Volunteers from: Spain and Lithuania
Number of volunteers: 2 volunteers (1 female and 1 male)
Project duration: November 2017 – 01.04.2018
Bursa has a good number of young population over 650.000 – which is our target group – thanks to 2 state universities and 1 private university. So with all the opportunities Both the city and our organization offer, our both local an ınternatıonal volunteers work and participate in different areas according to their interests areas thanks to various activities varying from club activities, language and art related courses and workshops, to seminars and meetings from different interest areas.
Movement was founded in October 23rd 2009, in Bursa. Since then, we have been offering social and voluntary opportunities people from 15-30 (from high schools to young working adults) and with this age groups we organize projects, trainings and activities for various age groups ranging from children to old people. We offer them different training opportunities both in our country (local and national) and abroad (exchanges and trainings), and being a part of different projects; in organization they can always find a way to improve their skills and knowledge. We as the organization, care about the free, active youth participation, our organization is totaly organized and run by the volunteers without any link to any belief or political group, but with the coordination of Volunteer Movement team as facilitator. Volunteers will be working mainly in organization where we realize many of our activities which can be called the home of students.
Main Topics: Creativity and culture, Youth (participation, youth work, youth policy), Teaching and learning of foreign languages
Besides all these, the volunteer is encouraged to come with new ideas, youth initiative, youth exchanges, or other kind of projects which can be suitable for hosting organization
Accommodation & Public Transportation:
BURSA is a city in northwestern Turkey with over 2 million population. It is Turkey’s fourth largest city, as well as one of the most industrialized metropolitan centers in the country. The second important city for import in Turkey. Bursa is settled on the northwestern slopes of Mountain Uludağ which is an important ski resort in the southern Marmara Region and the Marmara sea is in the North.
The city is frequently cited as “Yeşil Bursa” (meaning “Green Bursa”) in a reference to the parks and gardens located across its urban structure, as well as to the vast forests in rich variety that extend in its surrounding region.
Thanks to being in the first capital of Ottoman Empire, it has rich historical and cultural heritage. The tombs of early Ottoman sultans are located in Bursa and the numerous edifices built throughout the Ottoman period constitute the city’s main landmarks. The surrounding fertile plain, its thermal baths, many interesting museums, a notably rich museum of archaeology, and a rather orderly urban growth are further principal elements that complete Bursa’s overall picture.
Karagöz and Hacivat shadow play characters were historic personalities who lived and are buried in Bursa. Bursa is also home to some of the most famous Turkish dishes, especially candied chestnuts and İskender Kebab. Its peaches are also famous. Among its depending district centers, historical İznik “Nicaea” is especially notable for its long history and important edifices.
Being strong in many areas such as industry, agriculture, tourism and culture and increasing its strength in these areas, the city has always been the center of attraction. Besides there are different kinds of transportation which make it easy to reach other parts of the city and different cities by ferries, buses, and planes.
VOLUNTEER is located in the city center of Bursa which offers lots of facilities and opportunities and a good and easy to reach working environment. Office is based in NGO’s Campus which is provided by local municipality; which has many facilities such as seminar/conference rooms, meeting rooms, exhibition area, etc. In addition to our office, we use other facilities offered by our local partners which we have project based collaboration. .
As we have different accreditations on different topics, project places differ. According to the task, volunteers will be working either in our office or the local partner organizations which we collaborate in EVS projects.
LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES in GENERAL
Number (1): Youth Work
Active Youth Participation is one of the key elements of the organization and naturally the activities of the project. Activities mainly focus on youth participation in many different aspects of life via various tools. With related activities, there would be more multicultural learning atmosphere and have a better understanding of European citizenship, active participation and fundamental rights. How these above would be achieved, thanks to some creative and art-sport related workshops, group activities, trainings, youth info sessions both in and outside.
Number (2): Social Inclusion
As Social Inclusion is a topic which has many different dimensions such as poverty, education, etnical background, disability, etc. volunteers will be in contact with especially students/young people with some disabilities/disadvantages. For integration the target group, one of the key concepts is principle of doing together. Volunteers will work not only with excluded groups but also other people to raise awareness on social inclusion by sharing the outcomes of our activities. How these above would be achieved, thanks to workshops, visual aids, social media, multimedia, blog and seminars.
VOLUNTEER PROFILE & RECRUITMENT PROCESS
We aim to increase the awareness of the youth partcipation, active citizenship and social inclusion of young people. Because of these reasons, NGOs and social entreprises willing to colloborate in this issues will be our first choice. Of course, volunteers who have been already participated these organizations will be more welcomed as EVS volunteers.
For the application process, we would like to recieve the applications via the sending organizations who are the partners of the current project. We also recieve applications done by former partners, other organizations and Eurodesk network.
The fullfilled Europass CV and motivation letter are basic requirements to start the recruitment process. .A former volunteer activity is important, but not a must. Interested and highly motivated in Turkish culture, and desire to work in Turkey is preferable. As having fewer opportunity is one of the priorities for Erasmus+, young people in this circumstances will have a priority. After the applications of volunteers, we will hold a skype meeting in order to make the last decisions with the partners.
Candidates can send their applications any period during the year. Activity date of the project’s generally starts 2-5 months after the selection of the volunteers.
Building Bridges members and/or long term unemployed (proved by scanned document) will have preference to this volunteer service.
We will study carefully all application and selected candidates will be invite for Skype interview. The selection of volunteers will take place in the coming weeks.
For the selection of the volunteers we will need:
– Europass CV with picture (made in the last month) with skype name included
– Motivational letter, writing that your sending organisation will be “Building Bridges”. We ask all candidates to send a specific letter of motivation – why they want to volunteer with us rather than just a general EVS one. The volunteer is chosen according to his/her motivation and interest to the project and to the activities. It will be paid special attention to cover letters.
Remember to write in the motivation letter that your sending institution is “Asociación Building Bridges”.
All documents written in English you can attach below with subject: “EVS Turkey Sertac Vol. for Inclusion. YOUR NAME. YOUR SURNAME” to asociacionbbARROBAgmail.com