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Volunteering for mobility
Start date: 01 Jul 2016, End date: 31 Aug 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This individual EVS project involves a volunteer from Spain spending one year in Brussels to volunteer for the international youth-led organisation IFM-SEI. The main theme of the EVS is mobility. The volunteer will be part of the organising team of a global project exploring three sides of youth mobility: regional youth work, youth work with refugees and migrants and visa obstacles for young people. She will furthermore be contributing to a European-Middle Eastern youth seminar on peace education. Objectives- To provide the opportunity for a young volunteer to develop her educational competencies through volunteering in IFM-SEI- To connect an EVS volunteer with a global group of local volunteers to prepare and implement a wide range of educational activities together- To enhance internal communication and raise awareness of Erasmus+ and EVS within our global membershipThe volunteer will be involved in these four areas: 1) Working with international volunteers and the office team to run the “On the Move” project. This project includes 12 youth organisations from Africa, Latin America and Europe who will work on three distinctive but yet linked mobility topics: visa difficulties for young people, youth work with young refugees and migrants, and regional youth mobility in Africa and Latin America. The volunteer can attend expert meetings and will be involved in preparing and running online training courses on the topic. 2) Working with international volunteers to contribute as a junior trainer to the development and running of international seminars. This includes for example a peace education seminar with young people from Europe and the Middle East, a study session on inclusion of children with disabilities. 3) Contributing to the development of information and communication strategies in IFM-SEI. 4) General involvement in activities prepared by 'the IFM-SEI secretariat according to the learning needs and interests of the volunteer. The project is based on non-formal education, as this is the core of our movement. Non-formal education is used in all our activities, whether local or international, and we will also lead the volunteer through a carefully structured participatory learning process in her office activities. We expect to gain from this project a young volunteer full of self-confidence and new competencies to support her in finding fruitful employment and in staying engaged on the international level as a volunteer. Furthermore, her volunteering project will impact strongly on her local Esplai in Catalunya that will feel stronger connected to the international level through contact to an EVS volunteer who can open their eyes to an intercultural experience. IFM-SEI will benefit from new ideas and input from a volunteer who is working on the grassroots level with children already.. Finally, our members will learn from her about EVS and other Erasmus+ activities during short workshops conducted by her. The long-term benefit will be felt on children and young people worldwide through all of these results that are built with multiplication in mind.
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