ Programme.The Volunteer will increase his/her intercultural knowledge that will help him/her to avoid/reduce negative attitudes towards other cultures and cultural misunderstandings, and he/she will arise his/her self-efficacy and self confidence for life and work.For the 2 organizations this project represents a great benefit to develop a further cooperation and partnership in an European level, and it is a way to develope competences in managing EVS projects and to change and make better their local environment and communities, enriching them with inputs and social growing.We foresee this project has a strong long impact also on the other youngsters in Italy and in Lisbon district, to promote Erasmus+ opportunities and the benefits coming from mobility learning. We expect that through this project and its results diffusion we can improve the level of diffusion of European opportunities in the youth of the 2 local environments, causing a chain reaction in trying mobility projects.It's foreseen the production of a volunteer diary, blog articles and short videos 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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