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OpportUNITY to grow higher
Start date: Sep 1, 2016, End date: Aug 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

“OpportUNITY to grow higher” is a long term EVS project which involves four volunteers and five organisations: OpportUNITY which acts as a coordinating and hosting organisation; Croatia, Macedonia, Spain and Italy which act as sending organisations. The project will take place between September 2016 and August 2018 and involve four volunteers with fewer opportunities from Croatia, Macedonia, Spain and Italy who will spend 12 months in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.OpportUNITY to grow II is the successive step of the previous successful namesake project. The aims and objectives of “Opportunity to grow II” are: - helping European young people, especially those coming from underprivileged backgrounds, to fight the overwhelming phenomenon of youth unemployment and marginalisation developing in them professional and entrepreneurship skills - promoting equity and social cohesion through non formal education, fostering participation and creativity, innovation and activism - promoting the respect of human rights, human dignity, freedom, democracy, tolerance, solidarity and supporting integration and equal opportunities between women and men - providing better opportunities for European young people, promoting the values of activism, solidarity, social inclusion and creation of more and equal opportunities in the labour market. Volunteers will be engaged in the daily work of the organisation and they will have the possibility to develop their own project. Using the method of learning by doing and non-formal education, EVS volunteers will: - Participate in various forms of voluntary activities (for example, planning, delivering and evaluating local workshops and trainings in our organisation and in collaboration with local partners, colleges and universities) - Express their personal commitment through these voluntary activities - Involving the volunteers in activities for the benefit of the general public (for example, organising and participating in local events in order to improve the quality of activities in the North East) “OpportUNITY to grow higher” will have a strong impact on the EVS volunteers, at the local and international level. The EVS volunteers will be equipped with the soft skills and knowledge they need to have to be competent workers for the labour market; know more about volunteering and youth work field; more tolerant, respectful and active. At the local level, the direct contact with foreign volunteers develop the local community’s understanding of diversity, mutual respect, democracy, and active citizenship. The desired impact at the international and European level is the promotion of ERASMUS+ and EVS program, its aims and objectives, encourage volunteers to multiply these skills and knowledge by applying for new ERASMUS + projects.
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