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Helping Hand!
Start date: Aug 1, 2016, End date: Apr 30, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project "Helping Hand!" aims to provide EVS experience for a volunteer from Denmark in Armenia for 6 months. The Sending organisation is AFS Interkultur who will assume the role of coordinating organsation as well. The volunteer will implement their Service in Yerevan Child Care and Support Centre ZATIK, which works with disadvantaged children. The Receiving Organisation has many-years experience with the short- and long-term volunteers that acted as an impulse to create the project.The activities will take place mostly in Yerevan and aim to fulfill the objectives of the project, including improvement of the participants' active participation in the society and entrepreneurship, enhancing their command of foreign languages and contributing to the notion of learning as a whole and raising awareness of different cultures and nations, on European values and common concepts.The methodology to work with the volunteer is crafted in a way to allow them a place for reflection and self-assessment and by that the better outcomes of the experience. Having professionals working with them throughout the project is considered to have a valuable input. As main methods are foreseen troubleshooting and reflection sessions that are to aid the volunteers to analyse their ideas and suggestions and to document their achievements that will later on be tailored in youthpass and reference letters to be available in the future.The impact of the project is foreseen to cover various levels: from local impact on the organisation and its children, through the personal and professional development of the volunteer, to the European and international effect of raising awareness and promoting of the important notions of, among others, values, principles of non-formal education and volunteering. The latter is important also as a foreseen multiplier effect and follow-up of this project: the presence of the volunteer will give the children first-hand information of the perks and importance of volunteering and will motivate them to join such an initiative as well.
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