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OpportUNITY to grow
Start date: 01 Aug 2014, End date: 31 Jul 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Presented project ”OpportUNITY to grow” involved volunteers from Croatia and Italy. Project took place between September 2014 and September 2016 and each of the volunteers spent a year in Newcastle upon Tyne. The main subject of the project and planned activities was the promotion of the European Awareness and the newly introduced Erasmus+ programme, as well as fighting against any forms of discrimination with the help of innovative and engaging methods, based on the concept of non-formal education. Through hard and dedicated work performed by volunteers with help and support from the organisations involved in the project, we aimed to reach the following objectives: emphasizing the vital role of young Europeans in shaping and creating a better future of the continent and, most importantly, how the young Europeans, with a little encouragement, can improve their own employability skills, find their own path of life and benefit from the help and support, which the European Union is providing. We strongly believe that international voluntary service was a great opportunity to grow for all parties involved in it: we see volunteering as an enriching factor, that helps us to be more open, tolerant, learn, know, see and understand better the world around us. Volunteers worked mainly with the youth, especially focusing on the group with fewer opportunities. As mentioned before, working methods used in the project, were based on the concept of non-formal education and was realized through workshops, awareness-raising campaigns or organising local and international meetings of young people. Thanks to the activities carried out by the two volunteers, we achieved the following effects: mostly, empowered young people from all over Europe, showed them that they have many great chances to develop themselves. What’s more, we aimed at showing that, even though, the economical crisis is still present in Europe, young people don’t have to suffer because of it: thanks to international volunteering and pro-active attitude all can be achieved.
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