Culture Shapers Society is a long term EVS project, that will take place between 1 October 2015 – 1 August 2016 and it will involve 4 volunteers. The Culture Shapers aims to promote and develop the volunteering activity through arts/culture, and is focused on cultural entrepreneurship and youth work. The activities will be hosted in Tirgu Frumos, Iaşi and adjacent rural area.
In cooperation with the House of Culture and local public institutions, the project wish to support the cultural development of the community and of the volunteers, as social entrepreneurs, and will be a follow-up of the short-EVS “Culture Shapers”.
The 4 volunteers should be passionate about a topic like photography, film-making, dance, architecture and garden design, cooking, folklore etc. Inside the House of Culture we will develop a volunteering center which will train 120 local volunteers which will organize 200 events. The EVS volunteers will have to work together with them in order to assure the sustainability of the project. So the 4 volunteers will need to be with sense of initiative, interest about different arts, about culture in general, and ready to implement their ideas and to work with a lot of youth. The project will give to the volunteers the chance to experience creative ideas, to bring their contribution, to manage different type of teams, to work in a challenging environment and to make a positive change through cultural/arts tools. The methods & instruments that the EVS volunteers will use to develop the activities are from the non-formal area: games, workshops, street arts activities, presentations, debates, brainstorming, socio-educational animation, public cafe, street animation, audio-video materials etc. All the activities developed by the volunteers will aim to encourage young people to pursue and develop their artistic talents and in this way, to support their personal development.
The volunteers will have a mandate of 2 months as manager in 4 different departments of our organization:
- Human Resources: involved in all things related to the volunteers – recruitment, volunteer management, training, succession planning.
- Marketing: creating and developing partnerships, develop and maintaining social media channels and website.
- Events: developing social & cultural events inside the Volunteering Center from the House of Culture.
- Sustainability: finding sources of funding and developing sustainable activities for the center.