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Intercultural Learning 2015-16
Start date: Aug 1, 2015, End date: Dec 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

16 young volunteers from 8 different countries in Europe (Spain, Italy, Germany, Serbia, Turkey, Hungary, Austria and France)will arrive in Denmark to be involved in 10 activities with different themes. 6 volunteers will gain experiences and skills from working with young people, assisting teachers in classes or in social and sport activities, and with mainfocus on achieving new skills and experience in teaching. 3 volunteers will work in a boarding school for mentally disabled youngsters assisting in, classes workshops, cooking, baking, playing games, arranging activities(theater, creative workshops etc.) and trips. the 3 volunteers of 3 nationalities will share a house and hereby also gain new intercultural experiences. 4 volunteers is working with children aged 3-6 and 10-12 in two different kindergardens and in one activity house supporting the paedagogs and the children in the dayly activities/workshops. 2 volunteer will work with invironment, one volunteering in an organisation experimenting and developing decentralized sustainable solutions, exploring use of recycled and organic materials. Another volunteer working in a marine zoo, helping with the daily flow in the fishkitchen, mainteaneces and in time participate in the feedings/trainingsessions of the animals. Finally 1 volunteer will be working with intergration, learning about issues related to minorities, integration, asylum seekers and democracy. Although many of the activities are rather practical, which is always the main objective of the house. The volunteer will come to understand how the Danish asylum system works, and how it affects the individuals subjected to it. he will also be involved in practical tasks depending on which activities he/she will choose to get involved with, such as yoga and tailoring, Arabic and Danish to journalism and asylum seekers’ rights. All volunteers will integrate into the local culture and population, learn the local language and adjust as well as they can to habits and traditions. The main objectives of the project are to promote youth mobility, intercultural exchange and active citizenship amongst young Europeans. The volunteers' learning process will be supported by practical training whenever needed, formal and informal discussions as well as weekly or monthly planning and sum-up meetings and furthermore by working with the Youthpass. Moreover, the volunteers will participate in the trainings and evaluation meetings offered by the Danish National Agency and camps/seminars arranged by Dansk ICYE. The project will be coordinated by Dansk ICYE, working in close cooperation with the host organisations. The volunteers will have an opportunity to use all his\her experience from the project, to create the active way of participation and develop competences which are important both as for personal as professional future. Moreover the volunteers will be offered a Youthpass Certificate which is recognized by the European countries and a useful contribution to the volunteer’s socialization and professional life. The ones in contact with the volunteer will learn about his/her culture of origin and thus raise awareness of cultural differences, as well as similarities and common challenges and possibilities within Europe promoting a European identity. This is for colleagues, host families and their friends, the children, youth and the clients the volunteers will meet at the projects as well as personal contacts and friendships the volunteer will make during his/her stay. The volunteers will contribute as an extra source of practical support and inspiration in the everyday projects, tasks and initiavtives, which will further develope the activities and the organisations. Each participant will dissiminate the achieved experience in his /her own personal network. The volunteer will also serve as an ambassador for not only the Erasmus + Programme, but also the European Union itself.
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