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Volunteering Against Poverty
Start date: Dec 1, 2011,

‘Volunteering Against Poverty’ is a group EVS project involving 17 volunteers, seven sending organisations and nine hosting organisations in Austria, Belgium, Cameroon, Colombia, Indonesia, Latvia, Senegal, Spain and the UK. The volunteers’ service will last between eight and 12 months and involves young people with fewer opportunities.Objectives:- To provide disadvantaged young people with the opportunity to volunteer in another country for 8-12 months- To prevent isolation and enhance the EVS experience by connecting volunteers in a common project- To enhance the quality of local youth work through the input of a volunteer- To train young people with fewer opportunities as peer educators in their host countries- To raise awareness of youth poverty and decent work through the production of a common documentary and educational materials- To empower young people in local communities to take action to fight povertyThe volunteers will have three main areas of activity in their host organisations:1) Working with children's and youth groups in their host communities, particularly on the topic of youth poverty and unemployment. This will be the primary area of engagement and will be crucial in integrating them into the local community. The volunteers will work with local groups using peer education and will produce a common documentary on youth poverty and unemployment as well as viral videos and interviews with young people.2) Learning about their host countries and contributing to the activities of their host organisations. This element of the project will vary between host organisations but will include helping organise events, publicity work and field work.3) Participating in the common project 'Volunteering against Poverty'(VAP) meeting the other volunteers, sharing their experiences from their home and host countries regarding youth poverty and being trained in peer education and basic documentary production.
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