OPEN CALL FOR EVS VOLUNTEERS for Erasmus+ project, European Voluntary Service
EVS activity period: 01.05.2018-31.10.2018
Host country: Kavadarci Republic of Macedonia
The town of Kavadarci is the centre of the Tikves area which got its name by the old settlement formed at the mouth of the River Tikvesica and the River Crna. The numerous objects made of Roman bricks point to the fact that it was an old Roman settlement, where the 17th century records confirmed its existence in the year 1378.
By the end of the 18th century Kavadarci was mentioned under its present name as a part of the Bitola pashalik. Then it had around 2,000 inhabitants. In the period of the Turkish Empire, Kavadarci was permanent administrative centre.
Today Kavadarci is a modern town with the population of 29`000 inhabitants in 9,076 households, which is even 76% of the total population of the area. It is only 100 km away from Skopje.
Kavadarci is one of the best known wine growing towns in the Balkans as well as in Europe. The wines are produced in the wine cellars of the plant Tikves and have been awarded many international awards.
They are the pride of the Macedonian wine production.
MACEDONIA is an independent state on the Balkan peninsula in the heart of southeastern Europe. The country borders Albania to the west, Bulgaria to the east, Greece to the south and Serbia and Kosovo to the north. The capital is Skopje with more than 500,000 inhabitants. It also has a number of other significant cities, notably Bitola, Prilep, Tetovo, Gostivar, Kumanovo, Ohrid, Struga, Veles, Stip, and Strumica. The Republic of Macedonia is often called a land of lakes and mountains. There are more than 50 natural and artificial lakes and sixteen mountain ranges higher than 2,000 m (6,562 ft) above sea level.
Proposed activities for EVS volunteers
Promotion of the importance of using youth information tools and services (online and offline).
This will include activities like info days and promotions in the city center and local high schools in Kavadarci. These activities will be implemented for larger number of young people to be introduced with the work of the Kavadarci and to be able to use its services at local level.
Providing of accurate, up to date and reliable information for young people (culture, volunteering, education, employment, scholarships, trainings, seminars, etc).
Searching for this kind of online information (with given previous directions by the staff of INFO) and uploading the information on the web site of INFO SEGA (www.infosega.org.mk), also writing and translation of different articles and uploading them on the web site.
Implementation of Creative workshop with children and young people.
The volunteers will organize Summer creative school for children in Kavadarci during summer time (june-august) including workshops based on creativity. It can be origami workshops – a fun and challenging activity (origami helps developing eyehand coordination, memory skills and math’s
concepts), craft workshops, jewelry workshop, drawing workshops etc. These workshops will be also done in primary and high schools for some special occasions and holidays like Christmas, Women’s Day, Eastern etc. These workshops are important because they encourage creativity and personal
abilities. Group age: 9 – 13 years old.
I mplementing different activities for the National Campaign “365 Youth working rights in Macedonia”.
The main aim of the campaign is to increase the awareness about the rights and responsibilities of young employees in Macedonia and will be lead by SEGA and Youth Information centers in Prilep and Kavadarci. It consist various activities (offline and online) where the volunteers will be actively involved.
The campaign will be implemented from December 2017 – December 2018 and will include youth, young workers, stakeholders, institutions, ministries, syndicates, NGO’s and will be implemented on national level.
Increasing the intercultural learning between foreign countries and Macedonian cultures in organizing cultural and creative public events and meetings.
Preparation, organization and implementation of ideas and activities in occasion of some important dates in Macedonia, for example holidays like Easter, Christmas, International Women day , International Youth day etc.– organization or participation on a bazaars and fairs for decorations in
some of the primary schools in Kavadarci.
Planning, organizing and implementing intercultural events.
The volunteers will organize one event/week, during one month. They will promote his culture through different activities. Also, the volunteers can contact other volunteers from different countries and locals to organize together the events.
The purpose of this activity is to meet up with local people, to exchange language skills and cultural insights in a fun and relaxing environment. Having regular meetings with a language exchange partner is a great way to practice and improve a foreign language. The participants will match with the people who speak the language they wish to practice, for exp: English, Spanish, Italian etc.
The volunteers will organize the Language Caffee every two weeks. Aspects of languages that they should focus on:
speaking: pronunciation, accents; listening: definitions, vocabulary, synonyms; slangs, common ways to express. The volunteers can be creative using some games and activities, especially for the language that people don’t know. For example: hangman, mime, quizzes games etc.
Promotion of EVS programme.
