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EVS in Denmark at Kalø Landbrugsskole, Professionshøjskolen UCC, Ranum Efterskole and Børnegården Tønder
Start date: 01 Aug 2016, End date: 31 Jul 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Objectives of our project:This project involves seven young volunteers from Spain, France, Italy, Hungary and Germany. Each of them will spend a period of nine to twelve months as EVS volunteers in Denmark at one of five projects with different themes, aims and objectives. While living and working as EVS volunteers they will get an insight into Danish language and culture, as well as share their own culture and values with the local communities in Denmark.The five projects involved are: - Børnegaarden Tønder. The kindergarten will be hosting 1 volunteer from Germany for twelve months. - Professionshøjskolen UCC. The University College in Copenhagen will be hosting two volunteers from France and Spain for nine months.- Kalø Landbrugsskole. This school, educating organic farmers, will be hosting two volunteers from Germany and Italy for twelve months. - Ranum Efterskole. The boarding school will host one volunteer from Spain for 11 months. - FC Midtjylland. The Sports club will be hosting one volunteer from Hungary for 10 months. Five different nationalities are represented in the project. Two of the volunteers will live in host families and thus integrated more easily into the local culture and population, learn the local language and adjust as good as she can to habits and traditions. These two volunteers will have a contact person that is not related to their host family or to their project.Three volunteers will work at boarding schools and live at the schools and thus be part of the vibrant social life of the school. The two volunteers working at the University College will be living in a student apartment.The five volunteers that do not live in host families will have a contact family with whom they can spend weekends and holidays. They will all meet other volunteers and exchange students at the seminars and meetings arranged by AFS and NA, sharing their experiences, points of view, information on both their host country Denmark as well as their countries of origin.In this project AFS Interkultur will be the coordinating organisation. The Danish host organisations are all organisations who have been selected by AFS Interkultur. Three of them have hosted EVS volunteers before, and two of them will be hosting for the first time, but are very used to working with international youth. The volunteers have been recruited partly through our existing sending partners, partly through the Youth network portal. The sending organisations are primarily organisations with whom we have a long-term and succesful cooperation. By putting the entire AFS volunteer network in Denmark at the disposal of the parties of this project we aim to make the project a rewarding learning experience for all.In terms of results and impact envisaged, it is our aim that through the volunteer work and the development of their intercultural competencies the participants will improve their employability and develop their social capital enabling them to become active participants in society and in the development of the European community. The desired long term benefits are that both the volunteers, the hosting projects, the host families and the local community will get an better understanding of the diversity within the EU but also of the similarities between the EU countries. In this way we aim to bring the European Union and the entire idea and thought behind the European Union to the various local communities. These are places where the EU in general have been very diffuse and far from their everyday life. However, through this project the European Union and the ideas behind the EU becomes tangible for their everyday lives.
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