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Start date: Mar 1, 2015, End date: Mar 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

CONTEXT/BACKGROUND: The project "Placeat con Europa 4" has been realized in Plasencia, Spain. Plasencia is a city of the province of Cáceres, located in the northern region of Extremadura. It is located among the regions of la Vera, Jerte Valley, Land of Granadilla and Alagón Valley. Plasencia is located 83.4 km north of Cáceres, 150 km north of Merida, and about 70 km from the border with Portugal. Known as the Pearl Valley, Plasencia has a population of 41,447 inhabitants according to the INE, 2010, it’s the second town of the province and the fourth in the region. It is the capital of the north of Extremadura, hosting services of the State and of the regional government both for the population of the city and the northern part of the region. Like the rest of Spain, Plasencia is no stranger to the phenomenon of immigration, although as with other parts of Extremadura number of born in another country and living in Spain is still far from those reached by other areas of Spain. In the 2009 census, 1977 registered are foreign nationals, representing a rate of 4.58% of total population of Plasencia, being from Romania (143), Bolivia (123) and Morocco (173) the most numerous colonies. Plasencia is a top tourist destination within the autonomous region, being a monumental and historic city and also because of its proximity to the tourist resources of the nearby regions. The city name comes from the motto given by its founder King Alfonso VIII de Castilla in the shield granted to the city, that is: "Deo et hominibus Placeat Ut", that means: To please God and men. Plasencia means, therefore, City of delight or pleasure. Since Plasencia is the capital of the northern region, the city's economy is based mainly on trade and services sector, representing 63% of the economic activity. Also the construction and the industry’s sectors are noteworthy, since the town has three industrial estates and one more in project. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this project was to defend basic rights and manage resources for the PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES, by promoting and improve their social inclusion and working conditions. Also, the project "Placeat con Europa 4" had the goal to create new Programs ables to encourage the development of cultural, recreational and sporting activities for Persons with Intellectual Disability. NUMBER AND TYPE/PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS 3 Volunteers have been part of the project "Placeat con Europa 4", a girl from Sweden, a girl from Romania and a guy from Italy. They fully responded to the profile of the volunteers we were looking for: - Youth between 18 and 30 years old from all parts of Europe and neighboring countries. - Motivation and interest for the organization and development of activities that are realized for persons with mental disabilities. -Young people with some maturity and sense of responsibility and compromise, wanting to work in a team, having capacity to exercise active listening and empathy. - Young patients and highly motivated. - Basic knowledge of Spanish - Vocation for working with persons having mental disabilities. DESCRIPTION OF UNDERTAKEN ACTIVITIES: The activities realized by the three volunteers during their EVS' period consisted on: - Supporting the daily work realized in Placeat ( Association for people with intellectual disabilities) by the employees, for example by helping during lunch and dinner time. -Join and support the professionals in their long-term projects, such as the preaparacion of theatrical performances. - Assistance and helping the Placeat's users during their daily work in Gardening, carpentry, knitting and so on. - Organization of leisure time activities such as: board games, garden games, basic motor activities, music, cinema, dance, activities in outdoor courts... RESULTS AND IMPACT ATTAINED: The volunteers had the opportunity to know the global functioning of Placeat, by taking part in all the activities realized by the Association's team. The main result and positive impact was the creation of an intercultural atmosphere that enriched both the professional team and the users of Placeat, by improving the quality of their life. Everyone gave and received in a great space of exchange of ideas and ways of doing, rich in experiences and positive attitude. The volunteer's activities definetely gave an added value to the habitual action.

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