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EVS in the "Jugendzentrum Gewölbe"
Start date: Aug 1, 2016, End date: Dec 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The "Verein für Freizeit und Bildung der Jugend" realised that young people from other countries who support the team of the youth leaders in the youth centre "Jugendzentrum Gewölbe" are very enriching for the youth work in town. They bring their own perspective of their countries and cultures give a different view to certain issues. Furthermore the youngsters who visit the youth centre have a different approach and sometimes can talk easier to people who are around their age or only a little bit older because they often can share same experiences and similar youth cultures. This project enables the volunteer to gain new expierences by living in another country, to enhance personal development by the practice in the voluntary service and its reflection and to gain new perspectives and inspiration for his future live.This project contains one activity which is an EVS in the Jugendzentrum Gewölbe in Steyr, Upper Austria. It will be one female volunteer in the age of 24 from Spain. The main activities in the EVS will be supporting the youth leaders during the opening times with cooking for and with the youngsters, playing games, creative actions like painting, making music... helping with home work and "being there" for the youngsters by giving attention and listening. Furthermore the volunteer will support the youth leaders in organising projects and enrich the youth centre with own little projects and ideas. The objectives are:-to support the volunteer in her learning process and to provide a setting for the volunteer to gain competences in the field of youth leading, team work, networking, organising and of course personal development,.. that will enhance her employability. -to enforce the intercultureal dimension of the youth centre an the town and provoque cultural enrichment and tolerance and reducing prejudices in multiple areas: the volunteer, the team, the youngsters participating in projects or visiting the youth centre and other multipliers. - to enable multilingualism: the volunteer will learn German and she will be able to teach the youngsters her mother and father language and a little bit of Irish. - to increase the sense of initiative and entrepreneurship by being able to contribute own ideas in the youth centre and trying out skills in a safe environment.Working methods: team work, setting short-term and long-term targets, reflecting daily experiences, encouragement to contribute skills and trying out new activities in a "safe environment", aquiring and practising competences of youth leading will be the presence during the opening times, reflecting difficult situations eg. with role plays, presenting culture of the volunteer eg. through culinary evening, networking and sharing experiences with other social organisations and youth centres. The envisaged impact will be for theparticipant: -personal developement, raise of self esteem and self awareness - cultural enrichment, broadening perspectives, tolerance - aquiring competence in youth leading (eg. interest in young people and responsability of dealing with their honesty and trust)- developing a concious personal way of reflecting and learning organisation and other youth leaders in the region:- cultural enrichment, new inputs for youth work - improving competence of being a hosting organisation youngsters in the youth centre: - reflecting own culture- inspiration: by experiencing a motivated young person - interest in another culture and other languages- finding a person of trust and a friend in the volunteer potential longer term benefits can be: - For the volunteer: During this EVS the participant will gain a lot of experience in the field of youth work and in personal development that will help her to increase her employability and finding a way in life. - For the organisations: The volunteer brings benefits with her inputs, ideas and personality.A longer term benefit for the sending oraganisation is to share the positive experience and promot ERASMUS+ projects.- For the young people in the youth centre: Meeting motivated young people can be very inspiring and change people's lifes. The youngsters may be motivated to absolve an EVS on their own. Very good friendships have often been a result of an EVS.
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