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Stepping into somebody else's shoes
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Project 'Stepping into somebody else's shoes' is an EVS project, hosted by Center Janez Levec Ljubljana who has been taking part in EVS projects since 2010. Center is an educational institution, providing schooling and education for children and youngsters with special needs. These youngsters and children are often pushed on the edge of active social life and for this reason we have started organising international events to show them they too have broader range of options as they think. Besides educating which is our main task, we are organising activities with which we want to place these children and youngsters in the focus of society. These activities promote inclusive culture and socialising among all children and youngsters from different educational, cultural and social backgrounds. The basics of this free time activities is connecting children and youngsters through playing and spending time together. EVS project includes partners from Macedonia (Volunteers Centre Skopje) and Bosnia and Hercegovina (SOS Social Centre Hermann Gmeiner, UG Omladinski Centar Jajce). We will host three our of four volunteers for 12 months, from the 2. 9. 2015 until the 30. 8. 2016; one volunteer will leave a month before the others. By the time the project starts, all the four volunteers will have finished with their official education. Three of four have finished their studies in the field of pedagogy and one in the field of law. They've all have lenghtly experience in the field of voluntary work and have a positive attitude towards working with people with special needs. The themes of the project are disability, creativity and inclusion. The project is made of three parts: first, the volunteers will be included in the work at our schools (Sept 2015 - Jun 2016); the second part will be project work, done at the Project office (through the year, but most intensively in May 2016), whereas the last part will be done in Summer 2016 (July - Aug) through the work at the youth hostel, helping our youngsters with special needs who will also work there. The volunteers will be encouraged to realise their own project and to be included in the organisational project team in charge of organising inclusive projects that are already taking place within our institution. The aim of the project is to promote the exchange of experiences among youngsters from different cultural and social backgrounds, to give the youngsters and children living and educating in the frame of our institution the opportunity to learn about other countries and cultures, to promote values as democracy, freedom, human rights. The project encourages learning about differences and the accepting of them. The effect of EVS service is widely recognised, not only with those that have a direct contact with it, but also with the local area and its people.

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