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Youth Work without borders in Vorarlberg
Start date: Aug 1, 2015, End date: Mar 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The EVS hosting organisations Open youth work Lustenau and Lauterach in Vorarlberg/Austria would like to host two volunteers from Germany and Italy. Anabel from Germany will work in the project Open youth work in Lustenau for 12 months. Alessio from Italy will stay in the open youth work Lauterach also for 12 months. In both organisations they will help in the open youth work and they will get the chance to get to know all different areas with who the organisations work. Both of them are very interested in their projects and they are very happy that they were selected so they look forward to get the chance to have a good and interesting EVS experience in Austria. Anabel will finish her school this summer. Because of the fact that she has no idea what she wants to do afterwards her school she has applied for EVS. She is very motivates to participate in the project and she hopes that she get through that also an idea how she wants to continue after her EVS. For her the EVS will be a year of orientation where she has also the possibility to enlarge her experiences. Alessio did a social volunteer year till this January! Because of the economic problems of his country he didn’t find a permanent job. Finally he got now a job in his old company where he can work till summer. After that he hopes that the application will approve so that he can do EVS. He is very motivated to do EVS where he also wants to bring in his skills what he has learned in his volunteer year. There he has work with youngsters and organised free time activities for schools. Anabel will have the possibility to work in different areas with different topics. There she can help in the main house to do open youth work with different ages, to help in the mobile youth work or in the languages support what they offer to young people. Alessio has the chance to work in Lauterach in the youth café, play and make free time activities with the young people, participate also in the mobile youth work or organise different workshops… The volunteers will be able to make their own projects, bringing in their very own talents. It is also possible for the volunteers to attend trainings and workshops regarding youth work, where they can refine their skills in social work. Through the EVS projects with open youth work Lustenau and Lauterach Anabel and Alessio will learn a lot about youth work and will get a practical insight into the various fields of youth work: leisure time activities, intercultural dialogue, employment, education + training in youth work. In the daily contact with the young people they will increase their social competences in establishing contacts and building relationships. Helping with projects or doing their own projects the volunteers will learn project management “by doing” and practice teamwork. They will get an insight into various youth cultures and will meet (young) people of different cultural origin. The hosting organisations also benefits through the stay of the volunteers. The volunteers bring in their own ideas, culture and give so the organisations the chance to explore new ways of working. So there should be finally a win – win situation for the organisations and volunteers. The long term benefit should/could be to reach as much people as possible but especially young people to wake up their interest for going abroad, make new experiences and to use the chance with the EU program ERASMUS+ specially the program “Erasmus+: youth in action”.
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