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Let's volunteer
Start date: Dec 31, 2016, End date: Dec 30, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

"Let's Volunteer!" is a project born with the idea to give to the European Volunteers the opportunity to be involved in the daily work of an organisation, to help them develop skills by giving them projects and responsabilities, allowing them to achieve concrete results.It will involve four volunteers in total from the following countries; France, Georgia, Estonia and Austria and five organisations: OpportUNITY (United Kingdom), acting as coordinating and hosting organisation; France, Georgia, Estonia and Austria as sending organisations.We want to give the volunteers an international experience and the opportunity to learn and develop skills while helping their organisation implement activities. In the case of OpportUNITY we need to maintain our presence as a leading youth organisation in the North East of England. Due to the nature of our organisation and the high turnover of volunteers, it is essential that we keep our projects alive, thus ensuring the continuity of our work.With this project, we will give the opportunity to four EVS volunteers from four different countries who are willing to live in Newcastle upon Tyne and join OpportUNITY for 12 months.The project will take place between December 2016 and October 2018: four volunteers will spend a year in Newcastle upon Tyne. The main aim of the project and planned activities is the promotion of youth work, European awareness, as well as fighting against any forms of discrimination with the help of innovative and engaging methods, based on the concept of non-formal educationWe strongly believe that the EVS experience is a great opportunity to promote important values such as democracy, tolerance, respect, solidarity and equality. This will be achieved by living and working together, cooperating in projects and interacting and promoting the EVS work to the local communities.Indeed, volunteers will be engaged in the daily work of the organisation and they will have the possibility to develop their own project. Using learning by doing and non-formal education methods, volunteers will work in order to achieve the following objectives:- inspire and encourage European young people, in particular with fewer opportunities, to get engaged and involved in the development of their personal and professional life, developing professional and entrepreneurship skills in order to increase employability and reduce poverty and social exclusion- promote a critical thinking and an active interest of European citizens to be part of their own society- promote Erasmus+ and EVS programme- help the integration of minorities and specific groups, creating equal opportunities for young men and women
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