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Start date: Sep 30, 2015, End date: Sep 29, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

As part of our on going work with Eastern European countries we want to offer14 long term places of 6 months to a collection of volunteers , 4 from from Belarus, Georgia, Romania and Ukraine .Eight volunteers will complete 6 months volunteering and then they will be replaced with another 6 volunteers from the same country. The young people participating in the project will have limited opportunities and will have little understanding as to the wider influence and power of Europe and surrounding countries . The project will allow them to connect first hand with the wider European community and provide an opportunity to contrast and compare their own experiences with those of a wider community. With Belarus having an authoritarian regime it will also allow the young people to compare and contrast their own experience of state interventions with those of Belarus These young people are from socially and economically disadvantaged communities within the four countries above and will travel to Scotland where they will work to assist disadvantaged groups [childrens clubs, special schools and homeless projects] within the host country and seek to enhance its service delivery. This will be done both through contributing to programmes of improvement via phyco-social modelling or providing social learning programmes for those who are socially and economically excluded from mainstream society.

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