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Opportunities for Personal Development
Start date: Jun 1, 2016, End date: Nov 30, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This project has been developed on the basis of a strong existing partnership between the coordinating and receiving organisation and following on from a number of successful EVS projects involving these organisations. The project consists of an 11-month EVS activity involving three participants, which will take place at the Orpheus Centre in Godstone, UK. The Orpheus Centre works to support young people with disabilities to fulfil their potential and to develop the skills needed to live as independent lives as possible. The project involves partner organisations from Austria and Germany. The project provides opportunities for personal development for the participants through a positive non-formal learning experience. There are well defined expected learning outcomes for the participants that are matched to their personal interests, motivations and needs. Through the participants’ active role within the receiving organisation it is expected that this project will also be a positive learning experience for the Orpheus Centre and in particular their students. The organisation and their students are expected to benefit from the daily interaction, enthusiasm and motivation of the participants and in particular from the intercultural and European dimension that their presence will bring to the work of the organisations. This will be particular benefit to the students as they often have few opportunities to travel and experience other cultures.It is expected that this project will also promote the positive aspects of cultural diversity within a team and at an organisational level as well as promoting the mutual benefits that can be attained through young people's active citizenship. In addition, it is expected that this project will support the work of the organisations in developing a greater awareness of disability; this will be reflected in the learning of the participants, the partner organisations and wider society. The project is expected to have a positive impact on the participants as they will have the opportunity to gain tangible skills, knowledge and competences that will be of benefit to them in their future careers.
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