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Volunteers on Pedals
Start date: Dec 1, 2016, End date: Oct 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

"Volunteers on pedaals" is a EVS project about sustainable mobility and cycling tourism that will involve 3 young people coming from 3 different countries, for 12 months. Salento Bici Tour ( will be the coordinator and the Hosting Organization. Casa da Horta (Portugal), The Asha foundation (UK), Semper Avanti (Poland) are the Sending organizations. The project aims to became a good opportunity for the professional and personal development of volunteers, as well as for the organizations involved. Salento Bici Tour has local experience of young people self employability and sustainable tourisme in south Italy. Since it was born in 2011 has contributed to develope a local culture in sustainable mobility and bring cycling visitors from all over the world. Volounteers will have active part of this project and, in particular they will contribute to enforce the mission of Salento Bici Tour throught the Matino train station, a special space (the first floor of a local still active railway of “Ferrovie Sud Est” ) wich can be a bike/cultural hub led by volunteers and shared with local people.The train station will be volunteers’s house and local people hub, according with the acitvities planned (co-working, bike hub, children wsp) in collaboration with local organizations. Main themes of the project are sustainable mobility, cycling tourism and social inclusion:volunteers, with Salento Bici Tour staff will organize weekly acitvities on these themes (as bike tour, Recycling tour and lab, bike hub, cycling/walking/train experience) involving young people and children of the village to participate and use the bike as main mean of transport and exploring (and link bike + train). Matino train station is also part of a regional network of train station managed by local youth organization as Oikos Sostenibile (Otranto), Random (Gagliano del Capo, Leuca), Naturalmente a Sud (Manduria) wich aim is to regenerate and transform the train station in cultural hub. So the volunteer will be involved and welcome in this local network.Train station is also connected with the Lido Conchiglie bike cafè and the office of Salento Bici Tour in Lecce, so also volunteers, according with a shared weekly planned can spend some time here to support staff member in bike tour with visitors, cycling tourisme promotion and cycling cafè managment. Morover they will be involved in training, seminars and suty visits during their stay.Volunteers will be involve in the Salento Bici Tour (young team) through non formal method and “learning by doing” is our main say. Peer to peer relation is part of the project since Salento Bici Tour has young staff member (between 27 and 35 years old). To assure the diffusion and the exploitation of the results of the project, volunteers will organize a BIKE RIDE about their EVS story, inviting all people they meet and general public and a public photographic exhibit about sustainable mobility They, will guide people in their “EVS story” throught the spaces and images have been parte of their experience. The international and the active presence of happy young bikers in the village will impact the local culture way of thinking about everyday mobility and in bike numbers around. Through the bike it will be possible to enter in contact with youngsters and local people without any cultural support or social network around and give them opportunitis of cultural and personal growth. Moreover Volunteers will benefit from the intercultural experience (sharing their life with other cultures, in a new contest) and in long term prospective they will adquire many competences that they can spend in theif future life, both hands skills and knowledge in the field of Cycling, cycling tourisme, guide tour, social media promotion, children inclusion and environmental education. Salento Bici Tour mentor will support them to pursue future experience development (personal or working ones) according their personal attitude and will: through European programmes wich salento bici tour is part (Erasmus for young entrepreneurs, vet, training, etc) or through the world network of tour operator working in the field of responsbile/cycling/wlaking tourisme.

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