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International Youth Volunteering
Start date: Aug 1, 2014, End date: Oct 31, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The British Red Cross International Youth Volunteering Project's mission is to provide high quality international volunteering experiences to meet the needs young people in their diversity aged 18-30 and the needs of host projects and their communities, thereby promoting active global citizenship. The programme prioritises young people with less opportunity to access other international programmes and those who will benefit most from the personal and social development opportunities which the scheme offers. The various projects included in this application are thematically linked by a common commitment to the inclusion of vulnerable groups, both at the local and community level; this focuses primarily on humanitarian education in the UK (2 volunteers) and in Armenia (2 volunteers) and on supporting vulnerable community groups in Spain (2 volunteers). In line with wider EVS goals, our International Youth Volunteering Programme (IYV) has a number of specific objectives: - To encourage young people's active citizenship and participation in civil society; - To facilitate opportunities for young people to develop international friendship and understanding; - To provide a mechanism for young people to actively contribute to building more resilient communities in Europe through their involvement in service delivery; - To encourage social inclusion by ensuring participation among disadvantaged youth as well as projects with an inclusion focus; - To enhance the employability of young people and develop their knowledge and experience of volunteering in the social sector. Through a range of non-formal learning activities and experiences, volunteers will be supported over the course of the placement to take an active involvement in society, and will also have the space for personal development, self reflection and informal-learning. The young people involved in this project will develop both 'soft' and 'hard' skills crucial for their future employability. Through a range of personal development and training opportunities, participants will develop skills crucial for future training or employment and have the chance to be engaged as active citizens in civil society. At the local level, the participants will be directly involved with the delivery of services to vulnerable people in the community. Their contact with community groups who may otherwise have little contact with people from overseas enables the intercultural learning from the programme to spread more broadly than the participants themselves. The volunteers will also be encouraged to proactively engage the communities in which they volunteer with issues around European identity.
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