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Long-term volunteering for cultural exchange
Start date: 01 Jul 2016, End date: 31 Aug 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Our project is located in the city of Palma de Mallorca (Spain). Our organization during 2015 help more than 200 young people in our community involved in the Erasmus + program in general and EVS in particular; also as coordinating organization, we wait for about 12 European volunteers during 2016 that will participate in different projects in our community and our organization will continue to visit schools, colleges, universities, training centers and youth centers to give briefings on EVS.We are looking for two volunteers, aged between 17 and 30, to collaborate in our project, no specific qualifications or experience required, what we value is the motivation of the person and if is a dynamic person who likes to interact with peers and wants to learn and share their experience. We highly value the young people who have had previous experience of volunteering in their country of origin.The objectives we pursue are:- That the volunteers who are part of the EVS (the volunteers of our project, volunteers of the projects we coordinate and local volunteers interested in participating in the program) to acquire the necessary skills for their personal, educational and professional development.- Promote the social integration of all of them.- To facilitate cultural exchange and promote multiculturalism.- To promote youth mobility.- Create a link and connection between the EVS (European and local) volunteers in our community.To achieve these objectives we will implement two distinct activities:1. Integration, cohesion and revitalization of volunteering EVS: Functions:- Support the development of a resource youth guide in our community (Leisure).- Support the development of a infokit of our community to facilitate the integration of volunteers.- Creation and management of virtual platforms for energizing, communication and information sharing between EVS volunteers from our community (group WhatsApp, Facebook group ...).- Monthly planning of activities to promote group cohesion, integration and cultural exchange (excursions, dinners, sightseeing, linguistic tandems ...) and drawing up a monthly calendar of proposed activities.- Support the organization of visits to the projects of other EVS volunteers in our community, to see first hand the reality of our community as well as to share experience with colleagues.- Creating a network of local volunteers interested in EVS and carry out motivational activities and exchange of experiences.2. Dissemination, promotion and visibility of international volunteering: Functions:- Operation and management of virtual platforms: EVS daily search for projects that may be of interest to local volunteers, to search for information, articles and activities related to the field of youth; to share in our social networks.- Assistance to briefings about the EVS make by our team in schools, colleges, universities, training centers and youth centers, to share his experience with the youth of our community.- Manage and maintain the blog.- Conducting interviews in local media explaining his experience.- Support for the digital processing of information material of our organization (annual reports, brochures, posters ...)- Support for the attention of local youngsters interested in EVS, providing information about the program and providing support in the search process and subsequent project application process. Assist in the preparation of CV and cover letters.Our project will not only have a positive impact on the EVS volunteers of our organization, but the impact will reach the young people of our community between 17 and 30, to different youth workers and, indirectly, to the families of these young . The expected results are that there is a considerable increase in the number of young people in our community who wish to join EVS, youth workers and the families of these young people know firsthand the possibilities offered by the program to these young people.Long-term benefit will be that both the motivation, tolerance, respect for other cultures and the desire to participate in a European project for the youth of our community will be significantly increased, impacting increased youth mobility within the group of 17-30 years of our community.
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