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EVS Pizza Effect Inclusion
Start date: Aug 1, 2016, End date: Feb 28, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

We, The Lotus Trust, would like to send volunteers for a year to Slovenia, to gain new experience and competences, learn new language and also have some great time. Volunteer will be able to enjoy a unique environment while broadening their horizons, making new friendships and experiencing different cultures.Detailed list of activities will be made together with the volunteer, depending on the areas he would like to develop his skills in. Activities will include various educational, cultural and social activities for youth in Ljubljana and Slovenija, as well as helping SKUHNA and FFL with cooking, different IT and media projects and tasks that are focused on helping migrants - refugees to integrate better in Slovenian society and to help them feel included. We are happy to offer education in all areas we are active in. Volunteer also will:- get new experience at inter-cultural learning,- develop practical ICT skills as result of activities of the proposed projects,- learn more about other Erasmus+ program's opportunities for funding activities like international mobility, youth exchange,transnational activities and capacity building for youth,- learn about skills which could help them in future employment (writing Europass CV, time management, grant writing, projectmanagement, organising group work etc.),- receive Youthpass certificate to fix everything they have learned about after the year of volunteeringWe have been connected to the partner organization through the project of International Structured Dialogue and Food Surplus Hub and now decided to broad our partnership to a volunteer exchange. “Pizza Effect” is the phenomenon which was named in the 1970s by an anthropologist Agehananda Bharati. It shows how the lack of confidence in one’s own culture, combined with blind acceptance of all things new and foreign, often results in a phenomenon those social scientists call the “Pizza Effect”. Originally pizza was looked down upon in Italy as a poor man’s food. It was just simple unleavened bread with a little tomato sauce for taste. Then, accompanying the early emigrants, it made its way to America, where it was garnished with cheese, olives, peppers, various meats, and so on. It becomes totally transformed into a kind of delicacy. Years later, when it made its triumphant return to the land of its origin, it became a highly respected dish on the menu of even the most eminent restaurants. The new product was eagerly accepted and even given pride of place in Italian cuisine.Using the analogy of this cultural anthropological phenomenon we want to address the issues of appreciation of one’s national identity, culture, traditions and history, and also in this way we want to bring the understanding of personal value in the society even of those who are lacking sufficient knowledge and skills.The topic was chosen because it opens wide range of opportunities for possible activities and has a power to gather people to communicate and learn despite their age, nationality or social status. This is proven by the experience of humankind – throughout our History commercial, religious, household cooking traditions have been established in Europe that have contributed to the relationship between people, promoting mutual enrichment, multiculturalism and tolerance.We will use cooking workshops as a method to establish communication and promote healthy lifestyle. Food will be used as a catalyst to encourage peer learning within target groups of the adults, as well as intergenerational and intercultural interaction. Each of the cooking lessons will include majority of ingredients which are most often used in cuisines from different parts of Europe. The volunteer will have the opportunity to develop his own project and or activities within our organisation or on his own.
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