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EVS - learning about youngsters from abroad and Austria
Start date: Sep 1, 2016, End date: Feb 28, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The EVS project "learning about youngsters from abroad and Austria" will take place in 2 different hosting organisations:In the Jugendhaus & Lehrlingsstiftung there will be hosted a volunteer from Denmark from september 2016 on, for the duration of 10 months.In the Diakoniewerk Gallneukirchen there will be hosted 6 volunteers from 6 different countries (Poland, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Germany and United Kingdom, Start is in september 2016 and a duration of 12 months.With this EVS project we want to create a learning experience for the youngster, the involved sending organisations, but also for all people involved on the hosting side. EVS volunteers are a big enrichment for society, for Austria, for the organisation and espcially for all the persons, the volunteers are involved in.They will bring in their ideas in the area of disabled, elderly, children and youth in all different areas. When getting an insight into this area of work they can bring in their culture by e.g. singing a song with children, creating an own project with disabled persons, showing pictures from their home in the end it doesn`t matter in which project they are foreseen, as they can bing in their ideas in each area and hosting projects are also flexible for ideas from volunteers, that will grow with their stay in Austria. By time they will learn more about Austria, themselves, others, Europe will get a face for them, they will meet people and make friends where they can discuss things about stereotypes. The EVS project will let them grow, make them stronger in mind and normally they return from EVS as a real positive thinking and open minded young European. Some will then go to different European places, for work, for fun, for making EVS opens the door to a positive future for youngsters!All 7 volunteers come from different backgrounds, some with weak financial background (long time unemployed), disability, and so on. Motivation is the thing they have all together, that`s why they were choosen. We wanted to have a nice mix of nationalities, so that they can learn about other cultures as well, when doing EVS in Austria, where all should bring in their culture, mentality, ideas and should get a good insight into being involved in a social organisation and learning more about Austria, its culture, habbits, language...We created this project to give youngster from many different countries the chance of a unique learning chance in their life, but also for bringing new/fresh european ideas into different organisations in Austria and also for creating new ideas between the organisations and motivating other youngsters in Austria to do EVS as well, when they see/hear about this project, meeting the volunteers...All learning process will be by using non formal learning, to understand the learning process EVS volunteers will get the Youthpass in the end, so that they can understand what they have learned during EVS but also to show others, using it for applying for a job and so on.The results are the learning for all involved persons and partners, to learn more about different cultures, real open talks about different issues of countries, realizing ideas of youngsters, give them the chance of becoming active in Europe, get an understanding what Europe is by living EVS and a unique learning experience in life.Another idea could be to use a different key action of Erasmus+ or Erasmus+: Youth in Action later on.....

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