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Stand up for Childhood!
Start date: 01 May 2015, End date: 30 Apr 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project "Stand Up for Childhood!" aims to provide EVS experience for a Hungarian volunteer in Armenia for 12 months. The Sending organisation is Egyesek Youth Association who will assume the role of coordinating organsation as well. The volunteer will implement his Service in SOS - Children's Villages. The organisation works with disadvantaged children (mainly orphans and those, whose parents cannot take care of their children at the moment for various reasons). The Receiving Organisation has a many-years experience with the short- and long-term volunteer that acted as an impulse to create the project. The activities will take place mostly in Armenia (in Kotayk and Yerevan) and aim to fulfill the objectives of the project, including improvement of the participant's active participation in the society and entrepreneurship, enhancing his command of foreign languages and contributing to the notion of learning as a whole and raising awareness of different cultures and nations, on European values and common concepts. The activity involves one male participant from Hungary. His background includes various training courses and events and his degree is in Education. These factors combined with his high motivation to work with children have been considered a perfect fit for the project and the proposed project fits the volunteer's expectations and benefits to his lifelong learning process. The methodology to work with the volunteer is crafted in a way to allow him a place for reflection and self-assessment and by that the better outcomes of the experience. Having professionals working with him throughout the project is considered to have a valuable input. As main methods are foreseen troubleshooting and reflection sessions that are to aid the volunteer to analyse his ideas and suggestions and to document his achievements that will later on be tailored in youthpass and reference letters to be available in the future. The impact of the project is foreseen to cover various levels: from local impact on the organisation and its children, through the personal and professional development of the volunteer, to the European and international effect of raising awareness and promoting of the important notions of, among others, values, principles of non-formal education and volunteering. The latter is important also as a foreseen multiplier effect and follow-up of this project: the present of the volunteer will give the children first-hand information of the perks and importance of volunteering and will motivate them to join such an initiative as well.
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