Volunteering for inclusion: the added value of EVS
Start date: 01 Aug 2014, End date: 01 Apr 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

“Volunteering for inclusion: the added value of EVS" is a short term EVS group project of 8 months that will be coordinated by TDM 2000 and hosted by Beyond Barriers Association in Tirana, Albania. The service will involve 10 young people from Italy between 1st October 2014 and 30th November 2014. It aims at actively promoting the inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities, with a special focus on people with disabilities, and it wants to promote volunteerism as a tool to take part to the change of the society. The main priorities fields in which this project wants to have an impact are the inclusion of disabled young people and youngsters with fewer opportunities, and volunteerism as in Albanian society is needed the encouragement and stimulation of the youth towards voluntary activities. The group of EVS volunteers will stimulate and encourage young people to be active citizens and they will give support to the disabled children of the targeted communities in Tirana implementing activities such as: - Assistance and social animation for children with learning difficulties in Tirana - Promotion of local volunteering among young students of High Schools of Albania, through EVS experience and European mobility programmes, as strong tools and positive testimonials. - Preparation and issuing of the Newsletter, update of the website and blog of Beyond Barriers A relevant space will be given to outdoor activities, street actions, exhibition evenings, thematic movie evenings. Through its actions the project wants to: - promote volunteerism as an added value for the youth and for the society - raise the awareness towards the themes of solidarity and inclusion of young people with less opportunities, with a special focus on disabled people - promote the sharing of best practices among the local and international volunteers - set the basis and foster the promotion of intercultural dialogue and non-formal education approach - enhance the quality of information exchange through the use of social media tools, outdoor activities and peer education -promote European values in order to foster social cohesion in the EU - promote the new ERASMUS+ programme Intercultursl learning, non formal education and learning by doing will ensure an intercultural dimension and a sufficient learning space for volunteers, where educational approaches are ensured with the support of the staff. During their EVS, volunteers are expected to acquire and develop new skills, competencies and attitudes towards working with young people with fewer opportunities and disable people. The project will help them in their personal growth and in getting to know a new culture too.

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