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Keep Walking! Be European!
Start date: Jul 1, 2015, End date: Apr 30, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project "Keep Walking! Be European!" starts on 05.01.2015 and ends on 05.11.2015, the volunteers’ stage will be 6 months long, starting from 05.03.2015 to 05.09.2015. Venue: Marasesti town, Vrancea county. Asociatia Voluntariat Pentru Viata aims to promote the concept of non-formal education among teachers, resource teachers and social educators and to train youth workers by collaborating with European volunteers. The project activities take place in 3 local schools, in 8 social centers of the General Directorate of Social Assistance Vrancea and in The School Center for Inclusive Education "Elena Doamna" Focsani. The aim of the project is to increase the involvement of teachers, resource teachers and social educators in nonformal and sport activities for children aged 6 to 14 years. The main objective of the project is to involve 4 young volunteers, over a period of 6 months, in non-formal activities, in 3 elementary and middle schools, in 8 social centers and in The School Center for Inclusive Education "Elena Doamna" Focsani. The volunteers participating in our project will be young people aged between 18-30 years old, active, eager to perform outdoor activities, enthusiastic about children and patient in working with them. The four young volunteers aged between 18 and 30 will engage in community life, helping children in schools and social centers to take the first steps towards a better future and personal development, gaining confidence and becoming familiar to the European values. An important objective of the project is training the four volunteers during the 6-month stage as youth workers. At the end of the project the 4 volunteers will also gain knowledge about the Romanian culture, traditions, customs, gastronomy. Another project objective is facilitating access to nonformal education for children coming from Foster Care Centers and local schools and for children with special needs. We want to unfold the activities of the project together with 4 volunteers from Portugal and Macedonia, two from each country. The project activities will be: leisure activities, hand-made activities, sports activities, English knowledge transfer using non-formal education methods. The volunteers will participate at intercultural evenings, they will visit local historical monuments, some bio-agricultural farms, and they will also meet some inhabitants from the rural area of the town so that they can get acquainted to some ancient traditions and customs that have been preserved till nowadays. Methods used: workshops, the gallery method, exhibitions, debates, team-building games, roundtable method, role-playing games, get-acquainted games, energizers. The four volunteers will gain knowledge and experience in performing leisure activities, hand-made activities, sports activities, knowledge of English and Romanian, of the organization of NGOs, experience in volunteering and interculturalism. The volunteers will acquire coordination skills, teamwork, leadership, partnership management and project management, that serve them in future projects. They will also improve their networking skills, communication skills and become more motivated to engage in community life as a result of their working with children during the project. Their participation in our project will increase their independence and sense of initiative and will help them gain a more open perspective of the world we live in. Non-formal education methods will help both children and the 4 volunteers, to discover learning for pleasure, developing new skills and pursuits and, for the long term, to give more importance to education and to integrate more easily into society. The local community of Marasesti town will have real benefits due to the impact of this project. The local community will become aware of the children and youngsters’ problems and of the need to create some inclusion programmes for them. Likewise, the young people from our community will realize the importance of their involvement in combating social exclusion and will be motivated to participate in future volunteer projects. The presence of the four young volunteers in our project will serve to bring the youngsters from Marasesti town closer to the activities of Asociatia Voluntariat Pentru Viata. The local community of each volunteer will benefit from the knowledge and experience acquired by the volunteer in our project and it possible that they decide to undertake new projects or initiatives when they return to their countries.

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