VIP EVS for Europe
Start date: Aug 1, 2016,
End date: Sep 30, 2017
This EVS activity includes 3 nine months voluntary service projects taking place in Liège (Belgium) from 01/10/2016 to 30/06/2017. The main theme is social integration of disabled young people, and mostly, of minorities in local and international environments.These EVS projects will be achieved by 3 blind girls one from Spain, Italy and Poland, each of them being between 22 and 30 years old.For each EVS project, an Advanced Planning Visit (APV) is foreseen between 5th and 7th September 2016, in order to assess specific needs of each visually-impaired volunteer, and to meet with instructors in daily-living skills and mobility as well as the hosting organizations.This project will be coordinated and implemented by VIEWS International, association specialised in youth activities organized by and for young VIP. Since 2007, this EVS project comes within our effort to offer, to young visually impaired people (VIP) from everywhere, the chance of gaining social and professional skills through EVS and of integrating better in society.The objectives will be :- Showing to young people that visual impairment doesn’t prevent from being self-sufficient, living through an experience abroad, working in an active environment (IRHOV) ;- Better insertion of foreign populations via multiple activities organsied with the Coordination of the Sainte-Margueritte neighbourhood ngo in Liège. - Getting trained for implementing adapted projects for VIP, and improving public relations of the association at local and international level (VIEWS International).Activities carried out by volunteers:- Leading leasure time activities: sport, computer, adapted games, singing and dancing with young children (IRHOV) ;- Help to facilitate communication between the member associations (writing articcles for the neighbourhood journal, leading and organising meetings, and taking notes, etc), helping to set up cultural and leisure activities within the associations of the neighbourhood at the Coordination and helping to lead French activities within Orchidée Rose.- The activities linked with communication : newsletter, collection of articles, help for electronic writing and sending, update of the website, creation of podcasts, help for developing adapted projects to young VIP, etc.The methodology concerns non-formal education, learning by practice and with peers, work in small individual groups, debates.In the long term, the experience will be useful for the visually impaired volunteers because they will have gained important skills in their daily life (better independence in daily-living skills as well as in mobility). Moreover, they will have acquired social and linguistic competence which will favor their integration in a social and professional environment. The local community will benefit from this project, thanks to the fact that they will keep in touch with a VIP. That will allow them to be enriched with this diversity.
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