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Out & About
Start date: 01 Aug 2016, End date: 30 Nov 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project ‘Out & About’ is a long-term European Voluntary Service project organised by Olde Vechte Foundation, acting as coordinating and sending organisation, in partnership with United Society of Balkans, as receiving NGO. The project last 16 months, from 1st August 2016 till the 30th of November 2017 with a 12-months stay of one Dutch volunteer who is considered as a youngster with fewer opportunities.The objectives for Out & About are:• To give an EVS experience for ten to twelve months for one youngsters with fewer opportunities• To increase the personal and professional growth and inclusion in society;• To enlarge internationalisation through volunteering.• Learn in depth, gain expertise and know-how in Erasmus+ programs, canalizing the sense of initiatives and entrepreneurial spirit in a peer solidarity approach• To promote the Erasmus+ programme, focusing on European Voluntary Service as key experience at intercultural level but mainly as learning mobility practice to help the development and the pro-action of the youngster, ensuring a better approach in job finding and future learning strategies and opportunitiesAccording to this objectives, we proposed the following activities to the volunteer, taking into account that he will choose and organise his experience according to his interests and learning goals: • Organize creative workshops and cultural events in the framework of learning mobility and EU awareness, addressing youth challenging, issues and opportunities with non-formal methods and digital tools, including the production of multimedia contents such as photo, video to use for expo and social campaigns. Particularly the volunteer can create newsletters about his Erasmus+ project, testimonial for his EVS experience with events in the community and in USB daily activities, preparing videos or social campaign related to mobility, organise art, dance or performance events or photo expo, open day about Erasmus+ and developing a personal project related with EU awareness and culture.• Web media communication, dissemination of European initiatives and opportunities for young people, with video, photo, newsletters of other youth projects in the region, exploring the viral techniques of communication on social media; moreover there is the possibility the possibility to start their own web radio program about youth mobility and awareness about European Union initiatives for young people.This EVS project is based on non-formal learning methodology, learning by doing and peer to peer exchange, supported by mentors and tutors which will ensure a very participatory approach and self-arrangement of learning objectives, coherent with the project ones. The key point of the project is the entrepreneurial spirit and the job related skills which the volunteer are likely to develop: pro-action, effective problem solving, creative designing and basic project management, planning and scheduling, lobbying and advocacy, territorial and international cooperation, intercultural team-work. This interactive dimension of the volunteering experience will empower both organisations and the participant, giving an added value to the project outcomes and enhancing follow-up initiatives in the youth work field. At local level, the promotion of mobility opportunities and EU awareness will be an added value for the youth of Thessaloniki, which are facing a very hard time since the financial crisis started, with very strong consequences and difficulties at individual and social levels. The chance to learn more about mobility experiences and Erasmus+ programme, reading and sharing the contents promoted by the volunteer will encourage him also to participate to upcoming free workshops proposed and supported by USB volunteers and EVS, with performance techniques which are always very attractive, developing creativity and generating a multiplier effect and more active participation in the community.
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