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Une année de volontariat européen au service des autres
Start date: 01 Aug 2016, End date: 30 Nov 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

VISA-AD is a non profit Union of Associations that, since its setting up in 1959, has been offering to young people a formative experience by engaging in a voluntary service project of discovery, experimentation and self-construction.For this project, we would like to host in Region "Rhône-Alpes" 4 volunteers (including 2 non EU citizens). The young people that will participate to this project do not have a specific profile, except their motivation to live an experience of social solidarity and peace in an intercultural context.In the Retirement Home Maison Cauzid, the volunteer will accompany the residents in the care centre and will contribute to the autonomy of the elderly people in the Home by creating social connections. He will accompany the Home’s animator and the voluntary workers in their activities with sick and dependant people.Within the project at 2 children homes in the association Sauvegarde de l'Enfance, we want to enable children in difficulties to meet foreign young adult volunteers. The presence of a foreigner with a different perspective and different cultural references will contribute to stimulate the children’s curiosity and will be a factor in broadening their horizons and bringing an intercultural awareness to children who have no knowledge of life beyond their own neighborhoods. This cultural dimension is just as important for the volunteer himself ; the numerous contacts he will have in his new environment will allow him to understand the academic, social and judicial mechanisms of our country better.Through this experience we want to break down prejudices, second-hand ideas and preconceptions, which too often prevent us to see other people as they are.The construction of a “united” Europe goes through mutual understanding and respecting the differences between neighbors. Our aim is to facilitate these relationships between young people from different countries and backgrounds in order to strengthen this unitySupporting young European volunteers means for us to give them the opportunity to experience life outside their usual boundaries, based on values of European and even worldwide citizenship construction. They contribute through their action to make Europe closer to people, to break down barriers of intolerance and mistrust and build a Europe strong of solidarity and sharing. Working together to build a more solid basis for Europe. To allow young people, through a voluntary service project, to discover other cultures for their own experience, but also to develop national and international relationships which objective is peace and justice. It’s reminding them through the EVS, the values of tolerance, solidarity, responsibility and mutual respect as the basis of our social life and the European Political project.We notice year after year, with these young Europeans who will have to be makers of tomorrow in our society, the achievements of their volunteer experience:- a non-formal professional experience and intercultural learning, by facilitating social integration and discovery of community life, by getting involved, which will help them making future human, citizens and professional choices- a communication about the European programs through their testimonies- a necessary follow-up that makes us discuss the experiences of other organizations. - The development of networks of associations in France and abroad. - a training in the citizenship consciousness that goes beyond interests .An invitation to see beyond the end of one’s nose and to expand its interests, - more maturity and more confidence to undertake and to go ahead in life.
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