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internationales+ in Niederösterreich - Internationalising social institutions in lower Austria
Start date: Aug 1, 2015, End date: Sep 30, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Venue: St.Pölten, Klosterneuburg, Dates 1.9.2015-10.8.2016 Countries involved: Spain, Russia, Austria, Sending partner Gantalcala Spain, SFERA Movement Russia Coordinator Grenzenlos Austria, Host organisation H2 SchülerInnenzentrum, Wohnheim St Martin Within the project “ internationales+ in Niederösterreich - Internationalising social institutions in lower Austria” the Wohnheim St Martin, a living place for disabled adults in Klosterneuburg and the H“ SchülerInnenzentrum, a catholic youth center for pupils are connected and intend to host 2 volunteers. The main objectives for all involved organizations: + get new inputs and broaden the organisational horizon + receive intercultural and foreign language input through hosting an European volunteer + Stregthen partnerships through a concrete EVS activity + support and give recognition to social institutions working with less privileged clients +promote volunteering as an added value within society Both projects are working on including young people with fewer opportunities and wish to give their target group the possibility of intercultural learning and experience. H2 SchülerInnenzentrum an Wohnheim St.Martin have been involved in EVS activities since many years and shared that an important impact by EVS volunteers could have been measured on their target group. The general learning outcomes for volunteers of the project is The general learning outcomes of the project are + to develop Social and Civic competences, such as team work, empathy, especially competences related with the relation with other people, about living together, about discovering themselves in different context. + to promote cultural awareness through international exchange and through the exchange with other EVS volunteers + to discover the social system in Austria through volunteering in institutions dealing with underprivileged pupils in St.Pölten and disabled clients in Klosterneuburg +to improve their organizational and teamwork skills as a result of a close co-operation with the team members and being part of team meetings + to gain a better geographical, political and social knowledge of Austria and Klosterneuburg, St.Pölten and Vienna specifically +Organizational and group-management skills developed through planning and supervising little activities for pupils and disabled clients +Creative skills –through the opportunity to prepare workshops such as sport activities, cultural activities for the pupils and for the disabled clients +Entrepreneurship through offering own activities depending on the personality oft he volunteer to the kids Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own ideas into their host projects but also to the Grenzenlos EVS activities. They will have to create, plan and evaluate an activity on their own + Living in Austria with the support of the German classes will give the participants the chance to increase their competences in foreign languages, specially German, but also the languages of other volunteers, the clients of the projects and English. +to develop own “Learning to learn” competences. The project is coordinated by Grenzenlos. Volunteers are connected with other EVS volunteers living in Vienna and surrounding and are invited to take part in monthly meetings and organized free time activities on a voluntarly base.

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