More EVS networking in Unterfranken
Start date: Aug 1, 2015,
End date: Jan 31, 2017
The Youth Education Center of Lower Franconia (Jugendbildungsstätte Unterfranken) in Würzburg coordinates EVS projects in whole region for many years. This time we decided to make a joint application for hosting projects that want to receive European volunteers starting autumn 2015. Two institutions expressed a wish to continue hosting the volunteers: Don Bosco Berufsschule in Würzburg und Haus für Kinder Mariä Geburt in Höchberg. Three institutions want to get involved into the “Erasmus + Youth in Action” program and to host volunteers from Europe: Kindergärten St. Josef und St. Marien in Hammelburg, Kinderkiste Hammelburg. All the institutions are connected to the following topics: work with children, and support for the refugees in Lower Franconia which is why we have planned a joint project.
The organizations listed above want to invite volunteers from Europe to bring the intercultural experience into their work. At the same time the students and children at those institutions will experience intercultural communication through the contact with volunteers. The volunteers themselves will learn how diversity can look in reality. It is also important for volunteers develop themselves during their EVS (they will get enough support for it) – and to gain new experiences (professional, social, linguistic, etc.) to feel themselves more confident. Since the institutions are rather linked to the formal education, we want the EVSers inside to bring non-formal forms of studying by their presence. The issue of youth unemployment is also very important - the volunteers and young people (especially in Don Bosco Berufsschule School) by the project should gain new skills can be useful while the job search. A couple of project’s activities also support the asylum seekers who currently live in Lower Franconia.
The project plans to invite 5 volunteers to Lower Franconia. Almost all of the selected people have found the EVS Positions on the Internet (, Youth Networks ', Findevs' Facebook group, etc.). Together with the mentor we found some interested candidates and phoned them. For us it was important to know his or her reasons why they want to participate in the particular project.
The ‚Haus für Kinder Mariä Geburt‘ 'in Hochberg has chosen Iana Nyzhnik from Ukraine for 12 months. She will support the group ‚Katzen‘ (children aged 3 to 6 years) - they can play with the children, making music, sports in the gym or in the yard. She will also be at the special events there - Forest Day, Overnight at the daycare center, St. Nicholas celebration etc. She can cook together with the children or perform language animation (in English or Ukrainian).
The Don Bosco Berufsschule School in Würzburg found the application of Henrieta Zitnanska from Slovakia very interesting. She will support the school 12 months, between September 2015 and September 2016 The volunteers at the beginning will learn about many aspects of the complex school and then provide a fixed weekly schedule. It is planned that they can support the teaching, German as a foreign language in school and in the community housing of asylum seekers. She will also assist in the administration and the library. Additionally s/he can help at the Bicycle Project or conduct their own project in school.
The newly accredited St. Joseph Kindergarten in Hammelburg would like to have Dora Szabado from Hungary as the first European volunteer. The second kindergarten in Hammelburg - St. Marien wants to invite Elene Magradze from Georgia as a volunteer. In both institutions, the volunteers will work for 10 months (from October to July 2016), They will play with the children, do handicrafts, painting, etc. They also have the possibility to realize their own ideas - garden project, cooking, films from their country of origin etc. The volunteers will not only support the team but they are also seen as part of the team - they will participate in team meetings, training, and other mutual activities.
The Kinderkiste in Hammelburg has also decided to take European volunteers – Alise Intenberga from Latvia for a period of 10 months from October till the end of July 2016. The kids are visiting the Kinderkiste after the school - first they get lunch, then they do their homework. Then they can play and use multiple recreational facilities: in the handicraft room, in the library, in the gym, etc. The volunteer should help in all areas and also they can realize their own projects, such as: help by reading, cooking, theater projects, etc.
Each of the above mentioned projects organizes a language course for the volunteers (once a week). The volunteers also will have the regular meeting with their mentors with the purpose of reflecting and analyzing the course of the project.
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