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Start date: Aug 1, 2016, End date: Dec 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The ASHA Foundation is a charity which encourages and supports philanthropy worldwide and works for youth empowerment, interfaith and intercultural understanding and sustainable development. This EVS project involves eight volunteers from Spain, Germany, France, Poland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia: for a period of ten months (October 2016 – July 2017) to volunteer at the ASHA Centre, Gloucestershire, UK. The project combines elements of working with the environment and biodynamic/organic gardening with hospitality: hosting and facilitating diverse groups in an innovative and fun-packed, on-going non-formal educational programme aimed at fostering active youth participation and a sense of European citizenship. The ASHA Centre will also share information about the project during organisational fairs and other charity/NGO gatherings aimed at exchange of good practice and expertise. Many of our European participants have been inspired by our EVS volunteers. At ASHA the volunteers are a valued part of the team and become the best example of the youth work we do at the Centre and are a true example of youth empowerment and expression of happiness. Its learning outcomes include an increased understanding of sustainable living, team building, leadership, customer service and hospitality skills, facilitation skills and active youth work. The ASHA Centre has successfully implemented a range of international activities fostering peace and intercultural dialogue. We regularly host local and international groups for different projects promoting the exchange of ideas, harmony and coexistence. We regularly host short-term activities (Leadership Courses, Seminars, Interfaith Retreats and Youth Exchanges, Open Days amongst other) as well as international projects involving individuals from Israel, Palestine, South Africa and India. We are also hosting local and international volunteers working on sustainable development, biodynamic/organic gardening, interreligious dialogue, non-formal education and arts and culture projects. We have excellent local partnerships with the Grange Village, Gloucester Theatre Company, Tongues of Fires Youth Group and Waldorf College, as well as other organisations such as Basement Studios, in Bristol, Aston University in Birmingham, the University of Gloucestershire and others.The project will provide the volunteers with enhanced confidence and self-esteem, and examples of their work which can be used as portfolio for either further education applications or for employment interviews, and both hard and soft life skills. During their placement at ASHA the volunteers will have had experience of intercultural learning, teamwork, project design, management and implementation, working with sustainable biodynamic/organic gardening and theatre productions. The volunteers will work with adults and young people with a wide range of abilities and from a wide range of cultures. The ASHA Centre is a unique venue to host all types of groups and events, especially trainings to empower young people. Please, visit our website for more details about our current work and visit our facebook page main topics addresses in this EVS project are:Environment and climate changeHealth and wellbeingAgriculture, forestry and fisheriesCreativity and cultureEthics, religion and philosophy (incl. Inter-religious dialogue)EU Citizenship, EU awareness and DemocracyEntrepreneurial learning - entrepreneurship education

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