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Intercultural Blender
Start date: Mar 1, 2012,

"Intercultural Blender" (IB) is an EVS project coordinated by InCo, where international volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in the activities of 2 different Italian HOs: ViVi and VKE. ViVi takes care of children whose families are facing difficult situations and don’t have the chance to watch them out and support their daily needs. Children and young people can experience a family atmosphere of peace and receive support to their physical and psychological growth. VKE, instead, aims to engage citizens' initiatives in favour of the right to play and play spaces for children and young people, but also more general to improve the life quality of children, youngsters and their families.The 2 volunteers included in this project are from Uruguay and Czech Republic, enjoying from this experience during a long term period (9 months). The volunteers will support the staff of the respective HOs in their work with the children and youngsters who are facing different levels of social difficulties. They will collaborate with the everyday-life activities (e.g. supporting lunch time, picking children up from the school, household activities, etc) and organizing and developing educational and specially free-time activities (games, sports, music workshops, painting, etc). That’s the reason why the themes involved are children and youth leisure. Volunteers will be introduced to the activities through job-shadowing and will became autonomous little by little, contributing with their own ideas and culture. We expect that the volunteers' activities can foster a nice childhood to the children assisted and, at the same time, enrich their cultural, personal and attitudinal baggage. Volunteers will be stimulated to be in contact with each other and share experiences; there will be several other local and international volunteers coordinated by InCo in the region, giving them the chance to learn from each other, specially from cultural aspects in an INTERCULTURAL BLENDER.

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