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Urban Volunteering kick-start
Start date: Feb 1, 2016, End date: Oct 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Mladiinfo in cooperation with organizations from Macedonia and Romania prepared short term EVS project for 10 young people which will happen in Bratislava "Kick starting of urban volunteering". It will be implemented in the spring 2016. Project will take place in Bratislava, which is full of youth, opportunities and active organizations. Mladiinfo wants to carry out the project as a starting impulse for improving active participation in society mainly on a local level (youth work methods in urban development). The project’s general mission is to show the youth that they can be involved in running of the city. This would be achieved by volunteering in different organizations with wide scale of concern (ecology, unemployment etc). They will have a chance to discover these issues and possibilities through various voluntary but also entertaining and educational activities, opportunities to realize themselves in both physical and intellectual fields, and active participations in the local project development and implementation. Main objective is to show the diversity of urban volunteering, which is also more than possible, yet essential. They will volunteer in young and active organizations, NPOs and NGOs in Bratislava for about 14 days. Each day they will be helping an organization with various aims for 3-7 hours per day and also get a presentation/workshop/speech/discussion about their motivation, objectives and possibilities. They will get an opportunity to get to know about 7 important topics of urban development volunteering and to try it by themselves (about two days in one organization). At the end of the activity they will organize their own event, which Mladiinfo will provide with the place and audience/participants. They will have an opportunity to participate in various lectures and discussion, workshops - about leadership, opportunities, community problems, European possibilities and for sure also entertaining activities like outdoor weekend in beautiful slovak nature. We would like to host 10 volunteers (5 from each country), aged preferably 17-22. Preferences will be given to volunteers who are willing to learn how to make a difference in their countries by running various projects and events and being proactive. Volunteers have to be able to handle themselves in activities that don’t look easy at the first sight and to be willing to try new things. Every participant will be insured. We require communicative level of English and a positive attitude. We hope that the platform of Bratislava's active youth will enlarge and also that participants will continue with their active involvement within the society even after they return to their home countries.

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