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Start date: 01 May 2015, End date: 30 Sep 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

As Exodus continues to expand its partnerships and projects with youth organisations throughout Europe we have recognised a growing need and desire to share knowledge and good practice of youth work across Europe. Through our recent Youth in Action and Erasmus+ multi-lateral projects there is a growing desire and interest for young people within Northern Ireland to take part in a short term EVS project in Europe over a period of three months (June 2015 until August 2015). This year we have welcomed two EVS participants for a 9 month placement with Exodus - through this project we have already experienced first hand the benefits for the participants and for Exodus. We have a greater knowledge and awareness of youth practice across Europe and it has been incredibly rewarding to witness the participants continue to increase their skills and understanding of youth work through their placement. Exodus feel that the young people would greatly benefit from an EVS placement in Romania where they would be able to develop skills and competencies and shape emerging programmes within the center. With this in mind we have no doubt that it would have a lasting impact on both the Northern Irish and Roma communities. Anticipated outcomes of the EVS project: - Create opportunities for development and growth for those marginalized across Europe. - Reach out locally to the surrounding and disadvantaged communities in Romania. - Generate and promote awareness of European citizenship through the EVS placement and the projects they would develop. - Create a sense of social cohesion between the community of Northern Ireland and the wider European community. - Equipping the participants through training, delivery in transferable skills and generating a good work ethic. - Develop the employability of the EVS participants and those they come into contact with, equipping them with transferable skills - Build on and develop the participants creativity in planning and developing new programmes within the center and local community It is anticipated that from this placement the participant will gain a high level of knowledge and experience in youth work - skills and knowledge that are transferable and multipliable to be used upon their return to Northern Ireland. The potential not only great for the Host Organisation and the participant but for the youth in the area of Romania and Lisburn, Northern Ireland. It would be the hope that the participant would be able to apply the models of youth work they experience and shape during their placement upon their return to Lisburn, Northern Ireland - improving and impacting their local youth base.
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