Through this activity the volunteer will promote his/her project and his experience. He/she will talk about what it means to be a volunteer and how can affect your life. They will also prepare different ways to promote Erasmus+ and talk about it. This activity will be very useful for the young generation, especially because most of them don’t know the actual meaning of EVS (what the program includes, what are the
conditions to become an EVS volunteer and how can they find projects and organizations that are accredited for sending and hosting EVS volunteers). It can be a perspective for the young people regarding their future.
Initiating and implementing ideas for individual projects.
This activity will include working on an individual project idea, preparing and writing project application (with support and help from the staff ). With this kind of activities the volunteers will have a chance to strengthen their capacities and skills for developing of their own project ideas and filling of
Coordinate meetings between the staff and Coalition(once in a month)
Participating and working in the everyday activities
Travel costs from Spain to Macedonia: 275€ both way
Pocket money: 60€ per month
Food money: 90€ per month
The volunteers will receive full insurance coverage through EVS Insurance provided by the European Commission. All the insurance documents will be sent to the volunteers by the sending organization.
The volunteer’s enrollment in the insurance program will be completed before the departure of the volunteers to Macedonia.
Republic of Macedonia has free non-visa entrance for EU volunteers. In the three month gray period after his/her arrival; the hosting organization will be responsible for the application process for issuing/extending a permit for temporary residence in the Republic of Macedonia. The process requires gathering and completing many documents and proofs, and all of them should be legally translated by authorities on Macedonian language. Some of the needed documents will be required from the volunteer before his/her arrival. The visa process for Macedonia in EU countries requires
volunteers to go back in their countries and receive the visa in person.
Each of the volunteers will have a different mentor who will be in contact with the volunteers and the time when there will be need. The mentors will adapt the volunteers to the new environment and life in Macedonia in general. These persons were chosen to be mentors because of their long
experience as volunteers, knowledge of the previous “Youth in action programme”, the new programme Erasmus+, and their experience in intercultural encounters. Mentors and volunteers will have weekly meetings to help the volunteers integrate in local community and to establish contacts with local people and different local organizations.
Twice a week the volunteer will visit Macedonian language courses. We will also encourage the volunteers to start to learn Macedonian before their departure thanks to online website and support such as Memrise for example. The main working language at the office will be English; in this context the selected volunteers are eligible to receive linguistic support in English prior to departure or during the activity through the Online Linguistic Support.
Tickets and bills:
When travelling through Macedonia you should always ask for a special bill called “fiskalna smetka” (on Macedonian) or invoice. We would also like to remind you to keep your boarding pass and all other travel tickets otherwise we cannot approve your travel cost if you travel by plain. Once
Please keep all your invoices/receipts related to your travel!
Weather in Macedonia:
The weather in Macedonia in May and June is from 25 – 35 Celsius degrees. It also might be rainy.
The accommodation of the volunteers will be ensured by the hosting organization. The volunteers will share flat with separate bed rooms with all basic needs covered according the standards of living in Macedonia. The volunteer’s accommodation will be near the mentors who are responsible
for their learning processes, accommodation and cohesion. The volunteers will have 24 hours full support. In case of dealing with conflicts, the mentors will act as mediators and seriously will find the solution for the problem and conflicts.
Each of the three volunteers will have a different mentor who will be in contact with them and the time when will be in need. The mentors will orientate the volunteers to the new environment and the life in Macedonia in general and will speak with the volunteers about his/her learning objectives.
The mentors will help the volunteers to integrate in the local community and to establish contacts with local people and different local organizations.
Macedonian local time is GMT +1.
CURRENCY, ATMs and CREDIT CARDS:
The official currency of Macedonia is the Denar (MKD). Approximately: 1 €=61.50MKD, 1 $ = 46.00MKD. You can find ATMs outside the major banks everywhere in Skopje. All major credit and debit cards are widely accepted. Some examples of local prices:
A coffee: 1-1.5 € A beer: 1.5 € A slice of cake in a patisserie: 1.5 € A piece of bread in a bakery: 0.5 €
The electricity supply in Macedonia is 220 volts, a.c. 50 Hz. Sockets are generally CEE 7/7. Hotels generally provide with adaptors upon request.
Smoking is not allowed in all indoor public places.
Shops normally open around 09:00 and close around 20:00.
For the selection of the volunteers we will need:
– Europass CV with picture (made in the last month)
– 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.
Remember to write in the motivation letter that your sending institution is “Asociación Building Bridges”.
All documents written in english you can send to: firstname.lastname@example.org with subject “EVS Macedonia Lazova”