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World Wide Village 2016-2017
Start date: May 1, 2016, End date: Jun 30, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Context and background:Lysos, a small village located in the center-north part of Paphos region has been receiving volunteers from Cyprus and other European countries mostly in summer and spring times. Having a big group of active youngsters coming from different cultural backgrounds with common vision and solid objectives instantly turns around the environment and the mood within the village. Participants tend to adapt easily in such an environment where they can lead and take initiatives, put their best effort and expect a good result. Participants have the opportunity to experience the way of living in Cypriot villages by supporting, working and cooperating with the local community by sharing their skills and knowledge. Mixing of cultures and attitudes creates an ideal environment for inter-cultural learning where the group works closely together on different tasks and activities. Main objectives:-Support the professional development of youth workers through the implementation of activities such as contact making events, study visits and short term EVS.- Provide tools for development of key competences, empower and promote the need for personal development of the participants.- Contribute and raise self-awareness about better recognition of competences gained from the participants during their service abroad.- Promote the understanding of other cultures and countries to give the opportunity for the buildup of a network by identifying partners with vision for a united Europe consisting from people who are socially active; aiming to develop a sense of European citizenship. - Offer an alternative future perspective to young unemployed people and those at risk of unemployment.- Create a unique sensation between the relation of the participants and the environment. Raise awareness of the importance and power of nature and how we can work sustainable for the benefit of both the human and nature. - Promote non-formal learning and cooperation in the field of youth with partner countries.- Foster cooperation and exchange of best practices between young people from different regions of Europe.- Encourage young people to create partnerships across regions.- Enhance the participants’ foreign languages competences.Description of activities:Activity 1:Short term EVS. Lysos, Paphos, August - September 2016. 18 volunteers from 6 different EU programme countries.Participants will:1) help out during harvesting time by picking carobs, almonds and lemons from the fields.2) write articles for the website hosted by the village. This task also includes research and the promotion of EVS and other youth in action programs. 3) organize an event in the village for its visitors and the local community.4) help out the local community and assisting them with some easy tasks.Activity 2: Short term EVS. Lysos, Paphos, April-May 2017. 12 volunteers from 6 different EU program countries.Participants will:1) create sign posts for the cycling/hiking tracks and install them in the center of the village.2) create a big map showing all routes within the village and around installing it in the center of the village.3) write articles for the website hosted by the village. This task also includes research and promotion of EVS and other youth in action programs. 4) organize an event in the village for its visitors and the local community.5) help the local community and assisting them with some easy tasks. Profile of participants:Specific skills are not required, apart from a basic knowledge of English. The volunteers will work with the local community, so we are ideally looking for open minded and outgoing people who are communicative and willing to share their skills and knowledge.We look for volunteers who:- enjoy working in the environment- are comfortable working as part of a team and under supervision- like to experience a different culture and integrate into the local community- are comfortable with using non formal communication (sometimes the locals might not speak English very well)- have an interest in education and cultural issues and promoting various ways of involvement in community life of young peopleAll methodology will be based on non formal learning structure. Team - Building, motivational support, Story-telling and videos on personal developments and success stories on sense of initiative, Role-playing and simulations on work situations, self awareness and self-efficacy development through tasks and reflections groups, work on job tools and and on competences, attitudes and behaviors (Youthpass).We aim to have a successful project, achieving as many of the objectives stated. The village will be 'alive' in many ways for the periods of the project, participants will improve/develop new skills and raise self awareness for self direct learning but also raising the attitude for a simple life where people can coexist, work, enjoy and reach their goals in a collective way.
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