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Raising intercultural awareness
Start date: Jan 12, 2015, End date: Oct 11, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Our Foundation in Szentendre is a meeting place and colourful cultural setting for Hungarian and foreign young people. While the doors of Europe are opening up and there are more and more opportunitis for young people to travel and study abroad we are shocked to notice that many of them afraid of the challenge and are unwilling to try European Voluntary Service or participate in other mobility projects. Many of our young people do not speak foreign languages well, they do not have the possibility to meet youth from other countries, nor realise that interculturality is not a question of choice today, it is a fact: we live and work in an intercultural environment. WEXEdU Foundation is looking for two young volunteers (one from Germany and one from the United Kingdom) in such a setting, where they can genuinely represent the cultures, languages and habits of their own respective countries and help the local youth and citizens to experience the benefits and versatility deriving from cooperation and participation in various activites, programmes and clubs. The volunteers will mostly work in Szentendre and in its surroundings, while some activities will take place in Budapest, the capital city which is about 10 kms from Szentendre. The volunteers will assist in organising and managing various interactive clubs, workshops, free time activities, cultural and sports programmes for the local youth, residents, children and the European mobility students staying at WEXEdU Foundation. The main objectives of the project are that the presence, activities and involvement of the volunteers and their cooperation with the local youth would raise the intercultural awareness of the local community, develop sensitivity to accept differences and encourage our young people to move out of their comfort zone in the following areas: communication in foreign languages, cooperation with young people from other countries, going abroad to study, trying voluntary service or participating in other mobility programmes. We are looking for volunteers who are open-minded and find it easy to communicate with other young people, are tolerant and interested in culture. The volunteers will be supported by professional mentors during the daily tasks and activities, besides the other supporting mentors from the local community. We look forward to hosting the volunteers for 6 months.
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