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Volversity! - Voluntary work as a way to increase employment opportunities and combat poverty.
Start date: Dec 1, 2010,

Volversity! will target the increased involvement of young people unemployed people in volunteering opportunities offered locally in the Algarve region of Portugal or internationally through YEU especially using the EVS programme. This EVS project will take place in Faro and will involve 2 volunteers and will last for 12 months. These volunteers will continue the work started by our two EVS volunteers in 2009 promoting the opportunities offered by youth in action using NFE methods amongst young people in the Algarve region.The 2 volunteers be based in Portugal will contribute to the development of YEU Youth Volunteering and Resource Centre providing information, opportunities and advice about Europe and volunteering to young people from the local community, especially unemployed young people. Specific focus will be given to the possibilities offered to young people by Youth in Action and the positive benefits of volunteering. This will build on the significant work already undertaken by 2 EVS volunteers in 2009 in promoting Youth in Action in the local region.The volunteers will play a crucial role in contributing to the targets set in the YEU work plan for increasing the involvement of young people with fewer opportunities in YEU work. We believe that through short term volunteering opportunities young people with fewer opportunities especially unemployed young people significantly increase their capacity and enthusiasm to commit to longer term voluntary and training opportunities offered by YEU and other civil society and youth organisations on the international level. To this end the EVS volunteers in addition to promoting long term and international volunteering opportunities amongst the young people in the Algarve they will also identify volunteer hosting organisations (NGOs, Companies, Services etc) that can host volunteers in their own communities in the Algarve.Fully co-ordinated and supported by the 2 full time YEU staff members and a Volunteer EVS Co-ordinator from our Pool of Trainers working on a voluntary basis with the other mentors, these two volunteers will develop their own skills, awareness and knowledge about the issues connected to the participation of young people with fewer opportunities especially those that are unemployed. They will support and encourage the participation of the local young people where they are based and at the same time increase the capacity of YEU to further develop our long term strategy in the area of involving more young people from diverse backgrounds from local to international level.
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