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Programme international d'échanges de volontaires
Start date: May 1, 2016, End date: Jan 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The international Youth Exchange Programm allows young european people from different countries to live a commitment experience for 10 months within the French Red Cross. The priority is given to the young motivated people who would not easily have the opportunity to make a commitment within the framework of an international voluntary service for helath, economic or other personnal reasons.From september 2016 to July 2017 2 volunteers will be involved in this project. They will be sent by the British Red Cross and the German Red Cross and will be hosted by the local branch of the French Red Cross in Sable sur Sarthe in Pays de la Loire.The local branch of Sablé-sur-Sarthe is a dynamic organisation of the French Red Cross. Its action takes place in about 30 small cities in South-West of the Sarthe area. Around 90 volunteers and 3 French "service civique" volunteers act on different activitéies in urgency and first aid or social action. Two different activities will be handled by the EVS volunteers. They will work with a local French "service civique" volunteer:- one volunteer will intervene mainly in schools to introduce pupils to first aid, road safety, prevention of domestic accidents and food balance. - another volunteer will take part to activities aiming to improve social openness and independence of vulnerable people. He/she will thus have the opportunity to directly support the needs of asylum seekers and homeless people living in the social hostel. According to his/her interests and ability, volunteer will also hold workshops such as decoration, cooking, reading, art, games…Both volunteers will also participate, at least once a week (depending on training sessions), in the activities of the second-hand clothes and furniture shop of the local branch or to the food collection activities.They may also have the opportunity to take part in projects held by an EVS volunteer hosted by the city of Sablé-sur-Sarthe such as European Day or EVS promotion. Those projects aim to promote cultural diversity and international youth mobility.All activities could be arranged during the volunteering period according to the volunteer's interests. Volunteers will be encouraged to use their own initiative, and will be provided with financial and methodological support from the French Red Cross.

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