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Youth Work and Circus EVS Kuopio
Start date: Aug 1, 2015, End date: Sep 30, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project will bring 3 EVS volunteer to Finland to support and learn in several youth work / educational organisations in the city of Kuopio. The aim of the project is to gain added value to the existing practices of youth work and education in the local organisations through adding a intercultural / international element (volunteer) to the day to day context of youth work/educational work. The specific objectives are:On volunteers level:- Supporting youth workers / educators in 6 organisations in Kuopio in their day-to-day work- Organizing intercultural experiences (such as workshops, lessons etc) for local young people attending the organisations- Engaging with local young people through an intercultural perspective- Developing cultural awareness and communication of the local young people (Kuopio) and professionals working with themOn organisational level:- Competence develpment of organisations and individuals working with them in relation to Erasmus+ and working in an intercultural setting- Local networking / cooperatin between non-formal and formal learning actors in KuopioThe project attempts to tackle the following issues in the local context:- Predjudices of young people towards foreign cultures- Lack of european level youth projects in the area of Kuopio- Breaking barriers / building bridges between non-formal and formal educationDuring the 10 month long activity period the volunteers will interact in many different of young people and fields of youth work / education. This work will increase the understanding for other cultures and the communication with the local young people will play an important role in giving positive international experiences. The tasks in the field of youth work will expand the cultural awareness and intercultural exchanges.

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