“CHILDHOOD MEETS EUROPE”
Educational Policies Department, for a long term EVS project “CHILDHOOD MEETS EUROPE” in Cremona, Italy from September 2016 to May 2017 (9 months) is looking for 1 Female Volunteer
12 April 2016
THE PROJECT “CHILDHOOD MEETS EUROPE”
Presentation of the department The Educational Policies Department promotes and supports activities and services for education and training for young people from 0 to 18 years old. The Educational Policies Department, is in charge of the direct management of four nursery schools and nine kindergartens and works for the organization of new kinds of services for childhood.
An important area of activities is represented by the promotion of projects that complete the training opportunities offered by the schools and for the development of new skills of citizens and students. Among these: projects for sustainable mobility of children and knowledge of urban space, reading activities, inclusion of foreign students, music education.
Evs experience Cremona Municipality has positively experimented in the last ten years the sending and hosting opportunities of EVS volunteers and the coordination of projects that have involved third subjects of the territory through a technical and administrative support to the partners’ network.
We have just managed more than 20 Evs projects (directly or as coordinating organisation) involving 22 volunteers from 10 different countries (Norway, Finland, France, Lithuania, Montenegro, Spain, Poland, Turkey, Hungary, Germany). And 7 Evs sending projects , now we have two volunteer hosted in Poland and Bulgaria. At the moment we have 2 volunteers that are working in Youth policies department and in Comic Centre, one from France and one from Spain).
We are also participating in other projects connected with Erasmus+ sport.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT
The project aims to provide to the volunteer the opportunity to integrate within the municipal education facilities (4 nursery schools and 9 kindergartens). The municipal educational services accommodate about 1000 children and work on the basis of a consolidate pedagogical tradition.
Very accurate aspects are the educational planning and the involvement of the families.
Within the first infancy services, the volunteer will flank the teachers in the realisation of three kinds of workshops: a psychomotricity workshop, a sound and motion workshop and the activity of exposure to the foreign language.
In the last few years Cremona set the goal to invest in the field of educational policies, in the valorisation of educational services and in the relationship between schools and local communities, in the perspective of the construction of a culture of attention to childhood to promote interest and sense of belonging in the families in respect to the school services.
A specific attention is dedicated in order to conserve and improve the quality of the first infancy services with the awareness that they represent an investment aimed to guarantee a successful education to the attending children, in particular to those who come from the most vulnerable social groups.
The project we propose aims to support and improve the quality of the educational offer in the city, thanks to the proposal of qualified workshop activities and through an always greater participation of the parents and the local community to the school life.
The presence of a young volunteer is aimed to flank the consolidated expertise of the teachers and the social operators and to enrich them with the point of view of a person from another culture.
Besides it is to be considered that the average age of the people working in the educational services tends to rise and the EVS volunteers, younger than teachers and than the majority of the parents, represents a precious chance to create a bridge between the different generations.
As illustrated above, the activities context is represented by the first infancy educational services (4 nursery schools and 9 kindergartens).
Within the educational services the volunteer will be in charge of:
collaborating with the teachers for the workshop scheduling: research and arrangement of the work materials, arrangement and care of the work areas, management of the group of children, observation of group’s dynamics during the activities;
participating to the coordination meetings and to the scheduling meetings;
participating to the meetings and to the communication with the parents;
collaborating on the drafting of the documentation related to the educational activity and to the collection of the documentation materials;
collaborating on the organisation of school parties and small plays.
The project is addressed to a volunteer with good interpersonal skills, in particular in relation to children, interested in the development of educational expertise and with good communication skills, personal balance and cultural maturity, patience and tolerance, listening ability and interest in the creative work.
The activities within the project will allow the volunteer to acquire and develop knowledges related to:
the organization of the infancy educational services;
the management of the groups of children, also in multicultural contexts (in schools there are on average 25% foreign children);
planning the workshops;
educational entertainment as well as team work skills, observation, scheduling, relation between various professions.
Others foreseen tasks are:
updating websites and social network profiles of the department organizing and participate to presentations for Italian students/youth about EVS and others European opportunities (with the collaboration of others volunteers in service in town, or ex volunteers)
project and propose new activities according with her skills and competences
We are looking for candidates who are motivated and truly interested with the paths of the activities proposed.
The project is destinated to a volunteer who has specific attitude to work with young children, interest in developing skills in the educational sector, personal self-consciousness and cultural awareness, patience and tolerance, with listening skills.
RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE PARTICIPANT
to be actively involved in the proposed activities
to provide personal information to the Coordinating/Receiving Organization and
to be on time when she has meetings with coordinating/sending/receiving organisations
to respect the discipline imposed by the receiving organisation, its working hours, the
to participate in linguistic preparation (OLS online linguistic support and other local
to be in contact by e-mail, telephone or meeting with the involved partner organisations
to receive normal living conditions for an effective service
to receive trainings as planned in the EVS cycle and for the purpose of her activities
to receive a task related support
to receive support from her mentor, Coordinating Organisation, Receiving Organisation,
to be familiar with the requirements of the EVS as described in the EVS info kit
to participate in the evaluation cycle of the project
to receive Youthpass certificate
to collect pictures, videos or other multimedia production of her activities (all those
Sending Organization rules in force (policy, privacy etc.) courses provided) and the project
Sending organisation and National Agency production remain property and copyright of the Municipality of Cremona and any different use from the project aims/purpose is forbidden without specific authorisation).
the participant is bound to secrecy about all data, facts and aspects she/he gets to know during her work , also after her EVS according with the rules of the organisation.
Accommodation will be in a single room with two beds in a shared apartment with other participants (female). It is located next to the historic city-centre, close to the working seat (10 minutes on foot) and to the railway station.
The flat, located on the first floor of an historic building, is a big open space of about 28 square metres with modern living-room furniture, a sofa bed, two single beds, a wall equipped to cook, table, chairs, washing machine and a set of saucepans; in another small room there is a small wardrobe.
There is also a bathroom, with bath tub/shower and toilet; the house has two big windows. There is internet connection and bed sheets. It is next to the supermarket, chemist’s shop and other kinds of stores.
Every volunteer will receive a personal bike to move in town. Volunteer will receive each month a pocket money of 115 euro.
Working time is 36 hours per week. In case there is more work during the week end or working time not scheduled, the participant can be compensated with free days.
The participant has 18 days holidays for his 9 months voluntary service ( 2 days per month,) which has to be planned in the beginning of the service according to the annual plan of the activities.
Peaceful and friendly town in the north of Italy, nearby to Milan, Cremona is the capital city of the same Province in Lombardy; the city has 72000 inhabitants. Young people population (14-35 years old) is made up of 15.000 people, that is the 21% of the inhabitants.
The town lies on the river Po, in the hearth of the Po valley and its economy is mainly connected to agriculture. Cremona is also an important historical town, founded more than 2000 years ago by Romans, is rich of monuments from Medieval to Baroque and Neoclassical period. Cremona has old musical tradition: here were born and worked the families of the world’s most famous luthiers, or stringed instrument makers (Amati, Stradivari, Guarneri) and from Cremona are two of the most important musician of XVII century: Ponchielli and Monteverdi.
About European and international dimension in town there is a great number of people ( young strangers), especially connected with the local international school for luthiers. Also there are several EVS ex volunteer (Italians that had a evs experience abroad and European who have decide, after their Evs year, to remain in Cremona for study or for work) all them are still connected.
How to apply
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 Italy Mancosu. YOUR NAME. YOUR SURNAME” to asociacionbbARROBAgmail.com