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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.The volunteer will visit and accompany the elderly people during the activities proposed by the retirement home or by her own initiative. She could also be the confident or friend of residents who would like to talk to her. She will accompany residents to the outside, which will allow it, as well as residents, to have a link with the local life (shopping, market, restaurant, music festival ...)This project enables a European volunteer to discover other linguistic and cultural backgrounds and to be engaged with people in need. The volunteer will seize the opportunity to discover the demands of old age, often in connection with the theme of dependence.Old age is part of our human condition and it is beneficial for society as a whole that young people experience solidarity with this segment of the population: the volunteer by her contacts with the staff of the institution, with seniors and their families, will have the opportunity to develop her interpersonal skills, remove maturity and experience of the confrontation to the other, which will help her later for her professional or civilian experiences.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.Supporting 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.And there is truly nothing more gratifying for us than to 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; it’s precisely what we want them to live:- 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 contribution to the development of local communities - 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 .- more maturity and more confidence to undertake and to go ahead in life.
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